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Extinct

Extinct
AM13Outbreak Series Book 3
bySamie Sands
Genre:Horror
Writing books about the horrors of the zombie apocalypse is one thing—but Georgie Blake can’t believe it has become her reality…
She never expected her fictional stories of blood, death, and the consumption of human flesh to jump off the page into the real world.She certainly didn’t think she’d survive this long if they had.As a shy novelist, she was sure she’d be one of the first to die.
Safe in the Sanctuary, Georgie holds on to hope for a cure…
But that’s not all she holds on to. The government has promised the people of the Sanctuary that they can return home. The rumours are rife that there is an antidote on the horizon. But even if not, the infected are dying out, throwing the treacherous AM13 virus to thebrink of extinction. If the infection dies out, this horrible nightmare Georgie is living in will be a distant memory.
Until everything that’s right goes terribly wrong…
Soonafter meeting some new friends in the Sanctuary, Georgie learns she’s going to have to face the monsters outside the walls if she wants to return to her old life. But for a scared, introverted bookworm, it may be too much to consider…
WillGeorgina conquer her fears of the dead to return home, or will she beone of the countless others who have gone Extinct?

My Review

5 stars

Georgie Blake is a 27 year old novelist that write about zombies. Ironic that she should find herself on the island sanctuary in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Georgie and the rest of the survivors are told that there is a cure and that they will be returning home soon. But she learns quickly that they have been lied to as she runs for her life. Georgie and anther survivor come into possession of Dr. Jones’ journal and zombie cure and they plan on taking it to someone else that has been working on a cure too. But Georgie has had issues with people in in the past, how will she survive those she travels with.Georgie is essential a shut in author that is out of her element on this supposedly safe island. But it is clear that there is nothing really setup for the survivors and it’s not really as safe as everyone thinks. Luckily she finds a possible cure to the zombies but the road to someone who could use it is long and full of danger. Georgie is not your typical zombie apocalypse hero but she is a great character.

This is the last book in the series and I’m heartbroken. I know all things must come to an end but I didn’t want to leave this world. Many questions that have been brought up in the previous books have been answered but there are a couple that are left open. This is an amazing series and one that I strongly recommend.

Forgotten
AM13 Outbreak SeriesBook 2
Every attempt to contain the deadly AM13 virus has failed, leaving humanity on the brink of extinction…
The plague is spreading out of control with no cure in sight. Then the government announces its new plan—a sanctuary in an area completely untouched by the infected—as long as you can get there alive andunscathed.
Ethan Watton has managed to survive this long, even with OCD making everyday more hellish than it already is…
Ethan’s obsessive-compulsive disorder dramatically affected his life before the infection began. Now he’s desperate to get as far away from the zombie virus as humanly possible. Isolated and afraid, Ethan thinks there is no way in hell he will survive the epidemic.
Alyssa Turner has spent her teenage years prepping for the undead to challenge her zombie killing skills…
Alyssa knows with absolute certainty that she will survive the AM13 virus.She’s read all the books, watched all the films, and done all the research. She’s strong, tough, and a self-proclaimed badass. Any group would be lucky to fight alongside her…until the unthinkable makes her doubt every skill she’s acquired.
Dr.Jones is a scientist who doesn’t understand why he was selected to produce a cure…
Surely there are survivors more experienced in virology than he is. And what will happen to him—and the rest of the species—if he fails? Is the fate of the human race really resting on his shoulders? Or are there others working toward the same goal?
With the zombies multiplying and survivors struggling to make it to the sanctuary, Ethan, Alyssa, and Dr. Jones fight to fulfill their destinies. If they fail, their fate is sealed, and they will join the millions of others who have been…
Forgotten.

My Review

5 stars

The lockdown has failed. But the government thinks they have a zombie free zone that if you can make it to the location you can live there. We will follow three people as they try and navigate this new world they find themselves in. First there is Ethan Watton who suffers from OCD. This guy was so focused on being a victim of AM13 that it’s hard to imagine how he is going to make it through the city let alone get to the safe zone.

Then there is Alyssa Turner. She is a teenage girl that has watched every zombie, read all the books, and is excited to use her zombie killing skills. Finally we have Dr. Jones. The doctor has been selected to find a cure and is worried about his family.

It was interesting following the different characters through the story. I felt sorry for Ethan trying to fight with his OCD. Then there are other times that he would irritate the heck out of me and I was wishing a zombie would finish his and my suffering.

Alyssa thinks she has this zombie survival down but there are many factors that she has never considered on her own and with a group of people. I liked her because she was a strong character and willing to fight. But survival is not always about fighting.

Finally there is Dr. Jones. His family and other survivors are sent off to a safe zone but he is left behind to find a cure. He is stuck around those infected but when things turn bad he starts reflecting on himself. But then he discovers a unique zombie and has a breakthrough.

There is a lot going on in this book. Not everything is as it initially seems and you are going to find those that are willing to help others and those that are out for themselves. Of course you are going to have this amazing twist at the end that it going to blow everything out of the water.

I loved this book and can’t wait to get into Extinct. The AM13 Outbreak is an amazing zombie series that I strongly recommend.

