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Vaccination (Vaccination Trilogy #1)

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What if the H1N1 vaccination wasn’t just a preventative measure against swine flu? It seemed like the flu came out of nowhere and yet, in no time at all the government manufactured a vaccination.

Were lab workers diligent, or could the virus itself have been man-made?

Chase McKinney works as a dispatcher at 9-1-1. Taking emergency calls, it becomes immediately obvious that
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Published September 21st 2013 by Severed Press (first published October 30th 2011)
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Shana Festa
Oct 07, 2013 Shana Festa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombies, best-of-2013
I am a huge fan of authors who think outside the box, and even more so when they are able to pull personal experience into their writing. I know what your thinking, how is that possible when writing about zombies? Tomasso allows us a peek into the beginnings of a zombie outbreak that we rarely get to see. Read my entire review here
Mar 22, 2014 Vix rated it liked it
This is a mixed bag review for me, there are spoilers, so be warned.

Phillip Tomasso needs to spend time editing, proofing, and fixing the various errors. The whole story could have done with a good proof read or better still a beta reader to point out the inconsistences, grammatical errors, tense confusion and misplaced words (eg harm instead of arm – however I note this was pointed out the PT in Oct 2013, he responded to the comment saying he would tell his editor (who should be shot!) but the
Charles Vitale
Dec 14, 2013 Charles Vitale rated it it was amazing
Shelves: phil-tomasso
I'd like to start out with that I'm not a big reader. However when I do find a book I like I usually finish in a sitting or two. I have read all of Phil's other books and just like the ones before it this one is another winner. I finished this book in just under a day.

Vaccination isn't your typical zombie thriller that plays into the normal "zombie apocalypse" stereotypes. More so it uses the stereotypes of what we think we "know" about zombies launches the characters into the strange unknown la
Brian Switzer
How not to get me excited about turning the page

Vaccinations is typical ZA fare- couple tries to get from point A to point B putting down zombies along the way and nearly getting bitten numerous times.

This is the first work by Phillip Tomasso that I've read. It's very well written, in a distinctive style. The prose is tight and lean without any unnecessary words. The narrative is fast and taut. The action flies and the characters are believable. Also there is no gun porn, always a plus by my ac
Michael Garza
Dec 14, 2013 Michael Garza rated it really liked it
What if the H7N9 vaccination wasn’t just a preventative measure against swine flu? It seemed like the flu came out of nowhere and yet, in no time at all the government manufactured a vaccination. Were lab workers diligent, or could the virus itself have been man-made?

Mr. Tomasso’s new book takes a growing fear within society and multiplies it by a thousand. Government conspiracies abound as this epidemic gone mad story focuses on one man’s survival and ultimately his desperate need to save his c
Dec 14, 2013 Angie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: horror and zombie fans
Recommended to Angie by: saw it on the indy promotions club
Shelves: phillip-tomasso
A really good book from the outset, we follow Chase, desperately trying to reach his kids after the start of the zombie apocalypse.

A divorced dad of two, who is indifferent to Alison his new girlfriend, drags her from the 911 call center where they work , on a race through the infected city treating her pretty terribly along the way. They pick up some other survivors along the way, Dave, Josh and Jason.

The book is a long journey filled with Chase s terribly bad driving, he crashes so many cars,
Jul 08, 2014 LinBee rated it really liked it
I loved this book, let me say that first. For once, the author comes up with a reason as to why there are zombies. But in this book, there are fast ones, there are slow ones. There are zombies with personalities.

Two problems I had: The first, whomever edited this book, missed just a few things. There was a "did" where there was supposed to be a "didn't." Sounds small, but makes a world of difference. "Heard" instead of "herd." Spelling errors, sentences that sound like words are in the wrong or
I've never read a novel by Phillip Tomasso before but I sure will be looking into him so more(and already buy Book 2)

If you enjoyed The Walking Dead show, try this one : graphic scenes, f-word used but not too much (what would you do if a rotten zombie just prepared itsel to strike ? "oh mon dieu" just doesn't seem to convey the same sentiment).

