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Cure (Strandville Zombie Series #1)

3.51  ·  Rating Details  ·  375 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
**Runner-up in the General Fiction category of the 2012 Halloween Book Festival and optioned for film**

Medicine meets horror in this thrilling escape tale about the evil men do in the name of progress.

Welcome to the Nixon Healing and Research Center, playground for the maniacal Dr. Howard Nixon whose medical research has him dabbling in the undead and has the women of Str
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published June 5th 2012
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Sep 15, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing
First, let me be clear. I'm a horror snob. Although I love horror, I am *very* picky. Too often, horror translates into gory, gratuitous brutality with a lot of smarmy sex thrown in. I've put down at least a dozen books half-read because the plot (if there was one) was hidden under layers of dreck.

Don't get me wrong, though. Frisch's Cure is graphic, bloody, and disturbing; not for the faint of heart. HOWEVER, it also knows not to cross the line. In my opinion, the best thing a horror author can
Nov 23, 2013 Books rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In short, I didn’t find the writing to be anything noteworthy, and from all the positive reviews I expected something a little more remarkable. With there being quite an astounding amount of characters to keep track of, I couldn’t connect with any of them. But, as far as zombie novels go, this is definitely one of the better ones, and as mediocre as the writing is, the plot itself is riveting and original. For readers with an aversion to gore and violence, I won’t recommend this book. As with an ...more
Beth Lacey
Sep 08, 2012 Beth Lacey rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who like zombies
Recommended to Beth Lacey by: Kindle Lending Library
I felt like this book had too many characters for me to be able to remember them all (especially since the book is from everyone's POV). The writing was easy to follow--it's a very quick read. But (and I understand that this is a zombie book), I just didn't find it believable. What kind of human is okay with having a zombie child? Even if you believe you can never have a child of your own, are you really willing to give a zombie kid a go? I think not.
Oct 17, 2013 Terri rated it it was amazing
I loved this really...I loved it. The realism Ms. Frisch adds to it without overwhelming the reader with "shop talk" makes it all the scarier!
I never give spoilers in a review because I think it's rude, so all I am going to say is if you like as close to reality zombie stories as you can get; READ THIS BOOK.
Book Two is quite remarkable from what I hear as well! I will definitely be reading it soon!!
A.J. Brown
Mar 22, 2013 A.J. Brown rated it it was amazing
Zombies are a dime a dozen these days. It's the same old thing. People get sick, die, come back, eat others, they die, they come back, eat others. Repeat. Rinse. Repeat. Cure is different. It taps into the corruption of the human heart as much as it does the impending zombie apocalypse.

Think for a second: if someone you loved was dying of Cancer, wouldn't you try and save them any way you could? Or, what if you were a scientist and you think you may have discovered that Cure for Cancer. How wou
Kellie Harrington
Jul 25, 2013 Kellie Harrington rated it it was amazing
Miranda and Scott are divorced they couldnt live together after they lost their daughter. Miranda decided to get a fresh start in a new town and a new job at the Nixon center as a security gaurd.
Zach worked for Nixon also as a security gaurd his wife was there as a paitent dying of cancer. He had a lot on his plate and when things were getting kind of weird at Nixon he started worrying about his wifes care.
At Nixon they had zombies in the basement, and were injecting zombie sperm into healthy wo
Cheney Giordano
Jan 10, 2013 Cheney Giordano rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, amazing
I'm a girl who loves a good scare. Most of the books I read, I would say 80% of them, fall under the horror, paranormal, apocalyptic, and/or dystopian persuasion, and I am a SUCKER for zombies.

I purchased Cure on my iPhone app on a whim one day when I was looking specifically for a horror zombie thriller (that is totally its own awesome genre), and once I started reading it I couldn't stop. I know it's cliche, but it's true. I really enjoy books that keep the story moving at a quick, yet comfor
Feb 19, 2013 Regan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2013
Strandville... a place I would never want to visit as a single female! Women, of child bearing age, in a small town start disappearing. Weird zombie experiments take place in a big medical facility.

I started this book on Tuesday and finished on Wednesday, I could not put it down. It was one of those books where you wish you possessed super reading capabilities so you could zip through it. I could not wait to see how it would end.... only to find out this is not the end!

