Down the Road: The Fall of Austin

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When the dead rise, the living must unite.

Officer Mike Runyard of the Austin Police Department and his partner, Derek Tucker, are stuck in the middle of a city overrun with the living dead. With resources and luck running out, Runyard is flung into a fight for survival among the living, the dead, and a wave of criminals released from jail into the streets of central and south Austin.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military fights to reclaim Texas, with ...

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Overview

When the dead rise, the living must unite.

Officer Mike Runyard of the Austin Police Department and his partner, Derek Tucker, are stuck in the middle of a city overrun with the living dead. With resources and luck running out, Runyard is flung into a fight for survival among the living, the dead, and a wave of criminals released from jail into the streets of central and south Austin.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military fights to reclaim Texas, with failure meaning the complete loss of the capital, Austin. A military Humvee traveling down IH-35, headed into the zombie-ridden city, holds the key to a plan meant to turn the tide in the fight. It's a simple plan, but it's a plan that's about to fail with devastating consequences...

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Zombie apocalypse delivered like a punch.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934861233
  • Publisher: Permuted Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,343,170
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Perv/ nerd

    Almost every chapter was a sex scene. Dont get me wrong i love sex as much as the next guy but seems this author is pre-occupied with sex on the brain. Dont get me wrong all 3books were a good read but the over abundance of sex kinda made me wish i hadnt invested in the trilogy ( in hardcover even) i thought it would be a good zombie trilogy untill every other chapter had sex in it. Hmmm its a wonder they even had the strength to fight the zombies after all the sex they were having. I wouldnt purchase this trilogy again, nor would i recomend it to anyone. Seems Mr Ibara may hav had a lack of something growing up and is writing his fantasies down on paper. Shame on permuted press for publishing this whn they plainly state an over abundance of sex wont get you published.
    DONT WASTE YOUR TIME!!!!!!! THEY SPEND MORE TIME HUMPING THAN FIGHTIN Z,s

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    ugh

    I have struggled to make it through the 600 pages of this book, mostly because i become so bored i doze off and decide instead to get a good nights rest. I have enjoyed the book though. I read the reviews so I was already prepared for just an ok book, as for the review talking about all the sex, not sure what book he was reading but for the first almost 400 pages i kept wondering when it was coming lol. If you like zombie novels and you have somewhat low expectations or if you just need to get to sleep this is the book for you otherwise skip it and read DeadCity

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

    As a literary trope, the zombie has become one of the most presc

    As a literary trope, the zombie has become one of the most prescient and fruitful symbols of contemporary and future human society and its many problems. It seems as if there is no limit to the possibilities that the zombie presents to enterprising writers. Nevertheless, some things will forever remain the same where writing is concerned. Despite how fantastic, weird, or stylized an idea, theme, or topic becomes at the hands of a writer, readers still expect, at the very least, that a story remain cogent, coherent, and believable within the confines of its fictionalized universe. Readers expect cause and effect, character motivation, and the central conflict to remain logically realized within the context of surrounding narrative elements.

    While the zombie genre presents certain challenges when it comes to these writerly imperatives, it also affords a certain amount of freedom. Unfortunately, that freedom is easily abused by both writers and enterprising publishers expecting to make a quick buck. Slap the lable "zombie horror story" on a cover, along with some catchy cover art, and you have something that will sell in the current market. Unfortunately, that means that readers loyal to the genre and eager to sample the goods from a variety of writers must at times suffer through some terrifically bad writing . . .

    . . . I give you _Down the Road_ by Mr. Ibarra, perhaps the worst and most incompetently written piece of fiction I've ever had the displeasure of reading (and I am not a finicky reader). The actions of many of the characters are completely not in keeping with the basic expectations established by characterization, and Mr. Ibarra manages to leave out enough necessary plot details to display not only a very poor understanding of his audience's needs, but a complete misunderstanding of the writing process. The action scenes are hard to follow and unrealistic, and the novel reads more like a novice indulgence in gratuitous violence than a serious tract on survival horror . . . good zombie stories have a purpose and lesson regarding what it means to be human when faced with inhuman challnges. Mr. Ibarra's vapid novel has nothing to teach us except that bad writers have a chance at getting published.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2011

    The author is an idiot

    The zombie genre is awesome. And this guy had the potential for a great story. But I could not get past the fact that he has absolutely no idea what he's talking about.
    Apparently he thinks the military is full of psychos just a hair trigger away from gleefully killing each other. Apparently, he doesn't realize that their actions, and yes, including the non-action of the supposed "noble" Indian, would result in them ALL being court-martialled. And considering their orders, it's probably safe to assume their superiors consider this a military action during a war. Which then adds the punishment of execution for their actions, or inaction in the case of the "noble" Indian.
    He isn't much better concerning police officers, but he at least tries to temper that with a somewhat believable partner for the sadistic cop.
    All in all, I don't recommend this story for anyone with even a tiny shred of respect for the military. Hard-core liberals might find it entertaining however.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Another gemm in series

    Good zombie book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    THE must have Zombie Book this Spring!!!

    Bowie Ibarra's "Down the Road- The Fall of Austin" is by far Bowie's best book to date! This chronicle of the fall of Austin to the Zombie Apocolypse is a nail biting page turner! You can really see Mr. Ibarra's maturation as an author on every page of this book! Bowie is definatley at the top of his game with this fantastic tale! The author brings in a lot of characters and sub plots in this book and pulls it off with extreme success! From the development, to the action and gore, Bowie seems very comfortable in his narrative. You'll be sucked in from page one and find it hard to put the book down. It is a healthy length and I read it in 2 nights, it is just that good! If you only read one book in May, IT MUST BE THIS BOOK!

