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Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End

(Apocalipsis Z #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  11,536 ratings  ·  1,012 reviews
The dead rise…

A mysterious incident in Russia, a blip buried in the news—it’s the only warning humanity receives that civilization will soon be destroyed by a single, voracious virus that creates monsters of men.

Humanity falls…

A lawyer, still grieving over the death of his young wife, begins to write as a form of therapy. But he never expected that his anonymous blog would
Paperback, 397 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by AmazonCrossing (first published 2007)
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mark monday
blog entry 2/4/2014

hi everyone. this is mark monday, wasting your time again with some insignificant random musings while the highly significant zombie apocalypse is happening to us all. Apocalypse Wow! well, we all have our own coping strategies and mine is staring at my navel and then reporting back my findings via this blog. I'm sure teh interwebs will go down soon enough and I will have to switch to my journal (who will ever read it??), but for now at least I am online and ready to ramble to
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone over 14 YOA.
I usually don't read books that have journal entry settings. Most times, I get bored within the first chapter or so, and drop the book completely. The only reason I decided to give it a try was because it was free to loan on my Kindle. But Apocalypse Z was completely different from other books--and I'm overjoyed that I was lucky enough to get my hands on this.

There was no doubt that I was hooked within the first dozen chapters. The action (which is always a key element of my interest) is consta

This book was really frustrating. The first 70% of the book was a 3 star book. Mildly interesting, good setting. Then it just got bad. The hero is TSTL. I mean really? You know "those things" are attracted by sound, by your own admission you're not a very good shot, and you have a relatively soundless speargun! And yet you use the glock?
And ok I love my cat. But if during a zombie apocalypse she wonders off through an infested hospital I can't justify putting the guy I'm traveling with and myse
John Podlaski
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I do not generally read zombie novels, but with the inception of "free" books for my Amazon Kindle - every genre is now worth exploring. Once I started this book, I could not put it down. Apocalypse Z: The beginning of the End is so realistic, I had to stop reading on occasion just to make sure that I was reading a book and this wasn't really happening.

A man and his best friend, an orange ball of fur cat, watch as the world crumbles around them. A deadly virus, unleashed from a secret location i
Aleksandra Royzen
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There is nothing better than a good apocalyptic Zombie read. And this one just hit the spot for me! It had everything I seek in this sort of a book: gore, horror, suspense, and of course humor.

This might sound weird but this book is sort of realistic, in a way... Don't worry I know the book is about zombies. And zombies are not real, right?? But the novel reads real. First of all the main character is a simple sort of a guy. And he acts and reacts to things like a regular guy. Not some macho war
Emma Sea
This is terrible! Boring, poorly paced, nothing evocative . . . it brings zilch of interest to the zombielit genre. The author gives me no reason to care about the MC or anyone he encounters.

The structure gave me hope this would be interesting. The story is a series of diary entries which the MC begins, on his psychologist's advice, in an effort to get over the death of his wife. His first efforts at writing coincide with the onset of the zombie outbreak. Loueriro has failed to take advantage o
Jeff Swesky
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'm kind of surprised by so many high ratings for this book. Okay, the concept is cool: a blogger giving a post by post history of the Zombie Apocalypse. But I've read a lot of blog posts by many different writers, and most are written with so much more creativity and detail. Loureiro's prose reads so basic, almost juvenile. I don't get a feel for the narrator as a character and the details come from the news have almost no punch. For these reasons, I didn't get much past the first 12-15 posts. ...more
Karen’s Library
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies, apocalyptic
I actually enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I listened to this on audio and thought the narration was well done. It wasn’t until about halfway through that I realized one of my favorite narrators was performing this book, Nick Podehl! No wonder I enjoyed it!

Although this was your typical zombie scenario, I felt like we got to experience the end of the world as we know it right along with the MC. This was told in a journal format and I liked it.

The best part for me, and something I’d no
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review posted at: Read, Rinse, Repeat

The information emerging from Russia is full of contradictions. The government insists there is no problem, and yet health care workers from around the world have been summoned. Is it the West Nile virus? Ebola? Nearby countries are shutting their borders and ordering vaccinations. But against what? Nevertheless, the mysterious virus spreads throughout the world as official information slows to a trickle. Blogs report infected individuals exhibiting extreme a
Michelle Morrell
I picked this up through the Kindle lending library to have as an emergency book, but once I started it I read it pretty much straight through.

Yes, another zombie apocalypse, this time focusing on Spain, one man and his cat and a whole lot of "walking undead".

I could tell that this was translated from another language, there were times when an adjective wasn't quite right, or a scene was just a bit off. Still, it was entertaining. Nice(ish) guy tries to make sure his family is okay, tries to hel
May 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
I struggled to make it past the 1/3 mark, I was so bored. I wanted to like this book. There was plenty to charm me: It was a unique premise for a zombie story. It was about a guy and his cat trying to survive, which definitely hit an emotional chord or three. It was more serious, rather than over-the-top.

Although there never seemed to really be a climax, all of the people and situations the main character encounters are interesting. However, both the initial writing and the translation work seem
Ever since I read World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, reading PA zombie fiction has become one of my guilty pleasures. Whenever I feel like I am having a "reader's block", I pick up a zombie book to get out of it, and so far it has worked!

A couple of days back, I decided to venture into the zombie infested wastelands again as I was not in the mood to continue with my other books. And as soon as I knew that Manel Loureiro has written a zombie book which was set in a different country,
Martin Belcher
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
I have to say this is one of the best Zombie novels I have read, incredibly fast and full of constant suspense and action, it's one of those books you find hard to put down and when you do you find yourself thinking I want to find out what happens next!

