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Dead Hunger: The Flex Sheridan Chronicle (Dead Hunger #1)

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  270 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
An epidemic that's turning humans into zombies has swept over the United States and quite possibly the world, and Flex Sheridan doesn't like it one bit.

In an effort to save his younger sister, Flex re-connects with perhaps the strongest woman he's ever known - Gem Cardoza, his former girlfriend. Together they take his six-year-old niece Trina, the only uninfected survivor
Kindle Edition, E1 edition, 272 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by Dolphin Moon Publishing (first published October 1st 2011)
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Suzanne Robb
Jan 18, 2012 Suzanne Robb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
Generally I reserve the 5 star rating for books that blow me away in three different ways. This book did that and more.
I have read a lot of books in my time, from the Big 6 companies, to independent writers. Not surprisingly some of the best I have read comes from people with small presses.

When I read a book I look at three things -
1 - Characters, if you have good/great characters they can carry a story no matter what. In Dead Hunger the Flex Sheridan Chronicles, Shelman focuses on the main ch
Aug 26, 2014 Lana rated it it was amazing
I am an unabashed zombie fan. A fanatic even. I have read just under a bajillion zombie-themed books (plus or minus a jillion). One would think there wasn’t a lot new that could be brought to the zombie genre with the recent influx of zombie books, zombie movies and zombie tv. One would be wrong. I picked up Dead Hunger: The Flex Sheridan Chronicle after having it in my to-be-read queue for quite some time, and I have to say, I wish I hadn’t waited. The author has given us a story that is smart, ...more
Jul 11, 2014 E.S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: za-books, favorites
There are a lot of zombie books on the market right now. I've come across some great ones and I've come across some that were just "good". This one falls in the "great" category. I originally purchased this book because Eric Shelman has a friendly, fun Facebook presence. I figured I would show my support and buy one of his books. I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did.

First of all, the characters are fun and refreshing. Flex, the main character, is just an ordinary man whose main interes
Sue Julsen
Apr 17, 2012 Sue Julsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although not usually a fan of zombie books, Shelman's 'Dead Hunger' changed my mind. This is not your normal, run of the mill, "I saw that coming" zombie story. The well-rounded characters are not only exciting but extremely likable as they forge forward, not knowing what they will encounter next, who will survive and who might not, as they search for other uninfected humans in this new and frightening world.
Many nights I forced myself to put the book down
Oct 24, 2014 Alina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombie
The Name Eric A.Shelman was floating true the eter, on manny of my friends Facebook pages. The series Dead Hunger was highly recomended, and i was a litle bitt sceptic.
I started to read in the evening, thinking that i will only gett a few pages and call it a day. At 2 am in the morning i was struggling to put the kindle down and go to sleep. I read the book in toe sittings and only because work has this habbit of interfiering with my reading.
Because i always feel that i have the duty to actually
Amanda Felix
Jan 20, 2014 Amanda Felix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a zom-poc fan, don't deny it, don't make excuses for it. They are just plain fun to read but there comes a point when the subject is inundated with zombie novels/books/stories and they are all the same with the exception of a few, Mark Tufo, James Cook, Shawn Chesser come to mind. Eric Shelman can now be counted in those few writers I enjoy. The beginning of the series is told through the eyes of the main character, Flex Sheridan and the story begins rather quickly. He has called his little ...more
Mary Ford
Apr 27, 2013 Mary Ford rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, e-book
Not my cup of tea at all and I love zombie stories. Couldn't get into it since the characters and their way of speaking seemed more like teens than older adults and it just seemed like an average nothing special zombie story where the MCs become way too proficient way too fast....everything was too easy.
At the start of the book the dead have already risen and we join the team on a mission. Flex is thinking back to how it began with him trying to get to his sister Jamie, her husband and two daughters, which leads to the rest of the book being a flashback. I hate it when authors do this because we are being told who is alive and dead before we get to the flashback which shows you all of the events taking place. If we had started with Jamie's phone call and Flex rushing over to see what happened, ...more
Oct 29, 2013 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Wasn't too bad - but there was too much coincidence, and telling.
R Martine
Nov 06, 2014 R Martine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever made such a drastic mistake that at one point it becomes all you can think about? That's what it's like for Flex Sheridan as the unbelievable, unimaginable happens... He finds himself lost in thought as he makes a long distance road trip to an even more gruesome nightmarish reality. What he discovers there will drastically change his life forever... He will have to reach deep within himself to his very soul to discover all that lies in wait, along the way he will find friends new a ...more
Dec 12, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dead Hunger is an action packed, heat packing, zombie killing, fast paced ride!

When Flex goes to check on his sister he walks into a horrific surprise waiting for him. I liked Flex’s character. He does what is right out of love and the simple fact that it’s the right thing to do. The atmosphere that Mr. Shelman creates while Flex is at his sisters house opened up the story to the fact that the whole world was about to change--being overrun with zombies. Mr. Shelman used Flex’s family to make me
May 03, 2013 Phillis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well that was a fast read! My first zombie book and I kinda liked it. I guess I better get the next one to see if I'll like it any better. It was kind of creeping thinking what if this ever happened. I gather zombies aren't particularly smart but these seemed to be developing some kind of communicative intelligence. At least enough to be able to "work" together to kill and feed. Shelman has a way with telling a story that makes me want to read the next Flex Sheridan Chronicle of Zombies. I thoug ...more
I liked it alot but it really was just your average zombie apocolypse story. Nothing really new was brought to the table except for these zombies are thought to have some sort of awareness like they actually can think because of the way some of them acted but I can't really explain it further without spilling to much... I feel like the second book will be more entertaining as this first one mostly just sets the stage and puts the players on the field so to speak. I really liked the fact that th ...more
Aug 21, 2013 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
I love Zombie based novels. I love the urgency of the books. I especially love when you can get involved emotionally. This is a good one. Flex and his crew are likable and though sometimes it all seems to fall into place a bit too easy - it's quite engaging and readable.

