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!

Check out Undead Worlds today!

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!

 

Zombie Cupid Kindle E-Book Giveaway Details! (Includes a $50 Godiva Gift Card!)

Zombie Cupid is here! Sign-up Link at the bottom!

This is a huge giveaway featuring 17 Zombie E-Books for the Kindle plus a $50 Godiva Gift Card as its grand prize!

Daily E-Book flash prizes from 2/1 – 2/10! The sooner you sign-up, the more chances you have to win.

There will be 4 runner-up prize packages of 5 Zombie Kindle E-Books Each (Listed in more detail below)

Followed by a grand prize winner, that will receive all 17 Kindle E-Book’s and the $50 Godiva Gift Card

Sign-up using the form below and make sure to confirm your entry.

The Prizes

Grand Prize and Runner-Up Winners Drawn and announced 2/11/17! We’ll also have a really big announcement to share that day, so make sure and come back then to find out who won and hear the announcement.

Grand Prize

All 17 Zombie Books +

RUNNER-UP PRIZE PACKAGE #1 (Includes These 5 Books)

(Daily Flash Prize for 2/1)

Mutation Z : Omnibus
By Marilyn Peake

When a Zombie epidemic is actually a biological weapon,
it takes a determined journalist and a band of scientists
to expose the truth and find a cure.

Find it on Amazon
Connect with Marilyn on Facebook & Twitter

(Daily Flash Prize for 2/2)

Frozen Stiff : A Zombie Novella
By John Grover

Find the book on Amazon!
Connect with John on Facebook!

(Second Daily Flash Prize for 2/2)

Zombie Castle
By Chris Harris

It was intended to eradicate the common cold,
instead it eradicated most of the human race.

Find it on Amazon!
Connect with Chris on Facebook!

(First Daily Flash Prize for 2/3)

Broken Dreams
By Rissa Blakeley

What if you discovered the man of your dreams was nothing but a liar,
full of secrets edging on betrayal?

Find the book on Amazon!
Connect with Rissa on FacebookTwitter & Instagram!

(Second Daily Flash Prize for 2/3)

The Zee Brothers : Curse of The Zombie Omelet
By Grivante

Orgasms, Chocolate & Zombies?
Just an average day for Jonah, Judas & JJ,
The Zombie Exterminators!

Get the book on Amazon!
Follow Grivante on FacebookTwitter  & Instagram

RUNNER-UP PRIZE PACKAGE #2 (Includes These 5 Books)

(First Daily Flash Prize for 2/4)

Zombie Attack : Rise of the Horde Book 1
By Devan Sagliani

Find it on Amazon!
Connect with Devon on FacebookTwitter & Instagram!

(Second Daily Flash Prize for 2/4)

Aftershocks : A Collection of Survivors Tales
By Kristopher and Valerie Lioudis

Zombies quickly rule the land, but hope falls from the sky in the form of a mysterious flyer directing the uninfected to a sanctuary in New Jersey of all places. Aftershock follows several individuals as they try seperately and together to reach safety.

Find it on Amazon!
And connect with Valerie on TwitterInstagram or her website!

(2/5 Flash Prize #1)

Lockdown Book 1 of the AM13 Outbreak Series
By Samie Sands

Every attempt to contain the deadly AM13 virus has failed, leaving humanity on the brink of extinction. With the zombies multiplying and survivors struggling to make it to the sanctuary, Ethan, Alyssa, and Dr. Jones fight to fulfill their destinies. If they fail, their fate is sealed, and they will join the millions of others who have been Forgotten.

Find it on Amazon!
And connect with Samie on FacebookTwitter & Instagram!

(2/5 Flash Prize #2)

Sons of Sludge
By Josiah Upton

Being a teenager is hard – being undead is even harder.
Zaul Jarreux is a Hybrid Reanimate, starting his first day of school among the living.

Find it on Amazon!
And connect with Josiah on FacebookTwitter

(2/6 Flash Prize)

Speakeasy Dead
By Vicky Loebel

A Roaring Twenties Romantic Zombie Comedy:
Has speakeasy manager Clara Woodsen unleashed a zombie plague –
Or are her customers just really bad at dancing the Charleston?

Find it on Amazon!
And connect with Vicky on Facebook & Twitter!

RUNNER-UP PRIZE PACKAGE #3 (Includes These 5 Books)

(2/7 Flash Prize #1)

A Place Outside The Wild
By Daniel Humphreys

8 years after Z-Day, a small community of survivors has endured.
When the military returns searching for one survivor in particular,
everything they thought they knew about the outbreak is called into question.

