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The Scattered and the Dead (Book 0.5) by [McBain, Tim, Vargus, L.T.]
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"All my friends are dead. Everyone I've ever cared about is dead."

Loneliness drives an introvert to write a letter to the girl in the apartment across the hall. He is anxious. Reclusive. Desperate for a friend. The apocalypse interrupts this attempt at human contact.

Now he watches out the window as the world gets cut to pieces by plague and riots. Buildings burn. Pedestrians vomit blood.

Soon the bodies line the streets. Rumors of zombies spread. And then the power goes out.

Getting to know someone could be harder than he thought, let alone surviving in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

He might even need to leave the apartment.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 952 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Smarmy Press (2 February 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BFFJSR4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,894 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By I taylor TOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 July 2016
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I received this book for free in return for an honest review. There are people who reach out in times of need and trouble, and there are people who don’t. Decker is one of the latter. He has hoarded supplies for the crisis and sits out his time in his apartment. By the time he’s ready to join what’s left of society, well, there just isn’t much left to join.
This is a witty internal monologue and the beginning of an interesting series. The humour is dry and honest, and the story works well with the single character. I also thought that the length of the story was just about right, but the little preview into the next book in the series has definitely caught my interest. One thing I will say about this author duet is that they really know how to get into the mind of a character, and no matter what that poor unfortunate is going through it is told in an amusing manner.
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His Mum throwing up is about as exciting as it gets (Don't worry, I haven't spoiled anything, this happens at the beginning).
Honestly, a whole lot of nothing happens in this book categorised as 'horror'. I really expected more from this.
Not sure if I'll be reading book 1 even though I've already bought it.
The great thing about this book is that it's very well written and a little insightful in how it would feel if we were ever in an apocolyptic situation.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 212 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining, not your normal end of the world, read 15 February 2016
By Jennifer Weiner - Published on Amazon.com
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Though not a fan of post apoplectic fiction in many cases, I throughly enjoyed this novella.
The book is written as a long letter broken up by date headings. The protagonist is a mid-twenties man who has agoraphobia at the least from reading his letter.
He is writing to the girl in the apartment across the hall who he's never had the confidence to even speak to. Unfortunately, before he can gather his courage, the world's already terrible situation gets much worse.
It appears he is the last human on earth, yet he continues writing his crush while building courage to venture out of his apartment to investigate what's happened.
All in all, the story really held my attention and surprised me a few times. However, as a fan of King and even darker indy authors, I didn't find this book all that dark or gritty. It was realistic but not overly descriptive nor gory for the sake of gore- which I highly respect. It's harder to build horror and suspense without over emphasizing gore and so forth.
My favorite thing about this novella is that the way it is written makes it easy to read one or two days then put it down if you're short on time. It's still good for a longer read as well, but it's always nice to have something to fit into a break at work without leaving yourself hanging.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Agrophobe vs. The end of the world 4 February 2016
By t.garcia - Published on Amazon.com
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Tim Mcbain and L.T. Vargas have done it again! The reader is introduced to Decker, a 25 year old agrophobe who rarely leaves his apartment (you know, cuz he's agrophobic). He sees a girl who lives in his building and wants to connect with her. So, he writes her a letter...this could possibly the longest letter in history and if it's not, it is certainly entertaining enough to keep one engaged from beginning to end. Unfortunately for Decker, this letter might have been written a little too late, as the world might be coming to an end thanks to a virus that has very unhealthy side effects (zombie-ism).
This story took me on Decker's eerie and lonely journey, filled with colorful and extremely descriptive observations. The only disappointing aspect is that I will have to wait (but not too long) for more Decker!
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good job of fleshing out the characters 8 February 2017
By Betty Howard - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was very good at fleshing out one of the characters we will see again. I also thought the authors did a great job of opening this series. They were great at capturing the very human feelings of fear and loneliness. Not only in the cases of being alone but also feeling alone when there are people all around. Because, to be honest, most fear what others are capable of being or doing in many situations. I think we have all felt the way the main character did at some point in our lives. If for nothing else, this book is worth reading just for the feeling that someone understands this very human experience. I think most readers will be able to relate to this character, maybe not like him in the end, but understand why he becomes a different person he does. I sincerely hope you give this book, at least, an open-minded read. I myself, intend to read the whole series then more by these authors because I feel they have earned my loyalty (as well as their royalties. Lol).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Narrator not reading it as much as telling it, as one survivor sharing their story with another, a very intimate narration. 2 March 2016
By N. H. - Published on Amazon.com
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The Scattered and the Dead, Book 0.5
Written by: Tim McBain, L.T. Vargus
Narrated by: Tim McBain
Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:02-04-16
Publisher: Smarmy Press

The Scattered and the Dead, Book 0.5 had been on my Kindle radar for a few days. I liked the description. The prices was right, less than a dollar, but I just had not made that commitment click yet. Earlier today I was offered a free copy of the Audible version in exchange for a fair review. I immediately committed to it. I thought I would start listening to it tonight and finish tomorrow since it is only two and a half hours long. That did not happen. I sat in my chair totally lost in the book. Other than pausing to tell my family to fend for themselves for dinner (all over eighteen so it is not abuse, it is character building), I got lost in a new universe.

The Scattered and the Dead begins twenty-one days before. Before what is something the reader has to discover for themselves. In the dwindling days of “before”, Decker, the main character watches the world slip away. Very important to note, that he watches; other than one event he does not participate. Once the countdown of “before” ends and the count begins to go up for “after”, Decker finds he cannot wait this catastrophe out. When he does venture out and participate, the story was not predictable. I would be neglectful if I did not mention Decker’s reliance on Tang for vitamin C. I feel compelled to share that my plumber advises us to use Tang once a week to keep our sink from clogging. Drink at your own risk. When I finished, I sat for a few minutes wishing it continued. It really is a great story.

The production values are excellent. There are no extraneous noises. No background music or sound effects. Just the clear strong voice of the narrator, who happens to be one of the authors. Tim McBain did a fantastic job narrating the book. Perhaps having helped create it helped. He did not seem to be reading it as much as telling it, as one survivor sharing their story with another. It makes for a very intimate narration.

I truly enjoyed The Scattered and the Dead, Book 0.5. I am looking forward to the sequel coming out in the next month. The authors have created a post apocalyptic universe that feels different than many of the other I have read (and I have read many). I cannot quite put my finger on it yet to say definitively what is different but I look forward to the sequel to discover exactly what it is that makes this universe different.

Story (Plot) 5
Performance 5
Production Quality 5
Attention Holding 5

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for a fair review. I purchased the Kindle version myself.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Front Row Seat to the Apocalypse 15 February 2016
By BadAsher - Published on Amazon.com
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After watching his mother die from a plague ravaging the world, Decker, an agoraphobic recluse, has a front row seat from the window of his well-stocked apartment as the Apocalypse comes to Pittsburgh and the rest of world. Written as a letter to an attractive, female neighbor that he can't bring himself to approach, he details the collapse from the news and the Internet until they disappear and he is left with only his view of the world on the street below. He shares his plans, his thoughts and his feelings in the uncertain times and his reactions to the challenges that he faces.

The tight, deeply personal writing tells a tale of horrific events and the inevitable changes that it must have on a survivor. Life becomes an oddly two faceted thing -- oddly unfocused and surreal in a numbing solitude matched to a brutal, razor sharp reality where right and wrong become blurred. A brief intense read in the now common apocalyptic genre and an introductory tale to a much larger story, it is nonetheless a worthwhile read that might cause the more introspective to question, "What would I do?"