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Escape from Zombie City: A One Way Out Novel Paperback – October 17, 2011

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"ESCAPE FROM ZOMBIE CITY is a really fun read and welcome addition to zombie literature." - Shroud Magazine

About the Author

Ray Wallace hails from the Tampa, FL area and is the author of THE NAMELESS, THE HELL SEASON, the short story collection LETTING THE DEMONS OUT, and the One Way Out novels ESCAPE FROM ZOMBIE CITY, ESCAPE FROM ZOMBIE ISLAND, and ESCAPE FROM ZOMBIE PLANET. He also writes reviews for SFReader.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Apex Book Company (October 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937009017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937009014
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,336,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So, I guess I was deprived as a kid, because I've never read a Choose Your Own Adventure novel before. After reading EFZC, I now know I was definitely deprived. EFZC is a clever combination of a Choose Your Own Adventure/One Way out novel, meaning, you have one way to survive and a bunch of ways to die really gruesome deaths not only at the hands (or should I say teeth) of Zombies, but also a plethora of other unsavory characters. After awhile I got used to dying and looked forward to my next death, and then out of no where, I made it out! Wallace's fast-paced writing style, dry wit and vivid imagination make for a novel that is highly entertaining. And this is not a novel just for horror junkies either. Anyone who has an appreciation for cleverly-crafted, well-told stories will enjoy this book. Thought-provoking too. After all, the object here is to survive. What decisions will you be forced to make to get out alive? You can only know by reading the book...

Hard to believe that an adult version of the Choose Your Own Adventure concept has not been done like this before... the possibilities are endless here. I could see Wallace developing a cult following with these books. I'm definitely looking forward to the next one...
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Zombie City is a hellish labyrinth that will test both your instincts and ethics. As you are outnumbered by hordes of flesh eating undead your will to live is challenged by the question posed "what will you do next?". As if that wasn't enough, you must also make split second decisions to survive the deadly "Howlers". Much like the Nameless, Ray has put a spin on a modern monster by taking it to its next horrifying evolution. With so many possible endings everyone is sure to find one they enjoy. Just don't expect to make it out alive.
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I LOVE horror books!!! Anything to do with gore, killing, psychopaths, you name it!!! Awesomely enough, in Ray Wallace's "Escape From Zombie City," I got to be the main character. I havent read a "choose your adventure" book since i was in grade school, and none of them were nearly as awesome as one dealing with flesh eating zombies!!! The book gives you the chance to make decisions and actually think about what the consequences could be: are your going to survive this zombie circus? or are you going to be eaten alive?? Every choice you make leads to more choices and if your lucky,a way out. Sadly, it turns out that I wouldn't make it too far. Ray Wallace did a great job of really playing to the senses, letting you smell the acrid breath, hear the howls, and feel your adrenaline kick in before you make the choice that could be your last. I did not want to put the book down and really liked going back and reading the different scenarios. Definately recommend this book to fellow horror lovers :)
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I love zombie movies, zombie video games, zombie stories…and now I love zombie interactive books where you, the reader, decide the outcome. I was so addicted to this book and was pulling my hair out trying to make the right choices so that I could survive. Needless to say, I died many times and was sent back to the beginning to start over. I can’t even explain properly how exciting and stressful this book was to me. It was written in first person so that I was the one running away from these crazy flesh eaters, the humans who stole my weapons, and doing everything I could think of to get out of the city overrun by zombies.

There is no romance here, there is only survival of the fittest and the smartest. And sometimes the obvious choice for survival got you killed and the riskiest choice gets you to the next level. Like I said, it was nerve wracking, and I think I went through every option available before I finally survived and escaped Zombie City. If you are a horror and zombie fan, then I believe you will love this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book, Escape from Zombie Island, and this time I will be taking more chances and hope to get off the island before I die many horrible, horrible deaths. What fun!!
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So many choices, and I chose one of the shorter versions to the story. Love the many clothes available and have shared it with my sister, who's also into choose-your-own-story books. Recommend to others also into the horror genre.
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By Celtic on September 3, 2015
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This is a choose your own type of book. I loved these when I was a teen, so I purchased this one. Figured I would give it a chance. I am having a lot of fun. I am glad I picked it up. It's well written.
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It took me several times but I finally got out. I hope you write another one because I had so much fun. My husband thought I was a howler! Lol. Great fun reading. So worth buying especially if you have never done a find the right path book before.
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This one is not for the faint of heart or the easily discouraged. Wallace will diabolically set up a story line and develop characters only to have the all the options lead to literally dead ends. Be warned, but it is all part of the fun and challenge.

That said, I did enjoy the book. I took me a while to find the right path, and the choices made sense for the most part. The writing style was entertaining, though I did find myself skipping ahead to see if I would actually die, because the death scenes can sometimes take a very long time to develop, and it makes no sense to read ahead five minutes only to find out you have died.

Nevertheless I found myself having a lot of fun with this one. The descriptions of the zombies are really good. It is truly the most challenging CYOA I have ever done, though unfortunately there was a lot of randomness to it as far as choosing what direction to go/what street to go down, choices you really cannot solve using logic or zombie survival intuition. I wish there was less of a luck element to it.

Also, you shouldn't get this if you are annoyed at having to backtrack after you've gotten to a dead end. There is a back button that usually takes you back built into the Kindle device, but sometimes it won't work. It would be nice if back links were included at the end of death scenes. I had to start over from the very beginning several times just to find my way back.

If you're a fan of the CYOA genre or zombies in general, then you will probably enjoy this book. It is reasonably priced...only be ready for a challenge.
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