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End of the Line (End of the Line Zombie Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B009UL84PI
- Publisher : Desperate Measures Press (October 21, 2012)
- Publication date : October 21, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 1117 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 254 pages
- Lending : Enabled
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Each of these six segments are written in the first person POV, keeping the story moving and offering readers an insight into their thoughts and background. They learn that small groups and individuals continue to survive on the outside among the zombies, and most everyone in the warehouse is longing to know the status of loved ones who were separated at the beginning of the flu pandemic - are they alive, dead, or roaming the streets as zombies. Without vehicles or other modes of transportation, travelling by foot is suicide and closure may never come to individuals with the group. Their only view of the outside world will continue to be from the roof of their building.
As luck would have it, one of the new replacements is a young college kid with a background in biotechnology. He successfully converts the semi trucks to run on vegetable oil - something they have tons of in inventory - and makes it possible for a team to finally go out and search for answers and ammunition. This is where the real story begins...
The mission is somewhat successful...they do find loved ones and know the whereabouts of others. However, on their return to the warehouse with the news, the truck quits and leaves them stranded twenty-five miles from home. The team also learns that something evil is coming and threatens to exterminate them all. Is there a way to escape? Where to go? Who will survive?
"End of the Line" kept me interested and anxious to see how it turns out, but I am frustrated with the amount of disrupting errors in this tome. My favorite is the use of "passed" instead of "past" and a ton of others. If the author was to invest in a professional line editor or proofreader, I would have given the work five stars. Please consider this for your next two sequels.
John Podlaski, author
Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel
And that's a shame because the author does have talent and has come up with a good story. She does a good job of building characters and making you interested in what will happen to them (and in some cases, what has happened to them in the past that we don't know details about yet).
The book is written from the perspective of several different characters and I was impressed that, overall, she did a good job of making them each distinctive voices and personalities. There were some characters I didn't really like much but once I read the chapters written in their voice....Well, I didn't necessarily like them much more but I did understand them better and was a little more empathetic.
I liked this book well enough that I bought the sequel as soon as I finished this one. I'll get the third in the series as well when it comes out. I'd recommend both books...though I do wish she'd at least find someone willing to proofread for her. I'd have rated this 5 stars if not for that.
Don't let the beginning of the book deter you from reading this book, however, as once I got past Rachel, I enjoyed it immensely. Ignore the random character crazy introductions in the beginning of the book and focus on the following characters as they are the ones that matter, in my opinion. There are other characters that are major players in the story, but if you focus on them too much, the amount of characters will overwhelm you as most of them don't matter and are not developed enough to give two squats about them.
I liked the way the author wrote the scenes where it didn't scream at you but instead meandered amongst the ruins of life with a casualness that felt normal and how a real person might experience it. With some editing this book could easily be up there with the five star books. I will be reading its sequal when it comes out later this year.
(full review on website apocalypticthoughts.com)
The one downside to this book is the editing. There were quite a few places where extraneous commas were used or there should have been some punctuation and wasn't or a few misspellings. I find this funny, since one of the characters corrects herself on her own grammar. I have to admit that when the POV changed from the first character to the second character, I was a little thrown off, because I wasn't expecting it.
Overall, the book was really good and if Ms. Frater has gotten herself a dedicated editor, I am looking forward to the sequel.