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Strangers in the Land

(The Zombie Bible #3)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  137 ratings  ·  24 reviews
The aging prophet Devora bolts awake in terror, gasping for air. In her dream she heard her mother’s shrieks as the ravenous dead pulled her from the tent. Devora had been only a girl then, crying as she listened to her mother's screams and the tearing of her flesh.

And in the morning, when her mother rose—undead and hungering—Devora slew her.

This third volume of The Zombie
Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by 47North
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Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies, reviewed, horror
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At A Glance
Another great installment for The Zombie Bible series. I never knew what to expect which kept me on my toes.

The Good
Don't Worry...
Let me start off by saying that this is not a religious book. It does not preach in the way you might think. Strangers in the Land takes place in a time where religion and faith was all these people had. So there is religious content but this book does not try to sway your beliefs.

Zombie Art...
Oh. My. God. Mu
Lizzy Ford
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Saying Strangers in the Land is a zombie book is like saying that “Pride and Prejudice” is a romance novel instead of one of the most brilliant stories I’ve ever read.

Is Strangers in the Land that good? YES. Full disclosure: I was contacted by the author’s publicist to review this book, and I said sure! If I’d seen this on Amazon, would I have picked it up? Probably not, because I love my trashy romance novels. But, I’ve reviewed a few books for this publicist, and I know they’re always solid re
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I got a copy of this book to review through the Amazon Vine program. This seems to be the third book in the Zombie Bible series; I did not read the first two books but this book stands well on its own. It was decently written, a bit dense at times, but it was engaging enough.

This was a retelling of a portion of the Bible with zombies included. This is the story of Devora (an aging Hebrew prophetess), Hurriya (a slave girl who has suffered through many horrors) and Zadok (a legendary Hebrew warr
Kate Ellison
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fascinating concept--the Old Testament but with zombies--and about as creepy/depressing as I could stand. Not for the faint of heart, but beautifully written.
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it

Stant Litore’s The Zombie Bible retells biblical tales and ancient history as episodes in humanity’s long struggle with hunger … and with the hungry dead.

Four must stand against the dead. The aging prophetess Devora. Hurriya, the slave girl. Zadok, a legend among warriors. And the widower Barak, who has sworn to defend his homeland from a migration of walking corpses greater than has ever been seen.

Devora is all too familiar with the unclean dead. She was there when her mother was pulled

Kitten Kisser
Sep 04, 2014 rated it liked it
I was hesitant & also very curious about this book; not sure if the zombie aspect would fit into the bibles story. Surprisingly the author fit the zombies in quite well. The zombies are the back drop. The story is really about the Navi Devora. The Navi "Sees what God sees". This is repeated so often you are not likely to forget.

Out of all the characters the author introduces his readers to there were two that I ended up liking (as much as I could really like any character in the book). Unfor
Devlin Scott
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Strangers in the Land (Zombie Bible 3) by Stant Litore (Book Review)

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The aging prophet Devora bolts awake in terror, gasping for air. In her dream she heard her mother’s shrieks as the ravenous dead pulled her from the tent. Devora had been only a girl then, crying as she listened to her mother's screams and the tearing of her flesh.

And in the morning, when her mother rose—undead and hungering—Devora slew her.

This third volume of The Zombie Bible takes you to 1160 BC I
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
With his third "Zombie Bible" novel Strangers in the Land, author Stant Litore returns to ancient Israel, not too many generations removed from the exodus out of Egypt. This is an Israel overrun by the walking dead, and one where dealing with zombies is a part of the Israelites' way of life and their Law. The story focuses on Devora, the "navi" (somewhere between a priestess, judge and prophet), who is summoned when zombies start to reappear after a time of relative calm. What starts as an inves ...more
D.J. Butler
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, fantasy, bible
The high concept here is just absolutely terrific: it's (an episode of) the Book of Numbers, retold with zombies.

