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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (August 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143275923X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432759230
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,364,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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65 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Alexander M. Moir on April 7, 2011
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I know the zombie legionnaires will hang me for this, since so many seem to have loved this book, but I need to warn people who prefer to read books THAT HAVE BEEN EDITED about this.

This is essentially a self-published book, probably by some pimply kid or twenty-something with some dough to spare. It appears that the book was not edited in any way. In the first 6 pages, you come across the terms "US Marine Corp" (CORPS) and "it had fell" (clearly wrong). This makes the overall work come across as sophomoric and unprofessional. I couldn't get past that point, I was insulted I'd spent so much on it.

The prose is also childish, with descriptions about how the moon is shiny and spooky, and everyone does everything hurriedly, gingerly, etc. It's the kind of language I used when I wrote a "novel" at age 13. The characters are clearly one-dimensional husks that make the characters in any Romero film seem like Shakespearean creations.

Don't waste your money if you can't stand bad chop-shop jobs. If you can look past that and just want a thrill, I dunno, maybe this is for you. Personally, at about 380 pages, I'd rather get my cheap zombie thrills on screen.

I'll be sticking to Max Brooks.
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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Shari Ivie on October 16, 2010
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Very fast paced. I found myself wanting to read "just one more section" before going to sleep. Well written, because you simply don't want to put it down. The character development was good enough to cause me to be on the edge of my seat at times. I appreciated the fear and confusion the characters were going through. So many zombie stories make it appear as if the character has trained their entire life for just such an occurrence, but it was clear that no one had any idea what was happening to them or what do to. They simply wanted to stay alive, making it even easier to empathize.

I definitely recommend this book for the sheer enjoyment of the read.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Robert E Vaughn on November 15, 2010
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Strong storyline and good pacing; if you're a fan of "The Walking Dead" then this is a book you need to add to your collection. The characters are fully evolved and you can feel the danger as they do. There is a strong gritty realism that makes you think "What would I do?" At a little over 300 pages it's a quick read but you want to read every word. I know I'd read more stories set in this world. Only a small warning that this book is not all ages appropriate for language and violence.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By M. CUMMINGS on April 7, 2011
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One day, I may spend some time eviscerating this book in great detail. I would enjoy that immensely as payback for the time wasted reading it. For the moment, however, let me state that is poorly written. And poorly written to such a degree that it is distracting and takes you out of the zone completely. There is not one sentence that is constructed well. Plus, the dialogue is painful. Nobody speaks like the characters in this book speak. It also seems to be written by someone who does not understand people. What I mean is that the characters are implausible and written like a child's idea of adults. For instance: In my entire life I have never met someone who took a long, relaxing bath before work in the morning. Yet we have a woman-a mother, no less-who does so before commuting to her job as a lab technician. In a different kind of a book that would be a signal that all is not right in Denmark. Yet here it is presented as part of the scenery. Likewise, I have never known a woman who would enjoy being described as "pleasantly plump." These are odd and numerous and implausible and distracting. And they go on and on. Not surprisingly, cliches abound. And there is flagrant use of italics. It seems as if every other paragraph has a word that must be italicized, for what reason I am unsure. Finally, and this really is the final nail in the coffin, it's a bit of a bore. Stay away!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Turrall on March 14, 2012
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I struggled with this book so much, I don't know where to start. In short, this is one of the worst books I've ever read - I strongly urge you to check out the other negative reviews here before deciding to buy this, to get a comprehensive view of all that is wrong with it. I can honestly not understand how any self respecting Zombie fan can score this higher than a one.

It actually started out great. The first few chapters got me hooked, the characters seemed interesting and the premise good. My interest started to wane not long before the extremely drawn out build up of the Mayan prediction (dec 2012 blah blah blah). 75% of the way through the book, there was still nothing going on. Just pages and pages of boring dialogue from flat characters.

We finally jump back to the original group of characters, who far from the intrepid bunch I expected from the description at the outset, turn out to be the most stupid and careless pack of survivors ever. I found it hard to keep track of the supposed timeframe in this novel but I gathered they'd been "surviving" for some months. Goodness only knows how.

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One of the first things they do is break into a hotel, clear only the lobby before they all enter, including injured woman and baby who have no hope of self defense, then set up home for the night in various rooms they also don't scout. Amazingly (thanks to the author) they encounter no zombies, but they are intrigued by a Banquet hall (because apparently food is stored in Banquet Halls, not the kitchen area used to cook said banquet) . Yet they do find food there and proceed to pack a ton condiments first. Sigh. Great idea, limited space and gas, lets waste space and weight on mustard.
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