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100 Days in Deadland | [Rachel Aukes]

100 Days in Deadland

In one day, the world succumbed to a pestilence that decimated the living. In its place rose a new species: vicious, gruesome, wandering zombies with an insatiable hunger for the living. There is no government. No shelter. No hope.
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Publisher's Summary

A journey through Dante's Inferno with a shambling twist.

In one day, the world succumbed to a pestilence that decimated the living. In its place rose a new species: vicious, gruesome, wandering zombies with an insatiable hunger for the living. There is no government. No shelter. No hope.

Still in her twenties, Cash has watched her friends die, only to walk again. An office worker with few survival skills, she joins up with Clutch, a grizzled Army veteran with PTSD. Together, they flee the city and struggle through the nine circles of hell, with nothing but Clutch's military experience and Cash's determination to live. As they fight to survive in the zombie inferno, they quickly discover that nowhere is safe from the undead...or the living.

This is the beginning after the end.

100 Days in Deadland is a journey through the first poem in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, the classic tale on the horrors of hell...zombie apocalypse style!

©2013 Rachel Aukes (P)2013 Rachel Aukes

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    Mike Naka VA 02-23-14
    Mike Naka VA 02-23-14 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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    "pretty good zombie fix"
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    100 days in deadland has a quick start. in the first 5 minutes, the main character, mia, is in the thick of a zombie apocylapse. as she attempts to flee des moines, iowa, she encounters clutch, a truck driver, who just happens to be a survivalist. although this seems cliche, the story is pretty good. it reminded me of no easy hope: surviving the dead. for those who haven't read/listened to it, there's a good mentor-apprentice relationship and storyline.

    the zombies are the romero style shamblers, and there's a good amount of zombie action as mia(cash) and clutch scavenge for supplies. however, zombbies aren't their only concern. mia(cash) and clutch must also contend with a local militia and what's left of the military. so, the second half of the book is kind of predictable.

    100 days in deadland is told in the first person by mia(cash). the narrator's voice is easy to listen to. her inflection matches what's happening in the story.

    100 days in deadland has all the storylines you'd expect in a zombie apocylapse story. while this is good, it is also bad. well, at least for me. i've listened to a bunch of zombie stories, and i'm always on the lookout for a story to surprise me. nothing in this story surprised me or added to the zombie genre. i'm not saying it's a bad, but it's just a story i've heard before.

    as far as the dante's inferno connection is concerned, the author broke the story up so that each circle of hell matched what was happening in the story. i did not buy this story b/c of that, but i loosely paid attention to the connection between the two. after the end of the story, the author provides an exposition of how each section of the story represents a different circle of hell. i only listened to part of it before i moved on to the next book.

    so if you're pretty new to the zombie genre, then this is a pretty good story to start off with. it's a full story in one book and not a series, where the story sometimes comes to an abrupt end. if you're a gray hair like me and need a good, predictable zombie fix, then give it listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 02-03-14
    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "Dante's Inferno with Zombies, awesome"

    100 Days in Deadland turned out to be an action packed emotional roller-coaster ride through a zombie infested hell. Aukes writing style and main characters reminded me much of Jesse Petersen of the Married with Zombies series. If I had one I would put this in a easy listening category because there was nothing that disturbed my soul like some zombie stories can. While following Cash, a twenty something that somehow stayed alive long enough to meet up with Clutch, and ex-military doomsday prepper. As often happens, the military swoops in and tries to keep some order and to govern/create the society that is left. Then all the military higher-ups start measuring there, well, you know, with Clutch and hell, or zombies, literally breaks loose. There was not a dull moment, Aukes was able to keep me interested with comedy, action, heartbreak, zombies, happiness, distress, a great villain, and more, all the essentials for a great story. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

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    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Fitzgerald Stuart, VA, United States 04-21-14
    Angela Fitzgerald Stuart, VA, United States 04-21-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm a stay at home mom,even if she's 16 now. When I discovered Audible it was like discovering love :-) I love Audible. demonsangel

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    "Zombieland"

    I will admit to this being my first zombie book unless you count Amanda Hocking's Hollowland books. I think there's only two thus far. I've never cared for anything that pertains to zombies since I was young. When I was ten I watched a zombie movie, I think it was Night of the Living Dead or one of those movies. I believe it was in the 80s. I got so sick and as pale as a ghost. Since then I have avoided anything that involved zombies.I did watch Warm Bodies but still I found parts of the movie sickening.

    I received this book as a gift and I can say thank you so much, I'm extremely grateful that i received it. I can say that I've been missing out and I'm quite sure on a lot. This audio book was surprisingly good and I enjoyed it so much. I found it to be more like a dystopian or an apocalypse, a zombie one. Author Rachel Aukes did an exceptional job keeping me interested in the story. She included a ton of action and the gore wasn't so bad that it made me sick or made my stomach roll. That alone made me extremely happy.

    The pace goes by quickly and I couldn't stop listening. For readers that read books then you'd love this nonstop page turner. I couldn't stop listening until it was over. I was saddened once the story ended because I truly enjoyed the story. I was disappointed that the story ended and I begged for more right then and even now I still want more. I'm happy to know there will be three books from this story. I guess that means it will be a trilogy and I do believe the second book Deadland's Harvest will be available on Audible hopefully sometime this summer and Hollie Jackson will narrate the other two books also.

    Hollie Jackson did a superb job narrating the story. It does take a good narrator to make a story work. I've listened to a thousand audio books and some I would never listen to again because the narrator was horrific. I can't say that at all about Hollie and I'm going to be looking at other work by this narrator. You truly can't beat a great narrator. I'm sure I say this often but it's not talking that these narrators do, rather a performance. It takes some true talent to keep a listeners attention. I recommend listening to Hollie, she doesn't disappoint. Hollie uses great dialogue, emotion, description, and I know who every character is by the way she changes her voice.

