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Cure: A Strandville Zombie Novel #1

Cure: A Strandville Zombie Novel #1 [Kindle Edition]

Belinda S. Frisch , A.J. Brown , Sarah Hansen
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Runner-up in the General Fiction Category of the 2012 HALLOWEEN BOOK FESTIVAL 
**Optioned for film**

Medicine meets horror in this thrilling escape tale about the evil men do in the name of progress.

Welcome to the Nixon Healing and Research Center, playground for the maniacal Dr. Howard Nixon whose medical research has him dabbling in the undead and has the women of Strandville disappearing.

Desperate to find a cure for the lethal virus which turns its victims into zombies, Nixon kidnaps Miranda Penton, a security recruit with a past that won't let her go. He doesn't count on anyone coming looking for her, least of all her ex-husband, Scott.

A warning call brings Scott to Strandville where he bands together with a team of locals determined to bring their own loved ones home. Together, they infiltrate Nixon's staff, hatching a plan that releases not only the surviving women, but the virus on those left in the hospital.

Nixon locks down the center to contain the spread, turning patients, visitors, and staff into a dangerous horde that is almost impossible to escape. Miranda and the others fight for their lives. The town of Strandville is ground zero for the zombie apocalypse and Miranda must get free because the fate of humanity lies with her unborn child.

About the Author

Belinda Frisch's fiction has appeared in Shroud Magazine, Dabblestone Horror, and Tales of Zombie War. She is an honorable mention winner in the Writer's Digest 76th Annual Writing Competition and her novel, CURE, is the runner-up in the General Fiction category of the 2012 Halloween Book Festival. She is the author of DEAD SPELL, PAYBACK, and CURE, the first in the Strandville Zombie Series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 269 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars CURE (A Strandville Zombie Novel) 3 Feb 2013
By sharon
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This zombie book was a great read easy to get into and lots of gore and twist, did not want to put the kindle down. Will be waiting on book two to see what happens to them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting 3 Feb 2013
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A great twist on the zombie theme. Well written and gripping and a good length book. I would be happy to read more from this writer. Well done and keep up the good work
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast moving, well written zombie novel! 23 Jan 2013
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Like many people with a kindle (I suspect), I download a lot of free books. I hate to say it, but many of them just don't do it for me. For reasons such as downloading something that isn't really the genre I read, to just plain bad books, a lot of what I read I end up discarded after a few chapters. With the invention of e-readers, the term 'disposable fiction' has never been more apt.

However, occasionally something catches me by surprise. After dragging myself through the book of a fairly well-known author, I picked up Cure. Several hours later I was halfway through and had to force myself to put down my kindle in order to get some sleep!

"Cure" tells the story of a crazy doctor who has discovered a zombie virus and decided that in order to heal all sort of diseases, such as cancer, he is going to create a zombie-human half breed by kidnapping and impregnating them with zombie genes.

This is a multi-character filled cast, from the people working in the hospital, to the poor women who have been kidnapped, to the family of those women. At times it was hard to keep track of who was who, but that was also because the book was so fast moving. It was pretty horrific in places, so this isn't for the faint of heart, but it certainly kept me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next!

I give Cure four out of five stars. The only reason it didn't get five were perhaps a couple too many points of view to keep track of, and a little too much gore (I did have to hold down my dinner on a number of occasions, though this is only testimony to Belinda's vivid power of description). Overall this is a must read for all zombie fans, with a new fresh setting and idea in what is an over saturated zombie market.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book 20 Jan 2013
By trace80
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this was good, took me awhile to get into it but glad i stuck with it, was really good. with every zombie book i read there is a different twist to everyone & this was a good twist. hope they do a 2nd one
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5.0 out of 5 stars ZOMBiE Sperm Inseminations...MUST READ!!! 2 Sep 2012
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That was crazy--very descriptive with all the blood and feces...
Psycho doctor searching for a cure for cancer, inseminating women with the sperm of zombies...yep, that's exactly what is going on in this book. Dr. Nixon says his experiments are all about "saving people from needless death and suffering". He claims to be a healer looking for a cure, but he reminded me more of Dr. Heiter working on his "First Sequence" of his Human Centipede. He is sinister and heartless and extinguishes anyone that gets in his way.

On the last page, I kept clicking the next page button on my kindle app, thinking my laptop froze...nope, that was really how it ended. I recommend reading this one. I could really envision it all in my head. It would make a great movie.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CURE: Action Packed Horror Zombie Thriller 10 Jan 2013
By Cheney - Published on
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I'm a girl who loves a good scare. Most of the books I read, I would say 80% of them, fall under the horror, paranormal, apocalyptic, and/or dystopian persuasion, and I am a SUCKER for zombies.

I purchased Cure on my iPhone app on a whim one day when I was looking specifically for a horror zombie thriller (that is totally its own awesome genre), and once I started reading it I couldn't stop. I know it's cliche, but it's true. I really enjoy books that keep the story moving at a quick, yet comfortable pace - and Cure had the added benefit of also being REALLY WELL WRITTEN. The dialog is sharp and the prose is clean, and what's more, the characters have real depth, which is important to me because when I read I like to put myself in the characters shoes - Belinda's writing made it really easy for me to do that.

