RecruitZ (Afterworld Series #1): Afterworld Series

RecruitZ (Afterworld Series #1): Afterworld Series

by Karice Bolton


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RecruitZ (Afterworld Series #1): Afterworld Series by Karice Bolton

What would happen if the world was meant to end, but it didn't? Instead, the dead walk the streets with the living, and civilization looks away as the Afterworld becomes a brutal and ruthless breeding ground for unimaginable horrors.

Rebekah survived the outbreak, but she lost everyone she held dear. As civilization attempts to rebuild, mysterious disappearances begin to threaten the stability that is slowly emerging. It isn't until Rebekah's husband is killed right in front of her that she realizes something more is lurking under the surface. A new evil is ready to take over the globe and now the organization behind the disappearances and murders is willing to stop at nothing to gain control of the Afterworld.

Preston has nothing left. He survived the outbreak, but lost everyone who mattered to him. Nothing has felt right about the Afterworld since he remerged into society and was vaccinated. He notices people are disappearing, undead are wandering around, and the government is ignoring the corruption that is slowly surfacing. When Rebekah walks into his bar, snooping around and asking questions, he knows she's the one who can make things right again. His only hope is that he can get to her before anyone else.

The apocalypse might be over, but the battles are just beginning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615946429
Publisher: Bulldog Press
Publication date: 12/27/2013
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.74(d)

