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The Followers - A Short Tale of the Civil War Undead by [Van Winkle, William]
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  • File Size: 1772 KB
  • Print Length: 55 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Enwritenment Publishing (February 14, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 14, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1465966838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1465966834
  • ASIN: B0079VB6YM
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I enjoyed this story quite a lot; not only the Civil War details, but how it tied in to the zombies. Didn't like the usage of the term 'zonbi' (first time I saw it, thought it was a typo); if it's a zombie, just call it a zombi, but that was the only drawback to the story. Sort of knew where the story was going, but the actual finish was a nice little twist.
Good job by Mr Van Winkle, and thought the bonus short-short story was pretty good also. Ending sure took me by surprise.
When I free up some room on my Kindle, have to look for some more by this author, really enjoyed him, surprising for a cold purchase.
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I like reading short stories because I only have to invest a short amount of time for a potential payoff. If the story isn't engaging, at least I've only lost an hour of my life. However, if it is written well and keeps my attention the time is well spent, and I appreciate that.
Fortunately, William Van Winkle's "The Followers" falls firmly in the latter. The story is set during the Civil War, and knowing that I expected that the mixture of the two genres would be superficial; I thought Van Winkle was just going to take zombies and insert them into a Civil War battle and let the carnage ensue. Instead, the introduction of the zombies is efficiently explained and then eventually cleverly injected into the historical element of the story. The details that lead up to an epic face-off between the Union and Confederate armies are captivating and create an excellent mental image and great dramatic build up all the way to the end. It's clear that Van Winkle exhaustively researched the topic and carefully crafted the plot. Honestly, this story is worthy of being converted to a short film or even a full feature, and I hope that happens. I look forward to reading more stories from this author! Excellent!
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As a kid I remember jokes about War and Peace as the goto title when referring to devastatingly long book. ("That homework assignment last night was impossible. I bet she assigns War and Peace to read for Monday.") However, these days it seems like 800+ page novels are becoming more commonplace. It's a large commitment for the reader which makes the stakes that much higher. I know authors want to satisfy their readers, but sometimes it's OK to be short and succinct and leave the reader wanting more. This is what we get with the grizzly and pleasing novella The Followers - A Short Tale of the Civil War Undead. This is a quick read, but is worth every penny (if not a few more). Van Winkle ups the bar in this new world of epublishing of short stories and "singles" in the easily accessible book device world. Anyone who has dabbled in the "cheap treats" of stories in this format has surely found a few clunkers. Rest assured, this isn't one of them. Combining the historically accurate Battle of Gettysburg with a truly unique take on the origins and biology of zombies, Van Winkle has created a short and (within the context) believable tale that never drags (it isn't long enough) but also is never rushed. Vital scenes are given their due time to unfold with some harrowing and sometimes sweetly repulsive results.
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A nice little read that skillfully intertwines the supernatural horror of zombies with the all-too-real horror of the Civil War. Yes, zombies are everywhere now, but don't let that "scare" you away; This piece is a lot of fun, regardless if you are a history buff, a horror fan, both, or neither.

The author provides enough nods to both genres to keep the die-hards interested, but never strays too deep as to chase away folks just looking for a good little yarn.

Well worth the price tag.
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I give the author credit for delivering characters and dialogue that fit to the period. For me, though, it seemed implausible that General Longstreet would endanger himself by even following the stranger (it would have been easy for him to have sent others in his place) and even more so that he would so readily accept the stranger's narrative. But my biggest complaint is that this story is hardly unique. I was immediately reminded of a Twilight Zone episode ("Still Valley") in which a Confederate officer obtains a magic spell that will freeze the Union soldiers, thereby assuring a victory for the Confederacy. Sounds very familiar to this story (just replace the spell with zombies). And, in the Twilight Zone episode (heads up - spoiler for the 50+ year old Twilight Zone episode), the Confederate soldier decides to not invoke the spell at which point we find out the army is set to march to Gettysburg. Again, a big similarity with this story. Frankly just too many coincidences to a decades old story for my liking.
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Like zombies? Then you'll enjoy reading William Van Winkle's The Followers - A Short Tale of the Civil War Undead. The author manages to easily write in a way that is reminiscent of Civil War era authors. This may be difficult for some readers not familiar with the style, but the artistry involved alone makes this worth reading. I also enjoyed how the author blended Night of the Living Dead type zombies with traditional Voodoo zombies. The characters are well defined and the story has a solid plot. Reading the story made me want to read more about the Civil War. I will definitely be reading more by Mr. Van Winkle.
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