Top 10 Zombie Apocalypse Book Series – Part 1
I love zombies – zombie games, zombie movies, zombie tv shows and especially zombie books. Why? I have no idea 😆. It may be because out of all the possible monsters out there (besides aliens), the possibility of some form of zombie showing up is, to my unscientific mind, pretty good. I can imagine a disgruntled super genius working in a basement lab somewhere mixing up concoctions that create the zombie outbreak that ends the world. The zombie bee parasite – scary stuff! https://www.zombeewatch.org/
Do I want a zombie apocalypse? Probably not, but I’ll admit that it’s fun to imagine it and I’m obviously not the only one who thinks so… https://www.cdc.gov/cpr/zombie/index.htm. Could the spread really be contained inside a city or country? I don’t think so, just look back at 2020 and the spread of Covid-19 for the answer on that.
The thing I think that I love most about these monsters are there really are no rules when it comes to the zombie genre. They often show up as extras in fantasy stories as creatures raised by the evil villain. They could be lab created, created by mother nature or a supernatural phenomena, they could be unearthed from ancient ruins or brought here by space debris. They also come in many shapes and flavors – some are human only, others can cross species and many also are affected by their environment (bloaters from being in or near water are the grossest thing ever!). Zombies can be truly scary or super funny or fall somewhere in between.
What ingredients make a good zombie apocalypse story? To me, it has to have characters that are well created and relatable- that doesn’t always mean they have to be likeable in the sense of starting out as a good guy, but knowing their background and how they connect to others in the story are pretty important to being able to relate to their adventures. Examples of this done badly – Zombie Day Care by Craig Halloran and the Final Awakening trilogy by J. Thorn.
You don’t always know how an apocalypse starts, however, for a good story you should have some rules within it such as how it’s spread, what attracts them and how to kill them and these should be believable within the story being told.
Humor – a dash or two of humor goes a long way towards making a horrible concept livable. Some of the best characters in any zombie apocalypse are the ones who can face the horror with a little humor.
Looking at my list of thisistheend-zombie-like-apocalypse books, I’m picking out 10 series that were worth the time to read and had kick ass characters and epic stories within. Here’s series number 1…
Arisen by Michael Stephen Fuchs and Glynn James
This was a non-stop, insane action, military, zombie thrill ride and I loved every minute of it. It has a great cast of ass kickers, totally evil bad guys and truly horrific zombies. I remember having to wait for the next in the series to release and that was PURE TORTURE! However, you are in luck because the series is complete with 14 books and some extras for fans to explore. The whole series is available on Kindle Unlimited or at great prices (most under $4). I haven’t seen a complete downloadable box set but they have got the first 6 available in 2 sets.
I read the main series first and went back for the extras afterward. The author did make a handy guide with 3 read order choices if you want/need it…in which I learned that we may be seeing this on a tv or movie screen in the future (HELL YEAH!).
(note that all the below links are associate links – if you click and purchase, I’ll get credit. If you want to avoid that, just do a quick search for the author 😁)
Reading Guide by the Author:
Book 1: Fortress Britain
Book 2: Mogadishu of the Dead
Book 3: Three Parts Dead
Book 4: Maximum Violence
Book 5: Exodus
Book 6: The Horizon
Book 7: Death of Empires
Book 8: Empire of the Dead
Book 9: Cataclysm
Book 10: The Flood
Book 11: Death Match
Book 12: Carnage
Book 13: The Siege
Book 14: End Game
Prequel 2: Nemesis
Book 5.5: Odyssey
Book 15: Last Stand
Have you read this series? What did you think?
to be continued….