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Falling off the Bones [Kindle Edition]

Ian Woodhead
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Welcome to Falling off the Bones – A four story zombie fest, featuring the first three books in the Zombie Armageddon series, and a stand alone tale called ZombieDead.

187,000 words.
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The Unwashed Dead

The few law-abiding citizens left alive, living in Breakspear Gardens have locked their doors and shut the curtains on this Friday night. They dare not venture out after the sun goes down. The druggies, drunks and feral kids rule the streets in the roughest housing project in northern England. A place where anything can be had at a low price. The Neighbourhood you never want to live in.

Tonight, the streets were quiet. Headaches, nausea and sickness are targeting criminals and residents alike. The untainted soon discovered the horror of their plight as their friends, family and neighbours began to die. And, be reborn!

A small group of desperate survivors battle their way through hordes of blood-crazed zombies, trying to reach help just beyond the boundary. Only to find soldiers at every exit, shooting anything that moved.

Can this dwindling group of terrified survivors avoid their recently dead friends, family and neighbours? They need to find another way out and fast, before the authorities’ weapons vaporise the area, transforming Breakspear into Hell on Earth!

WARNING – CONTAINS GRAPHIC VIOLENCE AND STRONG LANGUAGE.
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Walking with Zombies

Despite attempts to quarantine the Breakspear housing estate, the infection has somehow spread further into the city. Whole neighbourhoods are falling to the undead plague.

On the outskirts, the staff and customers of the Stockholm Club have no idea that the moaning dead are slowly shambling towards them.
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Infected Bodies

Welcome to Greenacre Rise, a development of 135 apartments, set in the serene atmosphere of a traditional canal side Victorian mill.

Fully renovated and conveniently located just two miles from the motorway, Greenacre Rise offers a vibrant mix of residential and business facilities, including a variety of retail outlets, a bar and an exclusive gym.


At least, that's what the brochure says. What it doesn't say is that the Breakspear estate, one of the roughest housing estates in England, lays a couple of miles to the west of the converted mill.

Deep within the estate an infection rages through the locals, turning the terrified residents into flesh eating zombies.

It doesn't take long before the infection spreads...

Before it reaches Greenacre Rise.
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ZombieDead

The rotting dead slowly clawed their way through the hard packed grave soil. The risen corpse only had one purpose, to feed on the living.

Somewhere on the welsh border; the insular village of Seeton continues its usual business unaware that the world around them is falling prey to the reanimated dead. Their routine lives are abruptly turned on their heads when a lone scientist arrives in their village with the virus close behind.

Dean Kasnovski had arrived home, his mind laden with the guilt of leaving his fellow researchers to perish in the secret laboratory hidden deep under the streets of London.

Dean is positive that a cure can be found but he’s quickly running out of time. As the villagers, departed loved ones return to feast on their warm bodies, Seeton’s surviving population direct their hate at the strangers in the village.

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  • Print Length: 505 pages
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  • Language: English
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Ian Woodhead is just past the age of forty. He lives in the north of England and is married to a wonderful woman. He has forgotten how many children he has. He had been writing for nearly twenty years but has only just gained the confidence to start showing his work. Ian finds it a little creepy writing about himself in the third person.

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4.0 out of 5 stars great collection and value 28 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The Unwashed Dead: Ok, let's start with the negatives... YES it has some typos and yes it could possibly have been tweaked a little here and there to make it a tad more polished.... BUT this is soon to be a thing of that past as of 10/12/2013 Ian Woodhead has a wonderful new editor and it should soon shine like it supposed to!

IW has some great, fresh ideas that he brings to the zombie story genre.

Wham! What a great way to start a horror book with some poor bloke, who I secretly hated (!), getting his manly bits bitten off!

If you are squeamish or scared of swearing then this author and series of books is NOT for you!
Set "up North" in the UK, it's rough and tough stuff, and I'm pleased to note that he does not dumb his dialogue down for others to understand; if you don't get a certain phrase, look it up, haha and eeew will spring to mind often!

Personally I thought the death and reanimation timings were a little too fast.

Amongst the general goings on of a zompoc are these weird, not so wonderful, characters - such as Dennis who goes on a full serial killer jaunt whilst loving the impending apocalypse.

A few sporadic little personal stories that usually don't end well gave me a sense of fullness to the whole story, such as poor Jacob, to be finally socially acceptable only to succumb to parental control.

IW is a master at creating some really detestable characters and his gore descriptions are enough to make you wince. In his world nobody is perfect and we all have a little edge to us, especially if the zombies start to invade (although I would like to point out I have never buried anyone locally!
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This is a compilation of Zombie:Armageddon books 1 to 3 plus a bonus novella, ZombieDead.

This works well as one volume. It means that readers can get right into the world of Zombie Armageddon in one hit, and at one great price. The addition of ZombieDead is a nice touch. While not of the same series, it is of the same genre and fits well. I have already reviewed all four of these books before so I won't rehash them here. Just be aware that the violence and gore is brutal and unrelenting. I recommend these as an introduction into Ian's work. He just keeps getting better!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 4 Mar 2013
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Only gave this 4 out of 5 the reason for that is even though I thoroughly enjoyed this coz it was set in Britain so there was very little guns involved in the zombie slaying . I feel the third stories were very poorly edited although annoying at times don't let it put you off reading this book . More please Mr Woodhead
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Zombie Collection! 21 Feb 2013
By Book Nut - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a great way to get a great collection of books from Ian Woodhead. Ian has put together his first four books in his zombie series to make any zombie fan happy. All four of these books are awesome by themselves, but now as a collection you dont have to wait to jump right into the next book! Ian does a great job at creating a zombie filled world and great characters trying to fight them off. Highly recommended!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to the Zombie:Armageddon series. 7 Mar 2013
By wistfulskimmie - Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews Blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a compilation of Zombie:Armageddon books 1 to 3 plus a bonus novella, ZombieDead.

