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Plague Town: An Ashley Parker Novel Kindle Edition
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"Read it – I zombie dare you. Fun, fast, read." - Affairs Magazine
"More action than season two of The Walking Dead." - Horror Talk
"Chock-full of gore and zombie romance... a fresh spin on an otherwise tired genre." - Daily Grindhouse
"If you want to read an alternative reality version of Buffy where she battles zombies using samurai swords, then this delivers in spades. It’s funny, it’s revoltingly gory in just the right way and I’ll be picking up the sequel when it rolls around." - House of Geekery
"If you like butt-kicking heroines with a fair dose of snark and humor, then you’re going to love Ashley." - Geek Mom
"An instantly gratifying, blazing fast read and that speaks to its cinematic, fast paced approach to storytelling." - Ravenous Monster
"If you’re a female fan of the zombie genre, get this book. If you’re a male, get this book." - We Zombie
"A diverting, entertaining zombie siege novel – complete with all the delicious, bone-crunching, blood-gushing awesomeness a zombie lover could ever want." - Book Smugglers
"If you love zombies, strong, sarcastic heroines with heart, and fight scenes that will knock your socks off, you’ll devour Plague Town!" - My Bookish Ways
"Delightfully gruesome." - Nerds in Babeland
"If you enjoy zombies or are a supernatural-lover but have found yourself tired of the watered down vampire genre, check out Plague Town." - Icon vs Icon
"Plague Town is a fast-paced read which will satiate any zombiephile’s appetite. It has been described as Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets zombies, which is definitely accurate, although does not do nearly enough service to the book’s skillful delivery of action, humor, gore and romance." - Starpulse
"[A] fun, fast-paced read." - Fantasy Matters
"A well written thrill ride that took me by surprise. Highly Recommended." - Reading & Writing Urban Fantasy
"Not only is the prose good, but it’s seasoned with a dash of steamy romance and an excellent sense of originality and pacing... it survives the zombie apocalypse in style." - Misprinted Pages
"Reminiscent of the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer..." - Evil Dead News
"You love zombies? You loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Your one true wish and secret desire is that someone would come along and mash the two together in an exquisitely violent yet equally hilarious fashion? Stop searching friends, Dana Fredsti’s Plague Town, the first novel in a planned trilogy, has delivered the goods." - Opinionless --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- Publication Date : April 3, 2012
- File Size : 790 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 350 pages
- Publisher : Titan Books (April 3, 2012)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B005C5M4MU
- Lending : Not Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Best Sellers Rank: #233,358 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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This is a well told zombie tale with sympathetic characters some of whom get absorbed into the large population of zombies in this town. At first, I thought that the sheer number of zombies was unreasonable but it's a college town with a student population of 2000 students. Then you have the teachers and staff plus tourists on their way to/from the Redwoods.
The town is picturesque and plausible. Stores, apartments, small shopping complexes, tourist "traps", and the college itself.
The characters are well-defined and each have their own voice. Because its a college venue, the average age of the characters tends to be in their early twenties. I doubt that there are many graduate students at this college.
I was surprised at the number of typos in a book published by Titan Books. These weren't misspellings but were typically misplaced double quote characters in conversations. It happened often enough that I was distracted and remembered this problem as I type this review.
The bridge from the end of this book into the second book in the series came right at the end and was appropriately balanced. I'm onto the next Ashley Parker book, Plague Nation.
This book combines three things I really love about zombie stories;
1. Interesting, flawed characters to root for
2. Zombies showing up to muck up everything
3. fast paced action mixed with strong world building and character development.
As an added bonus Fredsti has added a few twists to the zombie genre, well, at least they are new to me, first off being the covert government group working to contain the outbreak and past outbreaks around the globe. Sort of a zombie fighting Medicine sans Frontier, but with a different foreign name and a past that would rival the Knights Templar for secrecy.
Into this maelstrom of guts and biting enters the main character, Ashley Parker, she's 30 something, divorced college student. She has an attitude and isn't afraid of confrontation. She's back at school after suffering through an especially harsh strain of the flu, or so she thinks. What's especially great about Ashley is she is a strong friend and speaks up for herself, this is no shrinking violet afraid to hold a gun. She throws herself whole heartedly to her new life as a zombie slayer.
Usually with a book like this the character would do something dumb and sentimental to save her boyfriend or wouldn't believe that the zombies she encounters are killers who are too far gone to be saved. It is definitely one of the strengths of the novel.
