Deadlocked #1 by A.R. Wise

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Book Description

Publication Date:December 18, 2011
David was caught in the middle of the city when the zombie outbreak started. His
wife and daughters were at home, stranded on the roof as zombies waited below.
He would have to fight through hordes of undead, merciless other survivors, and
a series of death defying stunts to get home. However, even if he makes it
there, how can he be sure they’re safe?Deadlocked puts you into David’s
head as he struggles to get home. Then a final confrontation occurs that could
guarantee his family’s survival, but at what cost?

 

Review –

This was a free audio book (a very short book) and Zombies are the main focus. Seems like I’ve bern reading more and more books about or including Zombies. Do you ever find yourself reading about the same subject for several books in a row?  Let me know.

Back to the story-David is at work when the Zombie Apocalypse happens and he tries and does make it home after a lot of struggles and fighting off the newly bitten. He gathers his family and go to a school for supplies and run into two bullies who want their stuff and David shoots his way out of that situation but the bullies follow them to the dock where they are to met a boat and make it to safety. Zombies and the bullies want in the fenced in boat yard and David has to fight them while making sure his family gets on the boat. The bullies die and so does David.  I couldn’t believe the author killed him off, but I found out the next book is told by the wife, so maybe there is a pattern forming. If I run across the second book for free I’ll read or listen to it but I don’t think it grabbed me hard enough to spend money for it.

 

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Hollowland (The Hollows #1) by Amanda Hocking

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Book Description

Publication Date:October 5, 2010
Hollowland – the first book in the young adult dystopian series The Hollows..
“This is the way the world ends – not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door.”
Nineteen-year-old Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her way – not violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesh-eating zombies.
This is a young adult title with some language, violence, and mild sexual situations recommended for ages sixteen and up.
Review –
Okay, but really just another Zombie book. I don’t think I’ll read the rest of the series.

Fire and Ash (Benny Imura #4) by Jonathan Maberry

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Book Description

Publication Date:August 13, 2013
In the gripping conclusion to the action-packed “standard bearer” (Booklist) of zombie series, the threat of death is given new life.
Benny Imura and his friends have found the jet and Sanctuary—but neither is what they expected. Instead of a refuge, Sanctuary is a hospice, and the soldiers who flew the plane seem to be little more than bureaucrats who have given up hope for humanity’s future. With Chong hovering between life and death, clinging to his humanity by a thread, Benny makes a startling discovery: A scientist may have discovered a cure for the zombie plague. Desperate to save Chong, Benny and his friends mount a search and rescue mission. But they’re not the only ones on the hunt. The reapers are after the cure too, and they want to use it turn all the zombies into superfast shock troops—and wipe humanity off the face of the earth.
In this riveting conclusion to the Rot & Ruin series, the battle to end all battles is just beginning.
Review –
This is the final installment of the Benny Imura Series and Jonathan Maberry couldn’t have done a better job.
 Benny and the gang go through more battles of true survival and come out champions. He tied up the loose ends in a very good way  and I miss the characters already.
If you’re looking for a series about zombies, this is the one for you. It has ugliness,blood and gore and hatred but it also has strength of character,boldness of character growth and gives hope to all.
This is one series you should put on your “To Be Read” pile.

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

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Book Description

Publication Date: 1954
Robert Neville has witnessed the end of the world. The entire population has been obliterated by a vampire virus. Somehow, Neville survived. He must now struggle to make sense of everything that has happened and learn to protect himself against the vampires who hunt him constantly. He must, because perhaps there is nothing else human left.
I Am Legend was a major influence in horror and brought a whole new thematic concept to apocalyptic literature. Several humanistic and emotional themes in this book blend the horror genre with traditional fiction: we see Neville as an emotional person, and observe as he suffers bouts of depression, dips into alcoholism and picks up his strength again to fight the vampiric bacteria that has infected (and killed off) most of humankind. Neville soon meets a woman, Ruth, (after three years alone), who seems to be uninfected and a lone survivor. The two become close and he learns from Ruth that the infected have learned to fight the disease and can spend short amounts of time in the daylight, slowly rebuilding strength and society as it was.
The novel was adapted to film in 1964 as The Last Man on Earth, as Omega Man in 1971 and finally as I am Legend in 2007, starring Will Smith.
Review –
The movie, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH,starring Vincent Price, has always been a favorite of mine and so I thought I’d read the book to see if the movie stayed true to the written words.  It did, for about 95% of the movie and you can’t say that about the other movies that were made from the same book, especially the OMEGA MAN.  I was very pleased.
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Dust and Decay (Benny Imura #2) by Jonathan Maberry

