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Monday, 1 May 2017

The Avid Reader: Review: AM13 Outbreak Series by Samie Sands @Samie...

The Avid Reader: Review: AM13 Outbreak Series by Samie Sands @Samie...



Review: AM13 Outbreak Series by Samie Sands @SamieSands






Lockdown
AM13 Outbreak #1
by Samie Sands
Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC
Published: May 3, 2016
Genre: Horror, Zombies, Science Fiction

Blurb:

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…

Breaking out of the Lockdown…


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My Review:

There is this guy Jake in the office at a tv new station where Leah Watton works that she has a bit of a crush on. Leah has tried on several occasions to grab Jake’s attention but so far no dice. Jake is a bit of a practical joker who likes playing jokes on people. Leah happens to run across a story on Youtube one day about a zombie virus called AM13 and sends it to Jake hoping to catch his attention.

Later on she realizes that she also sent it to her boss Jamie and now Leah is worried that she is going to be in trouble and lose her job. But Jamie takes it as to be the truth and does more research on the matter and then plays it on the air later giving Leah credit for the video.

The government decides to call for a lockdown to quarantine everyone inside hoping to stop the spread of the virus. But like Leah most people don’t believe that people are turning into zombies and so don’t stay indoors. After seeing a zombie attack someone and start eating them Leah then starts to believe that the virus is real and not a hoax.   

It’s not long before Leah starts to get a little claustrophobic from staying cooped up inside and thinking about her family and if she will ever see them again. Leah decides that she if this is the end she would like to spend it with her family and with the belief that her boss won’t let her leave she decides that she will go during the middle of the night when everyone else is asleep so no one can stop her. But really who could stop her she is an adult. She knows she can’t make it out there all by herself but she will if that is her only choice but she is in luck as her best friend Michelle and Jake want to go as well.

Lockdown is unlike any zombie book I think I have ever read before. I have had Lockdown on my to read list for a long time but I just kept putting it off reading other books but I wouldn’t take it off my list and I am so glad that I finally opened it up and started reading. I loved that we got to know Leah before we saw any zombies. I also liked that she didn’t believe that the zombie virus was real well not until she saw it with her own two eyes.

Leah may not have been a strong tough kicka** kind of girl but she was very brave to go out amongst all those zombies to see her family again. If we were faced with zombies ourselves how many of us would take the step that she did? Most of us would probably crawl under the bed and stay there and say “wake me when it’s over”. We would not want to go out and come face to face with a zombie unless we had no choice.

I love reading about zombies and Lockdown totally rocks the zombie world! And now on to the next book in the AM13 Outbreak series Forgotten. I would recommend Lockdown to anyone who loves zombies!!!!



Forgotten
AM13 Outbreak #2
by Samie Sands
Published: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Genre: Horror, Zombies, Science Fiction

Blurb:

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 nocure in sight. Then thegovernment announces its new plan—a sanctuary in an area completely untouched by the infected—as long as you can get there alive and unscathed.

Ethan Watton has managed to survive this long, even with OCD making every day 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 noway in hell he will survivethe 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 fulfil their destinies. If they fail, their fate is sealed, and they will join the millions of others who have been…

Forgotten.


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My Review:

Alyssa Turner, a sixteen year old girl who has spent most of her life reading or watching everything she could get hands on about zombies. She knew that a zombie apocalypse could be possible. She had watched so many tv shows and movies not to mention the books she had read about zombies that it made her the most qualified person to survive a zombie apocalypse.

Alyssa stayed close to home in the beginning but after losing her family to the zombies she comes to the conclusion that she can longer stay there so she hits the road. At first she just kind of wonders around by herself stays here and there wherever she can find a safe place. But after a while she needs to be around other people so she sets out again looking for people this time. She is tired of being alone and needs human companionship.

Ethan Watton has OCD and is so afraid of catching the zombie virus or any kind of disease that he tries to isolate himself from people and zombies. Ethan has had OCD for a long time even before the zombie outbreak. All Ethan wants is just to find a safe place that he can stay that will keep him away from the zombies so when he hears on the radio that people are being evacuated and to go to the airport he takes off. But when he arrives he can’t make himself get on a plane with a bunch of people that could potentially give him the zombie virus or who knows what else so he leaves the airport wondering around just trying to keep the zombies away.

Dr. Jones is given the opportunity to work in a lab trying to find a cure for the Am13 virus. He is given live specimens to work with or maybe that is dead specimens. It really is how you look at it I guess, live people or zombies. He is told that his wife and daughter will be taken care of *wink* *wink* if he will work with them and try to find a cure.

When Alyssa hears the same message Ethan did on the radio she decides to go to the airport as well but when she arrives everyone is gone and the only thing she finds is not from “E”. She reads the note and goes looking for E but all she finds is more notes. Who is E? Where is E?


I love reading about zombies and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Forgotten and following along with Alyssa and Ethan on their journey through the zombie infested world. I love the world building in Forgotten it is just so different than any zombie books I have read before. Samie Sands has taken the world of zombies to a whole new level. I love it!! I can’t wait for the next book Extinct. If you love reading about zombies then you are going to love Forgotten and the whole AM13 Outbreak series. 




Extinct
AM13 Outbreak #3
by Samie Sands
Published: May 31, 2016
Genre: Horror, Zombies, Science Fiction

Blurb:

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 the brink 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...

Soon after 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...

Will Georgina conquer her fears of the dead to return home, or will she be one of the countless others who have gone Extinct?


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My Review:

Georgie Blake is one of the survivors who made it to the sanctuary, an island, a place that the government has taken everyone. They are now waiting on a cure so they can go home.  The government has people back home in the UK cleaning the place up and killing all the zombies so it will be safe for their return.

Georgie and everyone on the island believes that they are safe from zombies you know that there are no zombies on the island but she soon learns different when she witness some being attacked by a zombie and she figures out that they have been lied to. While she is running away from the attack she finds a book, a journal that belongs to Dr. Jones the man who is on the island too trying to find the cure.

Georgie and Andy decide to take Dr. Jones’ journal and viral of the zombie cure to Michael, a friend of Tom’s who is also working on a cure. They are in the hopes that with Michael’s help they can get the cure out and save a lot of lives. But Georgie has a long road ahead of her and a lot of obstacles to cross before she reaches Michael. She will lose some friends along the way. Some friends will also betray her. Georgie has no clue of who she can trust anymore. She has never put her trust into too many people in her life and now when zombie apocalypse it is even worse.

I have really and truly loved reading the AM13 Outbreak series and am sad to have read the last book. Well with any hope maybe it will not be the last one. I would have to say I think that Extinct is my favorite but don’t get me wrong I loved Lockdown and Forgotten too. What I have loved the most about the AM13 Outbreak series is that is it away different than any book about zombies that I have ever read and the zombies themselves are just amazing. I do love me some zombies. 


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