• Zombie Crusade

  • Still Alive, Book Eight
  • By: Javan Bonds
  • Narrated by: S.W. Salzman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (70 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

After the end of the world, the zombies still aren't the scariest monsters. The Wolf hiding among the sheep is now leading the flock on a path to complete obliteration. 

Death and sacrifice go hand in hand for the survivors of The Nash. Whether fighting each other, their overlords, or the peevies, destruction seems to be around every corner. 

In Guntersville, Mike Brown and his wife, Lauren, continue to twist the very souls of the deluded congregation that would follow him to hell and back. Their dark secret is becoming an unholy gospel, bent on destroying everything good. Simultaneously, the Island's embattled government fights back against the unprovoked attacks by this messianic cult leader's crazed followers. 

Meanwhile, on the Viva Ancora, Mo, Smokes, and the remainder of the main protagonists continue their trip toward the sea in search of a possible cure. Finally, they discover the bounty of ammo at Columbus Air Force Base, along with something else that might spell the end for one or more of them. 

Can Mortimer find a way out of the living hell that was once Nashville? Will evil win control of paradise? Who can stop the sadistic hunger of The Wolf? Where the hell is a Hero when you need one? How dangerous is the peevie that was once warden Sledge? 

It's the end of the world as we know it. Join us, friend. In places where the zombies bite...fish bite...life always bites...and some people get bit. 

Welcome to Zombie Crusade. 

Javan Bonds is Winner of the 2019 Independent Audiobook Awards (IAA) for Humor 

Books in the Still Alive Series:
Book One: Zombie Lake
Book Two: Zombie Island
Book Three: Zombies On A Plane
Book Four: Zombie Oasis
Book Five: Zombie River Run
Book Six: Zombie Paradise Lost
Book Seven: Zombie Perdition
Book Eight: Zombie Crusade

©2021 Javan Bonds (P)2021 If I Only Had a Monkey Publishing

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where is Mo and the gang?

I loved this series because of Mo and the gang. but as each book went on there were more and more uninteresting characters and story lines added and almost nothing of the original characters. when we got to this book there was so little of the original characters and instead of hearing from them when we got to them it was one liners. just the narrator. and don't get me started with Benji. he's an idiot, him and his girlfriend that he is constantly mentioning. he's a Navy man and he's made to look like a moron!

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Lots of death

So the best thing about this one is that the character named after me gets to die….. I mean she had it coming. Second best part is the bonus material about Smokes at the end!
Not as much plot and story line for Mo and the rest of the crew as this one is more of a tribute to all of Javans fans who wanted to die in one of his books. So lots of detailed death descriptions!
Salzman does and amazing job narrating. He is these characters!

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great book

I loved how easy it is to relate to Moe and we all have a friend like smokes

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Fun

This is a fun series that made me laugh and also gave me some “Oh S—-“ moments , I would definitely recommend the s book and the entire series.

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Still Entertaining!

As usual for this series, there was lots of poop, genitals exploding, and inclusive slurring about everyone. There was less about Moe and Smoaks, which was kind of a bummer, but the short prequel at the end made up for it. The narrator was great, especially with his redneck accents. The story, despite being in such a long series, remains fresh and engaging.

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Disappointing compared to rest of series

I’ve listened to books 1-7 and couldn’t wait for this one to come out, but was disappointed. Thin storyline, hardly any involvement of characters well known from books 1-7 and mostly about the Nash, a dictatorship community which was a side mention in previous novels. There were so many names of community members in the Nash, no background story no context, just names of characters that we’ve never heard of. Characters that we’ve never gotten to know. A thin storyline staple together with unnecessarily specific and drawn out descriptions of kill scenes- such as the very specific description of how a bullet entered, what it did, how it came out, and ultimately how the whole scene looked, with the writer attempting a humorous take and metaphors on the core. After a short while it became redundant and tedious. Too many references to the Peevies getting their penis and balls either cut off or shot off and the gross description of what that looked like. Hardly any scenes with our fan favorites, Mo and Smokes and their crew. It was easy to get lost and become confused with the constant introduction of names of people we never got to know or who were such minor players in the past- Way too many undeveloped characters. I was so looking forward to book 8. The end of the book definitely left it open for a book 9, which I hope is more like the first seven.

