- File Size: 2843 KB
- Print Length: 392 pages
- Publisher: If I Only Had A Monkey Publishing; 2 edition (December 27, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 27, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MY2S3A9
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Zombie Lake: Still Alive Book One Kindle Edition
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Mo Collins, twenty-something guy from southern Alabama, is working as a crew member of the Viva Ancora, A working replica of an old caravel sailing ship. While anchored in Mo's hometown, a plague that turns people into naked, blue skinned, nocturnal PV's (short for plague victims, and not zombies, thank you very much) who run around biting and infecting people with 100% turn rate overruns the state. While almost all the crew went into town when the Cora docked, Mo and the ship's cook Crow stayed behind. Now, days later, they still haven't left the boat, living off the ships stores and fish they catch. Realizing they will need some supplies, Mo goes into town to try and find some essentials like medicine. Not surprisingly, the Walgreens has been looted thoroughly. Its while he's in town that Mo meets Smokes, who it turns out knows everything about zombie lore, and immediately he falls in with Mo.
While they try and get some weapons at the local pawn shop, they discover their next survivor, Petunia Sledge, nicknamed Hammer, an army vet that owned the shop. On the way back to the boat, they discover Gene, comic shop owner and geek of the year, as he kills a PV with his prop Wolverine claws. The last survivor they discover is Bradley, a schoolmate of Mo's and a football star who is now a paraplegic in a wheelchair who has a service monkey as his companion.
Returning to the boat, they start making larger plans to raid things like the local Wal-Mart for more supplies. Shockingly, they meet up with more people they know there, including a girl Mo was good friends with. This leads up to Mo connecting with his family again, who have survived and gathered survivors in the rural area they live. It seems as though everything is set up for the long haul until a "military" unit shows up, demanding people turn their guns in and work for them. Shockingly, this isn't welcomed by the locals, and bad things start to happen. When Mo's family's place is burned out, they decide to take the problem head on, and a confrontation takes place with the military unit, with some unexpected results and consequences, leaving the future of the town in doubt.
CHARACTERS AND WORLD BUILDING
It's not often you can say a book about the zombie apocalypse is character driven, but with this cast of characters, it couldn't be anything but. The characters are so well created, they could be people you know in real life, with strengths and flaws and crazy personalities. Mo is a great character, but Smokes is the comedy glue that really elevates the story, being the seer in the story. his personality and encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture and zombie lore means he can read where the story is going as if it was a story. Its a very meta kind of characterization, one I'd never seen before, and really makes the story stand out.
The world building is solid as well. You get a real feel for how small town rural Alabama works, and how this zombie outbreak overruns the area. There is surprisingly little zombie confrontations, since the PV's are mostly nocturnal. The PV's are surprisingly different than your run of the mill Walking Dead shambler, in funny and surprising ways. It's all these little touches that make this book stand out.
I had heard S.W. Salzman narrating on other books, so I had an idea what to expect. I have to admit to surprise on just how good he was on this! I knew he was talented, but his voice work on these very different characters is just outstanding. Male, female, urban, rural, redneck, foreign, it didn't matter, he nailed the voices and brought all the characters to life. His narrative pacing was so spot on that I didn't want to stop listening, it just drew me in. I have to rate this as one of the top five narrations of the last year for me.
While zombie fiction is a relatively new genre for me, Zombie Lake gives me hope that it will become a regular part of my reading rotation. I'm happy to recommend this series, and not just to horror fans. I think it can appeal to fans of multiple genres, including urban fantasy, mysteries, and action thrillers. I don't think you'll be disappointed if you check it out.
I stopped reading when the main character wrote the following in his journal: "One thing I hope the zombie apocalypse has done away with is those liberal pu***** who hate capitalism."
There's enough hatred and misinformation in our day to day lives already, I don't need it in my books, too. This line was especially confusing and disheartening as the author had previously made several attempts to make it clear to the reader that the main character, while Southern, was definitely not a racist. Hating one group is ok as long as you don't hate another?
Top international reviews
We read through the journals of a young guy called Mo who survived the epidemic because he worked on a tourist pirate replica ship and was out at sea.
Soon he is meeting the survivors in this offbeat tale that pokes fun at the genre as one survivor, Smokes is an know all and though his knowledge, Mo feels that his story has been predestined by some scriptwriter to follow a certain path with certain characters.
I've just begun Book 2 and I'm eager to hear what has happened in the short time jump.
Worth downloading, it's been an enjoyable read so far. I'm really hopeful that the series will develop and that Javan can grow into the great creator of a universe we all want to escape to now and again.
Mo has survived the outbreak and got a band of brothers and sisters together.
They live on a pirate ship docked in Gunterville Alabama, which so far has done them proud.
What is around the corner?
Written in such a different, I was hooked in a mere few pages.
Absolutely loved the way it is written, the characters and overall story have left me wanting to keep reading and to read the rest of the series.
Keep up the great work !!