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LZR-1143: Infection (LZR-1143 #1)

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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
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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.
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Olethros
-Sobre tendencias habituales, un protagonista algo particular.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. Mike McKnight ha sido una estrella del cine de acción que ahora está encarcelado en el ala oeste de Kings Park, una institución psiquiátrica de Long Island que da cabida a criminales convictos pero legalmente declarados “locos” para su tratamiento y rehabilitación. Mike ha sido encontrado culpable del asesinato en primer grado de su esposa, empleada en algún tipo de proyecto de investigación
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Darke Conteur
I found this book after I downloaded about seven free zombie books. None of the previous seven kept my attention for longer than the first page, and I was hesitant about reading this one, but after reading the sample, I decided to buy it.

Movie star Mike McKnight, incarcerated in a mental institute, wakes up from a psychotic drug-induced sleep into a world that's gone to hell. Zombies litter the landscape of his hospital, and after a brief fight with the undead, he meets up with some survivors a
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Karen
This was a really good zombie story that has it's own little twist. The main characters are somewhat light in the beginning but get fleshed out nicely by the end, though there is still room for more development. The story is fast paced and brings things to a critical point pretty quickly. There is a bit of a mystery as to how things got started as well as the mystery surrounding the death of the main characters wife, though that seems to have been figured out. The language is straight and convey ...more
Sara
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
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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
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D.elliott
Bryan James's 'LZR-1143: Infection' was on Amazon for free, so at a loose end with nothing left on my bookshelf to read, I downloaded it. I was pleasantly surprised, though for the first day of reading this, I couldn't get the A-Team tune out of my head coupled with a comical picture the author had painted from the first scene, which was pretty hilarious!

Anyway, the novel opens with the central character, Michael, withdrawing from his state issued concoction of mind numbing narcotics whilst lock
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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
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MK (Food actvist)
**This review may contain spoliers. Tags provide theme, subject and setting etc**

I really enjoyed this ZA novel. The main character is in a mental hospital. So I am wondering if this his thoughts are based in reality or his dreams. It held me in limbo until the end.

So the story begins with a man in a mental hospital. He wakes up, or comes out of his drug haze and realizes something is very wrong. He wanders the hospital until he realizes that he has the right to leave. No one is manning the fl
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Nicola
A good readable story which sits I believe at 3.5 stars - lacked the great characterisations of some other zombie series out there and the intensity of some such as the Arisen series. However despite that, it is an engaging read and one area where Bryan James excels is in his more literary turn of phrase.

Most zombie books are quite work a day in terms of their writing with the books revolving around either action or emotions. The magic in this book lies in its frequent use of allegorical and oth
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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
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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
Logan
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
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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.
Raemona
This was a fun read. It is the first in a series. I don't feel invested enough to continue with the next book. The end to the first book degenerated into cliche. We had the mad scientist with religious ideation, and the character who wasn't who he had claimed to be. Just plot twists for no reason. The lack of character development left me nowt caring what awaits them in the sequel.
Shannon
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
Jim
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
Braincloud
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.
Lee
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.
Allan
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.
Ian
I did enjoy this book. But it didn't describe the true horror of the situation realistically enough for me. The author made light of the characters situations with cheesy Hollywood lines a little too much. That doesn't take anything away from the great story. I'm looking forward to book 2.
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.
Katherine
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
Shadow
Awesome

The writer has a great imagination. Draws you in from the beginning. Survive or die , You seem to become the character. Enjoy, I have.
Outi
There was a lot I liked about this book. It was action packed and filled with touching human fates. But. I hated the ending!
Nate
pretty good, but proves even a zombie book's plot can be over over the top
Susu
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
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