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Publisher's Summary

For a decade now, the world has known of the existence of the immuno-degenerative and epidermal decomposition virus (strain two). The world governments and several civilian agencies have, so far, managed to keep the unimaginable from happening. They achieved it by keeping the outbreaks under control and preventing a global pandemic.

But even the best control measures seem to be falling short, as outbreaks become more frequent and larger in scale. Hundred percent of those infected with ImDED2 die. The problem is they don’t stay dead. The virus hijacks their bodies, turning them into insatiable, cannibalistic eating machines. Zombies.

Ryan Maxwell, a retired soldier, and his wife Victoria, a high school science teacher, have sacrificed for years to provide a good life for their family, but even the hardest working couple can run up against hard times. 

However, a spur-of-the-moment purchase of a lottery ticket is about to change their lives forever. And possibly save them all.

Will the Maxwells be able to take advantage of their newfound wealth in time to form a buffer of safety between their family and friends and the possibility of a global zombie apocalypse? Is there enough money to buy safe passage in a world...after Z?

©2019 Jason Schwartz (P)2020 Jason Schwartz

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Even a zombie would struggle to swallow this tale

I like apocalyptic stories, but I do not like the stories themselves to be disasters. Spoilers ahead:

- All of the men (with few exceptions) are military bad-asses, ex-military, or incompetent bad guys.
- All the dogs are highly-trained bad-asses.
- Almost everyone who is not a military bad-ass has medical training, as do some of the military bad-asses. And of course, of all the people the survivors could have rescued first, they run across not one, but TWO doctors!
- The narrator, Mr Crow, speaks with a monotone and style that is more fitting of 1960s-era school instructional videos (you know the ones). I had to play this book at 1.3x speed just to stay awake. 2 stars simply because he actually did demonstrate inflection when voicing the females.
- Character development in the story is so lacking, the zombies flattened by a D9 dozer in the book had more depth than most of the uninfected.
- Oh, and did I mention the main character wins $1.5B and builds a state-of-the-art doomsday bunker that is better-equipped than the Death Star just before the apocalypse?

But hey, based on the ratings there seem to be plenty of listeners with different opinions. To each their own...

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After Z..

So I have been on Audible for a while now, found that Zombie style apocalyptic novels are my favorite. My 1st Zombie book was Mark Tufos' Zombie Fallout after that it hasn't stopped. I stumbled onto After Z by chance and let me tell you THIS book was Amazing! Has a Different start to the ZVirus than any other book that I have enjoyed. If you looking for a book that is thrilling and funny with a bit of Zombies than grab After Z.

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Brilliant!

After Z, definitely delivered, it met my highest expectations. I knew it would be great within the first few minutes, and I wasn't wrong. It's well-written with a unique and entertaining storyline that captures the attention and engages the readers/listeners from the very start to the end. The characters are well-developed, intriguing, and absolutely awesome.

A stellar performance by Matthew Crow's; he literally brought the characters and the story to life. All and all, After Z is an excellent zombie post-apocalyptic tale, and definitely worth the listen. I strongly recommend this audiobook.

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Zombies!!!

I'm a huge fan of zombie stories. Being such, I've either read, watched or listened to literally hundreds of them over the years. I would rate this particular zombie tale as being in the top ten. Extremely entertaining!

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the worst ever

I like zombie books. But this one starts it with the prolog and the author quoting Donald Trump. It goes down hill fast from there. The story is so poorly written with I guess you'd call them characters of some sort. The reader is one of the worst I've ever heard and I have 1,400 books in my library. I listened to the first part and returned it.

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One of my favorites

This has been on of my favorite zombie books of all time. It was very well wrote. The humor was laugh out loud. It was just a great book and was sad when it ended.

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Awesome

Starts with a lottery win to prepare a dream apocalyptic hide out of course right before the world falls to crap. Former military characters bring about a great zombie world read. Can’t wait for the next in the series.

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Absolutely Awful

After Z is so awful, I don’t even know where to begin. I have read quite a few books in this genre and I would place this one near the very bottom. Not a fan of the narration, which starts off so stiff, the narrator pronounces every syllable of every word. Though the narration gets better, the story does not. There’s nothing remotely realistic about this story. There is almost no character development. It’s really just a fantasy about endless financial resources and gore. I’m embarrassed to have this in my collection and that I was so easily fooled by the reviews that I am now skeptical can actually be honest. This is just the worst. Stay away!

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one of best in my library

Really enjoyed the story. A fresh look at a zombie theme. The narration was really outstanding. I cannot wait to get more hear more from this narrator.

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Apocalypse

I enjoy zombie stories.This book was very entertaining.I actually grew to care for this family.It was a very engrossing book.i enjoy the characters and would definitely follow them if more books were written about them.

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  • lewis john williams
  • 01-28-21

the worst narrator I've listened to.

I got ten minutes in and had to stop. the narration is so monotonous and devoid of expression it was unbearable.

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  • Maly C
  • 10-18-20

Great

Great book and I am hoping that there will be a sequel! Would love to know if butta was still alive and see how everyone continues to fair. I am hoping also that the fiance shows up! Great narration as well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-27-20

The perfect scenario for doomsday preppers

Definitely a decent book.
It's got a bit of the stomach turning gore, the mayhem and action, some very good times, some very bad times, a (fairly) believable story of zombie creation and a preppers fairytale set up.

It moves along nicely, and didnt drag anywhere so it held my interest all the way through.
Really well read too, which makes all the difference to the experience of listening

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  • Mia Harper
  • 05-12-20

Zombie apocalypse done with style and snark!

This was a great take on the zombie apocalypse, zombies have been around a while and a lottery win that leads to a spectacular bunker/man cave, filled with the best toys! Ryan was a man with a plan, and some great one-liners that had me laughing, my favourite was "duct tape a zombie d0ggy-style to you" and "remember to let big d1ck out"! Matthew Crow was a really good narrator, I really hope theres going to be a book 2, I'll be watching for it.

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  • Terry
  • 05-09-20

Brilliant

l like the lottery twist. And the whole zombie infection plot. It is well written and narrated. Can't wait for the next book

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  • Stevie B
  • 03-09-22

Fresh and enjoyable

An enjoyable look at the worlds end in the zombie apocalypse when you know it’s coming and have the cash to prepare! A must read/listen !

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  • richard davis
  • 07-23-21

awesome

this really in my opinion be made into a movie.
a fresh spin on the zombie apocalypse.

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  • tony mann
  • 04-26-21

Fantastic zombie book

I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. Full of details. Very well written and excellent narration. Be prepared it is gory. I would definitely recommend it.

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  • jtrotter
  • 02-02-21

Billionaire Prepper's Guide to the Zompoc

Enjoyed this book, good range of characters and a Interesting way of approaching a zombie novel. Little light on the actual Zombies but feel the next in the series will really step this up.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-28-21

Garbage

One of the worst books I’ve read.
Utter nonsensical dribble,unbelievable lottery winners don’t build zombie proof bunkers .

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  • John
  • 06-21-20

After Z

What a awesome book J.S. Patrick did a great job with this story and I hook I can't wait to buy the next book in this series.

And with the voice acting talents and skills of Matthew Crow who's narration makes the characters and world come alive.