Plague Town (Ashley Parker Series #1)

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Ashley was just trying to get through a tough day when the world turned upside down. 

A terrifying virus appears, quickly becoming a pandemic that leaves its victims, not dead, but far worse. Attacked by zombies, Ashley discovers that she is a 'Wild-Card' -- immune to the virus -- and she is recruited to fight back and try to control the outbreak. 

It's Buffy meets the Walking Dead in a ...

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Overview

Ashley was just trying to get through a tough day when the world turned upside down. 

A terrifying virus appears, quickly becoming a pandemic that leaves its victims, not dead, but far worse. Attacked by zombies, Ashley discovers that she is a 'Wild-Card' -- immune to the virus -- and she is recruited to fight back and try to control the outbreak. 

It's Buffy meets the Walking Dead in a rapid-fire zombie adventure!

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In plague town, Ashley is the "wild card," the odd girl out, the fortunate human who is immune to the zombie virus. That's the good news; the bad news is that means that she is thrown into the bubbling bloody cauldron of the undead wars. A mass market and NOOK Book original.

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"Read it – I zombie dare you. Fun, fast, read." - Affairs Magazine

"More action than season two of The Walking Dead." - Horror Talk

"Chock-full of gore and zombie romance... a fresh spin on an otherwise tired genre." - Daily Grindhouse

"If you want to read an alternative reality version of Buffy where she battles zombies using samurai swords, then this delivers in spades. It’s funny, it’s revoltingly gory in just the right way and I’ll be picking up the sequel when it rolls around." - House of Geekery

"If you like butt-kicking heroines with a fair dose of snark and humor, then you’re going to love Ashley." - Geek Mom

"An instantly gratifying, blazing fast read and that speaks to its cinematic, fast paced approach to storytelling." - Ravenous Monster

"If you’re a female fan of the zombie genre, get this book. If you’re a male, get this book." - We Zombie

"A diverting, entertaining zombie siege novel – complete with all the delicious, bone-crunching, blood-gushing awesomeness a zombie lover could ever want." - Book Smugglers

"If you love zombies, strong, sarcastic heroines with heart, and fight scenes that will knock your socks off, you’ll devour Plague Town!" - My Bookish Ways

"Delightfully gruesome." - Nerds in Babeland

"If you enjoy zombies or are a supernatural-lover but have found yourself tired of the watered down vampire genre, check out Plague Town." - Icon vs Icon

"Plague Town is a fast-paced read which will satiate any zombiephile’s appetite.  It has been described as Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets zombies, which is definitely accurate, although does not do nearly enough service to the book’s skillful delivery of action, humor, gore and romance." - Starpulse

"[A] fun, fast-paced read." - Fantasy Matters

"A well written thrill ride that took me by surprise. Highly Recommended." - Reading & Writing Urban Fantasy

"Not only is the prose good, but it’s seasoned with a dash of steamy romance and an excellent sense of originality and pacing... it survives the zombie apocalypse in style." - Misprinted Pages

"Reminiscent of the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer..." - Evil Dead News

"You love zombies? You loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Your one true wish and secret desire is that someone would come along and mash the two together in an exquisitely violent yet equally hilarious fashion? Stop searching friends, Dana Fredsti’s Plague Town, the first novel in a planned trilogy, has delivered the goods." - Opinionless

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857686350
  • Publisher: Titan
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Series: Ashley Parker Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 614,734
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 6.72 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Dana Fredsti is the US-based author of Murder for Hire: The Peruvian Pigeon. She has also appeared in various zombie/horror movies projects, and worked on Sam Raimi's Army of Darkness as an armourer's assistant, sword-fighting captain, and sword-fighting Deadite. 
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Finally! A guilt-free guilty pleasure book! Hooray! I loved it,

    Finally! A guilt-free guilty pleasure book! Hooray!

