The Zombie Chronicles: Escape
By James Melzer
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When an asteroid passes by our planet and leaves a trail of death in its wake, a quarter of the population have become the living dead. Twenty-five years later the zombies are under the control of the government. Citizens are chosen to participate in Project Mirror, a cloning project in which their "mirrors" are used as food for the undead. When one man discovers that something in his blood is being used to create an army of super-zombies, he decides to help his mirror escape. In doing so he uncovers a secret so guarded that the powers that be will stop at nothing to eliminate him and all those that he loves. The Zombie Chronicles: Escape is the first book is a series of edge-of-your-seat thrillers that will take you on an adventure beyond your wildest imagination and leave you wanting more with each episode.
||Chapters 1 and 2||We learn some of the history behind what happened when the asteroid passed by our planet and what the world is like now. Nameless reveals to Jenny what he plans to do next, after returning from his latest round of tests.||10/17/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters 3 and 4||Nameless reveals the source of his discouragement. We learn some of the history behind Project Mirror and Jenny gets drunk. A possible government agent is exposed and things take a turn for the worse in a twisted ending!||10/17/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters 5 and 6||We learn how Nameless got involved with Project Mirror, who his mysterious kidnappers are and an old flame resurfaces.||10/17/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters 7 and 8||Nameless goes home and is met by an unwanted intruder. Strange dreams all around and Jenny reveals a secret.||10/17/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters Nine and Ten||We learn how Nameless and Jenny got to know one another. Jacob reveals just what it is going to take to get ready for the next step.||10/17/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters 11 and 12||Nameless recalls the first time he was eaten, has a confrontation with Victorya and goes into The Dead Zone. Jenny gets the call.||10/20/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 13||Nameless tells the girls about his trip to The Dead Zone. We find out why Jacob is the way he is as he reveals a deep secret. Guv breaks down.||11/3/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters 14 and 15||Nameless and Jenny have a big falling out. The mysterious man who shot the zombie in the apartment is revealed and changes the game.||11/12/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters 16 and 17||Nameless recalls the day he left the Facility and found the recording. Doctor Labern sheds some light on the situation and places Nameless in a precarious position.||11/26/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters 18 and 19||Nameless goes looking for Jenny and gets kidnapped, again. Seems Jacob wasn’t being completely honest about things.||12/4/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters 20 and 21||Nameless takes Labern back to Jacob and settles things with Jenny. Things start to break down at the discovery of a possible mole in the group.||12/18/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 22||The group confronts Victorya about being a possible mole. Jacob breaks down and a new leader rises from the ashes.||1/6/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters 23 and 24||Jenny and Nameless say goodbye to one another. Jacob and Guv school the two men on just what it’s going to take to stay in touch before they leave to find out what’s going on in the city.||1/17/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters 25 and 26||Labern and Nameless begin their trek to find a helpful source, only to encounter and old friend. Jacob comes through loud and clear.||1/29/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters 27 and 28||Jose tells us a bit about what happened in his past and hints that he’s not too pleased with Jacob. We’re taken to an abandoned church where the Children of the Dead await!||2/13/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters 29 and 30||The history behind the Children of the Dead is revealed as well as a secret project they have been working on. Jenny keeps in touch.||2/19/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 31||Nameless, Jose, Labern and Kalomi all sit down for a chat before being interrupted by some unwanted visitors. The battle to survive begins.||3/6/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters 32 and 33||After a fierce battle, Nameless brings Kalomi to see Jacob. The Children of the Dead’s future is decided and things come to a halt as Jose speaks out.||3/7/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters 34 and 35||Jose and Jacob have it out and we hear what Jenny has been up to. Kalomi, Nameless and Jose return to the church only to get distracted along the way. Labern stays behind.||3/19/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters 36 and 37||Kalomi, Nameless and Jose's cover are blown. People die. A revelation is revealed that could help the cause but then it all goes to hell at the end.||3/27/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters 38 and 39||Jacob and Labern pay a visit to the church and the tunnel is finally finished. Kalomi asks Nameless to do the impossible and Jose has a revelation.||4/2/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters 40 and 41||The group break through to the Facility and begin their ascent. Everything comes to a halt though when Nameless snaps and his true identity is revealed!||4/9/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters 42 and 43||Victorya and Labern explain to David just what is going on. The gang regroups and prepares to head into battle once again, as their cover is blown.||4/16/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters 44 and 45||The group storm the Facility with alarm bells going off all around them. Chaos ensues as Labern and Hyde take out some guards before coming across the head of Project Mirror and take him captive.||4/23/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters 46 and 47||Hyde shows Dr. Caughfield just how far he’s willing to go to get answers. The doctor responds by showing both Labern and David the underbelly of the Facility.||4/30/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters 48 and 49||Doctor Glenn Caughfield reveals the truth behind Project Mirror and all of a sudden the mission shifts to stopping Jacob before it’s too late.||4/30/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters 50 through 52||The fate of the blood supply is realized. The group find what they were looking for and try to make it out alive but not without a casualty and some missing bodies. The end is just the beginning.||5/10/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
Wow, this is poorly written. I mean, I know that zombie stories aren't the most common thing in the world, but that does not justify publishing total crap and raking in the praise for trying. The writing is stilted and ineffective, the narration does not appropriately convey events, and the story, to me, is kind of ridiculous. If you want a quality zombie story, read World War Z.
Clumsy writing, poor voice acting, rushed pacing, - where to begin? In general, podcast novels tend to be less well-constructed than their print brethren due to the fact that anyone who can write, read, and record one can get it published, but this novel falls short even by those standards. Just because it's free doesn't mean that it's worth spending your time on. Many times, I found myself embarrassed to be listening. I'm not going to write a dissertation about this thing, but I wanted to give a differing opinion.
Zombies for everyone...
Mr. Melzer has written an addicting story which keeps me coming back for more. This is not just a blood and gore story, but one with characters and content. I started it thinking zombies, and was pleasantly suprised to find it is SO much more. I can not wait for my weekly zombie fix......