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Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End (Apocalipsis Z #1)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  6,950 ratings  ·  717 reviews
The dead rise…

A mysterious incident in Russia, a blip buried in the news—it’s the only warning humanity receives that civilization will soon be destroyed by a single, voracious virus that creates monsters of men.

Humanity falls…

A lawyer, still grieving over the death of his young wife, begins to write as a form of therapy. But he never expected that his anonymous blog would
Paperback, 397 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by AmazonCrossing (first published 2007)
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mark monday
blog entry 2/4/2014

hi everyone. this is mark monday, wasting your time again with some insignificant random musings while the highly significant zombie apocalypse is happening to us all. Apocalypse Wow! well, we all have our own coping strategies and mine is staring at my navel and then reporting back my findings via this blog. I'm sure teh interwebs will go down soon enough and I will have to switch to my journal (who will ever read it??), but for now at least I am online and ready to ramble to
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I usually don't read books that have journal entry settings. Most times, I get bored within the first chapter or so, and drop the book completely. The only reason I decided to give it a try was because it was free to loan on my Kindle. But Apocalypse Z was completely different from other books--and I'm overjoyed that I was lucky enough to get my hands on this.

There was no doubt that I was hooked within the first dozen chapters. The action (which is always a key element of my interest) is consta
John Podlaski
I do not generally read zombie novels, but with the inception of "free" books for my Amazon Kindle - every genre is now worth exploring. Once I started this book, I could not put it down. Apocalypse Z: The beginning of the End is so realistic, I had to stop reading on occasion just to make sure that I was reading a book and this wasn't really happening.

A man and his best friend, an orange ball of fur cat, watch as the world crumbles around them. A deadly virus, unleashed from a secret location i
Aleksandra Royzen
There is nothing better than a good apocalyptic Zombie read. And this one just hit the spot for me! It had everything I seek in this sort of a book: gore, horror, suspense, and of course humor.

This might sound weird but this book is sort of realistic, in a way... Don't worry I know the book is about zombies. And zombies are not real, right?? But the novel reads real. First of all the main character is a simple sort of a guy. And he acts and reacts to things like a regular guy. Not some macho war

This book was really frustrating. The first 70% of the book was a 3 star book. Mildly interesting, good setting. Then it just got bad. The hero is TSTL. I mean really? You know "those things" are attracted by sound, by your own admission you're not a very good shot, and you have a relatively soundless speargun! And yet you use the glock?
And ok I love my cat. But if during a zombie apocalypse she wonders off through an infested hospital I can't justify putting the guy I'm traveling with and myse
María  Sanz
Feb 04, 2012 María Sanz rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to María by: Bruno Nievas
Shelves: favorites
Debo decir que me aproximé a este libro con mucha prevención y escepticismo. No me gustan, en general, las historias de zombies, pero había oído hablar muy bien de ella, a gente cuya opinión me merecía mucha confianza, así que me decidí a abrirlo. Cuando vi que estaba escrito a modo de diario contado por el protagonista mi escepticismo creció aún más (no me gustan los diarios, ni siquiera he sido nunca capaz de escribir uno).
A pesar de todo, decidí darle una oportunidad y empecé a leer, y 2 pág
Jeff Swesky
I'm kind of surprised by so many high ratings for this book. Okay, the concept is cool: a blogger giving a post by post history of the Zombie Apocalypse. But I've read a lot of blog posts by many different writers, and most are written with so much more creativity and detail. Loureiro's prose reads so basic, almost juvenile. I don't get a feel for the narrator as a character and the details come from the news have almost no punch. For these reasons, I didn't get much past the first 12-15 posts. ...more
Emma Sea
This is terrible! Boring, poorly paced, nothing evocative . . . it brings zilch of interest to the zombielit genre. The author gives me no reason to care about the MC or anyone he encounters.

The structure gave me hope this would be interesting. The story is a series of diary entries which the MC begins, on his psychologist's advice, in an effort to get over the death of his wife. His first efforts at writing coincide with the onset of the zombie outbreak. Loueriro has failed to take advantage o
I struggled to make it past the 1/3 mark, I was so bored. I wanted to like this book. There was plenty to charm me: It was a unique premise for a zombie story. It was about a guy and his cat trying to survive, which definitely hit an emotional chord or three. It was more serious, rather than over-the-top.

