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- Print Length: 215 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Severed Press (January 9, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 9, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F8O4AS6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,505 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Vaccination (Vaccination Triology Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Here are the Pros of this book:
I enjoyed the author's writing style and found the book easy to read.
While the character development wasn't tremendous, I was able to connect with the main character. I didn't really like him, but I still felt a connection. I also respect the author's choice to make the main character flawed and selfish.
I liked the incorporation of different types of zombies -- fast & slow -- and the questions/suggestions that these zombies might remember parts of their former lives and have varying levels of intelligence.
1) Typos and incorrect word usage -- for $0.99 I wasn't overly bothered by this, but I did have to stop a few times and try to figure out what word the author meant to use in the sentence. It disrupted the flow of the book.
2) Contradictions -- here is just one example (I used *** instead of character names to prevent spoiling the story.)
"He was dead. The bullet must have hit him right in the heart. The pool of blood soaked his shirt, but was thickest, wettest, all around the left chest area." Then a little later, "The bullet that killed *** had been a head shot. Clean. Through the forehead. He must have died fast....."
Several times I had to go back to a previous chapter to re-read part of the story because I was confused by the contradictions. It made me question if I had misread the story. These contradictions were my biggest complaint as they greatly detract from the plot. The author could have easily fixed these with proper proofing and editing.
3) Character Idiocracy -- I am not sure how the main character survives as he frequently makes nonsensical choices. He is frantically trying to save his two children - they mean the world to him - he is willing to leave his girlfrind behind if it helps him get to his children faster BUT on his way to his children he stops to bury a stranger and then looks for a gas station to get cigarettes (doesn't find one but cigarettes all of a sudden became much more important than his kids). The main character keeps thinking about ditching his girlfriend or new companions if they don't "toughen" up or if they slow him down. This train of thought/internal dialogue gets old quickly, especially when his companions keep saving him.
Overall, it isn't a horrible story. The zombies are created by (you guessed it!) government tampering/incompetency with the flu vaccinations. The humans remaining quickly realize that they have to hit the zombies in the head to kill them. The humans have a goal (to find the main character's two children) and they spend the majority of the book working towards this goal. During the journey, some characters die and some "grow up."
This would be worth reading if it was a free book. To charge money, the author needs to spend time editing, proofing, and fixing the various errors. I felt like I was reading a rough draft. This book is the first in a series. I suspect that the price is $0.99 so that readers will take a chance on it and then "get hooked" to purchase the next book (which is more expensive.) I will not be purchasing the next book -- or any other book from this author. He has potential, but there were too many mistakes for me to really enjoy (or fall into) the story.
Phillip Tomaso's Vaccination was a great way to get reacquainted with my old reanimated friends.
I kind of dug the way our hero, Chase, is portrayed in this. He's a divorced dad, and he's got some issues. Frankly, he's a bit of a dink and seems to be as dead inside as the shambling/running (got both kinds here folks -two speeds, no waiting) gut-munchers that now roam the land. No take-a-monster-bite-for-a-friend here because Chase has no friends. He's got something to do and doesn't give a fig for anything or anyone that's in his way or slows him down.
As we travel across Rochester, NY (Really! When was the last time you read a book set somewhere as unique as that?) killing zombies and collecting survivors with him the damndest thing happens. Chase begins to come back to life.
One thing I'm kind of hoping is that the difference between the two speeds and motor control is explained in the follow on volumes. are the originals the prime zombie flesh and the copies bite recipients? Well each iteration get progressively weaker like a succession of photocopies until the end result is a barely animated lump of meat only suitable for doorstops or (insert least favorite profession here)? I'm looking forward to finding out.
Vaccination isn't your typical zombie thriller that plays into the normal "zombie apocalypse" stereotypes. More so it uses the stereotypes of what we think we "know" about zombies launches the characters into the strange unknown land they come to experience.
Like Phil's other books this is a dark novel and a very physiological thriller. The plot twists making the reader believe one thing is going to happen when it goes in the complete opposite direction of what you would expect. On several occasions I thought I knew for sure where the story was going to go and was pleasantly surprised to find myself wrong and the story taking another turn. Even with those twists from what I expected the story made sense. It is eerily believable and almost plausible!
The characters development is wonderful and very in depth. In a very short time you come to care about the characters and root for their survival in this new strange world. As you learn about the main character, Chase, and his driving force to survive you instinctively hope for him to come out on top. As you being to get a look into Chase's psyche and learn about him you may even dislike him at times. However as the story progress you get little glimpses deeper into who Chase is, and what he's really all about. And even thought you may night like him, you still root for him.
The detail in this novel is also top-notch. I live in the area where the novel is set, but even if I didn't I would have no problem picturing the layout as Phil describes it. It was very easy to immerse myself in the story and picture it as I was reading.
Overall I would highly recommend not only this book but all of Phil's other books. And I look forward to the next book in the trilogy to see what happens to Chase and his "family".
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