December Audiobook Review POW: The Zombie Days

Run time: 5hrs and 46 minutes, narrated by Jacob Bruce
In Peter Oliver Wonder‘s POW: The Zombie Days, we find ourselves following the author in a first-person account on a post-apocalyptic adventure the likes of which you won’t find in many other zompoc style books. Consider this a buddy movie type story. Two dudes out to keep their small part of the world safe from what remains of the dead after society has fallen and is starting the slow rebuild to something new. The author takes an interesting tongue-in-cheek approach to himself in the story.

What did I like about this story?
The story was filled with bro-humor, alot of it funny, some not so much, but it was the humorous and bizarre aspects that I enjoyed the most. I liked the fact that the story involves a society that has fallen and is rebuilding itself and for the most part, zombies are just a nuisance to be dealt with. There was some interesting character development and even some unexpected plot twists, such as a romance that you think is going one direction and then goes somewhere else.

What didn’t I like about this story?
The same thing I enjoyed I also grew tired of. The bro-humor was entertaining but constant. It got to be very juvenile at some points and tiresome as the story went on. If you’re a fan of constant sarcasm and two dudes bantering, you’ll enjoy this. I just grew tired of it. For me, it was good for comic relief, but not what I wanted to listen to the whole story.

Narration:
The narration was well done. Jacob Bruce’s vocals were energetic and carried the tone of the story well.

Conclusion: (Aka: Would I listen to more by this author?)
While the story ended with a setup for a sequel going in a very different direction(hint not Zombies), I don’t think I would enjoy another go-round of this type of storytelling, for me, it would be a pass.

I’d give this book a 5 out of 10.

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The Zee Brothers: Zombie Buffet Comic Book Now Available!

Ever wonder what happens when a zombie can eat all it can eat?

In the case of Professor West, he made the unfortunate choice of pissing off

Dr. Natasha Nitsau, and now he’s about to find out!

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The Walking Dead Cookbook!

Just because the undead’s taste buds are atrophying doesn’t mean yours have to!

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Treat Yourself to Some Zombies!

All Zombie Books only $0.99 each!! 10/27 – 10/31


Behold Darkness By LC Champlin

“Two businessmen in San Francisco match wits with the mastermind of a multi-target
terrorist attack who unleashes a plague that turns people into mindless cannibals.”

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Forget the Alamo By R.J. Spears

“Grant is trapped in the Alamo, surrounded by 1,000 hungry zombies, a military strike is on its way,
and he just ate his last Snicker’s bar. And that’s just the upside of his day.”

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Mutation Z Series: Books 1-6 Boxed Set By Marilyn Peake

Ebola, one of the most feared of the hemorrhagic diseases, begins spreading across the borders of countries in West Africa, then mutates into the “Z” or Zombie Virus. Journalist Hunter Morgan uncovers a web of sinister intrigue connecting Chen-Zamora Pharmaceuticals, a treatment and research camp in West Africa, the U.S. government, CDC and World Health Organization.

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The Zee Brothers: Zombie School Lockdown By Grivante

“Two brothers trying to stop the zombie apocalypse, one job at a time!”

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Only the Dead Don’t Die By A.D. Popovich

“With hope as her last weapon of defense, Scarlett must learn how to survive
in a creeper-infested world without sacrificing her own humanity!”

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Infected By Jessica Gomez

“If the world ceased to exist in one moment in time, would you know what to do?
Read the Flash series and see how one cave family tests the hands of fate.”

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Odium: The Dead Saga By Claire C Riley

“At the end of the world, you either fight or die.”

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DEAD: Onset (Book One of the New DEAD series) By TW Brown

“A return to the world of the 12 book DEAD series. Evan Berry faces the stuff of nightmares
when his fiancee rises from the dead in a local hospital after being attacked in their home.”

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Dead & Alive: Survive By I.J. Smith

“England has fallen to a terrible viral attack. Six months after, a team goes in.”

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Red Dirt Zombies I: The Battle for Roswell, Georgia By Michael Peirce

“The Walking Dead TV show goes into the consequences of losing the zombie war.
My books go into the consequences of winning.”

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Undead On Arrival By Justin Robinson

“A single bite turns a man into a walking corpse. Five years after the end of the world, someone made sure Glen Novak was bitten and now he has one day to put things in order, protect his people, and, most importantly, exact revenge.”

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Alone By Mercedes Prunty

“Is it safer to be ‘Alone’ in this new infected world? The world has been torn apart as we know it, a war over fossil fuels ended in Bio-Chemical warfare and this is the world Stacie now lives in. As she looks for her sister, the one reason she is still alive, she encounters many horrors and monsters on her path but are the creatures the real danger or the humans that are still alive?”

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October Audiobook Review: Rise of the Dead

Run time: 7hrs and 57 minutes, narrated by John R. Crosthwaite
In Jeremy Dyson’s Rise of the Dead, we find ourselves at the start of the zombie apocalypse. The story is in first person and we follow the plight of Blake, a man who finds himself separated from his family by the rapidly deteriorating world around him. He bands together with other survivors in an attempt to keep one step ahead of the dead, but their escape is leading them away from his wife and daughter.

