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The Undead Situation (Undead #1)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  397 ratings  ·  44 reviews
When people started dying and coming back to life, it wasn’t difficult to start throwing terms like “apocalypse,” and “end of the world,” around. When authorities noticed said walking corpses’ affinity for eating the flesh of the living…well, it was easy to define them as “zombies.” Self-proclaimed sociopath Cyrus V. Sinclair isn’t surprised by the dead rising and roaming...more
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Published December 2nd 2009 by Amazon Digital Services (first published 2009)
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Marvin
There's a bit of a mystery about this book. I originally received it through a free Kindle download about a year ago. I just now got around to reading it but it is no longer on Amazon or any other bookstore site. In checking the author's website, I discovered that it was originally self-published but is now to be published by another book company and to be re-released sometime in 2011. Good move because it is a rather nifty zombie novel.

Most zombie novels are too much alike. There is really very...more
Eric
My name is Cyrus V. Sinclair. The V stands for...

There is something about this book. I know it's in the middle of the e-market push of late. Great new ideas are being released everyday, of which I'm am a fan of. I am excited for the new blood in the mix. Frankly, I've always had a little morbid curiosity going with some of the more graphic stuff just hasn't been done well. Its usually been more about unnecessary blood and gore without any reason and once it stops making sense I check out. Of cou...more
Cristina
Jun 13, 2011 Cristina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Horror fans, Zombie fans
Shelves: favorites, owned, zbooks
This is one of my favorite zombie books. I picked it as a freebie from Amazon and never regretted it. What I did regret is that I have a number of people I recommended this to and they are unable to get it. The book was picked up for publishing with no date set yet.
Cyrus V. Sinclair is the main character. He is a survivor of a zombie apocalypse.He is also a sociopath so he really doesn't care about all the dead. Then he meets up with another survivor, Gabe, and decides he needs to leave the apa...more
Tracy
I am astonished by all the four- and five-star reviews that prompted me to waste my time with this ridiculous book. The main character could have been interesting had he stayed true to his (purported) character at all or made even a single rational decision. Instead, this is one stupid set piece after another, with nobody acting human or intelligent. The only thing that lets the characters get out of any of the corners they paint themselves into is the fact that their human adversaries are even...more
Heather Faville
Technically 4.5

The Undead Situation by Eloise Knapp is quite a surprise read after having sat through a Permuted Press authors panel at ZomBcon and listened to what Eloise had to say about various topics regarding the undead. Now, I didn't think Knapp's work would be all teddy bears and roses, but coming from a young female author The Undead Situation is not what I expected, to be honest, this book is MORE than I expected.

First off, I didn't like many of the characters at all...and that's ok....more
Dan Gilbert
Fairly good, standard zombie fair with an interesting main character. The story "unfolds" rather than "develops" as the characters make their trek to a mountain cabin refuge. I say that because it comes across as almost a "slice of life" tale, without the usual story arc and character epiphany. The main character develops slowly throughout the book (in a very well-written manner), but the book's ending leaves me thinking that it was just unfinished.

Oh... and having been a ferret owner, I was som...more
Jeremy Dyson
This book is an adventurous read, with some compelling characters that aren't your run of the mill heroes. The main character is at times quite despicable, which is perhaps the personality needed to survive in Knapp's bleak world of psychotic villains and the undead.

Knapp is tough writer, who isn't afraid to go to that dark place of the human psyche, and that is what keeps the reader turning the pages. At times irrational, angry, and violent, her "heroes" drive the plot forward and not quite bei...more
Procrastinador Diletante
Hoje em dia, com a popularidade dos zombies e a relativa facilidade em lançar um ebook, existem muitos livros com histórias de sobrevivência em mundos afectados por estes monstros - daí ter sido uma agradável surpresa descobrir que este livro, que tinha tudo para ser mais uma obra genérica do tema, consegue ir um pouco mais além do que o habitual, em termos de qualidade e interesse.

A grande força deste "The Undead Situation", é que a personagem principal realmente capta a nossa atenção e nos lev...more
Patrick D'Orazio
Cyrus V. Sinclair thinks he is a sociopath. And perhaps he is, though it is hard to be certain. What is for certain is that he is an overly confident loner who seems ideally built for the end of the world, at least in a situation where the dead rise and the living become fodder for them. He lives alone in his soundproofed and reinforced apartment in Seattle, and given his lack of interest in anyone except for his pet ferret Pickles and mentor, Frank, he is okay watching the world fall apart outs...more
J.R.
The Undead Situation introduces us to a somewhat different take on survivors during a zombie apocalypse. We’re introduced to Cyrus V. Sinclair a sociopathic survivor with a shitload of firepower, a sweet tooth to die for and a penchant for not giving a shit about others, even his so called friends.

Well, okay maybe he gives a shit about a few friends. Pickle his ferret and Francis his best and only true friend.