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Book Description

Publication Date:August 30, 2011

 

Six months have passed since the terrifying battle with Charlie Pink-eye and the Motor City Hammer in the zombie-infested mountains of the Rot & Ruin. It’s also six months since Benny Imura and Nix Riley saw something in the air that changed their lives. Now, after months of rigorous training with Benny’s zombie-hunter brother Tom, Benny and Nix are ready to leave their home forever and search for a better future. Lilah the Lost Girl and Benny’s best friend Lou Chong are going with them.
Sounds easy. Sounds wonderful. Except that everything that can go wrong does. Before they can even leave there is a shocking zombie attack in town. But as soon as they step into the Rot & Ruin they are pursued by the living dead, wild animals, insane murderers and the horrors of Gameland –where teenagers are forced to fight for their lives in the zombie pits. Worst of all…could the evil Charlie Pink-eye still be alive?
In the great Rot & Ruin everything wants to kill you. Everything…and not everyone in Benny’s small band of travelers will make it out alive.
Review –
This is the second book in the Benny Imura Series and once I started it I couldn’t and wouldn’t stop. 
There are a few things a bit hard to believe, even in a book of fiction about zombies and that is the RHINO.  If you want to know more you will have to read the book.  Jonathan Maberry is one fine writer.
 


Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

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Book Description

Publication Date:September 14, 2010

In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.
Below is a better summary of the plot found on Wikipedia:

Plot summary

Benny Imura and his friend Chong look for a job so their rations don’t get cut in half. Benny is against becoming a zombie hunter because his half-brother, Tom, is known as one of the best zombie hunters. Benny thinks that Tom is a coward, due to a memory that Benny has from when he was two years old of Tom leaving his parents trapped in their house while he escaped with Benny on First Night, when the zombie epidemic had just begun. After trying many jobs, Chong becomes a spotter for the local watch, but Benny is still left without a job. Out of options, he finally asks Tom if he can be his apprentice. Tom accepts and the next morning they set out into the Rot and Ruin.

While they are beyond the fence Benny realizes that zombies are not monsters and should be respected as the dead are. Tom reveals to him the immorality of the hunters who maim the zombies to hunt them for sport.

A collectible zombie card of The Lost Girl piques Benny’s interest. He finds the card’s artist, Rob Sacchetto, who tells him more about the Lost Girl, who wanders the Rot and Ruin, surviving on her own. When Benny leaves, Charlie Pink-eye and The Motor City Hammer stop Benny at the door and demand that he hand over the Lost Girl zombie card. They threaten Benny, which causes Benny lose respect for them.Tom intervenes and takes Benny home for training.

That night, a giant storm breaks out and the townspeople, including Tom, rush to defend the border. By morning, Rob Sacchetto and Nix’s mother have died and Nix kidnapped. Benny and Tom go to rescue Nix. From Tom, Benny learns more about the Lost Girl and her connection to Gameland, where Charlie Pink-eye and other hunters pit children against zombies for entertainment. Charlie Pink-eye and the Hammer were also responsible for the deaths of Rob Sachetto, the artist who drew the Lost Girl card, and Nix’s mother, who fought zombies in Gameland (she was subsequently rescued by Tom). Benny meets the Lost Girl, rescues Nix, and defeats Charlie Pink-eye and The Motor City Hammer.

