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The Seven Habits (A Novel of Time Travel, Apocalypse, and the Living Dead)
 
 

The Seven Habits (A Novel of Time Travel, Apocalypse, and the Living Dead) [Kindle Edition]

William Todd Rose
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TIME TRAVEL. APOCALYPSE. THIS IS ONE BAD TRIP.

Bosley Coughlin can travel through time. And the future does not look good.

Through a heady cocktail of drugs and the occult, Bosley slips through time and space and glimpses The End. Cities lay in ruins, and those who still cling to life hide in the rubble like frightened animals. Walking carcasses shamble through the debris exacting a horrible fate upon any living they find.

This horrific future is the only world fourteen year old Ocean has ever known. Starving and alone, she struggles for even the most basic of necessities: food, water, shelter, love…

In the present, Bosley stumbles across Clarice Hudson and soon realizes that she is much more than a simple shop girl. One by one, she displays the seven symptoms of the contagion that will bring Bosley’s world to an end and create the nightmare Ocean calls home. Clarice may hold the key to stopping the coming apocalypse and sparing Ocean from the atrocities of mankind’s imminent future… but only if Coughlin is willing to push beyond every notion he’s ever held about right and wrong.

“Compelling, interesting, and will keep you intrigued from start to finish… a very unique and wild ride.”--Patrick D’Orazio, author of COMES THE DARK

“There is a very TERMINATOR-esque feeling to the narrative… deserves a spot on your shelf.”—T.W. Brown, author of ZOMBLOG

“I kept imagining The Dude (from THE BIG LEBOWSKI) telling a drugged out version of H.G. Wells’ THE TIME MACHINE… This is a book that is really worth reading…”--BuyZombie.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press; 2 edition (24 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007DLLOLS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #372,797 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars MORE! 11 Dec 2012
By Frase80
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This could have been expanded into a full size novel, I love the one sided stoner dialogue during the interview, and the ending is brilliant! Damn shame it's so short though :-(
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By Ursula K. Raphael TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I was reluctant to read this book because I'm not a fan of time-travel in fiction, and I disliked the voice of the main character. Then I thought, "Zombies AND time-travel - how original is THAT?!" I also decided that for me to dislike the personality of a character means the author must have done a great job of fleshing him out (and I do love antagonists, heh heh). I'm so glad that I didn't pass up this story - it was amazing! Although, the zombies known as rotters in this story are just mere mentions, so don't go into this expecting a story about undead survival.

There are two POVs; every time a new chapter starts, the POV switches. The first POV is Bosely, a guy who has obviously killed someone thinking he was preventing an apocalyptic event that he has seen during his time-travel experiences. Bosely claims that his consciousness is able to project forward through something called the Eye of Aeons. When he does, he takes up residence in the mind of young teen girl named Ocean. Ocean provides the second POV, describing horrific living conditions & personalizing the hopelessness of the future. Bosely's story is recapping the events leading up to the murder, and Ocean's story is about the new group of survivors that she's joined.

What really impressed me with the writing style of the book is how William Todd Rose keeps raising the level of suspense from one chapter to the next by cutting back and forth between the POVs at the most climatic moments...kind of like every chapter ended on a cliffhanger with either Bosely or Ocean, and suddenly switching to the other ongoing story. This was a thrilling blend of sci-fi and post-apocalyptic horror that will leave your mind in a twist!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray Bradbury, Cormac McCarthy & George Romero walk into a bar... 17 Mar 2012
By Ursula K. Raphael - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was reluctant to read this book because I'm not a fan of time-travel in fiction, and I disliked the voice of the main character. Then I thought, "Zombies AND time-travel - how original is THAT?!" I also decided that for me to dislike the personality of a character means the author must have done a great job of fleshing him out (and I do love antagonists, heh heh). I'm so glad that I didn't pass up this story - it was amazing! Although, the zombies known as rotters in this story are just mere mentions, so don't go into this expecting a story about undead survival.

There are two POVs; every time a new chapter starts, the POV switches. The first POV is Bosely, a guy who has obviously killed someone thinking he was preventing an apocalyptic event that he has seen during his time-travel experiences. Bosely claims that his consciousness is able to project forward through something called the Eye of Aeons. When he does, he takes up residence in the mind of young teen girl named Ocean. Ocean provides the second POV, describing horrific living conditions & personalizing the hopelessness of the future. Bosely's story is recapping the events leading up to the murder, and Ocean's story is about the new group of survivors that she's joined.

What really impressed me with the writing style of the book is how William Todd Rose keeps raising the level of suspense from one chapter to the next by cutting back and forth between the POVs at the most climatic moments...kind of like every chapter ended on a cliffhanger with either Bosely or Ocean, and suddenly switching to the other ongoing story. This was a thrilling blend of sci-fi and post-apocalyptic horror that will leave your mind in a twist!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 3 Nov 2012
By J. Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
William Todd Rose is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Prior to reading "The Seven Habits," I'd read some of Rose's excellent short fiction, so I was expecting nothing less than a quality piece of work here. This book did not disappoint; it exceeded every expectation I had. Bosley is one of the most uniquely interesting characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading about. You could put this guy in any situation and the result would be highly entertaining. Get him high on drugs and allow him to see a futuristic world of chaos and destruction through the eyes of a young girl who is struggling to survive minute-by-minute, and what you get is one of the most engrossing post-apocalyptic tales ever told.

