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Taking on the Dead (The Famished Trilogy Book 1) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Annie Walls , TFC Parks , Tabitha Short
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Life for Kansas was perfect until the day the world changed.

She has been hiding out for four years in solitude. It's the only way to survive. The only way not to draw the living dead. Helping a small group of people, she learns the new world might not be what she assumes. Venturing out of her refuge and comfort zone, she meets Rudy, who helps her find a greater purpose. She realizes that the world has moved on without her. Only it's not what she expects. Her knowledge of the living dead grows and only makes her more curious as humanity continues to hang on by a thread. While on her search for answers she finds comfort in new friendships and love, but her past seems as if it will haunt her forever.

Kansas takes it upon herself to help other survivors, which would be easy if the famished were the only obstacles.

In a trilogy plot thick with twists and turns, this adult dark fantasy is emotional as much as it is horrifyingly gripping.

This book contains graphic violence, intense language, sexual situations, drug use, and is intended for a mature audience.


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2.0 von 5 Sternen Leseprobe vs. Buch 8. Dezember 2013
Von Melot
Format:Kindle Edition
Ich habe mich durch die Leseprobe verleiten lassen das Buch zu kaufen, was sich - für mich - als Fehler herausstellte. Im ersten Kaptiel präsentiert sich eine Protagonistin vom Typ Katniss (Hunger Games) - unabhängig, stark und eine Einzelkämpferin, die sich ihren eigenen kleinen Überlebensbunker aufgebaut hat, statt andere Menschen zu suchen. Das klang interessant und von einer Geschichte in dieser Richtung - mit Fokus auf den Überresten der zerstörten Welt und ihren Abenteuern in dieser - hätte ich gerne mehr gelesen.
Leider änderte sich die Perspektive dann aber ziemlich schnell in den folgenden Kapiteln: Auf einmal kommt aus dem nichts der fantstisch gebaute 08/15-Rambo, rettet Kansas, die nun offensichtlich nicht mehr allein auf sich aufpassen kann, gleich zweimal hintereinander selbstlos das Leben während diese die halbe Zeit damit beschäftigt ist seine Muskeln zu begutachten und sich zusammenzureißen um ihn nicht direkt anzuspringen. Im Stil von "großer starker Beschützer mit ungehorsamen Mädchen mit Krallen" ging die Beziehung dann auch weiter, wobei ich nur bis zur Hälfte des Buches gelesen habe.

Ich kann nicht wirklich bewerten ob das Buch gut oder schlecht ist, aber es ist eine andere Geschichte als die Leseprobe vermuten lässt und die war für mich zu klischeebeladen und uninteressant. Da dieses Buch allerdings eine sehr hohe Bewertung auf hat, gibt es wohl genügend Leser, die diese Art schätzen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen SOOO Fantastic, You will LOVE it. 21. September 2012
Von Liz @ Fictional Candy - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow. No, WOW. I loved this book! This book has ignited a passion to acquire a cross bow. I am now more sure than ever that I need one. And I love apocalypse books, because they all feel a little bit like I am training (without leaving my couch) for what is surely to come soon! And that is all inspired by Kansas City Sunshine Moore.

Who the heck is Kansas City Sunshine Moore? She is the main character in Annie Walls' Taking On The Dead. Big bonus points for unique names there! But Kansas usually goes by Kan, which is short and sweet and to the point. Necessity has turned Kan into a strong woman and I immediately impressed right from the very first pages during the prologue. The prologue itself was very eerie and sad and scary. It was the perfect opener, and it showed the Zombie Apocalypse's beginning.

The rest of the story takes place several years later. The world as we know it has been turned upside down. And Kansas has been living a solitary life. As one man says to her in the story, its no wonder she isn't crazy! Zombies seem to run in packs, and they like the cooler weather. I thought this was a very interesting aspect because it threw my theories out the window! Yep, now I have to come up with a whole new apoc plan because if Annie Walls is right, we will want to go where the weather is warm!

Annie's zombies are grotesque and disgusting. In other words, perfect. They are exactly what zombies should be. They are in different states of decomposition, and Ms. Walls spares no expense describing the putrification of these zombies. And even better, they are called zombies! You see a lot of books skirt around the whole "Z" word. Yes, they are called several other things in this story - but they are also called zombies!