Benny and Nix see a jumbo jet fly overhead, turn around, and fly away. They decide to pursue the jet and see where it came from. In the end Benny and Tom go to Sunset Hollow, where Benny, Tom, and their family lived before the zombie outbreak. Benny realizes that Tom was not a coward and took Benny and ran away from their parents, who had already been infected. He earns respect and love for his brother.[2]

Review –
I loved this book and couldn’t put it down once I started reading.  It is much better than a lot of books of the same genre out there because the characters display deeper feelings and the relationships between them are so real.  After finishing this book I HAD to go the library and check out the next in the series.  That’s the sign of a great book.

Affliction (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #22) by Laurell K Hamilton

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Book Description

Release date: July 2, 2013 | Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (Book 22)
Some zombies are raised. Others must be put down. Just ask Anita Blake. Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous. Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that’s all changed. Micah’s estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about “zombie disease.” Anita makes her living off of zombies—but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires. If they bite you, you become just like them. And round and round it goes… Where will it stop?
Even Anita Blake doesn’t know.
Review –
I liked this installment of the Anita Blake,Vampire Hunter series much much better than I did the last one. Unlike in it, Anita had a big part to play in the plot and there was not as much sex for sex sake. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy sex scenes in books but not when they happen on every other page.
I wil continue to be a fan of Laurell K. Hamilton and await the next Anita Blake book.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

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Book Description

Publication Date:May 1, 2009
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.
Review –
I love Zombies as well as the next person, but this is just wrong.
Enough said.

The Infection by Craig DiLouie

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Book Description

Publication Date: August 30, 2011
Five ordinary people must pay the price of survival at the end of the world.
A mysterious virus suddenly strikes down millions. Three days later, its victims awake with a single purpose: spread the Infection. As the world lurches toward the apocalypse, some of the Infected continue to change, transforming into horrific monsters.
In one American city, a small group struggles to survive. Sarge, a tank commander hardened by years of fighting in Afghanistan. Wendy, a cop still fighting for law and order in a lawless land. Ethan, a teacher searching for his lost family. Todd, a high school student who sees second chances in the end of the world. Paul, a minister who wonders why God has forsaken his children. And Anne, their mysterious leader, who holds an almost fanatical hatred for the Infected.
Together, they fight their way to a massive refugee camp where thousands have made a stand. There, what’s left of the government will ask them to accept a mission that will determine the survival of them all–a dangerous journey back onto the open road and into the very heart of Infection.
Review –
It starts with screaming and some people falling down and days later coming back as Zombies.  This author really knows how to grab you and hot let go. I purchased this book because it was offered free for my Kindle and  though sometimes I found it a bit bogged down the end justified all the rest.  I have heard this book described as TWENTY-EIGHT DAYS LATER meets THE MIST and that about sums it up. The Zombies and Monsters are superbly described and  the never-ending “fight for your life” mentality is  shown in all the characters. I thought this book was a stand alone until I came to the end and discovered that there is a sequel. I will definitely read it in the New Year but maybe read a couple of “happy ending” books first.

Solstice: A Zombie Apolcalypse by Donna Burgess

Book Description

Publication Date: May 15, 2012
On the eve of winter Solstice, a massive flash envelopes the Earth and then there is nothing. The sun no longer shines and civilization is plunged into unending darkness. Those exposed to the mysterious flash have changed—they have become bloodthirsty, cunning, and determined to devour anyone who is not infected. They are Ragers. In Sweden, a group of uneasy travelers hears a broken broadcast. There is hope. Something called Sanctuary waits, but it is thousands of miles away, somewhere on the shores of the British Isles. Meanwhile, in a London supermarket, a high school English teacher from the States finds himself stranded along with a handful of students on a senior trip. Outside, hoards of hungry Ragers await, ready to tear them limb from limb. Their only hope is to find Sanctuary. Solstice is a tale of hope, terror, survival, and finding love at the end of the World.
Review –
It’s not your typical Zombie book but if you are a fan of Zombies you really need to read it.  I was hooked from the first few pages and it still had me at the end and Zombies are not my number one favorite, maybe number four or five but it was a fast read  and it was a free download.  If you  run across it-give it a try.