    I loved it, obviously. Take your favorite "easy read" and add humor, intelligence, wit, spicy romance, and zombie ass-kicking - the book is pure delight. Ashley Drake, the zombie hunting lead character, reminds me of Buffy without being at all derivative; the story is engaging and fast-paced from beginning to end; and I laughed out loud many times. (This earned me interesting looks from Boyfriend on occasion.)

    I'd recommend to anyone, really - male or female, and I think it would appeal to fiction readers of most genres.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

    So do you like zombies and romance? Well surprisingly you can fi

    So do you like zombies and romance? Well surprisingly you can find both in "Plague Town" by Dana Fredsti.It all started innocently enough with a new strain of flu. Our main character, and heroin, Ashley Parker get's the flu, but comes out of it feeling pretty good. She lives in a small little university town called, Redwood Grove, where that new strain of flu is going around. People end up dying from this new flu and well, they don't stay dead for long.

    Ashley is attacked by a horde of zombies while having a romantic picnic with her boyfriend. Interesting enough Ashley doesn't die but instead she turns into a "Wild Card" A "wild card" is someone that is immune to the virus and if they are bit will not turn into a zombie. They can still be ripped to shreds though, which isn't a nice way to go. You'll read about Ashley and the rest of the "wild cards" as they try to rid the town of zombies, and save the survivors.

    This book is jam packed with zombie killing action from the very beginning. Seriously within the first few pages you're reading about a small family succumbing to the virus, and turning into zombies. Dana Fredsti is very descriptive in her writing making the book very vivid and real. This book really brings all your fears "to life" as this new strain of flu takes over and the whole town is overcome with the walking dead. How many times have we heard over the news about a new and deadly strain of flu? Seriously I'm now convinced that, that's how we all will go. This is a great read and am so glad I was able to review it. I'm more glad to share it with you all.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Interesting read & differen POV

    Ashley is your average late 20s divorcee trying to start over. She has her boy toy and going back to college to get a degree. But, she gets the latest flu bug going around called (ironically) Walker's.

    She feels like crap for several days but recovers. This is not normal as many of those in her town who catch the virus go from feeling like they're dead, to being dead and then to being undead.

    Ashley is identified as a wild card - immune to becoming a zombie. She is invited to join an outfit dedicated to wiping out the - so far - local outbreak.

    Dana Fredsti (@zhadi1) was formerly an actress in movies that are ripe for MST3k picking, but don't let this hold you back. She craft a zombie story from a lady's point of view. It is different to read about how hot guys are; it is not wrong, just different.

    Overall, Fredsti creates a fairly credible zombie story. The story is tight withno detours or rabbit trails that ditract from the main story. Relevant action taking place away from the main characters is italicized for the ease of the reader.

    The only real negative is the allusion to previous zombie outbreaks in history, one of which is a real howler as well as how they were covered up. IMO, this could've been left out or modified to something a little credible for a zombie universe. Given the conspiracy vibe that runs beneath the surface, this can be overlooked.

    Overall, this is a book that deserves your attention. I've already bought Plague Nation and look forward to continuing on with Ashley's adventures.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Zombie friend

    Very interesting take on the zombie theme. Dana Fredsti uses the zombocalypse (her word) in a unique way that explains some of histories great disasters. The story is well written the chaacters simple yet still entertaining. Cannot wait to read the next book. I would recommend thos book to all zombie lovers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2012

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    JUST PLAIN FUN!! Review brought to you by OBS staff member Dawn

    JUST PLAIN FUN!!

    Review brought to you by OBS staff member Dawn

    I’ve never been a big fan of zombie books. They’re usually really gross and too detailed. For the most part, I steer clear of these type of books. That said I couldn’t put it down! It’s that good!

    Initially I was wary of the changing points of view, but I found it helped ease me into the story and it broke up the intensity. Fredsti did a great job of being in a zombie’s head space to the point of being seriously creepy.

    I like the premise of some people being immune to the virus. Fredsti took it even further – the virus enhances them. The book has a solid plot bringing together science and humanity.

