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#zombie (Zombie Botnet Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Al K. Line
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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In a normal house in the English suburbs Ven, a mother and world class hacker, presses enter on her keyboard and Armageddon is unleashed. She loses almost everything with that fateful keystroke.

The largest Web hack ever performed has devastating repercussions as it all goes horribly wrong. Designed to compromise the world's connected devices, the zombie botnet delivers subliminal data packets via social media and more - in an afternoon most of the world is either infected or eaten.

Now it is a fight for survival for Ven and her baby. Kyle, her one and only friend, and her faithful tubby Labrador Boscoe, help navigate the apocalyptic nightmare that is now their world.

The problem is Ven has never used a gun in her life, has no idea how to kill a zombie, and finds it hard to leave the house without doing her make-up.

Let's just say it gets interesting, and leave you to find out the rest, in this totally unique zombie novel series that will leave you too scared to ever use a hashtag again.
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  • Zombie Botnet Book 3: Alpha Zombie
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1202 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I863XES
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,875 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Al K. Line is a British author who lives somewhere in England with his wife, son, and stinky dogs.

Author of the Zombie Botnet series and the epic new Dystopian Fantasy series The Commorancy. The first volume: Orientation, is now available http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00N6UOGVK/

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2.2 out of 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but... 24 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I first started this book I thought it was a load of old tripe. I couldn't see where the Author was taking us at fist. I stuck with it mainly because I didn't have anything else in my Kindle library waiting to be read. After ploughing through the first few pages, it began to grow on me. The author has taken us in a somewhat unusual direction to bring us an I the zombie apocalypse story.

I have given it 4 stars mainly because of all the computer technical jargon the writer uses. Although I realise the inclusion of this is necessary to the story, I found myself skipping a few pages because it bored me. Having said all that though the story is pretty good if you can stick with it. Give it a try. If you, like me find the technical stuff a bit boring then just skip it like I did...All in all, apart from what I have written above, a pretty decent book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Goes into too much in depth information 24 Jun 2014
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As much as I enjoyed the story at times the in depth explanations on how the internet works and how hackers manipulate the net, how the electrical system works and gun laws among other things I found quite monotonous and found myself endlessly skipping pages to get to the next bit of story. Having read the first chapter of book two it seems to be more of the same I therefore will not be purchasing book two or subsequent books. The basic premise of the book could have been good as it reflects a different reason for a zombie outbreak than other books I have read, this in itself was refreshing it was just a shame the monotony in between spoilt it
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2.0 out of 5 stars no grab 30 May 2014
By meeka
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Didn't grab me at all almost nothing to draw me into the story but perhaps its just that if the story does not pull you into an other world in the first few words then you might just hit the archive button and move on to the next one!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear 17 May 2014
By jj
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Zombies made by a computer virus !!! Original idea but not for me. I gave up when ven showed no concern over paul being infected and turning into a zombie. About pg 13 im not sure.
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  35 reviews
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unique Zombie Apocalypse 5 Mar 2014
By A. Porterfield-Brock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
(Full disclosure: I received a free e-copy of this book for review through Booklikes Giveaway program.)

Written by Al K. Line, #zombie, follows two hackers, an infant, and an overweight dog as they navigate a new world overrun by zombies. The twist is that Ven (the pre-imminent hacker extraordinaire) is the CAUSE of the zombie catastrophe. Line has come up with a unique scenario of how a zombie apocalypse could begin. What if it all started with a computer hack that perpetuated itself through links on Facebook, hashtags on Twitter, and ads on YouTube? Could it be stopped? How could you avoid becoming infected?

I loved the concept for this story. A zombie invasion that began because a computer hacker unleashed a subroutine through every available avenue on the Internet? BRILLIANT. As someone who uses social media on a daily basis (who doesn't these days?), it was a chilling thought that by clicking on what first appears as an innocuous link on Twitter I could become a mindless destroyer of humanity.

However, I have to agree with another reviewer on here. It didn't hold my attention as I had hoped it would. Line has a tendency to drift and focus on minutiae that has no bearing on the tale. Re-telling of information previously stated is also another issue. Also, I didn't really feel connected to the protagonist, Ven. I didn't especially care if she made it through the apocalypse or not. Your main character needs to at least be somewhat relatable/likeable (at least I think so) to keep the interest of the reader. If I hadn't felt obligated to review I probably would have given up despite the fascination of the story's concept.