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New Book, Same Gratuitous Blood and Violence

I love the Still Alive series because it usually has a perfect balance between gratuitous violence, dark humor, and entertaining storylines. However, Zombie Crusade tips in the scale and has a bit more gratuitous blood and gore than previous books; normally, such a thing isn’t an issue, but in this case, it tended to overtake plot development and most of the humor turned out to be more macabre than the usual dark slapstick. But all that violence and gore is still masterfully written and vividly detailed, so if that’s what you’ve come for, you won’t be disappointed. But for me, I enjoyed the great storylines and humor present in the series, so I was sad that about half the book is dedicated more to slasher-type gore and not so much to plot development.

There are two prominent storylines in Zombie Crusade that carry over from the previous books and while they only crawl forward (due to the superfluous descriptions of violence and gore), they were entertaining enough to keep my attention. Through both the Black Hand arc and the escapades of Brother Mike Brown, we meet a few new characters (both heroes and villains) and also continue to follow the frightening evolution of the naked, blue cannibals as their capabilities continue to develop. However, this book (and the last one as well) feel more like a spin-off series than true sequels to the first six books. Though they aren’t bad by any measure, I do patiently (ok, impatiently) await the return to Mo’s journals and the plot involving the group I see as the primary protagonists of Still Alive.

My favorite part of Zombie Crusade wasn’t a part of the actual book, but rather, the bonus short story included at the end. It’s a prequel story about Smokes and what transpired between the advent of the zombie plague and the first meeting between Smokes and Mo. It was fun and reminiscent of the earlier books, and definitely worth reading.

For the audiobook, Salzman continues to be an exceptional narrator for the Still Alive series, but much of Zombie Crusade’s third-person point of view doesn’t give him much of a chance to shine. I think his best work is in the unique voices of the primary group’s characters, so a significant amount of his talent goes unnoticed in this book. However, Salzman does get a chance to rock out some awesome narration in the short story at the end.

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A little too much gore and killing

I’ve enjoyed this series until this book - there’s just too much unnecessary killing and fighting for groups that don’t push the story forward at all.

There’s also just too much negative without any positive….we get it brother brown is evil, just get on with it already.

We also get the screenwriter is a fan of carnage, no need to keep using the line ‘the will of the screenwriter, this person died quickly so others have to suffer….”

It’s all too much and so long winded, get on with the freakin story, I don’t know if I’ll get through another book, this might be a good stopping point on this series

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That's it for me, I'm done with this series.

The other books were ok, nothing great, Mostly used these books as a filler between other books. This one was just endless gore for no reason at all. It wasn't funny or cleaver. I made it though 2 hours and just felt dirty and returned it.

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Blood and gore…. Ok, then what?

If you take the verbose, over exaggerated blood and gore, it’s a 2 hour book. Guy gets shot, 90% of the time there’s a mention of his penis or scrotum. The other 10% involved his intestines. It gets old QUICK!!!

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  • Tracey
  • 08-14-22

Gimme MORE

Laughed till I got hiccups, 🤣 more gloriously savage than previous offerings and all the better for it. Javan Bonds is a hilariously sick individual and just my kind of author, and the narration is first class

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  • Stevie B
  • 09-12-21

Delisicously demented

This writer has a great balance between the violence of the apocalypse and a humour that keeps it lighthearted ! His books are well worth a read or listen ! However be warned be prepared to cringe at the violence as much as you laugh at the funny scenes !

Definitely worth your purchase

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  • T Loader
  • 06-16-21

Another great instalment

I love the narrator for these books he really brings the characters to life. Javan's descriptive writing is so good that if it was a movie you would be turning away from the screen in places! the story continues to build around cannibals and power struggles but I have a feeling this book is setting the scene for what is to come next! I can't wait.

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  • Mia Harper
  • 04-22-21

What a cliff hanger!

Fast paced and action packed this book kept me on the edge of my seat, and loving the over abundence of gore and violence. The Island has gone mad, the Black Hand is in disarray, and the crew of the Ancora are left with a shocking cliff hanger. I loved Smoke's back story, and Hunter's adventure. Wonderful narration by S Salzman, I can't wait for the next book, it can't be soon enough.

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  • Gavin
  • 02-14-22

1 foot in front of the other

Do your ears a favour and wrap your mind around this series BLOODY AWESOME