What did I like about this story?
I enjoyed the fast-paced fall of civilization, how it fell apart so quickly and our main character who had led a life of controlled decisions found himself thrust into a world of unpredictable chaos.

It was tough(in a good way) listening along as his attempts at survival took him further and further away from his family. I could feel his frustration and fear, knowing that he had to do what he was doing to survive, but knowing that it could mean he’d never see his wife and daughter again.

There are some other interesting characters, Quentin, Danielle and Stitch who band together with Blake and help him in his travels. They added some interesting twists, especially the temporary salvation that Quentin’s father brings the group. This part of the story also helps to reveal just how bad things are becoming.

What didn’t I like about this story?
This has nothing to do with anybody but me, but I had a real problem with the narration and it severely affected my enjoyment of the story. I’ll cover this more in Narration below.

Narration:
Ok, so I’ll repeat, this has nothing to do with the story or even the narrator really, but I had a hard time listening to this book. The narrator did this thing with his voice where he would be reading normally and then would switch into a very husky demanding tone and that is the same voice I use to make my wife laugh. I call it my Batman voice. It’s a silly thing I do with her, but hearing it quite frequently in the story as I listened kept throwing me out of the story. I couldn’t stand it. It’s one thing when I do it being silly, its another thing when a good portion of the story sounded like it was being read in that voice.

Conclusion: (Aka: Would I listen to more by this author?)
Unfortunately, due to my struggle with the narrator’s use of “Batman” voice, I would not. This doesn’t mean that others won’t enjoy it just fine, in fact, they likely will, it’s just that it didn’t work for me.

I had a tough time deciding how to rate this. I’d give the story a 7-8, but as discussed, the narration was a real challenge for me and I’d give it a 4-5, so I’m going to average the two out and give it an overall 6 out of 10.

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September Audiobook Review: Speakeasy Dead

Run time: 7hrs and 35 minutes, narrated by Nick Podehl & Emily Beresford
In Vicky Loebel’s Speakeasy Dead we find ourselves in a most unexpected version of the 1920’s. Zombies, witches, warlocks, gangsters, ritzy movie stars and a dance competition? Yep, a dance competition. Oh and I forgot to mention ghosts, a djinn, a demon and probably more that I cannot remember. It was a crazy mix of characters in the familiar setting of prohibition era America. I didn’t know what I would think of this story, but I was actually quite delighted by it.

The two main characters, Clara & Bernie, who we follow in alternating narratives, reminded me a lot of characters from Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Bernie, reminded me of Xander and Clara a cross between Willow and maybe a little bit of Buffy herself.

The book is billed as a roaring twenties paranormal romantic comedy and it definitely fits that description. There’s love brewing as well as potions, booze and trouble!

What did I like about this story?
I loved the way the story flowed back and forth between Clara’s point of view and Bernie’s, each with its own opening quote from either the “Girl’s Guide to Demons” or the “Boy’s Guide to Boggarts”. The characters are constantly in worsening peril right from the beginning and the heat just keeps getting turned up as the story goes on.

At times the differing points of view tell you parts of the same scene from their unique perspectives and at others, they are jumping off into a new direction for the story. This kept each chapter fresh, interesting and unexpected.

The world the author created around the prohibition era, filled with witches, warlocks and demons is also filled with possibilities for future stories, while I doubt they will be filled with more zombies, I hope more books are written because these characters were a lot of fun to listen to.

What didn’t I like about this story?
Ultimately, it’s very sparse on zombies, which is ok, but if you are reading this because you really like zombie books, especially apocalypse level books, you might not care for it. If you like fun stories with action and drama, with characters you can laugh at and root for, then you’ll enjoy this book.

Narration:
The narration on this book was done quite well, with each of the two main characters having their own narrator. It made it fun to listen to and also really helped with what can be one of the challenges of an audiobook, knowing which character is doing something.

Conclusion: (Aka: Would I listen to more by this author?)
Yes, I would. I really enjoyed this story. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that when I set out to listen to it, I wasn’t too sure I’d like it at all because it was so vastly different to everything else I’ve been listening to. Perhaps that’s why I enjoyed it so much, it was fresh and interesting.

I give this 10 out of 10 stars, which is the second month in a row I have given that rating and on two vastly different books!

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Undead Worlds is here!

The anthology zombie loving fans everywhere have been waiting for is finally available for immediate download! And for a limited time, you can grab it for just .99c! Featuring 22 brand new stories from 22 different authors all in 1 great book!

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August Audiobook Review: Zombie Road: Convoy of Carnage

Run time  9hrs and 32 minutes, narrated by Eric A. Shelman
In David A. Simpson’s Zombie Road: Convoy of Carnage, we find ourselves introduced to a variety of nick-named truckers hanging out at a truck stop, right before the world ends. Well, not the entire world, that’s one of the fun and interesting elements of this book, but before we dive into that, we’ll tell you a little more about the main characters.

