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The Scattered and the Dead (Book 1.5): Post Apocalyptic Fiction by [McBain, Tim, Vargus,L.T.]
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The Scattered and the Dead saga continues in this short volume featuring four returning point of view characters and two new ones.

Survival. Murder. Snow.

Winter is here. The cold spreads over the land, shriveling and choking out all the plant life. Harsh. Unforgiving. The first winter without electricity will surely claim more human lives as well.

The isolation may do more damage than the cold, however. Too much time alone drives people to unthinkable acts.

Praise for The Scattered and the Dead series:

"This book is comparable to The Stand by Stephen King in terms of just how damn good it is... I'm a hardcore Stephen King fan and I don't say this lightly. This book is amazing." - Rain

"Strong character development, brilliant story telling, and undercurrents of spot on dark humor." - Michele

"Dark and fast-paced with vivid imagery... In some ways it reminded me of Stephen King's classic, 'The Stand.'" - Michael J

"Tim McBain and L.T. Vargus have written yet another spectacular and vivid story." - Heather DiAngelis

"Thrilling. Meaningful. My new favourite series." - GC MacQuarie

"Between the crazy ass characters, the pictures painted and the emotional zombie roller coaster, this is a must freakin read... like now." - C. Munger

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  • Publisher: Smarmy Press (26 May 2016)
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  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,533 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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There is a point - a moment in time - when a writer works their way into your top five, and in this case, it's a duo. It's become natural that when I'm passed a book by McBain and Vargus that I get a little giddy and fuzzy inside, knowing that inside the cover, there is a dark and wonderful place I will soon be engrossed in. A world of realistic characters that will push the boundaries.

In this case, it was the next installment of The Scattered and the Dead series, Book 1.5. For those who have followed the rest of the series, you will already know that this is the second of the 'in between' books - the second of a collection that exists within the world of the survivors - just one of the remarkable twists in this series. This time, we follow the lives of some recurring characters as well as some new characters that so wonderfully intertwine with the story we already know.

Is there a point where I have to step down from my reviewer's platform because of my intense love of anything these writer's throw at me? Or is it a perk of the job? I'm going to go with the latter, and it's simple why. As I've followed the work of McBain and Vargus over several books and two series, I've watched them grow. Blossom. Their unique style is paramount to their growing success, and it is no doubt the reason they will become household names in the future.

Their writing is fearless. Vivid. Brilliantly twisted. Every time I pick up their next offering I find that first paragraph that explains the world in such an altered way and remember why I can't get enough.

So what is so wonderful about these writers? I've read reviews comparing McBain and Vargus to King (another author in my top five), a compliment that cannot be topped, and it is nothing but the truth.
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So here we are at book 3 in the Scattered and the Dead Series, the 2nd novella and also an in-universe volume of 'Postcards from an Empty World', a series which is collated from the leftover journals and letters that one of the main characters distributes and has indeed gained a fair bit of celebrity in a world that has no more social media or any media at all!

Following just 3 people(with in introduction by Baghead and a little tease of Decker, the subject of book 0.5, at the end), we look at the effects that isolation can cause, with a new character's slow decent into paranoia being a chilling and twisted road. At the same time we get a series of letters from 2 survivors as they try their best to make something safe and 'normal' in a post-apocalyptic world in which nothing is safe, normal or even recognizable at times.

The Authors are doing great so far to give each character their own voice and as per usual, there is plenty of slightly bent and twisted things happening to keep your heart pumping the whole time through this quick read, this taste to keep you sated until the next big book comes through the pipeline.

