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For Michael Roberts it was an ordinary day until the sirens began to blare. Then the evacuation order came through.

The first step outside, he knew his world would never be the same. The city was in ruins. The people were people no more... changed into ravenous walking evil.    

Michael's true terror was about to begin....

©2011 S.W. Salzman (P)2018 Shawn William Salzman

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A refreshing perspective on the zombie apocalypse

A surprisingly fresh take on the ZomPoc genre!

This book was told first person, present tense, and follows a man through 24 hours after the zombie apocalypse starts. He's bitten early on, and is fighting the change throughout, and the internal struggle he goes through was a real treat to witness.

I usually don't care for zombie stories. There's just too many of them, and they all run together and are largely boring to me. But this one stood out with the cool perspective, the heart wrenching moments as our hero (?) is fighting back the urge building within him.

The change in the narrative when the change would start to try and overcome him was startling and chilling, a thrill to read. And the ending rips your guts out and slaps you with them.

If you're a zombie fan, this is certainly for you. If you're not, like me, you may find a gem in the genre. Take a peak, and bring some tissues. This one was really good.

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  • M. Philo
  • Pacific Northwest, USA
  • 08-09-18

awesome

Always been a fan of S. W. narrations, now a fan of his writing. gripping, edge of seat and can't put down this story. The author's wit, grip on emotional strings and ability to truly tell a great story shins through in this one.
Would love to read listen to more in this world.

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A Zombie's Autobiography

I hope that title isn't too spoilery, but c'mon, the title of the book is "Final Day". Our protagonist relates his story of how his world ended, his final 24 hours. I really enjoyed this book, mostly because we rarely get such an intimate view into the mind of a man slowly turning into a zombie. This story might not be as flashy or packed with action as some, but I know I enjoyed it.

Salzman does a great job bringing the cast to life (and undeath). If you want a zombie story that isn't just another rehash, I'd suggest this one.

**I was provided with a promotional copy, at my request, and have left a fair and honest review**

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  • TU
  • 10-17-18

so darn good, a must have!

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

So, I have enjoyed a few of S.W. Salzman's books that he has narrated. Seeing that he both wrote and narrated these books, I was quick to go for it. I am a huge fan of the zombie apocalypse genre and this was a great take on it. I absolutely loved the internal struggle the main character goes through in this book. It really changed the feel of the story and added depth to a genre that often lacks any. I would call this a must buy for any fan of the genre.

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  • KD
  • Somewhere
  • 10-07-18

refreshing for people with zombie fatigue

With so much walking dead and shows that try to capture. Zombies have become all the craze but also it gets tiring. Here is a book thats not necessarily about the zombies but about the characters. The zombies are simply a backdrop.

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24 hours in a zombie apocalypse

This is the 24 hour story of a man infected with the zombie virus. The story is told from his point of view. He often talks to his conscious. First time I heard this type of zombie outbreak story. The author was also the narrator. I received this for free for an honest review.

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The Final Day is Tasty Zombie Fiction

It can be hard to find a good story when searching through the large amount of zombie literature. I highly recommend The Final Day by S. W. Salzman as a must read if you are interested in the zombie genre, or action, apocalyptic fare. The narration was well done, and helps pull you into the story. I think it helps when the author is the narrator because they know when to separate voices and can make the feeling behind the words come alive. And S. W. Salzman really does make the story come alive. Warning, there will be some minor plot spoilers ahead.

The Final Day brings you into the last 24 hours of Michael, a husband and a father, who has just been bitten and is infected and turning. He struggles against becoming a monster while he attempts to save his family. This story differs from much of zombie literature in that we the readers are shown the point of view from someone who is infected. Michael is given some hope though, a doctor is helping him and may have a cure.

The story is easy to follow along and does not get hung up on too much exposition on why this is happening. It just is, and now we have to fight it and see if we can survive. The descriptions of the zombies are grotesque and realistic. I also enjoyed Michael's inner dilemma of switching between trying to keep himself from becoming the monster, and the monster inside of him trying to take over. The story does not shy away from situations that may be too much for other writers. Sometimes you can't save everyone you want to save, and I liked that the author went there. It gave the story a gritty reality that some writers may avoid to try to keep a hopeful happy ending.

It was also neat to see how an infected person or even someone already full zombie may actually be thinking. Between Michael's flashbacks / visions and the actions of other zombies he encounters, in particular a zombie woman who Michael sees at the moment she lets go of her humanity, it makes you wonder if zombies are really as mindless as they appear. What if the person they were is trapped inside? I like a book that gives you things to question and think over.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This is a really good story. I highly recommend it, and look forward to more from this author.

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New Refreshing

This awesome audio following a man, Michael Roberts, through the first 24 hours of the Zombie apocalypse as he is trying to save his family but at the same he himself is turning into a zombie. So this is a very different story than your normal Zombie story, it is new and fresh and really good. Mr. Salzman is a great narrator too and he made the audio so good you should not miss out on it if you a audio fan like me. He can pull you into the story and make you feel as though you are right there, it added another layer to this story.

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Different Post-Apocalyptic

This is a totally different take on zombies it is about a man Michael who is fighting becoming one of the infected with the help of a doctor and family and how it affects him mentally. Also good expressive narration as narrator becomes author and a lot of action. Recommend if you enjoy zombie books. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. THANK YOU

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Wow

This is a definite must listen to. It didn’t go as I expected but it is a wonderful book!!!!

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  • Jon Spielman
  • 08-26-18

Excellent

Cool story, that was gripping, disturbing, and for sure grabs the reader. Narration was absolutely extremely well done. Leaving the listener with a truly enjoyable experience. Let me add, I LOVED the ending. Do yourself a favor and give this one a listen!!

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  • deafmick
  • 08-18-18

Wow

Wow i did not think it was going to end that way best audio book i had so for i give it 100% out of 100 when next one out