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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Asher St Paul thought it was just a typical zombie apocalypse like in the movies, until the necromancers crawled out of the woodwork. Since the undead have chased the living into hiding, the necromancers are able to roam freely in a new America of their making. Asher is seeking safe harbor. The need for safety is what drove him from his home in Philadelphia Pennsylvania be ...more
Paperback, First, 226 pages
Published May 24th 2013 by Wyrding Ways Press (first published May 15th 2013)
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May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Zombies? Pass. But there was some manlove involved so I was easily persuaded. And I am so glad I didn’t pass up the opportunity to read this. I was hooked from the start. And by that I mean by 1%. Insta-love over here. Smiley

We begin with Asher St. Paul who is trying to survive the best he can with his lover, Conner, in a post-apocalyptic world where zombies rule. First page and I’m dying inside. I barely know this character and my heart is breaking already. Asher has just lost the last person on
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: zombies
While it wasn't necessarily a bad book, there were so many little issues with Desolation that I really had trouble enjoying it.

On the plus side, Travis Simmons has definitely done something interesting with zombies here, adding a little fresh blood and brains to a genre that's become very tapped out. Rather than limit himself to a choice between the classic shuffling zombie and the contemporary speedy one, he incorporates both into his story, and then adds a third flavor in the infernals - basic
May 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of zombie fiction
Recommended to Katy by: Travis Simmons
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Post-apocalyptic dark fantasy/zombies
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of zombie fiction
Trigger Warnings: murder, mental slavery, lots of gore

My Thoughts: I'm not a huge fan of traditional zombie fare, but thought with the necromancers thrown in I might enjoy this well enough, and that was true. The necromancers made this more interesting, as did the several types of zombies: traditional, speeders, and infernals. However, the ending was unsatisfying; it just sort of pet
Tammy K.
As a reader/lover of Paranormal Magic, Zombies Apocalypse & LGBT romance fiction, this book was right up my alley. But just in case you are not a lover of each of those sub-genres, here is what I enjoyed about this book that you might enjoy as well:
The Main characters are unique for the Zombie Apocalypse genre. Our young hero is flawed-but growing. In the beginning of this story, I wasn’t particularly fond of Asher. However by the end of this story, I had seen that Asher had grown in his maturit
Taylor P. Davidson
Desolation, Travis Simmons

Trying to survive in the brave new world following a zombie apocalypse isn’t easy for Asher St. Paul. His family and friends are dead. His lover is dead. He should be dead. And to make matters even worse than the hordes of zombies that threaten him with each passing day, chilling rumours of necromancers are beginning to circulate through the last remaining human refuges. They say that survivors are being rounded up, caged and used to feed zombie populations as the necro
Elizabeth Towns
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t read or watched anything zombie since I was a teenager, and I couldn’t for the life of me remember why I requested to review Desolation by Travis Simmons, yet I did - so I dived in to reading. It was not at all what I expected. This book was not about your run of the mill zombies.

It’s the coming of age, coming to power story of Asher, a zombie/necromancer. Asher is the main character, who from the very beginning makes you feel like he is the one who needs saving, when really, he is the
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombie-books
****Really 2 1/2 stars****
While the idea of this book was good, I believe the author missed the mark. There was just too much going on- Necromancers, Witch Trains (STILL don't know why they are called witch trains), Zombies, Infernals, Living Zombies, the ability to place your soul in an inanimate object (Uh...Harry Potter?), some sort of zombie vaccine (which we never here much about), and all sorts of other stuff. It was just WAY too much. Plus, our protagonist JUST found out he was a necroman
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Zombies have always intrigued me, more so than other typical monsters (vampire, werewolf, etc). Every time a new film or book is announced I wait in anticipation to see/read it. By the end that all too familiar disappointment sets in. The work is your typical zombie film/book with the same cookie cutter story line: zombies spread, zombie killing, small group of people with one main character, one member from the group gets bitten and a loved one secretly keeps them alive, zombie killing, another ...more
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wasn't sure if I was going to try to read this I love zombie movies, but wasn't sure if I would get into it in a story.. I mean its hard to beat The Walking Dead.. I have to say this is my first story by Travis Simmons and a nice treat from Amazon to have it free for the day so I read all afternoon. I was surprised.. ;)

A military compound in Binghamton.. lol less than 70 miles from me..How could I not get into this story.. Yay Yankee lovers. ;)
Anyway, this is about Asher..a necromancer/zombie..
Randy Harmelink
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies, paranormal
Overall, I liked the book. However, I picked it up because I thought it was a zombie story. It's actually more about the necromancers than it is about the zombies, so I would definitely put it into a paranormal genre.

I also was not a fan of the main character's strong hormones. The way the story jumps between zombies and necromancers and his sex drive was just awkward, more often than not.

