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(Elements of The Undead #1)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  598 ratings  ·  91 reviews
No one knows what caused the dead to rise. No one knows what caused them to attack the living. Fighting for their lives, scattered survivors find the attempted cure to be almost worse than the disease.
In the twilight of a shattered civilization, the fate of humankind rests upon the actions of a handful of war-weary survivors. Driven to a scorched corner of the former Unite
Nook, eBook edition 1.1, 228 pages
Published May 6th 2011 by William Esmont (first published May 5th 2011)
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Fire was a quick read for me. Set in the Southern US on the eve of the zombie apocalypse, Fire follows a large cast of characters through the initial stages of a zombie causing contagion to the aftermath.

I'm always amused by the amount of ammunition available to survivors of zombie apocalypses. There always seems to be a never ending supply of ammo.

I liked that the author had a diverse cast of characters, from all walks of life. No one was safe from becoming zombie fodder, either. It amazes me
I LOVE zombie books. Can't get enough of zombie books and I'll try every new author out there, looking for those hidden gems. But if there is one thing I hate, it is when the cast of characters in zombie novels are the worst versions of what society has to offer. I have to be rooting for good characters! It's no use to me if I hate or don't care about the MCs! And it sadly seems as if horror authors are obsessed with giving us crap characters!

In this one we include:
-Megan the drug taking prostit
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have had Fire for quite a few years now. Recently, I've been extremely sick, which has given me some extra time to read a lot of my older books in my tbr pile. After reading Fire, I am kicking myself for not reading it sooner. I loved it. In fact, I'm writing this review right after finishing Fire so I can read the second book in the series, Air, immediately.

If you follow me on any social media site, you know I am slightly obsessed with zombies. I've read a lot of zombie books, and watched qui
Jun 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zombies! Love them can't get enough of them, I use to be terrified of them or anything like that ever happening as all very well may have known from a previous review I wrote for the Great Minds Literary Community. So when it comes to finding a good page turning not going to bore me out of my mind or make me fall asleep to easy zombie book, I'm pretty picky. From the start of this book it pulled me in, I got to see the normality of life of the characters before things started to go horribly and ...more
Jul 08, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I love a good Zombie story. I can get lost in the drama, the danger and the imagination of authors who have not only found a way to devise the end of the world - almost - and then put it back together again. I want to read about good characters, ones that are worth rooting for. I want to read about how they would rebuild and rekindle the world for the remainder of human kind. It doesn't really matter that the heros of books like "World War Z" are fighting Zombies or terrorists. It matters that t ...more
Mat Nastos
I received a copy of this through a giveaway on Librarything. Technically, the author writes very well. Unfortunately, the story he chose to tell was, in my opinion, a bit iffy. It jumps around a lot - each chapter is a new character/story/setting and those characters/stories/settings don't always pay off. Some of the characters have a ton of build up and then are killed off quickly or are forgotten.

The main problem with this book is that it was used to lay the background for future books and w
Jodie (JCT)

It was ok but for a short book it had so many characters in and with the way it ended I'm thinking the second one is going to start where this ones ends.
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a quick read... I finished it in a little over a day (while on vacation). It's well written, with the author having a flowing and easy to read writing style.

The set up... With characters being introduced in their own sections and the book jumping btwn them at first is effective but then becomes sort of annoying as I was not tied into the character yet... So when the story jumps away and then back I didn't recall the characters details immediately. There also seems to be a lot of se
Fire (Elements of the Undead) by William Esmont
high school & up

A fast-moving plague has broken out across the world. The plague leaves behind dead bodies that soon get up again looking for something to eat. Soon the world is overrun by zombies and the few who survive try to cope with the new world.

Word of warning: do not read this book while eating meat of any kind with red sauce. I was eating a hamburger with BBQ sauce. Luckily, I have a strong stomach and great skill at compartmentalizing.
I was fortunate that the author, thanx to LibraryThing, gave me and sent me this great 'read'.

This is my OWN review; what I MYSELF think of this book.
Fast read. Immediately had my attention when it arrived by USPS. I AM. NOT. INTO. Zombies. however the intro had me intrigued, the cover was interesting, silly I know, but it counted. Read till half the night, then with an early morning coming, closed with less than 1/4th of the book left.

Characters are well-developed and interesting. The PlotLine
Nov 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-2015
I haven’t read a zombie novel in quite some time, so I decided to give this book a go seeing as I’ve had it on my Kindle for over a year, and it looked to be a quick read.

The best thing I can say about this book is that, for a self-pub book, it’s impressively well written. The story has a good flow and the dialogue is good. Other than that, don’t expect too much. It is clear the storyline has been inspired by popular tv shows and movies about the zombie apocalypse, and as such doesn’t offer anyt
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I was hesitant to read this book. I had definitely fallen prey to judging a book by its cover. Part of me started reading expecting not to like Elements of the Undead, which is unfortunate because it was actually really enjoyable. I was looking for a post-apocalyptic zombie story that delivered all the things you would hope to find. Chaos, mass destruction, compromising morality and integrity, and all in the name of survival. As soon as I read the first page, the introduction to one of ...more
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librarything-arc
The very idea of zombies is the stuff of nightmares. Is it possible for the entire world to be blanketed within days by a virus that not only kills its victims but reanimates them and turns them into voracious killers, craving human flesh? It is the gritty reality of William Esmont's world. Not only do the characters in this story have to avoid the undead in order to survive, but lines are being drawn among the living that are actually scarier than the possibility of being bitten by a zombie. Th ...more
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This zombie apocolypse was great! The best one yet and I am just a couple of books into this genre.

