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Zombiestan [Kindle Edition]

Mainak Dhar
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Book Description

From the author of the sensational Amazon.com bestseller, Alice in Deadland, comes another unique and action packed take on the zombie genre.

It began with stories of undead Taliban rampaging through Afghan villages, and faster than anyone could have anticipated; the darkness spreads through the world.

In a world laid waste by this new terror, four unlikely companions have been thrown together- a seventeen year old boy dealing with the loss of his family, a US Navy SEAL trying to get back home, an aging, lonely writer with nobody to live for, and a young girl trying to keep her three year old brother safe.

When they discover that the smallest amongst them holds the key to removing the scourge that threatens to destroy their world, they begin an epic journey to a rumoured safe zone high in the Himalayas. A journey that will pit them against their own worst fears and the most terrible dangers- both human and undead.

A journey through a wasteland now known as Zombiestan.


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"Dhar puts a completely new and unique spin on the typical zombie novel...Another unique trait this novel holds are the truly strong and well-developed characters. Unlike many novels of this type, the focus isn't solely on the walking dead and the havoc they reap, instead a tremendous amount of time is spent focusing on the character development, the evolution of the characters as they progress on their trek to safety...Zombiestan is truly a thrill-ride of a read. Don't let the zombies frighten you way from a truly impressive read." 
-       Jenn's Bookshelves
 
"With Zombiestan, Dhar introduces a new an interesting twist to the classic zombie story...Zombiestan is very engaging, and incredibly easy to get caught up in." 
-        Devourer of Books
 
"Zombiestan, with its international setting, non traditional zombies and fast paced action gives the zombie subgenre a fresh new spin and a novel that I feel can easily appeal to hardcore zombie fans and those new to undead literature...Zombiestan is an early contender for my favorite zombie audiobooks of the year, and one I hope gets the appreciation it deserves." 
-     The Guilded Earlobe
 

About the Author

Mainak Dhar is a cubicle dweller by day and author by night. Mainak has eleven books to his credit including the Amazon.com bestseller, Alice in Deadland. Learn more about him and contact him at mainakdhar.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 365 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Severed Press (June 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055KTC2M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,753 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crazy, different, and a very fun read! August 26, 2011
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I didn't know what to expect from this book, and it took me awhile to buy into the story and the characters. Once I was there however, I found this book to be very different from 'normal' zombie fiction. Zombiestan comes from an incredible imagination, and is probably the best edited download I've purchased this summer. Thank you, Mr. Dhar, for this outlandish, crazy, and downright fun take on Zombies. I look forward to your future works!

J.W. Vohs, author of Zombie Crusade
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38 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Umm . . . wow. August 14, 2011
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I figured for 99 cents, how bad can it be?

Pretty bad.

Slight spoilers (I only made it like 5% of the way through before giving up in disgust).

Apparently mixing radioactive material, a virus, and another poison with the explosion of a missile results in a zombie virus. All right . . . I could somewhat suspend my disbelief and go with it.

But then we learn that the virus not only zombifies its victims; it makes them gung-ho terrorist jihadists who tie black turbans on after rising from the dead and then begin spreading the plague. I wasn't sure I'd read it correctly when he described waves of black turbaned zombies rampaging through America, so I skimmed forward and . . . yes. Yes, he did.

Take a pass on this one.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your time, pass on this August 29, 2012
By EE
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*****THIS IS NOT A SPOILER FREE REVIEW!!! IF YOU'RE PLANNING ON READING THIS - STOP NOW!******

I got this for free, when notified about it on Facebook. Being a fan of various genres, I thought I'd give it a shot. Much like watching any Saturday night movie on the SciFi channel, it's about four hours of my life, I'll never get back. The zombies, aren't, since they can run, talk and basically think. They can be shot to pieces, including head shots, and not go down. Add this to the somewhat thin characters and very basic action scenes, as well as the reason the zombies are created (original, but kind of silly) as well as the plodding plot, and this is just not a well done book. If this was the first draft, I could understand the problems (especially with ranks in the military, hey, hit Wikipedia, there's a whole list), but that's just careless, sloppy background work. If you're looking for a great zombie novel, grab Philip Nutman's WetWorks (no, I'm not the author, but I have read it several times) as well as others that are more worth your time and money.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Zombie Book February 23, 2012
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After reading "Alice in Deadland" I wanted more of this author's zombie novels! I immediately purchased "Zombiestan." If you are a fan of the Zombie genre, you will likely enjoy this book. The story follows a small group of unlikely friends (a teenage boy, a teenage girl, her 2 year old brother, a Navy SEAL and an elderly female professor) who are trying to survive. Somehow these heroes learn to rally together to survive against Taliban Zombies who are extremely fast (Dhar ignores the slow-walking, foot-dragging zombie stereotype) and frightening. There is nothing more chilling than the author's description of a hoard of Taliban soldiers who are becoming more and more capable of carrying out their psychotic plan to destroy the world and convert every human to their cause. I found myself on the edge of my seat and read this book in 1 to 2 sittings. Unlike "Alice in Deadland" this story has no conspiracy theory, but is just a fight of good (humans) against evil (Taliban created zombies). Plus, for 99 cents you can't go wrong!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Joseph
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This is a zombie book that I really liked. I never thought I'd actually enjoy reading about the care and protection of a group of people like I did in this book. I think the writer is a younger man beginning his writing career and this is a very good book and I hope to read more from him in the future. The only reason I gave for the four stars instead of five is, Sir please fogive me, the characters and story is a little less developed than I think it could be. On the other hand, the book 'as is' is a fun and homey read. Aspects of this work got through to me and I related to more than works by other more 'accomplished' authors. Mr. Dhar, good work, Sir. I hope to read more from you. Thank you for giving hours of enjoyment in my life!!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The story has great pacing! August 16, 2011
By MarKJ
Format:Kindle Edition
My son bought this and made me read it. He told me that World War Z was going to be made into a movie, I gave it a go because I've heard a lot about this from friends at work.

