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The Cicada Survival Guide

The Cicada Survival Guide [Kindle Edition]

M. Eigh

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M. Eigh

is just another Asian dude who makes a quiet living in IT. His most recent book, KDP's Best-Kept Secret Revealed: How to Embed Videos and Widgets in Your Book Description. is a bestseller and the Talk of the Town among Indie writers and self-publishers. If you are publishing or ever want to publish Kindle books, you owe it to yourself to check it out. His hermit kingdom is at

A picture is worth a thousand words. Here's a sketch of Mark Sullivan, one of the main victims of Troma in The Cicada Survival Guide, by Shiloh Penfield.

How many cicadas does it take to bring down an elevator in an apartment building? Can a deadly cicada turn a Secret Service agent into a murderer? Why did a huge swarm of Brood II cicadas attack a CIA Deputy Director on the steps of the Capital Hill ...

More importantly, were they carriers of something lethal?
Do you want to know why the government has launched a massive aerial insecticide spray in an attipt to wipe the cicadas out? Do you even know how to defend yourself with Taser shakes? If you don't, better pick up a copy of The Cicada Survival Guide today.

For those brave enough, a victory can be celebrated with a feast on these bugs. Delicious and battle-tested cicada recipes included!

Lori Milani, a.k.a. "CicadaPhobia," has been featured in a WashingtonPost special on Cicada on May 18. (WashingtonPost's Feature on CicadaPhobia) Lori did an extensiveinterview with the author on May 30. For those who are interested in how the book was conceived, please hop over CicadaPhobia's site and readthe interview. ( CicadaPhobia Interviews M. Eigh)

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About the Author

M. Eigh is just another Asian dude who makes a quiet living in IT. He lives in Northern Virginia with his beautiful wife, two daughters and two cats in a charming old house, which came with a morbidly obese landlord, also known as the mortgage. He dreams of murdering that landlord with a bestseller someday, preferably before he has to start paying the kids' colleges. His hermit kingdom is at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 195 KB
  • Print Length: 95 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484895746
  • Publisher: Red Lantern Press; 1.0 edition (4 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read for cicada lovers and haters alike! 5 Jun 2013
By Cicadaphobia - Published on
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I was impressed with the author's imagination and his ability to mix scientific facts about cicadas with science fiction, political intrigue, subtle humorous commentary, and even cicada recipes! Yuck! (Yes, as interludes between chapters he offers cicada recipes of his own concoction). The plot is strong and it makes for a good thriller. My only qualm is that it feels a little rushed -- and, after talking with the author, I learned it actually was (he wanted to publish it before Brood II emerged and didn't have much time to polish it). The writing falls a little flat sometimes and I remember catching a few minor mistakes. The style could use some editing and finessing; the storyline could be expanded and the scenes made more memorable with the addition of details in the descriptions of people, places, and events; the characters need to be fleshed out and given more distinctive voices that really set them apart from one another (especially because each of them is the narrator of a different chapter). But, if we consider that the writing style of many bestsellers is, alas, very far from sublime, it is safe to say that this is definitely a great start! I think this story has commercial appeal and I could totally see it turned into an action movie where the cicadas are rendered with special effects like the Na'vi people in Avatar! Now I can't wait to read the sequel (this was only the first of three installments...)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars creepy fun with spy overtones 23 May 2013
By dwk - Published on
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In the everlasting spring rain I decided to pick up a short book and pretend I was at the beach already ... and I got an interesting, warped-mind ex-poet comedic book with just a dash of libertarian-leaning anti-government spin. Bureaucrats can really miss the solutions, right?

