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The Dying Times: Nadene's Story in the Times of the Living Dead (The Survivor Chronicles Second Edition Book 1) by [Kittrell, Brian]
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This book is a genuine masterpiece of this type of genre.  This book was so good I found it hard to believe it was from a first time author. Do yourself a favor and buy the book. You won't be disappointed. --Sandra Heptinstall --Sandra Heptinstall

Unlike Stephen King or even Jack London, "Dying Times" was easier to follow, and at the same time, just as interesting.An excellent read. If this book was a movie, I would be the first one in line to buy my ticket. --Nickie Hopkins

It is a well-written novel, the characters are well played out, it is a fast paced read, there is not a boring moment in the book, and the ending is just enough to make you want to wait on the next book from the series. --Greyz Grimalt

"The Dying Times" is a thoughtful read with much to be relished for readers of zombie fiction. --Midwest Book Review

The Dying Times is a fast paced story with plenty of action, some interesting characters, and enough zombie thrills and gore to please the fans of zombie fiction. --Brit, Bitten by Books

From the Author

I am so very pleased to present this story to the world at long last. Writing has always been a passion of mine, but I never pursued it until recently. I wrote the first sixty pages of this book and put it down, thinking to myself that I would never write anything that anyone else wanted to read. Almost a year later, I picked up those sixty pages again and started adding to it, little by little, until it reached over one-hundred
pages. At that point I decided to let a friend look at it and tell me what she thought.

Her response was shocking to me: she liked it very much. That made me think that I might be able to finish it, and that it might be appealing to others. So, I finished the book, let my friend proofread it again, and sent it out to reviewers. After receiving several rave reviews, I said to myself, "Maybe this thing is worth publishing after all." So, here you have it, The Dying Times: Nadene's Story. I certainly hope that you enjoy reading my very first book at least as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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  • File Size: 582 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Late Nite Books (September 22, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 22, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009FPRHT8
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By K. Petzinger on August 19, 2011
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Ok, so this story sounded good and the reviews are positive. The story even started out well. The set up went on for a while where we meet 2 families, including one girl who gets stomach cramps when something bad is going to happen (no explanation given at all). That's a little odd, but ok, I can deal with that. Then it just all fell apart.

SPOILERS AHEAD

So, the US is attacked by biological weapons. People start to flee the cities. After getting to know the two families, we then leave the one behind as a mother and her young daughter decide to head away from the attacked area to Texas. Ok, so far so good. But then the crazy begins. While getting her car from where she works, the mother is grabbed from behind by a smelly, drunk, homeless person who scares her. Ok, that makes sense. But then when he asks her to ride with them, she says sure since he seems "harmless."

The 3 of them drive for a while (seeing no one as far as we know -- really???) then pull over to get gas. At the gas station they find a dead woman. They call the police (who actually respond) and find out that the woman's throat has been ripped out. Then a zombie attacks their car. The policeman shoots him dead (again) with some difficulty. Then the dead woman with no throat gets up and starts to attack them. More gunfire. Down she goes. Then the mother goes all nuts about how can we shoot these people since they're just sick. And the policeman procedes to explain to her what's going on. Because she's just so dumb she doesn't understand that if you're dead, have no throat, and attack people, then you aren't just infected with a virus. You aren't just angry (another one of her earlier suggestions). You are, in fact, a zombie.
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By kelstahz on January 10, 2011
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I just checked an old email address of mine, and saw that my review of this book had a bunch of comments, most of them calling my opinion a load of bull. I even had a reply from the author accusing me of being in the industry myself, and of having some ulterior motive. (Like what, I wonder?) Anyway, I felt a bit guilty about hurting his feelings, and deleted the post.

Now, five minutes later, that decision has made me feel like a bit of a hypocrite. I still stand by my review, even if the author's friends do not. It's not as if I revoke the failing grades I give my students when they cry (you see, I'm a teacher, not a jealous author,) so why would I revoke some well earned criticism? As I tell my students, it means I care about quality writing.

Here is my old review, in all it's nasty glory. :)

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As much as I love to support self-publication, books like TDT are what give the industry a stereotype of producing horribly plotted, shoddily developed wastes of time that no real publishing house would touch. Kittrell's work reads like a twelve year old's fanfiction; his characterization is shallow, the plot is boring and pointless, and he seems to think PMS is the natural state of all women, at all times, but not in a funny way. And as if that isn't enough, I haven't even gotten to the actual writing! Here is an excerpt from the novel which speaks for itself:

As they approached, a scene not as apparent as seen from the police station made itself known.

Ohmygawd. Nuff' said.

Only I have a couple more things to say...

1.) Naming two of your main characters 'John' and 'Wayne'? Imagination, dear sir, IMAGINATION!

2.) The characters need not have worried about the zombies, but asphyxiation by diesel fumes.
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By Suzanne on September 28, 2011
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I thought the book was good, there are some things that bothered me but overall it was a good read. I read it in two days. The characters were pretty good, had a pretty good plot and the writing wasn't bad (not too many typos that I noticed). I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 stars because the 7th grader gave driving instructions on how to get into town and to the airfield pretty precisely. I have a 7th grader and he couldn't find the broad side of the barn in the back yard with a map and a flashlight. There were also a couple of other minor things that made me roll my eyes but for the most part I "bought it".
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Very realistic, I couldn't put it down. The ending had me on the edge of my seat. Best zombie book I've read in quite some time. You're in for a treat if you buy this book. I can hardly wait to read more from this author.
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At first I wasn't sure about this book. Not really into reading about zombies from a teen's side of things. However, it wasn't too bad. A few of the details were very slim but all in all I enjoyed the suspense.
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I don't understand why a mother who supposedly cares for her daughter would pick up a homeless bum reeking of alcohol and invite him on a cross-country road trip with them.

I don't understand how the characters were clearly exposed to zombie movies (a zombie was described as behaving like a "zombie in one of those old movies"), but were unable to apply any of that information to their situation. Every single zombie fact had to be discovered by scratch from them -- if you're going to have your character not be familiar with zombies, you have to set them in a world where zombie fiction doesn't exist. Otherwise, any reasonable person would immediately declare: "That's a zombie. Shoot for the head and don't let it bite you!"

I don't understand why John abandoned his girlfriend and family to travel to Texas with a group of people he didn't know after seeing just two zombies. Wouldn't it be worth it to try to drive to their homes and make sure they were okay? I mean, we're talking about his parents and the woman he was about to ask to marry him.

I don't understand why everybody in the book was so obsessed with getting to Texas.

I don't understand how simply making a u-turn on the interstate a couple of minutes before a nuclear warhead went off would save you. It isn't really something where a couple of minutes makes the difference between death and being injury-free.

I don't understand the nature of Naddy's premonition. Apparently she gets really bad cramps before something bad happens? The author's unwillingness to really describe what was happening was annoying. Naddy gets up from bed at one point because her cramps are so bad. She then comes back to bed and her friend's mother is changing the sheets and telling her to get back into bed.
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