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Infection (LZR-1143 #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  2,109 Ratings  ·  129 Reviews
Mike McKnight was an action movie star, condemned to a lifetime of incarceration in a psychiatric prison for the murder of someone he loves.

At least until the zombies showed up.

From his cell in the asylum, he is suddenly thrust into a nightmare of unbelievable proportions when the dead rise, and rapidly become a horrific plague on the world of the living. In a landscape li
Published June 26th 2010 by Bryan James (first published June 25th 2010)
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Elisa Paige
As a huge fan of zombie books, there's a lot I liked about this book, including the hero's unique background. I was a bit disappointed by the wife's role and with the ending, since I saw both coming a mile away. But fine, so the story was a little predictable. No biggie. I was still entertained.

That said . . .

What drove Anal Retentive Me twitching-crazy? Spelling errors. Lots and lots of them. And nothing makes me crazier than unwillingly shifting into editing mode when I'm reading for pleasure.
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Celebrities, always in the spotlight, right? Mike was a popular action movie star, when he claimed he had no memory of his wife’s brutal murder, he is convicted of criminal insanity and locked away. But did he do it? How could he remember if they keep him doped up on medications? And then it happened, he began seeing zombies, had he lost his mind for real or was there something horrendous going on? If Mike thought his life had become nightmare before, the world he would escape into would make an ...more
Crystal M. Ecker
First, it’s a zombie apocalypse book. So tons of people die, there are graphic depictions of gore, and a larger-than-life protagonist. If zombie books aren’t your thing, then you won’t enjoy this book. For those who enjoy a novel full of the undead and some good guys who try to battle and survive their encounters with reanimated while trying to find a cure, then this might be the next book for you. But first, a few warnings:

Mr. James must keep a thesaurus within arm’s reach at all times. He also
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Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: za-pa-books
Copied from the review I left on Amazon...

As I was trying to decide on the the number of stars to give this book, I found my cursor hovering between four stars and three stars. If I could give it 3.5 stars, I would have. It's a little more than "okay", but I can't enthusiastically say I "liked" it.

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The main character, Michael McKnight, is an inmate at a facility for the criminally insane. He wakes up one day to discover that he has been left behind at the mental hospital while the U
Jul 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

LZR-1143 introduces us to Mike a one-time Hollywood action hero who was a serious box office draw. Mike has been accused of killing his wife but has no memory of doing so. This places him in a mental institution instead of prison but that’s not always a good thing. He’s essentially remanded to his cell where he’s heavily sedated for fear that somehow; he could become violent with possible repressed violent schizophrenic tendencies.

Waking up one morning, he finds himself in the TV room with no s
Dec 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good zombie story that has it's own little twist. The main characters are somewhat light in the beginning but get fleshed out nicely by the end, though there is still room for more development. The story is fast paced and brings things to a critical point pretty quickly. There is a bit of a mystery as to how things got started as well as the mystery surrounding the death of the main characters wife, though that seems to have been figured out. The language is straight and convey ...more
Darke Conteur
I found this book after I downloaded about seven free zombie books. None of the previous seven kept my attention for longer than the first page, and I was hesitant about reading this one, but after reading the sample, I decided to buy it.

Movie star Mike McKnight, incarcerated in a mental institute, wakes up from a psychotic drug-induced sleep into a world that's gone to hell. Zombies litter the landscape of his hospital, and after a brief fight with the undead, he meets up with some survivors a
I really considered giving this book only one star. There were so many things about it I just didn't like. The biggest were the spelling and grammar mistakes. One mistake I can forgive but when there's a mistake what seems like every few pages it's too much. There was also a lack of continuity. The character would be sitting one moment and the next he's somehow somewhere else without having moved, or in one paragraph he sits down and the following paragraph he takes a seat. I found the main char ...more
-Sobre tendencias habituales, un protagonista algo particular.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. Mike McKnight ha sido una estrella del cine de acción que ahora está encarcelado en el ala oeste de Kings Park, una institución psiquiátrica de Long Island que da cabida a criminales convictos pero legalmente declarados “locos” para su tratamiento y rehabilitación. Mike ha sido encontrado culpable del asesinato en primer grado de su esposa, empleada en algún tipo de proyecto de investigación
C.S. Wilson
3.5 stars

The story was interesting enough for me to finish reading despite some errors. For example, waive means "to exempt", while wave is a gesture. Two different words; two different meanings. Errors like that interrupted the flow of the story. However, I liked the storyline enough to keep going. I'm not entirely sure that I'll continue with the series, but it's not completely out of the question.
Faye, la Patata
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombie
Good read :) I like it a lot, and I'm really glad there's going to be another sequel.
Overall, definitely not the worst zombie apocalypse book I've ever read. The main character being someone well-known and well-off rather than the usual Joe Schmoe that normally accompanies this kind of book was a departure from the normal premise. However: Michael McKnight is annoying as hell (he's one of those guys who doesn't know when to take it down a notch with the sarcasm - and this is coming from someone who speaks said language fluently). I found him irritating quite often, but not quite ...more
Christina Foster
I struggled between rating this book a 3 and rating it a 4. If given the choice, I'd rate this book a 3.5. I enjoyed the storyline and the action, and the humor was well placed. Each character is unique, and adds something truly special and necessary to the story. Mike McKnight's backstory was an interesting one, and I liked how it unfolded over time. This book gave me a different take on the zombies themselves, as they seemed to be able to seek out their prey a little more than the zombies I'm ...more
A rollicking good read with the usual zombie descriptions but a 'hero' I could really like. What made this book special though, was the note from the Author at the end! It's clear that this is a book written, not for money, but for fun. And it shows. ( I expect the author hoped to make money from this, but the 'fun' factor is obvious!)

