LZR-1143: Infection (A Zombie Novel)
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LZR-1143: Infection (LZR-1143 #1)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  1,000 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Mike McKnight was an action movie star, condemned to a lifetime of incarceration in a psychiatric prison for the murder of someone he loves.

At least until the zombies showed up.

From his cell in the asylum, he is suddenly thrust into a nightmare of unbelievable proportions when the dead rise, and rapidly become a horrific plague on the world of the living. In a landscape li...more
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Published June 26th 2010 by Bryan James (first published June 25th 2010)
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Elisa Paige
As a huge fan of zombie books, there's a lot I liked about this book, including the hero's unique background. I was a bit disappointed by the wife's role and with the ending, since I saw both coming a mile away. But fine, so the story was a little predictable. No biggie. I was still entertained.

That said . . .

What drove Anal Retentive Me twitching-crazy? Spelling errors. Lots and lots of them. And nothing makes me crazier than unwillingly shifting into editing mode when I'm reading for pleasure....more
Copied from the review I left on Amazon...

As I was trying to decide on the the number of stars to give this book, I found my cursor hovering between four stars and three stars. If I could give it 3.5 stars, I would have. It's a little more than "okay", but I can't enthusiastically say I "liked" it.

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The main character, Michael McKnight, is an inmate at a facility for the criminally insane. He wakes up one day to discover that he has been left behind at the mental hospital while the U...more

LZR-1143 introduces us to Mike a one-time Hollywood action hero who was a serious box office draw. Mike has been accused of killing his wife but has no memory of doing so. This places him in a mental institution instead of prison but that’s not always a good thing. He’s essentially remanded to his cell where he’s heavily sedated for fear that somehow; he could become violent with possible repressed violent schizophrenic tendencies.

Waking up one morning, he finds himself in the TV room with no s...more
Jane Kelsey
LZR-1143: Infection is THE Zombie novel to read if you are a fan of the genre! I don’t just like this guy’s writing, I absolutely love it!

Mike McKnight (ha!), and ex-action movie star is a mental patient at the high security facility after he was convicted of brutally murdering his wife. More than a year passed since they locked him in there and one morning he wakes up from his normal stupor, the door to his room open and nobody in sight. But he is not alone. From deep within the darkness, somet...more
Juan Reyes
Mcknight was a major movie star, but was sent to court and was found guilty for killing his wife. He pleaded crazy to not end up in prison. He went to an asylum, instead where he is kept doped up on drugs. When he wakes up one day to a zombie apocalypse he begins to remember things about his wife. He remembers specific events of his wife’s death and begins to wonder if his wife was connected to the zombies. In conclusion this book is an original not many have I have not read one with a main char...more
Barbara Deer
Totally fun book, by an author who knows how to tell a good story. Best parts: Pacing, action, and well-drawn characters, even the supporting ones. Worst part: The "Scooby-Doo" villain exposition scene - while it's well-written, it's just not a trope I like (let's not talk about how I've used it in some of my own writing), and some sexist language that, while it probably fit the main character's POV, I just found it off-putting.

The story unfolds visually like a movie, and there were a few times...more
Peace Love and Reviews
Mike McKnight woke up the same way the protagonist of on 28 Days movie - Jim and Walking Dead - Rick Grimes woke up. World in chaos and zombies taking over the world he knew. I do not know how can these three possibly survived while in a medically induced sleep. But they did. I am not sure what to make of Mike. Former actor convicted of killing his wife, pronounced as criminally insane. Pretty good start. There is a lot of running, shooting and trying not to get bitten, all pretty standard stuff...more
So this book....

Its a great read. The story is interesting, the zombies are evil, and the description of how it all started is there.

My problem is the author is funny, but sometimes too much, and some of the one liners almost hurt.

The light heartedness of the main character is almost unreal at times. If you are inches away from being eaten by a zombie, joking around in your mind is probably not something a real person would do.

Parts of the story are too convenient....too convenient.

That's it f...more
Rolando Gill
May 08, 2011 Rolando Gill rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zombie fans
I actually got caught up in the story and did not want it to end. I was impressed by the author's development of the characters, development of scenes and the slow reveal of the real story. Very well done in many ways. There were some weaknesses but I only remembered them after reading the book in one sitting. First person storytelling in my experience fizzles but not this one. Spell check and a more careful edit would have helped. Waiving is not waving, this error repeated and there were severa...more
C.S. Wilson
3.5 stars

The story was interesting enough for me to finish reading despite some errors. For example, waive means "to exempt", while wave is a gesture. Two different words; two different meanings. Errors like that interrupted the flow of the story. However, I liked the storyline enough to keep going. I'm not entirely sure that I'll continue with the series, but it's not completely out of the question.
Ok. I was torn about rating this book. I got the sample on Amazon and didn't really like it too much. Then I joined the Kindle Lending Club and figured what the hay I'll give it a try. I loved it! Couldnt put it down and finished it a day. However, the ending...sucked. I think it's supposed to be a cliffhanger but really it just pissed me off. If I didn't know that a sequel was planned it would be rated 1 star. Having said that, the rest of the book was really good. Lots of action, lots of gore....more
A surprisingly good find and one of the better ones out there. Well-written and enjoy the author's wit. Clever opener and concept. I especially like it that the author doesn't lose the zombies in his tale as so many others do. This isn't so much man on man, but man against environment. I hope he sustains this theme and doesn't go down the road of Walking Dead. Zombies are now a dominant form of the landscape so how do we survive? We need to eat, find or make shelter, keep moving, and bash in som...more
Wayne Miracle
Tired of non-endings by authors

