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review 2017-07-17 19:41
A Zombie Christmas by Anthony Renfro @atothewr
A Zombie Christmas 2: The Mike Beem Chro... A Zombie Christmas 2: The Mike Beem Chronicles - Anthony Renfro

I am doing Christmas in July this year, so I am sharing this wonderful Zombie short story.

 

You can see my review for Book I here.

 

I have read a lot of Anthony Renfro’s horror shorts and highly recommend them.

 

A Zombie Christmas 2

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MY REVIEW

 

It’s a year later and the zombie apocalypse is worse than ever. Will it never end? Do the zombies die out on their own, slowly disintegrating into dust?

 

Mike Beem is back and he’s shooting, stabbing, decapitating the broken and decomposing zombies to save Donnie and his family. He puts everything on the line to add more survivors to his ‘family’.

 

The star on top of Mike’s Christmas tree is like a beacon of hope to those lost, seeking shelter from the zombies.

 

It is Christmas Eve, and come hell or high water, there will be a Christmas.

 

Mike’s Angels, Double and Trouble, have his back.

 

Horror, suspense, love and hope abound in this gruesome yet heartwarming story in the brutal world of the zombie apocalypse.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

GOODREADS BLURB:  A boy lost. A family desperate. It’s Christmas in a Zombie Apocalypse and Mike Beem is once again aiming for another Holiday miracle. His goal this year isn’t toys for the kids in the neighborhood. His goal this time is trying to save one small life so another family doesn’t have to suffer the way he suffered. Can Mike save Christmas once again?

 

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review 2017-01-10 00:00
Zombie Turkeys (The Life After Life Chronicles, #1)
Zombie Turkeys (The Life After Life Chronicles, #1) - Andy Zach,Sean Flanagan,Dori Harrel,Rik Hall
Reviewed by: Dr. Wesley Britton

The title of Zombie Turkeys signals this urban fantasy is intended to be entertaining, not to be taken seriously, and likely a comic romp. You can guess there’s lots of clever twists in the story, and happily the execution is more than what readers might expect.

The yarn is fast-moving from start to finish, opening with the first attack of carnivorous red-eyed wild turkeys very difficult to kill. They can quickly resurrect after death and grow back cut-off limbs. They’re led by a tom full of confidence as Zach gives us this tom’s perspectives from time to time as he builds his flock into the tens of thousands throughout Illinois and beyond.

On the trail of the killer swarm is Sam Melvin, investigative reporter for the small-town Illinois Midley Beacon newspaper and blog edited by his future wife, Lisa. She’s motivated to put her paper on the map and exploits the invasion by selling turkey traps, turkey t-shirts, inedible turkey sausages, and ad space on the paper’s YouTube channel where she posts Sam’s videos. Along the way, as Sam recounts his adventures, we get some obvious jokes. We hear choirs of “Gobble, gobble” when the flock goes after the “predators”—mostly we humans. Humans are literally hen-pecked to death. When we hear cries of “The zombie turkeys are coming, the zombie turkeys are coming!,” the reference to Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds is more than obvious.

As the setting expands, we encounter some very strange groups. They include the heavily-armed and very secretive Organic Turkey Farmers network of survivalists. PETA shows up at law enforcement press conferences protesting the “inhumane,” aggressive means needed to kill the murderous turkeys like flame-throwers and chainsaws. There’s the Zombie Widows Help Association created for the survivors of turkey attacks who offer advice on how families can gather for Thanksgiving during the carnage across Illinois. When the flock begins to invade Chicago, Second Amendment advocates press Mayor Rob Emmanuel for a loosening of gun control measures. Even President Obama has several cameos, including an aborted Thanksgiving dinner in the city. Perhaps strangest of all is the battle at Soldiers Field where the Chicago Bears, the Green Bay Packers, and a stadium of armed fans take on a horde of relentless turkeys.

Obviously, looking for clear explanations for why all this is happening is way beside the point. We learn about a Turkey Institute who discover where the infectious bacteria came from and how simple salt water is the needed cure. We hear about the Journal of Turkey Medicine where scientific reports are published. Are there really that many turkeys in Illinois? Hundreds of thousands? Maybe so, but again, making real world connections is way beside the point. After all, here’s how the author describes himself:

Andy Zach was born Anastasius Zacharias, in Greece. His parents were both zombies. Growing up, he loved animals of all kinds. After moving to the United States as a child, in high school he won a science fair by bringing toads back from suspended animation. Before turning to fiction, Andy published his PhD thesis "Methods of Revivification for Various Species of the Kingdom Animalia" in the prestigious JAPM, Journal of Paranormal Medicine. Andy, in addition to being the foremost expert on paranormal animals, enjoys breeding phoenixes. He lives in Illinois with his five phoenixes.

