Mad Swine: The Beginning

Mad Swine: The Beginning

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by Steven Pajak
     
 

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People refer to the infected as "zombies," but that's not what they really are. Zombie implies the infected have died and reanimated. The thing is, they didn't die.

They're still alive; they even breath. They're just not human anymore.

Screams and a pulled fire alarm transform Matt Danzig's average day in the university admissions office to anything but normal.

Overview

People refer to the infected as "zombies," but that's not what they really are. Zombie implies the infected have died and reanimated. The thing is, they didn't die.

They're still alive; they even breath. They're just not human anymore.

Screams and a pulled fire alarm transform Matt Danzig's average day in the university admissions office to anything but normal. After witnessing a colleague attacking a student with his teeth, Danzig begins a hectic journey to find his kids, his wife, and perhaps a much darker version of himself than he ever expected.

As the infection spreads and crazed hordes--dubbed "Mad Swine"--take over the cities, Danzig and the residents of Randall Oaks find themselves locked in a desperate struggle to survive in the new world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781618680013
Publisher:
Permuted Press
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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Mad Swine: The Beginning 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont know why the one reviewer said about being a credible book?!?? I agree with the newest reviewer that one of the things that makes this such an amazing read is because it all is realistic. It could all happen. Crazies act like zombies attacking uninfected people eating any part of their flesh. The "crazies" are not dead, but sleep at dark possibly regenerating any injuries & for whatever reason they only really die by destroying the brain. None were decapitated so not sure if it would work....but wounds to the body regardless how many wont kill them. The people that are killed by them dont reanimate. But, regardless of the zombie type thing going on I think his writing about the survivors, the relationships between neighboring housing developments & how they go from great to a nightmare in just days is what had me unable to put the book down! Id like to say the author has a great imagination but really he just has written what sadly I believe would be 100% accurate in many if not most towns should something serious ever happen & we be forced to police & defend our own along with attempting to survive. So real and so possible I know Ill have a few nightmares! I too cannot wait to read the next book & am excited for the 3 rd to be released. I purchased this book just 3 days ago after seeing a post about the author and it said anyone who liked JL Bourne, Jessica Meigs & Rhiannon Frater would also like him! I agree! Enjoy the read!
BrianIndianFan More than 1 year ago
I guess Mad Swine isn't exactly a "zombie" novel since the infected aren't dead, but in reality it's a distinction without a difference. They act the same as zombies except for sleeping at night and having no control over their bodily functions. Matt Danzig a former Army officer who works as a college administrator and who seems to have one of those lives where things are going well - wife, two young kids, career on the rise - when the poop hits the fan in the form of people ("crazies" as Matt calls them) infected with a bad batch of the shot for the H1N1 virus. The story goes on to detail his life after the world goes to pieces. It seemed like a rather write by numbers book: Gun nerd descriptions? Check Profound angst by the protagonist? Check Living in a gated community? Check (and done better in Zombie Fallout) Former military members by the boatload? Check Dazzling diversity of occupations of neighbors? Check Obligatory gay couple? Check While the story moved quickly, there was not enough here to suspend your disbelief and immerse yourself in the story. There were too many OH COME ON! moments for me. For someone who works in Chicago (a city with limited gun rights), Matt seems to have no problem driving around with an SKS in the back of his SUV. And he breaks it out and lights up crazies on an interstate highway? He's angry about (something I'm leaving out so as not to spoil) so he digs a grave for his priest? Not only does Matt have a rifle and go bag stashed in his SUV, he convinced his wife to become Doomsday Preppers so they have a small arsenal of weapons and ammunition to fight off the Illinois National Guard. Of course, they live in a community with walls around it! And in a libertarian's worst nightmare, everyone immediately suborns their rights and submits to Matt's authority, well, because zombies. If anything reeks of Plot Contrivance Theater, this would be it. The rest of the characters are rather thinly fleshed out and you are left wondering why Matt would call someone "friend" when it seems he just got to know them. A character dies after one mission and you'd think Matt and this guy did a couple of tours in 'Nam the way Matt reminisces about him. On the positive side, the pacing of the book is great and the battle scenes are well written and were a treat to read. However, the fact that the book just kind of ends and the multiple OH COME ON! items leads me to rate it as I do. BOTTOM LINE: An OK book - you'd probably want to read something else before this.
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
With so many zombie-themed post-apocalyptic novels out there, it’s steadily becoming more difficult to pick the one book in this saturated genre that will offer something a little different. “Mad Swine” proffer readers the usual zombies, in the usual virus outbreak post-apocalyptic setting, but instead of its main focus being solely on the gore and violence you usually find in your typically average zombie novel, this one actually tells a story of loss and the fight for survival that will touch the reader’s heart. To be honest, though, I think men will enjoy this a great deal more than women, because almost half – if not more – of the book is spent on tactical surveillance and planning in setting up security measures around the neighborhood where the main character lives, in defense against zombie attacks. Even though I found each detailed step very interesting, and the reader gets to know each character inside out, I also found it a bit on the tedious side as I’m not a patient reader when it comes to elaborations.  All in all, this is an extremely intense and enjoyable read. I definitely want to read more of this author’s books, but hopefully the rest will be better edited than this book. 
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>>This was a pretty well written story at times. It was not great, but it was good. I would read another book by this author. Most of the main characters were likeable and interesting. Credibillity gets strained a little at times, but we are talking about zombies here, or crazies...