Litore does a great job of building up a fantasy-type milieu around both what one reads in the Hebrew Bible (the Nazarites are specially-trained zombie fighters, Cain's murder of Abel results in the first zombie) and also what must be guessed at (his reconstruction of the Urim and Thummim, for instance). The zombie main plot is fairly generic, as it turns out -- there are zombies, and
James Jr.
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Litore really outdid himself with this newest chapter in his Zombie Bible series. I’m not sure I have the words to express how utterly impressed I am with it. It is easily his best work – and he had already raised the bar very high. It is truly remarkable. In fact, it’s epic! The story is sweeping, gut-wrenching and heart-breaking. Anyone who absently calls it a "zombie" story deserves a slap to the head. It has thousands of zombies, but that is only a small part of what this book truly entails. ...more
Jonna Gjevre
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
So, I just finished Stant Litore's biblical zombie novel "Strangers in the Land," and I'm trying to remember when I last read a novel that was simultaneously so dark and so beautiful. I think I have to go all the way back to Jeff VanderMeer's utterly pitiless novella "Veniss Underground." Stant Litore writes gorgeous prose. But he's also planning to break your heart. Just so you know.

Here's one of my favorite passages:

"I think I understand your Law better than you do," Hurriya said. "When you se
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really engaged with 95% of this book; the characters are very compelling and I became quite attached to a couple, so much so that at certain points in the book, I became very upset and had to stop reading to gather myself. So why only 4 stars? Well, the book didn't quite wrap up as well as I'd hoped, and a lot of things seems left unfinished, leaving me feeling a tad dissatisfied, but mostly it's a reader issue: I'm not a fan of zombies, and despite the excellent characterization and plot, th ...more
Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
This bummed me out. Big time. I really enjoyed the first two in this series but the third one was way too long. I honestly thought about DNFing staring at about 33% up until about 78%, then finally the story picked up and I'm glad I finished it. I really enjoyed the Navi's story and found what she went through as the only woman in a group of men trying to lead them in their battle against zombies, to be exceptionally compelling and interesting. The last 25% had my heart thumping in my chest and ...more
Wayne Franklin
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
While I have not read the other books in Stant Litore's Zombie Bible series, I can't imagine how I would think more highly of them than I do of Strangers in the Land. Should anyone attempt to dismiss this as "merely a zombie book," they would be sadly mistaken. Even the more apt description of bible stories framed in the context of the hungry dead fails to fully capture the depth of this book. It is a profound work of staggering beauty, rife with themes of covenants kept and broken, painful sepa ...more
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was surprisingly good for such a bad cover. It's less a zombie book and more a Biblical story. Think "The Red Tent"... but with the undead. It's one of three in the "Zombie Bible" series, and all three take place in the time of the Old Testament, with Hebrews hanging out in the desert making laws about being unclean. Turns out all those laws about being unclean were made because the early Hebrews were under siege by zombies. Who knew?
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A powerful yet alternate take on God's chosen people, some of whom fell into sin, married heathens that brought their wood and stones gods with them to worship and caused walking corpses to plague and blight the land. It was up to four brave people to rally both heathen and Hebrew to join forces to rid thousands of zombies off their land.

I strongly suggest those that those who read this book keep an open mind and I enjoyed it very Much.
Steve Wiggins
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Stant Litore has a very interesting way of tying the world of the Bible into zombies. I still believe zombies are best treated in movies, but this book has some memorable scenes and some thought-provoking ideas. Further comments may be found here: Sects and Violence in the Ancient World.
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
*longer review to follow*

Seriously, people. Snag this series. It's breath-takingly inventive, one of the most creative additions to the "alternate history" genre that I have ever encountered. And, oh yes, it has zombies.
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Absolutely the best in the series. Some really good research backs this book, making it almost believable. The main characters are strong and relentless. This book is an easy read and an exciting mix of biblical traditions and zombie apocalypse!
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another awesome book in his 'Zombie Bible' series. Can't wait for the next one.
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Interesting read. Took me a little to get in to it, but I ended up enjoying it quite a bit.
well this was the last one. I've read all the zombie bibles now.huzzah. think I liked this one the most.... oh Zadok.... albeit the word cunt seems odd in the day and age this book took place....
Courtney Harker
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Best of the three- I would not even bother with the other two.
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