Belinda does a great job
Jan 22, 2014 T. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-beta-prize
I won this book in a giveaway, and would not have bought this for myself, as I'm not a horror (or zombie) fan. But, I put on my big girl panties and sucked it up, because I believe if you win a book, you need to do your best to read and review it. This book contains all the reasons I'm not a fan of the genre: blood, guts, angst, diabolical evil scientists, mutant viruses, backstabbing coworkers, and more plot layers than a bloomin onion. That being said, any fan of the horror genre will suck th ...more
Dec 27, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2014
I'm quite baffled by all the glowing reviews for this. I thought it was pretty awful. Sure, the concept behind it is a passingly interesting (zombie virus as possible cure for cancer), but that's about it. The characters are so stock and one-dimensional that I got confused as to who was whom several times. The plot reads like a B zombie movie script, complete with trite dialogue and overdone zombie kill shots. It was also a little heavy on the God angle for me. I suppose there isn't as much as t ...more
Sep 01, 2012 Cassandra rated it it was amazing
That was crazy--very descriptive with all the blood and feces...
Psycho doctor searching for a cure for cancer, inseminating women with the sperm of zombies...yep, that's exactly what is going on in this book. Dr. Nixon says his experiments are all about "saving people from needless death and suffering". He claims to be a healer looking for a cure, but he reminded me more of Dr. Heiter working on his "First Sequence" of his Human Centipede. He is sinister and heartless and extinguishes anyone tha
Nick M.
Jun 08, 2012 Nick M. rated it it was amazing
I have been looking forward to the release of this novel for some time. Having read the other works by Belinda I couldn't wait to see if this full length novel could compare to her previous work Dead Spell.
As I started reading this novel I found myself drawn into the characters and the little town of Strandville. What started as a few minutes of reading quickly turned into a few hours. The writing style is fast and filled with emotion and action. This was a tough book to put down as I wanted to
Steven Daniel
Sep 23, 2014 Steven Daniel rated it it was amazing
Do you love reading or watching medical dramas? Are you a fan of the undead genre? If you want to see how it would be to combine the two, read this post apocalyptic thriller by Belinda S. Frisch.
Follow Miranda along with some of Strandville citizens as they try to escape from the unhinged Dr. Nixon, his lackey Reid, and a swarm of Ids.
As a zombie fan myself, I could not put this book down. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, “Afterbirth
The book jumped right into the main story with no real character background so it felt like reading about strangers for 40% of the book. Once it finally panned out and who was who became evident, the story was within the throws of medical center mutiny, undead attack and uninfected, injured rescuers trying to find and bring home captive but uninfected women that had gone missing from the surrounding area. The first half had me contemplating whether to continue reading or not. In the last half of ...more
Amie Gaudet
Dec 22, 2014 Amie Gaudet rated it really liked it
CURE: A Strandville Zombie Novel # 1 by Belinda S. Frisch

The small town of Strandville was once a safe and quiet place to live. However, several young women have recently gone missing and the only similarities between the cases seems to be their link to the Nixon Medical Center.

A miscarriage and diagnosis of a genetic condition causes the end of Miranda's marriage. Seeking escape, she accepts a job at The Nixon Center. Her ex-husband, Scott, still loves her and did not want the divorce, but Mira
Sharon Smith
Jan 28, 2015 Sharon Smith rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
I was entertained by this book, at first. The characters were so poorly developed though that halfway through I started getting really confused... Mark? Where did Mark come from? Who was kidnapped of his? The premise, the evil doctor kidnapping women to inseminate them with zombie sperm-was delightfully terrifying. The detail of the actual zombies/birth was satisfactorily gruesome. The writing just did not work for me. Miranda was a weak female heroine (she was ex-military but all the sudden nee ...more
Desert Rose
Nov 24, 2014 Desert Rose rated it liked it
This is the first book in the Strandville Zombies series.

I got this book for free from Amazon.

