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A Plague of Zombies: An Outlander Novella [NOOK Book]

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Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Outlander series, delivers a captivating tale of history and suspense, with a touch of the supernatural, featuring Lord John Grey. This novella, originally published as “Lord John and the Plague of Zombies,” is now available as a standalone eBook.
 
Lord John Grey, a lieutenant-colonel in His Majesty’s army, arrives in Jamaica with orders to quash a slave ...
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Overview

Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Outlander series, delivers a captivating tale of history and suspense, with a touch of the supernatural, featuring Lord John Grey. This novella, originally published as “Lord John and the Plague of Zombies,” is now available as a standalone eBook.
 
Lord John Grey, a lieutenant-colonel in His Majesty’s army, arrives in Jamaica with orders to quash a slave rebellion brewing in the mountains. But a much deadlier threat lies close at hand. The governor of the island is being menaced by zombies, according to a servant. Lord John has no idea what a zombie is, but it doesn’t sound good. It sounds even worse when hands smelling of grave dirt come out of the darkness to take him by the throat. Between murder in the governor’s mansion and plantations burning in the mountains, Lord John will need the wisdom of serpents and the luck of the devil to keep the island from exploding.

Call it what you will—historical adventure, conspiracy thriller—it's an engrossing story, masterfully paced, with exciting plot twists, swift reversals, and robust characterizations.—The Globe and Mail, on The Scottish Prisoner

[Diana Gabaldon's] writing is always vivid and often lyrical.—The Washington Post, on Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade

[A] thoroughly entertaining and wonderfully witty historical mystery set in the richly detailed, occasionally bawdy world of Georgian England.—Booklist, on Lord John and the Private Matter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345546463
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/15/2013
  • Series: Lord John Grey Series
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 94
  • Sales rank: 5,469
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Diana  Gabaldon
DIANA GABALDON is the New York Times-bestselling author of the popular Outlander saga--Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, and An Echo in the Bone--as well as the bestselling series featuring Lord John Grey, a character she introduced in Voyager, and one work of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion.

Biography

To millions of fans, Diana Gabaldon is the creator of a complex, original, and utterly compelling amalgam of 18th-century romantic adventure and 20th-century science fiction. To the publishing industry, she's a grassroots-marketing phenomenon. And to would-be writers everywhere who worry that they don't have the time or expertise to do what they love, Gabaldon is nothing short of an inspiration.

Gabaldon wrote her first novel while juggling the demands of motherhood and career: in between her job as an ecology professor, she also had a part-time gig writing freelance software reviews. Gabaldon had never written fiction before, and didn't intend to publish this first novel, which she decided to call Outlander. This, she decided, would be her "practice novel". Worried that she might not be able to pull a plot and characters out of thin air, she settled on a historical novel because "it's easier to look things up than to make them up entirely."

The impulse to set her novel in 18th-century Scotland didn't stem -- as some fans have assumed—from a desire to explore her own familial roots (in fact, Gabaldon isn't even Scottish). Rather, it came from watching an episode of the British sci-fi series Dr. Who and becoming smitten with a handsome time traveler in a kilt. A time-travel element crept into Gabaldon's own book only after she realized her wisecracking female lead couldn't have come from anywhere but the 20th century. The resulting love affair between an intelligent, mature, sexually experienced woman and a charismatic, brave, virginal young man turned the conventions of historical romance upside-down.

Gabaldon has said her books were hard to market at first because they were impossible to categorize neatly. Were they historical romances? Sci-fi adventure stories? Literary fiction? Whatever their genre (Gabaldon eventually proffered the term "historical fantasias"), they eventually found their audience, and it turned out to be a staggeringly huge one.

Even before the publication of Outlander, Gabaldon had an online community of friends who'd read excerpts and were waiting eagerly for more. (In fact, her cohorts at the CompuServe Literary Forum helped hook her up with an agent.) Once the book was released, word kept spreading, both on the Internet and off, and Gabaldon kept writing sequels. (When her fourth book, "Drums of Autumn," was released, it debuted at No. 1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list, and her publisher, Delacorte, raced to add more copies to their initial print run of 155,000.)

With her books consistently topping the bestseller lists, it's apparent that Gabaldon's appeal lies partly in her ability to bulldoze the formulaic conventions of popular fiction. Salon writer Gavin McNett noted approvingly, "She simply doesn't pay attention to genre or precedent, and doesn't seem to care that identifying with Claire puts women in the role of the mysterious stranger, with Jamie -- no wimp in any regard -- as the romantic 'heroine."'

In between Outlander novels, Gabaldon also writes historical mysteries featuring Lord John Grey, a popular, if minor, character from the series, and is working on a contemporary mystery series. Meanwhile, the author's formidable fan base keeps growing, as evidenced by the expanding list of Gabaldon chat rooms, mailing lists, fan clubs and web sites -- some of them complete with fetching photos of red-haired lads in kilts.

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Outlander may have been Gabaldon's first novel, but she was already a published writer. Her credits included scholarly articles, political speeches, radio ads, computer manuals and Walt Disney comic books.

Gabaldon gets 30 to 40 e-mails a day from her fans, who often meet online to discuss her work. "I got one letter from a woman who had been studying my book jacket photos (with a magnifying glass, evidently), who demanded to know why there was a hole in my pants," wrote Gabaldon on her web site. "This strikes me as a highly metaphysical question, which I am not equipped to answer, but which will doubtless entertain some chat-groups for quite a long time."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Diana Jean Gabaldon (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Flagstaff, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 11, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      Flagstaff, Arizona
    1. Education:
      B.S., Northern Arizona University, 1973; M.S., Scripps Oceanographic Institute; Ph.D., Northern Arizona University, 1979
    2. Website:

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    great read

    Enjoyed the novella while I wait for the next Jamie & Claire novel which I am hooked on

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    A Plague of Zombiea

    I' ve read the sample of this book. Love Disna Gabaldon. She writes in a way that you can feel yourself there inthe books while you read them.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Excellent as usual!

    Another fantastic story from a master story teller!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    Eh

    Not a huge fan of the Lord Grey books. Had to force myself to finish this novella. Never have that problem with the Outlander books! I found the 2 types of creatures confusing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    >> Another great story by Diana. Her way with describing t

    >> Another great story by Diana. Her way with describing the world around the characters really puts you there with them. Interesting story and a fun little theme.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 7, 2013

    Zack please meet me at res one

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  • Posted October 16, 2014

    Another fun one for Outlander Lovers!

    Lord John is a fun guy with a few quirks. This book sees him in an interesting role, investigating and being brave in strange circumstances. Twists in the plot make it unpredictable. Fun read!

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    Posted September 25, 2014

    Ranger

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    A woman

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  • Posted June 2, 2014

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    I just love Lord John and in this story he is sent to Jamaica to

    I just love Lord John and in this story he is sent to Jamaica to look into a slave uprising. While he is there he's attacked by a zombie!! This was such a fun read and I enjoyed learning more about Lord John and see him in is element without the distractions. I am bias, I just love Outlander and haven't read anything that I didn't love!

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