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Uprising USA Paperback – July 22, 2011
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To the author:
Hello Ogre. This is Exodus from WTA. I lurk more than I write. Love the forum. I think Uprising USA would be better received if it had a foreward explaining how it began on WTA. Also, a second edition with some time in the editing room would be great.
Thanks for the entertaining read. Now I've got to pick up UK. Looking forward to Russia!
It's not a perfect book, it has numerous editing and formatting issues in the Kindle edition, some of the plot could be tighter (like what happened at the Zoo and what was up with the relationship with his wife?), and a few typos and changing names (Joyce or Louise Rasmussen?), it's a no holds barred, fast paced, Zombie killing time, with enough technical details on guns, vehicles, and gear, with girls, to keep his audience happy. I certainly was.
It's also a major shout out to the Horde, apparently if you want to survive the coming Zombie uprising, you need to be either a blood relative or someone George knows :)
I enjoyed the book, fast and good action, characters that aren't idiots cowering in a panic waiting to become Zombie snacks, I laughed out loud a couple of times, grinned a bunch, cheered as someone deserving got an injection of hot lead, and grumbled over some rough parts.
I give it 3.5 stars, but I'm going to round down for Amazon's rating scale, needed a little more time to bake and a good editor to tidy it up, but those cons don't negate the awesomeness of it all.
And if you are a Horde member and do not like this book, please turn in your man card. I'm afraid that's the way it has to be.
First, the spelling, grammar, and punctuation were poor. This was foreshadowed by a spelling error on the first page. There are many misspelled words: The use of `passed' instead of `past,' or `vane' instead of `vain,' and other miscues.
There were continuity problems as well. For example, there is a person named `Michelle' who is mentioned for the first time a quarter of the way through the book as though we should be familiar with her. This happens frequently throughout the book, as new characters appear from nowhere with no back story, yet they all seem to know the main character. The main character/protagonist himself seems to be a fantasy projection of the author, as he places himself in the faultless hero role, where everyone knows and adores him. All men want to be him, and all women (even the lesbians) want him.
The story wanders around in the wilderness, plotless and without a point, like one of the zombies in the novel. The story seems to drag on forever with the only seeming point to be making the protagonist look more studly and heroic, and got boring at times. Everything the protagonist needs: food, ammo, suppressors, guns, vehicles, helicopter gunships, LAW rockets, missiles, machine guns, reinforcements, bombs, you name it, all appear with ease and little to no effort on the part of the protagonist. Everywhere he goes, people just say "Oh, it's you." and hand him whatever he wants.
There were also technical details that were grossly inaccurate. For example, nuclear power plants cannot be converted into nuclear weapons and a detonator used to cause them to blow up like a bomb.
I am a huge fan of zombie stories, and I don't expect them to be literary masterpieces, but this was not a very good book. It isn't however, the worst I have ever read, either. I am just glad I didn't pay $6.95 for it, as this is not an effort worth almost $7. For that kind of money, the author should hire a good editor to clean up the spelling, punctuation, formatting, and plot a bit.
A dollar or two would make it more realistic for the level of writing prowess displayed here. This book was written as a fantasy novel about the author and his friends, and my guess is that the people rating it as 5 stars are some of the people mentioned in this book. There are many Zombie novels out there that deserve a five star rating (World War Z, for example) and this is not one of them. Two stars.
EDITED TO ADD : As of 8/12/2012, there are 24 five star reviews. One is the author himself, 2 are from people who have only reviewed this book and the author's other book, and 14 of them are from people who have only reviewed this book. As I said, I got this copy for free when the author offered to give it to me in exchange for a five star review, so I imagine that many of the five star reviews were obtained in a similar fashion. There is a lot of that sort of quid pro quo reviewing on Amazon. In my experience, anyone who needs to resort to such tactics to get a good book review is likely not writing quality material.
Being a frequenter of the gun-blogs and forums in my spare time, I believe I was the target audience for this series. I liked the "source" for the zombie infection he used, and believe it works better than most. The post-zombie-apocolypse was really the focus, but I was really hoping for a trope-defying turn where the zombie problem is taken care of quickly and with minimal damage. Even as a designed plague, the transmission method and extremely short incubation time makes the world-ending result break my suspension of disbelief.
Others have mentioned the occasional issues that could be edited. They are there and I would suggest they be addressed; however in the modern age where I like many others have been through schools with this many grammatical and spelling errors(or more!) in text books, and where everyone reads everyone's ramblings on blogs, twitter, and facebook, these issues are easily passed over due to story's ability to draw you in.
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