All Together Now by Robert Kent

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The government and a soda manufacturer team up to create a drug that will make people passive and agreeable.  The drug is believed to be a cure all for societies problems.

However, the drug has a major side-effect.  If used excessively, people become sick and turn into zombies.  Also, anyone that has traces of the drug in their system will turn into a zombie upon their death.

This is an excellent book.  It’s entertaining, as well as thought provoking.  The characters are relatable and it’s easy to feel wrapped up in their stories.

 

Cell Block Z by Matt Handle

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The zombie apocalypse starts when a new lethal injection drug is given to an inmate.  The inmate dies, but quickly turns into a reanimated corpse and goes on a killing spree.  The guards, witnesses, and the warden become his first victims and also turn into zombies.

The story is enjoyable and the characters are entertaining.  My only complaint is the abrupt ending.  It leaves the reader with a lot of unanswered questions.

Next Afterburn by Scott Nicholson

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Massive solar flares soak our planet in radiation and bring about an apocalyptic event.  Millions die from the blast.  Most of the remaining population (human and animal) become mutants.  There are only a small number of humans left and they are fighting for their survival.

The story is captivating at times and full of interesting twists.  However, the ending leaves the reader with to many questions and puts a damper on the entire book.

After the Shock by Scott Nicholson

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Massive solar flares hit Earth and soak the planet in radiation.  The radiation destroys all electronic devices and kills over half of the population.  The survivors fall into two groups:

  1.  People that survived the solar flares, but the radiation scrambled their brains and turned them into mindless killing machines.
  2. People that survived the solar flares and seem to be unaffected by the radiation.  They are forced to find a way live in their new post-apocalyptic world.

I enjoyed reading this book.  The characters were interesting and relatable.  Also, the story flowed well, which made the book easy to read.

Apocalyptic Stories

I enjoy books and movies with apocalyptic themes.  The cause may vary from zombies, to alien invasion, to a plague, or even a nuclear war; however, the stories tend to share certain characteristics.

The characters are ordinary people accomplishing great things in order to survive.  They display courage and determination in the face of dire circumstances.  They overcome great odds and attempt to build a better world.

That’s why I love apocalyptic stories.

The Zombie Survival Guide

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I saw this book at the store and thought it might be entertaining.

In the beginning of the book, there is a discussion about the solanum virus.  This alleged virus kills the human host, but allows minimal brain activity to remain.  The result is a reanimated corpse with only one desire, to eat living beings.

These reanimated corpses, aka zombies, have non-functioning circulatory and respiratory systems.  They have no need for rest, can live without food, and are oblivious to pain.  The only way to stop a zombie is to destroy the brain.

The book also covers topics regarding close combat with zombies, preferred weapons for killing zombies, finding a safe location for a hideout, required gear for long-term survival, and survival skills training.

The book ends with historical accounts of suspected zombie attacks.  It also discusses conspiracy theories concerning the suppression of information about these attacks.

The book was entertaining, but I don’t think I will ever read it again.

Y2K – What if Story

I was resting on the couch, thinking about random things, and I started wondering…

What if someone sold all they had in 1999, so they could use that money to buy a fortified underground bunker, stocked with everything they would need for the next 20 years?

What if that person locked themselves in the bunker, during the last week of 1999?

What if that person was unable to get TV or radio signals, due to the extra layers of protection designed to shield them from the effects of nuclear war?

What if that person was afraid of what may have become of the world and since they were totally convinced Y2K would cause the collapse of civilization they stayed in the bunker?

What if after all these years that person found themselves running low on supplies and decided to leave the bucker in December of 2016?

They would probably become an overnight media sensation.  They would be asked to do all sorts of interviews.  They could write  a book about their experiences and that book could be turned into a movie.  They would be the brunt of numerous jokes.  However, they would be making millions of dollars and they could just ignore the negative comments.

That’s how I think the story would go…