The author, Manel Loureiro is Spanish and this book begun as a popular blog in his home country of Spain and then it obviously transferred into a book format. It's been a best seller in Spain, Italy and Brazil and now for the first time translated
I was planning on giving this book a solid 3 stars--a fun, quick read--until the last couple of chapters. I liked the story originally because the protagonist seemed like an ordinary dude who couldn't leave his cat behind to starve even as the apocalypse rolled through his town. I'd probably be stupid enough to do the same with my dogs, so I could empathize. Then the wish fulfillment started getting a biiiit too blatant.

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Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Zombie Apocalypse novel! One of the best I've read. It is incredibly realistic (as realistic as one of these things can be) and the character, as an ordinary person, reacts in very human ways to what is going on around him. Additionally, interactions with the zombies feels more real than it does in other books and in film and television. For example, there is an extremely graphic scene in which they have to decapitate a zombie, and it isn't done in one clean swipe like you see in movie ...more
Alice Bye
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. It was nice to read a zombie novel, I haven't read one in the longest time.
Jordan Anderson
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I first heard of this book, I was unimpressed. I thought this was yet another feeble attempt for an author to cash in on the again resurgent zombie genre. Really, how many books have been written in this departement in the last 3 or 4 years? 100? 500? 1,000's? And even then, how many are original enough to be even considered worth reading?

Apocalypse Z is not original. Nowhere within Loureiro's zombie novel do we find anything new in terms of a zombie apocalypse. The zombies are the same old
What I found most interesting with the book was that it took Place in Spain. The Zombie stuff I've come across thus far have only taken Place in the USA so it was fun to get to experience the zombie attack from a different country.

I Think that the experiences, reactions and emotions of the survivors feel believable and realistic. How they Think and react, feel, say and do, which is Always nice. How the bigger Picture was treated was good as well, from the slow builtup with nations and goverments
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a hidden treasure! After my last, very disappointing apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic book, I was very sceptical. But the author ensnared me on the first couple of pages. The fact that the main character is a normal human being and not a soldier of any kinf made the story even more plausibel and the happenings more thrilling and heartbreaking. Now, I can only hope that amazon will translate the other books of the series, even though it won't be necessary for the story arch itself.
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Great post apoc zombie story and I liked how it was set in Spain.
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. The diary form made it move fast and it felt like I was really there. The cat was the right touch. What a character!
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read and a pretty decent zombie story. I like the diary format as it makes for an easy format to go through. There was only one plot line that I felt like was a bit forced and a clear plot device (the cat), and without giving any spoilers, about 2/3rds the way through there is just a moment that seems completely ridiculous and makes this plot device incredibly obvious. Overall, it's a funny story though and an enjoyable read. I'm not sure I'm going to read any others in the series ...more
I think that if I had not listened to this book, I probably would not have enjoyed it. I don't always love to read blog/journal entry novels, but listening to this book gave it the authentic feel of someone narrating the end of the world via zombie apocalypse.

And SPOILER here ~~~~~

I would have left the cat.
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I LOVE a good zombie apocalypse book! This one is right up there with World War Z and The Walking Dead series. There were a fair amount of typos, but I'm going to chalk them up to the translation from Spanish. SO glad this was a staff pick at the library otherwise I never would have found it.
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yeah, in spite of how annoyed the MC made me, I enjoyed this a lot. And the cat is okay!

Obviously this is the first book of the series. I hope they make it to their destination.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror, zombies
The way he talks about this 17 year old girl's body is disgusting.
Jared Shurin
Another in the school of Wool-esque, Martian-esque brutally functional school of SF/F.

On one hand, there's something weirdly hypnotic about the day-by-day, step-by-step guide to surviving the zombie apocalypse. (Step 1: Be a very rich man with your own private compound in rural Spain, complete with solar panels, generator and diving gear - so, you know, it isn't even useful.)

On the other hand, it has all the character development, plot, and charm of an IKEA manual. Except without even the warmt
Chris Torretta
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I’m so super excited, and totally freaked out of my mind right now! I love horror, L O V E it! This is horrific in every sense of the word. My heart was palpitating! I even had to put the book down a few times to get my breath and to pretend to blog so I had a reason to walk away! I know… absurd but totally true.

Someone has opened the gates of hell, and you can feel the heat.

Ok, this starts off like any zombiepocalypse but I was a little frustrated that the main character was given pretty much
Katya Vinogradova
- Okay, in no way is this movie based on a true story.
- It's a future true story. A zombie apocalypse is going to happen.
(c) Happy Endings

So much has been said, written, joked and filmed on the zombie apocalypse that you might think, how much more can we take? Do we really need another zombie novel? Is there anything left to say? Luckily, Manel Loureiro didn't ask himself these questions (or if he did, he answered "yes" to all), and wrote a fresh, realistic, gripping novel about survival and pre
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International bestselling author Manel Loureiro was born in Pontevedra, Spain and studied law at Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. After graduating, he worked in television, both on-screen (appearing on Televisión de Galicia) and behind the scenes as a writer. His Apocalypse Z trilogy—The Beginning of the End, Dark Days, and The Wrath of the Just—took him from the blogosphere to bestsellerdo


Other books in the series

Apocalipsis Z (3 books)
  • Apocalipsis Z: Los días oscuros (Apocalipsis Z, #2)
  • Apocalipsis Z: La ira de los justos (Apocalipsis Z, #3)
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