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The New Days: The First Son

The New Days: The First Son

4.8 11
by Robert DeCoteau

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A novella chronicling one man's plight to find a safe future for his son in post zombie apocalypse America. Nocturnal zombies sprint and howl for the blood of the few survivors that have lasted the three years since the Old Days ended. In the New Days it's every man for himself. Kill or be killed.


A novella chronicling one man's plight to find a safe future for his son in post zombie apocalypse America. Nocturnal zombies sprint and howl for the blood of the few survivors that have lasted the three years since the Old Days ended. In the New Days it's every man for himself. Kill or be killed.

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Zombie Tales Press
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The New Days , #1
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Meet the Author

I was born in 1974 in Bremeton, Washington. I moved to Bellingham, Washington at the age of four and have been here ever since.
I love living in the Pacific Northwest about two months out of the year. The other ten months it rains.
Constant rain gives me plenty of time to read and write. While I'm hooked on writing horror right now, I enjoy many other genres.
My favorite author is Robin Hobb, who also lives in the northwest. She is the award winning Fantasy author of Assassin's Apprentice and several sequels.
I have one son. I named him Chance. He is currently six going on fifteen. We are both currently enrolled in school, but I am a few grades ahead of him.

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New Days 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
BulletProofSteel More than 1 year ago
New spin on the world of Zombies! Thanks Robert! Again, another of his books that is filled with zombies to keep us intrigued and coming back for more.
ShainaRichmond_ More than 1 year ago
This is one of the few zombies books I've read, and I have a feeling that all others may pale in comparison. This book has heart. It's engaging, and hard to stop reading. The father / son relationship in the book made me forget that I was actually reading a zombie book. Categorizing this book as a "zombie book" is an insult to the writer. I'm a life long horror fan, and this book far exceeded my expectations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cried. This story does so much more than just throw zombies at the characters and force them to survive. The author pulls you into this world and makes you feel for the characters. It is a battle of good and evil, but it's also a battle for the characters to cling to their humanity in a now lawless world. The characters are fresh and vibrant. I dare you to read it and not feel some emotion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good characters, good story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
>>I enjoyed this book from begining to end. This author has a gift for creating believable characters that pull you into their story. The details are so good- you can picture clearly what is going on. My only complaint would be the length of the book! Two hundred pages go too fast; even though the story is complete you just want more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robert has done it again! This book is my favorite by this author so far. The idea of fast moving, howling zombies gives me the creeps! Robert is awesome at creating believeable characters. I hated the way the story ended but it just made sense to do it that way. I hope the story is getting a sequel.
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MVorhis More than 1 year ago
Let me begin with the usual disclaimer: I don't usually gravitate to the Zombie fiction genre. That said, I recognize that this genre has a big following and there's no reason it shouldn't; it's an exciting premise for stories. In the larger sense a "zombie world" is just another kind of hostile environment through which protagonists must navigate their trials, similar to a wartime or prison drama or science fiction drama. Despite my expectations, to my surprise I found myself wanting to read more of this story the further I got into it. True, there is the obligatory ooze and skull-splitting, but this novel offers something more--it has heart. Essentially it's a tale of a father trying to escape the inescapable with, and for the sake of, his son. DeCoteau is a natural story-teller; the pace at which facts and observations are provided are EXACTLY how they'd be encountered if the reader were living it. Perceptions ring true, and give us a deep window into the mind of the main character. We come to care for him and especially for what he cares for. And we feel the heart-crushing anguish he felt, and still feels, as he remembers things that happened in the backstory. More than facts, there are philosophical musings interwoven that make it come alive as an emotionally charged recollection. Pace is perfect, main characters are vivid. Descriptions are vivid but not overdone, and occasionally so succinct they are almost poetic--a man drinking scotch and then "seething" through his teeth--a teenage girl standing with one foot on top of the other. Other rich detail is as this genre expects. Literarily (which is different than story-telling), the manuscript is just a little imperfect. But guess what? I had no problem with it. It seemed to me the author was writing "in character." The story is told in the first person by the primary character, who speaks and recollects exactly how he would if he were not a grammarian. I felt the so-called "imperfection" was by design--a measure of genius. And I felt that a reader worthy of making later comment should be capable of lending this interpretation. The physical environment is sufficiently 3D. Secondary characters hold up their portions of the plot. Action is...dangerous...again I think the genre demands this. The novel does not choose to rely only on action for its primary value, however; as a result it injects a depth of human experience into zombie lit. A gem where I didn't expect to find one. Two characters I suspect are alter-egos of DeCoteau himself. Each is likeable and trustworthy (leading us to want to read more of this author's works). All in all, I surprised myself by liking this novel immensely, on its own terms; particularly given the "indie" nature of this author and this being his first work of this length, it rates a solid five stars from me, based on my caring for the very real characters and the overall tense enjoyability. It has heart and soul. My biggest complaint would be ...that I wish the book were twice the length, so that it could go into more of the journey. On the other hand I guess maybe it did, through recollections of the narrator, and maybe it was just the length it should have been. Still thinking about that (and yes the story is still playing in my mind). I'm looking forward to reading more gripping novels from DeCoteau.
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Benjamin68 More than 1 year ago
This author takes a normally one dimensional genre and twists it to include so much more than just mindless gore and zombie violence. Don't get me wrong, the gore and violence are there. But so are lovable characters, dastardly villains and truly touching emotion.