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Zombie Crusade [Kindle Edition]

J.W. Vohs , Sandra Vohs
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Former Ranger Jack Smith watched an Army bio-warfare experiment go horribly wrong in an Afghan village in 2001, escaping only after he turned to a makeshift mace and bayonet to destroy the skulls of the infected creatures that bullets to the chest could not stop. With the traumatic experience seared into his mind, he earned his Ph.D. in ancient history and began developing medieval weapons-making skills after he left the service. When the virus broke free from the Hindu-Kush Mountains a decade later and rapidly spread across the globe, Jack knew how to fight the monsters created by the infection: 21st century technology combined with deadly medieval tactics and weaponry. Jack and his former squad-mates lead a resistance against a zombie apocalypse in a crusade to ensure humanity's survival.

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About the Author

J.W. Vohs is a former soldier, student, and teacher of History and English. He believes that unless the people of this world make some big changes in the ways they live, nature will eventually hit the reset button on the human race. The big question is whether modern society will experience a slow apocalypse or a rapid collapse, but the end of this phase of culture is doomed. The follow-up question concerns how the survivors of the coming collapse will survive in the new world that will emerge, and many of his writing efforts focus on presenting possible futures for humanity. J.W. also writes historical fiction, and his novel, Tours, a story built around the 732AD battle of the same name is currently being prepared for wider distribution after being published on Amazon Kindle last year. Currently working on the sequel to Zombie Crusade and a follow-up to Tours, J.W. lives in Indiana with his wife and children, where he hunts, fishes, reads, and prays for the safe return of his sons in the military.

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  • File Size: 453 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0097Z3FD8
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sign up for the Zombie Crusade September 12, 2012
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Zombie armor. Why didn't somebody think of this before? Seriously, the idea has been bandied about in other books, but seldom has any writer actually sat down and figured out the best way to protect survivors from zombie bites as was done here. Then there is the whole "shoot them in the head" thing. Sounds good in theory but headshots actually pretty hard to pull off consistently on a moving target unless you are a trained sniper. These are just some of the scary ideas found in this unabashedly medieval story about true love and zombie head bashing, and I could not put it down. This story centers around Jack, a former Army Ranger turned history professor who puts everything he has into sheltering himself, his family, friends and neighbors from the zombie apolcalypse, and to take the fight to the enemy. Read it and enjoy the mayhem.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The basic premise is an ex-US Army Ranger (oh yes...another one of them) who encounters something very disturbing whilst on active duty in The 'Ghan and who (lucky, lucky chap) gets left a huge financial fortune as a bequest. In the meantime he gets a Phd in History and becomes Big Cheese at a medieval history section of a Kentucky museum. His worries about the aforementioned incident lead him to (drum roll please!) build a Doomsday Prepper's Wet Dream...a full-on Medieval CASTLE! (in Indiana...natch) with supplies enough to last for "several years". And of course, his old Ranger buddy (and his wife) is the Rowdy Yates Duo.

How's all that meaty goodness taste to you so far?

And of course, in the fullness of time the Zombie Virus arrives and epic tales of derring-do and neo-knightly behaviours ensue with Sir Jack Smith winning through to victory.

What I Liked:
1. The first third of the book set in Afghanistan. This section was well crafted and rang true. It is the high point of the book.
2. Well written at the technical level throughout. I spotted only a couple of typos.
3. The pace hardly falters and the story unfolds smoothly and easily.
4. Action scenes are least until they begin to cloy and become repetitively they soon do.
5. There's a rang of engagement and passion in this yarn..the author didn't hurriedly knock this out to make a spot of gas money.

What Set My Teeth On Edge:
1. The amazing string of coincidences set out in the above synopsis. There's suspending reality...and there's parking it off in the Back Lot behind the plantings. This book requires the a pair of blinkers.
2. The hero, Jack Smith, is Mister Perfect.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and fast read! September 24, 2012
By Greg
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book. First off, the miltary slant was a new one for me and the whole detailed armour and fighting strategy was something I haven't read in a zombie novel. The story reminded me more of a fast paced miliary action story with the addition of zombies. I loved it! I hope J.W. Vohs keeps novels like this coming. I recommend this book as it is a fun and fast read.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bamm!! September 13, 2012
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This is the zombie story I've been waiting to read. J.W. Vohs is new to the genre, but he knows his zombies. He pays homage to the authors of zombie fiction that have influenced him even as he introduces a new way to fight the undead, and personally, I would use this book as an instruction manual if (and when??) the apocalypse occurs. I couldn't conceive of a better way for a group of survivors to fight a long-term war against zombies than what is presented during this Crusade! Another plus is that Vohs manages to weave strong characters into the story while they are involved in nearly non-stop action. While I've enjoyed every zombie novel I've read in my life, I have noticed that most stories focus on either too much fighting, or too much character development. This author manages to do both while maintaining a level of suspense throughout the story. Even at over three hundred pages I couldn't put this book down; well, I did sleep once before finishing it! Buy it now, and then let's start bugging Vohs for a sequel!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but has some problems August 13, 2013
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I am both a history professor and a former airborne/ranger, so the concept of a an ex-ranger historian using medieval weapons and tactics to fight zombies really intrigued me. Overall the book was not bad, it started off strong but tended to bog down as the book continued.

