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Trace Monroe doesn’t believe in luck. He never has. But when a fiery-headed cowgirl saunters through the saloon doors, wielding shotguns and a know-how for killing the living dead, he believes he just may be the luckiest man alive. Trace wants to join "Red’s" posse, but she prefers to work alone—less messy that way.

In order to become her traveling companion, Trace has to
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Published March 18th 2012 by Evolved Publishing
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John Allen
Let me start by saying that this book is exactly what you'd want. You look at the title and the concept, and you think, "Wow, that's a cool idea," and you open the book and start reading, and it turns out that the book and idea ARE cool. No disappointment here: this one's a thrilling survival tale set in an apocalyptic Old West, and it's definitely worth the read.

Wanted's greatest strength is the main female character, Red. She's a tough, I-can-take-care-of-myself kind of hero, who increasingly
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Crystal
Can I get a WOOHOO!!!! This book was one of the funnest reads I have read all year!!!

Red is not your typical quiet law abiding cowgirl. She is rough, tough, and what every cowboy wishes they were. I fell in love with her character from the start when she walked into a tavern and shot the zombie that no one else managed to take down. I mean come on who wouldn't love her just for that??!! Not to mention her hilarious honesty about making sure you have something to protect yourself even while taki
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Misty Baker
Dear Lord, When the world finally comes to an end…let it be with zombie! Sincerely – Me

For those of you that have been following for a while, chances are you know almost everything there is to know about me. 1. I love gummy bears. I think they should be considered a food group and be a required daily dietary need. 2. I have a very hard time keeping my feet still. It’s a curse, the more I think the more they wiggle and at some point I might actually take flight. 3. I love zombies!

Now, while numbe
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Laura Thomas
I received this book as a gift from the author for my review.

Wanted: Dead or Undead. I have to admit I started reading this expecting a zombie western with lots of eating and being eaten along with some humor. What I got was so much more.
The story starts with a nail-biting scene that leaves you with no choice but to continue reading.
Trace is an opportunist, a card shark and a bit of a trickster. All he wants is to stroll through life with no complications. That wasn't hard until the zombies star
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Nicole Hill
I read this book because when I saw the tweet for it, I thought " Zombies and Cowboys! Eye roll. " That probably sucks. " I was pleasantly surprised. It's the story of Red and Cowboy. ( They have real names but they are " Red and Cowboy") Cowboy is your typical southern city boy. He likes his creature comforts and hates " roughing it " Red is tough, beautiful and smart as heck. She has survived her entire family all of who died by her hand. She is also hiding a very large, very dangerous secret ...more
Janene
For all the Zombie readin' I've done, I can't recall ever having read a Zombie Western, so was kind of excited to find this one offered on Kindle for free.

The book starts out with a minor editing issue on the very first page, and I thought, 'Oh, here we go...' Please, please, please...authors...have your work edited. By several keen eyes! When I see an editing issue, it is usually game-over; I keep reading to find issues...not for the enjoyment of the story.

Once I got past the spelling oversigh
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Elizabeth Ellen
Excellent vision of a bizarre, zombie-infested wild west. Strong-but-still-vulnerable heroine is helped by a fascinating supporting cast. The start of what may be an interesting series. (Graphic violence, folks. It's a zombie book.)
Michael Offutt
This weekend, I read Angela Scott's book Wanted: Dead or Undead, and I loved it.

I award it five stars out of five. It's a quick, smooth, entertaining read. The first thing that amazed me was the language. Angela creates a southern accent in everything, including the prose between all of the dialogue. It isn't annoying. Rather, for me it immerses me completely in the atmosphere of this apocalyptic world.

Several times, I found myself picturing some of the old west skits in the classic Star Trek se
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Bethzaida
This book was ridiculously good. What I like most about Wanted: Dead o Undead was that it caught my attention from page one. Then the rest of the book was equally amazing. I don’t like zombies at all but this book was an exception. Maybe because I just read it during the day. But it wasn’t all about zombies; it was more about surviving.

