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What Our Eyes Have Witnessed (The Zombie Bible) [Kindle Edition]

Stant Litore
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Book Description

What if you had a gift to bring rest to the restless dead?

No one in ancient Rome knows why the dead are rising to devour their families. The patrician class thinks the dead hunger because the new cult of Christianity is depriving Roman tombs of their proper rites. But Father Polycarp, who faces the walking corpses in the dirty alleys and tenements of Rome's ghetto district, believes the dead rise because the living died hungry. Confronting the ghouls in the dark hours, he can gaze into their eyes and see their stories, see everything they craved in life.

And he believes he can help, but the stress of gazing into all those souls may rip him apart.

And that’s if Rome doesn’t burn him for it first.

What Our Eyes Have Witnessed gives you a tale of the early church and the decline of Rome...but not as you have ever seen it before.

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"What Litore has done shows the path of where some of us creators are going; I call it the de-sanitisation of the gospel: a visceral, messy, human take on a message of a visceral and tangible hope." —Siku, author of The Manga Bible

About the Author

Born a farmer's son in the Pacific Northwest, Stant Litore took the college road and eventually earned his PhD in English, but remains passionate for things that grow. He spent several years in a dim corner of a library, repairing bruised and battered books, before heading overseas to backpack through Europe. Haunted by the hunger and poverty he witnessed at home and abroad, he began spinning stories about the hungers that devour us and the hopes that preserve us. Today he lives in Colorado with his wife and their two daughters, writing about the restless dead and the restless living. He avoids certain parts of the mountains during the dark of the moon.

Product Details

  • File Size: 997 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1469237784
  • Publisher: 47North (August 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EUOF6Y
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,475 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Rome and Zombies December 18, 2011
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In the first installment of the Zombie Bible, "Death Has Come Up into Our Windows," Stant Litore examines how ancient Hebrew culture circa 595 B.C. would have dealt with a zombie plague while the Babylonian army lay siege to the city of Yerusalem (the Hebrew spelling for Jerusalem). If you want to find out more about that book, check out my review on it, and the review of others. However, in the current addition to the Zombie Bible, "What Our Eyes Have Witnessed," Litore explores a similar theme. But this time we visit Rome under his deft, prosaic guidance. The time is second-century Rome, post-Nero, at the height of the Roman Empire's power. If you worry that this time Litore does not give us enough zombie action and horror, fear not. Like the first book, this one also gives us plenty of gore, plenty of messy brawls with moaning, hungering zombies that will satisfy any zombie fan. One of the most dazzling action set-pieces, for example, is the moment when Roman guards and soldiers carry on a running fight through the streets of Rome's ghetto. It is a fitting homage to the courage, displine, and honor of the Roman fighting man, let me tell you.

This time, Litore explores Rome's struggle to contain the Zombie plague . What we witness this time, ironically, is not Rome's might, despite one or two brilliant scenes that showcase it. Instead, the story in "Death Has Come Up into Our Windows" is about the conflict between two cultural forces. On the one hand, we have Rome's decadent aristocracy, the patricians, incapable of recognizing or understanding (much less coping with) an undead threat. The rotting flesh of zombies is a clear metaphor of Roman culture's decay.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ZOMBIES! September 4, 2012
My new favorite zombie series.

This is an amazing book. I read it in an evening and my description of it encouraged two of my friends to consider reading.

Apparently this series is based around dropping zombies into Biblical stories and describing what happens. This particular book focuses on the time of the early Christians, and features zombies running amok in ancient Rome.

Pause for a moment. Ponder it with me. Praetorian guards. Zombies. OH YES.

The Romans blame the Christians for the zombie plague and hunt down one of the Christian leaders to break the community and theoretically end the zombie attacks. But obviously, this is destined to fail.

What makes this book so awesome, in my mind, is the delicate balance between deep, richly drawn characters and the zombie action. There is real exploration of human suffering and development, but there are also gory reanimated corpses.

If you like zombies, please read this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies just want a hug.... May 31, 2012
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After reading the first book of this series by Stant Litore which I reviewed on an earlier date on my blog. I started thinking... maybe there needs to be a revision to the rating system? Because 5 stars is the highest rating, and this book is a 5 star plus.

I very enthusiastically picked up this second installment already expecting great things. And once again, Mr. Litore failed to disappoint. His writing is superb. His imagery is engaging. Once again, I was punched in the gut, but most definitely in the soul, with the depth of his story telling.

