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as dead as me
march 1, 2013
My novel As Dead As Me has now been published.
I self-published through Lulu. Although the book came close to being published the more traditional route, through established publishers, each time the deal eventually fell through. I love this novel, I think it's one of the best things I've ever written. I didn't want it to die in my filing cabinet.
As Dead As Me is a first person account of the zombie apocalypse, from its very beginning to its very end.
The dead are rising. As America falls, Jack and several other survivors are rescued by an Army patrol and taken by ship to a remote island off Indonesia where, under the leadership of the Colonel, they'll try to rebuild the human race.
That effort involves dangerous military forays, including an assault on an oil tanker infested with the dead, to have a generation's worth of fuel for the island; and a long train journey up the Asian continent to rescue a group of survivors holed up in a women's prison.
Jack, whose life before the fall had been aimless and filled with anger, tries for the first time to make a difference.
He reaches out to the other people on the island with him, including Sergeant Weiss, a big man with close-cropped hair who leads the missions in which Jack participates; Lt. Hoch, a thin, cold, by-the-books army officer who only cares about results; Dr. Dannon, a medical theorist who has some unusual ideas on how to rebuild the human race; Marcie, a pretty, pregnant woman who gets close to Jack; and the Colonel, a homely, near-retirement career military man and widower who has been thrown into the role of leader.
Part military novel, part adventure story, part horror tale, As Dead As Me follows a group of desperate men and women who try to be strong enough, organized enough, and brave enough, to take back the world. If they don't succeed, mankind is extinct.
I chose a spare, evocative style to tell the story of these men and women who are fighting for their lives, and our future as a race. There are a number of truly horrifying scenes, and brutal decisions that have to be made, but there's also a strong sense of decent people trying to cooperate with each other for the greater good.
At this point, As Dead As Me is available only through Lulu. Lulu ships virtually everywhere in the world. If you click on the link, it'll take you to the order page. Within a month or so, you'll be able to order it through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and a number of other online venues.
As I said, I think this is one of the best things I've ever written. I hope you order it, and I hope you enjoy it.