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- Print Length: 451 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Waypoint Books (January 13, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 13, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00E4V2FK4
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,047 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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100 Days in Deadland (Deadland Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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|Book 1 of 3 in Deadland Saga|
|Age Level: 13 - 18||Grade Level: 6 - 12|
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I'm now writing the final installment of the Deadland Saga. Deadland Rising covers "Paradiso" from Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. In this tale, Cash comes up against the seven virtues. Release date is expected early 2015.
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If you like characters you can relate to then this is an amazing book to read. It really made me think about what I would do if the world went into madness and Zeds were everywhere.
This is a wonderful book and I can't wait to read the next one.
I really did not appreciate the lack of sleep, so DO NOT pick this up until you are ready to commit to an all-night sleep-defying read!” had a hard time putting the book down.
I enjoyed the relationship between the 2 main characters and how, both having feelings for each other, they took things slow all while overcoming very difficult situations.
This story begins in Iowa and that may have played a small part in my enthusiasm for the story, as I also live in Iowa.
I am not a good reviewer so I'll stop here with, "If you like Apoc/Post Apoc stories, you need to get this book and I believe you will want to continue on with the sequels.
100 Days in Deadland shouldn't scare off readers of thrilling zombie works though. There is plenty of action to go around, a lot of gore and the story stands up as an entertaining read whether you care about the literary references or not. They are very tastefully implanted in the story, and it comes across as a natural part of the plot.
The pace of the novel is very well done. There are hardly any points in the story where the tale seems to lag for very long. Things are always happening that drive the characters to action. While Cash is a strong narrator, Clutch is what really drives this story. The hardened ex-military trucker serves as Cash's guide through hell.
The only awkward moments are some of the early attempts at humor in the dialogue, which don't quite hit the mark. They aren't really funny enough to be entertaining, and don't quite ring true. The scene in which Clutch escapes from Doyle was a bit cliche, the villain leaving the good guy in an easily escapable situation. And, it didn't seem necessary or worthwhile to bring Doyle's wife into it. But these moments are easily forgivable as the work stands up for the quality of the writing and storytelling nonetheless.
So, if you want to know what the book is about, read the 1st few free chapters. :-)
The stars given on the other hand give a better idea for it is per individual, not like movie reviews where one individual / or a few, rates a movie really bad yet the masses love it.
For me it is all about the feelings/ideas/fantasies/"living it" a book gives you, when you “get” into the story, it has to grab your attention. THOSE are the best books in my opinion. They deserve the STARS.
This book, I loved it.
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I had worries about the female MC in this book. She begins as Mia, who persuades a passing lorry driver to give her a lift away from town as zombies appear on the streets. She has a moment of wondering if this guy is a potential rapist but figures escaping the zombies is a more pressing issue. She then gets instantly annoyed when Clutch seems to have no physical interest in her. That really bugs me with female MCs. She fears he's a rapist and then gets offended when he doesn't want to attack her??? How messed up is that???!!! Thankfully, Mia decides to rename herself Cash and concentrates on learning new skills and taking care of herself in the hope that she will be allowed to stay at her refuge. I started to warm to her which was a relief.
Clutch is a prepper and a loner who can take care of himself and doesn't really want to have someone else staying with him and using his supplies. He does gradually start to see the bright side of having an extra pair of hands around the place and someone to assist him on dangerous supply runs into town. I liked him because he was straightforward, capable and not much of a people person which I can certainly relate to! He has been ready to look after himself in any scenario and I liked the way he had his farm set up. I always find the preppers in these books fascinating and enjoy reading about what they do to protect their property.
Trouble really begins when the army nearby sets up local militias to protect their own areas and stockpile anything they find of use for future distribution. Clutch has had dealings with some of these locals before and refuses to accept that these people have the right to take everything in town for themselves. Doyle, their leader is issuing demands for survivors like Clutch to hand over their own supplies or be attacked. When it is clear that even the army men cannot control Doyle, Clutch and Cash have to find ways to defend themselves and start thinking of a way to stop Doyle from taking everything.
This is what I term a typical zombie novel and I mean that in a good way. It has the zombie action, the tense supply runs, psycho armed men, the daily struggle to survive...all of the elements I love in a zombie book. It also has a different storyline for a zombie prepper book in that the army are trying to help the civilians, moving them into well equipped and safe army camps instead of the horrific FEMA camps you read about in other books in the genre! The army men are decent, law abiding and want to work with people like Clutch. They set up militias as added defence and so that these people could keep the camps supplied. Doyle of course is keeping most of the good stuff for himself and is now viewing the army as a threat to his empire. So there are several interesting plotlines woven together, meaning lots of action.
The book blurb indicates that it is based on Dante's Inferno but not having read the book, I can't tell you if this is an accurate description or not. For me, I can only say it was a good zombie novel. I thought the book was well written and I've already bought the rest of the series to read in paperback. It will be fun to see what happens next!
The characters were good - not always likeable - but realistically rendered nevertheless and the action is relentless. Definitely recommend this if you are either a Dante fan/a zombie fan (or both)
The two main characters are `Cash', (not actually her real name, but a name she decided best suited her in the changing world of the zombie apocalypse) and `Clutch' - a grizzled army veteran. The two have practically nothing in common and yet their relationship grows over time and with the experiences they share whilst trying to stay alive.
There is nothing `earth shattering' about this book...it's just a good read, and I would definitely buy another of Rachel's books if she makes this a series. The reason I have not given this a 5 star rating, (as I said it was a very enjoyable read), is because.....
There is one `however' though - I was surprised to see this book had been edited by a professional, as there were many spelling mistakes and several times throughout the book where some words were simply missed out in the sentence...and some, where the sentences made no sense at all. Obviously a spell check was done at some point, as there are also quite a lot of words that are spelt correctly...but they are entirely the wrong word ...maybe shouldn't use predicted spell checker and read the whole sentence to see if the word the computer has chosen is the right one. As I was reading this book, I did give the author some leeway - until at the end when I saw that she had indeed hired a professional to edit it...then I just got a little mad.
I couldn't put this novel down and finished it in record time, it was pretty believable (if Zombie thrillers can be), well worth a punt!!
Beginning with an ordinary day in the office it portrays the rapid breakdown of civilisation into isolated pockets, but the way that the characters and the plot unfold and develop is definitely a cut above the average. The personal telling from the viewpoint of a female actuary, turned survivalist by necessity, adds great depth to what I hope will be only the first book in an exceptional series. I eagerly await the next one. Well done Rachel!