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No Easy Hope (Surviving the Dead Book 1) by [Cook, James]
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Eric Riordan was once a wealthy man leading a comfortable, easy life. Until one day his oldest friend, a Marine Corps veteran and a former mercenary, told him how the world was going to end.

He did his best to prepare. He thought he was ready for anything.

He was wrong.

As the dead rise up to devour the living, one man finds himself struggling to survive in the ruins of a shattered world. Alone, isolated, and facing starvation, his only chance is to flee to the Appalachians and join forces with Gabriel. But the journey will not be easy, and along the way his humanity, his will to live, and his very soul will be tested.

This is the beginning. This is his story.

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  • Print Length: 349 pages
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  • Language: English
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The first in an excellent series. Take the ultimate physical specimen who has advance knowledge of the apocalypse and all the wealth/intel in the world to prepare and see how he reacts when it actually goes down.

Well written and a thoughtful approach to practical consequences/scenarios and modes of survival. I'd love to have had more story development on the apocalypse mansion that the protagonist abandons early in the book. An excellent series through and through. The writer makes a good job of blending the things zombie apocalypse consumers look for (and I've read quite a few). There's detail on guns, prepping, transportation, post apocalypse community building, raiders, the role of the remaining military, moral depravity and sacrifice/altruism in equal measure. There's even a little "love" sprinkled in, but mostly as an aside. Hey, we're talking about life after the apocalypse.

It moves quickly and never bores. Well done. I'll keep consuming them as long as James Cook keeps turning them out!

You won't be sorry about diving into this series if you enjoy this genre.
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Loved all the books in this series,really well done,don't pass up this great collection,great action and story development,cant wait for more
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Well thought out story line. Hard to put down!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Suspense-free Zombie Apocalypse Feb. 25 2013
By Peter Schaub - Published on
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I had a really hard time getting into this book. It took me a while to figure out what the problem was, but once I did it seemed obvious. There are certain things that I enjoy reading and thinking about that makes the post-apocalypic genre so appealing to me: men and women finding hidden skills and strenth in themselves to overcome obstacles, scrounging for supplies and making do with unusual/broken gear, the threat of being outnumbered and poorly armed, and finally being faced with a poorly understood (or completely unknown) threat and trying to learn what in the world is happening all around you. The author of this book removes all of that very early in the book, and so what we're left with is a completely suspeneless description of someone's survival shelter, a fairly dry explanation of the zombie virus' effects, and a pretty cheesy bromance novel.

**minor spoilers**

Since both the main character and his friend, Gabriel, are extremely wealthy and forewarned of the outbreak, they have completely insulated themselves from its effects. They both have the time and resources to construct elaborate shelters and stock them with anything they could possibly need post-apocalypse. Also they are both extremely healthy, single and with no kids, so there are no physical threats that they really need to concern themselves with - they're never protecting anyone, or dealing with any real 'survival' issues. They also have all the weapons, food, tools and supplies to get them through the entire outbreak. Gabe even had foreknowledge of the attacks and had extensive training and expertise in fighting the undead, all of which he was able to pass on to the main character in a lengthy email.

**end spoilers**

To me, this completely removes anything that is interesting or inspiring about a PA book. I'm not saying that the author needed to include an asthmatic, wheelchair-bound blind man in an effort to gin up the suspense. That would be ridiculous as well. But what makes these stories to fascinating is seeing how ordinary people respond to extraordinary challenges. A good example of this is the family living in the high-rise apartment building in the movie "28 Days Later". The father scrounged up some riot gear from somewhere, and they've blocked the bottom of the stairwell with furniture and debris (if I remember correctly). They have buckets and glasses on the roof to collect rainwater, and use Christmas lights to illuminate their flat and to alert other survivors of their presence. All of it is so powerful when you combine it with the fact that this is a regular guy and his teenage daughter doing their best to survive.

