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Introducing Penny Dreadnought, Insidious Indoctrination Engine of the Abominable Gentlemen [Kindle Edition]

James Everington , Aaron Polson , Iain Rowan , Alan Ryker
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Book Description

From the malignant minds of the Abominable Gentlemen comes the first volume of Penny Dreadnought. Within these pages you'll find the following seeds of madness:
"Lilies" by Iain Rowan
"Cargo" by Aaron Polson
"First Time Buyers" by James Everington
"Invasion of the Shark-Men" by Alan Ryker

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 330 KB
  • Print Length: 65 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Abominable Gentlemen (7 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006JPBNV0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #862,627 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four rather good takes on the Zombie genre. 24 Dec. 2011
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This book is a collection of four short zombie horror stories that in total will give you around an hour to an hour and a half or so of reading.

Lilies - by Iain Rowan: My favourite of the four stories. This is a very different take on the zombie/walking dead type story set during war time. Quite sad and moving in places too.

Cargo - by Aaron Polson: A post apocalyptic zombie story of a trucker carrying his unusual cargo.

First Time Buyers - by James Everington: A nicely paced zombie horror about a couple moving into their first home on a new build estate where all the other buildings have not been completed because of the recession.

Invasion of the Shark Men - by Alan Ryker: A story of a documentary maker who is making a film about the homeless living in the Freedom Tunnel in New York. What he also finds living there is not what he expected. This really was quite scary in places!

All of these stories are really rather good indeed. There is a linked table of contents and links to more of each writers work after each story. All in all Kindle presentation is very good indeed.

Overall: 4 stars - I have to admit that the style of the title and the cover made me think that the stories were going to be steampunk, which they are not. Saying that though I enjoyed all four stories in the collection and would recommend them to anyone who likes zombie horror.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Penny Dreadnought 13 Dec. 2011
By Char's Horror Corner - Published on
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I purchased this collection because I am a big fan of James Everington, one of the authors featured within.
Unfortunately, I have already read his contribution "First Time Buyers" because it was included in a previous collection. (I very much enjoyed this story and I did review the collection in which it appeared, The Other Room.)
So three stories remain:

Lillies- by Iain Rowan- was a different take on reanimation. This is not a zombie short by any means. It is a unique and poignant read.

Cargo-by Aaron Polson-This was also a unique story. There was no punch at the end though, this one was very subtle.

Lastly, Invasion of the Shark-Men- by Alan Ryker. This was my favorite in this collection (sorry Mr. Everington!). Not only was this story unique, it was told in a fascinating way: through the videos of a friend who had since disappeared. It was realistic, different and chilling. LOVED IT!

I think the cover of this collection is excellent as well. It puts one right into the proper state of mind for the stories to follow.

So what I am left wondering is, will this be a continuing series? The introduction leads to me believe that it will. If so, I would like to know when I can expect the next installment? Please don't make me wait too long!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Captivating Collection of Stories! 23 July 2012
By Darcia Helle - Published on
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While each of these stories is unique in writing style, they are all rich in imagery and emotion.

Lillies by Iain Rowan is an eloquent look at life and death, war, and each society's commitment to tradition.

Cargo by Aaron Polson, in many ways, was the most subtle of the four stories. Here we see human tragedy through one man's eyes. We experience how it changes the community, their view of this man, and the man himself.

First Time Buyers by James Everington is a vivid and haunting tale that looks at how fear can seep in and change us.

Invasion of the Shark-Men by Alan Ryker is a fascinating story that examines how a person's perspective alters how we see and experience the world we live in.

Overall, I found the stories compelling and was happily immersed in each author's fictional world.
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read 19 Feb. 2012
By Jason Hall - Published on
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For the price you can't really go wrong with this little collection of shorts. You can't buy a horror mag that features short stories anywhere else for this price. My favorite was probably "First Time Buyers" by James Everington with "Invasion of the Shark-Men" by Alan Ryker coming in at a close second. The other stories were interesting enough, but didn't have the punch that these two had. It piqued my interest enough to buy the second issue, which I'm sure I'll enjoy just as much as I did this one.
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