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Dusty's Diary: One Frustrated Man's Zombie Apocalypse Story

(Dusty's Diary #1)

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One Frustrated Man's Zombie Apocalypse Story

I played all those cool video games. I watched all those movies. I read all those books. In most of those, the hero of the story kills all the zombies, drives a sweet car, has plenty to eat, and always seems to get laid by the end. Yeah. Whatever.

I gotta be straight with you about why I wrote this journal and it comes down to
Kindle Edition, 76 pages
Published March 22nd 2015 by Bobby Adair
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Mike Keller
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Two years surviving in a septic tank.

Meet Dusty. A devoted husband and father of three, Dusty lives a Prepper lifestyle. Fighting daily with the neighbourhood Home Owners Association, he turns a fiberglass tube the size of an RV into a survival bunker by convincing the HOA that it was a Tornado shelter. In Texas, that's not strange. The bunker was large enough for his whole family and stocked with enough survival food to feed five people for several years. Solar panels provided power for the bun
Jennifer Wheeler
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
A fun, quick read. Full of dark humour, and zombie mayhem. I'm glad that I have the first book on kindle that this prequel is attached to. ...more
Melanie McFarlane
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So Awesome!

The perfect short read for post-apocalyptic lovers. I can't wait to read more from Bobby! I love the diary & Dusty's sarcasm. Off to find book 2 now. Even better you can read it for free in KU!
Jan 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
This was a massive disappointment from an author that I have enjoyed reading in the past. There is nothing interesting in this short story and I wondered what the actual point of it was. It is set in the same world as The Last Survivors series and is meant to be the prequel that explains? Um, no I don't think so....

We are supposed to be reading about a man who has survived in an underground bunker, writing about his experiences. I expected him to tell his story about the breakdown of society or
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Since I just added Mr. Adair to my must-click list, mainly due to his popular and riveting zombie series and most recently his bio thriller series, I had to check out this newly released short. 'Dusty's Diary' is based off of a novella/novel called 'The Last Survivors' which he co-wrote about a different kind of apocalypse, a fungal type that mutated the hosts into crazed cannibals. So, I could not pass up one up, and I have to admit that even without reading the novel, I really enjoyed this dia ...more
Ian M. Walker
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it

remember the days of diaries? Before we had the big diary in the sky we call social media? I used to get one each year from my grandma as a kid. :)

The fact that this story is written as diary entries might seem a little off-putting. Perhaps in another author's hands it wouldn't have worked. This one most definitely did.

Despite our hero dealing with such a tense, serious and dangerous world, the fact that he was entering his experiences as diary entries after the fact was very interest
Sep 13, 2015 added it
Very disappointing. This is the prequel to The Last Survivors series that was meant to explain the beginnings of the apocalypse. For what explanation there was, could have been fitted in a few pages. The interaction with the infected was limited and so the large majority of the 'diary' is rambling, mostly pointless drivel about the diarist's family, and explaining swear words, sayings, items etc of the pre apocalyptic world, which in real life would be okay but for a piece of fiction is boring a ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, horror
This is a book that i'm sure was much more fun to write than it was to read. As a writer, i know how much fun it is to create a character and just let him come alive. In this case, the character is an HVAC worker who somehow survived an apocolypse created by a virus that began as a toe fungus medication. This guy is a real foul mouth and it gets old after a very few pages. The story isn't awful. No more far fetched than many other global epidemic stories. And the approach was different. But i di ...more
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Post-apocalyptic yet eerily relevant

So, I realize I am likely not the intended audience for this book but I did read it in it’s entirety. Keep that in mind as you read this review. Warning: there are some spoilers ahead.

Overall, I found this book an easy read to power through in one sitting. What I liked most about this book was the POV and voice used in the storytelling. There are 4 or 5 guys in my life that I could see writing a journal like this. At times I found some of the perspective or na
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
We are introduced to Dusty, a man exiting his backyard bunker two years after a fungus pandemic has wiped out and/or infected nearly the entire population. The living infected has growths or large bumps on their head and body. The growths on their head resemble a mushroom cap cut in half placed on top of their head so that the immune survivors call them shrooms or shroomheads. Dusty is one of the few remaining immune. As we discover more about Dusty we find an opinionated man; a man critical of ...more
I DRM Free
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dusty has been living in a small bunker for two years. After two years with no human contact he is becoming a bit stir crazy. This is his diary of his explorations of the post-apocalyptic world.

