• Zommunist Invasion, Books 1-3

  • By: Camille Picott
  • Narrated by: Al Kessel
  • Length: 28 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Invading troops with deadly virus. A young man fighting for his life. Will flesh-eating monsters run out the clock on America’s future?

Northern California, 1985.

Former high school quarterback Leo Cecchino sacrificed his dreams for his family. Unfulfilled by the daily grind of their ailing farm, he can’t help but feel resentment. But, he’s soon redirecting his smoldering frustration into battle rage when his small town is invaded by bloodthirsty Russians armed with a zombie virus.

Forced from his home to a secret hideaway, Leo tries desperately to spread the word and defend his country. But, with the Soviets and their ravenous puppets firmly in control, it may rest on Leo and his hastily created counterattack playbook to save them all from a grisly death.

Can Leo snatch victory from the undead jaws of defeat?

This box set contains the first three books in the gripping Zommunist Invasion zombie apocalypse series. If you like small-town heroes, pulse-pounding action, and drooling enemies, then you’ll love Camille Picott’s pause-resisting tale. Get this box set to bury the opposition today!

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Excellent action-packed Zombie series.

Having read each of these books separately when they were published, I thoroughly enjoyed each of them. Camille Picott has a talent for world building that includes not only multidimensional characters you begin to feel are longtime friends, but sufficient detail to take the reader right into the action, in this case Northern California of the late 1960s. If you are a fan of Red Dawn, The Day After Tomorrow, The Walking Dead, or Zombie stories then you owe it to yourself to grab a copy of this boxset – especially the audiobooks so you can take them on the go and enjoy the entire story as you go about your daily tasks. Additionally, with the audiobooks you get the excellent narration of Al Kessel who takes an excellent story/series and elevates it to the next level. I received a review copy of the audiobook from the author and chose to provide this review.

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Awesome book

I loved reading the book but listening to it was just as great, I listened while doing housework, cleaning, cooking, etc. This brings a new look to an old subject, Zombies and their origins. In this series, it is Russians who brings it in and shoots people with darts to begin the spread. I won't say more cause you should check it out.

This has everything you want and more. There is romance, sadness, happiness, action pack, twists and turns. It never lets you down with every new chapter.

For the narrator, I will say they did a pretty good job, but a lot of the character voices sounded really close to another or the same voice so you can't lose yourself in your listening experience which is still fine.

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Absolutly Love this series

What a great take on a zombie apocalypse. Sprinkle a little bit of Russia trying to take over America, add in a Nonna who has some special skills she keeps tucked away and you have a modern-day Red Dawn. But it isn't just regular ole run of the mill zombies they have to fight. There are smart zombies as well, who love brains and are cunning and can strategize, taking over whole towns and storing people like their own personal food bank. Characters you come to love, and yes, even grieve for. Camille hits one out of the park with this series. Can't wait to get to the 4th book.

Al Kessel does a fair job of narrating. At first I thought he sounded kinda robotic, but he improved as he went along.

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Camille Picott brings action to life!

This box set includes the first 3 books in the Zommunist Invasion series. Camille Picott brings the action in each book with well-developed characters, plot, and world-building. The story moves at a good pace and keeps you wanting more! Audio Version: This is the first time I have listened to Al Kessel and he does a decent job. Some characters sound very similar though but he does bring the story to life.

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How the Russians created a virus to turn Americans into zombies .

Zommunist Invasion
Books 1 - 3
By Camille Picott

Camille Picott has made a specialty out of writing about zombies, and no one could be better at it than she. Her zombies are not just the slow walking, non-speaking brain eaters we are all familiar with. Well, some are, but she also comes up with new variants, like fast runners, those with extra dense muscles for superior strength, and even fairly intelligent beings who can not only speak but also are capable of planning and using weapons.

In Zommunist Invasion, the baddies have been created in Russia in the 1950’s and sent to invade the USA. There are of course no cell phones, no computers, and very little in the way of technology. Because of the current situation in the Ukraine, this series, and advertising for it, has been banned in Eastern Europe.

