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Since the Sirens

E.E. Isherwood - 2016
    Who will save Grandma? What would you do if a mysterious plague began to devour your city and the dead started banging on your door?Fifteen-year-old Liam Peters is spending the summer with his great-grandmother (not by choice) when the authorities of St. Louis spin up the tornado sirens to announce a civic emergency. Police robocalls declare mass disturbances throughout the city, suggesting citizens try to escape to safer jurisdictions. Radio offers contradictory instructions: stay inside, hunker down, ride it out. The President tries to convey a message of hope to calm a scared populace, but the tone is interpreted as a goodbye. The mixed messaging sends society--already on the verge of panic--into a tailspin. When the President signs off, half the city hunkers down while the other half dashes for the interstate.Now Liam is faced with his first dilemma of an increasingly complicated morning. Should he stay with Grandma and attempt to defend her urban home against both the living and the dead, or should he try to get her out of the city to his parents' home in the suburbs? Nothing is ever as simple as it sounds when life and death are on the line.As an avid reader of zombie literature, Liam realizes you go into the zombie apocalypse with the army you have, not the one you want. He sees himself as an unlikely savior, with an unlikely ally, but he embarks on the hero's journey nonetheless. As the city implodes, they race against the clock to outpace desperate refugees, gang violence, criminal opportunists, overzealous military units, scared civilians, and a growing horde of bloodthirsty zombies. He does it while burdened with a woman who is unable to walk more than ten feet without help.As they chase the elusive vision of safety, Liam comes to appreciate why there are no atheists in foxholes. Introducing the Sirens of the Zombie Apocalypse series. Book 1: Since the Sirens Book 2: Siren Songs Book 3: Stop the Sirens Author's Notes: Since the Sirens can be read as a standalone story. It doesn't end with a cliffhanger. Books 2 and 3 are optional reading beyond this first volume. I hope you'll enjoy Liam and Grandma's journey enough to follow them further, but as an author and a reader of zombie books, I abhor misleading or otherwise trapping readers.This cover replaces original edition ASIN B018H82ZYU.


D.R. Johnson - 2013
    It has been inherited by the diseased.The red mist spread, and humanity was infected. There was no stopping the curse once it started, and the world's population was reduced to mindless beasts. Creatures that hungered and raged for the death of the pure, the uninfected.Few of those remain.Ali is not one of them.

Pandemic: The Beginning

Christine Kersey - 2019
    It doesn't take long for society to collapse, but when surviving neighbors band together, hope is restored.That hope is swiftly shattered when a rogue element forms, requiring food in exchange for security and medical services. The Bronsons refuse, but when the group takes over the neighborhood, they demand the Bronsons join or face deadly consequences. With their lives at stake, they must make a decision: give in or take a stand.

Zombies on The Block

Mike Evans - 2019
    Unfortunately, it was not the same for everyone. There were three types of people. The first had no diseases, the second had the flu, and the third were busy fostering a zombie virus that was going to bring the nation to its knees. This story isn't about heroes, there are no guarantees. This is a story about Mike and his family, and what they have to endure to survive. If they want to see another day they are going to need the help of their neighbors and friends. The situations leaving the main characters in the depths of hell are only outweighed by the comical situations that they get put in. There's no telling what or who is going to survive. Those that survive must fight or flight and in some cases do both. Civilization will be something new when dawn's light falls on the Earth for the second day of the apocalypse.

The List

Shannon Walters - 2017
    Hope that the people who matter most are still alive. Who made it? Who didn't? Can they be saved? Can they save her? Sara has made a list of her loved ones... what became of them is unknown to her. One by one, she will discover their fates, as she works her way through... THE LIST.

The Long Night Box Set: The Complete The Long Night Series - Books 1-6

Kevin Partner - 2019
     Modern technology designed to heal has been sabotaged, leaving hundreds of millions dead. For the survivors, each day brings new horrors as the world descends into madness, all while powerful forces seek to take advantage of the turmoil. One man will stand apart in the chaos, seeking to reunite with his family as he becomes embroiled in a desperate attempt to save those few who survived The Long Night. From #1 best-selling post-apocalyptic author Mike Kraus comes a brand new, never before seen take on the end of the world, ripped straight from the headlines. When the leader of the largest healthcare company in the world drops dead on national television, over ninety percent of the civilized world follow in his wake. Health tracking implants called BonesWare were supposed to predict disease, prolong life and lead to a healthier, more robust society. Until they didn't. Now, for the few who remain alive, the question of their continued survival rests on the shoulders of one unlikely man. Solly Masters is having a rough night. He lost his job, his marriage is on the rocks and his wife and son are halfway across the United States on the eve of the holiday season. After witnessing The Long Night, when nearly every living soul around him drops dead at the same moment, his fleeting troubles suddenly become unimportant and one goal coalesces in his mind: get to his family, no matter the cost. Raw survival turns into something more when he comes across a man who claims to know what happened - and predicts that the rest of the survivors will soon follow in the footsteps of those who already died. Thrust into a pit of intrigue, corporate sabotage and greed, Solly must weigh his responsibility to his family with the knowledge that he just might be the key to preventing The Long Night from leading to the extinction of the human race. The Long Night is a collaborative work between Kevin Partner and Mike Kraus. A unique take on the apocalypse and on the post-apocalyptic genre, The Long Night box set is the complete post-apocalyptic series in one convenient box set.

