I read the Old Man and the Wasteland in 2012 and really enjoyed it. I didn't realize it was a series until I met Nick Cole at the Long Beach Comic andI read the Old Man and the Wasteland in 2012 and really enjoyed it. I didn't realize it was a series until I met Nick Cole at the Long Beach Comic and Horror Con last month. I went home and bought it that night. So glad I did! This is an epic tale that draws on many classic apocalyptic themes. I really enjoyed the geographic scope of the plot and was familiar with most of the landmarks described. The hardware, even years into the apocalypse, was also realistic. What sets this book apart from the crowd is how the author gets into the mind of his characters. I could easily relate to the main characters, which were well developed, and really appreciated the author's technique of sharing their thoughts more than their dialogue. By telling the story from two perspectives, one old and one young, we get a full picture of apocalyptic adventure, hope, despair and possible salvation. Five Stars! ...more
Please note that I am rating the other authors in this collection, not my own contribution. And I could certainly criticize the editing! I am just soPlease note that I am rating the other authors in this collection, not my own contribution. And I could certainly criticize the editing! I am just so happy that so many good authors contributed to this project that I must give them kudos.
It is also important to note that none of the authors, nor myself, will receive any royalties/profits from this book. Permuted Press is donating all proceeds to Direct Relief International to provide medical aid to victims of poverty, natural disaster and civil unrest. (www.directrelief.org)
Those who are looking for complete stories may indeed be disappointed. Only a few of the entries are self-contained short stories. The rest are excerpts from previously published works that offer a taste of the authors' individual approach to a zombie apocalypse. If you are familiar with some of the works these submissions are taken from, you can skip over them or revisit memorable scenes. The true aim of this book, however, is to introduce you to new books and authors. With twenty to choose from, I hope you will find something new that captures your attention.
Even if you only find a few new books and authors to follow up on, I hope you will still consider it worthwhile and for a worthy cause. And, if by chance you don't like any of the stories, this collection is a small price to pay to discover that. ...more
NOTE: Lukan is also included as part of Interludes in Hell with two longer prequel novellas in the Sovereign Spirit Saga. I encourage readers to get tNOTE: Lukan is also included as part of Interludes in Hell with two longer prequel novellas in the Sovereign Spirit Saga. I encourage readers to get the full prequel collection, unless you get Lukan during a free promotion.
This prequel is intended to fill in some of the background on the cause of the zombie apocalypse in the Sovereign Spirit Saga for fans of the series and also introduce new readers to my vision of the apocalypse. The only real spoiler is that there will be a zombie apocalypse.
Lukan is a stand alone novelette and does not require reading the whole saga to understand, but I have included a short teaser from Voyage of the Dead at the end for new readers. Those who decide to come aboard for the full journey are advised to get the trilogy edition of "Sovereign Spirit Saga: Volume One" for the best pricing (even if you download Voyage of the Dead for free).
I really enjoyed The Complex. I've read a lot of books about people who try to survive a zombie apocalypse in a lot of places. Farms, ranches, shoppinI really enjoyed The Complex. I've read a lot of books about people who try to survive a zombie apocalypse in a lot of places. Farms, ranches, shopping malls, liquor stores, bunkers, and even boats (smile). But this is the first one I read where the characters are residents of an apartment complex. It brings a new and missing dynamic to the genre.
Not all the neighbors are friends, or even friendly, but they all need to pull together to defend their gated community. Of course not all of them will survive, but you already knew that. Right? Ms. Rudolph tells a good story that left me wanting more. So I grabbed The Highway and am looking forward to reading it too!
I had been meaning to read Daimones since last year and am glad I finally found time for it. I can see why it has won awards. As a fan of apocalypticI had been meaning to read Daimones since last year and am glad I finally found time for it. I can see why it has won awards. As a fan of apocalyptic fiction I am drawn to stories about sole survivors. It doesn't matter if the world is depopulated by war, plague, zombies, or aliens; give me a good story about one, or a few, survivors struggling to survive in an abandoned world and I am a happy camper. That being said, however, it takes a really good story to rank among my favorites. Massimo Marino has made the grade with this original approach to a classic apocalyptic premise: Almost all of mankind drops dead. The story follows some of the very few who survive. Parts of this book reminded me of I Am Legend and Earth Abides, but I was not prepared for the sci-fi twist that sets this story apart from the crowd. I enjoyed this book and am happy too see that a sequel ("Once Humans") is now available too!...more
Blood, Brains and Bullets is an engaging hybrid of apocalyptic and erotic fiction. Not for the faint of heart, or those easily offended by graphic sexBlood, Brains and Bullets is an engaging hybrid of apocalyptic and erotic fiction. Not for the faint of heart, or those easily offended by graphic sexual content, this story packs more than your typical punch. In a world overrun with zombies, the majority of survivors are women and children. This places our protagonist, a single father and former USMC sniper, in the somewhat enviable position of stud and guardian for those who seek his protection. The hero appears to be a bit larger than life (in more than one way!). However, that seems to be the intent of the story. If you like your heroes to be slightly superhuman, sexist, and horny as hell, I think you will enjoy this book....more
In “Ragnarok Rising: The Awakening” DA Roberts offers an exciting and fresh take on the tried and true story of a zombie apocalypse as seen through thIn “Ragnarok Rising: The Awakening” DA Roberts offers an exciting and fresh take on the tried and true story of a zombie apocalypse as seen through the eyes of a correctional officer who discovers the best place to be is inside a jail. This action packed thrill ride is full of horror, suspense and gun-play. The protagonist, along with a strong female sidekick, discovers that zombies are not the only threat they face when humanity consumes itself. Yet even in the face of trigger happy rednecks and military atrocities, they rise to the call of duty and rescue civilians, fellow officers, and family in a story that displays both the best and worst sides of mankind and leaves you wanting more. Five stars for this outstanding addition to the genre!
