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Planet of the Dead: A Zombie Novel: Book1 Paperback – May 23, 2016

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Living Dead Press (May 23, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935458736
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935458739
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,368,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is a refreshing approach to the standard Zombie novel. The idea of returning astronauts landing at a secret and remote military installation following a zombie apocalypse is interesting unto itself. But Planet of the Dead (which ends rather abruptly setting up a sequel) surprises with the majority of the story coming from a laptop memoir of a military officer who shares what has happened while the astronauts have been on their mission. While that story follows some of the zombie convention which has become the norm, the whole book is uniquely packaged and moves with speed. I will look out for the sequel but hope that it does not dwell too much on the maniacal military leader turned despot who seems to be present in every novel of this genre.
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My Amazon review of John E. Stowers first book, Planet of the Dead, produced a collegial exchange of comments from the author (available for all to see). He had remarked that it looked like he was heading for a trilogy and that is indeed the case. In this second entry, he continues with parallel story lines, chief among them: the trek of astronauts who have returned to find a different world; a colony of survivors; a sword-wielding teacher; and maniacal military personnel. The story has become much clearer and, though Mr. Stowers has laced some intrigue throughout, the conventional aspects of the genre (especially those involving the astronaut characters) entertain the most. There are also a few social commentaries that are extremely understated - in this near future world - America has invaded Venezuela and benefited from the flow of oil. The series could make for an interesting graphic novel to help "illustrate" the world the author has imagined.
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Great idea. Not so great a telling. I've never given a bad review, but I wanted other readers to be warned. This book is so contrived it hurts. Even for Zombie fiction. The "main" story reads well, but the journal is more like a novella within a story and was painful at times to read. No spoilers, so I won't give an example. I think the authors would have been better off sticking with the main story line and characters. I'll not be reading the sequel.
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Yes the book was short, But hey if I wanted to know when every character ever had boil on their butt, or when they fell in love or if they sneezed and the snot went to the right and not left nostril. Lets face it, I'd read some boring Stephen king novel. This novel literally gives all the info you need on the characters and the action starts pretty quickly. The characters are all tied into each other for the most part. But its done so easy there is no need for the life story of each character. I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the sequel. I know the book uses the typical evil military versus the good innocent people with the third party Zombies hungry for victims, but why fight something that works. Kudos to the author for bringing me back to reading horror again.
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Interesting story, although it centers around the return of a team of U.S. astronauts returning from a Mars mission to a zombie-plagued Earth, most of the story is told through the discovered computer journal of a U.S. Army major that the astronauts find. The story is good, although it does have a few flaws. For instance the major's journal sometimes contains events that he could not have been aware of. Also I spent many years in the Army and no one refers to M2 machine guns as "meat-grinders" (Ma Duece, sure, but not meat grinders). Overall this is a very well written entry into the zombie-fiction field and I look forward to the next book in the series.
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I'm a big fan of this novel, but the challenge was the split from the main story to a journal review... which was a touch too detailed for me to buy.

Now, don't get me wrong, the entire thing was really well done and I lost myself in the journal, so much so that it too me a little bit to regain my footing around the preceding tail.

I'll buy the next installment (from the cliffhanger, you'd assume there is one!)
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I look forward to reading this book. I was really close to buying the e-book because I didn't want to wait. But I just like having a real book instead of an eBook. (*Edit* after reading all three books) I ended up giving in and bought the eBook along with the paper copy after I found out I could return the eBook once the other one arrived. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I ended up finishing the first book in about 2 days all on the eBook version because it took the first two books about 3 days to arrive. After I finished the first book I started on the second one right away finished this one in about 3 days. I finished the second book around 10pm one night and immediately ordered both the eBook and hardcover at the same time. I planned on starting the third book and reading for about an hour. But by the time I looked up from my computer screen it was 5am and I had finished the whole third book. All three books are on the shorter side a little over 200 pages. The whole series is really enjoyable keeps you on the edge of your seat; I really grew attached to the astronauts and kept wanting to know what was happening to them. The books and writing get better as the author gains more experience from his writing. I am lookin foward to the next series he is writing and will read it all.
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