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ZERO [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Shand , Suzanne Robb , Bennie Newsome , A.A. Garrison , Nathan Phillips , Christopher Beck , Chantal Boudreau , TW Brown

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THE DEAD WALK!!!

We've read the headline a thousand times. An apocalypse in full swing greets us and we witness the fall of society, the end of life as we know it. Yet, so often, the questions remains unanswered:

Where did it all begin?
How did it start?
Who was the first person infected?

ZERO is a septuplet of tales that does not drop you into the middle of the outbreak. This opens the door to the first case of infection and allows a glimpse at how humanity will fall victim to the unstoppable wave of horror that is

The Walking Dead.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1545 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: May December Publications LLC (Aug. 31 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005L34H00
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #577,067 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied my zombie craving for the day June 25 2012
By Inspiring Insomnia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"Zero" is a collection of short stories by seven different authors, all detailing the origins of unrelated zombie outbreaks. The quality is quite varied, both with the editing and the storytelling.

The first story, "The Morning Show Host" is told via a heart-breaking letter written to survivors of the zombie apocalypse. Minnie Brown documents her sad and unfortunate role in the outbreak. There is a sweetness to her story as she reminisces about her romance with her boyfriend, but it is overwhelmed by her sorrow, regret, and guilt. This was my favorite. I would love to have seen this developed into a full novel, and I'm intrigued to read more from this author.

The second story, "The Zombie Curse" features a philandering husband who gets a major comeuppance. It had a supernatural aspect and was just OK for me. There were some formatting issues that caused words to be dropped.

"Termination Papers" tells the story of government experiments on DNA to create super soldiers. As one might expect, things go horribly awry. There were grammar and punctuation issues throughout that interfered with the story, and it appears there was minimal or no editing.

I was beginning to feel a little discouraged, but things picked up with "The Scientific Method" which features a newspaper reporter who heads to Russia to investigate the recently discovered diary of a Nazi war criminal. The Nazi conducted experiments on human brains of living subjects, and the results were just as one would expect.

When I started reading "William", I wondered what in the world a household robot could have to do with zombies. William, the robot, is very helpful around the house until a freak occurrence gives him the power of thought.

It's a big pet peeve for me when an author confuses "desert" and "dessert", and this happened twice, including in the third paragraph of "Escarg-o". I set the bar low at this point, and while the plot in which a restaurant serves some supernatural snails to a celebrity is unexpectedly wacky, it didn't really seem like a zombie story.

In "Quietus", an infected bird bites a little girl. I think rabies might have been more pleasant than what this poor girl experiences.

I don't know why a table of contents was not included in the Kindle version. I've added locations below for anyone who wants to skip to a particular story, along with individual ratings.

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"The Morning Show Host" by Patrick Shand, 37 of 3548, 5 stars
"Zombie Curse" by Bennie Newsome, 485 of 3548, 2.5 stars
"Termination Papers" by Suzanne Robb, 1008 of 3548, 2 stars
"The Scientific Method" by Nathan Phillips, 1561 of 3548, 4 stars
"William" by A.A. Garrison, 1965 of 3548, 3 stars
"Escarg-o" by Chantal Boudreau, 2488 of 3548, 2 stars
"Quietus" by Christopher Beck, 2980 of 3548, 4 stars
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read June 26 2012
By Burgundy Damsel - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not usually an anthology person, but this was well done. A couple of the stories didn't really do anything for me, but the others more than made up for them. It was a quick, fun, different-than-average read on zombie lore.

There were a handful of noticeable editing errors (Kindle edition): missing words, connecting dashes where they weren't called for, places where two words ran together, etc. For the most part, however, they were not bad or abundant enough to distract from the overall story and I would recommend this as an easy beach read this summer.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short stories about the begining May 16 2012
By Selina M - Published on Amazon.com
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This a collection of short stories revolved around a zombie theme. Seven stories total, each one looks at how the zombies "came to be". Not a lot of stories tell you how the outbreak/illness started. Most stories tell of the spread of the illness or the stories of survivors. These stories take on a new perspective, "Where did it come from?" Take a chance and see if these stories could be the beginning of something terrifying in your town.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pandemic perspectives... June 10 2012
By Gregory Hadley - Published on Amazon.com
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ZERO is an anthology containing stories with an unusual approach. The tales tell of the events that cause the apocalypse, which is a different perspective than I am accustomed to. I especially enjoy stories that concentrate on the news reporting the initial outbreak and the events immediately following, as the world becomes a battlefield for the living and the dead. This anthology was an unusual experience for me.
This book has a variety of scenarios, some expected: A zombie curse; A scientific research laboratory... Some surprises, Escarg-0 is an especially unique idea.
The stories will take a while for the details to culminate into the focus of each story, I would not recommend this to a reader that requires instant gore and chaos. The stories are well written, however, the subjects will require some time and imagination from the readers.
This is very different from the cheaper anthologies available for Kindle... ZERO is well worth the money, as the quality of this collection is an asset to any Horror library.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a full–fledged "ZomPoc" anthology, but a decent read June 26 2014
By T. Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
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The description of the book misleads you into thinking this is all about zombies and the start of the apocalypse, the latter is correct.
The best way to umbrella the stories in the book is outbreak anthology.
I took notes of each story and rated them individually, hopefully my quick notes don't spoil the story and entices you to take a chance on this anthology.

The Morning Show Host by Patrick Shand - 5 stars
- Clever word play of the title
- Origin story with an apology letter aspect

Zombie Curse by Bennie L. Newsome - 4 stars
- Has a Maury Povich type ratchet element ( reason why I gave it 4 stars)
- Demon/7 deadly sin component to it which gives a an interesting twist

Termination Papers by Suzanne Robb - 3 stars
- Zombie animals was the highlight for me
- Government testing, you can pretty much figure out how it plays out
- Its a forgettable story

The Scientific method by Nathan Phillips - 5 stars
- Nazi doctor journal of zombie outbreak
- A very interesting twist of the Gross-Rosen Concentration Camp in 1944, which leads to mentioning future world events
** Creepy fun fact that made this story a trip to read - While reading, The Johann Breyer story was a hot topic on the news. Johann is the former Nazi guard @ Auschuitz 2 - Birkenau that was arrested in Philadelphia. Auschuitz 2 is 172 miles away from Gross-Roben.

William by A. A. Garrison - 4 stars
- Creepy version of Short Circuit (80's movie reference for the young-ins lol)
*** This is the story that made me go back and read all 11 reviews, thank you Gregory Hadley, because I originally referenced this story with Halloween 3 and how it didn't fit.

Escarg-O by Chantal Boudreau - 3 stars
- Sweet Jesus, how does one describe this. The best I can do is forbidden love meets horny parasite.

Quietus by Christopher Beck - 4 stars
- If you liked the movie Outbreak, you will like this story with the undead twist.

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