    Ashley, one of the main characters, is a bad-ass. She’s tough, she’s a smart-aleck. I love her. She can’t be intimidated and she has a mind of her own. Ashley is my ideal leading female. She has all the traits I hope for in a main character.

    The best thing about the book is the humor. The humor offsets the ugliness. It brings levity to an otherwise dire situation. At one point, Ashley refers to herself as a “profane munchkin” which cracked me up. She has a serious potty mouth that makes her even more likeable. She’s not a Barbie robot. She’s flawed but in relatable ways.

    In spite of the number of characters, Fredsti’s character development is off the charts. I didn’t feel overwhelmed (as I often do) with all the characters. I felt like I knew each one of them intimately.

    The sex scene is perfectly placed. There’s enough character development that you’re ready for them to just go at it. And they did go at it. HOT!!!

    Bottom line: Fun and humorous. If you’re a zombie fan, it’s a must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Impressed, nice read

    Looking forward to reading the next books. Pleasantly surprised and I really enjoyed. If you are a zombie fan and like science fiction, check this out.

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  • Posted November 21, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    This was my first time reading a zombie book. I was not impress

    This was my first time reading a zombie book.

    I was not impressed at all. My absolute number one irritation with this story is the amount of movie references. A handful is fine, but when there is at minimum 3 references per chapter, it gets old very fast. The first almost sex scene was so randomly out of place that it was just awkward instead of steamy. And during the actual sex scene...there is ANOTHER out of place movie reference. The scene is supposed to be sexy and steamy...then the author throws in a movie reference. That alone almost made me put the book down and not pick it back up again. Ashley, the lead character, is supposed to be a 30-something college student. Her behavior is reminiscent of a young high schooler. It was as if the author couldn't decide if Ashley should be a tough bad ass or a whiny girl. The ONLY character I thought had potential was Nathan, and you don't even meet him until around the last 2 chapters or so.

    This might be a minor thing, but I wasn't fond of the term "zoms". It let me back to that High school mentality of the characters. Even the character that is supposed to be in his 50s acted like a high-school teen.

    I am grateful that this was a book that I got from the library, and not one that I paid for. I will not be reading anymore from this series.I only read this whole book because I have a thing about finishing books once I start them, but it was a real struggle to get through the last few chapters after the sex scene. I was literally rolling my eyes at the onslaught of movie references. Yes I had to bring that up once more, because that is how much it irritated me. Check out my recommendations if you want to read some well written books!

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  • Posted May 30, 2013

    I loved it. This book grabs you in with it quirkness but when zo

    I loved it. This book grabs you in with it quirkness but when zombies come the humor 
    Is fast and to the point and the book is a page turner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    I absolutely loved it! I plan on getting the 2nd one in the ser

    I absolutely loved it! I plan on getting the 2nd one in the series. I'm a big fan of zombie movies and books. It did not disappoint in the least. I had trouble putting it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    The sample was awesome

    Why do I keep reading reviews of books that are supposed to be fantastic only to discover they suck? I love zombies, I really do, so when I read the sample of this book and it was seriously kick ass I was so excited. Imagine my disappointment when I discovered that the only part of this book that kicked ass was the sample. I must get an entirely different version of books on my Nook than everyone else because I freakin hated Ashley and virtually everyone else in the book. Ashley is in her friggin thirties for cryin out loud and she is one of the most immature characters of all. She made one bad judgement call after another and Gabriel was unlikeable from the start. It's about 300 pages long and I was wishing it was over by page 75.... I have a thing about finishing books if I can but this one really tested my resolve. In short I'm so disappointed I could cry.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

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    I want to be Ashley Parker when I grow up! This action-packed z

    I want to be Ashley Parker when I grow up!

