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Empty Bodies: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale of Dystopian Survival (Empty Bodies Series Book 1) by [Bohannon, Zach]
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"Zach comes out swinging with suspense that will haunt you, and you won't be able to look away." - J. Thorn, Amazon Top 100 Horror Author 

"Page-turning, gut-wrenching, and blood-soaked." - K.R. Griffiths, Author of 'Adrift' & 'The Wildfire Chronicles' 

"Few horror writers work as hard as Zach Bohannon. Turn the lights low, and don't let the blood splatter hit you." - Dan Padavona, Author of 'Storberry' & 'Dark Vanishings' 

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  • File Size: 3047 KB
  • Print Length: 219 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Zellwood Press; 2nd (Includes additional edits) edition (February 1, 2015)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00T2710AQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,909 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having read this novel all the way through, it troubles me that there were so many 4 and 5 star reviews. This book was so hilariously bad I found myself reading paragraphs aloud to my wife in disbelief. The writing is so awkward that even when my wife asked me to shut up so she could work I kept laughing out loud. I couldn't help it. She'd sigh and say, "Ok, read it to me," and then she would have to laugh too. Frequently the sentence structure and verbiage were so odd that it seemed the writing had been translated from another language - by a computer program. A few examples:

"As good as he looked in a suit, he could woo any woman with his business professional sex appeal."

"The sting in his genitals reminded him why he'd gotten up.... He felt a different kind of growl in his stomach. His bowels signaled to him that he had more business to take care of."

"The frustration in her voice combined with her tone, sounded like the voice of a varsity cheerleader, and was overshadowed by the smacking of the gum between her teeth."

Initially - when I first wrote a review for this book - I had made it about 1/4 of the way through and stopped in frustration. However, after considering another reviewer's comments that the book improved as it went, and that it is unfair to judge a novel without completing it, I went back and read it from start to finish. I found as the book progressed the writing shifted from amateurish and bizarre to just amateurish. Amidst the 5th-grade-short-story-quality writing were fewer sentences sounding like over-literal translations from Japanese, but there were still some humdingers. For example:

"Instantly, her head hurt and her neck felt like a piece of gum.
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Apparently the Author got 16 friends to write 5-star reviews. It is horribly written - "He felt an ache in his stomach that extended to a sting in his penis, as his bladder was full...The urine finally stopped its flow..." WTH? Crazy, unnecessary descriptions abound.

No reason for a sudden zombie apocalypse, it just happened - oh, but the Zombies BARK, so that's a new twist.
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I liked the characters, but this really needs the work of a good copy editor. Some of the words are not used correctly at all, I did not stop to cite examples and I doubt I will be re-reading it. It was free on Kindle Unlimited and mentally blipping over the errors was not so difficult. This is published by Zellwood Press ( http://www.fictionrex.com/publishers/zellwood-press ) and they have an impressive number of authors listed. But they need to hire some folks to help with the nuts and bolts of publishing, too. The formatting on my Kindle was good, no blank pages, weird spaces or strange indents such as I've seen on other Kindle books. They did need a chapter by chapter link. But, it was free and for free, it was a pretty good read. I'm working on Book 2 now.

I agree with other reviews that the apocalypse was cough, cough, bite, bite - Weee, we're in Zombie land! The author avoids the use of the word "Zombie" like the plague and comes up with his own term for the dead. I'm still on the fence about the bad guy. We'll see how that unfolds in Book 2.
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Some of the reviews here are strongly worded, and some of it is warranted--while some of it may not be. As a reader, it's great to be able to give feedback. As a potential reader, it's also helpful to be able to see what folks are saying about a particular book (or author) before investing time and money.

In my honest opinion, this is a good series; however, the first half of this book doesn't sell it to the reader. Are the reviews that say the book jumps too quickly into the apocalypse? Probably. Is it fair to read only small percentage of a book and say that it's terrible? Maybe with some, but in this case it isn't. The book picks up speed, develops more, and actually shows that it has great potential as a series.

The collapse happens quickly, and without enough detail to give the reader a true feel for what actually went on. The first 30% or so of the book I had the same feeling as walking into a movie that had been playing for 15 minutes--like I needed to catch up--but couldn't. It was a problem for me but as the storyline progressed, the characters did develop and the story backfilled to some extent.

From what I can tell, this book was the author's first work and sure...it shows. I have read the second book in this series, and the improvements to the writing are drastic. If you're a reader who wants to read one long novel that wraps up every single detail and has copious amounts of character development maybe this isn't for you. If you're a reader who is looking to read a series, and enjoy the ongoing development of the characters and the plot, then I think you'll enjoy this.

Bottom line: If you read this entire book and didn't like it but are interested at all in dystopian/apocalyptic novels, read the second book.
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This book was not bad...for another zombie tale.The writing is good, the storyline is good, I just wish I'd have waited to read it. I've read SO many zombie tales lately that it is hard to give an truly objective review. If I had taken the time to browse it, I'd have saved it for later in the summer. However, it was next in my queue, so I dove right in! That said, I'll probably read the next installment of this story; just not right away. Mr Bohannon is an engaging writer and I will definitely check out more of his works.
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