The Becoming

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The Michaluk Virus is loose.

In the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, the Michaluk Virus has escaped the CDC, and its effects are widespread and devastating. Most of the population of the southeastern United States have become homicidal cannibals. As society rapidly crumbles under the hordes of infected, three people-Ethan Bennett, a Memphis police officer; Cade Alton, his best friend and former IDF sharpshooter; and Brandt Evans, a lieutenant in the ...

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Overview

The Michaluk Virus is loose.

In the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, the Michaluk Virus has escaped the CDC, and its effects are widespread and devastating. Most of the population of the southeastern United States have become homicidal cannibals. As society rapidly crumbles under the hordes of infected, three people-Ethan Bennett, a Memphis police officer; Cade Alton, his best friend and former IDF sharpshooter; and Brandt Evans, a lieutenant in the US Marines-band together against the oncoming crush of death and terror sweeping across the world.

As Cade, Brandt, and Ethan hole up in a safe house in Tupelo, others begin to join them in their bid for survival. When the infected attack and they're forced to flee, one departs to Memphis in search of answers while the others escape south to Biloxi, where they encounter more danger than they bargained for. And in Memphis, the answers that one man finds are the last answers he wanted, answers that herald a horrific possibility that there may be more to this virus than first suspected.

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Editorial Reviews

Kevin J. Burke
From the chilling opening scenes to the tension-filled climax, Jessica Meigs has crafted a story that reminded me that zombies are really scary.”
Peter Clines
Fast zombies become slow zombies become kick-ass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934861851
  • Publisher: Permuted Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2011
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2012

    Good read

    This started outa bit slow and characters are not all they could be, but even with that i am reading the next book after all how could i not.? You have finish what you started. Im hoping it picks up a bit more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

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    The zombie craze exploded in the last few years and unfortunatel

    The zombie craze exploded in the last few years and unfortunately you will come across those that are not worth the read, but The Becoming is NOT one of them. From the beginning it hooks you right into the action and it's non-stop. Jessica Meigs pens her characters very believable in the very interesting story line. Just be warned that when you reach the end, you won't be able to wait for the sequel!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2011

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    Great book!

    I have over 30 Permuted Press books and I haven't read a bad one yet. The Becoming is another must read from them. Great characters and great action. I can't wait for the next book in the series. Home run on your first book Jessica. Congrats.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2011

    Fast, fun, and zombies

    Fast, fun, and zombies

    Following the outbreak of a quick spreading virus, the struggle for a few of the survivors has never been this fun to read.

    Permuted Press has been the safe haven for zombie lovers. If you're looking for seasoned or up and coming authors depicting the dead taking over every facet of our lives then Permuted Press is the place to go.

    This brings us to Jessica Meigs, this rookie author released The Becoming earlier in two installments,The Becoming: Outbreak and The Becoming: Safe House. The fans loved them and now she has been given the ability to tell this story to a wider audience She has turned this story into a trilogy which I can't wait for the next installments.

    So what do we get in this first part?

    Yes of course, we have zombies that hunt, strategize, and scream in pain while they try to capture their next dinner all set in southern areas of Memphis and Biloxi. The zombie trend is in full swing and there is no cure in site.

    The Michaluk virus has been let loose and Atlanta was the first city to fall. It quickly grows like wildfire.

    Ethan and Cade best friends for the past seven years are forced to survive despite overwhelming loss.

    The book reads like a fast spreading virus, where you can't put the book down because you know that by doing so you find that the virus has consumed everying before you know it. The first half details the onset of the outbreak and introduces us to Cade, Ethan, and Brandt, the three main characters throughout the story. You're easily swept up n the pandemonium that hits Memphis and instantly feel the sudden loss of life that quickly occurs.

    The second half details the relations some of the survivors create as they are forced together in order to make it through the chaos. The survivors meet numerous other individuals who all contribute in some way for the whole group to overcome the virus.
    Many questions start to occur that the author is reluctant to give, perhaps this will be divulged in one of the next two books of this trilogy.

    I've rated this a very strong 4 star rating. I only had 2 reservations that kept it from a 4.5. The cover art didn't do the story justice. And the transition between the first and second half left me a bitter feeling since the characters actions changed dramatically that didn't coincide with how they were developed earlier. Afterwards it worked out and the climax was well worth it.

