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Z-Day: First Blood (The Zombie Apocalypse) [Kindle Edition]

Scott Free
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Book Description

Cordyceps Hominis:
Cordyceps Hominis is a homopathogenic fungus that is colloquially known as the 'zombie fungus'. It operates by infiltrating the human brain and nervous system, altering the behavior of its host. In stage 1, the host experiences an intense craving for human blood, which contains an enzyme that the fungus needs for propagation. In stage 2, the fungus rapidly spreads hyphae (mycelium) throughout the host, following nerve sheaths. The brain is especially targeted, and the host is soon rendered incapable of any thought unrelated to the gathering of food. The fungus requires immense amount of protein to enable its rapid growth and subsequent fruiting.

It hit hard and spread fast. Before anyone knew it, half the country was engulfed in a wave of violence and bloodshed. Normal people became blood-crazed killers as their brains and bodies quickly degenerated. Nothing could stop the plague as it toppled the government. The frightened populace turned to the authorities for help, but found none. Those that were charged with the mission to protect and serve found that the weak and defenseless were easy prey.
An easy meal.

Tim Valentine is a police officer who is trying to protect his family on a day when all the rules have changed.
Sheriff Goden is a man who knows how to nurse a grudge and now sees an opportunity.
Tom-Tom, a shell of his former self. Will he rise to the occasion to take care of those he loves?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2301 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • 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: #60,723 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool book 13 Aug. 2014
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Great novel the zombies are really horrific and the story moves with real pace great read couldn't put it down
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 21 Oct. 2014
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Plot and gramatiic errors have been corrected, and the result is a great read 11 Feb. 2014
By David Srokose - Published on
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I enjoyed the concept of the book, but the spelling and grammar were very distracting. The inconsistent editing affected the plot as well. In one instance, a character "gunned the motor of his car", and one paragraph later we are told that he was running towards his car.

This was a nice attempt at zombie fiction. With better editing and some plot coaching, this author might have a decent series of books to offer. But until I am assured that better editing is on the way, I'll pass on any future entries.

EDIT: see comments for the reason why I've upgraded the rating from 2 to 4 stars. Author was very communicative and interested in putting out a quality product
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New take 17 Dec. 2013
By Sara Levine - Published on
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So this book has a new twist on the zombie theme. I read a ton of zombie books and this one definitely stands out. The story is great and there were not many spelling/grammar errors. That was a huge plus. I enjoy books where the good guys don't always come out unscathed, where they have to struggle just like normal people. The zombies in this book are horrible, ruthless and brutal... I am eagerly awaiting the next in the series and will be the first in line to buy it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top 5 Zombie Book! 25 Jan. 2014
By Lawrence Hunt - Published on
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I've read over a hundred zombie books, and I can honestly say that Z-Day ranks somewhere in the top 5. It was excellent, with characters that were fully fleshed-out and woven into the plot flawlessly. The characters were believable--realistic and normal people thrust into an extraordinary situation. They behaved the way that one might imagine people would behave if everyone around them became violent, blood-crazed killers. There were no super-human heroes kicking butt. There were no super villains plotting to destroy the world. That's not to say that there are no heroes or villains, because there are, but they are realistically portrayed.

The pacing was perfect, with no boring spots. I cannot imagine leaving anything out of this story. Every page adds to the suspense, horror, and excitement. I found myself unable to put the book down as I kept wanting to read 'just one more chapter' to see what was going to happen next.

One thing in particular I liked about the book was that it tells the story of the zombie apocalypse through multiple characters. Some get infected and their brains gradually rot, causing them to become killers, and worse. It is actually painful to watch as one of the characters gradually loses his reasoning ability, until he is reduced to a drooling, stumbling wreck who is overcome with a gnawing hunger. In addition, we get to see the heroes struggling through the initial confusion as their fellows start turning into zombies, whose sole desire is to kill those around them.

This is the first book I have read from this author, but I am going to make sure that it is not the last. I recommend this book for all zombie fans, especially those who like realistic and interesting characters.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best zombie apocalypse book I've ever read! 5 Jan. 2014
By Zachary Zimmerman - Published on
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I recently received a Kindle as a gift and I immediately started reading my favorite kinds of books: Zombie Apocalypse. After reading several, I realized that many are good, some are bad, and a few really stand out. Z-Day: First Blood is one of those that stand out due to its originality and skillful writing. It starts off with a very creepy beginning with excellent action scenes and gets better from there. The characters are people that you can relate to, and I really cared about what was happening to them. Of the zombie books I have read so far, this book has the best characters of them all. The good guys have their flaws, and the bad guys are not one-dimensional killers or sadists. Even the side characters have personalities and are fully developed. One surprising thing about the book is that I found myself sympathizing with one of the bad guys, and at the same time I hated what he was doing.

In the story, we get to experience the Zombie Apocalypse from both sides. We follow the good guys as they try to cope with the chaos that is emerging, while at the same time we follow the bad guys who have been infected with the disease as they slide down into violence and savagery. It is heart-wrenching to see what some of them do as their minds slowly rot away.

I would recommend this book for any zombie fan that is looking for something a little different in zombie books (but not too different). Also, anyone that enjoys well-crafted characters in their books should really enjoy this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes a while to get started 5 Jun. 2014
By Rick Galer - Published on
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But having said that, I liked the book. The author spends a lot of time introducing the characters, probably the first third of the book. The rest of the book is used to kill most of them off and since you know them so well, you actually care. There is lots of dialog. I feel that dialog is hard to write, especially when the author changes voices to match the character that is speaking. Scott does does this very well. The plot, the premise and the action are all first rate as is the use of language. Very few errors were noted.I deducted a star because of the long introduction. Some of the other reviewers were really put off by it, I found it distracting but not a deal breaker. The author does have a thing about elbows. It seems that everyone falls and hits their elbow, hits someone with an elbow or is hit by an elbow. There are more elbows in this book than you would find at a tennis player's reunion. No big deal I just found it amusing. So all in all, a good read and certainly worth more than the $.99 price. I'll read the next one so hurry up Scott.
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