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Fire: A Zombie Apocalypse Novel (Elements of the Undead Book 1) by [Esmont, William]
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From the Author

I began the novel that became Fire in the midst of the Great Recession, when my own world was crashing down around me just like that of the characters in the book. Mired in anxiety over the future, I poured my energies into Megan and Jack and Hollister, setting them loose in a post-apocalyptic wasteland that on some days, was more appealing than the real world. A story of good and evil, of damaged goods versus false perfection, it's still one of my favorites.

About the Author

William Esmont lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife and a motley collection of Great Danes, cats, and chickens. He's a software engineer by training and has spent his career working in industries from video games to industrial controls to high-tech manufacturing. When he's not writing, he enjoys cycling and exploring the mountains and deserts of the southwest.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2283 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Devious Productions, LLC; 1.1 edition (May 5, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 5, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZR04ZK
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This is a decent zombie/apocalypse story. It reminded me of The Stand, not that the author is as good as Stephen King, not too many writers are, but that it's about the end of civilization and separate communities of good guys and bad guys forming. Who have to fight off roaming bands of zombies.

It took me a long time to get into the story, until about 40%, because it jumped around a lot at first with the author setting up the characters and the backgrounds. Then it gets to the story of the survivors and was a good read right until the end.

This is not a stand-alone book; there is no resolution at the end. And from the author notes it appears the sequel has not been written yet. It's still worth reading, especially for free as it is as of this date (Kindle edition-I accidentally posted this review on the paperback edition.)

In response to the one other review, which was critical, the story does start out in a brothel but after that there is very little sex, and even in the brothel it is very mild.
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First off, before I picked up this book, I read a few of the bad reviews. One or two readers mention the sex scene at the beginning and how they found it offensive or almost quit reading because of it. The scene is, in fact, quite well done, and certainly not X-rated as one person mentioned. When I read the scene, I was like "That's IT?" :)

It's hilarious to think that the sex scene in question offended these people MORE than buying a book about things that EAT people! I'm reading scenes that are quite intense in the depiction of zombies eating people, and yet that's OKAY to these offended readers? How can a person be okay with violent material but scream X over one exceptionally tame sex scene?

Come on.

Really. (Shakes head)

Anyway, as zombie books go, I enjoyed this one. Esmont has a very readable style about him and his action sequences are well done. The characters in here are faced with some intense situations. There are some scenes that are very well presented, with a reasonable amount of gore. (I grew up with Stephen King and Brad McCammon, so I'm desensitized somewhat.) I just picked up the copy of Air, and I'm looking forward to getting into that.

If you enjoy zombie books--this is a fine read.
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I really enjoyed this first book in the series. Most of the book concentrates on character development and the setting of the environment for the future story. I agree with the thought that it reminded me of The Stand, but there is more than enough action and suspense to keep the story moving through the developmental stages.

Highly recommended, and I look forward to the next installment.
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I just finished reading this book and I sit here not exactly sure how I feel. I read in a review before me that this has the same feel as The Stand by Stephen King to it. It definitely does, though not nearly as good.

For a zombie book it hit good on the gore that you except, but I never really felt any real fear of them. It seemed to me that there was never really any real threat, sure there where a few spots where things got tight, but it didn't come with the nail biting, jumping at the shadows feel to it. Honestly there where a few times that I forgot I was reading a book about zombies and had an "oh yeah" moment when they would suddenly come up again.

It could just be me, but I never got a close feel for any of the characters in the book at all. I could not have cared less if they all died at one point. I know that comes across as cold, but I like to have someone to cling to in books like this, and if they don't make it in the end I want to feel for them.

All in all I want to say it was okay, nothing terribly bad and nothing great. Kinda like eating a meal that has no real taste but fills you up so you are some what satisfied in the end.
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This was one that grabbed me at the beginning. The only thing that I didn't like was at the start it lost me a couple times switching back and forth from 1 person to another. But within the first few pages I learned the names of the different citys,and it made it a bit easier. I highly recomend this book!!
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I thought this book was very, very good. Now that I have found so many free/inexpensive Kindle books, it is hard to wade through all of the badly written, boring, and badly edited books to find the few gems, so I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. Once I started reading it, I finished it in a day (not too long, though), and I was disappointed when it was over. Would definitely buy another book from this author.
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I've read several Zombie Apocalypse type books, some better than others. As far as I can tell these books are not about the Zombies but, about the way people survive the Zombies. Zombies don't have feelings, they don't procreate (unlike some vampires) and they don't really interact with each other or the uninfected humans (except to eat them). So what you should have is a book in which people you can care about are trying to survive almost insurmountable difficulties. Usually, if I get a freebie I will buy a book by the same author because I know they give them away as a draw to get the reader hooked on the story and they need to make some money in order to keep writing. This book did not make me care enough about the people or plot lines to entice me to purchase the next in the series.

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I really couldn't find anything likeable in any of the characters. One of the female leads showed a few signs of becoming a strong character, but, then she would just fade out. The premise was a little shaky in that the virus swept around the world in a matter of hours with no explanation of how it started. Then the author unleashed atomic hell on what was left, but, it was OK 'cause none of the main characters seemed to have been affected by it. Some of the Zombies did become radioactive. One of the men lost his mother, two daughters and wife to the Zombies due to his own stupidity, the author should have kept the women and children alive and killed him. By the end of the book I really didn't care if they all died.

Probably the thing that is most annoying is the authors misuse of descriptive phrases. Once in a while NOT once and a while. She wouldn't give him the time of day NOT she wouldn't give him the time of the day.
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