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Book Review – Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End by Manel Loureiro

May 12, 2014 1 comment

Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End by Manel Loureiro

Book Description:

The dead rise…

A mysterious incident in Russia, a blip buried in the news—it’s the only warning humanity receives that civilization will soon be destroyed by a single, voracious virus that creates monsters of men.

Humanity falls…

A lawyer, still grieving over the death of his young wife, begins to write as a form of therapy. Bur he never expected that his anonymous blog would ultimately record humanity’s last days.

The end of the world has begun…

Governments scramble to stop the zombie virus, people panic, so-called “Safe Havens” are established, the world erupts into chaos; soon it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves. Armed only with makeshift weapons and the will to live, a lone survivor will give mankind one last chance against…

Apocalypse Z

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I was in the mood for another take on the Zombie Apocalypse, so I picked up Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End by Manel Loureiro (a Spanish practicing lawyer & author based in Pontevedra, Spain). With an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon (and 1,083 5 star reviews!), I figured this should be a good buy.

Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End unfortunately didn’t quite live up (to me) to the promise of its 4.2 stars, but if you like Zombie stories, it’s still an okay (if redundant) read. My main problem with the book was that it didn’t really offer anything new to the genre – the author was pretty faithful in his characterization of the zombies, and the plot is the usual survival story covered many times before (by better authors). The setting of the story at the author’s native Spain did keep it  bit more interesting for me in the beginning, same with the origin of the Zombie plague beginning somewhere in Dagestan. Book-Putin’s response was also classic – I think Putin’s government would react the same way :)

The main character in the book is a yuppie lawyer who initially starts blogging as a way of dealing with his grief after the death of his wife, and ended up chronicling his harrowing experiences in a personal journal during the Zombie apocalypse. I thought that the blogging style worked well in the beginning, when the lawyer was slowly waking up to the real threat while trying to go about his ordinary life (going to work, shopping, etc). I was still okay when it got switched to writing a journal (the internet dies during the apocalypse, y’all) – after all, the guy was stuck alone in his home surrounded by zombies. Plenty of time to write one’s thoughts down on paper.

But I did have to suspend disbelief that the lawyer supposedly continued writing in the journal so faithfully (reporting EVERYTHING that happened to him almost daily), even after he went on the run (and spoiler alert! got captured). I mean, it’s kind of hard to think of myself taking a break every now and then from the Zombie mayhem to write down all my previous 24-hour experiences. It really got silly around the last third of the book for me – oh, hey, a horde of zombies have killed a bunch of us! I might die next! but hey, I’ll write down first about what happened in detail starting from this morning…

Personally, if the author was really dead set on the journal aspect, I thought the character should’ve just remained stuck in his home, while he fought going cabin-fever crazy while trying to figure out a way to survive the Zombies. Less travelling / adventuring / gathering companions (including a possible love-interest character whose age – 16/17? – gave me the creeps), and more going into the psychology of survival of a lone wolf-type character maybe.

Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End by Manel Loureiro, translated by Pamela Carmell (AmazonCrossing) is available on Amazon.

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‘5 Questions’ Interview With A.W. Hartoin! @AWHartoin

March 1, 2014 Leave a comment

5 Questions

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author A.W. Hartoin to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors interview series!

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It Started with a Whisper by A.W. Hartoin

Describe your novel It Started with a Whisper in ten words or less

It Started with a Whisper is a tale of revenge gone magically wrong.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

My son had a teacher who couldn’t stand him and the story came from his desire to teach that teacher a lesson.

It didn’t happen in real life, but there’s a lot of satisfaction in fiction.

Which of your characters (in this book) is closest to your heart and why?

Puppy MacClarity is my favorite character because he’s a really good kid who finds himself doing some pretty bad things.

If you weren’t a full-time author, what other career would you be in and why?

Writing is my day job these days, but before, I was a Sensor Technician in US Air Force. That experience had a huge influence on my writing. I worked almost exclusively with men. Once they got used to me, I got to be part of the club and hear things women aren’t usually privileged to hear. All the male characters in It Started with a Whisper came out the way they did because of those conversations.

Tell us about another book or project you’re excited about

I’m excited about Book two in the Away From Whipplethorn series, Fierce Creatures. It’s a fairy adventure like no other.

Bonus Question! Fill in the blank: If you like ___, you’ll probably like my book too!


A.W. Hartoin

Thanks again for stopping by, A.W. Hartoin! You can learn more about the author via her official website: awhartoin.com, and connect via Twitter: @AWHartoin and Facebook.

 It Started with a Whisper is available on Amazon (Kindle).

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Goldbox Deal of the Day! $50 Off Refurbished Kindle Fire HDX 7″ Wi-Fi Tablet

September 22, 2014 Leave a comment

$50 Off a Certified Refurbished Kindle Fire HDX 7

Today only, get $50 Off a Certified Refurbished Kindle Fire HDX 7″ Wi-Fi Tablet! While supplies last.