Whereas in the first book I relished in the zombie deliciousness of gory images and death, and faintly attuning into the surprisingly profound story of its main character, I was fully prepared for it in this book. Yet, even so, this book took me by surprise, and stunned me with its incredible underlying plot line of such well developed characters whose faith was tested, again and again, and stood strong before the utter hopelessness of their situation.

Set in Roman times in this installment, we follow different characters now. One man who struggles with his love for Rome, and his idea of honor while he faces the horrors that surround him and threaten to break him. Another man who has been entrusted by God with an amazing gift, and persecuted for it, even though it can prove to be Rome's salvation. A woman who yearns for stature, and betrays those that took her in for a richer piece of clothing. Another, who was a slave and treated worse than a mangy dog, who found love and a sense of self whose unwavering faith makes her stronger than the strongest Roman. All intricately woven into a fantastic story that keeps you on the very edge of your seat.

One paragraph in this book hit me deeply.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stant rebuilds the zombie mythology from the ground up October 1, 2012
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Let me say first that Stant Litore is a friend of mine, and that I received a free copy of What Our Eyes Have Witnessed in exchange for writing an honest review.

WOEHW (which should be pronounced Wow! In my opinion) is the first entry in the Zombie Bible series. The title The Zombie Bible is sort of a double-edged sword: on one hand, it's very descriptive: this is a series featuring Biblical characters fighting zombies. And yet, that title has a sort of jokey, ironic feel to it, as if we could expect to find in these pages David pelting zombie Goliath with his slingshot, or Samson bashing in the skulls of 300 zombie Philistines with the jawbone of an ass. That is not what WOEHW is like. At all.

WOEHW takes place in first century Rome, when the Christian church is still literally meeting underground. This Rome has an even bigger problem than rogue religious sects, though: the dead are walking the streets, looking to feast on the living. The no-nonsense Roman authorities make the obvious connection: clearly the adherents of this new religion, with their strange rituals in which they claim to eat the body of their dead founder, are somehow causing the dead to rise. The Romans' solution is to stamp out the cult, starting with their leader, Father Polycarp. But what if Polycarp is the only one with the power to end the plague of walking dead?

The action in WOEHW builds slowly. Very slowly, at first. After a few chapters I started to wonder if we were ever going to get to see any serious zombie action. Don't worry; the action comes. And when it does, you're fully invested in the characters facing the zombies. Not only that; Stant actually makes you feel the pain of the zombies themselves.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars but a great idea. Expected more
Kind of slow, but a great idea. Expected more.
Published 23 days ago by Christopher Clancy
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must read for the zombie aficionado!
Stant Litore once again delivers on his promise to make early biblical and church stories raw and shocking and beautiful again, ripping figures such as Saint Polycarp and ancient... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Ed Sweeney
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Thought-provoking
I had been wanting to read one of Stant Litore's books for some time, and so I naturally gravitated to the one set in ancient Rome.

I'm so glad that I did! Read more
Published 1 month ago by A.Haviaras
4.0 out of 5 stars I love all the kindle books
I love all the kindle books, I read nightly and enjoy a quick escape. Thank you for getting me back into books! Read more
Published 3 months ago by ally
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Normal Christian Horror Novel
If there is such a thing...I purchased this book thinking it was a "normal" horror novel, only to discover the Christian undertones setting the pace for the story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by David R. Cole
4.0 out of 5 stars We can feed on each other, or we can feed each other.
Now it's saints, Romans and zombies. Zombies in the coliseum. Zombies in the poor neighborhoods of Rome. Zombies breaking into the homes of the patricians. Where is hope? Read more
Published 6 months ago by Glenda Boozer
2.0 out of 5 stars A good idea, poorly written.
A good idea, poorly written. It might have made a decent short story. I became bored with the author's tendency to describe the same scene or idea several times with only minor... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robert Fogtop
2.0 out of 5 stars cannotstay with just to hardtop staywith these characters. it is a...
Cannot stay with its all over t he place to hard to follow these characters just too different cant wrapmy brain around the language.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great book. Piqued my interest the entire time. Highly recommend, not just for historical fans or zombie fans or religious fans.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A heart-wrenching and inspiring tale of the living and the dead
I must confess that I had high expectations coming into this novel; expectations that were quickly surpassed by the sheer prose and message of it all. Mr. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Nathan Herrera
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More About the Author

Stant Litore is the author of The Zombie Bible series, Dante's Heart, the Ansible Stories, and the novella The Dark Need (part of the Dead Man series). He has an intense love of ancient languages, a fierce admiration for his ancestors, and a fascination with religion and history. He doesn't consider his writing a vocation; he considers it an act of survival. Litore lives in Colorado with his wife and two daughters and is at work on his next book.

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