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"Shawn Chesser is a master of the zombie genre." (Mark Tufo, best-selling author of the Zombie Fallout series)

"Through a combination of tight, well-structured plots and fully realized characters, Chesser has emerged as one of the top indie writers in the business." (Joe McKinney, two-time Bram Stoker Award winner and best-selling author of the Dead World series)

Army veteran Lee Riker is staying in an Atlanta shelter and supporting himself with the odd carpentry job when his sister, Tara, summons him home to Middletown, Indiana, for the reading of their mother’s will. 

Hopeful that the unknown sum of money included in his portion of the inheritance will be sufficient to bring an end to his latest run of bad luck and trouble, Riker boards a Greyhound bus in Atlanta with his duffel bag, less than $200 to his name, and a secret he must protect at all costs. 

Riker makes it to Middletown only to learn his sister has recently witnessed a gruesome death. Insisting she saw the victim rise from a pool of his own blood to attack the Samaritan rendering aid, Tara floats the idea that the man may have been a zombie. 

While the siblings are comparing what Tara thinks she saw to the conflicting stories about the event being reported on the news, the emergency broadcast system is activated and they find themselves under order to report to one of three newly established quarantine centers. 

With this unexpected turn of events looming over their heads, and as a result the reading of the will likely postponed indefinitely, Riker informs Tara of the promise he made to their mother on her deathbed months ago. 

A promise whose details leave Tara nearly as confused as those of the grisly attack haunting her every thought. 

A promise that Riker insists is worth ignoring the government edict in order to fulfill. 

A promise that requires the Rikers to leave town even as shadowy forces seek to seal it off from the rest of the country - a tall order they soon learn will be easier said than done. 

Edited by Monique Happy Editorial Services
107,000 words

©2018 Shawn Chesser (P)2018 Shawn Chesser

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Great Book, ... what a Promise

Really Enjoyed this book, I had passed over Shawn Chesser stories because of mixed story reviews and bad reviews on the narration. Then Mark Tufo tweeted out how he highly recommend "The Promise".

Simply WOW, Lee is not a super soldier or spec ops warrior, Just a soldier. He was a little paranoid at times, as i found myself rolling my eyes, but once Shawn got past that. WHOA... a amazing story inside of a story

I am a fan now and can not wait for book 2
and will be giving his other works a another look.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • M. Philo
  • Pacific Northwest, USA
  • 06-29-18

What a Promise

Outstanding story.
Outstanding narration.
Listened in one go. Start early, because this story grips you and does not let go until the end.
Highly recommended can't wait till the next in this series.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Zombie story-Yes. More about the characters- Yes

If you are a beginner in the zombie story era or a seasoned zombie reader, this story is engaging with the characters. As it should be.
The narrator is slow to get the use to. But once he has established who the characters are, he becomes the characters and very entertaining. However, not sure how brother and sister can have such a variance in dialect. Still entertaining tho!
I just happened upon this author and very happy I did! The author doesn’t overdo on long descriptions. He gives enough so you can visualize but not so much it drags on as some authors are known to do. Shawn Chesser does well in starting this story slow and builds the storyline until you realize you’re a couple hours in and you have a relationship with the characters. So, you newbies to the zombie era, beware if give this a listen you’ll be a seasoned zombie listener as well. Oh, you’ll also continue with this series as well!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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first book in a new zombie series

The narrator did not make it easy to enjoy this book with his Clint Eastwood whisper voice for the main character. If the series continues, I hope he improves or it is a different person. The story line is a little hard to believe. This brother and sister know for a few days that zombies are coming and they do not warn anyone, nor do they prepare. They worry if their inheritance is dropped into their bank accounts, make jokes, and spread their mothers ashes. Just not a believable plot.

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once again, amazing work Shawn and Adam

LOVED IT! Shawn Chessers writing combined with Adam Paul's narrative, enthralling. I really enjoy both reading and then listening! Can't wait for the next RA story!!

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Moves too slow, hardly "apocalypse" plot, a "miss"

The story progresses too slowly and too verbose nd off point. Zombie apocalypse but then let's fly over NYC in a helicopter and land there to buy a truck. Really? No more from this author for me.

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3 reasons not to read

I listened to about 3 quarters of this book, but here are the 3 reasons I couldn't finish.

1. they are in the middle of a zombie apocalypse and the characters keep talking about getting tickets from the cops or going to the doctor on Monday morning. Like anyone would care about that when you have zombies chasing you!

2. about a quarter of the way in the characters get in a car and then they talk... and talk.... and talk... and drive a little, then talk.... after a few hours of just taking and sitting in the car I couldn't listen anymore. This is where the book lost me.

3. the writer uses the same phrase over and over in his writing, yes I get that they are reacting quickly but you don't have to say their muscle memory kicked in ten times, I get it!

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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great

was it real fast pace story awesome characters and a very enjoyable plot and I enjoyed the character rocker and Steve-O

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Good Zombie Story !

Great story !!! however I just felt for an army vet Lee should have a bit more sharper. Why he didn’t take a gun when they escaped the first quarantine center that made no sense at all. Even sister his kept saying it would have been nice to have that gun. Also I hated the voice the narrator use for Lee made him sound like a goofball. Loved Steve O he is hilarious. I’m looking forward to Book 2 .

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Eh, I dunno

I guess it's appropriately titled, it's 95% focused on this promise the main character made...I expected a zom-poc story though. Maybe I have to read the next two books? I just expected something different.