Plague Town (Ashley Parker Series #1)

Plague Town (Ashley Parker Series #1)

by Dana Fredsti

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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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857686350
Publisher: Titan
Publication date: 04/03/2012
Series: Ashley Parker Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 302,269
Product dimensions: 4.34(w) x 6.72(h) x 1.01(d)

About 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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Plague Town: An Ashley Parker Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
InfiniteDreams More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
GFox5 More than 1 year ago
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!
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
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.
thehistorychic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read for BookclubOverall Rating: 4.25Story Rating: 4.00Character Rating: 4.50First Thought When Finished: What an absolutely fun ride! Perfect addition to my zombie shelf!What I Loved: The thing I loved most about Plague Town: the banter. I was pretty much living for the moments of dialogue between the characters. There were some pretty witty, fast-paced barbs traded and I loved each and every one! Ash was a great leading lady! She manages to get in and out of so many troubling spots that you can't help but root for her. Plus, you have to love her little screw you's to the system. Nathan was my favorite male character! Once he got in the mix the fun level just sky rocketed!What I Liked: Pretty much the rest of the characters in the book were dead-on perfect for the story. Each brought something to the table and had moments to shine. I really liked all the action too. Plague Town had a great combo of action/story.Final Thought: I will be counting down to book 2! It needs to be here already :)Some great lines: "At least part of me sparkled. Although not in a Twilight kind of way""Yeah. Zombies. unless you have a better word for people who look dead, smell dead, and act dead, except for the whole walking-around-and-trying-to-eat-flesh part.""Guess I've learned we're not always what we eat.""Oh, Christ on a crutch." Nathan shut his eyes and rubbed a hand on his forehead, as if trying to massage away reality. "Simone Fraser. I should have know you'd be part of this whole clusterfuck."
Mardel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After a short prologue where you read about a young mother who is exhausted, taking care of her sick husband and child then having them turn on her...Plague Town segues into a first person account of Ashley Parker.Ashley Parker lives in a college town, Northern California, and she's recently become sick from a very strong flu called Walker's flu. Seems people are dropping left and right from this flu, even the people who have been getting flu shots. Ashley notices that she's not looking too good - in fact, her skin has a kind of gray cast to it...After being sick for quite a while, she finally attends her first day of classes. Only she's missed quite a few because of her illness and has to deal with a rather judgemental teaching assistant. The next time she goes to class she notices that the lines at the local coffee shop are shorter, less people are about and even in the class where she had such a hard time finding a seat, there is now plenty of seats...and the judgemental teacher's assist is now absent. Seems this Walker's flu has really knocked people on there asses.Later she goes out with her boyfriend, they're in a secluded area, making out (sound familiar? we've watched a variation of this in many movies, lol) when they are attacked by rotting people, one of whom manages to bite her. Luckily for her, she's rescued and spends the next few days suffering from what feels like the worst flu ever - when she finally comes out of it, there is her teacher from that one crowded class (which was about plagues and diseases through the ages...hmmmm). Ashley finds out that she's fortunate - she's immune to the the zombie virus. And her teacher is actually part of a covert black ops type of company that has been around in one form or another through out time - taking care of the zombie plagues that have taken place. Wow.One of the side effects of Ashley being a wild card (immune to the zombie virus) is increased senses and strength - as well as healing ability. However, Ashley and the few other wild cards are not immortal. Just resistant and a stronger. Nice. Except that now she and the others are now strongly recruited into service with the army branch and the zombie fighting co. They are trained and sent out to do battle with the zombies.You could view parts of this book as familiar - you could also view it as a nod to all the zombie movies that have been made. I had fun reading it, though some parts of the story might considered cliche - but hey - how many truly original stories are really out there? Most of the novels we read are variations of a variety of plots. It's the different writers that give the novels depth and interesting narration, subplots, dialogue (so very very important, people! Extremely important!!!!! You could have a wonderfully narrated book, with sweeping vistas and grand plots....but the lame dialogue can totally turn it into a ....well.....okay - a piece of crap, okay? haha. a little harsh, but really, the wrong dialogue can totally ruin a book for me.) Dana Fredsti had a couple of twists in her novel and she mentions quite of few of those zombie movies and books that have become legendary in our entertainment culture. (Max Brooks-on impulse I bought my oldest son the first survival guide novel this guy wrote-Dawn of the Dead, etc) I love reading a book that has mentions of other writers and movies.Her main character was able to make new friends and keep a snarky wit about her (though it wasn't too snarky) . There were a few characters that I enjoyed reading about - the other wild cards were from a varied cross section of personality types. There was a shy girl, a postman, a punkrocker type, a handsome young black man, and a very aloof thirty something white woman, so aloof she's basically unfriendly. Now I bring up the black man because when I came across his character, I thought...oh boy, here it is. The cliche. This is the one guy that's going to get killed. With every single time that they went out, I exp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
N ? Interesting and fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing is a bit rough at times, but overall a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ended up hate reading this book...which is when you loathe a book so thoroughly, you read it for pure spite. I adore Buffy and zombies, so I should have enjoyed it, but the main character irked me, the pop culture references were frequent and trite, and the plot meandered.
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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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siren76 More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Tattooed_Book_Review More than 1 year ago
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.
Lori_Zalewski More than 1 year ago
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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to-read-is-to-live More than 1 year ago
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!
JBronder More than 1 year ago
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.