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The zombie apocalypse is over. The humans have won. Life is back to normal. And Rip is bored as hell. It's not much of a life sitting in a call center in the poor town of Spanish Shanty, Florida, answering emails like a drone and listening to customer complaints.

Rip was ruler of a tiny kingdom in the Lazy River waterpark, killing zombies by day and making passionate love a
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 8th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
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Lisa
Aug 05, 2020 rated it liked it
My thanks to Crooked Lane, Brock Adams and Netgalley. I can't say I hated this book, because I obviously kept reading it, but...I also didn't like it much. The writing wasn't bad. The dry humor and sarcasm may have been what kept me going. Mostly, I just wanted to see zombie Trump! Yes, no intellect lost in the process. He may have still been trying to figure out the National Park "Yosemite." But, mainly he was trying to leave a message for Netanyahu . "Yo, Semite!"
I liked the book.
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Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
Yeahhhhh... that’s going to be a no from me.
The main character is just an asshole.
Example 1:
“I’m still not learning Mexican,” I say.
“Spanish.”
“What’s the difference?”
Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
This…this was not the book I was expecting. I really expected something more lighthearted and comedic given that it’s about a man who was kind of a boss during the zombie apocalypse and is therefore trying to re-start the apocalypse to get back the world in which he felt like he was most alive in. It’s not that book though. There is some serious social commentary going on in this book, which I did appreciate, but it definitely made the read heavier than I anticipated. I would still recommend it ...more
Trike
Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
You know those guys who fantasize about the end of the world? The overly macho doomsday preppers who salivate at the very idea of civilization’s collapse? This book is what happens if they actually get their wish, but then we fix the world.

This is the story of a bunch of guys who hatch a plan to restart the zombie apocalypse because that’s when they felt most alive, doing what they were great at: mowing down the undead. It’s The Hurt Locker except with the walking dead. The book itself is well w
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Kristi
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Refreshingly original take on the genre

This book is extremely well written, as befits its author, a college professor. (On a side note, apropos of nothing, he also appears to possess--in addition to prodigious writing skills--an absurdly high level of eye-candy appeal). Ahem. Anyhoo. Very original first-person recounting of the Zombocalypse. In this highly
-saturated genre, it is particularly difficult for new additions to bring anything innovative to the Zombie Storyline, without sacrificing th
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Domi
May 06, 2020 rated it liked it
It was an interesting idea: what happens after the Apocalypse has happened and you have survived. According to this book it turns back to, relatively, normal. The products mostly come from new Russia who have reaped the benefits of years of practice fighting zombies (who knew they are buried under the ice in northern Siberia? Adds an extra edge to the global warming threat doesn't it?) This was a fun book to read, didn't take me too long and, like I said, the idea is kind of different than most ...more
Bee Jay
Oct 01, 2020 rated it liked it
It's the first time I've ever read a zombie novel that takes this tack; the humans win. (This isn't a spoiler, it's right there in the summary.) I've never read a novel where the zombies are defeated.

Written in two time periods, this book covers the outbreak, skims loosely over the actual fighting, and covers Rip's desolation afterwards, when things are back to 'normal'. He's suffering a type of PTSD, desperately missing the straightforwardness of life during the outbreak - fight, scavange, kill
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Jenn
Oct 15, 2020 added it
It's the first time I've ever read a zombie novel that takes this tack; the humans win. (This isn't a spoiler, it's right there in the summary.) I've never read a novel where the zombies are defeated.

Written in two time periods, this book covers the outbreak, skims loosely over the actual fighting, and covers Rip's desolation afterwards, when things are back to 'normal'. He's suffering a type of PTSD, desperately missing the straightforwardness of life during the outbreak - fight, scavange, kill
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Kristina
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: apocalypse, 2020-read
I recognize that this story is not for everyone, but I had a great time following Rip's journey! We encounter him two months after the end of a zombie epidemic, where he feels purposeless and longs to go back to the glory of decapitating zombies on a daily basis. Along with present day, we're treated to flashbacks from the apocalypse throughout the book, which is a device I adore in books. Rip is irreverent, self-deprecating and really an asshole- but there was something lovable about him. His l ...more
Mark Allan
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am an admitted fan of zombie stories, and nothing pleases me more than finding one that is truly original and fresh. Adams has delivered just that with this novel. The premise is so clever, we've won the zombie apocalypse and now people who were heroes in the zombie-ravaged world have to return to their nowhere minimum-wage jobs. The author employs a back-and-forth timeline structure that both delivers an exciting zombie story and this very thoughtful tale of people struggling with the knowled ...more
Reid Edwards
Dec 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Apocalypse Yesterday is a fun, yet frustrating novel that looks at the aftermath of zombie outbreak through the eyes of Rip, a customer service representative who begins to reminisce about his time during the outbreak. Brock Adams' premise is fascinating; he's clearly spent the time thinking what could and would happen in the event of a zombie-like situation. However, Adam's descriptions tend to run wordy, with long comparisons and metaphors dragging down shorter scenes and filling pages with ex ...more
Timothy Haas
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
I was given a copy of this book for review.

Unlike most zombie stories, this book uses them as a backdrop, not the main storyline. The story starts after rather slow and I felt the characters seemed rather shallow. I did enjoy the wife's reaction to the execution, this was well written. It is a good zombie story and worth reading. The storyline is light and easy to read.
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Cathy
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: florida-fiction
I loved the writing and the premise. I was waiting for a big finish but, sadly, it never came. Sort of like mediocre sex that starts out good... you’re not sad you did it, but you do wish it had ended better.

Despite that, I whipped through this book in a day and wanted more, more, more. Everything (except the ending) delighted me and have already suggested it to other people.

The characters and setting are delightful but the ending was seriously lacking. Still, happy to read this author again.
James Victory
Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Good story about a lonely 40 year old and a couple of his buddies
Dagbjört Kjartansdóttir
This book is good fun, full of post-post apocalypse blues and midlife crises.
The protagonist is back in his pre zombie apocalypse job in a call center, still carrying his matchete and longing for the good old days of Zombie killing, and simpler life.
The author has a good eye for the comic side of the zombie outbreak and there is a bit of sharp social commentary in between zombie killings.
Laurie
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Fun, fast read. A fresh take on the zombie genre.
Shona
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
A refreshing take on the Apocalypse novel, laugh out loud in some places, very addictive & oh so sad it’s done.
Ted
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Four stars not for the reading experience, but because of the way it captures the mood of the current age quite apart from the zombies. This might be the most Gen Y-Millennial novel I've ever read. ...more
Bekah B
Nov 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I feel like I'm not really sure what to say about this book because I didn't love it but I didn't hate it. In fact, I didn't have any feelings at all about it other than 'meh'. Apocalypse Yesterday takes part after the zompoc has happened (the hint is in the title) and the humans have won. Life is getting back to normal which is great! Right? Erm.... well not for 'Rip'. During the apocalypse he was a bad ass, zombie killing, gang leader but now he's...... a call centre worker! So it's understand ...more
Benedict
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
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DNF at 30%.

I can see what the author is trying to do but for me it just isn’t working.

A lot of it is flashbacks and honestly, the main character just seems so boring and we’re following for his storytelling.
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