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Zombie Attack! Rise of the Horde [Kindle Edition]

Devan Sagliani
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Amazon Bestseller, Voted best Zombie/Horror E-books of 2012 on Goodreads

'Zombie Attack: Rise of the Horde' is everything the blurb promises it to be, and much, much more! A tale of despair and sacrifice, small precious victories, farewells and reunions, and subtle spirituality, "Zombie Attack: Rise of the Horde" is a book I would highly recommend to readers looking for an enormously thrilling story with a degree of depth to it. As the book ends with a bit of a cliff hanger, I sincerely hope that we'll soon see more books from this brilliant author."

Books for Tomorrow, 5 of 5 star review

"Whoa! This book is a super exciting fast paced trip! I enjoyed it greatly. So will I be buying the next book? Hell yes I will. Without a doubt!"

Contagious Reads, Lori

"An excellent composition of prose, action, dialogue and foreshadowing is Rise of The Horde that is indicative of a well-seasoned story teller. Devan Sagliani's endeavor is tremendous in luring readers into anticipating more and more. Whether you're an avid reader or been bitten by the curiosity bug in zombielore, there's a little something for everyone in Rise of The Horde."

Horror News, Dave Gammon

"Zombie Attack! Rise of the Horde by Devan Sagliani is the book you, your friends, and your kids (provided they like sweet gory violence) should be reading. I mean it. If I had sum it up... I would say, "What the hell are you still doing here? Why haven't you bought it yet?"

The Geekest

"Novice author Devan Sagliani breathes new life into a tired over indulgent genre. His concept of appealing to a mass audience is firmly grasped and unrelenting. Once delving into the narrative of this novella, the tale becomes infectious and downright addictive. Many avid readers will have difficulty putting it down." Rick Amortis, Hellnotes

When 16 year old Xander's older brother Moto left him at Vandenberg Airforce Base he only had one request - don't leave no matter what. But there was no way he could have known that one day zombies would gather into groups big enough to knock down walls and take out entire buildings full of people. That was before the rise of the horde!

Now Xander is on the run, fleeing south to Port Hueneme to locate his brother with nothing but his martial arts training and the katana blade left to him. Along the way he'll have to fight for his life against other survivors, neo-Nazi's, outlaw bikers, gang bangers, cannibals, cult members, and a seemingly endless sea of flesh hungry zombies.

But Xander is far from alone. Traveling with him are Benji, a 12 year old comic book geek, and Felicity Jane, a childhood celebrity with wild mood swings. Will they make it together in one piece to the safe zone or will they become the next meal for a hungry horde of wild zombies?

Zombie Attack! Rise of the Horde is filled with pulse pounding undead action from the very first chapter up until the bitter sweet end. From rock stars and celebrities to false prophets and miracle workers, this book has it all! The story takes off like a bullet and doesn't slow down until the last sentence. You won't be able to put it down!

Editorial Reviews


"One of the best YA zombie books I've ever read." Feed the Zombie Children

"An excellent composition of prose, action, dialogue and foreshadowing is Rise of The Horde that is indicative of a well-seasoned story teller. Devan Sagliani's endeavor is tremendous in luring readers into anticipating more and more." Horror News

"Devan Sagliani breathes new life into a tired over indulgent genre. Many avid readers will have difficulty putting it down." Hellnotes

"This was such a super fun and highly entertaining story, I could not put it down! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys badass characters and bold story lines, you won't be disappointed!" Bookish

"Sagliani manages to pull out another winner." Bookie Monster

"What really brings this entertaining story together is Sagliani's writing style. He turns violence into poetry."  Bricks of the Dead

"The story moves very fast...readers won't find any time to be bored. Fans of Jonathan Maberry's "Rot and Ruin" series will like this one as well. I'm eagerly waiting for the rest of this series!" Living Dead Media

"Whoa! This book is a super exciting fast paced trip! I enjoyed it greatly." Contagious Reads

"Everything the blurb promises it to be, and much, much more! I would highly recommend to readers looking for an enormously thrilling story with a degree of depth to it." Books4Tomorrow

"I highly recommend Rise of the Horde to all fans of zombie fiction, especially those who plan to survive the zombie apocalypse!"  Toni, My Book Addiction

"Full five out of five stars...This book is basically everything you could ask for in a YA zombie-apocalyptic!" Starry-eyed Heart Book Blog

Product Details

  • File Size: 5525 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Permuted Press (June 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008FR27YC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,484 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars winner Winner Chicken Dinner! October 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Straying from the usual plot of trying to create a stronghold and stand their ground, Zombie Attack! Rise of the Horde takes us on the road. Trying to get to his brothers military base, Xander picks up new comrades along the way. In Sagliani's world, where zombies aren't the only monsters roaming the streets, Xander and his friends face neo-Nazis, marauders, cults and other evils of a fallen society.

Where all it takes is a single bite, this group of misfits suffer the loss of loved ones, childhood idols, and each other. Xander, jaded and suspicious, displays instincts and common sense far beyond his years. Trained by his soldier half brother, Moto, Xander is skilled in martial arts and wields my favorite weapon...the katana. Unassuming Benji looks to Xander for direction like a lost puppy dog. Xander takes Benji under his wing, protecting him from the torments of man and zombie alike. These two fast friends come across teen actress Felicity Jane. Having fallen victim to the child actor stereotype of substance abuse, Felicity Jane manages to pull herself together and team up with Xander and Benji.