Although there never seemed to really be a climax, all of the people and situations the main character encounters are interesting. However, both the initial writing and the translation work seem
Ever since I read World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, reading PA zombie fiction has become one of my guilty pleasures. Whenever I feel like I am having a "reader's block", I pick up a zombie book to get out of it, and so far it has worked!

A couple of days back, I decided to venture into the zombie infested wastelands again as I was not in the mood to continue with my other books. And as soon as I knew that Manel Loureiro has written a zombie book which was set in a different country,
Review posted at: Read, Rinse, Repeat

The information emerging from Russia is full of contradictions. The government insists there is no problem, and yet health care workers from around the world have been summoned. Is it the West Nile virus? Ebola? Nearby countries are shutting their borders and ordering vaccinations. But against what? Nevertheless, the mysterious virus spreads throughout the world as official information slows to a trickle. Blogs report infected individuals exhibiting extreme a
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Muss man bei Zombiebüchern etwas zum Inhalt sagen?
Eine Seuche breitet sich von Russland über die Welt aus und verwandelt harmlose Menschen in grausame, menschenfressende Untote. Beschrieben wird dieser Ablauf von einem spanischen Blogger, dem sein Therapeut zum virtuellen Tagebuchschreiben geraten hat, damit er den Verlust seiner Liebe endlich verarbeiten kann.

Gleich vorweg: Dieser Vorwand zum Blogschreiben des Protagonisten ist wirklich nur
Martin Belcher
I have to say this is one of the best Zombie novels I have read, incredibly fast and full of constant suspense and action, it's one of those books you find hard to put down and when you do you find yourself thinking I want to find out what happens next!

The author, Manel Loureiro is Spanish and this book begun as a popular blog in his home country of Spain and then it obviously transferred into a book format. It's been a best seller in Spain, Italy and Brazil and now for the first time translated
¡Qué puedo decir! Se me ha visto el plumero desde que empecé la entrada, y es que me ha encantado. Si bien es cierto que es un género que o gusta o no, en cuanto que a mi me encanta la temática de zombies, este es un libro que evidentemente me tenía que encantar.

No sólo por el hecho de que es de lectura fácil y que tras leer dos páginas ya te encuentras totalmente enganchado a la trama que el autor ha sabido ir introduciendo magistralmente, sino que además me sentí muy identificada al leerlo ya
Excellent Zombie Apocalypse novel! One of the best I've read. It is incredibly realistic (as realistic as one of these things can be) and the character, as an ordinary person, reacts in very human ways to what is going on around him. Additionally, interactions with the zombies feels more real than it does in other books and in film and television. For example, there is an extremely graphic scene in which they have to decapitate a zombie, and it isn't done in one clean swipe like you see in movie ...more
Creo que algunos usuarios son injustos con esta novela. El autor no pretende en ningún momento hacer una prosa elaborada. Está escrito en lenguaje de a pié como cualquier ciudadano normal haría, pero numerosas veces el autor se delata y se hace evidente que tiene los recursos y el potencial para hacer mejor prosa. Simplemente no quiere.

El texto rezuma inteligencia. Es cierto que en ocasiones se puede hacer repetitivo pero eso va inherente a una historia de zombies donde constanteme
Michelle M
I picked this up through the Kindle lending library to have as an emergency book, but once I started it I read it pretty much straight through.

Yes, another zombie apocalypse, this time focusing on Spain, one man and his cat and a whole lot of "walking undead".

I could tell that this was translated from another language, there were times when an adjective wasn't quite right, or a scene was just a bit off. Still, it was entertaining. Nice(ish) guy tries to make sure his family is okay, tries to hel
I was planning on giving this book a solid 3 stars--a fun, quick read--until the last couple of chapters. I liked the story originally because the protagonist seemed like an ordinary dude who couldn't leave his cat behind to starve even as the apocalypse rolled through his town. I'd probably be stupid enough to do the same with my dogs, so I could empathize. Then the wish fulfillment started getting a biiiit too blatant.

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El apocalipsis zombi se desata en Daguestán, extendiéndose al resto del mundo, y a nosotros nos lo cuenta un abogado de Pontevedra en primera persona. La idea de escribir el libro como entradas de blog o de diario en un cuaderno que el prota conserva le da un aire entretenido a la novela, aunque cada tres páginas nos encontramos un "las últimas horas han sido una locura" y expresiones similares.

