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How I Started the Apocalypse

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    This was a great read, and quick one. I read the book in two sit

    This was a great read, and quick one. I read the book in two sittings. Brian Pinkerton's novel gives you just enough to "chew on" and runs you through Chaz's story - a lone zombie unintentionally starting the zombie apocalypse. As others have said, this is a very new take on the traditionally zombie story, reversing the normal roles and creating in Chaz a zombie like you and me. Seriously, you get to feel for the guy and can't decide whether you want him to die or live simply because of his condition. It felt odd rooting for him to make it out alive, or at least undead, most of the time, especially knowing it would mean the end of the human race if he did, human error being what it is. From late night snacks that lead to drunken zombie binge eating sprees to the odd desires of Goths, you never know what will cause the spread to continue. Pinkerton's story was a good one and I will certainly be picking up the sequel.

    Two thumbs up if you like witty situational humor and a new take on zombie tales.

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  • Posted January 16, 2014

    How I Started the Apocalypse is honestly the first zombie book i

    How I Started the Apocalypse is honestly the first zombie book in which I sympathized for the zombie! Chaz wakes up dead...well undead...with all his faculties, memories and humanity. Escapes. Tries to put his life back together. And realizes his death wasn't accidental. Great plot to this one.

    Pinkerton sheds some new and refreshing light on the zombie genre. I dare anyone to say this isn't some originality in the concept department.

    Chaz may have escaped his captors, but that doesn't mean they wont find him. Usually a plight of man surviving the zombies, this twist has Chaz fighting off man.

    I couldn't put it down; I marathoned it to the end in one sitting. Fast paced, funny, and still able to deliver the scary, How I Started the Apocalypse deserves a slot in your bookshelf.

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  • Posted December 2, 2012

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    A different kind of zombie tale

    Chaz Singelton woke up from the longest sleep he ever had in what looked like a hospital room and he had no idea how he got there. His body felt numb and he had the worst headache ever, but that was the least of his problems. Chaz is the world's first smart zombie and he is part of a government experiment to create an army of super soldiers who can't be killed.

    This is the story behind Brian Pinkerton's How I Started The Apocalypse. Chaz is trapped in a secret underground lab, he wants to escape to see his family again but there is no way out, until the government decides to shut down the experiment by killing all the zombies along with the workers in the lab. With the need to eat human flesh and the power to destroy mankind, Chaz escapes and goes on the run to find his wife and son.

    How I Started The Apocalypse is an action packed zombie thriller from the point of view of the zombie. Chaz is a multi dimensional character that you can't help but like. Chaz never wanted to be a zombie and he tries to fight his zombie nature, he just wants his life back, but he soon realizes that his wife has moved on and he can't fight what he is.

    To make matters worse he is being stalked by Breck Palmer, the man in charge of the super soldier experiment and the one who destroyed the secret lab. My favorite part of this book was how there was a point where you feel sorry for Chaz and his hopeless situation and you hate Breck for what he has done. As the story progresses and Chaz has more trouble controlling himself, he starts to become the villan while Breck becomes the sympathetic character and the only one that can put a stop to the zombie pandemic.

    I did have some issues with How I Started The Zombie Apocalypse, some of the dialoge in places seemed a little cheesey and didn't fit certain situations. Also there was a scene where Chaz finds his wife that I didn't care for. Without giving any of the story away I felt that what happened with their relationship was too far fetched. Though the last scene with Chaz's wife was hilarious and left a smile on my face. Another scene I had issues with was when Chaz tries to end his zombie problem. I felt he should have known it wouldn't work but his attempts at doing it were very funny.

    How I Started The Apocalypse is an original take on the zombie genre. The book is fast paced with a lot of humor and gore thrown in for good measure. There are a lot of great action scenes here, and a commentary about how humans act like zombies. I liked Chaz's escape from the secret lab and there was a scene in Yankee Stadium that was very good. One of my favorite scenes is when Chaz makes a childhood bully suffer giving him his just desserts. There was also a scene towards the end with a goth girl who wants to turn him into be a celebrity that was very good. Best of all I liked the way the story ended. The storyline gets wrapped up but it hints at a sequel and I would love to see where Brian Pinkerton goes next with this idea.

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