No zombie book would be complete without a few religious zealots. Sagliani manages to sneak in my favorite apocalyptic quote "the dead shall walk the earth because Hell is overflowing and there is no more room for them". And doesn't it just figure that during the apocalypse, the only things left airing on TV are The Jersey Shore and Jackass!?

Appropriate for the Young Adult masses it was written for, Zombie Attack! Rise of the Horde balances the right amount of horror and emotion. Sagliani manages to pull out another winner. The characters were relatable and genuine. The story was fast-paced and unexpected. I love that Sagliani hints at the possibility of zombies having a hive mind and working together. read my entire review at [...]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a great book for any adolescent zombie enthusiast. As a former middle school/high schoolteacher, I know how difficult it can be to get young people to read. Many books just don’t hold their interest. Teen readers are too old for children’s books, but aren’t ready for full content adult books either.

Recently, great adolescent literature has emerged. Books like The Hunger Games and Divergence, not only draw young readers in, but also appeal to adult audiences. Zombie Attack! Rise of the Horde is just such a book, interesting to adults and to young readers alike. The story will suck you in and you won’t want to put the book down!

The plot focuses around a heroic teen, Xander Macnamara who must cross dangerous territory in the post apocalypse world to be reunited with his military brother, Moto. Along the way, Xander, collaborates with other young travelers, twins Joel and Tom Parker, a young celebrity named Felicity Jane and his best friend Benji Jones.

What ensues is a wild roller coaster ride through the zombie infested world they live in.

The story is believable and the characters are well developed. Adult zombie lovers and adolescent readers will love this fast paced and heartfelt zombie tale.

You will love it no matter how old you are!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just another Zombie story... October 14, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Running, always running and protecting his friends.
A little boy who watched his family being killed and loves comic books.
Felicity Jane.
A beautiful teen actress who becomes part of Xander’s family.
Let’s get one thing clear I still dislike Zombie stories…

Xander sets one goal for himself, to reach the base where his brother Moto is stationed. In the process of reaching this goal he protects Benji, who is bullied by older boys. He takes Benji with him. He meets a teen celebrity, Felicity Jane, and the trio becomes each other’s new family.

The unlikely bizarre circumstances that plague their trip is sometimes too much, yet the investment I ended up putting in these characters, who slowly unfolded their full personalities, was enough to keep me turning pages. I needed to see them safe.

Mr. Sagliani uses words to create three amazing characters. Are they perfect? No, they are kids trying to survive a most horrendous virus known to mankind.

As the reader, we see the Zombies. We hear the Zombies, but they are not overwhelming, even I could put up with them because the journey Xander embarks in puts his character on display. He’s strong. He’s courageous. That’s what we see on the outside. We also see his internal struggle, the one that shows he’s only a kid.

Well executed. It kept me turning the pages until there were no more to turn, but there is, book 2. In the next book will Mr. Sagliani continue the development of these wonderful characters?

If you are a lover of Zombie stories this one is a must read.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Honest Review April 9, 2014
By Jessica
I am a bit torn between two and three stars here, I keep reaching up and changing the rating. Let me type up why I feel this way, then I'll see what I'll do about the rating.

The beginning of the book started off strong. You could see the action coming and realized once the book got its pacing that there would not be much standing around. In the pro column the book did a swell job of that, it was brimming with plot and kept moving. When I started the book I was convinced it was going to be fantastic, and this was with serious reservations - I start most books with reservations. Some of my favorite things in the dawn of the book with the descriptions and occasional introspection.
There seemed some promise in the characterization, they gave some back-story for Benji and he was relatable. Felicity while not entirely relatable was likable.

Unfortunately, for whatever reason, this seemed to stop completely or hedged down to the bare minimal. The main character, Xander, ceased to develop or evolve into much of a character. The physical descriptions seemed to drop down dramatically leaving you wondering what was going on. And what was going on? Really, not much in the background. Many of the explored places were empty besides a singleton zombie to move the plot along, or a very non-threatening horde. Where were all the zombies? Entire neighborhoods were empty. That aside, Xander seemed to be the only one to ever do anything in combat situations, and the things he did seemed very unrealistic.
What bothered me more than that though was Xander just behaved like no one ever would. He was a simple character, and impossible to get into the head of. I have heard a lot of books that are written in first person tend to struggle with this.
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I really enjoyed the twists & unexpected turns in Zombie Attack! Rise of the Horde... A refreshing take on an American classic theme.
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More About the Author

Devan Sagliani was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from UCLA. He is the author of the Zombie Attack series, The Rising Dead, A Thirst For Fire, and the Undead L.A. series. Devan also wrote the original screenplay for the movie HVZ: Humans Versus Zombies. He writes a bimonthly horror column for Escapist Magazine called Dark Dreams. in 2014 he launched the At Hell's Gates horror anthology series, which donates all proceeds to The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund to help wounded soldiers and their families.

Devan is an active member of the Horror Writer's Association. His fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Million Writers Award. In 2012 his debut novel Zombie Attack! Rise of the Horde won Best Zombie/Horror E-book on Goodreads. It's now a certified Amazon bestseller and can also be picked up at Barnes and Noble and other book stores.

He currently lives in Venice Beach, California with his wife and dog.

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