Also is the fast pace of the story. From infection to attack to training, it all moved along at a cracking pace. It was a book that I started to worriedly check the bottom corner of my kindle to find out how much of the story was left. I was loving the book so much that I didn't want it to end. When I got to the 80% point, I had to get online to find out if there was a follow up book yet.
Now that is a book I can recommend one that has me searching out the next book by the author.
Read this if you like The Mark Tufo series, World War Z, Apocalypse Z and the Newsflesh series. If you are looking for action, thoughtful and smart people trying to deal with the outbreak in the fastest and cleanest way, then this is the book for you. If you don't want a lot of angst and hopelessness, again, this book pays off. But if you like that in your stories, or a bit of philosophical rambling then this book just wont fit you.
Also, and I can't even believe I have to say this, but this book has flesh eating, zero brained zombies. They don't drive cars, use guns or do anything at all to suggest that they have brain cells firing. These are mindless, brain eating corpses and they don't move very fast, not running full out swarms of bull*&^! zombies like I saw in the World War Z movie.
But as anyone who read the tortoise and the hare, the steady, shambling pace of hungry zombies can quickly overtake a human running full out because humans have to stop to rest occasionally, zoms never do.
Also, the characters call the dead biters zombies from the beginning, there are too many times that I get tossed right out of a zombie book because apparently none of the characters have ever heard of a zombie before.
In every way this book was super fun and interesting and I can't wait to read book 2
The good: This is a fast paced book. Although the plot has been told over and over before, "Plague Nation" was still a lot of fun. I really liked fellow wild cards, Mack and Lil. In fact, I liked them more than I liked Ashley herself, not that I didn't like Ashley. One of the greatest scenes happened when Ashley and Lil decide to go into town to save Lil's cats. Trust me this book is worth reading for that scene alone. The ending was also amazing. I seriously zoomed through the final 25% of the novel and this was a really well plotted and exciting climax between zombies and humans. The author also added some scenes told from the perspective's of the victims or zombies. These were among the more gruesome sequences but they added much needed tension and information.
The not so good: At first I really liked how the wild cards immersed themselves in zombie pop culture...everything from tv shows, to books, to movies. But the references got old pretty quickly and nothing ages a book like overdone pop culture references. I think this entire device should be banned by serious authors. As I said earlier, I found the book to be fun but this story has been told so many times before that it was hard to find new twists to tell. Some of the angles employed in the book are new but nothing felt amazingly fresh. We find out a secret about the main male in the story right toward the end of the book. It is a shocker. Ashley should have been more thrown off by the implications of the secret and what that means for the character realistically but she didn't seem worried or bothered nearly enough. After it had time to sink in at least, I would have thought she would have had more questions. This bothered me a little bit.
So overall it was worth reading and I am likely to buy the sequel "Plague Nation". I think the author shows a lot of promise and talent and I'd assume the next installments will get even stronger.
Top reviews from other countries
I don't normally read zombie fiction. I do like the occasional zombie movie, and absolutely loved the Evil Dead series (who doesn't love Bruce Campbell?), but when it comes to books about the zombie apocalypse I generally to find them a bit 'meh'. However, this one has me thinking maybe I should re-examine the genre.
From page one this book is just packed to the rafters with action, zombies, sass, attitude, zombies, violence, humour, zombies, pseudo-science and enough pop-culture references to keep any geek-girl(or boy) happy. The writing style is punchy and easy to read, and fairly keeps the pace going at a fair old clop.
The narrative focuses mainly on the series' titular character, Ashley Parker, who is a college graduate who gets bitten by a zombie and then finds out she's immune to their bites and as a result develops zombie-hunting superpowers. She's then 'recruited' by a secret organisation whose primary mission is to contain the outbreak and make sure the world doesn't find out that zombies are real.
Okay, maybe not the most original plot in the world, but who cares when it's so much fun to read? This is what I'd call trashy popcorn fiction at it's damn-near best, and I'd happily recommend this to anyone with even a slight interest in zompocalypse fiction or similar. Not quite worth the full five stars, but it did come damned close.
The Zombie Apocalypse has started at 'Big Red' but the unsteady aren't getting it their own way thanks to a small group who are resistant to the virus.
An enjoyable zombie romp in the style of Buffy the Vampire Slayer......and thankfully the first in a series.
I look forward to reading the rest of the series.