Loved the story, the writing style and the continuous action. Don't care for the intro Lazarus garbage outside of the Bible written as if it were factual. I find it offensive.
If you are going to write a book give it a clear ending ...cliff hangers are cheap tools that good authors like yourself don't need. That said I admire your word magic so entertaining.
Gregory D Strauser
Zombie fun!

The way the book starts you're not really sure where it's going but you want to go a long for the ride. Very hard to put down and the story is always moving. The main character is awesome, he is funny and at the same time serious.
This is an non stop action zombie ride. It's a fun book to read with an real action hero type main character. Bryan writes by the seat of his pants and keeps the reader entertained. LZR-1143 Infection has a quality about it that keeps you reading and wanting more and Bryan delivers in spades.
This was a strange book. It's fairly well written but way too predictable. Plus it's the one man saves the whole world premise. I put it down a lot but did finish it. Hard to recommend, most have read this type umpteen times before.
Phil Jones
Whilst oFfering nothing new to the overcrowded zombie genre this is still a very enjoyable book 1.
The characters are interesting and the story engaging with a good fast pace.
Very much looking forward to book 2.
I have just recently (last six months or so) really gotten into the zombie genre. I enjoyed this book a lot. I am torn between 3 and 4 stars. There are a few weaknesses, but overall I liked the main characters a lot and thought he was pretty funny. I do think the whole "is he crazy" bit was a little overplayed, and I could see the big reveal with his wife's situation after about 3 chapters in. I'm not entirely sure why someone who can survive as long as he did wouldn't have seen that after the s...more
This was the slowest, most boring book I've read in years! The main character seemed wishy washy, unable to make up his mind if he was mourning the wife he killed or lusting to get into the pants of his new doctor. If the authors intent was to make the MC a dislikeable jerk he nailed it.
I usually fly through books faster than I can buy them, but this one took me over a month and a half because I could only force myself to read 5-10 pages at a time. If my OCD would have allowed I would have dropp...more
again quite good, might actually read the rest and purchase them
One of the best zombie books I've read.
I have been on a zombie apocalypse kick lately (Why? Who knows? But if anyone has recommendations as to what I should read next, pass them along!) and I really enjoyed thus one. Fast paced, interesting characters, improbable twists and too close calls, snowplows, helicopters, snappy dialogue...this has it all! Finished it in one day, the next two already downloaded. If you like your undead more than a little creepy, a plot that leaves you guessing more than once and your action heroes/heroines s...more
Mike Nallo
I found this book to be a pleasant diversion, and nothing more. The story was predictable, and I finished the book only to find out what the catch phrase was. Having finally discovered what it was, I did appreciate it, the way I appreciate all B Horror movies. With a grin, and rueful shake of the head. It was a phrase truly worthy of utterance by Bruce Campbell. I do not regret having invested the time I spent with this book, but I would be less than honest if I were to describe this book as any...more
Decent enough zombie literature that unfortunately suffers from "I write funny one liners" syndrome.

The setting is familiar enough, the zombies are Romero-esque and the plot is not overly far fetched. My only problem with this book is the inclusion of catch phrases, one liners and other such statements that feel forced and out of place and certainly not funny.

The first person narration works well except for the aforementioned dialogue. Decent enough zombie read, swimming in a sea of other terrib...more
Michael Conte
This was a great find on the kindle store by a kindle author. It drives itself, very easily. The way the narrator awakes and discovers his surroundings is fantastic. It really describes how one would wake up wondering what was going on, how they had arrived at that particular junction and what he must do to survive and overcome his obstacles. This is a smart read and an up and budding author, I certainly hope he can move on become syndicated and more widely recognized. Either way I thank amazon...more
The end confused me a bit.. but it was a great book.. well written with some really exciting parts.. twists and turns. I'm curious to read the second book.. after the first chapter excerpt at the end. I'm really interested what the author is going to write about.. the clean up? Government conspiracy leaking? Life after the infection? Can't wait!!
It was an interesting story, except that he had to put in every cliche known to zombieland. Ended on a cliffhanger, and I'm not a fan of those. When authors do that I always think they just want to sell more books.

I'm undecided on the sequels. But I can recommend LZR-1143 Within, a short story based on the same scenario.
I wasn't sure what to expect from an author I've never heard of but LZR-1143: Infection was a nice surprise. It is well written, has good storyline, and lots of action. Not only that, but the premise and some of the characters departed from the usual zombie novel typs.

I look forward to reading book two.
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