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All Roads Lead To Terror: Coming of age in a post apocalyptic world (Dreadland Chronicles Book 1) by [Schiver, Richard]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in Dreadland Chronicles (3 Book Series)

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About the Author

Unlike other writers who knew they wanted to write the moment they became self aware, Richard’s path to taking up the pen followed a more leisurely route. As a child he wanted to be a fighter pilot, later he thought it would be neat to be a rock star. Unfortunately, as an introvert, he was not suited for the stage. Once he gave up the guitar, much to the relief of his parents, he turned his attention to making movies. Armed with an 8mm movie camera, several rolls of aluminum foil liberated from the kitchen, and the spare bed sheets, he filmed his first masterpiece. The story was about a space ship crash landing in the woods behind his house. His sister starred as the damsel in distress while his little brother, wrapped like a mummy in the spare bed sheets, chased her through the woods. His career as a famous director ended before it even got off the ground when on opening night his mother recognized the missing bed sheets and aluminum foil resulting in his grounding for the remainder of that summer. A voracious reader, he believes writing is the most intimate form of communication possible. The reader permits the writer access to their mind, and the readers reality dissolves as they focus on the narrative of the tale being spun. His love of the macabre was sparked at an early age when he would sit on his grandmother’s porch listening to her tell ghost stories. During the summer he and his cousins would sleep in his grandmother’s back yard, within sight of the abandoned haunted house next door, and spend the night scaring one another with gruesome tales of shadowy creatures that went bump in the night. Over his life he has played a series of roles, husband, father, son, and lover, but his favorite by far is grandfather. He and his wife of twenty plus years have raised four children, and helped raise eight grandchildren. They provide a secure home to a yellow lab named Max and a cat who will answer to either Flame or Furball. His wife has experienced first hand the exasperation of living with a writer whose mind has a tendency to wander at the most inappropriate times. Yet she manages to keep his feet firmly planted on terra firma. Facebook: http://www.facebook/RichardSchiver Twitter: @RichardSchiver Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/richard-schiver Website: http://www.richardschiver.com Email: rschiver@gmail.com Sign up to be notified of new releases when they become available. http://www.eepurl.com/2bYSf

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2580 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Abiss Books; 1 edition (11 Dec. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016MLXM32
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #928,443 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Richard Schiver is not an author I had read before. But I will again. All Roads is frankly Stephen King's Stand By Me, with zombies. But not too many. To call this a zombie novel would be a misnomer. First and foremost this is a coming-of-age drama, written by a man with a deft hand for characterization, set within a dystopian backdrop.

And it's good. Like, really good.

I don't generally read books that have little gore, scares, and general horror (but I am expanding my horizons) however, I couldn't put the book down.

The way Schiver emotes the characters, the fact that they are all well defined, different, people, even though still young, was refreshing. I believed in them. I wanted them to live. I wanted them to fight. And when it came down to it, I rooted for them. Their motives. I wanted the group to resolve their internal conflicts.

And when the big bads did turn up? It was scary. Because they weren't around every corner. Hell, the other people are scary in this.

When I'm using terms like deft, well defined, internal conflict, and motive, you know it's a good book. When I liken it to King. Damn it's good.

The only reason I knock a star off is for the poor editing in places.
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This is a zombie book with a difference. This book follows the journey of children in a post apocalyptic world. The boys have had to grow up quickly and zombies aren't the only enemy. Human adults and children can be more deadly than the zombies. The book is well written and really gets you into the minds of the children in the harsh world the author has created. I look forward to reading the sequel.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 11 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 28 Jun. 2016
By K.R. Reese - Published on Amazon.com
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Though this usually isn't my normal genre, I took a chance. This is the first book I've read outside of my "comfort zone" and I must say I wasn't able to put it down! The world becomes a savage place after a Zombie apocalypse tears it all apart. But these boys work together, forming camaraderie, friendship, and giving each other hope. Truly amazing book! I cannot wait for more in this series!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed 23 Aug. 2016
By Memnoc - Published on Amazon.com
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Really enjoyed this. Looking forward to future instalments.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 28 Oct. 2016
By S. Kirwan - Published on Amazon.com
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Not very good read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Zombies are bad, but people are worse 11 Dec. 2015
By fairness in everything - Published on Amazon.com
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There’s that hollow sound you hear as you walk down a long, quiet hallway; it’s an echo that doesn’t quite bounce back; it’s as if something in that hallway takes your vibrations and consumes a bit of what you’re generating as you walk. You move from one place to the next, and though your destination may be familiar, you still feel a sense of dread in the sound loss, in the fact that you may not be making the right transition through reality with your entire self intact. At the end of your walk you might not encounter what you expect. That’s the feeling I get when I read zombie fiction. Something is taken from me, albeit willingly, as I read, and feel dread, and hope for the best.

