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The King of Clayfield: Clayfield, Book 1 | [Shane Gregory]

The King of Clayfield: Clayfield, Book 1

On a cold February day in the small town of Clayfield, Kentucky, an unsuspecting and unprepared museum director finds himself in the middle of hell on earth. A pandemic is spreading around the globe, and it’s turning most of the residents of Clayfield into murderous zombies. Having no safe haven to which he can flee, the director decides to stick it out near his hometown and wait for the government to send help. But the disease and those infected are not his only concerns....
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Audible Editor Reviews

A conscience is a terrible thing to waste.

Steppenwolf Company and Chicago Shakespeare Theater veteran Scott Aiello performs the initial work in the Clayfield series, featuring a reasonable man - the director of a nonprofit museum in a small Kentucky town - trying to survive insanely unreasonable times. The virus that was once a small blip of foreign news exploded into a global pandemic invading even his small corner of the world. To survive, he must transform from a soft, sensitive man who cares about killing even those forms that threaten his life into a hardened murderer ready to take what he needs, wherever he finds it, and suppress any shreds of decency left that might work against keeping him alive.

Publisher's Summary

On a cold February day in the small town of Clayfield, Kentucky, an unsuspecting and unprepared museum director finds himself in the middle of hell on earth. A pandemic is spreading around the globe, and it’s turning most of the residents of Clayfield into murderous zombies. Having no safe haven to which he can flee, the director decides to stick it out near his hometown and wait for the government to send help.

But the disease and those infected are not his only concerns. He must also contend with armed gangs, strife within his group, his own lack of skills… and his conscience.

There are tough decisions to be made if he is to survive. But if he is smart - and a little lucky - he can do more than survive; he can live like a king.

©2011, 2013 Shane Gregory (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"One of the best survivalist horror stories I've read in quite a while.... This is a tale that is well worth reading." (Jeff Jellets, Territorial Disaster Coordinator for The Salvation Army)

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    Mike Naka VA 07-31-13
    Mike Naka VA 07-31-13 Member Since 2012

    Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL

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    "surprisingly good"
    What about Scott Aiello’s performance did you like?

    the narration is very good. the narrator has a smooth voice, and he's easy to listen to. i found it easy to distinguish the different male characters he portrays, and he even does female voices well!


    Any additional comments?


    DON'T be put off by the title and cover art! chessiness aside, this is a solid zombie tale! definitely in the top 10 i've listened to so far. i actually liked it that much!

    the story is told in the first person by our nameless protagonist. he's not a survivalist nor has he any military background, which i found refreshing. instead, the main character is an out of shape, 30 something museum director. he's unprepared and has no ready supplies,
    except a submarine sandwich and a few packets of ketchup. he's kind of a loner and is preparing for a senior citizen's tour when the canton b virus hits his small town.

    the author does a good job developing the characters as the story progresses. the main character's gradual transformation is believable. he makes mistakes, which is refreshing. a few times, i found myself talking aloud- you idiot...why didn't you...i was totally engrossed in the story.

    the supporting characters are also given the time to develop, and they aren't the typical cardboard cut out supporting cast. they definitely add to the story.

    this story has a mix of zombies- the slow, shambling kind and the quick kind. there are lulls in the zombie action, and the author wisely uses this time to develop his characters. this is more than just a zombie story. it's also a story about how to survive when civilization collapses.

    this is the first in a series, and the ending really surprised me. i didn't think the author would go that way, but he did.

    overall, a surprisingly excellent addition to your zombie library.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Tilo CHITTENANGO, NY, United States 08-09-13
    Tilo CHITTENANGO, NY, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2011

    Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout

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    "Will be one of your favorites"

    This book started hovering around the 3 stars mark for a while, but shifted to 4 stars as the both the story and protagonist developed and then at the end it went suddenly BING! and hit the 5 stars bell. The narrator must be the best male narrator I've listened to.

    If you are like me and demand that authors take the zombie apocalypse seriously and try to make such a tale as realistic as possible, waste no time and spend your credit here. There is no over the top nonsense here.

    The author makes the tale believable by coming up with creative solutions to some of the discrepancies in a zombie apocalypse. With so much splatter in other books, why don't the characters get infected? Often they happen to be immune, but at least here they use handkerchiefs to cover their faces. They have a fix for fighting off the infection if things get bad. The zombies aren't mindless but are like animals. They form packs, therefore some areas are very empty allowing them to get supplies. Head shots don't always work. They do get back up, but not right away. Most things have explanations for but some questions tantalizingly remain to be discovered. The word zombie doesn't even come up until the end, they are just called people. Yeah, pretty slow on the uptake but it all makes sense.

