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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,673 ratings  ·  161 reviews
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Day One: A series of terrorist attacks spread a cloud of noxious gas over highly populated areas.

Day Two: Higher brain function erodes in those exposed to the gas. Their bodies begin to distort, faces distending, skin sallowing, teeth elongating.

Day Three: The infected disappear into the shadows, fleeing the harsh daylight
Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published December 30th 2013 (first published June 28th 2013)
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Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of a monster apocalypse
Recommended to carol. by: Mr. Matt
Fresh off my Vietnam fictional-autobiography The Things They Carried and Pulitzer Prize winner Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, I really needed to rest my brain. Actually--let's be honest--I really needed to see humanity destroyed a little faster than we seem to be doing it ourselves. Brant--and I might turn into a genuine fan of this non-genuine Bigfoot hunter--serves up almost exactly what I was looking for in an apocalypse-monster novel. For all you who wanted to like The Pas ...more
Dan Schwent
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
After yet another unsuccessful job interview, Lance York shoves a strangely-acting woman out of the path of a speeding car and is struck himself. When he awakes in the hospital, he is shocked to find a plague has struck Pittsburgh, a plague that mutates its victims and turns them into eyeless, savage, flesh-eating horrors! Even with help from some new friends, can Lance escape the abattoir Pittsburgh has become?

After reading his West of Hell trilogy, Jason Brant invited me to give his Hunger ser
Mr. Matt
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2014, vampires
Lance is having what can only be considered a monumentally bad day. He's unemployed. He bombed his job interview. His wife is leaving him and he's pretty sure she's also sleeping with an obnoxiously successful former co-worker. And he bumps into one of the infected. Oh, and he gets hit by a car. Lance wakes up in the hospital and all hell begins breaking loose. The Xavier virus is on the loose and the infection is spreading alarmingly. Attempts at quarantine fail and in a matter of days the city ...more
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a well-crafted 'end of the world' premise novel that kept me hooked from beginning to end. I love the way by which Brant has created a unique plague-based transformation that begins to appear to turn humans into zombies, which is merely the first phase in a more vampire-esque ultimate transformation.

The ending of what appears to be book 1 in an ongoing series left me satisfied, yet eager for Brant's return to this world so I can see what happens next.

A great writer, an intriguing story
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my second Jason Brant novel. I had previously read Gehanna - his West of Hell series book 1 and really enjoyed it. In fact I bought the West of Hell Omnibus edition and fully intended to read it but then I got to looking at the cover of this book: Devoured (The Hunger Volume 1) and it just drew me to it so I thought I'd read the sample to see what it was like and I was immediately sucked into a swirling vortex of pure awesomeness and was unable to put the book down so I ended up buying ...more
Terri Baldwin
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lance, by his own admission, was a loser. Stuck in a failed marriage and unable to keep a job, he had succumbed to depression and had pretty much given up. While walking down the street talking to an old coworker that he hadn’t seen in years, he noticed an incoherent woman stumbling toward an intersection and certain death. He was struck by a car when he pushed the woman to safety, but the insanity was just beginning. While in the hospital, he learned that the woman was infected with a virus tha ...more
Timothy Ward
In the mood for a new apocalyptic thriller, this one was a pleasant surprise. I hear great things about Jason Brant, and am glad to feel it was warranted. The story introduces us to a likable hero who is dealing with the end of his marriage, depressed over his career failures and husband failures, when his willingness to stick his neck out for someone in need puts him in the center of a violent outbreak. I enjoyed getting to know him and the heroine who will join his side. The action is strongly ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a five star apocalyptic read of what should be a stunning series!

I'd been plodding along reading my normal fare and I was becoming quite bogged down and losing interest in reading when I decided to give this book a shot. O.M.G. ..... best decision ever!
It is one of the best apocalyptic stories I have read. I opened the first page and before I knew it I was done and looking where the rest of it was. Fair warning - it does sort of end with things up in the air, not necessarily a cliff hang
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
What a great book! Jason Brant has taken a fresh new approach to the PA genre. These monsters have some "zombie" characteristics, but then he turns the whole "normal" apocalypse over on it's head.

