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No Easy Hope (Surviving the Dead Book 1)

No Easy Hope (Surviving the Dead Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

James Cook
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Product Description

Eric Riordan was once a wealthy man leading a comfortable, easy life. Until one day Gabriel--his oldest friend, a Marine Corps veteran, and a former mercenary--told him how the world was going to end.

He did his best to prepare. He thought he was ready for anything.

He was wrong. 

As the dead rise up to devour the living, one man finds himself struggling to survive in the ruins of a shattered world. Alone, isolated, and facing starvation, his only chance is to flee to the Appalachians and join forces with Gabriel. But the journey will not be easy, and along the way his humanity, his will to live, and his very soul will be tested.

This is the beginning. This is his story.

Surviving the Dead Series: 

No Easy Hope
This Shattered Land
Warrior Within
The Passenger
Fire In Winter

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 935 KB
  • Print Length: 349 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482735245
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064VVR0Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,600 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James N Cook is a martial arts enthusiast, six-year veteran of the United States Navy, and a self-avowed reading addict. He works full time as an investment advisor, and enjoys hiking, camping, backpacking, and anything involving travel. He has visited more than a dozen countries, and has called Chicago, San Diego, and Charlotte NC home. He is the author of No Easy Hope, his debut novel, and the first volume of the Surviving the Dead series. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, son, two dogs, and a cat that is barely aware of his existence.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope for a sequel 30 May 2012
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A must for the 'Zombie Apocaylpse' fan...
A good read which I couldn't put down.

Mr. Cook, if you are listening (or reading!) - I Would like to hear how Gabriel and Eric's journey ends!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grown up Z story 20 April 2012
By Magsy
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Im loving this book, havnt finished it yet but so far its rivetting.

Not your normal slash and burn Zombie escapade but much better, less of a gore-bore more of a well thought out and polished Z-story but still thrilling and edge of your seat stuff, tense is the word Im looking for.

The main guy Eric is all ready and prepared for this new world, even so there are times he is caught off-guard (there wouldnt be much of a story if he wasnt)..

Even if you're a die hard Zombie fan, this book is great despite the lack of sickening gore fests...there is still plenty of blood and guts being splattered around.

I love this story because its almost how things really would be if it were all true, a bit like a survival manual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superior zombie fiction 19 Jun 2012
By Raine90
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First off, I hope a follow up is in the works because this was such a page turner that it was over all too quickly. The writing style is clear, efficient, and flowing, yet the attention to detail - especially concerning weaponry and survival tactics - is impressive.
The protagonist, Eric, is an easy narrator to follow, and his character strikes just the right balance between prepared combat-trained survivor, and caring sensitivity. His roadtrip through an undead ravaged America to meet up with the macho tough as nails Gabriel is a true test of his skills as well as his humanity. You wonder how his personality might change along the way.
There are plenty of action packed moments and many gruesome encounters in No Easy Hope, and you feel death is never far away. Saying that, the mill community is a refreshing beacon of hope not often found in zombie fiction.
I recommend No Easy Hope for any afficianado of the genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cracking read! 14 May 2012
By Les3
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The opening of this book leads you to think it's just another zombie fest, but dont let this put you off. It's actually a really good story. The plot is believable and well developed, as are the characters. A good writer has the ability to transport you into another world.. and this writer has certainly accomplished that. Im a fan of this genre of fiction and this book surprised me by being up there with the best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I do like it - I sometimes don't know why 10 May 2013
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I'm going to start by saying that I did like reading this book and the follow on one. It has some good points that I feel outweigh the bad and I will be reading the third.

The real problem is that I don't like Eric the main character. He just comes across as a dou*che a lot of the time. The surrounding characters are much more likable than him, mainly due to his interaction with them. There is also very little peril for Eric, he just breezes through and solves every issue stuck in front of him. He can fight, plan, woo the ladies, shoot, play the guitar and squint his eyes when he needs stand up to everyone who isn’t just like him.

