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Plague Nation

(Ashley Parker #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  679 ratings  ·  124 reviews
Ashley Parker was a ordinary woman who was also a “wild card,” immune to the emerging zombie plague, drawn unwillingly into a shadowy paramilitary organization. Having been ambushed in San Francisco, which is now fully engulfed in the zombie plague, Ashley and the wild cards must pursue the enemy to San Diego. There they will discover adark  organization which seeks to wea ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Titan Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Uber-engrossed in this story and finished Plague Nation in under 12 hours! WHEW!! Good good GOOD!!!! Bring on more plague!! I'm so nervous/excited for Plague World. There HAS to be a movie script in the works, too...Dana's research, story line and characters are too good to not infest our theaters.
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This series just gives getting better and better! This instalment is about the plague spreading across the USA.

One thing I like about this book is that the chapters are short and makes it easier to read the book. The writing style and the description makes it easier to imagine the scenes playing out in your head.

In the first book I did not like the main character but she grew on me in this book. She knew how to crack jokes at the right time and she took no shit from no one! She also cared a lo
Gillian (Tattooed Book Review)
What?! It's done?! But... What about...?!

The second book in the Ashley Parker series could be read as a stand-alone, but the first book is too good to miss!

As a zombie outbreak worsens and threatens the entire country, Ashley and a band of misfit “Wild Cards” must face more zombie mayhem in this gory, action-packed and entertaining thrill-ride. As the situation becomes dire, the mood becomes darker and bleaker. Even Ash’s constant, witty pop-culture references have a dark tinge. As we become mo
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am really looking forward to this book :-)

Just got an email saying it's out today in paperback, five minutes later had it reserved at Barnes and Noble to pick up later today :-)
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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Now that things in Redwood Grove have died down to a dull roar, Ashley Parker and the other wild cards are taking care of the stragglers, hoping to stop the terrifying virus that’s been turning people into flesh eating shamblers. Ashley’s also a bit confused about the treatment she’s getting from Gabriel, who’s giving her some pretty serious attitude. She thought they had something between them, and is determined to confron
K.A. Laity
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Plague Town trod a thin line between humour and horror, chock full of pop culture references and glorious mayhem. Fredsti’s heroine Ashley Parker finds herself in an unexpected war with the undead — and sometimes her fellow teammates, the “wild cards” who are just as randomly selected by surviving the virus. It would seem hard to top the huge zombie swarm that they fight off at the end of the first book, but Plague Nation manages to be even more tautly intense than the first book, while continui ...more
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ohhh Ashley! She is not only a sword carrying badass zombie hunter, she is intelligent and funny. Kudos for a great female character!
Zombies are turning up all over and more and more are getting the virus. Ashley is immune so of course that means she has to fight. There is also angst in the form of her (former) love, Gabriel, who has some serious problems of his own and I could sympathize with how hard it all was to deal with. Even if sometimes it did seem like it was taking it out on Ashley. T
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Now I sort of wish I hadn't given Plague Town 5 stars because I didn't leave myself anywhere to go with this one, which is even better than the first!

Plague Town was an enjoyable page-turner, entirely fun and fast-paced. Plague Nation adds emotional depth to those attributes, which elevates it above almost every other zombie book I've ever read. Ashley is a normal person thrown into a highly abnormal circumstance -- and while her immunity to the zombie virus might have enhanced her ass-kicking s
Stephanie  G
Apr 12, 2013 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

Ashley became a ‘Wild Card’ when she was bitten by a zombie. Wild Cards react differently to the virus. Instead of becoming the next walking dead, they become stronger. Ashley is a part of a team that is looking for a cure, and killing a lot of zombies in the process. The sickness spreads into larger and uncontrollable numbers, and it’s up to Ashley and her companions to get the doctor—who happens to be partly responsible for the crap hitting the fan—to the secret lab.

