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White Ash on Bone: A Zombie Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jason Campagna , Hillary Holmes
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

(V1.2 notes at bottom)
The story is set in my home town of Butler, Pennsylvania. Classically, the region is the heart of zombie lore. I grew up watching zombie movies that were filmed just down the road. It certainly can impact a young mind.

The novel starts out on what should be an average day. A demented prisoner in the drunk tank, who happens to be subject zero, is brought before a judge to have his case reviewed. He breaks away, the and violence soon spills outside of the courtroom.

White Ash on Bone follows groups of citizens who band together for survival as society breaks apart around them. This is not a story about living in a post-apocalyptic world that is already overrun by the undead. This is a story about trying to survive in the first days of the collapse.

I really tried to capture both small and large scale events in the novel. For example, one group of survivors might be trying to hide out in a garage while another group is watching the military try and maintain a collapsing stronghold in Pittsburgh.

I did not feel the need to make my zombies extra-ordinary. They move, some a little faster than others, but you won’t see them climbing up walls. What you get in the story is an ever growing horde beating in your front door.

This is the first book of the series.

Notes- As of 12/9/2012, I have released a new version with the assistance of a copy editor. This should reduce the amount of typos and grammar oversights from the previous version.

Product Details

  • File Size: 458 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009OWM5KS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,135 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars White Ash on Bone... October 12, 2012
By Chris
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I read the book essentially in 1 sitting over about 6 to 6 1/2 hours, with few interruptions. The book is set in Pennsylvania and the story centers specifically on a few small Counties in Western Pennsylvania, there are some references and "news" reports about things occurring around other parts of the Country, particularly the North East, but overall this is an intimate short term (3-5 days?) look at the start of a ZA occurring in what could be rural Anywhere, USA.

I will start by saying I enjoyed the book a great deal, and devoured it from digital "cover" to "cover" quickly and never felt like I wanted to stop reading and take a break, I was engrossed in the story and wanted to know what was going to happen next. It has a good bit of gore and plenty of gun play and a strong military presence throughout. I will recommend this book to others I know to be fans of the genre.

I do feel the book left a lot unsaid, it does come to a natural closing point at the end, but I was left wanting to know more and what happens next. Perhaps this means the author is planning on writing more books and expanding the world he has created, but I personally hate waiting for the next installment in a series. I have countless other series of books I've read and am waiting for the author to write more.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and read it though in one sitting always hungering for more, and at the end I was left still hungry. I wish the book had been twice as long!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Next Romero October 11, 2012
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This novel will change the way you view the Zombie genre. An impressive up and coming writer who has a bright future. Walking Dead can suck it. Buy. This. Now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star book. November 16, 2012
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The book was awesome! Great character development. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. Can't wait for the sequel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Horrifying Romp through Pennsylvania November 15, 2012
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Have you ever been to Pennsylvania? After reading this book, you might want to stay away - far away. Imagine a travel-log starting in Butler County. You'll quickly become familiar with the county court house and surrounding parks. That's when all hell breaks loose. White Ash on Bone refreshingly resets the recently played-out zombie drama by introducing you to a new premise. For once the reader is not dropped into some under described post-apocalyptic world. In fact, you're dropped into pre-zombie Butler County, Pennsylvania.

The novel starts off slow, portraying one of the main character as she goes about her daily life in the Butler County Courthouse. In very short order, patient zero begins his rampage and the reader is swept up into a staccato burst of trying to figure out what is happening along with the main characters. Speaking of main characters - there are a lot. So many in fact that I found myself no longer caring about the lives of some of them. Some are so rotten that you'd imagine they were living versions of zombies - some so normal that you could see yourself acting the same way in their shoes. For once, characters in a zombie novel are believable. These men and women are not super heroes, which make them very easy to understand and relate to. Unfortunately, for me, there were just too many of them. Luckily, a few die off - so don't fall in love with anyone.

The book reads a little rough, though. There are several grammar and spelling mistakes which the casual reader may be able to ignore, but editors and writers pick up on rather quickly. It doesn't stop one from enjoying the book; it does, however, detract from the high-paced writing style that works so well to move the plot along. There are also some dialogues and actions that just seem out of hand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Writing on a Fourth Grade Level January 17, 2013
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As I read the first few pages of this book I felt I was reading a report submitted for homework at possibly the fourth grade level. I'm not too sure what gave me that immediate idea. Part of it may have been the font chosen, it looked like the old fashioned typewriter font. The writing was poor; I had absolutely no feelings about the main character. I only read 4% of the book; I have little patience for poor writing with all the books out there available for reading. It definitely needs to be reedited also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Characters - Nothing new in concept January 4, 2013
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This book is a standout for zombie novels. The author did not break any new grounds in concepts but the character developments and pacing is excellent. The actions and reactions are realistic. I appreciate that there were no amazing super humans with incredible shooting skills in here. After all, some readers are normal people who have never even seen a gun.