Perfect Storm

Riley Flynn - 2018
    What’s yours..? When the end came, it came fast. The Eko virus emerged from behind the North Korean DMZ. It spread like wildfire, burning through the world in a matter of weeks. Rumors spread that it was a weapon: a dying regime lashing out with deadly fury. Millions died. Then billions. And then the blackouts began. The cyber weapon hit hard, bringing a staggering world to a shuddering stop. Our cars, planes, power grid, communications networks, the internet … everything failed. It might have been humanity’s last shot at stopping the spread of the virus. But by then it was already too late. Society wobbled on the edge of disaster, and then plunged right off. For Alexander Early, surviving the apocalypse was the easy bit. He played pool and drank warm beer while a perfect storm destroyed the world. But when the lights went out, Alex knew it was time to get the hell out of Dodge. Five years before, tragedy had forced him away from the family farm in Virginia to a life in the city. Now the end of the world called him back. Getting out of the city is only the start. Alex will face a virus he can't even see, and an enemy he's ill equipped to fight. But he'll have to learn fast. Because he'll soon discover that the end of the world was no accident... This version has been re-edited and re-written, and hopefully people will enjoy my additions! The first three books in the Collapse series are already live, and I'm about to release the first three books in the Collapse: New Republic spinoff series!

A Path to Utopia

Jacqueline Druga - 2011
    Within hours, another 20 percent succumb leaving only a speck of human life remaining. Believing they are victims of a preliminary act of war and eventual invasion, a group of survivors trek across a barren United States following a radio signal. The simple plan was to band with others to fight and defend their homeland. However, their journey not only brings them together with other survivors but also brings them a chilling truth. What had happened to their country was not a prelude to invasion, but rather the groundwork of global extermination. The enemy is not what they expect.

The Tide: Final Surge (The Tide, #10)

Anthony J. Melchiorri - 2019
    The fanatical organization responsible has pushed mankind to the brink of extinction and is on the verge of victory. In one final surge, they prepare to sweep the globe from ground zero in Siberia. Only one man and his team of operatives stand in their way. Captain Dominic Holland and former intelligence officer Meredith Webb launch a final mission to prevent a total world collapse, but the costs will be enormous if they are to save humanity from the Oni Agent.

Chronicler of the Undead

Mainak Dhar - 2012
    When there were still people around to talk to, I would introduce myself as a drinker with a writing problem. It sounded witty at the time, and certainly got a smile once in a while from the ladies. None of that matters now. There are no people left to read my books, and nobody left to listen to my attempts at wit. Now it's just me, sitting in my house on the hill, watching the undead rampage through what we humans once called our world. I sometimes wonder why I still live when those much younger, stronger, smarter and fitter than me perished. Maybe it's just dumb luck. But maybe I am being left alive for a purpose. Nobody may have cared much for my novel, but maybe this is what I was meant to write. Maybe this is what I was meant to be. The chronicler of the undead. This is my story.

Wake The Dead

Gary F. Vanucci - 2013
    With the companionship of a lone wolf, Alex begins to accept this cruel existence, struggling at times to keep a moral compass, and setting out on a new quest of hope where he not only wants to survive, but also seeks to thrive in a world besieged by the living dead.

