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And the Blood Ran Black by [Nathan E Harvey]
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Two brothers are thrust into a reality that makes them yearn for their years of deployment overseas. There were no news tickers or conspiracy theories to soften the sudden reality; the two soldiers witnessed the beginning of the end firsthand. Where would you go? Who would you save? This is the account of a small group of strangers who become family in order to somehow carry on against impossible odds.

Finally, there’s a zombie book that doesn’t have to rely on shock value and gore to elicit an emotional response. Between bouts of laughter and of tears, “And the Blood Ran Black” will have you forgetting to breathe while it unapologetically grabs you by the eyeballs.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 857 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Harvey Brothers Publishing; 1 edition (13 December 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019CZVAY8
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #874,576 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zombies Don't Swim! 25 September 2016
By Marcus and Paula - Published on Amazon.com
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For all those zombie fans out there, I just finished, And the Blood Ran Black, an excellent book by the author, Nathan E Harvey. This action packed story is brought to life by its two main characters. Cpl. John Chow, a very hardcore, no b.s. Military man that lives for danger and warfare and his brother, Moto who lives for a good time. These two opposites encounter a super soldier experiment that has gone wrong. Way wrong considering super zombies are threatening humanity. I found that this story had great action and emotion as it anxiously unfolded. I must say that as I read this violent, graphic tale it occurred to me that there was no graphic language. What a breath of fresh air it was to be entertained without the use of profanity. This talented writer's mastery of the English vocabulary and realistic observation descriptors created characters that were believable and funny. From gnarly hyperextended knees to hitting the rack with muddy boots and the familiar touch of a cold rifle the author description was so vivid that I was sure I was flashing back to when I, myself, had heard "Doneski" many years ago. I appreciated the great proofing and editing that made this story smooth and easy to enjoy. As for the cover art, it kinds of reminded me of the movie Dusk Till Dawn which is creepy and cool.
Disclosure: I will receive reimbursement for the cost of this book, however, this in no way influenced this review. We only write honest reviews regardless of whether we purchase a product at full price, at a discount, or received for free.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And The Blood Ran Black: A Well Written Dystopian Novel 5 September 2016
By Andris Mitt - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a dystopian novel set in the future after the United States has been involved in World War III. Two brothers who also happen to be soldiers named John Chow and Moto, return from an overseas deployment in Puerto Rico to find their country to be a very different place in which they must do battle with zombies. The book is extraordinarily well written and paints the portrait of this future world very well. One need only to read the opening chapter in which John is involved in some kind of ultimate fighting event to see how viscerally Mr, Harvey describes events as the reader feels every ounce of the protagonist's pain and fury throughout his bout. Furthermore, the characters are exceptionally well- crafted, three dimensional people enduring understandable struggles even though their world is far different from the one that we occupy. Finally, the book reaches a gripping climax that leaves the reader satisfied.
In all honesty, I'm not one for zombie related or dystopian novels, but this one hooked me. If you like this genre, you will love this book. But, if you do not, you should be very impressed by the engaging storytelling and excellent writing that are the hallmarks of And The Blood Ran Black.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like zombies, read it ... If you like humans better, read it 30 December 2015
By Amanda S. - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to admit that this is the first zombie novel I have ever read. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, and I was pleasantly surprised. The characters were well rounded and engaging. The action kept me reading. I wasn't dumped into a bizarre and chaotic storyline but given enough back story to orient myself without becoming bored with the details before the zombies even appeared. While a certain degree of gore is to be expected it wasn't a wanton bloodbath that read like the thesaurus entry for entrails either. The characters were human with many of the same worries you and I would have with even the occasional humor (without being crass or at someone's expense as horror humor often is). If you enjoy variety and would like to expand your reading into the zombies/horror/post-apocalyptic genre without sacrificing quality I highly recommend Nathan Harvey's debut novel and eagerly await "the rest of the story."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just ANOTHER zombie novel... something new, something different. 12 August 2016
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There’s nothing better than a good ol’ fashion zombie novel. When done right, it can be a thrilling, emotional ride for fans of that genre, like myself. Nathan E. Harvey’s And the Blood Ran Black is no exception.

It tells the story of John and Moto, two brothers stationed in Puerto Rico (finally! My birthplace mentioned in a book!) during the horrible times of World War 3 (I know! How cool is that?!). But something else, besides falling nukes and gunfire, starts to take place, something sinister and horrible, something that threatens to end humanity as we know it – a zombie apocalypse.

I know what you’re thinking: “Ugh! Another zombie novel? Really?”. Yes, another zombie novel. But, not just any zombie novel. It’s a novel that promises to become something different than what we already have.

The Walking Dead set the bar pretty high in the zombie genre. In my opinion, Resident Evil is a close second and World War Z did a good job with the theme. But this book had something different to it that made it unique and entertaining. I haven’t read any books from the zombie genre, since I have the misconception that nothing can top the Walking Dead. Then I read this book, and it was very, very entertaining. While reading it, I found myself at the edge of my seat, heart pumping as hordes and hordes of zombies surround our heroes, laughing with Moto and venturing inside John’s head. It was quite a ride.

