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My Short Life as a Werewolf

By: Robert Rios
Narrated by: Eric A. Shelman
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Publisher's Summary

The nightmare that began in My Short Life As A Zombie reaches new heights of mind-blowing apocalyptic mayhem, as shape-shifters confront the undead. But is it possible for anything - even werewolves - to stop the zombie apocalypse?

The dead returned to Chicago less than a day ago: Ravenous mobs, mindless, and ever-expanding, with an endless appetite for human flesh. Not even the U.S. military, massive explosions, and napalm can slow them down.

Valerie barely survived an attack by her infected co-worker, Bobby. Now she has to find a way across the infected city, through millions of the walking dead, to rescue her young brother, trapped in the attic of their murdered parents’ home. It seems impossible, insane...until a shape-changing creature, more animal than man, rescues her from the zombie horde and gives her a gift that will change her into something far greater - and far more dangerous - than simply human. But will it be enough? Even her developing supernatural powers may not be enough to fight:

  • A train of escaping humans on a last trip out of town that makes Train to Busan look like a minor commute
  • A once-human worm with a hole through its head, hiding silently in a school bus and trying not to turn into something even more hideous
  • A child that transforms into a screaming predator with the teeth of a lamprey that strikes like a ravenous, human-sized snake
  • A literal mountain of meat, a volcano of human flesh that buries Valerie’s family home in a roiling mass of madness and hunger Valerie is on her way. She may be her brother’s only hope...and it may already be too late!

Fans of Twenty-Eight Days Later, The Walking Dead, and Sean of the Dead will love the bloody adventure of Valerie and her dogs in zombie Chicago. My Short Life as a Zombie was only the first act. Now the action really begins!

©2020 Robert Rios (P)2020 Robert Rios

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Weird

This was def. different and weird in some ways. I am thinking that this was suppose to be a funny book because of the fixation on fashion etc.. and I did laugh a couple of times at the stupidity of the Character and their part in the story at that moment. The narrator did a great job, as usual.

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Needs some work.

I received a free audiobook code from the author in exchange for an honest review. I really wanted to like this story as I love anything supernatural. I realized early on that I wasn't a fan of the story for several reasons (as seen below). Seeing that there was only one other review posted for this book on Goodreads, I figured I'd send a message to the author letting him know my thoughts and whether or not he still wanted me to post. He did! I see FB groups where someone will ask whether or not others post 1-star reviews, and it seems like a good majority don't. So I give him points for that (one additional star specifically). I know it's hard for a newer author when it comes to reviews online, and how a single 1-star can bring your average down. So, usually I just post my 1-star review and leave it at that. In this case, because the author is an honest guy by giving me the green light even knowing I was rating his story a 1-star, he's good in my book.

The narrator did okay. There were times when he put emphasis on a word that really didn't need it or shouldn't have done it because it changed the tone of, typically, the dialogue a character was saying or thinking. Otherwise, there was nothing memorable. I listen to a lot of books so there I have favorite narrators, male and female, and I know what or who I like.

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There were many instances when the phrasing or wording would be questionable, in my opinion. Stuff like this always stands out to me. For example, “Some creatures walked, some crawled, all were on fire and as their flesh and muscles burned, THEY fell from their bodies like cooked meat.” The word “they” should have been “it.” Or “Their bodies lay torn apart as if ripped apart.” That’s just redundancy there. Or (not exact wording) ‘The pain of him cracking his back was as good as when you “broke” your knuckles.’ I’m sure that was supposed to be 'cracked' the knuckles, not broke them. Or when it’s Valerie’s POV, and she “filled herself with rage.” I don’t like having to stop the audiobook to question what I have just heard unless it’s one of those thought-provoking scenes, discoveries, comments, etc.

The story itself, I felt moved slowly. I didn’t understand what was going on with Valerie and the strange things she would think, say, or do. For example, she’s in the middle of the street with a corpse nearby and thinks about putting more lipstick on, while wondering what happened to the dead guy. Or thinking about how she had been bitten and the girl that had done the deed had worn nice rain boots. I get she’s a teenager, but she came off as sounding stupid, unless that was the author's intent. Or even the woman that was in the SUV with the little dog. Sitting there talking on the phone as if everything were fine even though empty vehicles surrounded her. What was wrong with her? Obviously the person she was talking to had no idea anything was going on either. Which again seemed questionable.

I didn’t really understand what the “creatures” were. I know there was a virus released, so the creatures were the humans. How had they been able to kill Daniel’s pack? I was imagining zombie-like creatures, but given werewolves are stereotypically stronger than a corpse… Although the creature that was on the roof of the building starring down at Valerie ended up throwing a piece of concrete that had to have been humongous to clear a half-block of the creatures. Not to mention, the endless cussing was like icing on the cake for me.

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  • 08-20-20

Piranha girl!

A strange virus envelopes the city of Chicago. People are changed into nightmarish creatures bent on death and destruction. Daniel Garcia, pack leader for the city of Chicago, watched from his apartment window as the creatures swarmed over everyone and everything like a fog. Daniel wondered if his pack would survive this new threat. We then switch to Valerie in search of her younger brother for the remainder of the story. Valerie has her own issues to overcome. The story is exciting but choppy. Somewhere down the line, this will all come together, but not now. Three.point.five for potential. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.