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(Dark Days #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  246 ratings  ·  23 reviews
It started with rumors of a plague that turned people into flesh-eating predators. The governments of the world and the media tried to suppress it, but little by little the truth got out. The economy had been in a free-fall, banks closed, protests turned into riots, people began hoarding and panicking. And then on a Friday morning, the collapse came.

After the government of
Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published May 24th 2019
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Emily Jeffries
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book!

I actually purchased this book entirely by accident because my kindle store froze and I hit the buy option instead of "read more" for details. It's so good! It's a actually a little scary, the characters are really interesting, the plot is different and I'm very excited for the rest of this series. I really didn't expect much, the bar was set so low considering it was $1 and an accident. I didn't think I'd absolutely be enthralled and truly enjoy it like I did! Seriously praise to the
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Pam Shelton-Anderson
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I originally thought this was about a catastrophic economic collapse (which I found interesting), but is a zombie-ish story. The writing is good and flows quite well. We see all of this unfold through the eyes of the main character, though I swear I could hear music of foreboding as I read. They are not really zombies as they are not re-animated corpses and I find their ability to use tools as well as accepting a young child that turned very interesting. I look forward to the next in the series.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rippers and supernatural all in one.

The book has a little of everything. A partly doomed family. A strange young blind woman. People that become monsters. What more could you want. Very intriguing.
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book was not for me, it was boring as hell.

So many words and nothing really happens.

This is almost always a death sentence in this kind of genre. So much time stuck in the head of the lead character reminiscing about what ifs and what could have beens, with nothing to show for in the end.

To make this work, telling a story mostly in the characters mind and through his thought process. You better show me a bloody interesting character and his progress through trial and error. Which the autho
Joyce Robbins
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Ray Daniels goes to work one morning and sees his coworkers standing around trying to get in the building but their key cards are not working. They soon figure out that the place has been shut down.

Ray receives a call from a friend telling him a little bit of what is going down. Ray is given information on what is going on and that the world as he knows it is about to change putting him and his family in danger.

Ray races home to save his family from what is coming. On his way home he sees a lit
Sheri Belanger

It seems a little weird reading a book about what is basically a pandemic, during a real pandemic,but I'm glad I decided to do it. To be clear, there is almost nothing good about a pandemic, real or fictional, but that aside, one can learn valuable lessons from adversity.
Without giving anything away, I will say that at first,this story seemed like just another post-apocalyptic book. In many ways, by the end it still does. Yet I have a feeling this one is maybe just a bit different I
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Not an easy read during COVID-19, but at least it's not as bad as in the book, right?!!!

I just love Mark Lukens stories!! I don't really care for the post-apocalyptic genre but Mark writes such believable, real characters that I'd go down any road with them. I've read ALL of his other books and couldn't wait for him to write more, so I started his Dark Days series. And lemme tell ya, I'm lovin it! Anxious to find out what happens next.
Madeline Wright
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Starts slow, builds characters, enjoy

I have read hundreds of Zombie and post-apocalypse sagas and had searched for a new series. Glad I found this one with believable characters. Glad I don't have to go between three or four subplots. On to the next book. Talented author, give his work a try.
Sharina Page
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not too shabby

For an author I am unfamiliar with, this one isn't bad. The story line is good, and there were even some unexpected events. I like that in these apocalypse style books. I read a lot of them and they can get predictable. I will finish the set and then decide if I will seek this author for more material in the future. So far so good with this book.
Maureen Horswell
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Don’t turn the light off

What a dramatic and traumatic story. 50% of his beloved family has turned into rippers. People who are killing and eating each other. The government knew, but had not told anyone. It is now too late for them, and a lot of the world. He has a friend who is a “prepper “ can he get his son, and a blind Emma on the road to safety
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it

Ray was an unusual main character the author developed some unique situations to develop Day's character. It will be interesting to see how this character proceeds as developed.
Kimberly C. Winslow
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved it but too short....

Great writing filled with action. The author is good at reeling you in and painting a vivid story. You root for Ray and think about how you would deal with the situation.
Karen L Jones
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
A good mystery

Well written with only a few errors so was easy to read. I have always read for entertainment and I am not entertained when kids are hurt or die. It takes the joy out of reading for me. I would recommend this book with warnings.
Joanne Petelle
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great Book!

I have read quite a few post-apocalyptic books. This one ranks right up there. I enjoyed Mark Likens writings very much. Look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Jenny Price
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very heavily influenced by Stephen King's The Stand, but enjoyable in it's own right. Characters are solid. Adding the second book to my shelf right now! ...more
Jordan Jungwirth
Great book and author.

I've read a number of his books and have enjoyed all of them. This post-apocalyptic book was great. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Sue Robbins
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Standard P-A Yarn, But Still Exciting

Standard post-apocalypse plot, but likeable characters and lots of action. Good book for the genre, and am definitely moving on to book 2.
gloria marquardt
Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
A good story.

The story was well written but for me there was a lot of unnecessary detail. To describe a house, room by room, and then have them leave seemed too much.
Franklin Mays
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not Your Typical Zombie Apocalypse

Interesting take on my favorite subject. It is definitely worth reading. This space left intentionally blank ... three more words
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Dumb that is all i can say.
Sharla Santana
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Entertaining and fast paced

Good read. Fast paced, a real page turner. Interesting take on the apocalypse. I recommend to add this book to your reading list.
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