I had never heard of Bobby Adair before. It was free on Amazon and had some decent reviews and was a quick read, in case I didn't like it, so I grabbed it and put it on my e-reader. An hour and one-half later I am finishing it up and wanting more.

The book spends a lot of its time setting up the world with
Dionysi Krinas
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very funny diary of a doomsday prepper and his take on the zombie apocalypse and more importantly, his view of the world and the injustices of it. There's plenty of humour and one can't help but make a connection with the complaints and grievances this wise and capable hillbilly has with the world. Living in his bunker, he returns every day to his diary where he discusses his experiences and adventures with the zombies. Furthermore, there are also some deep moments that help the reader realise ...more
Julia Walker
Apr 12, 2020 rated it liked it
This book reads almost like a news brief today. I was surprised at how close this fictional read is to present-day facts. Written by Dusty, a survivor who has been in hiding, buried in his backyard in a bunker he had installed years before the vaccine left so many in a “Shroomhead” state. This book was written with some laughter, tongue-in-cheek type humor, a little bit of fear and some scary moments. Bobby Adair shows amazing ability and flair with his use of descriptors. You will definitely be ...more
Teri Miller
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well, I wasn't expecting that!

First have to warn you about the bad language, if that offends you you might give this a pass. I don't care for it myself, but once I started reading I was intrigued by the story and did my best not to let it put me off. It actually fits the story, and this character.

The story itself is gruesome, sad, and sickening. I'm giving it 4 stars because it's so well written. I just hope it doesn't haunt my dreams. The main character is not sympathetic, he doesn't want your
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: post-apocalypse
If Dusty' s Diary was a full-length book I'd be very tempted to give it a five-star rating. It was a very enjoyable "tongue-in-cheek Post Apocalyptic story that finds a lot of the irony in the main character, Dusty' s, experiences as he expands beyond mere survival.
He designs a device he calls a "Shroom Trap" that uses a Shot Gun Shell, a short length of Copper Tubing, and a modified Rat Trap to fire the Shot Gun Shell and kill the "Mushroom Head" (infected humans) that prey on anything alive.
Todd Bennett
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I must say there is no other author that needs psychiatric help than Bobby Adair, and myself for loving his Dr's up way of writing and entertaining my sick self. I laugh, I cry, all in my head mind you, I ain't crazy! Unless you ask people that know me and wonder why I like reading post-apocalyptic books so much. I think it's just that humans have pretty much had our shot at being at the top of the food chain and now we need to ride of the flat end of the world 🌎, and give the bees a s
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was ok

I've read a few books, and at least two series, by this author and overall I'm usually quite impressed but not this time. Not even a little bit. I tried really hard to try to relate to the main character as someone who may not be too literate or educated, or trying to take into account his extreme amount of time spent isolated and under extreme amounts of stress from simply trying to survive but no matter how hard I tried I couldn't find any way that I could relate to him. This author has
Mikey Valentine
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
The ending blew on this, I'm sorry but the ending really freaking sucked.

I honestly didn't know what to expect going into it but it sounded like an old man complaining about hte old days the entire time whilst surviving a not so scary apocalypse.

I do realize this book was meant to be funny and not super serious but it all pretty much revolved around complaining and picturing himself jerking off....