I’m not certain, but Promotions for the urban fantasy seem to include fake online news reports, like an article on zombie turkey attacks posted at Weekly World News, “The World's Only Reliable News.” Other online notices for Zombie Turkey games and pranks go back to 2010, so I don’t know which came first—the turkey book or a very different creative egg. Not surprisingly, during a perhaps overlong denouement in the novel, we see the seeds for a sequel, Zombie USA. Don’t put those flamethrowers and chain-saws away just yet--

This review first appeared at BookPleasures.com on Jan. 10, 2016 at:
goo.gl/IqWpSb

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review 2016-08-22 23:37
Review: Zombie High Chronicles 1
Zombie High Chronicles #1 (Volume 1) - Amy Miles

I actually won this book in a giveaway so this is my honest thoughts on the book.

 

I love zombies anyone who has seen my reviews before knows this. 

I have to say with this book there were zombies but not much gore surrounded them. This makes a good teen book. We are mostly told what is going on through Roan. He is a teenager who had a normal life until one day his mom and him were moved to a military base. What stands outside the fence are zombies, dead heads, stiffs what ever you can think of. Now it seems that these zombies are just there but they aren't attacking anyone or anything until later on within the book.

You see Roan likes to be a loner and with that he sees a lot of things going on around him that makes him wonder what exactly is going on and why do the military doctors need to take everyone's blood every day? Something of course sounds fishy. 

When all of those that are of school age go to school who knew how their day would end. Roan and a group of friends decide to take over the school. Though what they end up learning and seeing about these zombies are something more. Are they truly going to hunt down people now? Why are they not getting the answers by the big guys in charge?

I have to say I liked how the author focused more on the teens than just the adults. Even though it seemed that Roan was a bit more mature than seventeen. 

The thing I just wanted to know is what caused this to come about? How did people become dead heads? 

This was a good read that I enjoyed and I hope to see more zombies and how Roan and his friends will survive in the school. 

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review 2016-07-13 20:00
Zombie High Chronicles I
Zombie High Chronicles 1 - Amy Miles

I don't find it easy to review Zombie High Chronicles I, which I got through a contest, apparently (I don't remember joining, but that's my fault not the book's). I can not really pinpoint and say why I didn't quite enjoy myself as much as I had hoped I would.

 

The start is as you would expect. There has been this zombie outbreak, only the zombies just are there and don't attack people or seem to have any interest really. How they survive if they don't eat, don't ask me. For their safety however, the main characters are behind a fence to protect them from these zombies, who for the record don't attack at all. As the experimentation on the zombies continues, so does the danger grow.

 

The cast of high school kids will fight soldiers and newer zombies before the end of the book. The problem was that it just couldn't keep my interest. I was reading it and thinking, okay, but never did I want to find out what was going to happen or did I feel a connection with one of the characters. Maybe it was too short for that, it felt like a rather short read, or maybe it was too generic a zombie story, I don't know. But I did feel underwhelmed by it, unfortunately. I have to conclude that this book wasn't for me.

 

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2014-10-10 21:23
The Zombie Chronicles Get 3.5 Cups of Tea!
The Zombie Chronicles - Book 2 (Apocalypse Infection Unleashed Series) - Chrissy Peebles

This is now my second Zombie book and, although I liked the story,  I don’t think I’ll be picking up another zombie book in a hurry.
It turns out that zombies just don’t tickle my literary fancy but hey, you gotta try these things right?

 

I shall review this one based on plot, readability, writing skill and characters.

The story starts with a happy couple on their first date and, within the first chapter, everything goes to hell in a hand basket.
Zombies come out the woodwork and people are forced to flee, the survivors manage to hole themselves up on a series of nice safe islands.
It's  safe for all but  a group of siblings, who crash land into zombieland with a potential cure that they were supposed to be taking for analysis on another island, and an infected girl who they can't bring themselves to kill because *spoilers*.
Trapped in zombieland they are set upon by many hoards of, you guessed it, zombies.
There are some nice subplots and a few twists and turns, which I won’t discuss until you have read it yourselves!
It was a superbly action orientated story. The cause of the outbreak isn’t known at this point, but it is a mutating virus, which means it effects everyone at different rates and spreads in multiple ways.
So storyline and readability has a big fat check next to it.

Writing- the writing style and description was pretty good.  I felt like I was there struggling through with them, I bought into their situation, the action scenes were faultless and the zombies were portrayed really well. Nasty little blighters that they are.
On to the peoples! The older brother and sister were pretty cool characters but some of the motley crew felt a bit false to me. At the beginning they were supposed to be but by the end I still hadn't bought into them as people; they didn't seem to develop believably.
There was also a irk on the romance side of things, everyone got paired off, which was odd because two of the characters had to undergo a little personality surgery to make it work.  It felt like they’d been put together because they were both good looking and therefore why not?

It's written that they came together by circumstance, but I just didn't feel it.
I would like to see how this series pans out, the end of this book ended on a cliffhanger good enough to make me want to grab the next book.

However, I don't think I'll be looking out for any other zombie books. Not because I didn't like this story, but because I find zombies dull.

 

Tea Verdict?

3.5 cups of tea, the extra half star was lost on the romance and secondary characters.

 

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