Now I HATE that all these type books are drug out over several series and usually I stop at one except for a few, and this one is in the category of when I get paid I will get all the rest because I am interested in seeing what d
Feb 21, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My name is Amanda, and I am a book snob. This book had been popping up in my recommendations for months and I kept bypassing it, just because I was totally not feeling the artwork on the cover. There it was, day after day, until finally I just said what the hell.

Could I ever smack myself for waiting. The book was incredibly entertaining, and very engaging. Fun plot to follow and just overall enjoyable. I still snicker a little at the corny names, I mean really a genius called "Hemp"?

But I am ve
Jul 10, 2014 Carey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book, then why 3 stars? Only because I felt somethings were missing. There was some confusion for me about how certain things happened or came about. I was reassured by the author it's because the answers are revealed in the next books in the series. Once I read those, I may just change my star rating!
Michael Robertson
Dead Hunger is a zombie book, which I'm sure is pretty obvious from the cover image. We see the outbreak though the eyes of Flex Sheridan. The book starts with him rushing to see his sister, who is turning into a zombie while talking to him on the phone.

In my reviews I try to avoid spoilers where possible, so please forgive my talking around the plot without much specific detail.

Like all good zombie stories, this book has a core group of characters at the centre of it that I truly cared about. T
Jun 12, 2012 ocmomruns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Zombie book! I had no idea what to expect. I really enjoyed the book and the characters. I loved the playful relationship between Flex and Gem and also Flex and Trina. Flex is tough but also a softy. The end of the book made me tear up a little. It was a great book, the action, suspense, were balanced perfectly with Flex's sense of humour. I look forward to reading more books by Eric A. Shelman.
Shellie Brewer
Apr 25, 2013 Shellie Brewer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-books-read
This book was exactly what I thought it would, addictive,characters that you fall in love with. Incredible writing with gore and zombies and compassion and the struggle to stay alive. I do not know why but I can not get enough of these type of stories and this one does not let me down at all. I have started reading the second one and it already has me hooked too. LOVE IT...
Feb 28, 2014 Malik added it
I'm invested

I must say that I've been trying to find a series that has a good family affects to it. I've read two other series that has me invested so I was hoping this would too! guess what it did. I love that they consider themselves family and they just met but they also know that will not survive without each other! great start
Amy Flowers
Feb 16, 2014 Amy Flowers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
I was a lucky winner of this book, and loved it!!!!! I was so sad when Flex had to take care of his sister! Charlie rocks!!!! This is going to be a series that I own in paperback and on my kindle. I recently purchased the kindle version of this, and have purchased the second and third books for my kindle. Love Flex, Gem, Hemp and Charlie!!!
Danielle At atz
Jun 25, 2014 Danielle At atz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was one of the first indie authors I read, and started my addiction of self published/ indie writers. I have always love horror, and read many well known authors in the genre, but there's a passion behind the writing of a book that has no big publisher giving deadlines, editing the crap out of the book "for the masses to enjoy".
I am reading Dead Hunger for the 2nd time as part of a book club discussion, and I'm excited to hear other people's perceptions on a book that I love. This is
Julie Jones
Sep 29, 2013 Julie Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
so yikes. SPOILER ALERT. OK I'm not excited about how evolved these zombies are but I do love the eye misting...that's just too freaky. I'm very excited to find that there are already three more for me to catch up on.
Julie Ward
Apr 08, 2014 Julie Ward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did not think I could enjoy anything else about zombies. I was just dead wrong. Fantastic. I found myself crying on an airplane when I was reading. Lots of action, adventure and drama. Excellent.
May 03, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the series. I am on book 2 now. Not your typical 'zombie' books. You really get to know your characters and think, hmm... this could happen.
Apr 27, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, my-books
wow. they way he made the zombies have the ability to paralyze people is so effing amazing. great book. cant wait to read the rest
Tammy G.Beard
Dec 16, 2012 Tammy G.Beard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I can't wait to buy the next one!
Jan 28, 2013 Gerald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this series if I can give it more than 5 stars I would.
Jill Richards
Aug 28, 2014 Jill Richards rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Jill by: no one
I downloaded this book for my trip to the Cayman Islands in November of 2011. Here I sit reading the book and crying like a baby. I loved the way the author draws you in to truly love and care about the family in this story. Flex and Gem are a true force and an awesome couple. The Zombies are scary and gruesome to say the least. The secondary characters are well fleshed out and fierce. I have read all the books in the Dead Hunger series and they only get better. Waiting for book 8 and anything e ...more
Aug 16, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great read - it never ceases to amaze me that all these wonderful authors have all these great, original ideas for the many zombie based novels that I am completely addicted to. So now I must add The Dead Hunger Chronicles to my ever growing (should that be groaning?) collection of zombie novels that I adore. Flex, Gem, Hemp, Charlie, Trina and Bunsen are going to take us on some all encompassing adventures and I for one cannot wait to get on with Gem's Chronicle. Great writing Mr Shelman ...more
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