The first attacks take place in a small California town as the local football team is gearing up for a big game. An Italian American farming family, the Cecchino’s, are central to these stories. Leo, the eldest son, was a star quarterback, Antony is the current quarterback, Antony’s twin sister Lena has learned to speak Russian, and their foster brother Dallas, along with Mr Cecchino and the kids grandmother, called Nonna, are not about to let Commie bastards take over their country.

Beginning with players from their football team, the boys gather several teenagers at the Cecchino family hunting cabin on Pole Mountain to fight back. Since Cecchino directly translates to “Sniper” they chose that word as their identity. As they begin their guerrilla attacks on the Russians, they realize the invaders have a terrible weapon: they are using dart guns along with bullets, and the darts are loaded with an unspeakable virus that turns victims into zombies.

As a young child in Italy, Nonna had survived the Nazis and had vowed never to suffer invaders again. To that end, she had gotten an original copy of The Anarchist’s Cookbook, and had been collecting the ingredients for making bombs and other weapons and had stockpiled guns, knives, and medical supplies for years. And so they began.

The Snipers began making raids, disseminating information, and recruiting new Snipers. It was a dangerous proposition and they learned the hard way that anyone bitten by the zombies became one, and so they lost members of their group. The Russian soldiers had been vaccinated against their virus, and their bullets took out many people. The Snipers fought bravely. The life was hard and heartbreaking, but they were determined not to quit, ever.

These first three books of the Zommunist Invasion will be followed by more, so don’t miss out on this exciting and extremely well written series. Camille Picott won’t let you down.

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Fantastic

This book is very good. Zombies fans will enjoy all the books in this series. You will not be able to put it down. The author Camillie Picott takes you on a terrific ride all over the states of America. You will fall in love with the characters.

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great characters and evolved social commentary...

Book 1 was very difficult for me to really get into. I really struggled with the narrator and his tendency to read like he was reading to a class of elementary students. Took me 4 tries to get going deep enough into the story to be fully hooked and keep going. The greatest hero in this book (imho) is Nona. Having survived WW2, this grandmother leads a team of young HS & College jocks, farmers & chess kids in a way that raises them up as young adult leaders and heroes themselves. Book 3 really takes an impressive turn socially speaking for the time it was written. Fascinating and VERY well done, Ms. Picott.

I was gifted this audiobook with a request for an honest, independent review.

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Great series

I love Camille's books, but this series took me a while to get d/t a horrible Narrator. A bad Narrator can truly destroy a book. Everytime I wanted to stop the story took another turn and I wanted to know what happened next. I toughed it out to get through the boxset. I really don't want to listen to this Narrator again.

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Gets Better w/ every book

I appreciated the diversity of the characters & applaud the author for showing their potential as the story continues. I am NOT happy with the death of Miss C.! I wish the would pick. up his pace. I had to speed him up I'm my app.

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Love them as usual!

I finished all 3 of these in only 8 days! I absolutely love everything Camille has written. Adding an LGBTQ+ character is so rare in post-apocalyptic books and it was awesome to see it! Represention matters and Camille knocks it out of the park. Thankfully book 4 is already out because I am hooked!

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  • leafylea
  • 09-16-22

Great story

although this is a great set of books, unfortunately the mechanical monotone of the narrator really does spoil it. I love the authors work but she desperately needs a new narrator

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  • Mia Harper
  • 06-16-22

Addictive!

Red dawn meets zombies! An exciting fast paced, action packed read with some fantastic plot twists, so addictive. Great narration. I received this book in exchange for mu honest review.

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  • Vix83
  • 04-18-22

Well-written characters and a gripping plot

This book took me on an emotional rollercoaster. The action is non-stop, and the characters are well written with realistic flaws, but they grow from their experiences and mistakes as the series progresses. The narrator did a great job bringing the story to life.

On the downside, I found the repetition a bit irritating. A character would think or say something, and then less than 10 seconds later, the same character (or a different character) would think or say exactly the same thing. Book two also has some unresolved storylines, which may annoy some readers, so because of this, I recommend buying the boxset rather than the individual books.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, and I'm leaving a voluntary review.