Book Review: The Breadwinner by Stevie Kopas

25097053Title: The Breadwinner

Author: Stevie Kopas

Genre: Post Apocalyptic

Publication Date: March 17, 2015

About the Book

The end of the world is not glamorous. In a matter of days the human race was reduced to nothing more than vicious, flesh hungry creatures. This three part story takes you into the world of the survivors, coming from different generations and different sides of the tracks, they all share one thing in common: who you once were can no longer determine who you will be in the face of catastrophe.

Samson, a once wealthy and powerful criminal defense attorney struggles to keep his family safe and keep his sanity intact when the world comes apart at the seams. Veronica, the high school track star races to get her brother out of the city and into the safety of Franklin Woods. Along the way we come across the struggles of finding solace, finding out who you really are, and making decisions in a post apocalyptic world. The Breadwinner is a three part story and the first book in a planned series that will leave you craving more.

 

My Review

I received a free copy of the audiobook for an honest review.

I’ve always said that I’m not a fan of zombies but I think I’m going to have to change that to I’m not a fan of zombie movies and TV shows, because I have liked all of the zombie books I’ve read or listened to recently. The Breadwinner is a good example.

The story starts as a virus is spreading and there are quickly few people left unharmed. There are definitely more undead than dead which causes many tense situations as the survivors try to make their way to the bay to get away from the undead as well as the carnage.

There are several characters but I was able to keep them all straight, which isn’t always easy for me. Stevie Kopas did a good job at describing and naming them. Most of the characters I either really liked or really disliked with no middle ground. The exception to that was Samson, the breadwinner, whom I had mixed feelings about. He is a complicated character and is strong in some ways but excruciatingly weak in other ways.

The narrator did a good job. His voice was clear and I was able to distinguish the different characters by his voice.

I definitely recommend The Breadwinner and I can’t wait for the next book in the trilogy!

 

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About the Author (from Goodreads)

7177940Stevie Kopas was born and raised in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. She is a gamer, a writer and an apocalypse enthusiast. Stevie will never turn down a good cup of coffee and might even be a bit of a caffeine addict.

Stevie is the author of The Breadwinner Trilogy. Books 1 and 2, The Breadwinner and Haven were originally self-published in 2013 and 2014. The Breadwinner Trilogy was picked up by Permuted Press in May of 2014 and the second editions of both the first books were released in March and April of 2015. The third and final installment in The Breadwinner Trilogy, All Good Things, debuted in May of 2015.

Kopas also participates in the At Hell’s Gates horror anthologies and all profits are donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Her short stories, Nefarious and Patient 63 can be found in the first two volumes of At Hell’s Gates.

She currently resides in Panama City Beach, Florida and tries to spend as much time as she can in the sun.

Stevie is also the Managing Editor of the website Horror Metal Sounds and a writer for the site. She is an avid reader of horror and post-apocalyptic fiction (especially zom-poc) and reviews for The Bookie Monster. Offline, Stevie is a telecommunications professional.

Stevie’s official website can be found by visiting http://someonereadthis.com and you can connect with Stevie on Facebook at http://facebook.com/thebreadwinnertri…

Follow Stevie on Twitter, her username is @ApacoTaco.

Book Review: Induction by Shana Festa

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Author: Shana Festa

Genre: horror

Publication Date: May 2014

Book Description (from Goodreads):

When no one or nowhere is safe, where do you go to escape the monsters?

In a few short days, 37 year old Emma Rossi’s hard work will finally pay off. She will don her cap and gown and graduate with a degree in nursing, but not before she loses her first patient and is confronted with a new reality. In Cape Coral, Florida, a storm approaches. The dead are coming back to life.

And they’re hungry.

Infection ravages the Eastern Seaboard with alarming speed while attempts to contain the spread of infection fail. Within days, a small pocket of panicked survivors are all that remain of civilization. Fighting to survive the zombie apocalypse alongside her husband Jake and their dog Daphne, Emma comes face-to-face with her worst nightmare.

Relying on snarky wit and sheer determination, she is forced to commit atrocious acts to protect her family and avoid joining the ranks of the undead.

Time of Death is author Shana Festa’s full-length novel debut.

Review:

I received a free audiobook of this novel for an honest review.

It’s hard to believe that this is Shana Festa’s first full-length novel. I keep saying that I don’t like zombies but I keep getting books with zombies that I really like. Such is the case with Induction.

Shana Festa was able to introduce Emma in such a way that the story wasn’t slow at the beginning as stories often are. I thought including some humor at the beginning was a great idea since the zombies hadn’t shown up yet and  it’d be difficult to make zombies funny. I do, however, want to note that, while the whole Code Brown angle was really funny, I worked in Orthopedics for over 3 years and we only had one Code Brown during that time. Believe me, one was enough!

Induction is full of suspense and had me on the edge of my seat often (probably not good when I’m driving). It was also explicitly gory so I would not recommend it for younger readers. The characters were well developed. In fact, I became attached to several of them and found myself crying a couple times.

If you like post apocalyptic zombie stories, you’ll definitely like this book. Even if you don’t care for the whole zombie thing, you may still like it like I did. I look forward to reading the second book in the series.

