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The Apocalypse

(The Undead World #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,165 ratings  ·  237 reviews
The Apocalypse--The Undead World: Novel 1
Money, terrorism, and simple bad luck conspire to bring mankind to its knees as a viral infection spreads out of control, reducing those infected to undead horrors that feed upon the rest.
It's a time of misery and death for most, however there are some who are lucky, some who are fast, and some who are just too damned tough to go
Kindle Edition, 342 pages
Published January 12th 2014 (first published December 2nd 2013)
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Peter Meredith
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
You had to know I was going to rate my own book. Already working on book 2.
I didn't read any reviews before purchasing this book (Zombie books are like catnip to me so I just took a gamble). Now that I've finished it and read some reviews, I'm glad that I'm not the only one who feels creeped out by a sense of misogyny and racism in the novel.

I totally get that rapes and plunder and mayhem and slaves and all manners of horror occur during wars or collapsing civilizations or just on any day in a major city right this second. I get that women would (and do) trade sex for
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook

Well, I don't know if I'm going to make it through this one--I rarely give up on a book I've started but this one opened with one of the most obnoxious introductions/warnings I've ever encountered. The author basically says if a reader has described anything as racist or misogynist more than once in the last six months, if a reader is "easily offended", then this is not the book for him or her. The author claims to write about reality, but apparently he doesn't believe racism and sexism are prob
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Too rapey.
I'm not interested in long graphic rape/ harem fantasies - I mean side stories - in my zombie apocalypse books. If not for the wussy way the women were written and the extremely graphic abusive sexual content - this would have been an interesting group of survivors to follow. The excuse is always given that women WOULD be reduced to sexual objects and treated badly post apocalypse. Horsecrap. In a zombie infested world lots of man parts would be ripped off and chomped on too. Male gen
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As per usual with a Peter Meredith novel, deep characters and plot drive The Apocalypse and for this I was happy since I have never been much into zombies books. I was afraid I was going to find my self knee deep in endless descriptions of blood and brains and gore. Or have my head swirling with the details of the different types of guns used to kill the millions of undead wandering around America.
Instead I happily followed along after characters who gradually stopped being characters in my mind
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Now I've read a lot of the negative reviews about this and while what they say is true, it's a post apocalyptic Zombie book so it's not going to be all flowers and roses. It's going to be brutal, it's going to portray people and indeed the military harsh, but if times of strife and war have any indication, a lot of this is how most people would see things. During bad times, bad people will do extremely bad things. I didn't see anything too bad but that's just me. It's going to be a harsh world s ...more
Karl  Rundel
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Not my usual genre and so I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed The Apocalypse. Peter Meredith is an excellent author who can get a crusty old man such as myself looking forward to a book about zombies. Who knew that was possible?
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved the characters!Could identify with speedy Sadie the most since I'm sure the author peeked into my life and stole her from my mirrro! Overall an enjoyable book, but look out PC police, you're going to have your hands full with this one. ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I do not understand all the negative comments. I believe that this story is quite tame compared to what humanity will turn into when economic and social break down occurs. Just look at what happened in NOLA when Katrina hit and that was just a small region that was affected. If this country ever experiences a catastrophic incident that changes our way of life the sordid actions described in different parts of this story as a whole I think will be nothing compared to what will happen in reality. ...more
Jason Parent
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This book.... is frustrating and hard to rate. There were parts I loved and parts I hated. So maybe that's the best way to break it down. Also, you should know that I listened to the Audiobook version of this. The narrator did a fine job, not exceptional, but certainly nothing to complain about. So, without further ado:

What I Liked:

Neil and Sadie - untraditional heroes. Theses two characters, and in fact all the main characters, are well developed. They also seem realistic and act in a way that
Feb 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one.
Shelves: shitty-books
Okay, I read the sample awhile back and I enjoyed it so much that I purchased it. This is one of those ones that I regret purchasing. I am 55% of the way through and this is just horrible.

The formatting is great, as is the punctuation, grammar, etc. I am horrified by calls by folks for authors to tailor characters to be politically correct, but my gods... this is a misogynistic nightmare. No female characters (to the 55% point) are anything other than women who have understood that their worth
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
enjoyed it, characters were kind of generic the wimp that man's up the black woman who calls everyone racist, but the story knits together nicely. ...more
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book annoyed me. The writing is actually ok. It's the obvious disdain for women, minorities and government that got me.

Edit*For some reason I still come back to this review and want to lower my rating because the book p*ssed me off so much. Instead, I'm going to recommend others for you to try; there are so many zombie apocalypse books/series out there to try, don't waste your time on this one. Try The Extinction series by Nicholas Sansbury Smith (my favorite!), The Voodoo Plague by Dirk Pa
Stephen Simpson
Feb 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
God was this crap ... Abandoned relatively quickly, and happy to do so.

