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- Print Length: 367 pages
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- Publisher: Madeline Sheehan and Claire C Riley, via Smashwords (January 12, 2015)
- Publication Date: January 12, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00S6QZXUM
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,351 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
Madeline Sheehan is the USA Today bestselling author of the Holy Trinity series and the Undeniable series. She lives in Buffalo, New York, with her husband and son. Visit Madeline at madelinesheehan.com.
C. J. Bloom is an actress and voice-over artist. She can be heard on commercials, video games, and promos. C. J. comes to narration with a passion for performance along with the capability to span several genres, from romance to children's literature and thrillers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Leisel and Eve are more than best friends. They are creepy they are so close. As creepy as the zombies that walk everywhere, trying to eat any normal humans that they may come across. They wander through an apocalyptic world with the only good man left in creation, Alex. There were two good men left, but Jami was killed in a heroic attempt to protect the heroines when they escaped the bad, bad people of Fredricksville.
Eventually, they end up in Purgatory, another town with living inhabitants. Not nice people, but living people. But it seems that the only good people left in the world are these three. Everyone else is on a manic slide into depravity. Everyone else? Come on. The bad people will allow our good guys to stay, but they must work to continue to enjoy the security of the town. Leisel can’t do anything well but whine and zone out at crucial times. O yeah, and dance. Like a go-go girl. Come on. Seems that all the men left in the world are sex-crazed maniacs except Alex. Eve is good at ring fighting, but proves to be equally gifted in giving sex for favors. Or so she thinks. Alex also can fight, and he is good at it. So, the odds are stacked against him. Come on. I could see his demise coming from a mile away.
If you have ever seen an episode of ‘The Walking Dead’ you have seen the book, with slightly different characters. Unfortunately, as the TV show, it wears thin after a while. All the death and desperation loses its shock effect after a while. The zombies are just props. I was hoping to get something new from this book, but it was not to be. The ending offers a glimmer of hope for the continuation of decency in the species, but by now my mind is set. They will die a nasty death, too. Fade to black.
Initially, I was under the impression this book was more about the living dead rather than people doing their best to stay alive. Survival underpins every turn in this story. Genuine friendship is rare and valued in this new world, lucky for Leisel and Evelyn they have been able to keep their friendship intact. Leisel and Evelyn keep each other going, with their friendship the reason they continue to conform to the rules imparted upon them. Their ability to survive in a changed, scary world so far has been supported by each other. A dystopian world where healthy people do everything they can to stay that way. Desperation, power and greed are prevalent in Fredericksville. One day when it all becomes too much, one of them snaps and they soon discover there are others who will do anything to keep them safe apart from each other.
When faced with the bleak reality of this changed world, people’s priorities change and their actions often become reactions. The pressure was immense to stay alert, not crack under the pressure and show no weakness. Of course, few people can remain hardened at all times, Evelyn and Leisel were no exception.
As the situations were varied, it was interesting to see the dynamics between the survivors adapt accordingly. It meant that no character became predictable, nor the plot. Early on I was desperately hoping not all was as it appeared, and then towards the end, it gutted me to realize that the outcome I hoped for was no longer a possibility.
Just when it seemed it was only a matter of time before all was doomed, hope suddenly appeared in a promising opportunity to continue to exist in a non-threatening situation. That is, until the epilogue when there was a change in tone of a character that I was beginning to soften towards. I’m not quick on dismissing the character in question, but it is going to take a massive injection of compassion to sway my opinion, which I can’t imagine happening.
I could easily stop reading this series at this point, happy for any of the questions to remain unanswered but there’s a niggly thought that keeps me wanting to check in and see what’s happening. What I will do is have a breather, because this has been an intense story, full of emotion and raw survival.
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I went into this book expecting lots of flesh eating zombies, gore and death with some snippets of love and friendship thrown in, but ultimately I was expecting gore and if I'm honest I was a bit apprehensive to start reading it because of this.
I was very wrong, yes this book has zombies, yes there is some gore, but mostly this book is about friendship, love, humanity and survival. And believe it or not this story is beautiful, full of so much feeling and emotion.
All I can say is if your not sure about this book you are truly missing out on an amazing read!!
A hard-hitting, action-packed, survival of the fittest apocalyptic horror story that delivers! Every aspect of this book is thwart with challenges but fought head on by two extraordinary friends and a good man who remembers what it's like to treat yourself and others with respect. The virus that struck our lands and eradicated most of the human species is a threat, but falling into the wrong hands of the living can be deadly.
Thicker Than Blood may be a little reminiscent of The Walking Dead but it also had a very profound and refreshing edge. Madeline Sheehan and Claire C. Riley have written a very clever, shocking and upsetting story and weaved it with a beautiful friendship and growing love story that every reader will be able to appreciate and identify with, even if they are not necessarily into the whole zombie genre. Yes, their are 'rotters' roaming the earth, and no, it's not a pretty sight but this story reflects more on the adaptation of civilisation, and what a very sordid and unsettling picture it paints.
Women are nothing but currency, slaves to sex, a chip to barter for food, shelter and clothes in a world that has very little left.
Once upon a time Liesel and Evelyn had it all. A happy marriage, a nice home and a good job. But everything changed when the virus struck and the dead started to walk. Running from their home, they found sanctuary in a place that offered shelter and hope but laden with a responsibility to keep the human race thriving, they were partnered off to a man not of their own choosing. They survived in their makeshift world, only to run for their lives when Leisel, having suffered at the hands of her abusive captive husband, killed him in cold blood to escape the harsh reality that all hope of a new and peaceful existence is gone.
Evelyn is more wayward, her newly acquired husband unaware of her sexual escapades with Jami, a guard at the compound. Upon hearing of her best friend's demise and being put to death over the murder of their leader, they, with the help of Jami and Alex, a guard and Leisel's one true saviour, they barely make it out only to find they have left one hell for another, and their real journey is only just beginning...
I cannot tell you how many times I read this book holding my breath. The sheer excitement and anticipation of 'what happens next' is a theme here that kept me on my toes. Heart-pounding, nightmare-provoking and an all round great read that has you rooting for the characters and internally praying for their survival.
I enjoyed this book, and at the same time found myself hating parts of it because it scared me. I love The Walking Dead, it is one of my favourite shows, but the world these two ladies have created is genius as much as it is disturbing. This is not an easy read, it's angst ridden to the point of pain and I feel like I need to take a breather and ground myself back to reality, and thank bloody goodness for that!
A great story with interesting characters, which highlights the power of friendship and the strength and endurance of the human spirit. The fight for survival is ON!
The authors have created characters with real depth to them and as such give you the ability to empathise and understand them.
The book was full of realistic situations such as not being able to stand each other at one point, during a particularly difficult & lengthy period of travel which was seemingly in the middle of nowhere. But it was interesting reading all the same.
This book really does deserve more than 5 stars...
I'm not sure if I will read the next book I am very tempted but it is on my to read list :)
Great book, fab read really enjoyed, really pleasantly surprised!
Zombies or Walking Dead not my normal type of read. I am a romantic reader, so this was not the normal for me. But OMG I loved it and I am so going to try Claire C Riley other books.
This book is about 2 friends Leisel and Evelyn who have lost everything. Their husbands, homes and lives before the apocalypse. Who to trust is the biggest problem. They seem to go from one disaster to another but survive each disaster because they have each other. Friendship like this will survive even if every day is a battle.
But have to say I was very impressed love it looking forward to reading the next one
Another brilliant creation from madeline sheehan read u will not be disappointed!! Looking forward to the next instalment.