Then I read Zombiestan. Zombiestan has firmly made it's place among my list of must reads. The story has great pacing, and all the action you'd expect in a good book of this genre, but what really made Zombiestan stand out for me was the human aspect. The characters were brought to life brilliantly, and the very diversity of the characters (a SEAL, a young man, a three year old kid, an old writer) made it fun since the writer took the time to establish each of them well enough that you cared, and when one dies (I won't spoil it by saying who), you really feel for them. I found myself rooting and read with a smile on my face as they went from one hair-raising adventure to another. Another reviewer gave this book 4 stars for the happy ending, but that makes it a 5 star for me!

Very good read, and a steal at 99 cents. As someone who loves the the Kindle, this is one writer I am sure to keep watching for. I already downloaded one of his other copies.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Zombie Novel
Another enjoyable novel by Dhar, focusing on the war in Afghanistan where the soldiers fighting for freedom encounter a new enemy in the form of the undead.
Published 3 months ago by J. Michael Gallen
2.0 out of 5 stars "Captain David Bremsak was going to war again, and this time it was...
On the Afghanistan border two top Al Qaeda leaders are planning the downfall of America, and they plan on doing it with an acquired toxin that will kill then reanimate all of those... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mark Louis Baumgart
3.0 out of 5 stars It has plenty of action and is a fun read but I didn’t feel myself...
A new take on the Zombie apocalypse , “Zombiestan” follows a group of survivors as they make their way to through India facing a new type of zombie (I won’t spoil it here). Read more
Published 5 months ago by Drew (@drewsant)
4.0 out of 5 stars Good ,zombie story
This reads similar to the author's other zombie stories. It's set in the middle east in current times and follows several different characters as they fight for survival. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tom Merrick
2.0 out of 5 stars I could not finish it
I tried to like it, but one fundamental flaw of this book that kept nagging me is how the zombies behaved. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Akhenatonio
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
I loved this book too! I read almost nothing bur Zombie books these days and this is one of the best yet. I hope a sequel is in the works. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lee Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild major plot point, outstanding zombie jihad tale!
Look, if you're ready to accept the dead rising from the grave, accept the major plot point of the zombie jihad. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bowie V. Ibarra
5.0 out of 5 stars zombies really? REALLY
I never thought I would like zombie stories but I am a fan of Dhar's stories, very well written stories. Read more
Published 7 months ago by ljm
4.0 out of 5 stars Zombiestan was short but still great
Loved the Alice in Deadline stories. Zombiestan covers the start of the whole zombie epidemic. There are some discontinuities between the characteristics of the zombies in the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by r. jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly fantastic and exceptional zombie book
I am an avid reader of zombie novel and Zombiestan by Mainak Dhar are absolutely fantastic, unique, well written, with great characters and a enjoyable read. Read more
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More About the Author

Mainak Dhar is a cubicle dweller by day and author by night. His first `published' work was a stapled collection of Maths solutions and poems (he figured nobody would pay for his poems alone) he sold to his classmates in Grade 7, and spent the proceeds on ice cream and comics. Mainak was a bestselling author in his native India with titles published by major houses like Penguin and Random House and with one of his novels (Herogiri) being made into a major motion picture. In early 2011, he began to use Amazon to reach international readers through his ebooks and became one of the leading independent authors in the world with more than 100,000 books sold in his first year. Mainak is one of the top selling horror authors on Amazon worldwide and in March 2013, became the #1 bestselling Horror author on Amazon, momentarily unseating Stephen King. His bestselling Alice in Deadland series is being made into a TV series in the US. Learn more about him and contact him at mainakdhar.com.


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