Oh, and throw in a few actual cicada recipes ... I'm reading his next book too, maybe even at the actual beach. It can't rain forever.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Biological Weapons"............. 23 May 2013
By Robin Lee - Published on
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This author wrote an excellent novella in a unique way..It is a mixed recipe, of an escaped man made virus, government conspiracy, cover-ups, and the emergence of Brood II....Which Scientists predict this year, the Cicadas will be in colossal numbers....It's not just a survival guide, but a possible real depiction of an ecological disaster...This story is dark humor, intriguing, gross, thought provoking and real horrifying....The characters could have been fleshed out more but for this part of the story they are not the main point......Each new chapter is told from the characters view point.....

Through the yrs a biological infectious agent has seeped into the fungus of the trees...The Cicadas have been feeding off this for 17 dormant years....It has been named "Troma" and the bugs are brand new mutations, that Americans are unaware of...This new species smells the scent of blood and seeks it out...If you have a open cut, you better hide, because this is a blood born pathogen of death....The symptoms are: severe itchiness, complete disintegration of your body, eventually takes command of your brain and drives you insane....It takes 72 hrs for the full effect....
This is not a zombie novel because the infected don't reanimate, they just become deadly killers in every way....

Warning: If you see a large Cicada with bright red blood colored metallic wings, instead of their green ones, you better run fast.....

This novel was just excellent.I hope this author thinks about continuing this as a series for the summer it has really great potential..I personally would like to see a Part 2 and 3......
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4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting read! 28 Jun 2013
By Tony - Published on
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I usually don't read books because I'm more of a visual kind of guy. I thought this book was pretty good with interesting characters. I really enjoyed how each chapter was a different perspective and it all ties in the end. It was as if I was watching a movie or a tv show and it just went to different scenes. This novel was well written and I envisioned most of the scenes as if I was there. This book got me interested in cicadas and I youtube a couple of videos and their quite interesting bugs. I thought the recipes was a nice touch and to picture yourself making this would be surreal even tho they come out every 17 years!

Overall awesome short read, what more can you ask for.. you got blood eye bugs, recipe on how to cook them and a thriller like plot!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombie-Mania with a Twist 22 May 2013
By Maggie - Published on
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The Cicada Survival Guide by M. Eigh is a most compelling read. Told in a tightly-controlled poly-voiced, multi-threaded narrative, it's a meditation upon Mr. Eigh's concern with cold war politics, while taking a tongue-in-cheek swipe at American popular culture, specifically, zombie-mania and the American penchant for fast food, of which the cicada recipes included in the book are a gruesome representative within the dystopian world the author has created.
The dimensions of the cold war are revealed layer by layer through the voices of those involved. The first voice is that of the queen of the cicadas, heard from the earth itself, in gloating exultation at the prospect of gratifying her natural instinct of implanting herself into a human. But she is infected with the N9H7 virus, or Troma, which has its own dark life-force and its own-death dealing instinct to replicate itself in a human and control its nervous system. This controlled death through nature escalates naturally, its unnatural origins and the unnatural death of its victims notwithstanding.
The N9H7 virus, created in a lab in the then USSR, is a mirror image of another virus found in China known as N7H9. The virus was manufactured in the USSR and deposited among the mushrooms in Afghanistan during the Russian invasion of that country. It survives in fungus spores in the soil, and can transmit to insects with long subterranean stages in their lives, such as cicadas, who, in turn transmit it to humans with open wounds, to which the cicadas are attracted.
The infection causes severe deterioration in the human nervous system, with zombie-like symptoms such as decaying flesh, eruptions of festering lesions on the skin, bloodshot eyes and compulsive grinding of teeth. In the late stages, cicadas congregate in swarms of thousands over the victim's body attracted by the stench of their decay and devour the body in a slow and painful "Immolation by Cicadas". This deliberately planned biological warfare is self-perpetuating every seventeen years when a new brood of cicadas emerge from the soil.
Mr. Eigh's narrative voices speak with cool clinical control, with chilling attention to scientific fact and political commentary, even as their pitch escalates through slowly simmering tension towards raw hysteria as the zombie threat becomes an epidemic.
An excellent read, which makes us eagerly anticipate a sequel.
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