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Those Poor, Poor Bastards

(Dead West #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  34 reviews

The year is 1868...IN THE SIERRA NEVADA, during the expansion of the Central Pacific Railroad, Nina Weaver and her pa, Lincoln, trundle into Coburn Station with a wagonful of goods they're looking to barter. Of all the rotten luck, their world—and the future of the American West—is forever changed when a sudden swarm of zombie
Kindle Edition, 212 pages
Published February 19th 2014 by Ragnarok Publications (first published July 8th 2013)
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Dan Schwent
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
When Nina Weaver and her pa ride into Fort Coburn, they have no idea of the carnage they are about to endure, for the Deaduns walk the earth...

Those Poor, Poor Bastards is the first in the Dead West series, a weird western from the fine fellows at Ragnarok Publications. If Night of the Living Dead happened in the Old West, it would be Those Poor, Poor Bastards.

While it's the first book in a series, it in no way falls victim to the syndrome common to those sorts of books. TPPB is polished and as
Timothy Ward
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, horror, zombies
Reviewed at Adventures in SciFi Publishing

I love when I find a publisher who consistently delivers a professional, entertaining story. It makes picking up unfamiliar authors and genres so much easier. With all the books I’m trying to read, I tire starting ones that end up putting down, so thank you to Ragnarok Publications for making my life easier and giving me another cool story to pass the time. Those Poor, Poor Bastards by Marquitz, Martin, and Soward was a pleasant surprise to a reader unsu
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, horror
Full review can be found here.

It is hard to find really good zombie novels lately with the genre being force-fed to readers. Nearly everywhere you turn there is a new zombie video game, movie, or television show vying for your attention. So when my good friend Tim asked me if I was interested in reading his latest collaboration with Kenny Soward and Joe Martin, I was a bit worried as I don't really care for Zombie books, They all have that been there done that feel to them and the category has
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I didn't think I was going to enjoy this book at first. Thank goodness I was wrong! Still, can you really blame me for having my doubts? After being inundated in recent years with the dozens upon dozens of movies, TV shows, video games etc. all featuring the same mindless gory battles against the shambling, moaning hordes of the undead, my initial thought was: been there, done that, now what more can this zombie book offer
Mr. Matt
Those Poor, Poor Bastards felt like yet another cowboys versus zombies book - which is unfortunate. There are some funny moments and the characters are very real - especially Nina Weaver. The writing was also crisp and more or less enjoyable. My problem with the book was with the Zombie Outbreak itself.

In this book the zombie outbreak starts with a bang. Nina and her father roll up in town and, just as they are leaving, wave after wave of first animals and then infected people blow through town.
Scott Taylor
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now I've read Tim Marquitz before, so I knew going in this was going to have some spunk to it, and I wasn't disappointed. Tim delivers in a big way, but I have to say I was even more impressed with relative newcomer Kenny Soward who shows once again he has great writing chomps [loved his work on Rough Magic]. Add this to an author who I'd read extensively for fluff content in the gaming field, J.M. Martin, and Those Poor, Poor Bastards is a thrill ride of action that I have to say makes me want ...more
Ryan Lawler
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a big Weird Western reader. I'm not a big zombie reader. But this first Dead West book is better than just another Weird Western or just another zombie book. The writing is very visceral, raw in a style similar to Chuck Wendig, with some gooey depictions of bodies being torn apart and decaying in a very fluid way. It is at times high impact, so if you are somewhat squeamish at the thought of a body being emptied of all its fluids, you might want to check out the sample first. If not, get ...more
Those Poor, Poor Bastards isn’t perfect, but what is? It’s a high-octane thrill ride full of blood and guts. The zombie factor might pull in a lot of readers, but this is more than your grandma’s zombie book. This is something new and different full of unique characters and fantastic adventures. Those Poor, Poor Bastards sets the stage for a wonderful series to come. It’s amazingly fun and an incredibly fast read that will sink its teeth into you and leave you wanting more, more, more. It’s a un ...more
Timothy Baker
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Danger all around with unrelenting, unbounded, undead, and humans better off dead, this whoop of a rodeo ride kept me turning pages from its out of control stagecoach pace. With a new tension on near every page, this is one ball bruisin' ride. Three writers pulled this off with an amazing cohesion, creating engaging characters with clashing agendas that circle their wagons to survive from forces within and without. I'm saddlin' up for the trip and the adventure, looking forward to the next insta ...more
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, western, zombies
For some reason zombies don't often wind up in westerns. Well, you need only read the collaboration between Tim Marquitz, J.M. Martin, and Kenny Soward to know that this is a problem that needs to be remedied, and those three guys are more than up for the challenge.