Book Review: Zombie Attack! Army of the Dead by Devan Sagliani

22368381Title: Zombie Attack! Army of the Dead

Author: Devan Sagliani

Genre: Young Adult Horror, Dystopian

Publication Date: May 2014

Description (from Goodreads):

Xander MacNamara’s adventure continues when he is placed in charge of a civilian colony outside Barstow. He and his young wife, Felicity Jane, are forced to deal with the daily grind of reconstruction, the constant menace of zombies, and an equally hungry cannibal tribe known as the Alphas.

Things heat up fast when Sonya, a mysterious stranger sent by a secretive benefactor, frees him from enemy captors. Once again, Xander and Felicity find themselves fleeing for their lives from a never-ending series of new threats as well as old ones. A hidden enemy within the military is hell bent on creating a secret weapon: genetically engineered super zombies! Friends and soldiers are pitted against each other, as one side races to spread the cure while the other battles to gain ultimate control over the fate of mankind.

‘Zombie Attack! Army of the Dead’ is filled with pulse-pounding undead action from the very first chapter until the bitter sweet end. Child celebrities, reality television stars, nightmarish zombie clowns, bikers, ninjas, warlords, and more — this book has it all! The story takes off like a bullet and doesn’t slow down until the last sentence. You won’t be able to put it down!

 

Review:

I received a free audio copy of this book for an honest review.

Zombies aren’t my favorite story line but I have found that if the characters are good and there are other interesting story lines in a book, that I can put up with the zombies. That was the case in Zombie Attack! Army of the Dead.

I didn’t read the first Zombie Attack book, Rise of the Horde, but #2 stands on its own. I hope to find the time to read book #1 in the near future.

All of the characters are unique, some are endearing. Xander is amazing when you think about how much he’s accomplished since “Z Day.” He’s now a warrior who has been put in charge of a civilian community. It’s obvious, though, that he’s young. He’s hot tempered and, even though he’s married, he’s insecure in his relationship. Xander’s wife, Felicity Jane, obviously loves him very much and they’re always able to work things out. I liked Sonya from the moment she saved Xander’s life. She’s strong, independent, a great warrior, and yet, obviously, a woman. The people they meet along the way are well described and realistic if you think about what they’ve been through and how people would deal with a world full of zombies.

Zombie Attack! Army of the Dead is well written and action packed. There were times, though, that I wished Xander would get over the “what ifs” and just get on with what he needed to do.

I recommend Zombie Attack! Army of the Dead for anyone who likes action packed horror novels. I enjoyed it despite the zombies.

 

About the Author:

Devan Sagliani was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from UCLA. He is the author of the Zombie Attack! series, The Rising Dead, A Thirst For Fire, and the UNDEAD L.A. series. Devan also wrote the original screenplay for the movie HVZ: Humans Versus Zombies. He writes a bimonthly horror column for Escapist Magazine called Dark Dreams.
Devan’s fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Million Writers Award. In 2012 his debut novel Zombie Attack! Rise of the Horde won Best Zombie/Horror E-book on Goodreads. He is also an active member of the Horror Writer’s Association.
He currently lives in Venice Beach, California with his wife. 
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Review: Dark Luminance by E.M. McDowell

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Title: Dark Luminance

Author: E.M. McDowell

Genre: Science Fiction

Description:

Quantum energy. Unlimited power. Humanity’s salvation. 

The Frameway Project promises all of this and more, and Mackland Luther is guiding the project to its final culmination. On the eve of what promises to be their biggest breakthrough, Mackland and his friends, Billy and Sean, prepare the test that will provide the almost limitless power needed to take the human race into the future. 

Initial success and excitement quickly turn to horror as the Frame goes out of control, ripping Mackland and his friends from their world and depositing them in a world that is completely different yet strangely familiar. Along with Lily, a hard-charging security guard that was caught by the Frame along with them; and Grizzly, a rough yet gentle survivalist they meet in this new world, Mack and his friends must figure out some way to understand and undo whatever brought them here if they ever want to return to their own world. 

But first they must survive an increasingly dangerous world full of undead drug addicts, giant mutants, and a relentless telepathic madman who will do anything to get his hands on the Frame for his own purposes.

Review:

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Dark Luminance is science fiction with a lot of action. It did get slow near the beginning because it got pretty technical when explaining the Frame but other than that it was nonstop action.

E.M. McDowell’s writing is easy to follow and the story flowed well. I liked his descriptions because they gave me a good picture without being too wordy. This book is graphic, though, so I wouldn’t recommend it for younger readers.

The characters were interesting and I felt like I got to know Lily and Mack pretty well. Hopefully there will be more about their friends in the next book…I’m guessing there will be another book based on the ending. As for the zombies, I’ve never understood their appeal but they were described well (yuck!).

If you like science fiction, zombies, and a lot of action then you’ll like Dark Luminance.

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About the Author:

Born and raised in Northwest Indiana, E.M. McDowell first started writing in high school, consisting primarily of sappy poems aimed at impressing girls. A four year stint in the Marine Corps pushed literary endeavors to the background, where they remained for the next twenty-odd years, until they were uncovered by a mild mid-life crisis. 

In the intervening years, he has worked in various technology jobs, and is currently the technology manager for a small county government. 

Married for twenty-two years to his best friend, and blessed with two wonderful daughters, he works to balance his writing while living in a house full of women.