In conclusion: great concept and some really great wit but could stand a bit of tightening up on storyline.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Twittering Dead 24 Feb 2014
By Kelly Garbato - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
(Full disclosure: I received a free e-copy of this book for review through Library Thing’s Member Giveaway program.)

“Ven hit enter and Armageddon was unleashed.”

Ven – short for ven.GEANCE, her online hacker tag; Sarah to the tax collector – just wanted to make an obscene amount of cash. And, perhaps more importantly, build the best botnet the world had ever seen. And she did. Build a virtually indestructible bot, that is. The cash? Well, as it turns out, cash is less than useless in the zombie apocalypse.

After a decade plus spent carefully nurturing and cultivating her notorious zombie bot, Ven was finally ready for the end game. Using stolen bits of psychological research, she created a virus loaded with “data packets” of information – images, text, and videos, all transmitted from device to user quickly enough to elude conscious awareness – designed to manipulate internet users into opening a Bitcoin account…which Ven would then hijack and drain of funds. (Bitcoin? Really?) The plan was flawless, or so she though. Then she hit enter and accidentally unleashed Armageddon.

As you might have already guessed, those exposed to Ven’s subliminal mind manipulation didn’t open Bitcoin accounts. Instead, they either became hopelessly locked onto their machines, unable to look away from the devolving gibberish that flashed across the screen (Zombies love to tweet and take selfies, dontchaknow.), while those who failed to maintain steady eye contact went on a murderous rampage. They became zombies of a sort, although it remains a matter of some debate whether they died and were resurrected, or are still alive (and thus potentially curable). Either way, they want brains. In the absence of such, any other body part will do.

Ven’s husband Paul is one of the first victims of her zombie bot; while checking Twitter on his way up the landing, he’s infected with the virus, goes into anaphylactic shock, and then attempts to devour his wife and newborn son. Luckily, she and her hacker friend Kyle are able to dispatch of Zombie Paul using his own decorative samurai sword – right though the eyeball.

The rest of the story sees Ven, Kyle, three-month-old Tomas, and six-year-old adopted Black Lab Boscoe (Bos Bos) fleeing their neighborhood in the UK for the safety of her sister Cassie’s commune in North Wales. All the while, Ven struggles with her unwitting role in ending the world. Convinced that she can’t be solely to blame – after all, she viewed the same data as everyone else during the testing stage, with no ill results – she vows to find the person responsible. By story’s end this hasn’t happened, but the author’s note suggests that this is the first installment in a series.

#ZOMBIE is a different kind of zombie story, relating the infection to social media rather than a biological virus or environmental pollutant. Line has a rather cheeky sense of humor, and the blood and gore in the early zombie scenes is rather fun. I also adore Bos Bos, and appreciate that the author imparted a nonhuman with his own personality and voice. And – spoiler alert – the dog doesn’t get it. (I hate it when the dog dies. The dog ALWAYS dies!)

While the story has potential, the writing could stand to be tightened up a bit. The author tends to rehash the same points ad naseum, resulting in quite a few redundancies. For example, Line includes a lengthy “aside” explaining to the reader the construction of the internet, and why its web-like nature makes it so difficult to shut down. Later on the characters discuss this same material a second time. Likewise, the book (especially the opening chapters) is filled with descriptions of how awesome Ven and her unstoppable bot are. Show, don’t tell!

If I hadn’t been obligated to review this book, I probably would have bailed 30% in; it just didn’t hold my interest, and there are plenty of other books in my pile that I’m itching to get to. As it was, I skimmed over a number of passages in the second half of the book. Line has an interesting concept here, but way too many words. I’d love to see this as a novella or short story. 2.5 stars, rounded down to 2 on Amazon.

In conclusion: “Well, f*** Twitter, that was no real loss. It would be a shame to lose Instagram though.”
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brits fighting cyber zombies!! 20 July 2014
By JillsTempted - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book. I loved the richly written characters and the interplay between them. The action takes off immediately. I really enjoyed the very informative descriptions of the hacking and how the Internet itself works and is set up. It wasn't boring information but was made an excellent part of the narrative. This was a totally cool and different take on the zombie apocalypse!! Even Bos Bos the dog is a great character! Loved it!!!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brains... 3 July 2014
By Trevor B. - Published on Amazon.com
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Mind-control! Zombies! Your technical jargon vocabulary will expand! What's not to like about this book?

Well written with a flow that kept me involved, this book is a page turner. i was quite disappointed when it ended!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AL 24 Jun 2014
By Candy Toothman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Love how it set in England. Love the motley crew of characters and the unique way of becoming infected. Keep writing, it's balls up great.
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