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Dead Nations' Army Book One: CODE FLESH: The True Zombie War (Volume 1) Paperback – June 30, 2012
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..." I don't use the phrase `political' flippantly as Dale sets out in his introduction to this work that this story is clearly meant to have a message. It's not your typical zombie slasher in many ways and in my view has much more to say." Sean Page, author of Severed Press' War Against the Walking Dead...
From the Author
(Special note...a clerical error put the next-to-last draft up on Amazon the first few days. I just reloaded the actual final PDF draft (the doc file had been downloaded on accident), but you may see a few missed commas that had been corrected in the final submission. I apologize for this. We had two files accidentally labelled the same)
From the Author
Hi to all zombie, horror, politics, social issues, and news fans who are reading this. Well, first thanks to those who have purchased this, first book in the Dead Nations' Army trilogy, CODE FLESH.
To start we are using the release of this book and all subsequent titles in this series to launch the KID KAT PROJECT. Our goal is to start a mass movement from authors, musicians, and film makers to donate a portion of their proceeds to a NO-KILL ANIMAL SHELTER they adopt. The fund for DNA titles will go toward local shelters in the northwest. We would like to make enough money to help sustain a part-time paid position for a surrogate pet patent to give the animals awaiting a new home a consistent companion they can love.
For any $ amount earned per month the contribution to the SHELTER will work out like this:
$1 - $499 per month = 15 % of proceeds toward Shelter (55% toward Author)
$500 - $1,499 per month = 18 % of proceeds (52% toward Author)
$1,500 - $2,999 per month = 20% of proceeds (50% toward Author)
$3,000 - $4,999 per month = 23% of proceeds (47% toward Author)
$5,000 - up per month = 25 % of proceeds (45% toward Author)
Amazon collects 30 % of all revenues*
We also like to welcome back to our ARMY, those who bought the teaser novella, CODE FLESH (Part I). We hope we reward your support with an even bigger and better story for you to shiver over and have nightmares about...knowing when you wake you awake into the world we have written about, sans zombies...for now.
Don't forget CODE MIND and its hoped for Fall release and the final installment of CODE SOUL sometime in late 2013. Tentatively there are also 10 prequel novellas planned surrounding the same number of key characters you read about in the first two books and they would be set for release prior to the final book in the trilogy.
ALSO, keep an eye out for the "Dead Education's Army" YA trilogy that will be a companion series to DNA and be set in an alternative universe. The first book, "Flesh Code" is expected to be complete by the end of the summer, 2012. An excerpt is available in this book.
Just remember to spread out DNA all over your Kindles...sheets.....of paper....and to all of your friends....
SCRAT WAY! EAT FLESH!
Also, the author is not politically correct, nor will he ever claim to be. He won't stop asking questions and challenging the system that is in place from top to bottom and side to side. He won't stop pressing for the best in life for the people who are the "99 percent"" from coast to coast, hemisphere to hemisphere, continent to continent. He believes for every 1 he angers there are 10 he motivates. Some may not want to back him in fear of what others may think. Some may want to back him to the hilt in hopes of what others may learn.
Remember....we are taking back the 99 percent, one percent at a time!
WHY EXPLORE THE "DNA"
Quite frankly, about a decade ago, I began seeing more and more of what was going wrong in our world. Being both a journalism and history major I tend to wax nostalgic and read a lot about past civilizations and dynasties. It is scary how similar the demise of our nation parallels those of other empires past - think Greece, Rome, Persia, etc.
The difference is, that with the world becoming so much smaller and compact due to technological advancements, the so-called 'elite' have decided to become buddies. It is a known fact that when a populace's decision makers and governmental leaders come from means (you know, Silver Spoon kids), ultimately its nation and infrastructure fails. Why? Well how can the 1 percent who have no semblance of what struggle and day-to-day survival is, relate to the 99 percent? They can't. Historically, they tend to be greedy and want the whole playground to themselves.
The problem is now all of those kids have grown up and can Skype with those of their ilk in Japan, Russia, Germany, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and of course the United States. This does not bode well for the people. Thus, DNA was written as a way to first, entertain, second, educate, and third, predict and show where we are headed if we do not stop this from happening. I mean c'mon? Really? The insurance rates? The medical billings? The gas prices? Grocery prices? Etc. Etc. It's not just us. It's everywhere. But, sadly, if we don't fix it, we are in trouble.
"DNA" tackles multiple issues in today's world, by gently wrapping them in zombie-fied decorations. These include, a military choosing to take a 'winning side' only to find out the depravity of its government's actions. Now what do they do? It also delves into the failings of the educational system, and how political correctness could be used as a way to castrate the strength of a populace. The biggest concern "DNA" deal with is how our society's young are being funneled into a dead end of complete brainwashing leaving them susceptible to a future government willing and able to take over the system with little resistance.