    Rachel used great character development. I absolutely enjoyed Clutch and Cash. I loved the nicknames Rachel came up with. When Clutch finds a young woman he ends up calling her Cash because he said she was wearing all black and it reminded him of Johnny Cash, so that became her new name. Rachel writes her character to be strong willed and strong minded. She has so much determination and a heart that causes trouble in the beginning. She soon learns the world she's in now, there's no room for using or thinking with your heart. Rachel paints Clutch as being a cold hearted killer in the beginning but he's really not. He knows what to do to keep them alive and he shows he has a heart by sacrifices he makes. These are my opinions and you need to read to see if you agree.

    Rachel Aukes did a superb job as she brought this story together. She created characters that I loved and characters I hated. There's disloyalty as you will find if you read/listen to the story. Mia, the main character seems to be a proper young lady that doesn't like killing into a different person altogether. Mia goes through pure hell since killing her first zombie, a coworker and she changed that day. She wants to live and her determination to be a survivor, not a victim is what gets her through her new life.

    I was surprised that this story even contained humor and I felt as if Clutch was the main person that came up with the humor. I was completely taken aback when romance entered the picture. I admit I was quite sure I saw it coming but every time I thought the romance would start it didn't. I didn't mind the romance and I was pleased that Rachel didn't overwhelm us with too much romance. She added just enough not ruin the story. We discover that Clutch has become like a mentor or a teacher to Cash. Clutch never planned on keeping Cash around but things didn't work out as he had planned. I think it really was written to perfection. It seems like Clutch and Cash teach each other. Another thing that made this story brilliant is when Rachel added a young boy to the story. The lad has suffered and endured a lot and even though he's scared it doesn't stop him from doing his part. He's a great asset to this story. He's smart, witty, and fast.

    I did mention that I've not read any zombie books so I will be honest that I don't know anything at all about Dante's Inferno. I do believe that Rachel Aukes wrote a solid story and I don't know if adding the reference of Dante was necessary. In my own opinion Rachel's story stands alone and more than stands on its own. Since I've never read anything about Dante's Inferno I really don't know much and why it was added. I just feel she wrote an exceptional story that I won't ever forget.

    If you're looking for a great story then look no further because this is it. The story doesn't waste any time at all jumping right into the action and it doesn't stop until the ending. Great character development with solid situations that evolve in to one great story. Author Rachel Aukes writing style impresses me and I will be looking or waiting for more books by this author. Also, I will be looking for more of Hollie Jackson's books that she's narrated. This story flows quick and easy. It's breathtakingly written, exciting, interesting, and completely satisfying. A very enjoyable listen. It has everything in this story that you'll love especially if you love zombie books. I highly recommend this story and I guarantee you'll love it also.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda C NORTHRIDGE, CA, US 07-03-14
    Lynda C NORTHRIDGE, CA, US 07-03-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Feisty girl won't give up and a reluctant hero"

    I love zombie stories like this, where two opposite people are thrown together by circumstances and even though mistakes are made they slowly become to depend on each other. I find that I really enjoy women writing about zombies they tend to flesh out the characters more, but don't worry fellas there's no angst and almost no romance. The narrator did a great job too. Buy or credit this is a great find!

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    Amazon Customer USA 06-19-14
    Amazon Customer USA 06-19-14 Member Since 2011

    Mother of 8, grandmother of 7, RN and book nerd

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    "What a great story!!!!"

    I REALLY enjoyed this book. It was fast paced, great characters and wonderful flow of story. Created around the symbolism of Dant e's Inferno, it is an awesome zombie tale. No boredom here! Well worth the credit or the price.

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    Diane Rivers NC 04-19-14
    Diane Rivers NC 04-19-14 Member Since 2010

    I'm obsessed with audible

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    "Pleasantly surprised"

    Surpasses lots of other zombie stories with lots of great action, characters you care about, good pacing, and a tight plot. I can't wait for the next installment. It's always feels so good when someone gets a zombie story right!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Port Barrington, IL, United States 02-27-14
    Jeremy Port Barrington, IL, United States 02-27-14
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    "Great Zombie Novel"

    This novel offers a lot for a great post-apocalyptic read that ties into the literary works of Dante Alighieri. While other writers have adapted literary works to include zombies humorously, Rachel Aukes instead spins an original tale that brings the reader along through the circles of hell, and captures the essence of the literary themes in her own telling.

    100 Days in Deadland shouldn't scare off readers of thrilling zombie works though. There is plenty of action to go around, a lot of gore and the story stands up as an entertaining read whether you care about the literary references or not. They are very tastefully implanted in the story, and it comes across as a natural part of the plot.

    The pace of the novel is very well done. There are hardly any points in the story where the tale seems to lag for very long. Things are always happening that drive the characters to action. While Cash is a strong narrator, Clutch is what really drives this story. The hardened ex-military trucker serves as Cash's guide through hell.

    The only awkward moments are some of the early attempts at humor in the dialogue, which don't quite hit the mark. They aren't really funny enough to be entertaining, and don't quite ring true. The scene in which Clutch escapes from Doyle was a bit cliche, the villain leaving the good guy in an easily escapable situation. And, it didn't seem necessary or worthwhile to bring Doyle's wife into it. But these moments are easily forgivable as the work stands up for the quality of the writing and masterful storytelling nonetheless.

    There is a second installment coming soon, and it will be exciting to see where this story goes now.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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