Harvey has a unique way of writing, and a unique way of developing characters. To be honest, I was somewhat bored during the first chapter, since I felt myself lost, trying to grasp what was going on. But the brothers Chow had me hooked and helped me through the first chapter. They were likable and interesting. Moto was goofy and at times hilarious, while John had this innate sense of leadership that was simply fascinating to me. Even though the interaction between the brothers was, at times, weird and unnatural (almost forced, if you ask me), it was still fascinating. They felt like real brothers, everything from their own special connection to the unspoken language and understanding between them. They understood each other well enough without needing to speak, and I liked the book because of it.

So we have a zombie apocalypse novel, a group of unlikely survivors, a sense of dread in the air and, of course, zombies… all in the backdrop of a future where the world fights against the rising power of China. It’s unique in its way, and it offers an array of characters that are likable (or unlikable) the moment they first appear on the page. Harvey also offers an in-depth view of how his imaginative world came to be, from the peace treaty to China’s dreadful rise to power. And to be honest, that little “history lesson” was fascinating. Bravo, Mr. Harvey!

I found the book immensely entertaining. I wouldn’t say that it’s my favorite zombie novel, since I’ve only read two so far, but it was really, really good. It exceeded my expectations in terms of story, writing and characters. Harvey wastes no time in throwing you into the reality of an upcoming zombie apocalypse. You encounter your first zombie in the first few pages. I did like the fact that the book starts with the apocalypse. Usually, the zombie genre throws you into a story that is set in a barren city, years and years after the apocalypse took place. You never get to see the desperation, the chaos and the descent of humanity while all of this is going down – which is why I found Harvey’s book engaging. He throws you into the story, just as the zombies are starting to take over. Also, the book is more realistic. A pet peeve of mine is seeing a movie or watching a TV show about zombies, where the characters have no idea what a zombie is in the first place. I mean, c’mon! Who hasn’t heard of a zombie, these days? Harvey wastes no time there either; he has his characters call the creatures for what they are and discover in a single chapter how they function, which kicks the story in high-gear. At last! A zombie story where the hero doesn’t have to spend half the book trying to do just that.

I did find a few narrative moments where the scene was too… “descriptive”. I don’t mean in a gory way – a zombie book without gore should not be considered a zombie book. But to me, I found it a little unnecessary to describe so MUCH when a character moves from point A to point B. I don’t need two whole paragraphs to know that John and Moto got on a jeep and ran over a zombie. And I also found that, at times, some characters didn’t react accordingly to the given circumstances (a little girl watching a man crack open the skull of a zombie should be traumatized beyond repair… not giggling two hours later). Also, some scenes and decisions didn’t quite make sense to me… they seemed unnatural, as if forced.

Did that ruin the book for me? No! Of course not! The zombies could have sprouted wings and breathed fire, for all I care. The book was great. Entertaining, gory and emotional. Harvey knew how to give the characters depth, especially John, which is what made me stay from beginning to end. John, Moto and all the survivors had something special to them, something unique. The losses were painful, and the story was thrilling. That’s all I ask of a zombie novel: a good story, great characters, unexpected losses, mind-blowing twists, action-packed scenes, gore and, of course, zombies.

Move over, Walking Dead, “And the Blood Ran Black” might be stepping on your heels pretty soon.

Five stars out of five! Great job, Mr. Harvey! You certainly made a fan out of me!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Writing! 26 July 2016
By Francine - Published on Amazon.com
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And the Blood Ran Black uses the same storyline formula as so many of today’s zombie genre books do. A group of humans are on the run from zombies that seem to have taken over the world. The difference with this book is that the writing is really good and the characters’ relationships are probably the strongest element of the whole story. The book opens with an action packed sequence that is worthy of any movie and it keeps the reading turning the pages. The main characters, John and Moto, are brothers who are soldiers fighting for the United States and stationed in Puerto Rico. The author gives a lengthy yet interesting explanation as to how and why the war with China got its start. It’s somewhat scary because, aside from the zombies, everything else could conceivably happen. The character development in this book is some of the best I have ever read. The core relationship, that of the two brothers, is realistic and, ultimately, heart-breaking. The author manages to make the reader feel what the characters are feeling, so near the end of the book I was sniffling just a bit. There are a lot of characters which, in some books, can be confusing but not in this one. They are slowly introduced and developed throughout. That is, if they survive long enough. There’s also some romance, about as much as can be expected when the characters are spending every second looking over their shoulder for zombies. The author infuses some humor into the story which helped to lighten the mood in a fairly dark book. The ending was surprising for me but left the story open for (hopefully) a sequel. The title of the book is what first drew my attention but the cover is quite eye catching as well. The digital version of the book formatted to my ereader very well and the editing was excellent. This is a typical zombie book that is well worth reading.