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About Carl Meadows
Carl Meadows had his first novel published at the age of 30. Seriously, just one copy. It was a 30th birthday present from a friend and sits in a gift box on his shelf. It was a valiant attempt but needed some serious work, as apparently it contained a social worker with kung fu. For the record, that was not his intention.
A lover of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, he likes it when the good guys win through their struggles, and has a day job using his abnormal memory and hyper-organisation as a supply chain guru to make sure lasers get all the bits they need in time for assembly. Pew pew.
Carl is a father of three and lives in the northern English county of Cheshire. Sarcasm is his native language.
His first published novel, 'No More Heroes,' is the opening volume of 'Lockey vs the Apocalypse,' expanding on the world of Chris Philbrook's highly acclaimed and bestselling zombie apocalypse series, 'Adrian's Undead Diary,' with a strong zombie slaying female lead that is one part horror, one part action, one part moving, and many parts laugh out loud.
'No More Heroes' is also the 2021 winner in the Apocalyptica category of the Independent Audiobook Awards.
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“The apocalypse sucks, man.”
On 23rd June 2010, in every country across the globe, the dead inexplicably awaken with murderous resolve. For the first days, Erin Locke – Lockey to her friends – survives alone as society collapses in England with shocking speed. With her trademark snarky sense of humour, goofy insights, and can-do attitude, she chronicles her early adventures in a journal to keep her spirits high and sanity intact, until she befriends retired Royal Marine veteran Nate Carter, and the unlikely duo find themselves a place they can call home.
Her newfound security is threatened by an encounter with other survivors that ends in blood, and a vengeful hunt by the dead man’s brother begins. After skirmishes with the self-styled feudal lord of their new lawless existence, the pair learn they are the only chance of salvation for innocents enslaved by the aspiring warlord and are forced to act for more than their own survival. There are no heroes left, so the captives’ only hope are one fast-talking, foul-mouthed woman, and one deadly, middle-aged ex-marine.
Set in the world of Chris Philbrook’s best-selling zombie apocalypse, Adrian’s Undead Diary, No More Heroes opens the world up, illuminating the nightmare of the United Kingdom, and bringing its heroes into the light. Edited by Chris Philbrook, with an introductory foreword by him as well.
Rude, chaotic, exciting, unpredictable, and very, very bloody, ‘No More Heroes’ is a blast from the first page to the last. It’s frantic, and crackles with energy. Kick back and enjoy this unique vision of the apocalypse. -David Moody, author of Hater & Autumn
Lockey’s community continues to expand, but clashes with other survivors increase with equal intensity. Reunited with old friends and new ones accepted into their fold, things take a dark turn when the Nomads take a personal interest in Lockey. Selected by some unknowable force to lead one of humanity’s last bastions of defence in a global war against the dead, the Dark will use any weapon to ensure her failure.
As Lockey and Nate search for the final member of their mystical trio, their dreams haunted by ghosts of the fallen, the Nomad threat intensifies, putting Lockey’s heart through its most fearsome crucible yet.
Despite the eruption of conflict with the Nomads, Lockey’s confrontation with Maddock is inevitable, as both are marked as champions for the powerful forces at play. Countless lives depend on the outcome; one a burning flame of hope for humanity’s continuing survival, the other a menacing general of the dead. Only by dethroning Maddock can Lockey and Nate’s community have a chance to build something better from the ruins of their shattered world.
For the survivors caught in the crossfire, the stakes could not be higher; hope for a future, or a spiral into dark oblivion.
Because one way or another, the Devil will get his due.
An eerie shift in the behaviour of the undead makes Lockey’s apocalypse experience feel personal, and she has no idea why she appears to be the sole target for their murderous rage.
Convinced now that something otherworldly is at play, yet torn by questions she can’t hope to answer, Lockey concentrates her boundless energy towards building a safe home for her new apocalypse family. Such safety is fleeting though, for a new threat is revealed elsewhere in the county, obsessed with dominion over the dwindling number of local survivors.
Investigating this new peril while searching for other survivors - and hoping for answers to the questions that plague her waking hours - Lockey and Nate discover this new threat to their growing community is far more menacing than they could ever imagine…
…as dreams of light and dark commence.