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5 out of 5 stars - I love zombies and I love Christmas ~ A winner!
5 out of 5 stars - A Cute Little Holiday Horror Story.
5 out of 5 stars - In a zombie world, there is a Christmas miracle.
About the Author
- ASIN : B004GUS7WS
- Publisher : Anthony Renfro (December 19, 2010)
- Publication date : December 19, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 1668 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 55 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,991,964 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Relaxing in his living room, enjoying the lighted Christmas tree, the silence is shattered by the doorbell. Mike can’t believe his eyes. It’s four zombie carolers, singing songs. Or grunting them. Once he quits laughing he quickly dispatches them too. Their noise would bring others.
The loud knocking on his door is welcome. He’s been waiting for Jim and Fred. He needs them if his plan is to succeed.
The plan. Fight a way through the zombies to reach the mall. There, they will grab goodies for the kids in their neighborhood. Everyone is struggling to make it through the apocalypse and the winter is brutal. A little something on Christmas morning for each child would bring smiles to their sweet faces. Would help them forget, for a time, what was happening outside.
Fred and Jim had taken some convincing, but when Mike explained his plan and they realized he’d do it alone if he had to, they were in one hundred percent.
As gruesome as this story got, it also cracked me up. Those zombie carolers were too funny. And the zombie shoppers, shuffling in and out of the mall with their packages, I could just imagine that scene, and laughed out loud. Nobody told the zombies they couldn’t have a Christmas.
I really liked Mike. He didn’t hesitate to take out the zombies yet kept his sense of humor. And by selecting the only other single men in the neighborhood, he didn’t risk leaving a family without a father and provider.
I think these three gents got as much joy as the children from their plan. It must have brought a small measure of hope and joy to them, playing Santa when the world was falling apart.
While I was writing my review, I happened to glance up at my Christmas tree, and what I saw cracked me up again. Sitting nestled on a branch was a little zombie mummy I had been given. I swear it winked at me.
It was a fun story to read if you overlook exploding heads with the resulting blood & brain splatter.
Mike is on his roof for a zombie watch. He has his rifle & pistols ready. When a zombie picks up Rudolf from Mike's Christmas display, he's had enough so he shoots him & climbs down to straighten the display again.
The first snow of the year started when he returned to the roof & started playing Christmas music.
He asked Fred & Jim, both single men for help to go to the mall to get gifts for the neighborhood kids to give them hope.
He had stored kerosene lanterns, food, chairs & weapons on the second floor. The gun-toting Santas were able to kill zombies & still deliver the toys to the children.
I received a complimentary copy from Amazon. That did not change my opinion for this review. There are two bonus short stories included. One is A Vampire at Christmas & the other is The Dead of Winter.
Link to purchase: A Zombie Christmas (The Mike Beem Chronicles Book 1)
This twenty minute or so short story is well written, and in such a short time you really got into Mike's head and liked him as a character. There's quite a few zombie themed Christmas tales out there, this is one of the better ones. From the cover it is obviously self-published, but don't be put off by that, this could easily appear in a physical book collection of multiple author Zombie themed short stories, anchored by a big name author or two, and would be one of the better tales in that collection.
Well, if you're looking for a really awesome zombie story with lots of action, blood and guts, eating flesh, etc - you have the wrong short story. Total 1 if we're judging it as a horror (which is one of the genres it follows under, according to Amazon - probably because it mentions zombies and because the main character picks off a few with his gun from around fifty yards away).
If we're looking at it from the Christmas perspective, it is pretty good and funny. Even surrounded by zombies, this man is willing to do anything to bring the holidays to the children in his neighborhood.
This is a short story that combines zombies with Christmas! To me, the idea sounded very cool but honestly, it was a letdown. I know that the book was short for the theme but the main problem with it that I did not feel the Christmas spirit in this story at all.
Top reviews from other countries
As the story is short I will keep my review short: A funny, tear jerking, post apocalypse zombie story full of Christmas cheer.
This is not a horror story. No guts, no gore.
Well written and pleasant, with unusual cheeky takes on the zombies.
I loved all the characters and the story was well written.
This book is was being offered free of charge on Amazon just before Christmas.
It's four days before Christmas, and Mike Beem has put up a Christmas display in honour of the upcoming holiday. When a zombie picks up Rudolph, Mike is annoyed. "You see, the biggest problem was this. When you messed with Rudolph, you screwed up the whole display." When the zombie walks away carrying (and trying to eat) Rudolph, Mike has no choice but to shoot it in the head to save his holiday display.
"Now, most people would ask, why? Why worry about lawn decorations when the rest of the world was suffering through a Zombie Apocalypse?"
Well, you will need to read A ZOMBIE CHRISTMAS to find out the answer.
The fact that this book is only 54 pages in length and is currently being offered free on Amazon makes downloading and reading A ZOMBIE CHRISTMAS a complete "no-brainer" (pun intended). This book also contains a bonus short story entitled "A Vampire at Christmas".
I enjoyed this short tale and the only flaw I saw was that there were a few editing and/or proof-reading errors.
It just goes to show that even in extreme circumstances, such as a Zombie Apocalypse, people's desires to help others and Christmas spirit will still prevail.
I rate A ZOMBIE CHRISTMAS as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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