Just prior to beginning "The Seven Habits," I'd attempted to read four or five other books in the zombie apocalypse genre that simply could not hold my interest long enough for me to finish. Same old zombies shambling through the same old environments, wreaking terror upon the same old cardboard characters. Just when my frustration was getting the better of me, I dove into William Todd Rose's post-apocalyptic imagining...and I was absolutely blown away. WTR's skill as a writer and his ability to tell a story that draws you in and keeps you on the edge of your seat is impressive, to say the least. His character creation was so well done that I was saddened when my brief time with these people came to an end. I need more. I really do.

I don't know what else to say, other than, I love this book. If you're a fan of horror, science fiction, time travel, zombies, the apocalypse, or simply appreciate a good story with great characters, then do yourself a favor and read "The Seven Habits."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Books I've Read All Year 14 May 2012
By Jessica V. Mason - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Seven Habits is definitely not your traditional zombie novel. It was so close to being an absolutely amazing read for me, but there was just one thing that irked me. The book begins with Bosley talking to detectives about the strange turn of events that lead him to their interrogation room. Bosley's chapters are written like a conversation, but we only ever get Bosley's side of the story. I was intrigued by the style, but initially felt a strong distaste towards the fact that this man got his time traveling powers through the heavy, and I mean HEAVY use of drugs. Drugs give you super powers!? Interesting concept, but not one I am entirely comfortable with. It very nearly put me off of the entire book. That is, until I read my first chapter about Ocean.

Ocean is a fourteen year old girl of the future who has never known a world other than the post-apocalyptic one she was born into. As the synopsis says, she suffers daily in her search for food, water, and comfort. I was irrevocably pulled into the story when Ocean was forced to kill her mother to survive. This is where my entire perspective on this book shifted and I realized there was a world of depth here that I had only begun to uncover. I looked forward to each of her chapters with increasing intensity as the story went on.

More often than not, I can make a fairly accurate guess at the final plot twist the author is hinting at throughout the book, but this time, I was caught completely by surprise. I can't really go into it without giving away any spoilers, but I can say that what actually was going on with the underground clan was much more horrific than anything I had guessed at. When it comes to Ocean's story and the final plot twist I have to give Rose a standing ovation. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.

One other thing that I really loved about Seven Habits is that it had me questioning Bosley's sanity for half of the book. Taking in the fact that he had been under the influence of a massive amount of drugs and his attitude toward the events leading up to his arrest, I was very nearly convinced he was a psychotic serial killer who had created this fantasy to justify what he had done. I absolutely love a book that keeps me guessing, that keeps my mind racing trying to figure out what is really going on. If you do to, this is really the book for you.

The Final Verdict: I'm really not a fan of making druggies heroes, but honestly it works here in the end. Bosley becomes quite loveable throughout the course of the book and the final twist had me near to tears. The duel stories being told here are some of the most compelling and emotionally visceral I have read all year. The Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective People is on my zombie essentials reading list. If you love zombies, or just thrilling storytelling, than this should be your next read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mysogyny, profanity and a sprinkling of a good story 14 Jan 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was excessively vulgar and cliche. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't simply hate on the use of expletives in a book, nor any other thing, I just ask that it's use appropriately. The main character drops an f-bomb in between the infected woman's first and last name every single time he says it. Why? Unnecessary. Themes of rape and misogyny are not necessarily out of place in a post-apocalyptic world, rather, I think they would likely be fairly commonplace in a world without law and the power to enforce it. But here it seemed ridiculous. 9+ months to get <10 lbs of meat? That's just a stupid plan and evidence of a writer trying to get some shock value.

I said the book was cliche. Yeah. How many horror novels are going to exploit the trick of 'happy, welcoming, safe place/people' that turns into a nightmare situation? The minute there was a door that Ocean shouldn't open I knew that there was some sort of torture-porn palace or cannibalism factory back there.

The stoner turned hyper-aware spiritual savant felt forced too. All the various drug references seemed to be a wanna-be-stoner-writer trying to impress some non-existent dealer with how chill he was.

That's not to say the book was all bad. The mix of first person and third person limited omniscience was fun. The alternating chapters was interesting (although after a while I got sick and tired of the first person story, she's sick, we get it). The little bit at the end that ties everything together was good. Overall though, I would recommend that people not waste their time reading the book and I will be doing what I can to delete it from my Kindle library.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost 4 stars 18 Dec 2012
By kora87 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a good book, and I almost gave it four stars, but I really did not like the narrator. Maybe I just don`t like the overuse of hipster lingo and swearing. Ocean`s part of the story was great and that alone is 5 star! The other part is good and I like the way they tie together. I enjoyed the ending. I would recommend this book if you want something different and original in the world of zombie fiction, but just be prepared for a drug-addled hipster narrating part of the story.
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