5 Epic Zombie Picks For The Week (05/23/2018)

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Hey Guys & Badass Women! I hope you guys have been having a great week so far. I know it's taken a while for me to get back on this but I'm here with another list of zombie picks. Some I've been reading, all I plan on reading and most are created by some amazing people.

So lets get into it:

 

 

Dread Nation

(Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2s1vdaY)

New York TimesBestseller!

At once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, Dread Nation is Justina Ireland's stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar—a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet.

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever.

In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead.

But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It's a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston's School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose.

But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. 

And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

My Thoughts: Okay, when I saw this cover I was in love! It looks awesome and made me have to find out more, so I read the blurb and the concept is awesome. I've been looking for something like this for a while, I secretly like period pieces and if you toss zombies into the mix then you have yourself a new reader. I got myself the audiobook and it is awesome, I'm not done with it just yet, but I recommend this book. Some of the reviews are a bit off base for why they didn't like it but to each their own I guess.

 

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Afflicted Series (Amazon Link https://amzn.to/2LnSZG9)

Hunger. Terror. Survival.

Captured and held against his will, Mike finds himself on the receiving end of genetic experiments. Tortured by injections and left to live in subhuman conditions, Mike and his fellow test subjects struggle to survive in a scientifically engineered hell-on-Earth.

The virus they have been exposed to has caused varied yet brutal effects on those exposed. With most succumbing to the ravenous flesh-eating hunger of a twisted inhuman being, the underground testing facility in which they are held has become a battleground for survival. Even with his elite military training, veteran Mike knows that the virus will destroy him too unless he finds a way to hold on to his humanity and escape this living nightmare.

With the aid of those left to linger, Mike and his companions must find their way deep into the heart of the facility and escape before it’s too late. With the poison in their veins dragging them into the depths of depravity, every second count in their pursuit of freedom.

Is there enough humanity within to keep the virus at bay and return to the light? Or is the world at large in danger of this horrific, mutating scourge?

In Afflicted: Patient Zero, the struggle for survival drives one man close to the brink--and the fight for humanity begins...

My Thoughts: Okay I personally got to work with Derek on a project a month ago for his current series Ballistic Mech (Amazon Link https://amzn.to/2LpsWP1)and he was awesome to work with. I loved the concept for his Ballistic series but I was sad to find out there were no zombies in them...but then that frown turned upside down (people still say that right?) when I found Afflicted, Derek's zombie series. I haven't gotten the chance to sit down with it just yet, but I should have some time this weekend to dive in. So this recommendation is all based on the fact that I know the author and he is an amazing guy with a great imagination. Go check out his work.

 

Zombie Fallout Vol. 11

(Amazon Link https://amzn.to/2Lp1CjY)

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 It was a flu season like no other. With the H1N1 virus running rampant throughout the country, people lined up in droves to try and attain one of the coveted vaccines. What was not known was the effect this largely untested, rushed to market, inoculation was to have on the unsuspecting throngs. Within days, feverish folk throughout the country convulsed, collapsed, and died, only to be reborn. With a taste for brains, blood, and bodies, these modern-day zombies scoured the lands for their next meal. Overnight the country became a killing ground for the hordes of zombies that ravaged the land.

This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

Can he keep his family safe? Can he discover the secret behind Tommy's powers? Can he save anyone from the zombie queen? Encircled in a seemingly safe haven called Little Turtle, Mike and his family, together with the remnants of a tattered community, must fight against a relentless, ruthless, unstoppable force. This last bastion of civilization has made its final stand. God help them all.

My Thoughts: Daddy's Home! The Zombie Fallout Series finally has a new book and everyone is going crazy! It was number one in post-apocalyptic on day one and number 2 in horror. Mark took a little break from the zombie world and started doing some other things but his fan's got a big surprise this month with this release. If you haven't picked up the Zombie Fallout Series, then what are you waiting for! I feel like Planet Dead and Zombie Fallout could be genre sisters haha which means laughs will be found in their pages.

 

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Zombie Road 4

(Amazon Link https://amzn.to/2KOq3Gh)

Book 4 in the Zombie Road saga.  
The world is recovering from a near extinction level event. Fortified enclaves and barricaded towns have managed to survive the long winter. Spring brings new hope and new beginnings. One boy, thrust too quickly into manhood, is learning to find his way in the new wastelands. With hopped-up machines and purpose-built muscle cars to run the roads, a new breed of pony express rider is born. The Road Angel

My Thoughts: I've read book one of this series and I'm making my way through the rest. People are going crazy for Zombie Road because it's something different, a look through a whole new set of eyes. David A. Simpson is an awesome dude, his always willing to do something for his fans. I swear he's giving out prizes all the time, and I'm soo jealous I didn't think of his bullet hole paperback prize. Some people have a problem with the villains of the series but hey, someone's got to be the bad guy and you can't make everyone happy. I really enjoyed the story of the students trying to get out of the school in book one, and it seems 4 is picking up on all that...which means I have some reading to do. Right now this is up for pre-order so grab it before everyone else.

 

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Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter

(Amazon Link https://amzn.to/2LnMLWU)

Every family has its secrets…

One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an ax and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy, and greed. But what if her parents were already dead? What if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become… zombies?

Thrust into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but also the world beyond, Lizzie battles to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown from nightmarish ghouls and the evil forces controlling them.

* Read the continuation in Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2: The Axe Will Fall!

My Thoughts: Do I really have to explain why I love this concept? I watch ID every day, true crime books are all around my house and I write in the zombie genre...this book is crawling at my soul! I love the new covers and just the fact that I get to see a spin on Lizzie like this is awesome. I'm not sure if I picked this series before or if I just shouted it out but I'm so reading this after Dread Nation and like all the other authors, Veristraete is an amazing person and I love the passion that is put into this project. I can't wait to sit down and read both books.

 

So that's this week's list. If you know of any books I need to check out, just toss them in the comments below. Anyway check out these awesome books and don't forget to check out my Planet Dead Series (Amazon link https://amzn.to/2IH5nDk) and if you like what you see and want to keep me from eating instant noodles every day, remember just a dollar a month can feed a horror author. 

 

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~Sylvester