The WORLD is suddenly overrun with zombies. One moment everything is fine, the next, you wife is trying to see what your eyeball tastes like. The military doesn't know what to do so, of course, they bomb the most populated cities in hopes of slowing down or killing the infestation.

Not all humans are dead, not all zombies are dead. How would you survive in this New World?
Beverly J.
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was well done. Very gory and graphic. The sex scenes seemed gratuitous and the drug elements strange and unnecessary but I'm guessing he's setting up a world as this is the first of 3 in a series. I will read the others.
Theresa Graves
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hard to find zombie books like this anymore

I love zombie books. Which is hilarious because I'm a 64 year old retired teacher. But lately this genre has become horribly written drivel with too much emphasis on guns as the only weapons of choice. This book however, was a pleasure to read. It was grammatically correct with few misspelled distractions. The characters were full fledged, mostly decent and practical people. I can't wait to read the next book and hope the author keeps up the interesting
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was fantastic. I would recommend it to all who love post apocalyptic . You feel the terror and really get to know the people.

Judye Briggs
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two silly mistakes

A satisfying story with the usual zombie action. But, a misspelled word and an incorrect reference to "her eyes" drops this book a notch for me.
Leslie Wiederspan
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad, but Megan does not seem believable. A prostitute would not be surprised by how humans treat other humans.
Debra Barstad
Quick, easy read. Another book about the end of civilization as we know it.
I received the omnibus edition of the first three books (or two books and a short story, which is more accurate) in this series via the FirstReads program with the understanding that I would review it. I'll post a composite review for the omnibus as well, but here's the first of my three individual reviews.

I went into this book with low expectations. I have a weakness for zombie films (and now literature), but even I can recognize that it is a sub-genre mired in mediocrity. Sure, there are a few
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit it, I was skeptical. Then again, I thought that Twilight was fun, despite being badly written. Lots of things are entertaining without actually being good. So, I thought I’d give Esmont’s Elements of the Undead a shot. At least, it would be a diversion from daily life.

I underestimated it.

In all really satisfying science fiction or fantasy stories, paranormal archetypes (in this case, zombies) are symbols for bits or themes of culture or humanity about which we do not know how to discuss.
*Full disclosure: I acquired a copy of this book from the author in return for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

I have to be honest and admit that zombies aren't my usual horror creature of choice, though I do love a good dystopian/apocalyptic tale, and this book had that in spades. This, the first in a trilogy, takes place following an outbreak of infection that quickly sweeps the globe and leaves its victims the walking dead. As we see the consequences of the zombie uprising alongs
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a few key words and phrases that usually act to keep me away from picking up a new book. "Poetry". "Romance". "Zombies". "Erotic". ... WAIT - go back one: "Zombies".

I don't remember why I agreed to read and review "Fire", by William Esmont, but I am glad that I did. Apparently, something has triggered what has been referred to in other novels as "The Zombie Apocalypse" - there is no explanation as to what triggered it, or how it spread so quickly. Only its results, and the fact that it
Lizzy Lessard
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, reviewed
I admit I thought that this would be the typical zombie apocalypse story; where a group of people fight zombies,themselves, and by the end of the book most of them are dead. I hate to say that my assumptions were wrong, but that pretty much sums up the book. However, Esmont weaves together such a colorful and un-cliche bunch of people that I was thoroughly entertained for the entire novel.

Despite having a huge cast of characters, there was plenty of screen time for each group. Although Megan wa
Nov 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, won, dystopia, zombies
I FINALLY finished this book, and I loved it! I had wanted to read it all in one sitting, but what with Christmas planning and travelling to see family and friends, I had very little time to just sit down and read. But this book had my attention from the very start, and I was reluctant to put it down every time real life beckoned.

Firsty, I must say that I received this book from the author for the purpose of posting a review. I'm honest, and don't ever sugar-coat what I think of a book. With tha
Review -

I received this book in return for a honest review from the author. The book focus's around Megan and those she comes in contact with. In this book we have no way of knowing where the zombies come from, they were just suddenly everywhere. We get different perspectives each character has there own unique story but one common goal to survive. The start to the zombies happened within hours, they were in all parts of earth, New York, LA, Russia, London to name a few. which leads me to believ
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
An infection, a virus has broken out all over the world and turning people into zombies. People are attacking each other and then eating them. A navy commander has been given orders to nuke parts of the United States. Everyone is in shock not knowing what is going on. What is happening to all the people? Why are they attacking each other?

Everyone or anyone that is still alive is running trying to stay alive and survive. There are two groups of people. Megan's group are very good people they want
Jul 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
I don't know if I enjoyed this novella or not. I guess part of my undecidedness comes from the fact that while the story was pretty good, the characters were awful. The only character with any discernible personality is the cliche navy officer who goes power hungry. The rest might as well not have even been given a name.

As for the plot, its a relatively standard zombie plot. Unknown cause for the zombie infection and people struggling to survive as scavengers or refugees in the wake of the unsto
"Fire" is the first in a series of zombie apocalypse books by new-to-me author William Esmont. The writing is free from grammatical errors (yay!) and the characters that are introduced in this first book, as the ZA breaks out in the southeastern US, are interesting, atypical, and complex. There's the prostitute in Nevada, the sociopathic female nuclear submarine commander, the pot-smoking retail clerks, and seemingly a score of others. Some of their stories intersect together in this first book, ...more
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