Red is now in my top 10 favorite kickass female character of all time. She was AMAZING. I just enjoyed reading her character and seeing how much she grew through
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Mark Smith
I didn't know what to think when I started to read this book. The zombie apocalypse is all the rage right now and I've read a few books and watched a few different TV shows and movies. So it caught me off guard that this book wasn't just another tale of survival. More than once I was surprised by the turn of events. Just when I thought I could guess which direction the story was going to turn, it turned out the author had something else in mind. The balance between zombie-smashing action and cha ...more
Jessica
Loved it...read it in 2 days. I couldn't put it down...RED is my favorite character and I'm very anxious for book 2. Hurry up already!!! The idea of Zombie's and the old west intrigued me and the story blew my mind. There are no words.
J.L. Campbell
Trace Monroe is an adventure seeker and is handy with a deck of cards. While gaming inside a saloon, he runs into a gun-wielding, red-headed cowgirl. What’s unique about this no-nonsense female is that she knows how to kill the living dead. Trace latches on to ‘Red’, despite her aversion to him, and soon discovers her well-kept secret. Knowing what he does, will he forgo the price on her head and let his protective instincts win or will he give in to greed?

PLAYERS: Red is smart, self-sufficient
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Kat

When I saw this book was a zombie western romance, I was a little bit wary. I love zombies, but romance isn't my thing and I don't think I've ever read a western in my life. But I'm nothing if not adventurous, so I decided to give it a try, and I'm really glad that I did.

Told in alternating POVs of Red, a beautiful loner with a tragic past, and Trace (also known as Cowboy), who first encounters her in a wild west saloon, Wanted: Dead or Undead tells their story as they move through the country,
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E. Bard
Wanted: Dead or Undead was such an entertaining novel. I might have to rave about this one. So, as you might guess it’s a five star read.

It was just like watching a movie, only better. From the moment I started reading it I felt like I could have been watching an old western. Only it was a western with zombies. It was so visual.

Set in the old west, the novel begins as any western might. There’s a crisis. A little boy calls to his sister for help. Immediately the sister drops everything and rus
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KWinks
I did not expect much going into this book, but I have to admit that I really enjoyed it. Red is a great character, the world building is excellent, and I loved the diversity of the characters. Thank you so much for the email from Angela Scott to let me know this title was available for free from Evolved. Also, thanks to Evolved publishing for letting us try this title for free. I can't wait for the second title!
I recommend this for fans of Rot and Ruin and Feed (by Grant). Great zombie action.
Nancy
I promised a friend I would read this book but I REALLY didn't want to. Zombies? Yuck!! Then I read the prologue. Yep, I was right. Zombies! Gross!! But a promise is a promise so I persisted. SO GLAD that I did because I LOVED it! Very exciting plot with unpredictable turns in just the right places. The characters are flawed and real and I fell in love with them all. Can't wait for the sequel.
Michell Plested
I love the experimentation that has been going on for a while now.

"Experimentation?" you ask.

Yes, experimentation. Specifically in the meshing of genres that might not have happened otherwise. In this case the merging of a Western with Zombie Horror.

In many ways, the stereotypical old west cowboy (from the movies now, not necessarily reality) is the ideal combatant for the zombie. Fast draw with the six gun. Deadly accuracy with the rifle. It should be no big deal to plug a zombie in the head,
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Red Ribbon

Red is a woman who needs or wants no one, it only complicates life. She is travelling east to find her brother, fighting zombies along the way. A plaque has hit the country, possibly the world but Red can take care of herself. The trouble is, after running into Trace at a saloon, she is no longer alone and she doesn’t really know what he wants from her. As they continue to travel, they pick up more and more people, all of whom discover why she is so good at killing zombies.

Angela Scott writes wi
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Timothy Ward
I think Angela accomplished exactly what she set out to accomplish for a YA Western Zombie Romance. In all truth, my reading preferences only interest me into the zombie category and a curiosity for how she could combine these genres. That fact that I finished it is an incredible testimony; I normally tire of YA books before the first chapter is over. The prologue starts this book off with more balls than I expected from a YA, and then surprised me with how easily I fell for the two main charact ...more
Maria
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Zombies, a spunky heroine and a hero smoother than butter make Angela Scott's Wanted: Dead or Undead a great start to The Zombie West series. With plenty of action, fun dialogue and enough romance to keep things going, this paranormal tale of the Old West captured my attention from the first page. Well developed characters and good world building make this book a strong entry in the YA
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Vidya-BooksAreMagic
Recently, I like to read zombie novels, more than fantasy (but, fantasy is still my favorite genre) and when this book came for review, I just accepted. And I am glad I did.

Set in a post-apocalyptic zombie world, this novel focuses on a group of people, trying not to get infected and stay alive. Red, the heroine of this novel, is tough, independent and no-nonsense type. Trace is a guy, who starts following Red, after she kills a zombie in a tavern, when all other men failed to do so. Trace also
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ZOMBIES. IN THE WILD WEST. Could anything be anymore fabulous? I think not.