Find it on Amazon!
And connect with Daniel on Twitter!

(2/7 Flash Prize #2)

King of the Dead

By Kevin O. McLaughlin

Find it on Amazon!
And connect with Samie on Facebook!

The Zee Brothers : Curse of The Zombie Omelet
By Grivante

Orgasms, Chocolate & Zombies?
Just an average day for Jonah, Judas & JJ,
The Zombie Exterminators!

Get the book on Amazon!
Follow Grivante on FacebookTwitter  & Instagram

Lockdown Book 1 of the AM13 Outbreak Series
By Samie Sands

Every attempt to contain the deadly AM13 virus has failed, leaving humanity on the brink of extinction. With the zombies multiplying and survivors struggling to make it to the sanctuary, Ethan, Alyssa, and Dr. Jones fight to fulfill their destinies. If they fail, their fate is sealed, and they will join the millions of others who have been Forgotten.

Find it on Amazon!
And connect with Samie on FacebookTwitter & Instagram!

(2/8 Flash Prize #1)

Them : Invasion
By 
MD Massey

When a surprise nuclear attack forces Aidan from hiding,
he must rescue his aging parents while traversing a landscape populated by violent redneck looters,
rogue military factions, and an army of hungry undead.

Find it on Amazon!
And connect with MD on FacebookTwitter & Instagram!

RUNNER-UP PRIZE PACKAGE #4 (Includes These 5 Books)

(2/8 Flash Prize #2)

Devour
By R. L. Blalock

An infection is spreading.
With every passing minute, more people are dying. More ferals are rising.
The city is devouring itself and Liv is caught right in the middle of it.

Find it on Amazon!
And connect with R.L. on FacebookTwitter & Instagram!

(2/9 Flash Prize #1)

It Took a Zombie Apocalypse
By Jessica E. Subject

In this tale of forbidden love,
Missy must work with RJ in order to survive the zombie outbreak that plagues their small town.
But zombies aren’t the only threat to her life, or her heart.

Find it on Amazon!
And connect with Jessica on FacebookTwitter & Instagram!

(2/9 Flash Prize #2)

Still Myself, Still Surviving (Gary’s Trilogy Book 1) 
By Marlin Grail

Honestly, in a world with zombies around almost every turn, the cause for these zombies hovering around and what feels like always above you, and to top it all off, the survivors that remain all seeming a monster in their own ways, would you be the same person you are now if suddenly life as you knew it had ended when this kind of world began?

Find it on Amazon!
And connect with Marlin on Facebook!

(2/10 Flash Prize)

B is for Brains: ABCs for the Zombie Apocalypse
By Ellie Sutton

B is for Brains: ABCs for the Zombie Apocalypse
A perfect blend of cute and creepy,
B is for Brains leads kids of all ages through a zombie infested alphabet.

Find it on Amazon!
And connect with Ellie on FacebookTwitter!

Broken Dreams
By Rissa Blakeley

What if you discovered the man of your dreams was nothing but a liar,
full of secrets edging on betrayal?

Find the book on Amazon!
Connect with Rissa on FacebookTwitter & Instagram!

Now, you’re probably asking yourself, how do I win all of these awesome products?

Click this link which will take you to the contest entry page!

Zombie Blog Crawl 3, Funny Zombies & A Free Book Giveaway!!

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We are excited to be a part of this years Zombie Blog Crawl! Where you dear reader, get treated to a host of wonderful zombie related blog posts and lots of zombie related giveaways! See the full schedule at the end of this post as well as your opportunity to win a free Zombie Exterminators Book Right Here! Giveaway winner will be announced on 11/1/16!

Let’s start out our Zombie Crawl Post with some Zombie Funnies we have found over the years!

This ones for all you Preppers out there!

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Evidently the desire to take #selfies doesn’t end when we die!

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The definition of success, never give up!

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And this…well, it’s just awesome!

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Have you been following along with our month long Zombie Apocalypse, the #31daysofzombies book feature? If not, check out prior posts from our blog for some of the great books featured there! No matter what flavor of zombie you prefer, you’ll find something there you enjoy!

Ready to enter our giveaway for a free copy of The Zee Brothers : Curse of the Zombie Omelet! Plus some free candy? You can do so in the form below or at this link!

And if you are like me and want more zombies, check out the rest of the schedule below! Just click the authors name to go see their post and want kind of zombie awesomeness they are giving away!

