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The Secret Apocalypse (A Secret Apocalypse Story Book 1) by [Harden, J. L., Harden, James]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4233 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004I8WNR8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews
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This really could have used a good beta reader or editor, as the plot is a Swiss cheese of holes.

For a start, there's the whole "secret" apocalypse concept. Without giving away anything that's not in the book description above, the idea is that a zombie apocalypse breaks out near a small town in the desert in Southern Australia (separated from Adelaide by 500km of mostly near-empty desert), and the government would be able to keep it secret until a week later when the zombies had made it all the way to Sydney (1700km away) and Melbourne (however far that is)?

Now, how on earth can something like that be kept secret? Can you remember the last time you witnessed a fight or attack or disturbance happening on a town street that didn't get filmed on a mobile phone? People tweet or FB their every move. You can be pretty damn sure that people would be telling other people (calling them, social media, etc.) if that kind of disturbance was going on in their town. But the outbreak manages to spread across a lot of terrain (presumably largely on foot, as the planes and other forms of long-distance transport have been shut down as part of the nation quarantine, the zombies can't drive, and the infected change pretty darn quick so it's not really possible that someone got infected and then drove themselves very far, avoiding the quarantine roadblocks, before they turned)? And no one in any of the other towns and cities reached before the Sydney outbreak manages to tell the world???? Come on.

About half way through one of the characters claims that the government shut down all the phones and internet at the start of the outbreak, to keep it all a secret. That isn't a believable solution (does no one in the outback have a CB radio or a satellite phone? That seems unlikely.
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I couldn't put this book down from the moment I picked it up, but I feel like it cut me off far to quick. I suggest you download them all at once to stop you feeling like an addict who's had their supply with held. I did feel the characters were a little flat though, like more time had been spent on the action than them. Although hopefully that will be seen to in the other books.
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Well, this was… an interesting read.

Reading on a laptop always messes up the whole concept of pages, but this is only meant to be 165 pages long and it took me over a month to read. That just isn’t right.

I wanted to read this because the title was intriguing and, well, it was free. But I’m not likely to pay out for the rest of the series. (Sorry James Harden.)

So the protagonist, Rebecca, is being interviewed. She panics and ends up in the bathroom, recapping her entire experience on a notepad. This moment of remembrance is, essentially, the book. So while the book is written in the present tense during the interview period, most of the book is in the past tense. I must say that this creates a pretty cool effect, as we think we already know what the outcome will be. But then, BAM! Something unexpected happens right at the end, something Rebecca is shocked to hear.

Australia has been hit with the Oz Virus. It kills the host but keeps them functioning, basically turning them into the living dead. But Australia is under a nationwide quarantine – meaning the rest of the planet has no clue what’s happening.

Rebecca and her friends are trying to escape both the infected and the military while trying to find food and shelter at the same time. They find themselves in an empty casino, where they come across Dr West – one of the doctor’s responsible for creating the Oz Virus.

One friend is bitten, they’re all close to being test subjects, and they have no idea when the rest of the world will start sending help. Things are pretty tough.

But, as we know from the start, Rebecca does make it out alive. But what happens to her friends?

The plot is pretty good, and I like the mixing of past and present tense. But the grammar.
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I really like zombie apocalypse books, shows, games ect, which of course is why I downloaded this. But to be honest, I wish I hadn't. I found it very disappointing.
The lack of tension made it barely possible to even drag myself through the whole book, and when I did it had a boring ending.
Plus, the main character annoyed me so much all the time. I knew the book was written in the perspective of a teenage girl, but as a teenage girl myself, the last thing I'd want to read about is another girl's life (I'm not one of those people into teen movies or books such as LOL!) Maybe other people would like that so maybe the problem there isn't with the book.
But there are plently more problems I can point out. Not only is there a lack of tension, but you begin to realise none of the characters are ever in any danger of dying. A girl gets shot in the arm, but soon enough she doesn't even notice it, even though seconds before it was a life-threatening injury. They get shot at by soldiers, but they all escape unharmed - clearly these soldiers must have barely passed their training. At one polint, a girl gets BITTEN, making you think "well, she's doomed." But no, it's a miracle, she's immune!
Maybe I'm being a bit harsh, but I just didn't enjoy this book at all. I never found myself feeling anything but annoyance for the characters, the implausible, boring plot.
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