It's 1868 in the Nevada desert, and young Nina Weaver is traveling with her father into the town of Sierra to trade some goods just when all hell breaks loose on the streets. It starts with a stampede of horses gone mad, attacking oth
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book, very-well written.
I like zombies, but the literary world is so awash with them these days it's hard to find the gold amongst the dross.
This one is gold.
Brilliant pacing, fantastic writing, great editing and proofreading. This has it all.
Characters are varied and well-developed, and the story draws to a natural close, not at all forced like so many books these days.
Can't wait for the next in this series.

Geoff Brown - president , Australian Horror Writers Association
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
You can read the full review over at my blog:

In the short time that it has been operating, Ragnarok Publications has been doing some great work by all accounts. Their kaiju anthology that was released early this year, Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters was an awesome piece of kaiju fiction that covered all different sorts of genres and styles and what not, and the men behind the publisher have been going full at it for a good long while now. A few months ago Ti
Frank Errington
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 of 5 Stars

Nina Weaver and her Pa have come to Coburn Station to trade for supplies. They barely leave town with their lives. Dead West - Book One: Those Poor, Poor Bastards opens with a bit of a ruckus that quickly erupts into full-blown chaos.

I've read a lot of Zombie tales over the years, but none has ever begun as strangely as this one. There are some genre bending twists right at the start which I really enjoyed and then we were quickly on more familiar ground, albeit dusty ground, this is
Becca Butcher
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Western. Check. Zombies. Check. Action. Check.

Hold onto your hats. This is a fast read with plenty of shambling, shooting, and edge-of-your-seat action. Characters are well developed and show a wide range of humanity. I highly recommend this book.
Seregil of Rhiminee
Originally published at Risingshadow.

Those Poor, Poor Bastards is the first part of the Dead West dark fantasy/horror series. It's an action-packed weird western novel that contains interesting dark fantasy and horror elements.

Before I write more about this novel I'll mention that I'm not a big fan of western novels, because in my opinion most of them are badly written trash that shouldn't be read by anybody, but I enjoy reading original and well written weird western novels. One of the reasons
Emma Holloway
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do not care much for zombies. Lack of conversation and deplorable personal grooming makes them a trial at the best of times, and all that moaning and shuffling makes me think it’s a permanent state of Monday morning.

However, occasionally one stumbles (ha!) across a satisfying frolic with our decomposing friends. A case in point is Those Poor, Poor Bastards (Dead West) by Tim Marquitz, J.M. Martin, and Kenny Soward. It is, as the titles suggest, set in the post civil war era of nineteenth centu
Colleen Wanglund
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nina and her father go to a small frontier town for supplies and all hell breaks loose. The town becomes overrun with zombies and they make their escape with a small group of survivors. Rescuing a family in the woods, the group of survivors come upon the long-abandoned Ft. Bluff, hoping for a safe, if temporary refuge. Nina and the others meet Father Mathias, a man with strange powers that can kill the zombies.
Father Mathias tells our survivors about the mysterious Liao Xu, a man who sold his s
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Those Poor, Poor Bastards (Dead West Book#1) by Tim Marquitz, J.M. Martin and Kenny Soward is a small bundle of gory entertainment. Plenty of action, blood, skull fragments and undead will tickle your morbid palette.

The story itself starts off with the reader being handed plate after plate of Western vernacular, almost to the point of enough is too much (We know it’s a Western, the cliché language needed to be cut back a bit). But after that, it’s pretty much action, page after page.