I probably should rate the book a 3, since I find I have zero interest in the next book. I expect the zombie
Debbie Lamb
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you like Zombies - Desolation takes you into a different world of Zombies! Desolation had me on the edge of my seat a few times! I was very impressed with how Travis was able to draw me in and keep me there! You do not have to be a zombie fan to enjoy Desolation. When you have read Desolation you will be a Travis fan! I have to smile when I think about the book..Travis has taken zombies to a whole new place in my heart!
Don Bradshaw
Oct 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: magic, murder, horror
I haven't been a huge fan of zombie books but am giving them another try. This story was a little different from the blood and guts chew up the living books. I liked the necromancy angle evens though what Asher learned was rushed somewhat. The story read a little more like a YA story but it's getting near Halloween so it did the trick for me.
Teressa Oliver
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Desolation by Travis J. Simmons


With his soul mate laying dying in his lap, Asher St. Paul breathes in his lover Conner's last breath. Torn between wanting to join Conner and his instinctive need to survive, Asher pushes on and continues his journey to find a safe haven from the zombie apocalypse always on his heals, lurking hungrily in the dark. Still fifty miles from the rumoured quarantine in Binghamton, New York, Asher encounters packs of traditional shuffling zombies, fast moving
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you are into zombies, this book is for you. I have to admit I love supernatural books, but I have never really cared about zombies. However, recently I started watching The Walking Dead. So, I was intrigued when I was asked if I wanted to review a book about zombies. Well, this one definitely didn't disappoint.

While reading this, I tried to stay aware of what people might like and what they wouldn't like. One thing that some people will not be comfortable with is that there are some same sex
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I just recently (like in the past month recent) gotten into zombies. Hubby got me hooked on a zombie show, so when I heard this book was about zombies, I couldn't get my hands on it fast enough.

I liked this book. A lot. It was good. It introduced me to new ideas of zombies and to new "people" I had never heard of - necromancers (I really am not into the zombie thing, but when I mentioned it to hubby, he knew exactly what I was talking about!)

The book itself was a perfect pace. Kept me wanting to
Jennifer Defoy
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads
I have always loved a good zombie story - be it reading or watching. I would have to say Desolation falls into the good zombie story genre. In addition to the zombies there's a love story brewing. And add to that the necromancers and it makes for an entertaining read.

My knowledge of necromancy and necromancers was very limited - like I heard it in an ICP song when I was much younger. Never knew what it was, never really cared. But I can say that I now understand what a necromancer is. I don't kn
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Desolation was beautifully written. Travis J Simmons was so explicit and detailed keeping me on the edge of my seat. He was able to describe the fear she was going through as she planned his way out of areas infested by zombies. Little did she know how her life would change just being in the company of Anderson, a necromancer.

Zombies were controlled by necromancers and there was nowhere else to go but to listen in ZZ’s show which had a large audience. Asher was becoming more and more paranoid
Sonja Bristow

I enjoyed the twist of the different types of zombies and that of the ability of them to be controlled. However, the main character's constant whining (which was supposed to be angst, regret and internal turmoil) put me off. In addition, this is a fairly new zombie apocalypse and there must be some time to "acclimate to the situation", so I will grant allowances for this being all new and having to adapt quickly. However. I feel like the author took the whining to the extreme. For a man who just
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies, fiction
I have never been into the Zombies . I'm not one for scary movies and until Desolation I had never read a Zombie book. So, I was curious where this author would take me. The imagination, the thrill and the suspense in Desolation had me reading it in just a few hours. Seriously I was shocked when I put it down finished .

A virus that turns you into a Zombie. (scary stuff and in Desolation it seems so real) There is the refuge where those that survive can hide . Then there is the necromancers who c
Andrea Kruse
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-reading
Though not a stranger to reading paranormal literature, this was one of my first zombie books. Boy, I think I may be hooked!

Movie experiences aside, Travis Simmons brought some even more chilling ideas up beyond the usual zombie apocalypse for me. From necromancers to living zombies and speeders and infernals, it was enough to keep me riveted to the story.

The main character of Asher St. Paul was easy enough to fall in line with. Tired, alone it is hard not to root for him to get up and keep figh
Debbie Denny
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
To begin with, Zombies are not of much interest to me. Not sure why I decided to read this book, but I did. Pretty satisfied with that decision. Travis J Simmons did a fantastic job of drawing you in to afterworld of a zombie epidemic. I did see many twists and turns that piqued my interest and kept me glued to the story. I was overwhelmed by Asher as he discovers and learns exactly who and what he is. I found myself holding my breath many times as he battles his own doubts and perceptions, in a ...more
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Overall, I thought this was a fantastic book. Which surprised me since I am getting sick of all the zombie movies and books that have flooded the market. It drew me in and kept me engaged. The writing was very good.

I enjoyed the main character as he found out the extent of his capabilities and coped with the new dystopian world. The imagery of what he saw as the human soul versus the evil of the virus was well done.

The reason I did not give the book a rating of five is that I felt the story cou
Amber Mabry
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying that it took A LOT of bravery for me to sit and read this book. I'm one of those people that are TERRIFIED of Zombies. So much in fact, that I don't say the "Z" word out loud and nobody in my house is allowed to say it either. lol But I made myself read this book a few chapters at a time and I'm glad I did. Desolation isn't like a normal zombie book. Usually they are all the same but Travis Simmons created a book so unique I actually had to call my sister and tell her abou ...more
Laura Frost
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awesome! Go get yourself a copy NOW!
Zombie? Check
Gay Love Story? Check
Memorable Cliffhanger? Check
What more can you want? Asher St. Paul is the type of protagonist that you root for from page 1. There isn't a single page where you wonder why you are following him as the main storyline. Sure, there are parts where I wished for more, scenes that seemed a little glossed over, but hey, it leaves room for a sequel (or 2).
I stopped reading at page 120 and those pages took me almost seven days to read because this book put me to sleep each time I picked it up and tried to read it. I wanted to kill Ash myself, and the boyfriend zombie really made my eyes spin about in my head at the time. The characters weren't fleshed out enough and the storyline was somewhat redundant as Ash is a survivor, has to kill but he can't quiet commit to finishing the job.
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