In the beginning I didn't care a lot about Chase (the main character)but his try to reconnect with his 2 children while suffering his unexpected companio
Jessica Kong
Oct 08, 2014 Jessica Kong rated it it was amazing
What can I say…

What can I say about Phillip Tomasso’s book Vaccination? Only certain words come to mind. Awesome. Great. Interesting. Funny. And messed up. I use messed up because I cried at certain points in the book. Vaccination is definitely a book zombie lovers should read.
Ian McClellan
Oct 03, 2013 Ian McClellan rated it really liked it
You can see this review along with the book trailer and a short interview with the author here:

In the opening twenty pages or so of Vaccination we meet a couple of the first zombies infected with a contaminated batch of H1N1 vaccine. They don’t seem very fast or aggressive, but it’s a little hard to tell since one of them is wounded. We also meet Josh and Dave, two brothers pooling what little money they have to put some gas in Josh’s car, and Chase, the m
Belinda Frisch
Nov 17, 2016 Belinda Frisch rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
A routine flu season turns deadly when an adulterated batch of flu vaccine leads to an outbreak of walking dead. Enter Chase McKinney, a jaded, perhaps selfish divorcee who works as a 911 dispatcher and is among the earliest to understand the scope of Rochester’s “problem.” He has taken a confession from one of the key men involved in the outbreak, the call prophetic as a busy night on the phone lines escalates to all hell breaking loose.

In order to review this book, I feel the need to disclose
Sharlene Almond
Apr 29, 2014 Sharlene Almond rated it it was amazing
The start certainly got my attention; it wasn’t what I was expecting. Reading through the short chapters made it a fast paced novel. Instantly addicted at the start as people seemed to be infected with some sort of disease; turning out to be a vaccination gone wrong.
The reader is promptly chucked into the exciting plot as a person is bitten, while a woman crosses the street broken, scratched and bleeding, appearing dead.
This was hard to put down. It started off thrilling and only increased. Very
T.R. Horne
Dec 15, 2013 T.R. Horne rated it it was amazing
I purchased this book because I thought the cover of the book was amazing and the author was pretty down to earth on Facebook. Little did I know, he is a fabulous writer as well! I was enthralled with his character, Chase, from the moment he started talking about his affinity for beer, smoking and his distate for working as a dispatcher. I thought it was cleverly written in a way that didn't make you dislike Chase but helped you understand him. There were many times in the book that I wanted to ...more
J. Michel
Dec 10, 2013 J. Michel rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of zombie books, and Vaccination was a refreshing take on the zombie apocalypse. I love that most of the story was told in first person, and the fact that the main character is flawed really grabbed me. First person stories that have less-than-perfect protagonists are really interesting because it can be beneficial to be put in the shoes of someone who's struggling with life.

The story is quite suspenseful, and once the action started, it didn't stop for the entire book. I was turnin
Sheena (biblio.boppity.books)
Nov 13, 2014 Sheena (biblio.boppity.books) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book surprised me. I like zombie stories, who doesn't? But rarely have I ever read a full length zombie novel that was worth remembering. They all tend to have this same, generic theme to them. Add to that, most people can only manage writing short zombie stories, unable to keep a good enough plot going to make a full length novel worth the effort.

I couldn't tell you what about this story makes it stand out to me, because technically it's generic too. How many variations of a zombie apocaly
Jul 31, 2015 Kym rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark, zombies, apocalypse
The annoying things about this book:

1) There are quite a few spelling errors throughout. Also quite a few inconsistencies and continuity problems

2) The protagonist is a self-centered dick. I occasionally rooted for the zombies.

3) ANOTHER car wreck?!

The awesome things about this book:

1) The beginning location of this story. Even though there are a lot of inevitable tropes throughout the book, that beginning is unique.

2) Not a whiff of the typical gun zealotry in this book. A lot of zombie books
Tanya Watt
Dec 10, 2013 Tanya Watt rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-favorites
I don’t watch much television, but one show I hate to miss is The Walking Dead! So when I picked up my kindle to begin Vaccination, I was curious as to how well this book would compare to the zombies on my favorite show.

Well, I have to say, if Vaccination was a television show I would be its number 1 fan! I’m not going to say it was the best zombie story I’ve ever read, but I do feel it was close. I couldn’t stop reading for a second, I had to know if Chase would ever reach his family, and the b
Adrian DeJesus
Dec 12, 2013 Adrian DeJesus rated it it was amazing
What a delicious read! As a fan of Zombie / Apocalyptic fiction, I feel that this book delivered 100% and left me wanting more. Set in a mid sized city in Western New York, Chase finds himself in the midst of a zombie apocalypse set off by contaminated flu vaccinations. He has to fight his way through town and hordes of Zombies to find his kids and try to find a safe place for them. Tomasso's Zombies take the genre to a new level while still maintaining classic zombie behavior. I'm looking ...more
Aug 07, 2014 Chad rated it really liked it
Overall I enjoyed the book. The characters and plot where both interesting and the story flows well. The only complaint I have is that I found it a bit short and it felt like the book ended abruptly mid story.