    The protagonist is so unassuming he doesn't even have a name. I didn't even realize this and had to Google the answer to write this review because I thought I had just missed it. A museum director of a sleepy town, he is such a wuss and would be zombie brunch if it weren't for Jen who is such an awesome character. All characters have depth and feel real and the protagonist goes through a transformation as the story develops. Something suddenly at the end had me screaming in my head and made it hit the 5 star bell but I'm not going to give it away.

    Hurry up and download this story. And the next.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marla Chambersburg, PA, United States 04-18-14
    Marla Chambersburg, PA, United States 04-18-14 Member Since 2010

    I grew up with books....not television.

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    "A fun typical zombie romp"

    This may not have an original take on the zombie apocalypse but it was a fun and interesting read. It was never boring and had a great balance of action and character development. Not much background on how the virus happened or spread which kinda leaves a little hole in the story. The alcohol aspect of it was never explained...I hope it will be in the next installment. I like a little bit of a science mixed in with my post apocalyptic fiction and there isn't any here. Just straight into the mayham and zombies...which is okay too sometimes. I've already started the second book so I feel good about recommending this as an addition to your collection.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jack USA 03-03-14
    Jack USA 03-03-14 Member Since 2012

    End of the world and Sci Fi are my favorites with a lot of historical fiction added in

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    "Just too mant stupid characters"
    Would you try another book from Shane Gregory and/or Scott Aiello?

    No, it was not the writing style. It was the lack of characters acting in a way consistent with the situations they are in.


    Has The King of Clayfield turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, the end of the world can be interesting but spending it with really dumb survivors is even worst than the end of the world.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thia 03-11-14
    Thia 03-11-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Good small town zombie outbreak story."
    Where does The King of Clayfield rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very solid.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book! If you have ever wondered what would happen in a small rural southern town to a regular Joe when the zombie apocalypse comes - this book is a darn good start. Not an action barn burner but a decent amount of suspense and a lot of "realism" in the writer's approach.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Sherwood Park, AB, Canada 09-04-13
    Mark Sherwood Park, AB, Canada 09-04-13 Member Since 2007

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Good zombie book"
    What did you love best about The King of Clayfield?

    The desire to stay 'home' despite the folly


    What other book might you compare The King of Clayfield to and why?

    It is a typical zombie book but has a few interesting spins on the genera.


    What does Scott Aiello bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He was a good reader. Bad guys had hillbilly accents, good guys had Texan accents, and the hero's had no accent... kinda funny but still a good listen.


    Any additional comments?

    The only real complaint was that they did not do any real reinforcing of the places they stayed at. Doors wide open people wandering around alone and then the monty python "run away run away" at times they may have defended and they would stay and fight when it was pointless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Flora Albuquerque, NM, United States 03-05-14
    Flora Albuquerque, NM, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2011

    Spay, neuter, adopt, and train. Don't buy, surrender, or breed. Be a good person and carry a weapon just in case.

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    "zombies, what zombies?"
    What disappointed you about The King of Clayfield?

    Not much zombie action. More boring, detailed, not important narration.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Don't know


    What didn’t you like about Scott Aiello’s performance?

    Soothing voice. Probably not a good zombie reader.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It went know where pretty fast. That could be good or bad.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't know what the great reviews were about. I'm going to try and return it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 10-02-13
    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2010

    deedeeg

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    "Not so great"

    I'll make this review quick. The characters in this book at really not so smart. I'm sure everyone has read at least one book where the main character is irritating and gets on your nerves. Try every character in this story. I found every one of them to be irritating. I have a hard time investing in characters that are constantly doing things that don't make sense in the middle of crisis, and that's what you get in the King of Clayfield. I don't see how I can possibly stomach the sequel.

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    reena Bywong, Australia 10-04-13
    reena Bywong, Australia 10-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Poor Writing, Poor Narration"

    I've listened to many zombie books but I was shocked at how simplistic and flat out corny this one is. I persevered but just cannot finish it. Pass this one by - there's too many other reasonable to good stories out there in this genre. A very amateur production.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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