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Weirdo Company: Zombies vs Unicorns

Weirdo Company: Zombies vs Unicorns [Kindle Edition]

Ben Guilfoy
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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They are the US military's special response unit for monsters and other creepy-crawly creatures that go bump in the night. They are Weirdo Company. Lead by Lt. Paul Harper, the team embarks on a mission uncomfortably close to home: Contact has been lost with a small farming town in the northeastern United States. What the team finds there will set them up for the fight of their lives, as the townspeople have been turned into vicious, bloodthirsty zombies.

But Harper and his team, including a green new recruit Davis, will discover that there is far more danger in this town than just zombies. Because if the people have mutated into something grotesque and dangerous, what has happened to the farm animals?

"Zombies vs Unicorns" is the first story in the 'Weirdo Company' series and features thrilling, summer blockbuster-style zombie-killing action and a few fun surprises.

(Contains strong language and violence)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 206 KB
  • Print Length: 45 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ben Guilfoy (7 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #494,290 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 3 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Having read an earlier title by this author (The Box) I knew this would be a good read.

I don't normally go for zombie fiction because I feel there are too many cliches with the genre. However, with this tale the author has neatly stayed away from that element for the most part. Although the source of the zombie outbreak is not something new I do like the way it was done.

The setting of an elite unit of marines dealing with the fantastical is a great move. The inclusion of unicorns is genius!

Unfortunately for me the ending felt a bit rushed and would have probably meant a five star review if that were not the case.

Having said that there is a lot to like. And did I mention unicorns? :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies... Unicorns...Oh my! 8 Dec 2012
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A very bizarre concept done remarkably well. It does exactly what it says on the tin - Zombies fighting Unicorns with a Marine core specialist unit stuck in the middle. This could easily have been a really naff story but the quality of the writing and the character development really held it all together.

It's not my usual type of story and it did have one or two proof-reading errors but overall I would highly recommend for a good, quick read. If nothing else you get to tell people you're reading a book called "Zombies vs Unicorns" and that, in its self, is worth it for the conversation starter.

***** Edit *****

I've now read up to book 5 of this series and I'm loving it. They're quick, easy reads that only take a couple of hours. It really does feel like you're watching a TV series without the ad breaks! I decided that I couldn't leave this as 4 stars because I've enjoyed the whole series so much, and this is the book that got me hooked.

Well worth picking up!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite ready for prime time 25 Dec 2012
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The premise is interesting but I can't like characters who keep making stupid decisions. A recon team in an unknown hazmat zone who casually drink the local water and shower in a zombie house? Turning off the engine of the recon vehicle during the first 30 seconds of exploration, with known hostiles in the area?

There was no time spent on establishing mood or immersing me in the world. I felt at sea the entire time, struggling to keep oriented with who was where, and doing what.

In general, it felt as though the author just wanted to get to the story and didn't really want to spend any time on making his characters believable or paint me into the scene with them. If I had to guess, I would say this was a first draft to establish the scope of the story, which went straight to copy editing for typos and then off to publication. I would love to see this again after a detailed story edit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars There's no stopping the Zombie genre.... 12 Dec 2012
By D. Trasler - Published on
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I think I bought this one because the title made me laugh, and then I started reading and was SOOOO glad I had. While the content may border on lunacy, it's well-written and convincing lunacy, and as believable as anything involving Unicorns and Zombies ever could be. I've promised myself that the next few installments will find their way onto my Kindle too. Curse you Ben Guilfoy!
4.0 out of 5 stars I wish I'd been eating a bowl of cereal when I read this-- 12 April 2013
By S. A. Hunt - Published on
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--Because while I agree with the other two reviews (and I saw a few lingering typos besides), I really enjoyed "Zombies vs. Unicorns" because it took me back to my days as a kid watching Saturday morning cartoons. And if Weirdo Company had been a cartoon in the 90's, I would have been all over that. I used to love Ghostbusters so much I had the proton pack and everything.

There wasn't a whole lot of scene-setting or character-building, and in a longer work with broader scope that would have been good to have. But when you've got a short, action-oriented piece like this, custom-built for smart-ass quips, and over-the-top set pieces, brevity seemed to add to the overall flavor of the piece rather than take away from it.

As an analog for cartoons or week-night cable network movies, Ben's got a good thing here, and he seems to know what he's doing with it. I have to applaud him for hitting what he's aiming at. These are imaginative, easily-digestible episodes for the Kindle-packing B-movie fan waiting for the bus or sitting in the john. And reading a book is ALWAYS a better choice than Angry Birds for that.

I've got to back up off a full five for iffy editing and formatting. Sorry, Ben--I love ya, man, but you're a copy-editor. D:
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