So four years later, and a series of events has caused Kansas to come in contact with people. Some of them betray her. But with every closed door, there is an open jump right out of. And then Kan meets Rudy. I immediately feel like I like Rudy. He is big, strong, and he has a heart of gold. The man has some secrets, but in this day and age everyone does. There were many points in this story that I held a secret hope that there would be a romance, but you will have to read to find that out for yourself!

Kan is the type of survivor I want to be. She is smart, resourceful, powerful in her own way. And of course, there is the cross bow. But the great characters don't end with her. Of course there is Rudy, who you feel like you want to be his friend right away. But then she meets Mac, and Reece. Shout out to Reece, the tattoo artist from Detroit (my hometown!). Yes, I did just give a shout out to a fictional character. You do it too. You know you do. All of Annie's characters are just vibrant and full of personality. Even the ones I hated were just as easy to picture as if they were standing right in front of me.

This book is full of twists and turns. In some ways you find civilization is moving on. In some ways you can almost even say it is thriving. There is a community there that I just found fascinating, and I have future plans to pester Annie Walls into creating stories for more people living there... namely, Glinda. Oh yeah, I definitely want to know more about this diamond in the rough. She becomes a great friend to Kan, and right away you wonder who you should be more jealous of.

But then again, if this story proves one thing over and over - it is beware of who you trust! In a world where nothing is permanent, people will do almost anything to survive. But once you find someone that you know without a doubt is true, well, hold on to them.

My final thoughts? It's a good thing this book is part one in a trilogy, because I definitely want to read more - immediately. And I have plenty of questions about some things that have happened in the book. And the author is being very tight lipped with the answers. So I'm sorry, I can't give you any hints of what is to come! But this story has definitely become one of my favorites of the year. It is written with heart and emotion, and a bit of snark. I have hope for Kan's future. There is some really terrific action, horror, and a healthy dose of drama. There's even bits of romance here and there, but make no mistake, this isn't a romance book. But the story has all of the elements I love. A kickass heroine, a couple great heroes in the making... and zombies!!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Addictive and Gripping Horror Novel! 27. Oktober 2012
Von Stephanie Ward - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
4.5 Stars

'Taking on the Dead' is the first book in a dark fantasy/horror trilogy that tells the story of Kansas and her fight for survival after the world turned upside and everybody changed - into zombies. She has been living in solitude for four years until a group of survivors shows up needing her help. She decides to venture out into the world again, only to discover that things have changed since she was last in it. She meets Rudy, who gives her life a purpose, and also finds friendship and even love along the way.

This novel is packed full of action and horror, and written in such a fantastic way that I couldn't put it down. The story is engaging and thrilling - readers are immediately thrown into the post-apocalyptic zombie world that Kansas is struggling to survive in. The characters are all very realistic and believable, which made it easy to like them and root for their cause. The plot was well written and really fast paced, with the thrill of survival and fear making it a true page turner. I liked that there was honest human emotion and struggle thrown into the narrative, which made it feel complete - not just a slasher zombie book. The relationships and friendships that develop throughout the novel were a great balance to the gore and tautness the rest of the plot held. Overall, I found this to be a gripping and super creepy book full of emotion and deeper meanings. I will definitely be waiting for the next book to see what will happen next!

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen FAB Zombie book!! A Def Must Read!!! 20. September 2012
Von Mandy @ I Read Indie - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
Four years ago the world changed and zombies were eating everyone in sight. Four years ago was the end of Kansas' old life and the beginning of her new life. Her new life that consists of living in a bunker built under her house all alone. And alone was working out pretty good for her until 4 survivors pass through seeking shelter for the night. Unfortunately that is not all they wanted.

Now Kansas must up and leave her underground sanctuary to find a new place to live and survive. But the things she discovers about the zombies and the world outside throws her for a loop and leaves her shocked at what she finds.

