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Publisher's Summary

As seen in the USA Today best-selling box set, Empires of Shadow and Ash, comes Zombie Infestation.

Serena Rouge lives a double life. Writer, according to IRS. Trouble, according to the FBI. 

Kick-ass, rough, and yet she can't hide her vulnerable side when it comes to her kids. When the enemy threatens her kids if she doesn't do exactly as they want, things go from bad to worse in a hurry. 

A secret branch hiding behind the military is about to release the zombie virus as a vaccination to the whole world. It's up to Serena to shut down the operation with the help of FBI agent Joseph...preferably without him becoming a zombie. But others in the FBI don't want their mission to succeed. Without knowing whom they can trust, Serena and Joseph have to shut down the factory, without becomeing zombie fodder. 

But how can they when the zombies take orders from a psychopath with an agenda?

©2013 Leona Joy Bushman (P)2019 Leona Joy Bushman

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Smart story with a few hiccups

I got this book for two reasons. First, I am a horror junkie and have a deep love for all things zombie in particular. Second, Anneliese Rennie is the narrator, and I have to say that Rennie is one of those people who not only know their job, but also have the talent and skills to be more than a technical master at the craft of narration. How many times have you listened to a story and thought that it was well produced, technically flawless, and still fell short because the narrator couldn't impart a bit of emotion or drama to the reading?

So the story is original. Average mom is actually a zombie hunter after the kids are put to bed. Never saw that before. The story starts off with a bang, but then sort of slows down as we get background and set up for a while, and this is one of the drawbacks. The other weird thing is that the zombies seem to exude some sort of sex appeal that could make a man with a need for viagra forgo his daily dose. Ok, slight exaggeration, but when did zombies become sexy? Is this a Warm Bodies influence? I'm not sure, but it is something I'd say goes in like a puzzle piece from another box. It sort of looks like it will work, but no matter how hard you press it or turn it, it will never really fit in with the other puzzle.

The MC is a little OP, sorry gaming terms, but she seems overqualified when fighting some times. I would have liked to have seen her struggle a bit more, and maybe met a real match. Other than that it is a fun romp and stomp in a land with living dead. The writing is well done, and the story is fun.

The narration is what holds this whole thing together. Anneliese Rennie has shown me that she can do horror-themed stories really well, I just finished a book by Tonia Brown called Triple Shot of Unnatural Nature in which she just nailed the scare aspects like she was a carpenter with 30 years experience. She does the same thing here. She makes this horror-action novel feel like a big-budget film. I really love her work. Rennie is an emotional and dramatic chameleon who can make you believe she is a fire breathing dragon or a soccer mom punching zombies tickets after hours.

The story isn't perfect, but it is a cool concept and it is fun, and Rennie brings it to life like she had Dr. Frankenstein's notebook, so dig this one up, it is a treat.

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interesting enough

interesting enough novel. when have lights a bit more backstory on the virus, they should have chosen a different virus than a already existing one

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a grand adventure with intrigue and action

a soccer mom / writer by day and an action hero by night; thrilling story including a conspiracy!

#ad (I recieved this book for free, although I would have bought it with my next audible credit if I hadn't)

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Kick butt woman!

Serena is a little rough around the edges in this nonstop action book. A zombie virus is out and for some people it makes them stronger, quicker and improved. Serena is somehow immune to it yet she's "improved" in an Alice from Resident Evil kind of way. When her children are kidnapped she pulls out no stops in getting them back whole and healthy.

This book is well written. The only stumbling block for me was no use of place description or characters. It left a little out of sorts in places. Since I don't require copious amounts of description my mind filled in the blanks. The story is written first person and Serena does a lot of self-talk, some extremely funny which added to the story.

For zombie fans I absolutely think this is a must read.

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Zombie Infestation tells a story about your typical mom and writer. Oh wait, she does what at night? Hunts zombies? Okay, you have my attention. The opening of this book hints at this a little bit but it’s not until a little while in that we’re given this actual information. It did jump into action almost right away, but then sort of faded back into a slow-paced zombie story.

