Max Brook’s work “World War Z” changed the way we all look at the zombie genre forever when it dropped in 2006. It’s difficult to consider which book to read after such a fabulous find but here are some real gems I’ve read and love; I hope you do, too!
The Scattered and the Dead by Tim McBain and L.T. Vargus
From the Publisher: Loneliness drives an introvert to write a letter to the girl in the apartment across the hall. He is anxious. Reclusive. Desperate for a friend. The apocalypse interrupts this attempt at human contact.
Now he watches out the window as the world gets cut to pieces by plague and riots. Buildings burn. Pedestrians vomit blood. Soon the bodies line the streets. Rumors of zombies spread. And then the power goes out. Getting to know someone could be harder than he thought, let alone surviving in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. He might even need to leave the apartment.
Much like “World War Z,” this novella takes the conventions of zombie literature and adds something completely original. Richly drawn and completely memorable, this tale is a standout! I loved it!
Hell on Earth by Tony Urban
From the Publisher: With the flick of his wrist, a madman unleashes a plague that devastates humanity. Cities burn and the government crumbles as the dead come back to life as crazed, flesh-hungry monsters, leaving less than 5,000 people alive in America.
As the mystery of who started the zombie apocalypse takes a backseat to survival, convicts and soldiers, fry cooks and millionaires, housewives and farmers are forced to make life and death decisions in the blink of an eye.
Could you kill your friend, your parent, your child, to save yourself? Would you risk your life to save that of a stranger? Heroes and villains rise from the ashes of what used to be civilization and an epic, post-apocalyptic adventure begins.
“Hell on Earth” blends the exciting post-apocalyptic atmosphere with a totally unique voice. Scary, heartbreaking with a dash of humor thrown in, it’s a fantastic, can’t miss read for horror fans!
Dawn by J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon
From the Publisher: It’s always darkest before the dawn.
When the Blackout arrives, Dax Harper finds himself alone and fighting for survival on the chaotic streets of New Orleans. He is on the run, desperately searching for his estranged sister as the riots intensify.
An unexpected encounter with his ex-girlfriend thrusts Dax into a leadership position—one he’s not sure he can accept. As the hours pass, the city floods, pitting Dax in an epic battle against time and a mysterious new enemy threatening the future of humankind.
In this post-apocalyptic thriller, Bohannon and Thorn tell a tale that is so haunting and believable. Kept me turning the pages long into the night!
The Tide by Anthony J Melchiorri
From the Publisher: Aboard a clandestine ship with unparalleled technology, Captain Dominic Holland commands a crew of skilled covert operatives and talented scientific personnel dedicated to fighting biological and chemical warfare. Their missions have taken them all over the globe to combat sinister plots and dangerous adversaries. But a new assignment leads them to a genetic engineering laboratory on an abandoned oil rig where they discover the most disturbing threat to mankind they have ever seen.
Back in the United States, CIA analyst Meredith Webb exposes a frightening connection between the agency she has devoted her life to and the abandoned oil rig. Her investigations are short-lived when terror spreads across the country. Something is turning humans into nightmarish creatures hell-bent on destruction.
Dominic and Meredith face impossible odds in a perilous effort to fight the impending apocalypse. But will their efforts be enough to turn the tide—or is humanity’s fate already sealed?
Melchiorri’s work starts at a breakneck speed and continues to keep you at the edge of your seat. He decided to go for a zombie/monster hybrid, which I think really works and adds a unique spin. Excellent reading!
This Plague of Days by Robert Chazz Chutes
From the Publisher: When the Sutr-X virus spreads globally, civilization falls. Jaimie Spencer, an autistic boy, is caught in the fight for survival. When the virus mutates the infected transform into rabid bio-weapons. Jaimie tries to save his family first.
Destiny calls him to fight for all of us. Readers of all things apocalyptic will love This Plague of Days. The Omnibus Edition won Honorable Mention from Writer’s Digest Self-published Ebook Awards.
Unique Zombie Fiction! Enter the mind of a selective mute whose world rarely touches our own. He becomes a hero like you’ve never experienced. We are all trapped in the nightmares: survivors, looters, the wicked and the damned. Jaimie is our one hope. Look for him in your dreams.
This is definitely NOT your typical zombie tale! Loved the story line and the characters are so memorable, too! These monsters are not what you’re expecting, either. This twisty-turny thriller is a must-read delight!
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