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The Secret Apocalypse (A Secret Apocalypse Story Book 1) by [Harden, J. L., Harden, James]
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  • File Size: 4233 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004I8WNR8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,213 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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I would really like to give this book a good review, but I'm almost at the end of the book and the typos and grammatical errors just keep getting worse as I read further into the book. The plot is good and the characters are fun to read, but I can't believe that anyone would allow a book to be published even as a Kindle book without re-reading the thing themselves, or at least having a friend read and edit it for content.

Try this:

""I don't if I shot anyone,"

and a sentence later:

"I guess the men in black where sitting back, waiting for us"

a paragraph later:

'Because they're they only ones that say 'fearless' on them"

Very annoying! There are so many better Z books out there, that this book should be a VERY LAST resort for anyone wanting to get into the genre.

-D
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This book came up on my recommendations page while I was starting another book. I downloaded the sample intending to read it and see if I wanted to buy the book. I was planning on going back to my original purchase. After reading the sample, I was so intrigued. The book was so good that I could not put it down!!

The premise is the story of a girl who is the lone survivor of an apocalypse. The entire continent of Australia is under quarantine. Everyone wants to hear Rebecca's story. Since I read this on the kindle, I am not sure about how many pages this story is. It had about 2450 locations. The reason that I am saying this is the fact that I blew through this book in an afternoon! I'm not sure if it was short or if I just could not put it down(which is also true). I rooted for these characters! This is a virus zombie apocalypse. The victims are dead and fast. They are mindless. They are like the 28 Days Later infected with the bleeding and mindless rage, and the need to infect at all cost to themselves.

The infected are not the only scary thing in this book. I mean not only are you in this situation with infected everywhere, but you are being annhilated at every turn by the military. I thought the writing was well done. The only complaint I have is that it is over! Also, I thought that some of the situations at the end were too much of a huge coincidence, but you have to suspend some belief for anyone to know anything!
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I hate to give poor book reviews but I hate PLAGIARISM more.

Fans of John MARSDEN's book Tomorrow, When The War Began (this author is John Harden... what a coincidence) will fill all the gaps half way through the book when a scene from the MARSDEN book is ripped right out and slapped into this one with barely a tweak to cover it up. Suddenly you will remember why the "disaster scenario as told by a teenage girl with an asian love interest" bit sounded so familiar for all those pages you'd just read.

As an aside, I can only assume the author is a teenager himself because a lack of real world experience shows painfully thoughout the book.

On one side we have a character that is one year out of high school and is already on patrol as a police officer (flying solo no less). This is a far cry from the easily researched reality of six months at the academy, one year with a proabationary officer and years more riding shotgun and playing second fiddle to more experienced officers.

"An easy mistake" you might say, but then we have another character that appears to have gotten into the U.S. Marines at 16 years of age (via fraud, fair enough) and emerges two years later as a sniper/afghan veteran, supposedly with over 100 kills. Boot camp? Sniper school? Or did they just hand him a rifle and air-drop him into Taliban country?

These are just two exampes. There are plenty more. This feels like something I'd have written in high school when I didn't know jack from squat. I'd have still rated it higher but for the fact that the author is ripping off John Marsden (once again, the author of this book going by the name of John Harden surely cannot be a coincidence).

One star. Play by the rules and do your research.
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I got 5 books from this series when they were free for the kindle. I will not be buying any more. I've read 5 books and while I enjoyed the first 2, they are fast going down hill. The plot is repetitive; save Maria, find shelter, and no progress is ever made. The characters keep having the same arguments and making the same bad decisions again and again. The sentence structure is awful with words missing or misplaced as well as lots of wrong word choices (passed instead of past, they're instead of their). It is also confusing trying to figure out which book goes first. Chronologically speaking, it seems like "Villains of the Apocalypse" should be first. It appears to follow the scientists as they are creating the OZ "zombie" virus. The Secret Journal has a part 1 and 2 while the other books are numbered 1 through 4. Maybe the author wrote a prequel and found out they were addictive and just kept writing one more prequel? It doesn't help when most of the books start with a scene and then go back to tell you how they got in this sticky situation.

The description on Amazon is a bit vague. Here's another one.

Three scientists have developed a virus intended for use as a weapon. They are testing it on various groups that no one should really miss (refugees, terrorists and people smugglers for example). There is a containment breach in the Australian Outback and in a short period of time, the country is overrun with zombies. A media blackout meant to control panic and prevent the story from getting out also keeps most of the world ignorant of the disaster. Most of the story is told from Rebecca's point of view, she is an average 16 yr old girl.
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