    As with every book I have ever purchased from Permuted Press, this one is a knockout! This publisher has a real knack for offering writers and stories that are some of the best out there. Another great PP project on the table for us voracious fans of Zombie and Apocolyptic fiction!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2007

    Are you ready to go back Down the Road?,

    A Plaque is sweeping the country. The Dead are rising and they are attacking and devouring the living. The Government is trying to contain it but with no success. Civilians are taking up arms and banding together in hopes of surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. Civilians in a small south Texas town has banded together and fought off the Zombie Hordes. They have successfully quarantined their town from the the chaos that has consumed the outside world. Everything seems to be going good and they believe that they will be able to survive the zombie plague. Two strangers from San Antonio soon arrive with news that will threaten the towns very existence. They learn that it isn't only the undead they have to fear. A global peacekeeping force lead by a brutal and ruthless commander is heading towards their town. He mission is to round up all civilians and send them to refugee camps. Anyone who will not give up their arms and comply with his orders are mercilessly executed. A showdown to about to happen in this small Texas town. The residents will have to not only fight the endless hordes of the bloodthirsty dead, but a madman and his army of thugs that wants to destroy all remnants of American life. The town will have to unite and fight for not only their way of life, but their very existence. It is time to go back Down the Road. I loved Mr. Ibarra's first story so when got my copy of On The Last Day I was expecting nothing but great things, but I must say that my expectations were actually exceeded. I enjoyed On The Last Day more than I did his first installment. I was completely consumed in the world Mr. Ibarra created. Zombie fans will be completely satisfied with this story. It has loads and loads of blood and guts, and action from beginning to end. On The Last Day is also a very deep story with great pacing and deep characters. Mr. Ibarra is starting to perfect a writing style all his own. He is becoming one of the premiere names of Zombie fiction and he will be a force to be reckoned for a long time. Permuted Press is producing some of the best Horror Fiction available today and On The Last Day has to be one of the best releases to date. I cant wait to see what they give us next. I highly recommend On The Last Day to all Zombie Fiction fans. It is one of the best Zombie stories ever written in my opinion. Go grab a copy for yourself and see what I mean

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    intelligent paranormal thriller

    Nobody knows where or how it started, but people suddenly became ill from a plague and died only to be reanimated as zombies. These born again creatures have lost the ability to logically plan with their only objective to eat the living. Anyone butchered by them turned. The plague spread exponentially around the country although some small human enclaves like Beauxville were able to close their borders after removing the zombies from within. --- Desperate the United States invites UN troops onto its soil to help Homeland Security and local law enforcement cope with the crisis. People were ordered to go to FEMA camps and leave behind safe towns. Those who refused the marital law order were killed. Red La Rue and Alex Rich team up and head to Beeville, which they heard remains a safe independent town. However, near the outskirts of the town, they observe a UN unit preparing to mount a deadly assault. --- Bowie Ibarra writes an intelligent paranormal thriller loaded with blood, and gore that enables the reader to understand fully how dangerous the zombies, the government, and human marauders have become in a world filled with malice and mayhem. The outside forces have their plans for America while those besieged by a power hungry government and hungry zombies struggle to stay free and live. DOWN THE ROAD: ON THE LAST DAY is a great Zombie saga that will have George Romero reconsider his epics --- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    This book is like most zombie books but it deals with the charactors life during the initial events.

    It was a nice quick read and I will buy the next book to see what happens to the people, and who makes it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Great book!

    I really liked this book. It was just scary enough, and had great characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    great read

    It great reading a book based on where u live and followinh along by landmarks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Useless

    Cannot open the book! What the f***!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Great zombie fiction

    I thought very little of a free zombie book but this exceeded my expectations. I actually might consider buying the others in the series. Great telling of the beginning of the zombie apocalypse from the people deep in it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    This is a good read.

    If you like zombies and apocalyptic novels, this one is for you. Highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    good book

    Very good book 5 stars great action lots of twists and turns overall awsome book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Must read

    Ooutstanding zombie book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2011

    Entertaining

    Good book. Didnt want to put it down but was disappointed with the ending. I suggest; day by day armaggedon.

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  • Posted December 24, 2010

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    a real zombie killer thriller

    The illness struck New York City first then quickly spread to the entire country. Everyone who contracted it died but the latest rose up as undead zombies eating human flesh and spreading the disease through bites. George Zaragosa is determined to leave Austin and return to his hometown of San Uvalde to be with his family, but getting out of town isn't easy as he has to avoid and kill the zombies by smashing their brains in; that's the only guarantee that they don't rise again.

    In addition to avoiding the criminals who add to the chaos, George must also avoid Homeland Security and FEMA who are forcibly putting the disease free people in camps where rape, murder and enforced segregation is the norm. He is caught and put in a camp but he escapes when the zombies break through. He finds refuge in a makeshift shelter run by a drug lord and his police allies. Escaping means more killing but when George finds out what the leader of the group did, he feels it is his mission to take him out. In a world gone mad, it is not only zombies that are killers but humans exterminating one another.

    Horror fans who want a real zombie killer thriller that pulls no punches, is full of action scenes, blood and gore, and violence that fits easily into the plot will want to get a copy of DOWN THE ROAD. The FEMA Camps are not so far fetched as many victims of Hurricane Katrina who stayed behind know first hand. The protagonist is a passive young man who reacts to events but never really takes charge and that character trait leads him into more trouble.

    Harriet Klausner

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    Posted May 30, 2011

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