Review by David P Forsyth (Author of Voyage of the Dead, Flotilla of the Dead, and Deluge of the Dead) ...more
These are the kind of stories that make you shudder, shake, and wake up in a cold sweat. This author might be the new Steven King! Nothing is off-limiThese are the kind of stories that make you shudder, shake, and wake up in a cold sweat. This author might be the new Steven King! Nothing is off-limits in these tales of horror and apocalyptic terror. Lock the doors and cuddle up tight before daring to venture into this gruesome collection of horrific short stories. Reading one of these stories a day might not keep the doctor away, but you might need prescription sleeping aids! Bravo and encore. Bring on more of this stuff. I ate it up. ...more
Just when I thought that all forms of time travel and apocalyptic fiction had been at least partially explored, I discovered Towards Yesterday. This oJust when I thought that all forms of time travel and apocalyptic fiction had been at least partially explored, I discovered Towards Yesterday. This original and engaging approach to alternate history is groundbreaking in its perspective by transporting the mind of the characters and readers through a creative time warp that bypasses the traditional paradox of time travel by exploiting the vast potential of the newly proposed realms of quantum physics. Paul Jones clearly has a mind ahead of his time. Well done!...more
While building on a popular apocalyptic theme, there is more than enough original plot and imagination to set this book apart from the crowd. Think ThWhile building on a popular apocalyptic theme, there is more than enough original plot and imagination to set this book apart from the crowd. Think The Day of the Triffids meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets I am Legend and you still won't have grasped the full scope of the apocalypse in Paul Jones' artfully crafted tale of extinction and survival. Five stars for this up and coming author. I can't wait for the sequel.
If I were to offer any criticism of this book, besides being too short (LOL), it is that Emily Baxter, being a newspaper reporter, should be taking pictures on her cell phone, or at least writing in a notebook or using a tape recorder, as she witnesses the apocalypse. I think a reporter would want to chronicle the amazing and horrific events, even if she wasn't sure there would be anyone left to read/see/hear them. Her journalistic descriptions might have fleshed out even more of her well developed character traits and clarified her impressions of the apocalypse. Journal entries would also be a way to break up the descriptive narrative in a novel that does not have a lot of dialogue between characters. Just a thought.
Nevertheless, this was a first-class read and I have high expectations for the sequel. I'll also be adding Towards Yesterday to my reading list! Bravo, Mr. Jones. Keep up the great work....more
Spaghetti Western meets the Biblical Apocalypse. The Zona presents a stark, chilling and engrossing look at how modern American society could devolveSpaghetti Western meets the Biblical Apocalypse. The Zona presents a stark, chilling and engrossing look at how modern American society could devolve into warped theocracy, if the planet turned against our civilization. Nathan Yocum weaves a unique blend of Old West adventure and apocalyptic judgement in this intriguing look at Arizona after the end of the world as we know it. This is a very good start for a talented new author and I eagerly look forward to the sequel.
I especially enjoyed the interactions with the author during the April group read on the GR Apocalypse Whenever group. His answers to questions about the plot, symbolism, and intent of his writing were revealing, not to mention the debate about religion and politics that this story raised. I would hope that readers don't jump to conclusions about the author's perspective on religion. Although some might consider this book to be controversial, I don't think it is any more anti-religious than 1984 or Brave New World are anti-civilization. Books like those (and The Zona) simply present a warning of how bad any form of government can become when taken to extremes. Of course Mr. Yocum also offers a hero who sees through the charade and promises more revelations in the sequel. Well done! I rate The Zona 4.5 (rounded up to 5 stars). ...more
This is one of those rare books that keeps the reader guessing at what will happen next with a knot in your stomach. That is the feeling you have whilThis is one of those rare books that keeps the reader guessing at what will happen next with a knot in your stomach. That is the feeling you have while reading it and the same feeling remains when you finish the last page. Although it is a story in itself, and a great one, you just know that there MUST be a sequel. Other than being open ended, it reminds me of I am Legend in many ways, but this is a modernized and Canadiafied version with a punch. It hits you in the gut and then twists your entrails. Be sure to have a stiff drink on the nightstand when you delve into this zombiefest of fear and seemingly hopeless survival in a world of the undead. If all the zombie apocalypse books written these days were as good as this one, I never would have felt the need to write my own. It seems that Mr. Blackmore and I are creating parallel worlds, even using the same names for some of our characters and many of the same survival tactics and tools, but on opposite ends of the same continent. How could I not simply love this story? David P. Forsyth...more