Plague Nation is
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
The zombie plague, brought about by a mutated flu vaccine, is spreading. The DZN, an old, worldwide organization that has been tracking zombie outbreaks for millenia is on the case but they've never seen an outbreak of this magnitude. Working with them are Ashley Parker and her fellow Wildcards, people that are immune to the zombie virus. But there is another faction out there that is working it's own agenda and finding a cure doesn't seem to be on it.

Plague Nation is another sometimes humorous,
A virus. A mutation. A conspiracy.

I received Plague Nation, the sequel to Plague Town, from the publisher Monday afternoon. Bleary eyed and jittery, I finished it at midnight. And that night, I had zombie-fueled nightmares. Which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about Plague Nation: non-stop action, engaging characters, and zombies, zombies, zombies.

Ashley and her crew are doing zombie cleanup in the small northern California town of Redwood Grove, seeking out stray zombies bef
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read other reviews before buying my copy, but I had every intention of picking this one up regardless of what others thought of it. Dana Fredsti is one of my favorite online friends, and I thoroughly enjoyed the first of her Ashley Parker novels, Plague Town. There, full disclosure out of the way, onward!

Other reviews say that Plague Nation feels like the second part of a trilogy, and I'll the sense that The Empire Strikes Back feels like the second part of a trilogy.

Dana takes the
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bts, horror, fantasy
Picking up where the first book left off, Dana Fredsti continues to build her unique world of wild cards and zombies and expands her multiple storylines to pen another page-turning thriller. The author organically transforms Ashley and Gabriel’s relationship from the constant sniping and bickering in the first novel to a more mature relationship, while maintaining the sexual tension between them. A secondary romance between Simone and Nathan deepens the overarching storyline. The author skillful ...more
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: para-zombies
The Good: Love. Love. Love. So much love for both Ashley Parker and Dana Fredsti. I love the way Ashley talks and thinks. Just love being in her head. I love how she interacts with the other characters and that the romantic aspects of the book are realistic to the situation instead of mushy. There were laughs and there was heartache, and everything was littered with zombie mayhem. This series is definitely a favorite of mine.

The Bad: Nothing. It was absolutely perfect. I wanted to lose myself in
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow this was action packed! A nice follow up to the first book and it's set up nicely for the 3rd. Can't wait to see what happens to the gang! Ashley was super kick a$$ in this one and we met a new guy that I'm quite intrigued with. The whole conspiracy thing going is super interesting and I hope the third book is out soon!
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm not really a fan of Zombies and I have no idea what drew me to read Plague Town, but I did and I HAD to follow up the series with Plague Nation. It turned out to be a really fun book to read with super admirable characters.
Mike Cavosie
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
When the zombies strike, I'll be ready.
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
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Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
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At A Glance
Plague Nation is another great zombie book from Dana Fredsti, though I do feel like it left a little to be desired.

The Good
It's no secret that I loved Plague Town. I love zombie books with a sense of humor, and that's what Dana Fredsti delivers. Her characters are entertaining as hell and her zombies are grosser than maggots roasting on a hot, sunny day. (EWWW, I just grossed myself out.) Now I'm sad that I have to wait for book three to c
Oct 26, 2013 added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I am nearing the end of this book and I am SO disappointed! The story and the characters are as great as ever, but my respect and admiration for the author are basically gone or at least greatly diminished. The story gets to the point where the plague spreads to Salt Lake City Utah, most people know that Utah is a place where many people belong to the "Mormon" church. I myself am a member of the church, so things that are said in this book are personally hurtful and offensive and very narrow min ...more
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Dawn

*Beware of possible Spoilers*

This installment of the Ashley Parker series is a tear-jerk-er. Get ready! I jumped right back into the story easily as if I’d come back to visit a friend. The virus is spreading like wild-fire. The team needs to travel which opens up all new threats. They divide and go in two groups. Divide and conquer so to speak – I was worried for them because they were separated.

Plague Nation is heavy. So
Carolyn  Storer
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Plague Nation is the second book in the Ashley Parker zombie series and I enjoyed it a lot. It isn't as good as book one, Plague Town, but it is still a really fun read.

