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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,132 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Whispering Pines is a classic, quiet, private American subdivision on the edge of Asheville, NC, set in the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains. Which is good since the zombie apocalypse has come to Western North Carolina and really put suburban living to the test!
Surrounded by a sea of the undead, the residents of Whispering Pines have adapted their bucolic life of block parti
Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published October 11th 2013 by Severed Press
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Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Zombies, humor, cannibals, and lots of F-bombs. Sounds like a great time right? It is.
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Zombie Fans, Humor Fans, Dark Humor Fans
I found this to be an entertaining gem in the Z genre. While it is not a truly realistic portrait of what the zombie apocalypse should look like it is a highly entertaining one. (Actually who really knows what a realistic portrait would be? Who has survived one?) I found this book to have realistic settings and plots that were presented with the dark humor I would expect may be found in an event like this. I know most people wouldn't expect that but I do. I think people are people and after the ...more
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick read, interesting and fun. The protagonist is funny, his view of the postapocalyptic world captured well in the stories first person point of view. I'm glad there's more to the series because I definitely want to read more!
4.5 stars. Wow, just wow, I have no other words for this book.

The book starts off and all seems normal, but then we quickly find out about the zombies, and how life totally changed for these people. Though, not that much, these people from Whispering Pines just live a relatively normal and calm life. They have power, water, they can drink tea whenever they want, play console games (yes, even that) and all in all I was at times wondering how these people will/would survive. Because it is still t
Dec 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, zombies
Not a bad book--strangely lighthearted entry in the zombie genre, which sets it apart. Like how most zombie books/films (the good ones at least) try to look at lens of a particular genre driven to extreme by undead apocalypse, this one sets it in a Home Owners Association.

You know, I'm not sure what entity is more loathed than HOAs--the IRS maybe? NAMBLA? So I don't think I'm spoiling anything by revealing that the HOA Is not a good thing. And that I think is one of the issues I had with the bo
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Better than the average Zombie book and genuinely hilarious in parts. Non-stop action, just enough blood n' guts. Four stars.
Jennifer Wheeler
Loved it. Supremely witty/funny, with plenty of zombie action. I will definitely be reading the rest of this series.
Dec 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Having read a previous book by the author and pretty much hating it, I nearly deleted this one without reading it. Now I wish I had and saved myself twenty minutes where I could have been doing something else.

There was another bunch of foull mouthed idiots living in a gated community with rules to protect people from the zombies outside. Even the priest or whatever he was couldn't stop swearing while having a supposed normal conversation. I think that having swearing for the sake of it with no s
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love my zombies and this series is by far my favorite. The main character is just amazingly done, cause I agree that we all need a laugh in the zombie apocalypse (something that is lost in most of todays TV show's about such cratures).

The entire family is really the shining point of it all, but everyone else is also so well written that you only hate the ones you should and love the ones you know you should.

It is rare that I laugh aloud during a book (I did the audiobook versions, which are AM
Laura Kreitzer
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, first-in-series
Funny and zombielicious.
John Podlaski
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed Z-Burbia by Jack Bible. The story is much different from many of the other zombie books out there and focuses more on survival - years after the Z-Day of the apocalypse. Jace and his family live in a gated community managed by an association group - the leader, seemingly a dictator type woman. There is running water, electricity, fresh vegetables and meat, Wifi and other benefits available in this suburban community. Everyone contributes to the success of this community by p ...more
Virginia Aikens
Sep 27, 2014 rated it liked it
The Walking Burbs

I was surprised by just how much I ended up enjoying this book. While I am a big fan of the zombie gene of movies, shows, and books, I didn't expect much from this freebie; I was pleasantly surprised. The characterization was decent (though at times pretty trite, none of the peripheral characters and even some of the main ones were never fully fleshed out) and it's clear that Bible is familiar with the terrain. The story was entertaining and I was eager to see how he would resol
Lee Murray
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Only my second ever zombie novel and I’m still not immune to the black blood, severed sinews, and surreptitious shuffling, but if they’re all as good as this then I can see a trend coming. High action, high tempers and high stakes, I’m noticing the zombie novel is an excellent vehicle for a examining what it is that makes us human, for looking at our humanity. Sure, zombies present a problem because typically there are a lot of them, and they’re hungry, but obviously, they’re not the real threat ...more
Kel Crist
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Z-Burbia by Jake Bible: I’m so in love with this book! I will be picking up the other books in the series- and if you know me at all, you know I don’t like to spend money ever. After the zombie apocalypse, the small HOA subdivision of Whispering Pines is still holding but barely. (I don’t like to give spoilers but I will tell you just enough to entice you) They are not slow zombie or fast ones, but terrifying. One day Jace, Jon and Stuart are sent out on a mission for the HOA and then all hell b ...more
Jeff Dawson
I read the intro for the book at the end of, “The Road to Hell is Paved with Zombies.” The blurb was enough to hook me. And then I read the book.

I’ll give credit where credit is due. Overall, this is well written work. Mr. Bible will have you feeling you are in the throes of the Zombie apocalypse. His descriptions of “Whispering Pines,” Ashville, NC., and the “Farm” are realistic and believable. The action is non-stop and is sure to please the younger crowd. For those of us who are little older,
Whispering Pines was a small gated community before the zombie apocalypse. Now it's gated, barred and surrounded by razor wire. The residents are trying to keep it business as usual so the Home Owners Association is alive and well. Unfortunately, the president is a tyrant who keeps most of the residents cowed and uses her authority to further her own ends which ultimately results in chaos.