Until Morning Comes Boxed Set: Until Morning Comes, In Too Deep, The Way Back

J.T. Sawyer - 2015
    Approximately 530 pages total. Until Morning Comes, Volume 1 Secret Service Agent Carlie Simmons began her day surrounded by trusted colleagues in an inter-agency shooting competition in Tucson. It ended with a staggering body count as the world around her unraveled from a deadly virus. With her mission to extract the President’s daughter from the University of Arizona gone awry, she must choose between her sworn duties and her moral obligations to others as the city is overtaken by roving packs of flesh-eating mutants. If she and her small group are to survive the night and find a way out of the ravaged city, she will have to summon all of her training, mental prowess, and tactical abilities. In Too Deep, Volume 2 After narrowly escaping from the undead hordes in Tucson with the president’s daughter and her small band of survivors, Secret Service Agent Carlie Simmons is finally headed to safety in New Mexico. As new information emerges on the global pandemic, she and her team of operators have to leave their secure military facility to track down the origins of the virus before more people die. Crossing the country and international waters while plagued by the growing menace of flesh-eating zombies, Carlie finds herself in a race against time on a mission that exposes a secret experiment borne from the Cold War. But the greatest danger may not come from the emerging legions of putrescent creatures as tension within her group threatens to undermine her leadership. The Way Back, Volume 3 Carlie, along with Shane, Jared, and the rest of her eclectic group endure a nightmarish struggle to survive in the Caribbean on a grueling trek that will test their fortitude, battling zombies and hostile bands of humans along the way. Eliza Huntington, the president’s daughter, has her own harrowing journey to make after Air Force One goes down in Idaho and she is forced to adapt in ways she never imagined. Eventually the fates of both parties intertwine in an explosive battle where tactics and firepower may not be enough to defeat the unspeakable horrors that await them. About the Author: JT Sawyer is the pen name for the author who makes his living teaching survival courses for the military special operations community, Department of Homeland Security, US Marshals, FAA, and other federal agencies throughout the US. He has over 25 years of experience testing long-term survival skills in the desert, mountains, and forest. JT also served as a technical consultant for the film Into the Wild.


Matthew Eliot - 2015
    They brought both destruction and disease, carrying a mysterious pathogen that has killed untold millions, while turning others into Meteorwraiths -- zombie-like human relics.Now, the tattered remnants of humanity do their best to survive.James Walscombe is senior safety specialist trapped inside top-secret US nuclear facility Atlantis, with two colleagues. They survived the impact, unscathed. But now, one of them has turned into a psychotic murderer.Alice and Adrian have lost everything except each other. Both barely twelve-years-old, they fight their way across the ruins of Europe, in a desperate search for their family.Father Paul struggles to keep his faith in a world resentful towards its gods. His life isn't the one he thought he'd chosen when he entered the seminary, and now new, dark deities are creeping out from the shadows.These are just some in the rich cast of characters in this epic tale.Earth's survivors are trying to adapt to the harsh realities of the post-impact world.But the worst is yet to come.IMPACT is a post-apocalyptic series. This is book one.

ARISEN: Omnibus Two

Glynn James - 2015
    The crew of the Kennedy risks a catastrophic reactor meltdown to get out of the path of a ten-mile-wide tide of the dead... Master Gunnery Sergeant Fick and his spec-ops Marines battle to take and hold an airfield on a remote island - but learn that it is a place with a terrible history and dangerous secrets... On Lake Michigan, Alpha team races toward extraction - but first must fight their most harrowing battle yet, this time against the living, who are both more treacherous and a hell of a lot better armed than the dead...BOOK FIVE - EXODUSThe world's last floating nuclear supercarrier looks into the face of oblivion as her beleaguered crew face the largest herd of dead ever recorded - and soon her five-acre flight deck is the scene of a furious and desperate set-piece battle... Surrounded, cut off, and left for dead, Wesley's band of sailors and survivors race ahead of the swarm, as air strikes and shore bombardment threaten to vaporize them all... The operators of Alpha team and MARSOC fly into two converging storms of unspeakable violence, and must parachute in and reinforce the Alamo - the hopeless and doomed defense of the carrier. A thousand things must go right for them to have a prayer of survival. But it's the job of the operators to succeed even when a million things go wrong...BOOK SIX - THE HORIZONMission complete, Alpha team enjoys their first chance to breathe and tend to their humanity - but the darkness leaves them alone with their demons... The JFK steams for Africa, despite rumors of lone Zulus still wandering below decks - but one Zulu can kill you just as dead as ten million... Amarie and the Tunnelers are resettled in a chillingly post-Apocalyptic London, where mini-outbreaks are hushed up as history's largest fixed fortification goes up in preparation for humanity's last stand...

After Z

J.S. Patrick - 2019
    The world governments and several civilian agencies have, so far, managed to keep the unimaginable from happening by keeping outbreaks under control and preventing a global pandemic. But even the best control measures seem to be falling short as outbreaks become more frequent and larger in scale. 100% of those infected with ImDED2 die. The problem is they don’t stay dead. The virus hijacks their bodies, turning them into insatiable, cannibalistic eating machines… Zombies… Ryan Maxwell, a retired soldier, and his wife, Victoria, a high school science teacher, have sacrificed for years to provide a good life for their family. But even the hardest working couple can run up against hard times. However, a spur-of-the-moment purchase of a lottery ticket is about to change their lives forever… And possibly save them all. Will the Maxwells be able to take advantage of their new found wealth in time to form a buffer of safety between their family and friends and the possibility of a global zombie apocalypse? Is there enough money to buy safe passage in a world… After Z?