Zombies! Episode 1: Shawn of the Dead [NOOK Book]

Overview

The coming of the zombies to the world is not necessarily the coming of the apocalypse. Shawn of the Dead is the first of a series of episodes that focuses on the more personal aspects of people as they face their regular lives against the backdrop of a zombie infection.
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Zombies! Episode 1: Shawn of the Dead

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Overview

The coming of the zombies to the world is not necessarily the coming of the apocalypse. Shawn of the Dead is the first of a series of episodes that focuses on the more personal aspects of people as they face their regular lives against the backdrop of a zombie infection.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011109720
  • Publisher: Ivan Turner
  • Publication date: 9/25/2010
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 50,055
  • File size: 165 KB

Meet the Author

A child of the movies, I was always consumed by fantastic stories told by others and translated into adventures to be retold by me through the action figure medium. As I grew older, I put the action figures away and moved into the realm of role playing. Though I never outgrew role playing, I certainly don't have the time for it anymore. Since I was eleven years old, I've been pouring almost every ounce of creative energy I have into writing.


I graduated college in 1993 with a degree in computer science. I tried my hand at programming for a couple of years and found it pretty unsatisfying. I later became a partner at a comic book store, where I spent several years. Though it wasn't a financial success, the experience I gained from running the store and the people that I met (many whom I'm still in touch with today) was priceless. After leaving the store, I settled into a career of teaching. I still teach at a public high school in New York. Ironically, I've picked up computer programming again, which is what I mostly teach, peppered with some math courses now and again.


I've been writing the whole time.


I released my first book electronically in 2010. Forty Leap was, and still is, the pinnacle of my writing to date. It was a turning point for me in both style and story building. The Book of Revelations, which was written earlier but released later, was sort of a midway point between the writer I was and the writer I've become. I experimented with a very odd style and a story that employed diverse characters and controversial situations.


In September 2010, I released the first installment of Zombies! It went out for free, the subsequent episodes each priced at 99 cents. Zombies! has been a tremendous success for me and I'm currently working with someone to develop it into a television series.

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    Not bad for a free ebook

    This is a short book (only 108 pages) which feels more like a young adult title or a cheap mini-series on the Syfy channel. But for a free ebook it's not a total waste of time.

    Not a lot of gore or horror going on here so I was disappointed. It's more of a character-driven suspense story with a little cliff-hanger ending trying to entice you to continue reading the next book in the series. The characters are too cliche and the plot is very Hollywood. I also have a pet peeve about authors who outright describe each character's personality without letting the reader deduce it for themselves based on dialogue and actions (i.e. "Stemmy was extremely intelligent with tremendous powers of observation."). But otherwise the editing is good and I didn't notice any obvious spelling or grammatical errors.

    Bottom-line: This book is free and is at least worth the time to read it. Keep your expectations low and you'll be mildly entertained.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

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    Very addictive!

    When I first discovered Zombies I read six episodes back to back in a matter of a few days. Since then the publishing dates have forced me to slow down a bit. (The author writes and publishes one episode a month.) At 99 cent an episode its a great deal; each episode is probably 200-300 pages long. While there is blood and gore it is not overly detailed. The story focuses more on the characters and how they react to the ever present zombies. It's a great series and I plan on seeing it through to the end.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    Excellent

    I loved the book and will purchase the others. This story srsrted out as most zombie stories do bur the addation of the private lives made the story very enjoyable.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2011

    Great

    I loved this book. Although i would have given it 5* if it had a bit more action.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    So far so good...

    Well written. I'd definitely read the others in the series. I just wish it wasn't called "Shawn of the Dead", lol.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    Good start to a promising series

    This story definately connected the emotional lives of all affected by a zombie virus. Just the cusp. Looking forward to reading more. Enjoy

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Great

    >>This whole series has been one hell of a ride! Fast paced and interesting characters. The story really pulls you in. Highly recommend start with book one and you will be hooked. Some punctuation and grammer errors but they do not distract from the book too much.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    Recommend

    (If your looking for blood, guts, and zombie gore this book is not for you.)The only reason I gave this book three stars is because it is a short and it lets you hang. The rest of the episodes must be purchased. It was a good start and I will definately purchase the next one. After that we will see. It was a little sparse and I would have liked to have gotten more indepth, hopefully the next one will do so. All in all a good quick read (about 1 hour). I will read more by this author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    review

    I started with and completed all the second versions and could not stop,Ithought these were great .to include all the differnt characters .I am in the process of going back and picking up the rest of the various stories.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Good stuff

    Different take on zom apoc, can't wait to read rest of series

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    This is literally the worst book i have ever read

    Continuous typos, bad grammar, and worst of all the plot is horrible. The book has no detail, no emotion and no though put into it. I have read millions of books and this has to be the worst. I read this in three hours fixing every problem.The book just is horrible don't read it unless you want to waste your own time.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Great read

    Really liked it I will buy the rest

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Not impressed

    The writing left a lot to be desired, as did the story line. The characters weren't bad, but I still couldn't finish reading the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Great little read

    Well written, it was quite a surprise. I have read a few of the others in this series and they have been entertaining.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    Creative

    This tells the story of the unspoken characters of the zombie apocolypse. Those trying to live their life, day by day, as their world is warped into something out of the horror section. I enjoyed this short story because it is character-centered and focuses on relationships and emotions rather than blood, guts, and gore. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    The one that got me hooked!

    Highly recommended

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2011

    Best thing since World War Z

    I loved the first episode. What if zombies truly started walking the Earth. The answer to that starts to develop in the 1st episode of the series. Truly an awesome read, I highly recommend this book. I can't wait for the next installment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

    A diamond in the rough!

    Ivan Turner's Zombies! is truly a diamond in the rough and a shoe-in for any serious top ten zombie fiction list. A list that includes obvious choices such as Walking Dead, World War Z and Autumn. Yes, it's that good. Set in modern-day Manhattan (pre-apocalypse), Zombies! features exceptional character development, a plausible storyline and scary, graphic encounters with the undead. If you are as picky about your Zombie stories as I am, you won't be disappointed. This is a real page turner that is worth much more than the asking price. Spread the word!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    This was pretty good.

    It was a good story. An easy read, gives a different perspective on the "epidemic" of zombies.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    Great Zombie Series

    I was looking to read something while I wait for The Walking Dead's next comic and came upon this. At first I thought it had to do with Shawn of the Dead the movie, but I was wrong. It's better! I am totally hocked. Read both the first and second today. The price is great, but totally bumbed that I will have to wait monthly for every new episode. Keep 'em coming!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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