Miranda and Scott are finalizing their divorce, nothing has been the same since they lost their baby girl Rosalie. Although they both love each other, life is just not working out.
So Miranda decides to take a job in another town to try to start fresh and forget Scott.
When she reaches the Nixon center things don't seem right, she is asked to have tests and read manuals that no other employee had to do.
Martina Johnson
Jul 16, 2013 Martina Johnson rated it liked it
meh. it's just paced oddly. i guess it might be a genre thing, the really rushed and confusing action scenes, with minimal character development. but a good horror novel isn't the same thing as a novel that is good, and happens to be horror. a book that is good is going to be good from all angles. Cure is good for a horror novel, but i would not GENERALLY call it a good novel. probably won't continue reading thebseries.
Brandy Corona
Sep 11, 2014 Brandy Corona rated it really liked it
Freaked me out and grossed me out more times than I can count. I loved it!! This was a fast paced story with a ton of twists and turns that your heart will race as you try and finish the story. Loved it very much!!!
Angela Rowland
Aug 26, 2014 Angela Rowland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


I have never read a zombie book before, and this blew me away!!! I was hooked and the writing style allowed me to actually picture it as I was reading. can't wait for the second book.
This was a pretty exciting book and I enjoyed reading it. I didn't realize how violent it would be before I started reading it but it was still good.
Now I want to read the second book right away.
3.5 stars
Dawn On-the-hill
Aug 10, 2014 Dawn On-the-hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good

Very good

I'm a zombie fan and it takes a lot to get this many stars from me for one. it deserves them and I hope there is a sequel!
Oct 02, 2014 Mary rated it it was ok
I had my expectations way too high for this book. I thought it would be a cool zombie novel but it just didn't work out.

It started all right with some introductions, descriptions of spaces and suspense. At nearly 40% of the book, I was about to drop it for real. The story itself was quite good and original.
Having kidnapped women to incubate zombie-children and find a cure...well, it was ok.

The characters were way too cliché. Reid is a total psycho killer, the doctor is the typical bad doctor
Apr 29, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing
I highly enjoyed reading Cure # 1 of the Strandville Zombie series, and had no problem giving it five stars, now look forward to reading part 2 Afterbirth.
William Taira
Mediocre writing, forgettable characters

The story suffers from the classic tropes of villainous bad guys: self-important mad scientist, brutish thug, faceless organization. Almost as if we are being bludgeoned over the head with the fact "these are the bad guys, you must hate them". The main characters are inconsistent in behavior, and appear far too easily manipulated by the mastermind.

The writing is mediocre, nothing really outstanding in how descriptive writing is used. Everything is telegra
Sep 10, 2014 Tai rated it liked it
It's good up until the first half of the book. Typical zombie fiction where everything goes to hell and some ruthless scientist tries to find a cure through any means necessary. The latter half of the book got really annoying. The main character "Miranda" played out one too many "dumb moves" where it can get everyone killed. She acted like some selfish, stuck up, holier-than-thou character in the latter half while at the same time acted like a crybaby when "danger" is imminent. God, it was reall ...more
Nov 05, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombies
Review coming soon, but I can tell you this book is awesome.
Sheri White
Oct 15, 2012 Sheri White rated it really liked it
Great zombie book; review to come at The Crow's Caw soon.
Beth  (Curling Up With A Good Book)
Review to come....short, quick read...but good!
Christina  Torretta
Mar 18, 2015 Christina Torretta rated it it was amazing
Wow... There are some real issues in this book. Not WITH the story, with the people! I really hope if the zombiepocalypse ever breaks out, I am with smarter people than who are in here. Because seriously... I would be so frustrated. Or kill them all for being idiots!

First of all of course, OF COURSE, someone is creating a cure for something and it all goes haywire. The problem is not the science behind it. The problem is that the scientist is a freak. He is the ultimate bad guy as he knows somet
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An eclectic author, Belinda Frisch writes the fast-paced stories she likes to read. She draws on fifteen years in the healthcare industry to create realistic, complex medical thrillers, and on a lifelong love of all things horror and thriller for the rest. When she isn't watching scary movies, reading, PS4 gaming, or penning her next novel, she's enjoying time with her husband and a mixed pack of ...more
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Strandville Zombie Series (4 books)
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