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Zombie Crawl 3

a blog party from Band of Dystopian Authors & Fans

October 24 – 31, 2016

How it works: Each day, the scheduled authors and bloggers will post awesome zombie-tastic content for your enjoyment along with a giveaway on their site/blog/page. You can hop around to all of the participating sites and enter as many giveaways as you like! The easiest way to make sure you don’t miss a post is to join our Facebook event page, where we’ll post links each time an author or blogger participates on their scheduled day. We’ll also have several flash giveaways on the event page as well as a grand prize giveaway on BandofDystopian.com. And of course, you can use the schedule below to click through to each site. Make sure to leave comments and interact with the participating sites. Have fun, and thanks for joining the party!

The Schedule

OCTOBER 24 – Monday

Jeffrey Clare (publisher, group host)

Christina L. Rozelle (author)

OCTOBER 25 – Tuesday

Digital Dirty Girl Book Blog (blog)

Rissa Blakeley (author)

OCTOBER 26 – Wednesday

R.L. Blalock (author)

Bryan Way (author)

Post-Apocalyptic Playground (blog)

OCTOBER 27 – Thursday

Claire C. Riley (author)

M. Lauryl Lewis (author)

OCTOBER 28 – Friday

The Voluptuous Book Diva (18+ blog)

YA Book Divas (blog)

Grivante (author)

OCTOBER 29 – Saturday

Kate L. Mary (author)

Brea Behn (author)

OCTOBER 30 – Sunday

Cameo Renae (author)

J.W. Vohs (author)

OCTOBER 31 – Monday

Kelsey D. Garmendia (author)

Lindsey Winsemius (author)

Casey Hays (author)

Lee Ryder (author)

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To learn more about Band of Dystopian and/or to enter our Grand Prize Giveaway, visit BandofDystopian.com and don’t forget to join the group on Facebook!

How a dog helped keep the zombie apocalypse at bay!

The Zee Brothers have the unique and adrenaline inducing vocation of Zombie Exterminators. Their job description seems pretty straight forward; Respond to reports of zombie sightings and outbreaks, exterminate and keep the zombie apocalypse from happening. Simple enough right? All you need are big guns, the proper permits and a dog?

In The Zee Brothers : Curse of the Zombie Omelet, the brothers end up near extermination themselves when an ancient indian curse unleashes a plague of undead on the community of Winter Oaks.

Luckily for them, they meet the beautiful and tough as nails JJ as well as her lovable Pekingese, Xanadu, whose adoration for his mistress is as deep as the mystery surrounding his origin and abilities.

Xanadu is always right by her side, except on the occasions that she chooses to toss him into the air when they are about to be over-run by a zombie horde, bringing the zombies to a stop and buying the trio the sliver of time they need to try and survive!

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Xanadu’s special abilities do more than just stop the zombies in their tracks, he also…well, wait, we can’t give away all of his secrets. You’ll have to come along for the ride and find out for yourself!

The Zee Brothers : Zombie Exterminators is a story about zombies, but also about a mysterious dog with powers beyond comprehension, a pair of brothers with a job to do and a woman named JJ who loves them all.

31 Days of Zombies Starts now!!!

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All month long we are going to be featuring different authors and their zombie books! A different book each day, so check them out and then come back tomorrow for more!

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First up we have August Bowditch and the Zombie Apocalypse Book One by author Graham Toseland

“Not Your Typical Zombie Story” Amazon.com Review
Meet August Bowditch. 24 Years old. Disabled and mildly epileptic. His life is mundane but when he has a seizure something incredible happens and he is transported into a hell on earth. The Zombie Apocalypse in a parallel dimension.
Can he survive each encounter and return to his normal life? Does he want to when he is having the time of his life? Will his sex mad kickass girlfriend Jilly turn back into the dowdy girl who has been his friend for five years in real life?
With other survivors he will battle the undead as they search for their loved ones.
Fraser McGowan, the Scottish, claymore wielding, bagpipe playing seven foot tall man mountain with phobias.
Geordie, the gay delivery driver who is calmness itself, until the SHTF.
Destiny, the petite American woman who is desperate to get home and seriously hacked off at being trapped in another country and doesn’t mind who she tells.
Welcome to the world of August Bowditch

Contains sexual references, bad language and blood and gore. <—You know, the good stuff like that we all love!!

Get the book on Amazon at this link!    Find more by Graham @https://www.amazon.com/Graham-Toseland/e/B014O1L2SO/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

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Reading and Signing @ Auntie’s Bookstore Saturday March 19th!

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More info coming soon, but put it on your calendar now!  This is going to be an awesome event featuring 2 local Spokane area horror writers, Grivante & Alex Fedyr, doing readings from their books and meet and greets!

Register on Facebook @

https://www.facebook.com/events/439694202898719/

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