Omega Days

Omega Days

by John L. Campbell


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“Readers who enjoyed The Strain Trilogy, by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, will find plenty to satisfy them here.”—San Francisco Book Review 
When the end came, it came quickly. No one knew where or exactly when the Omega Virus started, but soon it was everywhere. And when the ones spreading it can’t die, no one stands a chance of surviving.

San Francisco, California. Father Xavier Church has spent his life ministering to unfortunate souls, but he has never witnessed horror like this. After he forsakes his vows in the most heartrending of ways, he watches helplessly as a zombie nun takes a bite out of a fellow priest’s face…
University of California, Berkeley. Skye Dennison is moving into her college dorm for the first time, simultaneously excited to be leaving the nest and terrified to be on her own. When her mother and father are eaten alive in front of her, she realizes the terror has just begun…
Alameda, California. Angie West made millions off her family’s reality gun show on the History Channel. But after she is cornered by the swarming undead, her knowledge of heavy artillery is called into play like never before…
Within weeks, the world is overrun by the walking dead. Only the quick and the smart, the strong and the determined, will survive—for now.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425272633
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Series: Omega Days Novel Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 319,507
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John L. Campbell was born in Chicago and attended college in North Carolina and New York. His short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies, literary magazines, and e-zines, as well as in two of the author’s own collections. He lives with his family in the New York area, where he is at work on the next Omega Days novel, Ship of the Dead

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“When people ask me to recommend great zombie fiction one of the names I consistently mention is John L. Campbell.  Nobody writes an urban battle scene quite like he does. The pace of his storytelling will leave you breathless, and his characters are so real and so likeable you will jump up and cheer for them. Omega Days is, hands down, one of the shining stars of the zombie genre.  Do yourself a favor and move this one to the top of your to-be-read pile right now. You can thank me later.”—Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Savage Dead and Dead City

“An impressively convincing vision of a world suddenly gone insane…The maelstrom that Campbell creates is a somber portrayal of the human capacity for both selfishness and, more rarely, altruism. He effectively builds a mood of terror that sweeps the reader along in this powerful example of zombie thriller genre at its best.”—Publishers Weekly

"A highly entertaining read with a style that grabbed me from the very first page...There are creepy echoes…of masters like Koontz and King…If you want highly entertaining, escapist, zombie fiction with plenty of action peopled by rich and interesting characters, you couldn't do better than Omega Days."—SF Revu 

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Omega Days 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
mrsgodiva More than 1 year ago
This is what the zombie apocalypse is all about. The writing was top-notch, the characters were likable and I cared whether they lived or died. Especially a few I really wanted to die! I will definitely look for more from this author. Omega Days was a very enjoyable read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the top zombie books I have ever read, and I have read many. Fast paced, great but short back stories. Really puts you in the story. Awesome book!
warrior54 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I have found that most books of this genre appear ( at least to me ) to be focused more on the gore and violence rather than the characters. That's not really on knock on other zombie novels, beause after all, the gore and violence is what drives books like these, But suprisingly enough, I found myself really caring about what happens to the charcters in the book. The book comes across as a series of short stories with a common theme and background, which sometimes turn me off as a reader. However, Mr. Campbell draws it all together nicely as the book progresses. If this genre is your thing, you need to read " Omega Days". Can't wait for the #2 in the series.
LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle: *Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review Omega Days is the first novel of the OMEGA DAYS series by John L. Cambell and it was a thoroughly enjoyable read! Very much like The Walking Dead on paper, it follows the tale of several groups in the wake of the Omega Virus outbreak & the utter & complete Zombiepocalypse that ensues. It was well written, and while I noticed that several reviewers didn't enjoy the different groups chronicled throughout, it felt real to me. If an outbreak is pandemic, it's unrealistic to follow just a single group. And as they merged, in unexpected ways, it was interesting to follow.  Speaking of the characters, they had depth and were relatable, and I really liked that there wasn't a set stereotype throughout. The main threads were all diverse and allowed for the introduction of plenty of human psyche drama throughout, not just the obvious underlying tale of trying to survive. I could see each and every scenario happening in real life should something of this magnitude ever come to pass. This is one of those books - like a good, cheesy, classic horror movie - that will have you yelling at the characters out loud "don't do it" and using OMG like a mantra. :)  And while I loved the book, I loathed the ending; though thankfully, I saw that there's a second book (Ship of the Dead) coming in October. Bottom line, if you like your zombie fiction, gritty, dirty, and chock full of not only zombie action but the utter horrors of human nature, this is a good book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read.  Rather than following one main character or one group, this book followed several different characters, giving the reader a better feel for what was happening all over California during the outbreak.  I couldn't put this book down!
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I had fun with this zombie book! A friend mentioned this book to me and I decided that I would give it a try after finding out that my local library had a copy. I ended up reading the entire book in a single day so I guess you could say that I enjoyed it. It was really one of those books that was hard to put to put down. I am so glad I decided to give this book a try. This was one of those books that tell a story through a lot of different stories. The book starts right as the zombie outbreak starts and nobody is quite sure what exactly is going on. We meet Skye, a college student, as she is moving into her college dorm with her family's help. Father Xavier Chruch has an unfortunate event occur that leaves him questioning so many things before the world completely changed. Angie is out filming her reality TV show with her uncle and crew and find that just getting home with the changes in the world will be a challenge. We also meet a Russian pilot, a couple of escaped convicts, a writer, and other assorted characters. I liked getting all of these different perspectives. Each character had a different situation as that outbreak started and it was very eye-opening to learn how these very different characters dealt with such an impossible situation. Of course, all of the characters that lead these stories are strong characters who are smart, resilient and handle themselves well. Not everyone they come in contact can say those things and often things will end badly for them. I thought that this story was exciting. There are some pretty intense situations and living conditions for all of the characters are quite harsh. I was happy to see a lot of zombie action in the book and even more happy that a lot of that action is rather brutal. What can I say, I like a bloody book. All of the different threads in the story did start coming together as the book progressed and I am quite excited to see where things will go in the next installment. I would recommend this book to fans of zombie stories. I thought that this was a well-written story that proved to be quite the page-turner. I look forward to reading more of this exciting series soon.
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Starts a little slow, but if you can get past the first chapter, it's a page-turner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice short chapters, good character development
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Usually don' t care to much for these type of stories, but after seeing the mini series called "The Strain" on tv( and reading the 3 books in that series a while back), I figured i'd give this book a shot. Nice story. Charactors you can relate to and plenty of action. You don't really know how this virus starts, but almost from the start of book, the action starts. The story is broken down into mini stories about 4 or 5 different groups of people and how each coups with the outbreak. The story bounces between these groups and their fight to sevive. Now, onto book # 2!
Tracy_S More than 1 year ago
Great character development, lots of attention to detail, and a good read. Couldn't wait to read the next book in series. Loving this author so far. Definitely one of the best zombie genre book series that I have read.
SupNY More than 1 year ago
A "nice" zombie story. Will read the next two books.
Swordsman1 More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed reading zombie and other types of apocalyptic books for a long time. I have read some awful ones and some great ones. This is one of the better ones. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and really hope that he writes more. The characters were developed and drew you in. The action was graphic and fast paced. It really gave you a sense of danger and doom. I would highly recommend it to any fan of the genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*freezes both the assassin and figure and shoots arrows through their heads* "Noe be dead. Fu.cking idiots"
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