So far Whispering Pines has managed to keep its residents safe and well fed. They even have working Playstat
Scott Roche
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well, the answer to the first question it "Yes!". Why should you? What makes this different than the other stories out there?

First, what this isn't. It's not World War Z. I love that book. It's a heart string rending look at what the world, Post-Z, would probably look like. While this book definitely gives us a look at what the world might be like, it's less about tugging the heart strings and more about disturbing you while at the same time making you laugh.

This book is also not Dawn of the Day
Bookwyrm Speaks
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing

"Not sure whats worse, the zombies or the HOA."
Jake Bible, author of horror/sci fi books such as Blood Cruise and Mega takes on another horror staple, the zombie apocalypse, with frightening and hillarious results. He creates a group of characters you can get behind and loathe, depending on how they act. It is well plotted, with the setting, a housing development outside Asheville, North Carolina, well thought out and imagined. The fact the HOA became the defacto government I fou
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, fiction, humor, 2014, zombies
My interest in the whole Zombie craze has pretty much begun and ended with the best there is, The Walking Dead. Z-Burbia doesn't quite reach those lofty heights, but it does a decent job of borrowing on TWD's secret-sauce; namely, humanizing the characters. Credit should be given for a fair dose of humor, some of it quite twisted.

Early on I was distracted by an obvious need for some editorial work, but it wasn't long until the pace picked up and both author and reader hit their stride, getting w
Apr 21, 2016 rated it liked it
This was not your cookie cutter zombie book. Obviously there are 23 zillion zombie books the last 5 years since that one show became popular. There are some characters to love and hate in this book, some you expect and some will surprise you. This was an interesting read and a tasty morsel as far as zombie books go.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it

I liked it. Well paced. Entertained without being too heavy on their battlefield/military jargon. Main character is a regular dude just trying to keep himself and his family alive. He's no hero.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing

What a ride. Good characters and the bad were well done. The story is solid. Narration while a little fast was good. Recommended
Tina Gundy
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just another day, living in Z-Burbia...

Z-Burbia by Jake Bible and narrated by Andrew B. Wehrlen turned into a good z-book. I initially thought crap, this is gonna suck, but it did a turn around not too far in and I’m already on to the second in the series. Recommend for all z-lovers. 4 stars for story, 5 stars for narration.

What’s it about? A group of survivors has set up a residential area complete with a HOA. Since it’s the zompoc, others want to take over, wreaking havoc on the group’s little
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
What can I say? Overall the book was ok, but once again there is an author that doesn't know what "cordite" is, or what it smells like. This is a major pet peeve of mine because it seems that every bloody author these days misuses this word. I posted on his blog explaining when cordite was used and when it was no longer used, that it does not smell like modern gunpowder and the words are not interchangeable, and he should have done more research instead of misusing a word he doesn't understand. ...more
Erin Penn
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The author styles himself as a modern pulp-writer, putting out about a dozen action-pack stories a year. Quick, strong, gory, exciting, explosive, non-stop action. The opening part of the book does warn there will be gore, which if you are reading a zombie apocalypse book should not be a shock. Mr. Bible delivers all these.

BUT he also delivers believable characters with different reasons for doing what they do. A developing political structure rising out of the ashes of civilization - from the H
Rabid Reader
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this first book in the Z-Burbia series. It is somewhat different from many other zombie books as it is centred on life and survival in a suburban compound many years after the zombie apocalypse occurred. I loved the unique ideas in this story and the political structure of the post-apocalyptic HOA was fascinating and brutal. I loved the believable and sometimes bizarre characters, the secrets, intrigue, losses, challenges and battles in this book. The narrator did a great job of ...more
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was a well-written, fast-paced, adrenaline-inducing story that kept me up a few nights. I would rate this 3.5 stars if I could do half-stars. I think I have read too many zombie books or comics - the plots never feel original to me anymore. But if this were the first zombie book I read I would rate it higher. I also felt that the book should have been longer or even stretched into two in order to allow for more character depth and plot. It felt too rushed and I realized a ...more
Dennis Crotts
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible
This series is a good story well written and the narratored but there is one character named Jason who really ruins a great story but overlook him the story and series is great. The story is based on the US and other countries collapsing after something cause people to turn into zombies and killing people. We look at how people try to survive and start life again in barred community, fensed in farms and some turning into cannibals. You find both good groups of people who want to survive and at t ...more
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-next
I just finished book 6 so I thought I would say something about the books in general.
The first two books were a little slow and hard to really really get into for me. There was a few times I almost moved on.
Things started to get interesting towards the end of two and after that everything clicked.
I finished six last night. I can't say much because I don't do spoilers. Just wow. Just wow.

This is my review and based solely on my opinion.I always recommend trying a book for yourself and not based
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Jake Bible, Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, has entertained thousands with his horror, sci/fi, thriller, and adventure tales. He reaches audiences of all ages with his uncanny ability to write a wide range of characters and genres.

Jake is the author of the bestselling Z-Burbia series set in Asheville,

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