Lockdown
AM13 Series Book 1
Leah Watton’s practical joke has spiralled way out of control—all to impress a crush…
With a prank online video, Leah hopes to catch the attention of Jake Colton, a cute, blond-haired, blue-eyed co-worker she’s had a crush on for months. But instead of sending it to Jake, she manages to forward the clip to her boss—who buys every gory second.
When mass panic ensues, Leah learns the video is more than a staged act…
The government is calling the virus AM13. As the outbreak spreads,citizens are forced to stay indoors while they assess the gravity of the illness. Most people are quarantined in their homes, but Leah,Jake, and Leah’s best friend Michelle are some of the unlucky few who are stuck at work when the Lockdown occurs.
That’s where she first encounters one of the infected…
Aside from a contaminated woman devouring one of her co-workers, Leah has another problem. Does she do as she’s ordered and stay at work? Or should she disobey government orders and break free to reunite with her family?
She can’t go it alone—after all, Leah has none of the skills needed to survive—but with Michelle and Jake by her side, not even a contagious virus and a sea of the dead can keep her from…
Breakingout of the Lockdown…

My Reivew

5 stars

Leah Watton is crushing hard on Jake, the office practical joker. She decides to fake a zombie report and email it to him. Unfortunately she also includes her boss on the email and he decides to run it as news. Leah freaks out and is afraid that she is going to lose her job and apartment and half to move back in with her mom and dad. But then the English government announces a lockdown to protect people from those infected with AM13. But after a couple days Leah, Jake, and Michelle can’t stand being locked up at work and make a break for it. Of course that it when things go to hell.

There are two things that stand out to me with this book. The first one is how you start a couple weeks before the actual breakout of the zombie virus. You don’t usually get that much before the outbreak and I think it added to this story. It also made the story feel more real with your everyday people and not some bad ass super Hollywood actor, Marine, etc. On the bad side this made the beginning of the book really drawn out.

Leah reminds me of most people today. The only thing that really matters to them is their own little bubble. She is fretting about losing her job over this video she shared and her feelings towards Jake. But then the apocalypse happens and here she is, so worried about herself and her looks and Jake that she should have bit the big one several times if Jake didn’t save her. Annoying as she was, she is very realistic and what many people would do if they faced the same situation.

I loved the originality of this story. Although the story was slow in the beginning it did pick up pace and will leave you with one heck of an ending. I did not expect that one. I really liked this story and I’m so glad that I have the other two books, Forgotten and Extinct to jump into right away.

Samie Sands is a 28 year old freelance graphic designer who has recently decided to follow her lifelong dream and use her creativity in a new way by writing.
She has a degree in Media Studies and PR and has already had articles published in a number of e-zines, including one of the most popular pieces at Zombie Guide Magazine. She has also had short stories included in a number of successful projects.
She livesin a small seaside town in the UK, but loves to travel to gaininspiration from new places and different cultures.
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I received all three books in the AM13 Outbreak series from Silver Dagger Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of these books.

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Dark Signal

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Dark Signal (Kate Fox – 2) by Shannon Baker

Reeling from her recent divorce, Kate Fox has just been sworn in as Grand County, Nebraska Sheriff when tragedy strikes. A railroad accident has left engineer Chad Mills dead, his conductor Bobby Jenkins in shock. Kate soon realizes that the accident was likely murder.

Who would want to kill Chad Mills? Kate finds that he made a few enemies as president of the railroad workers union. Meanwhile his widow is behaving oddly. And why was his neighbor Josh Stevens at the Mills house on the night of the accident?

While her loud and meddling family conspires to help Kate past her divorce, State Patrol Officer Trey closes in on Josh Stevens as the suspect. Kate doesn’t believe it. She may not have the experience, but she’s lived in the Sandhills her whole life, and knows the land and the people. Something doesn’t add up―and Kate must find the real killer before he can strike again.

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 Shannon Baker

Author’s Bio

Shannon Baker is the author of the Nora Abbott mystery series from Midnight Ink. A fast-paced mix of Hopi Indian mysticism, environmental issues, and murder. Shannon is an itinerant writer, which is a nice way of saying she’s confused. She never knows what time zone she’s in, Timbuck-Three, Nebraska, Denver, or Tucson. Nora Abbott has picked up that location schizophrenia and travels from Flagstaff in Tainted Mountain, to Boulder in Broken Trust and then to Moab in Tattered Legacy. Shannon is proud to have been chosen Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ 2014 Writer of the Year.

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My Review

5 stars

Kate Fox has just been sworn in as sheriff of Grand County, Nebraska. But a railroad accident is going to throw her head first into a job that some feel she can’t do since it’s a man’s job. Kate is not going to let that stop her from investigating. The death is questionable since it seem Chris Mills has made some enemies at work, his wife is acting strange, and his neighbor Josh Stevens was at Chris’ house the night of the murder. This is starting to look like a murder.

Kate has recently gone through a divorce so it seems everyone is trying to coddle her which is irritating the heck out of her. She may be a woman but she is not one of those floo floo girls. She has a job and is determined to prove she is more than competent to handle it. And when it is looking like an obvious suspect she listens to her gut and keeps digging.

I admit that I have not read the first book in this series, Stripped Bare but I had no problem jumping into this story. I loved Kate, she was so strong and determined to not let people tell her she can’t do something. It was a great mystery and I didn’t know who the killer was until the end. I will definitely be going back and catching up on what I have missed so far.

I received Dark Signal from Sami at Roger Charlie and Netgalley for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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