    This action-packed zombie adventure features Ashley Parker: a cool, sexy, bad-ass zombie fighting heroine. Her inner and outer strength, quirky sense of humor, and relatable vulnerability make Ashley one of my favorite female leads of all time. Put her in the midst of the motley crew of  immune “Wild Cards” that are her supporting cast and the result is a brilliant group of characters.
    As they fight to contain a budding zombie outbreak, our characters face gory battles with rotting zombies and struggle to come to terms with the fact that their lives are forever changed. Despite the dramatic horror aspects of the book, Fredsti manages an undertone tinged with humor. All of this, with a touch of romance and an epic climactic battle make this a fantastically addictive first book in the series.

    * I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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  • Posted March 7, 2013

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    A Great Introduction to a New Series!

    Prepare yourself for the zombie apocalypse in Dana Fredsti’s Plague Town. Fredsti takes well-known zombie lore, changes it up, and builds her own unique zombie-filled world. Her descriptions are so marvelously detailed that you feel you are right there with the characters fighting the zombies. Fredsti captivates readers with Ashley Parker a kick-butt, sharp-tongued heroine with a soft heart. The sniping and attitude between Ashley and Gabriel, a team leader, creates plenty of sexual tension. The author's use of witty banter and quotes from famous action movies provides many moments of levity between the fast-paced, high-octane zombie battles.

    Plague Town has the perfect balance of world building, intriguing characters, and zombie-fighting action scenes, making this story a great introduction to a new series. The surprise plot twists at the end leave the reader eagerly awaiting the next novel.


    I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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  • Posted August 6, 2012

    A fun zombie romp! It has the elements of a bit of romance bu

    A fun zombie romp! It has the elements of a bit of romance but mostly it is about killing the walking dead that have put the town of Redwood Grove into quarantine.
    There is a bit of mystery with some of the characters - the possibility of a sequel?
    For a fun beach read this comes recommended!

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  • Posted August 3, 2012

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    Great Start to a New Zombie Story

    Ashley and her boyfriend, Matt, are going to school in the little town of Redwood Grove. Lately there has been a sever flu, called Walkers, is going around that has nearly incapacitated most of the population. To try to combat the flu, a vaccine has been given to several people. Ashley is just recovering from Walkers. One night, Matt and Ashley have a late night picnic when a group of zombies attack them. Matt is infected but Ashley has a rare reaction to the virus.

    This reaction makes her a Wild Card, one of a few people that get stronger and faster that can fight the zombies. There are a couple other people that develop the Wild Card behavior. Now them and the military are trying to contain the zombies and dispose of them before the plague gets out and affects the rest of the country.

    I really liked the idea behind where the zombies come from. It’s interesting how the Wild Cards develop to fight them. Ashley was a great character, full of spunk and willing to do what is needed. I felt for all of them but I was impressed with how they all stepped up, even Kaitlyn.

    Yes, I admit that I’m a big zombie fan. If you are too, don’t miss this book. There is a great reason behind the zombie plague, a strong female character, and zombies. What else can you ask for? Maybe a sequel? I have my eyes open for one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    New twist

    I generally don't read zombie books however I thoroughly enjoyed this. I loved the twist of the "wild cards"--what a great zombie fighting team. There's plenty of zombies, action and even humor. The characters are well written and likeable--you feel like you know them. I also liked the alternate history--I had never thought that Atlantis and Pompeii could have been destroyed because of zombie outbreaks. I look forward to more of the series. Another great series with a zombie twist is K. Bennett's zombie lawyer series. I highly recommend both of these series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Tori

    Sits down

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    Quite A Lot Of Fun With Some Unexpected Twists For A Zombie Novel

    The novel was a blast. I had a hard time putting it down. The characters were very interesting. I like the take with some people being immune to the zombie bite. That hasn't been done before. When she was bitten in the beginning of the novel, I thought that that's not good for a main character. it's an awesome read. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series, whenever that one comes out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Jacob

    CRUD!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Alex sanders

    No im not anothe imposter

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. The humor, and intelligence of Ash

    LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. The humor, and intelligence of Ashley (a wild card zombie assassin.... and yes she is AWESOME), is something I could read without any guilt. I cannot wait for the next book

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