Zombie novels tend to be much of a muchness, but this had a cracking good start and I read through to the end without noticing much - if anything- in the way of S
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
rare for a zombie apocalypse novel.

I found this book very readable and for the subject matter it was very light reading. The plot was fairly simple but not quite as simple as it seemed. The action was as constant as a low budget action movie...but in a fun way. The main characters are likable and pretty believable. No jerking me out of the story with stilted writing. It covered the zombie genre well. For all the horrors of the living dead, the real monsters are the living.
Cristy Bullard
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love & hate

Book was scary, funny, & engrossing. Loved the story & characters. BUT I want to throw the author in with Dr. Zombie when I got to the end. It was like watching Roland Deschain all over again you jerk writer. Seriously, I loved the book & have to admit the ending got me. Starting book 2 as soon as I finish this review. Bryan James I swear if I finish the next book & I am chasing the man in black gonna need that blue veil! Hahaha
3.5 Stars

This was a pretty good Zombie story. Hero, heroine, mad science, Gov't science.... the one thing that was great, was the end. WTF!?

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Definitely ready for the next one. Evolution!
Stephen Marquez
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More zombies

I enjoyed this book and the characters within. I felt that it was well developed and thought out. It made you care about the main living characters and the zombies were well written. The ending was a bit of a surprise but it actually worked. This is a good read for any zombie lover.
myra Salomone
Jul 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Found book boring Did'nt finish book could care less what happens to the lead boy
Rich Driscoll
Interesting concept but parts creeped me out and they were not the zombies.
Jan 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
(Some Spoilers)

I found this to be an extremely boring read with little if any substance. Mike McKnight (stupid name) is in a facility for the criminally insane that to me was a very interesting background so i expected some "grittyness" like some kind of heavy psychological undertones to the characters to come. haha NOPE! neither mike nor his cliche love interest Dr. Kate have any personality at all. all my boy mike does is make little wise cracks, sadly that overused trait can't make up for hi
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Bryan James's 'LZR-1143: Infection' was on Amazon for free, so at a loose end with nothing left on my bookshelf to read, I downloaded it. I was pleasantly surprised, though for the first day of reading this, I couldn't get the A-Team tune out of my head coupled with a comical picture the author had painted from the first scene, which was pretty hilarious!

Anyway, the novel opens with the central character, Michael, withdrawing from his state issued concoction of mind numbing narcotics whilst lock
Jane Kelsey
LZR-1143: Infection is THE Zombie novel to read if you are a fan of the genre! I don’t just like this guy’s writing, I absolutely love it!

Mike McKnight (ha!), and ex-action movie star is a mental patient at the high security facility after he was convicted of brutally murdering his wife. More than a year passed since they locked him in there and one morning he wakes up from his normal stupor, the door to his room open and nobody in sight. But he is not alone. From deep within the darkness, somet
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I really enjoyed this ZA novel. The main character is in a mental hospital. So I am wondering if this his thoughts are based in reality or his dreams. It held me in limbo until the end.

So the story begins with a man in a mental hospital. He wakes up, or comes out of his drug haze and realizes something is very wrong. He wanders the hospital until he realizes that he has the right to leave. No one is manning the fl
Rolando Gill
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zombie fans
I actually got caught up in the story and did not want it to end. I was impressed by the author's development of the characters, development of scenes and the slow reveal of the real story. Very well done in many ways. There were some weaknesses but I only remembered them after reading the book in one sitting. First person storytelling in my experience fizzles but not this one. Spell check and a more careful edit would have helped. Waiving is not waving, this error repeated and there were severa ...more
Peace Love and Reviews
Mike McKnight woke up the same way the protagonist of on 28 Days movie - Jim and Walking Dead - Rick Grimes woke up. World in chaos and zombies taking over the world he knew. I do not know how can these three possibly survived while in a medically induced sleep. But they did. I am not sure what to make of Mike. Former actor convicted of killing his wife, pronounced as criminally insane. Pretty good start. There is a lot of running, shooting and trying not to get bitten, all pretty standard stuff ...more
Lawrence Ambrose
I thought the premise was clever and the writing exceptional. The story? Not so much. Though the idea of a person diagnosed as insane emerging into a zombiefied world was interesting, after the protagonist escapes he's just another sarcastic, witty, intelligent guy struggling to survive the standard zombie cliches. Maybe that's the problem: despite the original premise, which had me hoping for more - and the writing style, which was compelling - it was just another tired zombie story with all th ...more
Barbara Deer
Totally fun book, by an author who knows how to tell a good story. Best parts: Pacing, action, and well-drawn characters, even the supporting ones. Worst part: The "Scooby-Doo" villain exposition scene - while it's well-written, it's just not a trope I like (let's not talk about how I've used it in some of my own writing), and some sexist language that, while it probably fit the main character's POV, I just found it off-putting.

The story unfolds visually like a movie, and there were a few times
The Cats Mother
This and the sequel were free on Amazon so I gave it a go, despite so-so reviews, and ended up quite enjoying it. Yes there are some typos and spelling mistakes, but they didn't spoil it for me. While the story was a fairly standard zombie apocalypse plot, I liked the hero, sarky self-deprecating ex action movie star Michael McKnight (unclear whether this name was a deliberate nod to Knight Rider - there were quite a lot of other 80s references) who, when the outbreak begins, has been locked up ...more
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“Did you know that when you plead insanity, you’re not telling the jury that you’re innocent? Nope. What you’re really saying, in legalese, is not what you appear to be saying in human talk. You’re not saying “I’m innocent because I’m crazy.” No sir. What you’re really saying is “I’ll concede that I’m guilty as hell. But I don’t deserve to go to jail because I’m crazy.” Big difference there. Trust me.” 0 likes
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