The story originates in a small town in Pennsylvania and imagines what the start of a zombie apocalypse would be like from patient zero. The stories bounces from local officials to the average man. We also get glimpses of the characters' history to build emotional connection.

There is nothing new in the storyline that you wouldn't have seen in hundreds of other zombie novels but I would recommend the book. It's well written and an enjoyable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Average Zombie Tale November 10, 2012
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In the average zombie story, most people expect action, gore, decimated cities, and panicked masses. What most zombie stories neglect to focus on is character development. Too often in zombie stories, the reader gets a narrow perspective of the zombie outbreak, and the reader is thrown into a world that is in chaos days after a zombie apocalypse. That being said, in Jason Campagna's novel, White Ash on Bone, the reader is presented with a unique story that defies these typical conventions. What Jason Campagna has constructed with this novel is a story that stays true to the horror genre, but one that also has the characteristics of a literary novel. The novel unfolds by following the viewpoints of several characters. Some of these characters are directly connected and know each other, and some are destined to meet amidst the outbreak. Each character has an individual perspective on how the outbreak begins; one character views the outbreak from patient zero in a courtroom, one character sees the aftermath at the hospital, and one is at home and sees the plague spread into the streets. From these characters, along with others' perspectives, the reader is given a comprehensive and descriptive account of the first hours of the zombie apocalypse. The author is able to achieve the suspension of disbelief through his nuanced development of sympathetic, and some unsympathetic, characters. Most importantly, it's a fun read and it's hard to put down once you start it. I hope to see a sequel in the near future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A locale saga-Butler, PA
The setting is Butler and its environs. To fully appreciate the novel, you should meet my sister, Dr. Patti Arnett, D.O. and her family and spend some time in and around Butler. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Becky Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Stay-Up-All-Night-to-Read Zombie Apocalypse
In many ways White Ash on Bone is a classic zombie apocalypse novel, but the big twist here is the realistic government and civil militia response that is portrayed. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rebecca Trotter
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book!
Started and finished reading this book yesterday. A lot of great characters and how they reacted to the rising of the dead. A book I would definitely read again.
Published 15 months ago by Anna Dobritt
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent story
If you like zombie stories, then you can't ask for a better one. Description of everything falling apart was excellent. Can't wait for the next one.
Published 16 months ago by James Grude
4.0 out of 5 stars it was good
i really liked the story and i got caught up with the characters. it is worth reading, i liked it.
Published 18 months ago by tammy l krez
3.0 out of 5 stars White Ash on Bone:A Zombie Novel
Pretty good book giving it a 3 stars after watching the walking dead I was getting a good view of how to place myself in the book. Read more
Published 21 months ago by daniel henderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow at first, but a great read
The font was a bit strange, and it started slow, however it turned out to be a great read. The character development made you care about the characters and what was going to happen... Read more
Published 22 months ago by MShlopsky
5.0 out of 5 stars white ash on bone
Very good book,funny thing is it's based here in western Pa. where I live so I knew most of the place's in the book. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Biker
4.0 out of 5 stars C'mon Pt. 2!!
I enjoyed this novel very much and hopefully the sequel will be out soon. If you enjoy reading stories told from different angles and perspectives and where the stories intertwine... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Velos
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful.
I purchased this short novel as a relative release from the world... I simply couldn't put it down. Wonderful. Keep it up Jason!
Published 24 months ago by Chips
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More About the Author

Jason Campagna is a native of Western Pennsylvania where he made his early living in politics and government.

His degree is in Communications from Pikeville College in Eastern Kentucky. He is currently completing a Master's degree at Murray State University.

Today, he resides in Erie, Pennsylvania with his wife and two Siamese cats. Since moving to Erie, he has taken up the hobby of fermenting various styles of mead.

"Despite being educated in literature, I am never going to aspire to those standards of writing. In my own reading, I tend to skip page long descriptions of cooking breakfast. I hope to provide my readers entertaining plot. If I'm going to be successful or fail, let it be on that benchmark."

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