Ashley is a great heroine. I love her snark and attitude, but she's also genuine and caring. This continues to show through her actions towards her friends. Gabriel on the other hand is a strange one. In the first book I thought he was soooo sexy, but here he is a little generic. I got tired of his hard-arse attitude and
Robin Burks
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Plague Nation is an even better read than Plague Town.

I received review copies of both Plague Town and Plague Nation by Dana Fredsti. If I had to choose between the two books, Plague Nation would easily be my favorite. It has a lot of great drama, good character development and a more intriguing story than its predecessor.

Plague Nation begins where Plague Town left off: The Redwood Grove zombie problem might have been dealt with, but the zombie virus is spreading through the United States. Main
Andrew Macrae
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Plague Nation by Dana Fredsti

Ashley Parker, Zombie Hunter, finds herself once again knee deep in the walking dead, literally. The zombie outbreak in the small Northern California coastal town of Redwood Grove where she was a post-grad student has spread across the country.

This sequel to Plague Town picks up shortly after the conclusion of the first novel. Ashley has found that she is a ‘wild card’ – someone who acquired preternatural strength and fighting skills after being bitten by a zombie. S
This series is so freaking awesome. It is everything that I want in a zombie book. There’s action, a little romance, snarky characters that kick butt, gross zombie guts and pop culture references that make me laugh. I cannot get enough of these books and I can’t wait to add them to my book collection. I do have to say I’m a little irritated that I’m now in wait mode for the third book in the series. I hate waiting especially when I have no idea how long I’m going to have to wait. There is no cur ...more
Patrick Nichol
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Plague Nation is the second of a trilogy involving the Zombie-killing exploits of Ashley Parker and her cast of "wild cards," a secret paramilitary team tasked with combatting the walking dead.
After surviving a zombie onslaught on the small California town that secretly houses her special team, Ashley and her friends must now deal with an outbreak in San Francisco. The team must also find its backup facility, after their former HQ was destroyed.
Fredsti's novels are smart, funny and very well-wri
Tiffany Riach
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. Zombie books are one of my favorites to read and Dana Fredsti's books are on my list of favorites. Just like Plague Town I could not put this book down and it ended much too soon.

As you can guess from the titles of the books the zombie virus has spread but now there are much bigger problems to deal with than just killing zombies. The Wild cards have a new enemy and if they can't stop them the virus might take over the world.

I can not say how much I love all of the characters
Future Slayer Girl
Now, I'm reviewing this a bit late after I finishing it and read a few books between this. I'm in zombie mode, and I kinda have this book to blame for it. This is one of the best zombie series that I've read. I think the thing that some people are misinterpreting is that this IS NOT romance, but they are reading it as romance. Anything can happen, and this series has already proved that ANYONE can die. The characters are at war. But they are at war with a walking virus of sorts with a puppet mas ...more
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
In truth, there is nothing wrong with Plague Nation, it is a well-written zombie novel. The problem, is the first book Plague Town. Plague Town was amazing. I was on the edge of my seat, sneaking into the bathroom to read it at work. There was action, there was fighting, there was slight intrigue and great characters. I was dying for the second book.

And then it came, and it was good. But not amazing. In my opinion, it lost some of the charm of the first one. Instead of introducing new action sc
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
So, I'm really loving Dana Fredsti's Ashley Parker series. I like that the main character is realistic (superpowers aside) and that she has her own things to deal with but also doesn't let it distract her from getting the job done. And, yet, she still allows her emotions and personal preferences exist. Parker is a well-rounded character that acts like a real person, instead of a character or trope.

That said, I think my favorite thing about this series is how realistic it is. Granted, there are p
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Dana Fredsti is ex B-movie actress with a background in theatrical sword-fighting. Through seven plus years of volunteering at EFBC/FCC (Exotic Feline Breeding Facility/Feline Conservation Center), Dana's had a full-grown leopard sit on her feet, kissed by tigers, held baby jaguars and had her thumb sucked by an ocelot with nursing issues. She's addicted to bad movies and any book or film, good or ...more

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