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
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
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.
Just because you section up your book with the names of the rings of hell doesn't make your book anything like the classic.
This is your everyday zombie book with the same old characters you would find in every other tired old zombie book. You have the tough chick, the grizzled army vet, a spunky kid...you even have the group of bad guys collecting women and going on about the world changing....blah, blah, blah.
The first person writing style is a tired tool of the amateur writing which I've never liked. It means the author doesn't have to use any imagination and develop any other characters. The dialog of this book is just brutal which lead be to shutting the book off halfway through at the unrealistic scene at the militia compound.
I know the pickings are slim in this genre, but if you're looking for a fun B-movie zombie book I would skip this one for sure.
Try the Dead Series
Todd W. Brown
The first thing I will, say is that this book was very entertaining. Additionally, it presents a solid female lead which is always a refreshing and welcome addition to the zombie apocalypse genre. Cash grows throughout the story and changes due to her ongoing experiences. This book does have the sub-tag about being tied to Dante's "Inferno". While nods to the classic piece can be found, I do think it best to simply take this tale as a good zombie story with very good character development. Perhaps there would be less flak about the Dante tie in if it had been mentioned as an inspiration in the preface.
I do take issue with some of the criticism saying this book had no characters worth rooting for, and that even the leads were horrible people. I saw this as a fantastic example of how real people might act in such extreme situations. If you disagree, then you have not paid attention to global situations where law and order have been supplanted. The author does a fabulous job of creating realism.
As for the narrator of the audio version, I found her to be a perfect fit and enjoyed her work. The sound was clean and easy to understand. Nice pace and excellent diction. She added emotion without trying to go over the top.
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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!
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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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This is a great series! I was sad when book 3 was done and at the end of the story. You feel like the characters are family! Very entertaining and believable - some different twists and turns with some anxiety causing reactions for sure!
The story really drew me in. I felt like I had become a character, an observer, in the story along side Jase, Clutch, and Cash.
great story with heavy ties to dantes inferno around every corner..took a lil bit to gain momentum but once it did i was hooked..very good narration as well
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A really enjoyable read that takes you through a modern day version of Dante’s Inferno (although I think it’s more of an homage than a parallel). The action comes non-stop with zombie and marauder attacks. Because of all the action the characters are pretty thin and we don’t get to see much of their back story or thoughts and feelings. Overall it’s well written and well thought out zombie story which thoroughly entertained me!
Ms. Jackson does a fine job with the characters but is just a tad too slow for my liking. Not so slow I had to turn it up to 1.5X but close.
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