The story is driven by the two great characters created by Brant. Lance and Cassie are both so well developed. Lance is down on his luck and is such a nice guy (and we all know nice guys finish last) we are pulling for him to survive. And Cassie, with her battle axe, she is Lance's polar opposite.

This s
Jude Samson
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Sooooooooo many issues. First, I wanted to really to like this book based on the kick-ass looking woman on the covers and the cheeky author profile and that he seemed like a younger author so I was thinking they'd be more in touch with stuff happening in the world and not be as inclined to play into the sexist BS too many books, especially Apoc-fic books, seem to do.


Not only is there way too many instances of raging sexism throughout the book there's an obscene number of just common sen
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
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This is not your average zombie book. These creatures are part vampire, part zombie. They aren't dead like zombies but they are mostly mindless, rotting creatures. They have an aversion to sun and superhuman strength like vampires and they eat and drink people like a combo of both. Brant did a good job of reinventing the zombie and vampire genre.

The best part was that the hero and heroine were normal people. Lance is unemploye
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gehenna, Tartarus, and Sheol entertained us with zombies in the Old West. The Gate and The Dark made our sleep uneasy with thoughts of horrifying, demonic monsters that had gained access to our world. Now Devoured terrifies us with a new and meaner type of super-vampire that ushers in the Apocalypse.

Lance’s life is rather challenging at the moment. The economy is down. He is out of a job. His wife is divorcing him. What else could go wrong? Plenty. Trust me. I don’t think you’ve ever experienced
Michael Loring
Devoured is the first book in best-selling author Jason Brant’s new series, The Hunger. It’s based off a short story he wrote titled LOTION, written for Apocalypse: An Anthology by Authors and Readers.

The novel starts off with Lance York – a man who, by his own admission, is a loser. Barely able to hold a job and coming upon an impending divorce, Lance sees no light in sight. Things get even worse for the poor man when, after saving a sickly woman from being hit by a car, he finds himself stuck
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book Ive read from Jason Brant and it wont be my last. I had downloaded this for free quite awhile ago but only just got round to reading it. What a fantastic fast paced read, I was hooked and completely sucked into this fast paced storyline from the very first page...why on earth...hadn't I read this earlier...doh!

If you love your zombie dystonian horror and gore you so need to read this next as its quite different to your normal zombie-esk reads. These monsters are a horrif
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Devoured was a competent addition to the canon of zombie stories. I found the book a very fast read, finishing it in one day and part of a night of reading.

There is a very out of shape hero. He is far from an expert in weapons or unarmed fighting techniques. He has watched alot of television and movies, so he is acquainted, at an intellectual level, with the issues around a zombie apocalypse. This is good preparation because that is what he wakes up to in the hospital near the beginning of the
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lance York is not a hero. He's jobless. He's in the middle of a divorce and he's feeling worthless. With one act of kindness, rescuing a sick woman from the path of a moving vehicle, Lance puts his life on a path he never expected. A quick moving sickness starts in the hospitals and then spreads. Chaos takes over and Lance finds himself smack dab in the middle of a new Pittsburgh, one that's overrun by daywalkers and Vladdies. But even uninfected people can be enemies and Lance is forced to do w ...more
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My full Devoured: The Hunger, Book 1 audiobook review can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Devoured: The Hunger, Book 1 starts of kind of slow. Before the end of society, we meet Lance who is very down and out. A man that has been jobless for an extended period, who is in the midst of a divorce from a cheating wife. Everything soon changes when he takes a chance to save a woman from being hit by a car and knocking himself unconscious. Waking up to find that the hospital he is in has been quarantin
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel is another prime example of the author's ability to draw you into the world he's creating. There was an awesome sense of experiencing the madness for oneself. The main character's confusion over what was truly happening combined with the uncertainty of what to do next, played very well throughout the entire story and his struggle to survive really had me on the edge of my seat.

Lance is a very likable character. Despite his self-described shortcomings, feeling like a miserable failure
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A few weeks ago when Jason Brant announced that his new book - Devoured, would soon be released, I was thrilled.