"DNA" basically explores what will happen and what we ultimately deserve when things don't get properly dealt with. If I may offer a teaser...it's the first zombie-horror story with a totally 'happy' ending....but, be careful what we wish for.
LINKS TO DNA
To check out the "DNA" fan page
To check out Alan Dale's Twitter account
To check out Alan Dale's Blog Page
To view the "DNA" Propaganda Videos
Starting in 2001, I began working on a story that would talk about our ability to travel within the Internet. Ultimately, it started to unfold as a tale of dependence on the WEB and technology itself. I completed it in late 2004 and It also is available as an e-book on Amazon. I really like the story, but my writing was still working itself out, at least novel-wise.
"The Enternet: Trapped Inside A WEB"
THE ENTERNET: Trapped Inside A WEB, is a futuristic thriller about Brian Masters, a detective who pursues a web-traveling serial killer only to find that he and the killer are both pawns of Klemm Teegs, the falsely-imprisoned technical mastermind behind the invention of society's cybertravel infrastructure. Aided by the expertise of a mysterious woman known to him only as The Mark, Masters must now save society from total ruin by preventing Teegs from enacting his vengeful and fanatical plan to destroy the infrastructure...or is society already doomed by the nature of the infrastructure itself?
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This is not exactly your regular zombie novel. Yes, it has the flesh-eating monsters we've come to expect, but what makes this different is the world that Alan Dale has placed his novel in.
Without giving away spoilers, the way the zombies come to be in this novel is different, but better than that, is the sneaky sub-plots that run alongside. The strong female lead, the brother/sister dynamic, the politics, and the very scary New World Order.
In one way, it's kind of like Orwell with Zombies.
In fact, I think that's the best way to describe it.
If you want a zombie tale that's different, still contains all the regular gore you'd expect, with a helping of politics and war thrown in, plus a few more twists of looking inside the mind of a zombie, then you'll like this novel.
Yes, there are a few editing things that needed to be done, but I had a very early copy of this and I think the novel was updated since. It just took me a long time to get my review in.
The biggest problem I had was getting to the end and wanting more!
Looking forward to part 2.
This is just confusing and does not encourage the reader to look further. After these reviews by other people come two pieces which I'd call policy statements by the New World Order, at the time unknown to the reader, and the Dead Nations' Army.
These pieces belong at the end of the book, if at all. They are pure infodump, though fans of the genre may be interested. But not at the beginning. At that point you want to catch the reader right away, in the first few sentences. Those sentences sell a book, or not. I don't care what the author's political platform is or is not, nor do I care to be told he is trying to educate me when I am beginning a story.
Jump in with the intriguing piece from a zombie's POV. Don't dump all the political details on the reader right away. Allow the reader to absorb these things through the story. There is enough there for them to learn who these organisations are and why they matter.
Once into the story, it moves swiftly. The characters are well formed and I care about them and what happens to them. There is a little too much telling and not showing with the bad guys. I'm wondering whether some pages from the POV of a super-rich family, moving into a Utopia, would work better than being baldly told, "This is bad guy X, this is his plan for world domination." The best parts of the story are the personal experiences of the characters, particularly the brother and sister who represent the two human sides of the conflict.
The author's grammar is reasonable, which isn't always the case with self-published books. He has some confusion over commas and apostrophes. At a few points, there are commas after nearly every word in a sentence, which makes them difficult to understand. For example he writes, "Quit, eating the doctor!" which looks ridiculous. Or "I am not, Draco Fortellis, doctor." In that second one, meaning is definitely obscured.
I also think that the author could drop the possessive apostrophe in the title. It is permissible to have just Dead Nations Army and have it mean the same thing as Dead Nations' Army. It's not a mistake but it will get mangled by quite a few people who type that title!
The background is intriguing, going from present-day America to an imagined politically-correct future where education fails and people are taught how to feel and what to like. We can see this beginning to happen now. I am not an American but I see the same thing in my own country, Australia. This is frightening and it is all too real.
The scientific background involving the creation of the bioweapons is convincing to me, though my own knowledge is not great and I rely on others to comment there. It's good to see some rationalisation for how the zombies happened beyond the usual "a vaccine went wrong" or "it just happened one summer."
I also enjoyed having the outbreak begin just outside my own home town. Too often Australia gets forgotten and particularly my own city but here we are, first in the line of the mindless munchers! Btw, if the centre was outside Perth, there wouldn't be much for the zombies to eat until they got to the city. We're pretty much it, but we appreciate the honour!
This book makes good reading with several subplots, little political jabs, and interesting characters. The two main character are a brother and sister who well, it's complicated. Their back story alone could make a pretty interesting novel. Fast paced and ends leaving you hungry (pardon the pun) for the next installment.