When I say I love me a good zombie book, I love me a good zombie book. But Taking on the Dead was not a good zombie was a FABULOUS zombie book. I loved every ounce and ate it up. (snickers at my pun) It had guts, it had nail-biting suspense about what would happen next, it had me thinking 'did I lock the back door? does it matter...cause a zombie could bust it down, right?' had a little romance. Not a lot...just the right amount. If I were running for my life in a post-apocalyptic world, I know I would still like a hand to hold. Something that gave me hope that one day it will all be better. (Ok corny moment over. ) Seriously though, the romance was just right and I loved every bit. I actually want to re-read the book right now...but alas, too many books I must review.

Taking on the Dead had a whole lot of twists, turns, and gore to keep you entertained throughout the whole book. I don't think there was ever a dull moment that I thought it was dragging or boring. The ending...oh yes that perfect ending...we get a lot of answers and even some we were not expecting. And I loved the characters that Annie gives us. Each bringing something to the story and each hiding something too.

So yeah, Taking on the Dead was flippin fabulous. It is perfect for those like me, twiddling our thumbs waiting for The Walking Dead to come back on (even though I have Dish and have to wait for it to be on Netflix). I am even going to go so far as to say I loved it more than Amanda Hocking's The Hollow's series; which I absolutely loved. And to know that there are 2 more books in the series is even better. So you zombie fans out there better be ready for this one.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A wonderful and new take on zombies! 20. September 2012
Von Contagious Reads - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
I was provided a copy of this book to beta read. I absolutely loved every minute of the book. Annie Walls wrote a fantastic gorefest of a ride. There is plenty of action, plenty of drama and even some romance and hot chicks and dudes all around. The dystopia is perfect. The characters have depth and are fresh. I am a reader of everything zombie. I read so many zombie books that little surprises me in them anymore and little grosses me out. Annie did both. With mastery. I think most of readers can usually predict where a story is going. I can honestly say I have no idea where Annie is going to take this. I cannot wait to find out. You will not be dissapointed in this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A zombie masterpiece! 11. Oktober 2012
Von Lori @ Romancing the Dark Side - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
After a zombie outbreak changed her life forever, Kansas City Sunshine Moore (what a cool name, right?) has spent four years in solitude and avoiding the living dead in her family home. Her survival depends on keeping a low profile but when she encounters a group being ambushed by zombies, her compassionate nature takes over and she takes them into her safe haven, only to have them turn on her and forced to leave her sanctuary. Soon after leaving her home, Kansas is forced to explore new territory and meets up with Rudy, a ruggedly handsome man who helps her during a zombie attack and takes her under his wing, introducing her to a world she's long forgotten and giving her a new reason to keep on fighting.

I have to say the writing and creativity in this book blew me away! When we meet Kansas she's a young woman in love, without a care in the world, out enjoying herself at a fair with her boyfriend until a zombie plague attacks the population and loses all those she loves. The story then forwards four years later with our heroine all grown up and kicking some zombie a**! Kansas is a stellar heroine, she's got guts, brains (no pun intended!) and plenty of heart. She's faced with a horrific situation and is forced to grow up fast and become a fighter to survive, her will to live is admirable. I'm a fan of a feisty heroine but what makes Kan (that's what she likes to be called) extra special to me is that she's not paranormal, just a regular Midwestern girl turned machete wielding, crossbow shooting powerhouse in a world full of the Famished.

Aside from an outstanding heroine, there are some fantastic supporting characters that you'll love as much as Kan. Rudy, the "chivalrous barbarian" with a heart of gold (yes, I'm TEAM RUDY!), Reece the snarky tattoo artist, Mac, the sexy soldier and the ever sassy Glinda all steal the show at some point with their charismatic personalities and charm (that's all I can say without giving too much away). A subtle romance and great humor throughout the story helps lighten the dark reality of their world, making it believable.

Taking on the Dead is emotional, gritty and hair-raising! The heroine's voice instantly pulls you into her world and has you biting your nails at the heart stopping suspense. Ms. Walls weaves horror, fantasy, romance and humor effortlessly into a vivid post-apocalyptic world you can't get enough of...even when you're a little grossed out...LOL With a superb heroine that's not afraid to get a little dirty, stand up male leads and some supernatural magic, Taking on the Dead is dark urban fantasy at its finest! My praises to Ms. Walls for a spectacular zombie debut that was truly EPIC! (as my Zombie Queen friend would say).

{I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of a blog tour.}
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