It was fine for a short read (read in about 3-4 hours) but I wont be listening to more in the ser
This was a fun short book! I would rate it higher if it were longer and thus more developed. But I enjoyed the general characterizations and "voice" of the narrator. The overall setting was also interesting, since it really *was* just the one guy, but with his recollections of the past it didn't feel too isolated or lonely or anything. The way he considered the "zombies" and his responses to them was the aspect that felt like it had a more unique tone. Overall, it was enjoyable and I'd like to r ...more
Aug 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
I stopped at about 20% because I couldn't take it anymore. I thought it would get better, but it was getting worse. What I really didn't like and it got on my nerves was the constant explanations of certain words (because the future people reading it might not understand), I get it, but it was extremely aggravating. And Dusty's fixation on sex. I get that he missed it, but darn, I didn't need to read each time he thought about his penis or each time something reminded him of a penis.
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Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Short and sweet

Cute read. I started it right after finishing the slow burn series. This book was intended to be a novella / prequel to the last survivor series by Bobby Adair and tw piperbrook. Definitely intend on reading that series after I finish reading dusty diary 2. Bobby you never disappoint and are right up there with my other favorite mainstream authors like Dean koontz and Michael Crichton. Keep up the great work!
Robin  Corbin
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I want MORE!

Wasn't sure what to expect when I grabbed this title from Kindle Unlimited; so many zombie Apocalypse books anymore....not many of'em very good.

I LOVED it! It's a different take on the genre, told from a different perspective and delivered via (sometimes laugh out loud!) diary entries.

Quick read, couldn't put it down; very entertaining, and, as mentioned previously, flippin' funny! I hope Mr. Adair has more installments up his sleeve!!
Haley Iwakiri
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a perfect quick read for post apocalyptic lovers. Its full of dark humor and sarcasm, what more could you ask for out of a short story, even better this series is free on Kindle Unlimited. The Apocalypse is unique when compared to other apocalyptic scenarios, books, movies and is centered around Dusty, living out of his bunker and protecting himself from the fungal rot that is taking over humanity.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
At first, the book started off slow for me, but once I got a little bit into it I ended up really enjoying it. I like the 'diary style' of writing and Dusty's personality came through each page. The story was more humorous that most post-apoc books are. Think of someone you know who likes to colorfully gripe about things (neighbors, politics) and then think of them having been locked inside of a stinky doomsday bunker for a couple of years by themselves - that's Dusty. ...more
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cras, but refreshing pic of post apocalyptic world

Cringe at language, but had to agree it was refreshing to read this Diary. Like author notes this is a novella not sure how long that is supposed to be but it is kind of short in the sense that now I am hooked and on my way to get the next 2 books.
I have to now how this develops and ends. Get yours, you will enjoy them (crass language notwithstanding.)
Mary Wiekel
Oct 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Politics politics and even more political. This book had close to zero zombies, if you can even call them that. They are sex crazy human eating mushrooms. Yeah, no thank you.
Dusty’s Politics rambling, I mean Diaries, is so bland. I mean, zero excitement, just an old man wanting to get laid and talking about how much the government screwed is and how better the world would have been with out republicans and democrats. Throw in a little bit of psychotic rambling and boom!!!! Dusty’s diary.
Martin Galvin
Apr 24, 2020 rated it liked it
One guy, living in his low grade bunker in his back yard, starts a diary a few years after the end of civilisation. There is nothing truly original here, it is in many ways what one comes to expect in the zombie genre. What the author does very well however is that he creates a character that the average Joe can relate to. The diary entries are quirky with some dark humour. I felt some of the jokes became repetitive as the entries progressed but overall I enjoyed this short read.
Michelle Hull
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dusty is my kind of hero

Dusty is truly an every-man. I feel like I know him, he could have been my brother or my best-friend's husband. The pages are just the right length, the language is perfect for a blue-collar working bee, and the story line keeps me coming back for more. I highly recommend!
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dusty's Diary was an AWESOME read!!

This was the best, read....EVER!!
Poor Dusty, who went into survival mode, in his homemade; underground prepper sewer tank. Dusty, keeps a diary, as he finally comes out, two years after the arrival of "Shroomheads." A very inventing, survivalist is Dusty.
Me? I'm off to read book 2!!
Danny J. Prats
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I almost didn't read this book because the synopsis said that it involved "zombies". Not reading it would have been a mistake. This book was light and easy to read. It was well written and hard to put down. The "zombies" were reasonable and not the walking dead that I expected. I've started on the 2nd book and I am so happy that Bobby chose to write it. ...more
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