All the other PA books I have read recently have kick-ass ex-army/special forces, highly trained terminator types as the main characters - which is cool, we like these strong silent types. The main character in Devoured, on the other hand, is the ordinary guy in the street. A bit of a loser according to his `charming' soon-to-be-ex-wife, and even to an extent, himself, but when the wor
This is a surprising little gem of a read, I really was surprised by how fun it was. I understand the girl on the front cover is the same as the girl on Chrissy Peebles books but I a assume she is a favourite to use, anyway we are not here to judge the book by the cover.

Lance as a character is pretty relatable because quite a lot of people have been through depression, breakups, divorce and unemployment. He really isn't in the best of positions to start off with and then forced to face vampirism
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is the end of the world as we know it. What would you do to survive? Lance is a guy who is down on his luck. He is jobless and in the process of getting a divorce from his wife. He more or less is feeling sorry for himself. In an act of heroism he tries to save a woman's life, only to end up landing himself in the hospital. Then all hell brakes loose as a deadly plague hits the USA.
I am a big fan of Jason Brant books. This one is right up there with all his other books. Yes, it is full of g
Rene Folsom
This is definitely another fast-paced, action-packed thriller from the talented Jason Brant. Lance starts out as a whiny shell of a man, and for good reason. His life is in the toilet. Yet he continues to try and survive in a world consumed by monsters who go bump in the night. The story really gets interesting when Lance meets a sassy, strong female who is dead set on giving him a run for his money. Not only is Cass awesome, but she makes Lance a stronger man as their relationship they quickly ...more
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
A plague/zombie invasion? This book is an amazing book with lots of action. The story is a about a man named Lance and his life is going horribly. When he thinks that his life could not get any worse it does. Lance has to try and survive in the outside world trying to not get eaten. I think that the book was great. Its very suspenseful and also scary at some parts. I am very happy that this is not the only book so that I have more to read.
Lindsey Lawson
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This was so well written and thought out, I said to myself several times, why isn't this a movie? I can't wait to get my hands on the second one to find out what happens to Lance, Cass, and the rest. I don't know how many are going to be in this series but I will be following as closely as I can. Jason Brant has become my new favorite male author. ...more
Mar 13, 2015 rated it liked it
My review vanished by looks of things. Anyway - I liked that the main character wasn't a hero, rather the opposite. However it wasn't really original and the night vampires resembled those in "The passage" a lot. ...more
Sep 13, 2015 rated it liked it
I'd give it a higher rating if it were proofread. The grammar and such is terrible.
The story itself is not too bad.
Michael Stewart
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Exciting and well written!

A great story with wonderful characters that are easy to root for, this novel grabbed me from the start and didn't let go until the final page.
Ziggy Nixon
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one (even free)
Recommended to Ziggy by: free book, 'nuff said
2 extremely generous stars and that's rounding up and tilting the damn pinball machine all at once (see comment about price below).

'Devoured (The Hunger #1)' is an exceedingly sub-average zombie-slash-vampire book that offers imho nothing terribly unique to the genre. I considered giving it 3 stars but in goodreads parlance that means 'I liked it' and that is not the case. This was painful.

This book certainly can't be said to have anything even remotely to be confused with 'horror' in between th
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Time taken to read - 1 day

Pages - 350

Publisher - ?self published

Source - Amazon (still free at time of posting review)

Blurb from Goodreads

An alternate cover edition can be found here .

Day One: A series of terrorist attacks spread a cloud of noxious gas over highly populated areas.

Day Two: Higher brain function erodes in those exposed to the gas. Their bodies begin to distort, faces distending, skin sallowing, teeth elongating.

Day Three: The infected disappear into the shadows, fleeing the h
Soobie's scared
This book has been sitting on my Kindle for more than three years when I finally decided to read it. It was all about the girl on the cover.

Yeah, the girl on the cover. She pops up only at about 55% of the book. First it was all about Lance and I didn't like Lance, especially at the beginning of the novel. He's in his mid-thirties and can't hold a job (kind of a familiar situation), his divorcing his wife (not my case) and he's in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Oh yeah, he's impotent. Really
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