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Short Take: “No Easy Hope,” James N. Cook

Pros: Interesting characters Cons: Somewhat slow Rating: 3 out of 5 Unlike many recent zombie apocalypse novels, James N. Cook’s No Easy Hope (Surviving the Dead Volume 1) takes the time to give the characters some depth and originality. I

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Short Take: “Trudge,” Shawn Chesser

Pros: Some decent material Cons: Bland, familiar ground; appropriate title Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Shawn Chesser’s Trudge: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse (Volume 1) is an aptly-named book. It felt like trudging through the fairly standard zombie tale. The characters

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Review: “A New World: Chaos”, John O’Brien

Pros: New ground for a zombie book Cons: Slooooooow Rating: 3.5 out of 5 John O’Brien’s A New World: Chaos (Volume 1) posits a world in which the disease just did the killing–it was the rush to find a cure

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Review: “Return of the Phoenix,” Heath Stallcup

Pros: Standard but decent storyline and a couple of decent characters Cons: Slapstick humor bits; inappropriate humor bits; forced humor bits; writing so-so Rating: 2 out of 5 Heath Stallcup’s Return of the Phoenix: A Monster Squad Novel (Volume 1)

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Short Take: “Last Another Day,” Baileigh Higgins

Pros: New venue; decent characters; good writing Cons: It’s good but not great Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Baileigh Higgins’s Last Another Day (Dangerous Days – Zombie Apocalypse Book 1) stands out among the other Kindle Unlimited zombie firsts I’ve

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Short Take: “Outbreak,” Joshua C. Chadd

Pros: There is an audience for this; some good action scenes Cons: Everything else Rating: 2 out of 5 Joshua Chadd’s Outbreak (The Brother’s Creed) (Volume 1) exists to please a very specific kind of audience, and that audience has

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Review: “Devour,” R.L. Blalock

Pros: Likable characters that you come to care about; plenty of variety in action Cons: I probably would have shifted some of the end elements around. Maybe. Rating: 4 out of 5 R.L. Blalock’s Devour (Death & Decay) (Volume 1)

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Review: “Harvest of Ruin,” Arthur Mongelli

Pros: Plenty of survivalism to track Cons: Unlikable characters; plodding pace; repetitive TV style Rating: 2 out of 5 Harvest Of Ruin: A Zombie Novel is another entry (by Arthur Mongelli) that focuses on survival and survivalism more than the

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Review: “Side Effects: Book One: First Days,” Dusti Dawn Rose

Pros: Detailed prepper/survivalist tale Cons: Rough; slow; sometimes confusing or inconsistent Rating: 3 out of 5 Side Effects: Book One: First Days (Volume 1), by Dusti Dawn Rose, tells the tale of Em and Drew, along with Em’s roommate Anna,

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Short Take: “Beneath the Cut,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Loved this tale. Plenty of mystery and strangeness Cons: Not everyone will want the murky turn into what is death? Rating: 5 out of 5 Beneath the Cut measured up to what I expect from Ike Hamill at this

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