Richard Schiver’s ALL ROADS LEAD TO TERROR has that echo. Starting with a band of four boys (Meat, Window, Einstein, and Billie-Bob) on a mission to rescue kidnapped children from their safe (though totalitarian) haven; continuing with their sojourn through the grotesque wastelands of a decaying society which is replete with the usual tropes: zombies, grizzled world weary men, evil people, lunatics gone more than wrong, and unceasing distress and fear.

Everything you expect to happen in a post-apocalyptic world is here in ALL ROADS LEAD TO TERROR, plus a few surprises that follow from a twisted reality that would breed every kind of monster you can imagine springing from all the blood and gore that’s seemingly been poured into every nook and cranny of the world. Nowhere’s safe, nowhere’s secure, except for where these four boys dwell together, intent on their mission, relying on the family ties that they’ve formed in growing up in the midst of horror. Their bonds are secure, solid, fraying a bit in crisis, but still there to save the day no matter what they encounter. Together these boys are strong and determined to complete their rescue even at the cost of their own lives.

Despite the death and horror, I walked with these boys willingly as I read the book, listening to my lessened echo, glad to have made my way intact through to the end, and looking forward to the next book in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars brutal with a purpose 2 Nov. 2016
By Jeanette Andromeda - Published on Amazon.com
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At first, this story appears to fit right into the post-apocalyptic zombie universe. But it broadens out into a more interesting coming of age story. Meat, Window, Einstien, and Billie-Bob, are trekking out into the uncharted land East of their settlement, the Dreadlands, to rescue the children who’d just been kidnapped. They are seasoned trackers with some impeccable marksmanship skills. And they are all between the ages of 12 and 15.

The age of these characters entirely changes the dynamic of this book from a more familiar world of survival and human in-fighting to one where the narative of the young plays a more important role. Children of this world are preyed upon openly, but in this society? They fight back. If this book was written any differently, I don’t think I could have read what happened to these kids. Brutal, horrible things happened to them as they struggled to survive in the predatory world around them. However- it was written in a way that kept my rapt attention. Why?

These characters were people

The core group of boys were each individual, deep characters, with pain and pasts you would normally only seen in adults who’ve lived a hard life. I was quickly invested in them and it was seeing their personal struggles and growth that made this story sing. Well, that and the Big Bad Antagonists.

Now, you have your zombies, but they aren’t the real danger in this world. As in most cases of “zombie apocalypse” literature, it’s the people fighting over resources and struggling to adapt that you have to fear. What I loved about how Richard approached that concept, was that his didn’t to focus in on the adults of the world. Instead he kept his focus on the kids. If the depraved adults did horrible things, we experienced it from the children’s point of view. The kids, even the ones threatening our protagonists lives, were more human than the adults in this world. They were also, far more savage.

There was a flavor of “Lord of the Flies” expressed through the savage tribe of kids who kidnapped the children in the first place. They were viscous, brutal creatures grown from the cycle of abuse this book explores. And the religious practices they had cultivated in the absence of love and protection is truly horrifying. It’s the kind of horror that at once makes your stomach churn and your hand itch to draw it. (Or maybe that’s just my response to these kind of stories…)

The climatic battle I won’t even touch on, because to talk about it is to spoil the most delightful revelation that this book has hidden in it. But what I will say is, read all the way to the end. It’s so totally worth it, and it’s because of the ending that I want to read the next book in the series. I love it when a book pulls the rug out from under me. It keeps me from getting jaded or from succumbing to Horror Fatigue.

I reserve a star because there are some grammatical issues that another round of editing would fix up, but 4 solid stars because this book is absolutely worth reading. It is brutal with a purpose. It’s post-apocalyptic and set in the zombie genre without being clichéd. And that ending. That ending is spectacular.
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