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RecruitZ (Afterworld Series #1): Afterworld Series 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
Being a lover of all things zombies, I knew I had to read this series. The first thing I loved was the cover and title. Rebekah, the kick ass protagonist, is front and center. Then there’s that catchy title, RecruitZ. Love how the author replaced the s with a z. The next thing that made me love this book was the beginning. Imagine you and your husband are sitting in the car in your driveway. Here come the zombies. They aren’t supposed to be there. The area has been cleared of the shufflers, but there they are. When you make the decision to mow them down with your car, there’s a problem. It’s self-driving and keeps saying there are obstructions in the way. It won’t hit them. What happens next is tragic and horrifying. This beginning is so powerful, so traumatic. And this is where I first fell in love with this author’s writing. She keeps it coming as Rebekah struggles with the loss of her husband, and tries to look like she’s pulled herself together to her friends. As she digs to find out why the zombies were waiting for her and her husband and who sent them, she forms a reluctant alliance with a mysterious man. Everything about him screams, don’t trust him. But, she needs help and he’s offering. Plus, she’s pretty sure he knows more than he’s telling. Rebekah has to rely on her instincts as she gets deeper into the conspiracy. The other thing I loved about this book was the protagonist being female. So many movies and books have men as the lead protagonist. Nothing wrong with that. I love Daryl Dixon, Rick, and Glenn and many more in The Walking Dead. But you also have Carol, Maggie, and Michonne, to name a few, always stepping in to get dirty and take down some zombies. I almost forgot. There’s something fishy about the zombies. The author threw in a new spin on them. As if they aren’t scary enough already. I like it. Rebekah uses her grief to fuel her anger. She’s determined, gutsy, and accepts help when it’s offered. The author makes her believable and you can’t help but fear for her and cheer her on. You don’t have to love zombies to love this book. The conspiracy powers the book as much as fear of being eaten. That and the reckoning to come when Rebekah discovers who killed her husband. The zombies are the bloody icing on the cake. Keep it coming.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
Excellent story and action-packed reading! RecruitZ by Karice Bolton is the first fantastic zombie novel of the Afterworld Series. I love the awesome cover by Phatpuppy, showing the kick*** protagonist, Rebekah. Not only is RecruitZ a zombie novel, you will find some science fiction thrown in that will have you thinking, could this really happen? I borrowed the book from Laura, my sister, some time ago. I was staying at her house while we were taking care of my older sister. I loved this book so much, I signed up for this tour and reread the book so I could share it with you. Plus, I now have Book II, AlibiZ, to read and review. Be sure and stay tuned for that. The action starts from the first page and never lets up. Just imagine you are trapped in a self-driving car that will not listen to your commands. Add to that a horde of zombies that are determined to get in. This should not be happening! The action is graphic and horrifying. I found myself gripping my Kindle as if MY life depended on it. Would you resign yourself to the fact you are going to die or would you fight to the death? I always try and put myself into the characters shoes and wonder what I would do in their place? Things are not as they should be and Becca is determined to get answers, at all costs. The Afterworld is what they are calling this new world that has developed since the outbreak. Her friends thought she had lost it since the death of her husband, Gavin. If she wasn’t careful, they would report her to the authorities and that would be the end of her. She couldn’t let it go, but she would pretend to her friends that she was moving on with her life. The devastation left behind is eerie; empty shops and restaurants waiting for owners that would never return were found in every city and town. Rebekah’s first order of business is going to Shackles, a bar that she thinks will have some answers. Here is where she meets the bartender, Preston. For sport, they had cockfighting, only in place of roosters there were zombies, some of them being New RecruitZ. Imagine the gruesome and bloody sight that will be. Would you participate? The New RecruitZ were different than the zombies that took down civilization, much more dangerous. How can that be? Zombies are not capable of thought and reasoning, or are they? Is there more going on than meets the eye? Could there be a conspiracy? Marcus heads the agency that oversees the remaining humans. Does he have an ulterior motive? Rebekah learns more from Preston, the bartender she met at Shackles. She finds they have a lot in common and teams up with him. As the danger revs up, so does my anticipation. I love the characters, especially, of course, Rebekah. I would only hope I could be like her if something were to happen in our world. She is strong, with a capital S. She is smart, determined and will do whatever is necessary to find out why her Gavin had to die. The more she learns, the bigger the danger becomes. I love a strong female protagonist and like to watch as the character grows and develops into their own. She slowly begins to rebuild her world, sometimes not even aware she is doing it. Karice is an excellent writer. The words flow smoothly and she creates a tension that never lets up. The pacing will have you on the edge of your seat as you wonder who will survive. As the battle continues and I reach the end of RecruitZ, I can hardly wait to pick up and continue Rebekah’s story in AlibiZ, Book II of the Afterworld series. This is an author that I will be following, eagerly anticipating each new release, plus catching up on some of her other work. The first time I read the book, I borrowed it. To review for the tour, I reread a copy I received in return for an honest and unbiased review.
AnnM31 More than 1 year ago
Payback, revenge, love lost and love found again. Can life ever go back to the way it was? I have not read about Zombies before, I have however watched and love The Walking Dead. If you like that show I guarantee you will love this story. I love all the characters within this story and the feel within the pages. What I mean by that is that I feel so sad for her in the beginning but by the end of this book the sadness gradually disappears and is replaced with a sense of wanting to find the truth and what the hell is going on. I held my breath many times in this book and I also felt very sad for the main character what she had to endure during the first chapter really really got to me. I stayed with it and I am glad I did. When you meet Preston he is this sexy mysterious character not sure what he is really all about. I did have a good feeling about him from the beginning though. I knew he was going to be good for Rebekah. When you discover what he actually is a part of it all clicks and the story with all its twists and turns keeps your interest. I really like how this story grabs your attention from the first chapter and continues holding it till the last. if you like a good story based on zombies this is your book!!!! Looking forward to the next one.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
What an interesting story this is! Once upon a time, I wasn’t fond of zombies; in fact, I pretty much avoided them. Then Max Brooks and David Wellington came along and , well, the rest, as they say, is history. Nowadays, I actively look for good zombie fiction and RecruitZ falls nicely into that group. The first thing that especially appealed to me about this book is the premise that the world after the zombie plague could be just as bad, maybe even worse, because of the behavior of some survivors. That idea has been present in earlier books but the difference here lies in WHICH survivors are behind the “Afterworld” mayhem. The other thing that drew me in was the opening scenes which left no question that this was going to be a serious zombie book with few laughs. Don’t get me wrong, I like zombies with a splash of humor but not all the time by any means. Lately, my favorites have been driven by action adventure and/or humor so it was time to get back to a somber, no-nonsense tale. This was definitely the right book. Rebekah is a terrific protagonist—intelligent, driven, take-no-prisoners—and the bartender she comes across, Preston, is an even match for her. In some ways, he’s the voice of reason we frequently find in a female character and that’s a nice touch. The two find they have much in common starting with the fact that they both survived the infection against overwhelming odds but getting to the truth about the current crop of zombies may change everything they think they know about the plague and the world they now live in. Tensions run high at a nearly frantic pace but mystery and romance also play into the story. I did think the ending was somewhat rushed, kind of like the author had run out of steam, but I still think Ms. Bolton has come up with a nifty tale and has crafted it well with few hiccups. I thoroughly enjoyed RecruitZ with the exception of the hasty conclusion and, now, I’m eagerly awaiting the second book, AlibiZ, which I hear will be coming soon.
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
efore Recruitz I have been lucky enough to read other titles by Karice Bolton, my favourite being The Camp. Recruitz is a novel which begins with an assault to the reader's assault senses; Karice Bolton describes the zombie attack without any inhibitions, with a fast paced style of writing. This beginning, though full of tension and heart-break, immediately engages the reader, into the life of Rebekah and the mystery of the 'thinking' zombies. This is a story about revenge, greed, accepting life and death. Karice Bolton's characters are the two extremes; we either love or hate them. Rebekah and Preston have both been left seriously damaged by the zombie attacks and have teamed up to investigate those they think are responsible. Although Karice Bolton explores the growing attraction between the two of them I was glad she stayed true to Rebekah's character, who is still grieving for Gavin. The plot to Recruitz is not a predictable one, often leading in frighteningly 'real' directions. Karice Bolton's descriptions are always detailed, even in the more gruesome scenes! Recruitz is a fantastic story which offers its reader an original view of zombies! I look forward to reading Alibiz. I received this as a complimentary review copy, but this has had no influence on my opinion.
ConciseReviewsByMichelleL More than 1 year ago
Got to say I loved this Post Apocalyptic zombie book. I was so shocked from that first chapter, if you read the excerpt I posted (at myblog) you will see what I mean,. just wow. With the popularity of comics and tv show of the Walking Dead, books like this really draw in people, and this is in no way like the Walking Dead, these zombies are quite different. But the few similarities just made me like it more anyway. So fans of books and shows like that will love this. I really wish I could get my hands on book 2 now, lol. Its called Alibiz and it can't be here soon enough. I am a bit surprised that I liked this book as much as I did, as zombie books are just not really my thing, I am more a vampire,shapeshifters, witches , fallen angels etc kind of girl. I didn't connect right away with the main female character, Rebekah, but she grew on me, and found she sure has guts. I liked the way the story progressed, and think it was written really well. I see this series to have alot of promise. Can't wait to read them all as they come out. Just hope the wait isn't too long. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review. Cover Review: 5 out of 5 stars. This is an awesome cover, the way it was done, gives it that feeling of the bad-ass character. The cover is what caught my eye and made me check it out. So love the cover. Covers are extremely important, so glad it did catch my attention.