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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Dying To Live by C.M. Wright
This is a fantastic opening tale to CM Wrights Zombie Overload Series! Ms. Wright throws us headlong into a riveting tale of one woman's battle to save her family from the undead and let me assure you, this determined mama won't stop at anything!! She is one brave soul & willingly battles headlong into the zombie apocalypse to save her beloved family, any way that she can.. The stories in the series are graphic and gory, so the fainthearted might want to pass on these, but for any fans of the undead, horror stories and riveting drama, the Zombie Overload series is one set of novels that you don't want to miss!
The series is as follows:
Dying To Live
Learning To Live
Fighting To Live
Determined To Live
Platinum Reviews gives "Dying To Live":
4.5 Platinum Rings!
Admit it. You think about it, fantasize about it, live through it in your
head. But what would you do if zombies became a reality? If you actually
were to see the dead walk, attack and kill people you know - who then
rise right in front of your eyes? What would you do when the undead
don't follow the script you've played out - over and over - in your own
Find out what happens to a woman in central Illinois when her life is turned upside down. Zombies become real and so does the danger. Her family means the most to her, but can she keep them alive? Can she keep herself alive?
In this short story that begins the full-length series, you are a big part
of it. The main character "speaks" to you often and you're invited into
her thoughts - which can be quite humorous at times. She's not perfect
and she knows it.
She strong and she's a fighter...but she doesn't know it.
Will grabs both our arms and practically drags us to the van door. He pushes me into the front seat and shoves Kim in one side and out the other of our van. She goes through Mom and Dad's van and then freezes. I bend down in my seat to see why she's stopped, and see two zombies crawling onto her car and more heading our way.
The two zombies are on the back of her car. One is all the way up on the trunk slapping at the back window, just behind where her grand-kids are sitting. I'm terrified that at any moment the glass is going to shatter and explode all over those poor babies and those nasty things will get them.
Everyone, including me, starts screaming at Kim, “HURRY! MOVE IT! GO!”
She unfreezes and dives headfirst through her open passenger window and yells at her son to "step on it."
I watch her try to get her ass in the seat instead of her head as they take off.
Any other day, I would have laughed my ass off at that.
Bo jumps inside his grandparents' van, pulls the driver's side sliding door shut then, jumping back into our van, pulls their passenger side shut.
Damn, they really need automatic sliding doors!
He pulls the door on his side of our van shut - we only have a passenger side automatic door - and Will pulls away from the store, following the others.
As each vehicle follows the other to the exit, I watch the two zombies that are still on Kim's car. The one that is only half on the trunk flies off like she weighs nothing as Will's nephew makes a sharp left turn in an effort to dislodge them.
My dad has no time to swerve - or else he just doesn’t care at this point - and runs the middle-aged woman over. As his vehicle goes over her body with both passenger tires, I hear crackling, snaps, and a wet bursting sound as her body explodes from the weight of the van. I'm sickened by the sight and the sound.
Could I really have heard that with my window up?
I wonder if my imagination helped with that just a little bit.
I turn my attention to the other zombie, the one still on the car. Still slapping and punching at the window. The horde of zombies - maybe sixty or so. I'm not counting them. Sorry - are doing their best to catch up to us, although they are still at least the distance of a football field away.
I turn my attention back to Kim’s car and see it whipping back and forth, too hard and too fast.
Is he trying to flip the damn thing?
At this point, I can tell he's driving more out of fear and frustration than common sense.
Suddenly, he slams on the breaks. We're all thrown forward, having to stop so quickly to avoid plowing into each other.
Now remember, I said Will's brother was the smart one, not the nephew.
He jumps out of the car and runs to the back.
The zombie, seeing fresh meat that isn’t behind a display glass, moves off the trunk and starts the zombie-shuffle toward Will's nephew.
Wes takes too long taunting and screaming at the zombie, and it costs him. The zombie is on him before he even has time to take a step back. We hear screams of terror come from Kim's car......
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