This works well as one volume. It means that readers can get right into the world of Zombie Armageddon in one hit, and at one great price. The addition of ZombieDead is a nice touch. While not of the same series, it is of the same genre and fits well. I have already reviewed all four of these books before so I won't rehash them here. Just be aware that the violence and gore is brutal and unrelenting. I recommend these as an introduction into Ian's work. He just keeps getting better!
4.0 out of 5 stars great collection & value 28 Nov 2013
By Vix Kirkpatrick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The Unwashed Dead: Ok, let's start with the negatives... YES it has some typos and yes it could possibly have been tweaked a little here and there to make it a tad more polished.... BUT this is soon to be a thing of that past as of 10/12/2013 Ian Woodhead has a wonderful new editor and it should soon shine like it supposed to!

IW has some great, fresh ideas that he brings to the zombie story genre.

Wham! What a great way to start a horror book with some poor bloke, who I secretly hated (!), getting his manly bits bitten off!

If you are squeamish or scared of swearing then this author and series of books is NOT for you!
Set "up North" in the UK, it's rough and tough stuff, and I'm pleased to note that he does not dumb his dialogue down for others to understand; if you don't get a certain phrase, look it up, haha and eeew will spring to mind often!

Personally I thought the death and reanimation timings were a little too fast.

Amongst the general goings on of a zompoc are these weird, not so wonderful, characters - such as Dennis who goes on a full serial killer jaunt whilst loving the impending apocalypse.

A few sporadic little personal stories that usually don't end well gave me a sense of fullness to the whole story, such as poor Jacob, to be finally socially acceptable only to succumb to parental control.

IW is a master at creating some really detestable characters and his gore descriptions are enough to make you wince. In his world nobody is perfect and we all have a little edge to us, especially if the zombies start to invade (although I would like to point out I have never buried anyone locally!)

As the remaining survivors meet up the tensions are high and IW leaves this book on a real cliffhanger.

What is following them? Will Dennis survive his encounter? Is his theory correct?

I really enjoyed the British element such as the snooker cues must be used against zombies instead of just an endless supply of bullets (the world is ended where are they all coming from?)

This book romped, or should that be groaningly shuffled, along with good pace, I am so looking forward to rest in this series.

Walking with Zombies: IW has the ability with his writing skill to make you love or loathe his characters, with the reality and emotions that he gives them.

He reminds me of the late, great James Herbert in his character building; devoting a whole chapter to a back story only to kill them off in some gruesome way but still managing to add to the story in a subtle way.

This second book throws a whole new twist into the mix, a new breed of zombie? The character of Talbot has a nasty thread but where will it lead?

This time IW concentrates most of the action on a small night club, which has amazing pies, made me hungry! Very random.

New people are thrown into the mix and the clashing of personalities brings a new element to the story.

The final showdown is pretty tense and the outcome is another cliffhanger moment begging you to read book no.3.

I did wonder why there was no mention of the group of survivors from book no.1

Infected Bodies: In true IW style you are plunged straight back in to the gore.

This is yet another angle on the zombie outbreak based around the Breakspear housing estate, this time focused on the "posh" apartment block; The Mill.

Again, lots of character based action and how different people react to the Armageddon zombie style; some thrive and some do not!

The unique twist that is the "possible" evolution of the zombie, or at least another strain, is again bubbled to the surface with the strange, yet beautiful Alex and her minions - Dennis (?Wheatly), Vincent (?Price) and Christopher (?Lee); did IW just make a massive nod the horror greats?

As the two groups make their way towards each other for a munch and kill showdown the undead are merely the side show.

The ending is abrupt but IW explains that this is that all three books can be read as stand alone novels, but entice you to read book no.4 which brings all the groups together!
Zombie Dead: nice backgrounds to the characters, good insight into their thought processes,loved the detailed descriptions of things generally but would have liked more on the gore/deaths, but that's just because I am weird!
Although I was a bit disappointed with Gavins' demise; all the "what a bastard" build up and his death lasted less than 60words :(

Also I thought the ending was just a bit quick, when did he have time (and with what) to make the cure??

But LOVED the little epilogue that left you wondering, what happened then.... please tell!
5.0 out of 5 stars great ride 11 April 2013
By sidrockman - Published on Amazon.com
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First chapter to last Ian makes it happen. I read a lot in this genre, this is one of the good ones.made me sweat and curse real page turner,2 thumbs up all the way. It kept me up all night long.sidrockman
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 2 April 2013
By Owen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I read fiction to escape, to enter another world for a few minutes, to leave the real world for that time. A story for me should be believable enough to allow this, but not so true to life that it could be outside your front door. This book hits the sweet spot. The setting is close enough to home that I can picture the scenes, the streets, the pub easily. The action is fast paced. The gruesome depictions made me grimace and 'eugh' out loud on plenty of occasions, and chortle at the demise of the characters on others.

Woodhead's writing style makes you feel like he's sat in the room telling a story, which I like, and the characters in the stories feel real and relatable (is that even a word? Well it is now).

Overall a great fun read.
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