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A Darkness Shattered (The Darkmind Saga)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  29 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Expect something very different in this gripping story of the zombie apocalypse. This detailed and fast-paced thriller gives you a roller coaster ride with alternating scenes of tense, exciting action and heartbreaking pain. Michael Nelson’s world has suddenly been ripped apart when he loses both parents to the outbreak and finds himself completely alone with nobody to tur ...more
Kindle Edition, 204 pages
Published April 2nd 2012 by Bruce Clothier
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May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Darkness Shattered is a story of survival, coming-of-age, and, surprisingly, love, in the face of a zombie apocalypse. Michael is a nice boy whose parents are presumably dead due to an attack of zombies. Abby is an already-orphaned runaway who is used to survival on the run. The two meet up, accompanied by one of the most lovable pet characters I have read about in a long time, Herbie, a Newfoundland dog (if this book breaks out, and it should, everyone will want one). Although gory and somewh ...more
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Darkness Shattered, by Bruce Clothier, begins as do most books of this genre.....all hell breaks loose! I must admit that initially I didn't expect much. Families find themselves separated in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, and their stories go from there. What I didn't expect was the author's gift with building characters and relationships.

Generally, I don't like to make comparisons between books and/or authors, but I think here it's appropriate. Take The Stand by Stephen King & Swan S
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: zombies, 2-stars

A Darkness Shattered was a difficult read for me. The basic storyline is good, but I had several issues with the book.

There are a good number of typos and grammatical errors, enough to be distracting. Unfortunately, Clothier also hit a few of my pet peeves, two of them grammatical. The incorrect use of contractions such as ‘they’re’ and ‘their’ is one. Another is ‘John and me’ versus ‘John and I.’ Maybe this is a little trivial but it bothers me. It’s not all over the place, but whenever I see
May 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Lo cierto es que no recuerdo haberme planteado nunca leer una historia de zombis. Por alguna razón en mi mente han estado siempre limitadas al ámbito audiovisual, pero lo cierto es que desde el principio la historia me enganchó.

Realmente no tiene nada fuera de lo común en el género y el planteamiento es bastante básico. Hay un apocalipsis zombi de causa desconocida y la novela cuenta la historia de algunos supervivientes.
El protagonista es Michael, un chaval adolescente introvertido, gordito y
Kate Givans
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
A Darkness Shattered was another one of those books that really shocked me. I’m really not very into the zombie books…or at least I didn’t think I was. After reading A Darkness Shattered, I’m starting to wonder. =) (This is the second zombie book I've read that has made me think I might actually like the genre more than I had originally thought.)

There were so many strengths with this book: very descriptive writing, believable events, characters you either love or hate, and an engaging story line
Rabid Readers Reviews
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Michael Nelson is a teenager home alone when the Zombie Apocalypse begins. When it becomes apparent that his parents aren't coming home, he sets out from Kansas City to his Grandparent's farm in Illinois. Along the way he meets Abbie Nelson, a foster child who had been looking to escape. This story follows the teenagers as they navigate the post-apocalyptic world with hope and trust in each other to guide them.

"A Darkness Shattered" is the first book in the Darkmind Saga.

It has been a very long
Melanie Adkins
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Trapped in his home for 8 days, Michael Matthew Nelson, 16, wondered if his parents would ever come home. Zombies had begun to attack the city and so far his parents hadn't made it home. Scared, but knowing he had to do something, Michael takes a truck and sets out for his grandparents home. He knew that would be the best place for him.
Abby, an orphan who was headed to a new foster home ends up connecting with a rag tag group of men. She saw first hand the terror and destruction the zombies we
Anne (Angel Anne Reviews) Nelson
Firstly I’d like to thank author Bruce Clothier for the opportunity to read “A darkness Shattered” for my enjoyment and in turn as an avid reader I feel it only right to give my fair and unbiased opinion in a review.

It seems lately I’ve been having a blast reading zombie stories… I still consider myself a “newbie” to the world of zombie land, having just started reading the genre this past year. Some I put down and go back to, while others I enjoy from the beginning and stay with the story till
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies
On the face of it, the umpteenth story about a few people trying to survive in a world filled with hungry ex-human undead and living human predators.

What made this book a little more fresh, and actually caused me to read it in one sitting right into the small hours of the day were the heroes. Finally *not* the linebacker from the sports team but rather a slightly overweight, asthmatic teenage guy who has to use a little bit of his brains to actually survive instead of feeding it to the zombies.
Sep 26, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked the main pair in this book, a couple of decent kids who have to do a lot of growing up when the world ends. It also had a twist to it (not a surprise one, just something a little different).

The addition of zombies seems almost unnecessary, but there did have to be some bad guys for our protagonists to struggle against. The addition of the latent abilities as mentioned in the blurb is something I usually enjoy, though I would have liked for them to be more integrated into the story earlie
Natalie Gibson
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Darkness Shattered was a gore filled, action packed, romp through the zombie apocalypse. Michael finds himself alone in a crowded world of undead and then, with Abby, finds that he never has to be alone again. I found each and every character believable, even the antagonists were real people, not just caricatures. I loved how the book was survival, true to the horror genre, and had me on the edge of my seat wondering if they would make it. Then the paranormal touch at the end had me salivating ...more
Somewhere between 3 and 3.5 stars. This book was…weird. The writing was stilted and the story underdeveloped, but it was not without it's charms. The two main character's "powers" seemed unnecessary and it seemed like everyone that they came across had some sort of unnatural mind reading abilities or freakish intuition. Not sure if that was really necessary. The author could have focused less on the supernatural abilities of his characters and focused more on the overall character development of ...more
Marie Fostino
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
First to start I want to say I really don't read or even watch zombie anything. This book called A Darkness Shattered had me fooled. Yes there are zombies in the book, but there is a lot more to this book than meets the eye. It is also about human survival, family, trust, and young love. I love romance books so to read this coming of age love story unfold in this shattered world that is unfolding held my interest. Bruce Clothier has shown us what could happen to people in a world that has gone t ...more
Laura LaRoche
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Clothier, this is a wonderful work of art, zombie art that is!
I have to say, I was upset the author gave the main character asthma, and left him alone in a zombie infested world. But then along came Abby and I took a deep breath, and thought, thank heavens the boy's no longer alone! This is a true, down to earth, zombie read. I would love to tell you about, Andy and Molly, but you must read to find out who they are. Every character uniquely came to life, or should I say death, and the story
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is about a teenage boy named Micheal and his big black beautiful dog named Herbie.The authors imagination is spectacular, gory, dark, spiritual, romantic yes I said romantic. Michael meets up with Abbey when he leaves home thinking his parents are dead. Something happens and the world is changed forever, it's turned into ZOMBIE apocalypse and Michael , Herbie and Abbey have to make their way in the world. Buy this book on AMAZON. COM and read how Micheal and Abbey and Herbie make out. This ...more
S. K. Pentecost
May 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
A Darkness Shattered reads like a fledgeling effort. While many parts of the story were as ungainly as a young bird, the author showed some potential to fly one day. Exposition was the name of the game when it came to character development and human bonds were formed at the speed of light throughout the book. But Mr. Clothier showed promise when writting about the undead. His descriptions of the zombies were graphic and managed to hint at depths that I wouldn't mind reading more about.

I am smack
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A good book with good main characters. I'm eager for the second book to be published.
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