Dado que son tres libros que se leen como uno solo, pondré en éste todos mis comentarios sobre los tr
Rinny Rainwind
Book 1 of the Apocalypse Z series. This is the story of Mark and Jeff as they try to make it to their grandfather's fallout bunker deep in the mountains of Washington State. They have so many life threatening events happen along the way that you wonder if they will ever get there. The story is fast paced and good premise. The characters are so easy to like and it feels like a personal loss when one dies. There is so much loss and just day to day survival in this book. The author ends the book so ...more
Katya Vinogradova
- Okay, in no way is this movie based on a true story.
- It's a future true story. A zombie apocalypse is going to happen.
(c) Happy Endings

So much has been said, written, joked and filmed on the zombie apocalypse that you might think, how much more can we take? Do we really need another zombie novel? Is there anything left to say? Luckily, Manel Loureiro didn't ask himself these questions (or if he did, he answered "yes" to all), and wrote a fresh, realistic, gripping novel about survival and pre
I loved this book. The diary form made it move fast and it felt like I was really there. The cat was the right touch. What a character!
Great post apoc zombie story and I liked how it was set in Spain.
Timothy Ward
At first, I really gobbled this one up. I'm a sucker for the onset of zombie apocalypses and how a small group or close narrator perspective will survive. This reminds me of one of my favorite zombie books, Day by Day Armageddon, in its journalistic format, prepping to bunker against the oncoming horde. This style wore down, though, when I realized that the main character was the only one I cared about, and without friends to interact with, he became kind of shallow, moving from one danger to th ...more
Michaelbrent Collings
This was a decent zombie novel. There were some parts that I found irritating (like the fact that the main character seemed to go right into sexualizing a young teen girl within minutes of finding her), but most of the book was clever and well done. I particularly liked the method of telling the story as a series of blog and journal entries. It added to the reality of the tale, though at times I did have to ask myself what kind of person would stop to write pages and pages of personal history du ...more
Resembles a poor man's Spanish version of Richard Matheson's classic, "I Am Legend", infused with more modern takes on the zombie genre, and largely succeeds more than it fails. Despite zombie fiction often being fairly unoriginal from author to author, as long as they can present a story of attempted survival against all odds with a few twists and turns, chances are everything will come together for a entertaining enough story. That is essentially what this book represents.

Firstly, because the
Jul 29, 2011 Marsten rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SOS
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Sin lugar a dudas es una historia fascinante, llena de acción, de escenas terroríficas (muy terroríficas!) y con buenos giros argumentales. Es explícito sin llegar a ser exclusiva y machaconamente gore. Ambienta muy bien las escenas y describe de manera muy efectista los pensamientos y sentimentos de los personajes. Realmente te metes en la piel de ellos.
El libro tiene ritmo, tensión; es ameno, directo, cercano. Se lee en un "plis-plas"! Me gusta el estilo de diario en que se estructura el libro
Jordan Anderson
When I first heard of this book, I was unimpressed. I thought this was yet another feeble attempt for an author to cash in on the again resurgent zombie genre. Really, how many books have been written in this departement in the last 3 or 4 years? 100? 500? 1,000's? And even then, how many are original enough to be even considered worth reading?

Apocalypse Z is not original. Nowhere within Loureiro's zombie novel do we find anything new in terms of a zombie apocalypse. The zombies are the same old
There are many books written in diary format in zombie-world, and very few of them that I particularly enjoyed. If I had known that Apocalypse Z was written as a diary, I therefore probably would have passed it over, but I'm glad I didn't. I believe that the name of the main character is never revealed, and although there's a chance it's my memory failing me, I'm pretty sure from one of the final scenes of the book that this is on purpose. So for the purposes of my review I shall call him Surviv ...more
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International bestselling author Manel Loureiro was born in Pontevedra, Spain, and studied law at Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. After graduating, he worked in television, both on-screen (appearing on Televisión de Galicia) and behind-the-scenes as a writer. His Apocalypse Z trilogy—The Beginning of the End, Dark Days, and The Wrath of the Just—took him from the blogosphere to bestsellerd

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