The protagonist of the story is Gunny, an ex-military man, who the book opens up with as he is being interviewed, presumably where the series ends, talking about how he survived. We quickly come to learn that the fall of civilization, to a very fast and ravenous form of zombie, was orchestrated by people with evil intent. The chaos starts almost immediately, with our group of truckers surrounded inside the truckstop learning how the rest of the country has fallen. Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the country, we find Gunny’s wife and son trapped in even direr circumstances.

With the help of his friends and fellow truckers, Gunny prepare’s for the long journey to rescue them.

There’s a lot going on in the background of the story. Shadowy government organizations, an unexpected new president and a foreign power suspected of orchestrating the fall of humanity. Oh, and did I mention nuclear peril? It’s almost as if, even if they do survive the zombies, they can’t possibly survive all the other things that are going to destory them. All of these multiple elements really keep you on the edge of your seat and hungry for the story to continue.

What did I like about this story?
At first, I was getting whiplash from all of the truckers with nicknames. Everyone seemed to have one, but I quickly came to find and delight in the fact that each of those names came with a story of their own. Each made sense and made the characters not only memorable but also loveable.

I loved the fact the story was so action packed, pretty much right from the get go. The author makes light of the fact that zombies were impossible until they weren’t, something any modern zombie story needs to have is a little bit of self-awareness about the genre, and he does that well.

What didn’t I like about this story?
While I’m not generally a fan of fast zombies, they add to the action packed thrills of Zombie Road. Hordes of slow zombies wouldn’t be all that scary if they were getting mowed down by a semi, but fast ones, that don’t stop running, even after you’ve burned rubber down the road, well that’s some scary shit!

Aside from that, it did take awhile for the Convoy of Carnage to begin, but not without reason. You can’t just roll out and drive through this crazy world without a plan.

Narration: 
Eric A. Shelman, an author of Zompoc fiction himself, does a fabulous job of narrating the book, including adding little tidbits like making the radio communications sound like they are actually coming over the radio and giving each of the main characters a unique voice.

Conclusion: (Aka: Would I listen to more by this author?)
Absolutely. This book has been getting rave reviews for months and I actually moved it up on my listening schedule so I could find out what all the hype was about and it didn’t disappoint. The second book is out now and I’ll be listening to it soon and then I’ll be like the rest of Mr. Simpson’s ravenous fans and chasing his truck down the road screaming for him to finish book 3!

I give this 10 out of 10 stars, the first of the reviews I have done to earn that rating.

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All About The Zee Brothers Vol.2 Zombie School Lockdown!

The Zee Brothers Vol.2 Zombie School Lockdown Cover Reveal Post

You may have seen glimpses of this popping up on the internet, but we are glad to finally be able to do the full reveal!

Here it is!

Book 2 features the brothers and JJ dealing with an outbreak inside a charter school. They are trapped, with no weapons, toxic zombies, and scared children. It’s going to take a lot more than brute force to get them out of this one!

The Kindle edition is available now! Click here to get it!

Here’s the full paperback cover which will be released August 25th!

And for you audiobook fans, the audiobook is currently under production in the capable hands of narrator and opera tenor, Ian McEuen. Look for release information this fall!

And for those that haven’t yet gotten the new edition paperback of book 1, you can order it here!

 

The Zombie Road Trip Prize Winner Announcement Video!

Today is the day!

Watch the video below to find out who won the Zombie Road Trip Grand Prize!

If you didn’t win and still want to check out some of the awesome books in this promo, please see the prize list below!

If you cannot view the video above for any reason, you can link to it directly here

And the winners are

Runner-Up Prize Package #1 – Lori

Runner-Up Prize Package #2 – Valerie C.

Grand Prize Winner – Dwayne

The Prizes!

David A. Simpson‘s Zombie Road: Convoy of Carnage
“40 desperate survivors. 14 quickly armored trucks.
2,000 miles to the safe zone. It was going to be a Convoy of Carnage”

 

TW Brown‘s Dead: Onset
“Today is the day Evan’s life changes forever,
and it has nothing to do with his new job.”

 

Grivante‘s The Zee Brothers: Curse of the Zombie Omelet
“Two brothers, one job,
keep the zombie apocalypse at bay!”

 

Kristopher & Valerie LioudisAftershock!
“Zombies are taking over the world. People are scrambling to stay alive.
Aftershock follows the men and women racing towards what they pray will be safety,
and not a place worse than the zombie infested wasteland.”

 

E.E. Isherwood‘s Since the Sirens
“Think surviving the zompoc is hard?
Try it with your ancient great-grandmother while being chased
by looters, the military, and the undead.”

 

Daniel ParsonsNecroville
“When a group of ex-students visit a zombie experience facility,
they soon discover the undead actors are very good at their jobs. Too good.”

 

Eli Constant‘s Z-Children

“Our kids are no longer our future… They’re our demise.
Kids have transformed, changed into ravenous beasts that are nightmarishly quick,
disproportionately strong, and void of empathy.”

 

Jamie Thornton‘s Germination
“A fast-paced ride about a group of runaways, a horrifying virus,
and their search for a friend in a world gone mad over hope for a cure.”

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