Some of the most pressing problems, first, the main character is just too perfect. He becomes almost a cartoon. Second (and this is a big one) the dialogue is unbelievably contrived. People just do not talk to one another the way they do in this book. It also has far too many speeches about love, honor, warriors, babies, etc. etc. People fighting for survival (or simply people in general) do not speak in this fashion. Third, things just work out too conveniently for the main character, for instance he just happens to inherit $3 million dollars to build a castle after leaving the Army and he works at a medieval weapons museum in "Kentucky"?

The last thing that I did not like is the mutating zombie bit. As the book goes on the author has the zombies getting faster and stronger. This is just an overdone and hackneyed bit. Zombies are zombies, no one needs super-zombies.

All of this being said, it was not a bad book, and it is worth a look. I have ordered the next book in the series, so perhaps some of the problems I have mentioned will be worked out as the author becomes more experienced as a writer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars different
Zombie armor.....interesting idea. Writing wasn't too bad. This book seems an awful like 'Welcome to the First Day' written by a Green Beret about how a GB would handle a zombie... Read more
Published 1 month ago by JA
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombie Crusade
Excellent, action packed from beginning to end. Can not wait for sequel! Best zombie novel yet in my opinion and I think I have just about read them all.
Published 1 month ago by Faye Rivera
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise, so-so writing
This first book of the Zombie Crusade series had an interesting premise and was well plotted. The military scenes and battles scenes were well done, but the writing in general was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by V. Haas
1.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star Review by a bunch of Roosters
The book is just bad. At over 100 reviews on it holds a 4 star rating that it just does not deserve. Read more
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Published 4 months ago by Shannon Gonzalez
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
The book is good but I can't understand why the main character feels the need to remind the other characters that he was an Army Ranger constantly. Read more
Published 6 months ago by JUSTIN KEITH BURNEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing thriller!!!
This is the first book in what is proving to be a completely amazing series!

-well thought out story

-excellent editing - I didn't see any grammatical... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Start here if you want some good zombie fiction
Very well done zombie fiction. I love this series. For people that like to read, this can be a satisfying read for you. Not so technical like some authors for the need to be. Read more
Published 9 months ago by ionnaeus
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombie Crusade
Zombie Crusade, I loved this book. In fact all three books are well done. Be sure to read all three.
Published 10 months ago by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Top 5 in my Zombie Collection - Loved It!!!
G'day, I read a lot of Zombie fiction, don't know why, guess i enjoy the escape. This is one of my all time favorite series, I've read the first 3 and am eagerly awaiting more (... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Aussiefox
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I grew up in a small town in Indiana, but instead of living on the wrong side of the tracks it was the wrong side of the river. I went right into the Army after graduation, and spent almost four years in the 25th Infantry Division as an Intelligence Analyst.

I came home to a factory job, a place where if you watched the workers walk through the doors in the morning you would understand the scenes from "Shaun of the Dead," where he went through his daily routine without realizing that the people around him had become zombies. A few years of that inspired me to start taking college classes; my passion for reading and my obsession with history led me to become a high school social studies and English teacher.

I then discovered that what had been a hobby, studying history, was now a professional obligation that I embraced with almost fanatical enthusiasm. Eventually, I felt ready to pick up the pen and write, which led to "Tours." What I learned about medieval warfare during my research for that novel contributed greatly to the fights and battles that take place in "Zombie Crusade."

I have wanted to be an author since I read, "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Ernest Hemmingway, whose philosophy has been summed up by one analyst as, "We owe the gods a death, but at least we can face the rendezvous like men!" One of my inspirations to actually sit down and start writing novels was John Eldridge's book "Wild at Heart." That book explores the hearts of men, arguing that deep inside our hearts we all long for a righteous battle to fight. You will find the philosophies of both of these men in everything I write, from historical fiction to stories of a zombie apocalypse.

My ultimate goal is to both entertain and educate. The primary message of every story I publish is that freedom is a good thing--something we should be willing to fight for with all of our hearts, minds, and blood. We humans constantly struggle against someone or something trying to take away our natural right to live free, and we also struggle with the responsibilities inherent in exercising that freedom. Whether it be an autocratic militant seeking our enslavement or ravenous zombies trying to eat us, these threats to the physical and spiritual autonomy of mankind are the inspiration for my novels.

Finally, like many of you, something in my soul believes that the modern way of life is ultimately unsustainable, and a horrific time of reckoning is looming on the horizon. I am a prepper, not even close to the best of them, but I am trying to prepare my family for an eventual collapse of our culture and society. I hope I am wrong, and that I will dotter around as an elderly man hearing, "I told you so" from every person I've ever warned to get ready. Still, an underlying theme in my stories is that people must always be ready to ultimately be responsible for their own safety and survival and not rely on any government agency.

I wish peace unto all of you, but as a Machiavellian, I also urge you to prepare for war!

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When can we expect volume 2?
I hope to have it out by Christmas. Thanks for asking!
Sep 15, 2012 by Jerald W. Vohs Jr. |  See all 4 posts
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