Don’t get me
Andy Angel
I enjoyed this to a point. A very good idea, the undead in the wild west and more or less none stop from end to end.

My only faults were that it felt very much like what it was - a book written by 3 people. Certain sections were much better and more readable than others. Also, the language - I have no problem with swearing and offensive language in fiction at all - when it suits the circumstances! Unfortunately, and it was the case a few times here, using foul language just for the hell of it can
Ed Wyrd
This was one of those books I found hard to put down. I've only read a few weird westerns but this one was fast-paced and exciting with plenty of blood, gore, and guts. I had to find out what happened to Nina and the rest.

I did find the deluge of F-bombs a little tiring. Maybe that's how "gritty" is written these days, but for me, that's what made me give what would have otherwise been a 4 star story a 3 star rating.
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zombies, buckets of blood, and hot flying lead. Honestly? do I REALLY need to take this much further. This is a terrific read, is it the best thing you will read this year? no, but I guarantee you it will probably rank among the most fun.

Trust me on this, you will have a ball with Mr. Marquitz's trip through the "weird" west, ripping action, fun characters, and a heart attack pace.

Stop reading my review and go read this, I got the second book to start.

Seth Skorkowsky
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Those Poor, Poor Bastards is a fun, fast read. An original take on the zombie genre, adding a unique twist as to what the undead are and the evil that powers them. Full of gore and surprises.

I look forward to reading Book #2.
Igor Ljubuncic
Another DNF, I'm afraid.

The book isn't bad, but it isn't good either. It's average enough to make me not want to continue reading till the end.

It starts with this girl and her pa coming into a town. A couple of homies up to no good, start stirring trouble in the neighborhood. Then, a bunch of zombies attacks a peaceful Western town, and it becomes a typical Dawn of the Dead (2005, Romero) survival battle.

We have these dodgy types and good types banding together reluctantly. We have the archetypi
T.O. Munro
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an easily digested book, a bit like many of the unfortunate characters in it when the flesh eating zombies get at them. It is not too long and rattles along at a furious pace as, with little preamble, a western town is overrun by the risen dead - well overwalked is probably a better description than overran which is why the heroine can escape at a pace little faster than a well oiled wheelbarrow could roll.

It has three authors and I am not sure that I could tell and I would not like to t
James Sundquist
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Who figured this would be a thing I liked? I mean, I love Westerns, but I don't read them, and whereas I'm pretty sure this reads like some sort of cross between Hell on Wheels and The Walking Dead, I have never watched either. But this was a whole lotta fun, and action, from the start. Good characters, too, and (like any good zombie/horror flick) plenty of those sudden plot turns that keep you uncomfortable.

Only complaint would be the somewhat sudden ending (view spoiler)
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to read Those Poor, Poor Bastards, and now I'm even more excited to read the next installment of the Dead West series.
This book is amazing from start to finish with real-feeling dialogue. Each character is their own person, and Nina's character development is superb.
The action scenes are impeccably-paced with the right amount of tension in just the right places. I highly recommend this book, especially to anyone that likes zombies or westerns or both.
Debra Neiman
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Those Poor, Poor Bastards (Dead West Book 1) (Kindle Edition) - My ONLY complaint is that is is not on Audible books yet. I loved the premise Indians, cowboys and zombies. Thank goodness for an armed populace. I really liked the female lead, half-Shonone heroine Nina Weaver. I am not really wordy, but I say keep an eye on these three authors for more fun to come.
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a short and easy to read book, the pace is rather lopsided however. It starts of great and fast however it seems to bog down around the middle section of the story.
Characters are great and easy to imagine, the premise makes it somewhat unique in what I have read but it feels very incomplete at the end.
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has only been in the last five years or so that I gained an interest in the American West, where before I was repelled. This book is an example of yet another reason why I am glad I am no longer prejudiced against an entire genre. The story strikes like lightning -- this is not a slow build. And it maintains a frightening tone and pace throughout. I loved it.
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun as hell. Zombies and cowgirls and hookers oh my!
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