There are also some points where you think “really”, it was as easy as that. It’s all just too neat at times.
He also gets a massive pass from his in the know Special Forces friend Gabe. Without whom Eric would most likely have died like in the first few minutes of the outbreak. Gabe’s pretty cool but you still feel like slapping Eric every now and again.

Saying all that there is something that keeps me reading and for that I won’t give it a bad review. I do like the series. Way better than Trudge which is horrible
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Easy Hope 27 Mar 2013
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Briliant book with a good storyline, this has been my first science fiction book, very impressed with the author in that he seems to be able to make you think that you are actually there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Easy Hope 20 Mar 2013
By Mike
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I truly enjoyed this, and from an author I've never heard of,I highly recommend that you give it a shot.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but a bit of a let down in some areas 25 July 2012
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I feel as if I am going to be the dissenting view with my review of this book. It is a good story which is for the most part well written. But there are some problems. At times the author seems to be padding going into far too much detail with "I did this, then I did that..." it seems almost at times as if the author were being paid by the I. Such cases do seem to lessen as the book goes on and the action intensifies.

The biggest negative for me however was the main character, Eric. Of course this is very much subjective but I just found the character of Eric irritating and unlikable. He is simple too good at anything he tries. I don't want to give anything away so I am sorry if any of this seems vague or unqualified. Eric despite being a banker by trade is a superb shot, expert in hand to hand combat and possesses numerous other skills key to his survival in a world ravaged by zombies and raiders. The author does his best to explain how Eric acquired these skills and it is relatively believable, or at least as believable as it needs to be for a story about zombies. It's just that the author allows him self to get a bit carried away with Eric's skill level, the problem isn't that Eric is good at some things, the problem is that Eric is essentially perfect at everything. Arguable Eric's only fault is his arrogance, but even this is completely understandable given Eric's extremely talented nature. To make matters worse no other charter seems to be that aware of Eric's arrogance or comment on it even on the, all be it rare, occasion when he behaves like a complete fool.

There are some other issues, lots of the other charters are two dimensional. In addition the charters in the book use some incorrect terminology given their background.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
Really enjoyed the book. Will defiantly keep reading. Think the ending got rushed a bit from leaving the compound but overall I thought it was great
Published 11 days ago by Richard Dolan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Zombie Book
I throughly enjoyed this novel it was gripping and realistic I would highly recommended it as Zombie read or action/adventure
Published 1 month ago by Mr M Hamilton
4.0 out of 5 stars keen for the next installment
Gabe & Eric have bonded hard and fast over beers, martial art fights and grief.

The start of this book really drew me in but then swung me back to sometime before the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Vix Kirkpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!
Such a page turner, couldn't put it down, especially like the attention to detail with all the weapon systems, lends authenticity to the story. Looking forward to the next book.
Published 2 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
Loved the book, it's got me in to the Surviving The Dead series and I can't put it down! Riveting reading!
Published 3 months ago by Adam Lucy
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great
Buy all the surviving the dead series. The two lead characters are fantastic. Particularly Gabriel Garrett.
If you like apocalypse stories, you'll love this.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Zombie Series
One of the better Zombie series available on the kindle at the moment. Well worth the money. The books are realistic, professionally written and have strong characters.
Published 3 months ago by H. Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I am a huge fan of zombie/end of the world novels. I have just read the first book in the series and really enjoyed it. The characters are engaging and you really get behind them. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Deborah
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill Zombie fest
Have zapped through the first two in this series and must admit was really impressed. Well thought out, good plot and great characters that you care about. Read more
Published 8 months ago by R. Nicklin
3.0 out of 5 stars an enjoyable read.
As the heading says, it's an enjoyable read, easy to pick up than it is to put down. Although I have no complaints about the book, I can't award anymore than 3 stars when I compare... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Lee D. EBSWORTH
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