I could imagine what it was like to be Miranda Penton, to be leaving a complicated relationship after losing two very important things in her life, to be nervous about starting a new job - and then to find out that the new town you moved to has had this strange problem lately with women disappearing.. so many women.

Miranda goes to work at the Nixon Center, a medical facility with an evil director, Dr. Howard Nixon. Miranda thinks that Dr. Nixon is trying to cure cancer, but what she will soon find out is that he is, well, essentially inseminating women with zombie sperm. So yeah, THE HORROR.

Miranda gets caught in Nixon's trap along with other patients and employee's of the Nixon Center, who we get to know in pretty great detail, and I say that happily. Some of the writing reminded me of a less neurotic Stephen King, which is a compliment as I love the way he writes. The supporting characters in this book all have enough depth to understand their intentions in the story and the motivations for the choices they make, because in the end, I feel like this was a book about desperate choices.

How far would you go to save someone you barely knew? What if your ex-wife left you and broke your heart - would you do anything you could to save her life now, even sacrifice your own? But more than anything, the question becomes - What would you do for the greater good? What would you do to save the world from zombies?

By the middle of this book, the pace really starts to pick up and there are a ton of great action scenes. I've read a lot of thrillers lately, and I am finding as I read (and as I write) that action scenes are HARD to get right. Writers have the tendency to either explain too little so you are confused about how much of an impact the actions will affect the story, or things are explained in such minute detail that you roll your eyes with boredom. Belinda's writing falls right in the sweet spot, where there is exactly enough information for you to be able to picture the scene, but the description does not slow down the pace of the story. I think this will make a great movie, and I am happy to know that the Strandville Zombie Series has already been optioned for film.

This book really does have it all - a woman's quest to start a new life, a lingering romance, a man so terrified that he will lose his wife to cancer that he will allow hideous things be done to her in the effort to save her, blood and gore (just imagine yourself being pregnant with a zombie in utero), more blood and gore (because ZOMBIES), being chased by homicidal maniacs through a hospital filled with, yup, the zombies. And then the building sort of catches on fire.

If you want to read a fast paced, action packed medical thriller that also adds the fabulousness of horrifying zombies and zombie babies - CURE is the book for you.

Oh, and the next book in the series will be out in Spring of 2013. It will probably have more zombie babies in it. I say that's a win.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This includes what seems like one of the least pleasant ways to be infected by a zombie to date. 18 Feb 2014
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I sat down to Belinda S. Frisch’s Cure unsure of completely what to expect. While the idea of zombies have often been mixed with medical experiments or scientific experiments this was a new take on the subject. Zombies happened in a rural area and the event was contained. A doctor was able to get a sample of the disease and has been working on finding a cure as well as ways to beneficially use the virus since that happened. It’s been completely covered up so no one has a clue that’s happened.

That’s pretty much all happened prior to this novel and where we step into things.

In the novel we follow Dr. Nixon who has been giving access to the zombie virus. In his own private little world he is using the virus to experiment to find the cure for cancer. In his own little world though everything is done by his rules and his way. His rules are highly immoral and unorthodox as he is infecting the fetus’s of pregnant women (and impregnating these women in many cases) with the zombie virus to try to create a zombie stem cell that will solve the world’s largest disease.

So yes it’s that kind of twisted. As much though as you end up hating Dr. Nixon you are also going to hate his side kick Billy whose development was great. At least after the initial change where his character seemed like someone you’d almost feel sorry and root for to being a total scumbag right after. I didn’t feel that transition flowed well but when that is my only complaint about the entire novel (aside from having to wait for the sequel) that is not a bad one!

Inside the down of Strandville women of childbearing age are disappearing and a group of townsfolk who have lost their loved ones are gathering. They believe that the disappearances are related to the research hospital who has it’s own privatized security force and is completely on lock down.

Mix in a new security guard whose wife is there for an experimental cure for cancer, a pregnant woman who just signed up to be a security guard at the hospital, and her ex who is trying to track her down and the perfect combination of what you need for a page turner you can’t put down. Cure is a nonstop action filled and character driven book you are going to have no regrets reading.

While the human element is the greatest threat on all fronts don’t worry – zombies have their time to shine as well. While the moments are few and far between as the human horror is be far the greatest threat when the zombies do have their moments they shin in full undead force!

This is one of the most creative and unique zombie novels I’ve read in awhile and I can’t stress enough that you should be picking this one up immediately. You are all fortunate as the sequel is already out and while I haven’t had a chance to pick it up yet if it’s even half as good as this one you are not going to be let down. I’m also jealous that none of you had to wait for this one as I did.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cure 5 Jun 2012
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This was a great story with many interesting characters..some that you can't wait to see attacked by the infected and others that you feel bad for and hope they make it out alive. The story had great detail, without being long winded. This was one of those stories that once I starting reading, I didn't want to stop. Looking forward to the next book in the series to find out what will happen next. I would definitely recommend this book and other books that I've read by Belinda Frisch. (Dead Spell, Crisis Hospital-Dark Tales from the Ward, The World, and the Bedside.)
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It ended too soon 29 Dec 2012
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It was a decent book but oh my does it need editing. I got lost a few times because things just happened out of the blue. No warning, no nothing. One minute you are here, the next in far left field. Entire sentences were also not there. Good storyline. Strong characters. Just seriously needs an editor.
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