Racism, sexism, etc. in a novel can be fine if handled right. It's part of the reality of our species and fiction should reflect that. But there's a difference between using it in the name of realism or to make a larger point and using it with the same sort of smug attitude of a cat that just took a shit next to the litter box and feels proud of itself for doing so.

I could go on. This is a book that tries to portray itself
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I just finished this book yesterday. I enjoyed it from the very beginning starting at the the warnings all the way to the author's notes at the end. I personally don't see the problem that some people have with this book. After reading this book I don't look at the author as a misogynist or a racist. If you read the warnings in the introduction and are deeply offended in any way then this book is not for you. I say this as a Hispanic female. This story was really good and kept all the way throug ...more
Bonnie Moen
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the book!

I gave it 5 stars because I really liked the book!
Yes I have a friend or two that I would recommend reading this book!
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
While there is no shortage of zombie apocalypse tales to attract the attention of those interested in the genre, this particular title stands out. Meredith's take on the zombie apocalypse is brutal and unrelenting. His characters make compromises in the name of survival. Compromises that would be unthinkable were it not for the fact that the entire world is being consumed by the dead. A global nightmare that is unleashed with the bungled handling of a biological weapon that shouldn't have existe ...more
Amanda  Kastner-Guzzi
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the most realistic

This book was awesome. I am sure that there will be those who speak against this book, saying it is racist or sexist. I say it is realistic. I have so much admiration for Peter Meridith for not being afraid to write such a book. I can't wait to read the sequal to this. For someone who loves apocalyptic novels, but finds a lot of them to be redundant, this book was very refreshing.
Barry Bash
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it got hooked on the 1st book reading the 10th one now!
Brian K. Battles
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It begins

The characters are compelling if controversial. The action is good. The story is a rollocking adventure and a good read.
Christopher W Grant
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing

True to life characters that you learn to love or hate. A truly entertaining romp in a gruesome fictional world.
Matt Birley
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cracking Read

Brilliant Characters that you love and hate in equal measure. A story that simply rushes from drama to crisis and best of all not everyone survives 😀
Scribner Library
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love this series! Love this author!
Cristina Roskoff
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Action Pack

I truly enjoyed this book. It was well written. Action pack from beginning to end. It showed how each of react in a different way, when we are challenged with survival. Looking forward to the next segment.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read!

This is a story of strangers who meet up and become more than friends, they become family. I really like the story and can't wait to read more.
Jim Biederman
Jan 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
I mistakenly started reading this book twice. The first time, the book was in a 10-book sampler of zombie books that I got from Amazon. I almost stopped after the first sentence, which is a run on. I did stop about 20% through the book because the run ons continued and the early characters were clearly developing in racist, sexist, and homophobic directions.

After reading dozens of zombie books in many other series, I was looking for something new and ended up purchasing the first three books in
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Stumbled upon the book on the Amazon "also bought this", got a lot of nice reviews which I am at a loss understanding. Gave up on the book at roundabout 85% (Kindle).

Started out interesting enough with the world going down the drain, compared to most other zombie stories where the story kicks in a few weeks later with a merry gang of survivors, this felt fresh. This opinion turned rapidly though. Very bleak story, a lot of stereotypes, sex for sex sake (most of the time it adds zero to the story
May 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
I've read many (Zombie)-Apocalypse novels and i'm not too picky about them. This one though, is among the worst i've read. The thing that really annoys me, is that the author pushes his agenda and shoves his world views right in your face, claiming it's the truth. It's one thing that the story has rape, abuse and racism, but dont' tell me all the time "that's how people are", "that's the realiy". I gets a bit better in the middle but the characters and the plot is just too stereotypical. I don't ...more
Arjen Schwarz
Mar 29, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a decent zombie apocalypse book, but it doesn't really stand out. There isn't much in here that hasn't already been done (and often better) in other books. While an easy and quick read, I found myself getting annoyed a bit at times at the writing style. Nothing major, but it seemed like the author tried a bit too hard with the foreshadowing so that I got the feeling that every chapter ended with something like "but they didn't know what was just around the corner". I also didn't connect ...more
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Out of all of the dooms-day, zombie, post apocalyptic books I read the Undead World series is truly amongst the best. Peter Meredith brings intriguing characters to the book and the events that they must undertake is not only fascinating but what I would imagine to occur if our world ever came to a similar demise.

In addition, even though Peter Meredith mentions criticism due to his characters behavior and speech (i.e. Cassie) I think he is exceptionally true to each character and where they ori
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Peter Meredith is the multi-genre author of an author of 35 novels in a variety of genres: Horror, zombies, post-apocalypse and Fantasy. Some of his creative work includes The Trilogy of Void, The Hidden Lands series, The Sacrificial Daughter, A Perfect America, Sprite and The Apocalypse Undead World.
Having tried his hand in real estate, as an emergency room nurse, and a CEO of a national lighting

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