I have now read the entire trilogy and it really feels like the whole trilogy was only one story. Having to pay for 3 novels to get one books worth of story would have annoyed me if the kindle price hadn't been $2.74 on amazon. The 2nd and 3rd book were a similar price so in reality I paid
Nix Danger
Dec 10, 2014 Nix Danger rated it it was amazing
Unlike a lot of zombie books that are simply full of action, this book had great characters (not the one dimensional characters I'm used to seeing in this genre), full descriptions of the scenery and gore which made me feel like I was running for my life myself, and surprisingly good dialogue. There are a few editing errors but this was still a great read. I love Tamasso's writing style, sarcasm, dark humor, and wit. I've read a dozen zombie books this week alone, this one is my favorite to ...more
Craig Spade
Dec 10, 2013 Craig Spade rated it it was amazing
Phillip Tomasso’s VACCINATION is a quick and easy read. With short chapters and lots of action, there is enough suspense to keep pages turning. The characters are likable well developed and complex. It is not difficult to read 100 pages in a Phillip Tomasso thriller without realizing any time has passed. In that respect, VACCINATION is no different than Tomasso's other novels. It is a fast-paced, entertaining read. I cannot wait for his next book in the Vaccination Trilogy.
Emily Walker
Jan 08, 2014 Emily Walker rated it really liked it
Vaccination was a great zombie read for me. There are a lot of zombie books out there, but this one kept the momentum going. There was action from beginning to end, and it was a different way to tell the same old story where it was interesting and entertaining. I will definitely want to read the next installment. The relationships between the characters weren't typical but they were great, and the main character was developed well.
Patrick Challis
Sep 30, 2013 Patrick Challis rated it really liked it
Up now on the COASM site, we take a look at the new book 'Vaccination' by the award winning author, Phillip Tomasso.


If you are bored of the zombie genre, you have to pick up this novel and it will definitely change your mind.

Well paced, action packed, good characters and some really taut and thrilling scenes.

What more could you want?
Julie Jones
Dec 10, 2013 Julie Jones rated it it was amazing
very intensly graphic scenes. Im very glad to read a book that deals with a dad saving his kids and putting them first. very interesting twist that a 911 opperator who is on the front lines be one of the last to know about it. His learning curve was steep but he caught on quick and makes a few quick decisions that saves his and his family and friends lives.
Sep 28, 2013 Brian rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a mix of "The Walking Dead" and "World War Z" then you've found the right book. Right from the beginning Tomasso gets your heart pounding, your mind racing and just when you think you have it figured out, WHAM! He comes out of left field with a twist. I cannot wait until the next book in the series. A must read for any zombie enthusiast!
Laurie Mault
Jul 17, 2014 Laurie Mault rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Page turner

This is the first book I have read by this author. It will not be my last. I was hooked on the first page! It was so good I finished it in one reading. Relatable characters made me wish I was there with them. I have already bought his next book.
Mar 22, 2015 Autumn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this Kindle Unlimited selection and will grab the next in the series. An interesting take where a flu vaccination turns folks into zombies, so far the only folks who aren't turned into zombies are folks who did not get the flu shot. Constant action, decent GSP.
Aug 20, 2014 Andy rated it really liked it
Read the trilogy back-to-back. If you like zombie books, this is a decent series - a nice slant to the behaviors, interesting and likable characters, believable (in a zombie apocalypse-like way) scenarios.
Nov 10, 2014 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books
Great zombie book. Couldn't put it down, ended up reading it front to back in one sitting.

Second time around, didn't enjoy it as much as the first time. still good.
Mar 21, 2015 Isabel rated it really liked it
Shelves: no-sex, horror, zombie
I really hated Chase for awhile , with his selfish ways , I mean I kinda understood him but still no excuse.
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Phillip Tomasso III is the award-winning author of many novels, including the Severed Empire series, and Amazon Best Selling Vaccination Trilogy.

He lives in Rochester, NY with his 3 kids, works full-time as a Fire Dispatcher for 9-1-1 and is always hard at work on his next story!


PRESERVATION: Winner, 1st Place Best Book 2014 (The Bookie Monster)

ADVERSE IMPACT: Winner, 1st Place Bloody Dagge
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