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Borderline by Lawrence Block @LawrenceBlock for $2.99! @HardCaseCrime (#Kindle #Nook)

September 22, 2014 Leave a comment

Borderline by Lawrence Block

Borderline by Lawrence Block (Hard Case Crime) is available for limited time at the specially discounted price of $2.99 on the US Kindle site. *Price match to the Nook Daily Find today.

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Book Description

THE SCORCHING PULP NOVEL BY LAWRENCE BLOCK, AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 50 YEARS!

On the border between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico, five lives are about to collide – with fatal results. You’ll meet

MARTY – the professional gambler who rolls the dice on a night with…

MEG – the bored divorcee who seeks excitement and finds…

LILY – the beautiful hitchhiker lured into a live sex show by…

CASSIE – the redhead with her own private agenda…

and WEAVER – the madman, the killer with a straight razor in his pocket, on the run from the police and determined to go down swinging!

This is MWA Grand Master Lawrence Block at his rawest and most visceral, a bloody, bawdy, brutal story of passion and punishment–and of lines that were never meant to be crossed.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: The First Avenger (Junior Novelization) by Disney Book Group for $0.99! @Marvel #Kindle Kids Daily Deal!

September 22, 2014 Leave a comment

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: The First Avenger (Junior Novelization) by Disney Book Group

CAPTAIN AMERICA: The First Avenger (Junior Novelization)‘ by Disney Book Group (Marvel Press) is now available at the specially discounted price of $0.99 on the US Kindle site.

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8 – 12 3 – 7
BIRTH OF THE SUPER-SOLDIER
All Steve Rogers ever wanted to do was join the U.S. Army and fight for his country. But he was too sick and frail to pass the required physical. His patriotic dreams were shattered…until a scret branch of the military offered him a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: Steve would be the test subject in an experiment that would transform him from a weak, unhealthy civilian into a mighty Super-Soldier!
Now known as Captain America, Steve is thrown onto the battlefields of Europe, where he must embark on a dangerous mission to stop the evil Red Skull–and his diabolical HYDRA organization–from destroying the entire world!

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The Pirates Laffite by William C. Davis for $1.99! #Kindle Biography & Memoir Daily Deal!

September 22, 2014 Leave a comment

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The Pirates Laffite: The Treacherous World of the Corsairs of the Gulf by William C. Davis

The Pirates Laffite: The Treacherous World of the Corsairs of the Gulf‘ by William C. Davis (Mariner Books) is available at the specially discounted price of $1.99 on the US Kindle site. Also on Amazon CA.

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Book Description

At large during the most colorful period in New Orleans’ history, from just after the Louisiana Purchase through the War of 1812, privateers Jean and Pierre Laffite made life hell for Spanish merchants on the Gulf. Pirates to the U.S. Navy officers who chased them, heroes to the private citizens who shopped for contraband at their well-publicized auctions, the brothers became important members of a filibustering syndicate that included lawyers, bankers, merchants, and corrupt U.S. officials. But this allegiance didn’t stop the Laffites from becoming paid Spanish spies, disappearing into the fog of history after selling out their own associates.

William C. Davis uncovers the truth about two men who made their names synonymous with piracy and intrigue on the Gulf.

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The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow by Cory Doctorow @doctorow for $0.99! @pmpressorg #Kindle Sci-Fi / Fantasy Daily Deal!

September 22, 2014 Leave a comment

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Book Description

In a Disney-dominated future, a transhuman teenager engages in high velocity adventures until he meets the “meat girl” of his dreams and is forced to choose between immortality and sex in one of Cory Doctorow’s most daring novellas.

Also included in this collection is “Creativity vs. Copyright,” a transcript of Doctorow’s historic address to the 2010 World Science Fiction Convention, dramatically presenting his controversial case for open-source models not only in information but art as well, and “Outspoken Interview,” in which Doctorow reveals the surprising inspirations for his writing.

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2 books in the ‘Novels of Loch Moigh’ series by Barbara Longley @barbaralongley are $1.99 Each! #Kindle Romance Daily Deal!

September 22, 2014 Leave a comment

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2 books in the 'Novels of Loch Moigh' series by Barbara Longley

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Today only, 2 books in the ‘Novels of Loch Moigh’ series by Barbara Longley are $1.99 Each.

The Highlander’s Folly (The Novels of Loch Moigh Book 3) is $3.99 (pre-order)

 

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6 books in the ‘Anna Travis Mystery’ series by Lynda La Plante @LaPlanteLynda are $1.99 each! @touchstonebooks #Kindle Daily Deal!

September 22, 2014 Leave a comment

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6 Books in the ‘Anna Travis Mystery’ series by Lynda La Plante (Touchstone) are only $1.99 each today only on the US Kindle site.

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Today only, 6 books in the ‘Anna Travis Mystery’ series by Lynda La Plante are $1.99 each.

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