Sinclair is content to sit out the apocalypse in his fortified apartment while he dec...more
Nathan Robinson
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Meghan
I really enjoyed this book! A sociopath who loves being alone goes on a zombie adventure and finds out he has feelings all along. The characters were hilarious and it was nice to not see them doing the normal dumb stuff that gets everyone killed. Can't wait to see if the loose ends tie up in the sequel! Awesome job,I was hooked from the beginning!
Sarah
Really disappointed in this after reading The Pulse by the same author and thoroughly enjoying it. Whilst the writing & editing were fine, the characters themselves were completely unlikeable and as such I just didn't really care enough about their fate.
Michelle DePaepe
This is a great character-centered zombie tale. It's full of action and doesn't shy away from the violence that zombie genre fans crave. At first, the main characther, Cyrus V. Sinclair, seems like a shallow, unlikeable bastard, but he grows on you and eventually finds his human side (a surprise even to himself.) My only disappointment was when it ended. I definitely look forward to the sequel, because I know Eloise has some more great adventures in store for this unusual character. Crack open a...more
Nik
This book was better than I thought it would be, but not what I expected it to be. Sirus V. Sinclaire is trying to hard to be a non-feeling psychopath, but just can't manage it once he meets Gabe and Blaze. Also, he sorta loves his best friend/father figure Frank. Blaze is more of a sociopath than Sirus is. It's the story of 4 survivors getting form point A to point B with A LOT OF CRAP that happens in between. It goes horribly wrong so many times, I found myself yelling "Seriously????" a few ti...more
Fraser
I have a sweet tooth for zomb-fic. Tufo, Brooks, Maberry, Bourne, all great stuff. Even DeLouie, So here is The Undead Situation - great premise - how is a sociopath going to survive the zombie apocalypse? It'd be fun to read. Alas, I haven't found that novel yet. This one has a petulant, 2-dimensional child as the protagonist, cardboard cutouts for other characters, erratic plotting with the characters choosing to do utterly stupid things for not apparent reason. A painful read compared to the...more
Abeille
Not much to say about this book, as it's a pretty typical zombie-genre novel. It was mostly well done, and the protagonist was interesting. Really though, I didn't feel this book did anything new for the genre (contrast with "Feed" and its sequels by Mira Grant). I also found the cliffhanger ending rather annoying. I'm not sorry I read The Undead Situation, as it did just what I expected it to: entertained me for a short while as I decided what book to tackle next. Book #46 in the Book a Week Ch...more
Robert
Interesting and different; 3.5 stars worth. The main character Cyrus V. Sinclair is quite the piece of work. Professed sociopath, cynical and dangerous; the apocalypse seems to suit him. Misfortune surrounds Cyrus and and anyone unlucky enough to be with him. Book one follows Cyrus on his journey to a safe location and describes the interaction with people he comes across. The road trip with Cyrus is a "dark" one. I'm quite interested to see where book two takes this character.
Rachel MacNaught
i really enjoyed this and demolished it.
my only complaint was in it being a light read that i feel could have supported something heavier. the author rushed the story a bit when the characters (an affected vietnam war vet, an apathetic, and a wannabe sociopath with an unfounded superiority complex) could have carried so much more. there were so many points where i was enthralled, both in flowing scene or character.. but the author never elaborated. every moment felt cut short.
Richard Parry
I couldn't finish this one.

The main problem I have with this work is that the main character is pretty unlikable. I see in other reviews that it gets better as you go on, but after a couple of chapters I found I'd had my fill.

The world is well realised (what I read of it), and Knapp's attention to detail especially in the case of firearms is well accomplished. There may be something more for you here if you're a fan of more military or survivalist style stories.
M. Jr.
I went ahead and bought the Kindle version of this book, read it in a span of two nights and LOVED IT! It is well written and the story will hook you. I would have read it in one night if it wasn't for my tablet running out of power. Eloise manages to get all the right details without going off into the weeds and stays right on track. The characters are developed nicely. I encourage zombie fans to give this a read. I have made The Undead Haze the next book on my list.
Michael Stockinger
This is borderline 3.5/4. I enjoyed it. Knapp doesn't sugar coat anything in this book. At times I thought it just the standard zombie fare, however I found myself surprised and excited about what came next. At times it reminded me of "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" as the characters traveled through the bizarre landscape exploring different nightmares of human civilization; helping some, leaving others. A quick and fun read.
Rolando Gill
I want to read the book the other reviewers read because this one is terrible. At least 30 per cent of the book had the "sociopath" sitting in a one bedroom apartment. Sure that is odd but Cyrus struck me more as a maladapted child than a sociopath. The character was very inconsistent and the scenes were written without much depth. He is also quite a crybaby for a person who doesn't care about anyone. I can not recommend this book.
Amanda
I loved this book! At first I was kind of iffy on whether it would be something that I would enjoy. Zombies, I enjoy, sociopaths, not so much. This book made me think, maybe you're going to have to be crazy to survive the end of the world.

Actually enjoyed the male leads more then the female, the main character actually showed an incredible amount of growth and development through out the story.

Over all great book!
Misty
Well. This book first introduces the reader to the hero in the story and immediately colors him as a bona fide psychopath. The cover does the him absolute justice! Our next character is an ingenue so cheesy and naive I wasn't sure if maybe I had stumbled into the freaky lead-in scene to some kind of fantasy porn. Alas, I hadn't. Long review short: badly written, badly plotted, and badly read. It's a stinker.
Joe
You may not start off liking Eloise J. Knapp's quirky, relatively warped characters in this book, but they grow on you pretty rapidly. She does a great job of blending creepy, with action, and heartfelt emotion in this story. I'm really looking forward to the next installment in these characters...
Joe Amber
I absolutely love this book. One of the best zombie apocalypse stories I've ever read. This is the zombie story I've been looking for since Bowie Ibarra's Down the Road. If you like your mains a little dark, and sadistic this is your book. I cant wait for the next installment. The V stands for..,
Matt
I enjoyed THE UNDEAD SITUATION. It was a fairly quick read and the main character grew on me as I continued reading the story. Decent zombie book, not really heavy on the undead.

Good book, i'll definitely check out a sequel when it comes out (April 2013 according to her site).
Tamalyn
one of the first zombie books i have read, it kept me on the edge of my seat and i stayed up all night reading it, it really quite scared me. thanks to this book i have since read countless zombie novels but this is in my top 10 of favourite zombie tales
Netanella
4.5 stars, pushed up to 5 stars because the ending with Cyrus finally getting to Franks's cabin was so ironic and full-circle. I both loved and hated the characters in this book, and that emotional response to the writing deserves high marks. Well done.
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