I really didn't know what to expect from this. I did not think I was going to like it. At first, I thought, "Really? Zombies and horses? Stupid. Stupid stupid stupid." But then I was sucked in. Because there's action and shoot outs and ZOMBIES. The OK Corral with ZOMBIES.

Red, our protagonist..ish, is immune to Zombie bites. Kinda. Like, she'll live and she won't turn, but maybe she will, just a little? But it doesn't ma
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Meg
After reading Warm Bodies I thought to myself ‘damn zombies are cool’ – but then after reading Wanted I thought ‘move over vampires, because ZOMBIES are my new love!’

This book, to say the least, was amazeballs with an extra dollop of cherry! The writing was beautiful, allowing the reader to fully immerse themselves into this world of cowboy’s vs. zombies. [Cowboys...yes! real wild wild west freakin cowboys...who ride on horses and cheat at poker] You will have no trouble imagining Red kicking so
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Marie
After seeing numerous (hundreds actually) tweets about this book, I managed to get my hands on a copy through an online drawing. Got it in the mail, picked it up, then put it back down. I don't do zombies due to the blood and gore and the fact I don't enjoy reading descriptions of children dying. My only Old West experience comes from being made to watch Silverado as a child more times than I care to tally up. So you can see why my first reaction to this novel was a mixture of disinterest and he ...more
Ubiquitousbastard
Alright, I'm gonna start with the negatives since that's what I do best (though I feel bad because the author is actually kind of awesome). The romance aspect was kind of hurried and a tad unbelievable, though I think toward the end it started to resolve itself a bit better. The ending itself was a bit of a letdown, with no actual action and just the promise of it in future books. I wasn't overly in love with Wen or Caroline, or the kids for that matter, though Rivers had moments of badassness. ...more
Jasz
Jun 01, 2013 Jasz rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone who would like to try out zombie-containing books ...
Shelves: ebook
I really enjoyed reading this book. Much more than I tought I would. I have to admit, I was genuinely suprised because if I would have to be honest, I tought this book wouldn't be good. Turned out I was wrong. I was sucked into a whole new world. A world where there's a war between the dead and the undead.

The main character, Red, was strong, stubborn, undependent and a little bit complex, wich made her all the more interesting because even tought she was everything a cowboy could only wish to be
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Rusty
Angela Scott knocked this book out of the park! Something about re-imagining the Old West as a zombie infested wasteland makes me giddy inside.

The story switched viewpoints between Trance and Red, Trance is a bounty hunter who is smitten with her the moment she blows into town, takes care of a zombie or two, and intimidates the local tough guys. We slowly discover, as does Trance (and the slowly growing cast of smaller characters that join us in this journey) that Red isn't like normal girls. N
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Livvy
I was asked by Angela Scott to review this book and I gladly accepted. It sounds interesting and different and boy am I happy I accepted. This book was fantastic! The wild west is not really my scene and whilst I like reading/watching things on zombies I’m not a huge fanatic. However this meshed together perfectly to make a wonderful young-adult novel.

I’ll start of with the plot. We’re thrown straight into a situation unfamiliar to us with no introductions. We get a brief background on a girl a
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Liz at Fictional Candy
I wasn’t too sure of what to make of this book before I began reading it. A zombie book – love. The fact I might pick up some more tips for survival – love. A…western? I didn’t know if I would love that. Seriously… historical western zombie story? But somehow Angela Scott pulls it off fabulously.

This book starts with a gruesome and zombie-beautiful prologue. It is the stuff the zombie nightmares – or dreams! – are made of. And it sets up the book perfectly. But it doesn’t really tell us too much
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Melissa Caldwell
I loved this. Every single bit of it. I just finished it right this moment, so pardon any randomness. I want more. I cannot WAIT for more. Red and Cowboy (I like calling him that over Trace) are perfect. The entire cast is amazingly written! I didn't expect much, but the idea of a western zombie theme made my ears perk up. I had to try it. I'm SO SO SO glad that I did! Woot!

So onto the serious bits:

This is good. The writing is nearly flaw free. I loved the story of Red, a female zombie killer in
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I hear voices. Tiny fictional people sit on my shoulders and whisper their stories in my ear. Instead of medicating myself, I decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it into a book. I’m not crazy. I’m an author.

For the most part, I write contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, I found myself writing a
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“Beer bottles and whisky jugs exploded from ill-aimed bullets. Wood chips showered down from the rafters and the air filled with the metallic smell of gun smoke. Trace fired a shot or two of his own, but decided his best option was to find some sort of shelter--drunks made horrible shooters.” 2 likes
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