A list of apocalyptic e-books I have read the last couple of months
For some time now I have been rather busy with other work, so this website is not updated that frequently anymore. But busy or not, I do keep reading a lot of books, and most of them are unknown zombie and apocalyptic themed e-books. If I had the time I would do a complete review for everyone of them, but since I’m busy I just put these small reviews together.
Desperate Times by Nicholas Antinozzi
A three part book series that tells the tale of a average joe, Jimmy Logan in a apocalyptic united States after a global economic collapse. I thought the first book was really good, it really is something else then your normal zombie apocalypse story. The second book however felt more like the writer did not know yet where he wanted to go with the story so he invented some new storylines. The third book was better then the second one, but the ending was a bit plain.. On Amazon Desperate Times volume one gets about 4 stars, volume two, Gun Control 3,5 stars and volume 3, Revolution gets 4,5 stars.
Overall Desperate Times from Nicholas Antinozzi are worth the read if you can get them at a good price and you like the political side of a apocalypse (Fema, Gun control etc…)
Sovereign Spirit Saga by David Forsyth
Although I already review these book series I could not let hem out of this list. Months later I still think it’s one of the best e-books I have ever read. The best thing about this zombie apocalyptic story is that it offers a bold new perspective on the zombie apocalypse genre. Think of all the thing you that annoyed you in other Zombie stories, like how they never think of creating a barrier of water or concrete to stop the zombies, always split up and run into trouble and how all the armies in the world always are completely destroyed.
Curious if you like it? Just pick up the first book, its still free on Amazon. After your hooked I would advise you to buy the trilogy “Sovereign Spirit Saga: Volume One“. It includes Voyage of the Dead (book 1), Flotilla of the Dead (book 2) and Deluge of the Dead (book 3) in a single eBook. All three books are newly edited and revised and this trilogy offers a discount from buying the individual titles.
Tankbread by Paul Mannering
This zombie novel offers a interesting view on the zombie genre where some zombies actually are smart. Ten years after the apocalypse the survivors in the world are feeding the undead with a steady diet of cloned people called Tankbread, the survivors live in a dangerous world on the brink of final extinction.
Although it gets a score of about 4,3 stars on Amazon and 145 costumers reviewed the book I never got into it.. I stopped once to read another book, after that I gave it another chance but again put it down to read another book.. I do think however it has some potential and can imagine people do like this novel.
The Rain by Joseph Turkot
A very original 5 part novel about living in a post apocalyptic world where it keeps on raining, what causes the worldwide water level to keep on rising. The story begins with a girl called Tanner and Russel who cared for her since she was two years old.
This was one of this books where the first part was free. A lot of times with these kind of series the first part is real good and after that it slightly decreases in quality. The first part of The Rain I did not even like that much, but by the end of it I was curious enough to buy the second part. After that It did get me hooked.
The whole setting of the story and darkness of it reminded me of the novel and film The Road. The story really is about survival and making it to the next day. And just like in ‘The Road’, but very logical for a world like this where growing crops aint a option anymore, a lot of humans become cannibals.
You can still get the first book for free, after that you can buy each book at a time or buy the complete book, what is just called The Rain, including all 5 parts.
Virus The Unknown by Larry Finhouse
Okay I read a lot of books, some are great and some are just plain bad.. How good Virus The unknown is?? I can’t tell you, I read this book some months ago but cant remember anything about the story.. So it probably ain’t really bad, but in no way good..
Score: 5/10 (?)
Wastelanders: Episode 1, by Steven T. G. Hill
I love the Fallout world and everything that slightly reminds me of it has my attention. Wastelanders takes place more then 50 years after a nuclear, biological, and chemical war destroyed the world. But it wasn’t the end. Only a new beginning, bathed in the glow of radiation.
No zombies in this story, but we do get a lot of action and mutants. If you are a Fallout fan you probably going to like this book. The first episode was published in august 2013 and author Steven T. G. Hill promised a new episode would come once every two months.. It’s may 2014 and I’m still waiting for the second episode. So I’m not sure if it ever continues, but for 1,20 dollar it’s worth a gamble.
I really did enjoy the first episode but since the story only got started I can’t go higher then a 6,8 for this novel.. It does have a lot of potential though.
Pulse by Eloise J. Knapp
A zombie apocalypse that really starts at the beginning, originally a piece of bad fish :P. An unidentified and aggressive illness begins spreading in North Dakota, and the nation panics. People are becoming sick, losing their minds, and murdering each other in disturbing ways. The government is struggling to come up with a solution, but as the epidemic mutates within the civilian population, its grip grows stronger.
The story itself is told from different characters and was a good read, nothing more, nothing less.
Adrian’s War ( A Distant Eden) by Lloyd Tackitt
A very original book in the sense that it is part survival/military tactics guide and part novel. Three years after a solar storm wiped out the power grid Adrian Hunter embarks on a journey to the mountains, determined to live and survive by utilizing his knowledge of stone age techniques. He encounters a band of raiders who attempt to take him prisoner – and Adrian’s War begins.
Now the plot of the story aint spectacular but still is exciting enough so you can’t put you ereader/book away. Altough Adrian’s War is part of a series, A distant Eden it’s a standalone story.. I only read Adrian’s War and never felt like I missed out on information. The novel gets about 4,3 stars on Amazon and has 131 reviews.
The Fall (part 1: Victim Zero and part 2: Dead Will Rise)
On of my latest treasures in zombie apocalypse novels. The story follows Kell McDonald, one of the men behind the virus. It was meant to change the world. To cure the incurable and rebuild the broken. When the world ended, the weight of its dead fell on the shoulders of the man at the heart of it all.
By the time I began with this book I did not know it was set in the world of ‘Living with the Dead’. A lot of readers who started with Living with the Dead are amazed by this novel, that is a standalone novel. I bought the original series after I read The Fall but put that one down pretty quickly. This novel is well written, well-researched, fast-paced, and contains lots of action. I, for one cant wait for the next episodes.