    Overall a fun and delightful read especially coming from such a young aspiring author that one can hope to see a lot more from her in the future.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

    Outbreak or Breakout?

    More! More! More! Have to say that I am intrigued. (Spoiler alert!) Dont necessarily like the relationship between Ethan and Cade, or the fact that Ethan didnt even try to go into the hospital after Anna or really look for his mom (coward, or oversight by author?) but I am still very much looking forward to the next addition to this story. The only other thing I can add to this is forget the novella and bring out the big guns. That would make Cade, and myself very happy. Makes me think of "I am LEGEND" by Richard Matheson.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2010

    Very Well done!

    Great book! Looking forward to the rest of the series :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2010

    So-So

    While the premise of the story is good and has a lot of potential, I was not overly impressed with the execution of the story. At times I found the writing to be a bit off color, and am assuming this to be the authors first novella? The effort is good, and hopefully part two will be a bit more refined and better worked. Not a bad first attempt.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

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    Fast read and very good story telling.

    I have not read a lot of e-books, either on my computer or smart phones. Recently got a B&N gift card and used it on on Jessica Meigs' first novel, and I must say that I'm impressed. It keep my interest, and I finished it on my smart-phone in just a few hours between breaks at work.

    And for me, any story that gets a movie with sights and sounds playing in my head as I read it, is G double O D "GOOD".

    I like the "Day in the life" style the story has started out with, just dropping in on people, having to dealing with something that comes at them from out of nowhere. You just drop into their lives right before hell breaks loose, and you go for the ride from there.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Good Story

    I really enjoyed this book. I found it by reading a free novella about two of the characters. Good read and enjoyable story.

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  • Posted March 31, 2013

    Good Read, looking forward to the next one.

    Good Read, looking forward to the next one.

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  • Posted June 12, 2012

    I had never read zombie fiction for this book, although I did en

    I had never read zombie fiction for this book, although I did enjoy the movies Zombieland and I Am Legend and I had to stop watching The Walking Dead: Season One because I was having nightmares. To be honest, I was afraid to read The Becoming at night for the first week.

    Once I got into the book though, I was so enthralled by Cade, one of the strongest female characters I have ever read, and the gripping story line, I often forgot I was reading zombie fiction. The book read much more like a war story. I especially enjoyed Cade’s friendship with Ethan, the curmudgeonly police officer, and her camaraderie (maybe burgeoning romance?) with Brandt, the Marine. This book was a fast read because I didn’t want to put it down!! I can’t wait until the sequel, The Becoming: Ground Zero, which comes out July 2012.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2012

    A fun zombie read!

    Ahh Zombies.

    Who doesn't love a good zombie story?

    the blood,

    the brains,

    the horror!

    I love it, and I really enjoyed reading this zombie novel too.

    What first drew me to the novel when I got the invitation to join the blog tour for the book was the cover. It really intrigued me and I like how it really seemed to fit with the theme of the novel and now after reading the book I really think it suits it perfectly.

    I really enjoyed the way that Meigs created her post-zombie apocalyptic world and the way that she created her three main characters Cade, Brandt and Ethan and I think that she did a pretty bang up job in the writing department.

    The Becoming has everything you would expect from a zombie thriller, gore, adventure, thrills etc. but for me the way the author approached it and wrote it was superb. I mean I haven't read many zombie novels but this one for me stands apart from the rest. I really enjoyed the authors "voice" and all throughout the book I felt as if I were in it with her characters. To me that means the author is a good one because not every book is able to make me feel as though I am actually right there in the midst of the blood, gore and adventure.

    I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed the book I'm already itching to read the author's other books! I highly recommend this read to anyone who likes horror, zombie, dystopian, post-apocalyptic novels this one is sure to thrill you and quench your thirst for brains!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Good book, enjoyed it!

    A+

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  • Posted January 9, 2012

    Definitely a good read

    If you enjoy the zombie genre, this is a good read from a new author. It has me anxiously awaiting the 2nd and 3rd books.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    Excellent! Great book!

    This one takes off right where the first left off. It's a wonderful read. If you liked the first book, you need to get this one. Cant wait for the next!

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    finally

    just downloaded. I loved the first book of this series, cant wait to start reading this one.

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