Hopefully my critique makes sense. There are other problems with his writing: multiple grammatical mistakes, describing mundane tasks in a step-by-step matter (do I really need to hear *exactly* how he gets his supplies into his bunker?), lots of extemporizing, that could have all been cleared up with a strong editor. But even after editing this book would still have zero suspense or adventure.
121 of 132 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Dec 17 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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When you pay $2.99 for a book on Amazon you never know what you're going to get as far as quality, especially in this genre. I have to say that this was one of the MUCH better books, if not THE best, I have read in this price range since I started buying books for Kindle. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in zombie story-telling as an example of what can be done when you pay attention to detail (particularly pertaining to grammar and spelling) and have an actual story to tell, as opposed to simply finding new ways of describing killing zombies. This is a very good and well thought out book. Buy this book, I guarantee you will like it.
82 of 94 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a good/okay read Dec 26 2011
By D.D. - Published on
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I'm an avid reader of Z-books. If it has a reasonable length and is a reasonable price, I'll buy it. "Handbooks," novels, anthologies, you name it. That said, I've developed a taste for what I enjoy most, which sometimes makes it difficult to enjoy new authors.

I give this book a 3/5 because, by and large, the book focuses primarily on the emotions, love lives, and friendships of the characters. There was a minimum of actual Z-engagements. In addition, the main character's behavior seems unbelievable to me, unless he is the most altruistic individual one could hope to meet.

I'll probably purchase and read the second book; the framework has been laid for a novel more along the lines of what I'm accustomed to.

If you're the type who likes zombies but don't care for the gore or if you're a fan of Austen-esque descriptions of characters and the like, this book is for you.
65 of 77 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This book needed an editor Jan. 15 2012
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I think this author has talent and I know how hard it is to finish a challenging project of this nature, but I think this book would have been vastly improved by an editor who would have challenged the writer to make better choices. For one, an editor would have told the author to radically scale back on the endless guns, ammo, and martial arts descriptions that quickly became tedious and are only really of interest to ardent gun enthusiasts. Weaponry is obviously an important part of the zombie world, but it kills any book where it becomes the main focus.

Also, the character development is lacking. All the male characters seem to be cut from the same generic blue collar meat and potatoes man template and the dialogue rarely rises above one dimensional locker room talk. There is little true vulnerability or growth and I found it hard to relate to or connect with the characters.

Also, the plotting suffered because the dialogue was mostly expository.

I do plan to buy the next book in the series because I think the author has promise, but he really needs to rethink some of what he does. I just read another zombie book called "Into the Badlands" that avoids all these pitfalls and generated a lot of suspense and character connection by making its characters 3 dimensional, vulnerable, and real.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great start that quickly devolved into the Authors Self-indugent fantasy March 17 2013
By Michael - Published on
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I had high hopes for this book. so well rated and as I started reading it, I liked the way his friendship started with his new friend. Unfortunatly, that friendship went nowhere, as his friend was not even in the rest of the book. Waste of time on the readers part really.

And then we have the main characters first kill. Many books go into the thought process of and the feelings after someone's first kill. Nope, not here. Add to that, that it was someone very close to him. And what was his thought after killing this person? Am I hungry, or do I want to take a nap?

And it got worse from there.

This weekend-warrior-millionaire is the savior of everyone he encounters. There is very little if any danger or excitement in this book, because there are ALWAYS enough guns and ammo to take on ANY danger. Eventually the guy gets the girl, gets what he wants from her, and leaves her, and also becomes a rockstar. No really, he whips out a guitar and everyone around him thanks him profusely for being so awesome. The main character can do no wrong, and almost NEVER misses a shot. Oh and he ALWAYS has a plan that works perfectly.

More rediculousness:
-Gun shop in a town of less than 1,000 people has more than a half million rounds of ammo, and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of firearms
-Author spends dozens upon dozens of pages talking about preperation for a raid, and the raid happens easily with no problems, and lasts just a few pages.
-Army caravans that have been fighting the undead for months while rich boy was snoozing in his bunker know less about the undead than he does.
-Millionaire spends untold fortunes on weapons, TWO bunkers and a reinforced fortified house....buys only 3 months worth of food. So stupid it's funny.