I wanted to love this book. It has everything that I like in it but I just could not get into it. I can’t tell if it was the specific writing style of Bushman or what but I had a really hard time getting into the plot of this book. Sure, on the surface it sounds super intriguing and something that I would enjoy but once into the story there were some scenes that just felt a little bit clunky and others where it felt like the story was being drawn out from novella length into short novel territory. I think this story would have been much tighter if it’d been a novella.

I went and read some other reviews (there weren’t too many which shocked me to be honest) and it sort of felt like you either really liked this book or didn’t I sort of fell in the middle, leaning slightly towards not liking it. Which is unfortunate because the audio quality and performance by Anneliese Rennie were great. I honestly finished the book on her strong performance. She was able to put in the right amount of emotion to keep me invested.

Overall, an average book that is a little bit too long narrated by a great narrator that was able to keep me listening.

Also, I’m not usually picky about covers usually only mentioning something that I love about them – but for some reason the woman on the front of this cover did not seem to fit with the story. My mental image of Serena wasn’t quite this Lara Croft-esque woman on the cover. But, that might just be me.

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Different but good!

Zombie Infestation is not a traditional zombie story, but action-packed and hilarious. The characters are well developed, especially the heroine, Serena. She is tough, capable with a smart mouth. The writing is also excellently done, clear, and precise.

Anneliese Rennie does a wonderful job with the narration. Her voice is perfect for Serena and her impetuous personality. I wholly recommend this audiobook.

I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for a review.

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alright

I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review. I totally enjoyed reading this book. It’s well written and the characters were fantastic. I would suggest this book to my friends that like this sort of genera. this was a good book.

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nice, and welcome, twist on zombies

the reason for zombies in this book seems much easier to get in touch with than most others, I liked the way the lead talked and her attitude. went fast. tks for good book.

i got a free copy of this book.

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Great Narrator!

Anneliese Rennie shines in this zombie read. I wish I enjoyed sci-fi more, but I don’t. It was an interesting take on the zombie trope. The zombies were intelligent and fun; however, the book made several comparisons between the zombie virus and AIDS/HIV and I found that to be a little off-putting.

We were given this book for free by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Intrigue, action and a bit of zombie romance

I found the setting to be an interesting take on a modern non-apocalyptic zombie setting. In some ways it felt closer to a vampire story than a traditional zombie one.

The story was an interesting ride and did surprise me in a good way a few times. I found the torture scene to be a bit drawn out and excessive. The whole bit about zombies having sexual allure wasn't really my thing, but it was done well and important to the story.

The vocal performance does a great job of getting across the main character and especially her snark and mom voice. The range for other characters was a bit lacking, several characters sounded very similar.

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  • Mia Harper
  • 11-03-20

Interesting and entertaining read

I enjoyed this book, I liked the premise an interesting take on the zombie virus, thie characters were interesting, I liked the FMC Serena, a harried single mother that just took everything in step, except when her kids are in danger. The plot had plenty of twists and turns, and was action packed, and had me hooked from the beginning, I hope there is going to be a book 2. Anneliese Rennie's narration perfectly portrayed the characters with her narration. I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Dzd
  • 08-01-20

Don't listen in front of the kids

The storyline was OK and the performance was good but there was far too much swearing for my taste. I don't mind some when it's called for but this was excessive and unnecessary and did spoil it for me.

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  • Rhona
  • 02-10-20

Good listen

this book was an enjoyable listen. It is a zombie book, but not of the traditional kind. The way in which the narrator delivered the book was annoying at times. overly glib and exaggerated.

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  • Nighteyes
  • 11-20-19

can I have another please?

first my complaints.
this reads a lot like a Young Adult book, yet our Main Character is a mother of two making her harder for the core audience to connect with.
the MC is overly competent to the point of outshining experts in their own field and the explanations are flimsy at best if they are there at all

now holy hell y'all this is amazing, was so entertained from start to finish.
fun characters, great plot and an interesting plot.

Anneliese is born to voice this book and it's that simple, holy hell!!

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  • Helen
  • 09-08-19

good book

Kick-ass, rough, and yet she can't hide her vulnerable side when it comes to her kids.
good book