At times Twisted, at times sweet with the shadow of darkness behind every page, if you haven't picked up this series yet, you really should! The best thing about this book and book 0.5 before it is that if you are unsure as to if you wanna pick the main series up, they are short little introductions into the wider SATD world that can be read on their own!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More of what you loved about The Scattered and the Dead!!! 5 June 2016
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I have really enjoyed reading the series The Scattered and the Dead because it it a collection of letters, journel entries, and diaries that a post-apocalyptic nomad named Baghead has collected into books. He provides these books as a currancy of sorts to survivors of the zombie apocalypse. Baghead travels the wasteland in search of old bits and pieces of past lives and uses these to create new collections for post apocalyptic survivors to enjoy, and reading these letters, journals, and diaries gives you a glimpse into the hellish struggles that the early survivors endured. There are recurring characters in each of the three (so far) books in the series that you either love or hate, and reading about their history after the apocalypse gives you an insight into either a descent into evil and madness, or a triumph over unsurmountable odds. You find yourself cheering for ex-TV evangelist Ray to suceed with rebuilding society by starting a colony and searching for other survivors with his partner, and lover, Lorraine. You read about Fiona, who is alone except for one man, who clearly cares for her, however, she is unable to return his affection and slowly goes insane in the wintery isolation they have found themselves in. You read about what eventually happens to Decker, a person who takes advantage of the apocalypse by using other survivors for his own evil purposes and intents. He is not a very nice man at all, and you catch yourself actually rooting for the zombies to take him down! There are other characters in this short novella that you are introduced to, but the main character that ties all these stories together is Baghead, named so by the cloth bag he wears over his head that he uses to hide behind. His face is apparently hideous after suffering some, as of yet unknown, injury or disease and I find myself wanting to know the backstory of this character, as he is the most interesting one of all. Perhaps he will be explained in the next installment, The Scattered and the Dead 2.0, at least I hope so! These stories are more character driven than most zombie apocalypse books, in that you have less zombie interaction and more person to person situations. The zombie stuff is always present, so that fans of the zombie fiction genre won't be disappointed, it's just not the focus of this series of books and that's what makes The Scattered and the Dead 1.5 stand out. It's clearly all about human nature, and how we react in an impossible and horrible situation that we have very little control over. Maybe that's what makes these stories so interesting, when you take away a human beings control over their own life you get to see what that person is really made of. Are they strong enough to withstand the situation, or are they weak and mentally fragile? These books are quite different, and definately worth a read. Authors Tim McBain and L.T. Vargus have given us a genuinely unique look into the zombie apocalypse, and I truly enjoyed reading each of these books. I really am looking forward to the next one, The Scattered and the Dead 2.0 even though there is no release date as of yet. You guys really have me hooked, two thumbs up for a great read and PLEASE hurry up with the next book!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Therapy for Writers Yields Profit and Entertainment 27 May 2016
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There's no sense in trying to be delicate any more, L.T. Vargus and Tim McBain have obviously figured out that what they journal for their psychologists is a money maker! If I'm wrong they are just talented authors and I loathe to accept that view!
I have read the other works in this series, but it's not required. These are stories you can enjoy no matter where you begin. I have been entertained by every title this pair has authored, and do so hope they find a lifetime of writing ahead.
This novella is taunt, suspenseful, and gripping; most will read it in one sitting.
I must address the dead elephant in the room at this point; for a book about the undead there really aren't many of those in the pages! The drama is all derived from the very much alive denizens of these pages who share their experiences with us all. The subjects are deeper than defending oneself against an undead attacker, and they are subjects that most of us have pondered at one time or another. This lands a credence to the character's voice. It's as if you can imagine a conversation between yourself and the authors, after enjoying a pizza and many libations, late at night. Most of these begin with "have you ever wondered?".
Well, that's a ridiculous analogy, really because L.T. would never willingly give up pizza. That's why I suspect the authors write the journals for their treatment, then edit them into literature!
The depth of thought and reasoning is very cerebral and can cause the readers to question their own sanity if dwelled upon for too long.
I loved this entry, and am left wanting more. I have only one question; who the hell eats lentil soup?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Now is the winter of our apocalypse... 27 May 2016
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Like the Scattered and the Dead 0.5, I read 1.5 in one sitting because I couldn't stop. I had to see what would happen. The authors know how to write a story that won't let you go. I'm still thinking about everything that went down, turning over how it could all too easily become reality for mankind—just add apocalypse.

The creepiest parts of this story was the isolated characters' slow slide into dark superstitions. Weird little ideas that might have been easily dismissed Before with the distractions of technology start to take on a life of their own After, where there's nothing but cold and dark and time to think. Suspicions grow and twist into obsessions, and those morph into horrific actions. It was inevitable and awful, and McBain and Vargus never give the reader a chance to look away. The writing is stark, almost painfully clear, and serves to reinforce that this new world is a one without the same brand of hope as the old world, even as one of the characters is offered a fresh start.

The Scattered and the Dead 1.5 is also a volume of Postcards from an Empty World, the collections Baghead has become famous (or infamous) for publishing, and it offers us clues as to why Father wants Baghead dead. When viewed from that angle, it's not just an awesome read, it's an awesome piece of world-building metafiction. Unlike other works of metafiction, though, it isn't alienating or sarcastic. As the reader, you're both completely enmeshed in the characters' accounts and aware of the stories stretching across the Scattered and the Dead series. It's brilliant.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cabin Fever 22 July 2016
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The Scattered and The Dead Book 1.5 is the third book in the series by Tim McBain and LT Vargus. Continuing the story of the survivors of a series of apocalyptic events that wiped out over 99% of the population, this installment focuses mainly on a handful of survivors as they brave the first winter after the mass extinction events took place.

Ex- Televangelist Ray and Lorraine’s story continues in the form of letters written to each other while Ray is out attempting to locate and recruit survivors to their compound. There is also a “pre cataclysmic event” storyline set in Hialeah, Florida which focuses on nurse Marissa and her 8 year old son Tony (possibly the proverbial patient zero in this series) , who has fallen deathly ill and her rush to get him to the hospital before it’s too late.
The bulk of this book centers around Fiona and Doyle who are living in separate cabins in a remote area of West Virginia. With Autumn turning to Winter, Doyle, a widower who lives nearby, brings Fiona wood and other items to help the younger woman make it through the harsh winter months. As the days turn to weeks, a madness sets in that may quite possibly be the demise of the pair.

This was definitely a quick read but it was packed with action. With the focus centering mainly on Fiona and Doyle, I almost found the other story-lines being interspersed as a distraction, but not really because they served to break the tension and build suspense for what was definitely the main story-line. The desolation of being trapped in a cabin in the woods, snowed in with no one else to talk to or no other distractions from the events of the day can quite possibly serve to have a detrimental effect on a person. Fiona’s story illustrates that beautifully. Also with the interspersing of Ray and Lorraine into the mix there is an opening for this story to continue… and continue I am sure it will. It will be interesting to see how Fiona adapts in her new situation going forward after the events of her winter in exile.
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously mad and wonderful!!! 29 May 2016
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This novella is a sidebar from the main The Scattered and Dead Series, however it can just as easily be read as a stand alone or before beginning the rest of the series (which I highly recommend you do) as the story timeline is fluid. In these novellas, the authors give us glimpses into the lives of characters through the "scattered" letters/journals they have left behind. The post-apocalyptic world these characters inhabit isn't like any I have immersed myself into before and it has taken me awhile to understand what makes it so different and so much muchier than the others. Normally in these post-apocalyptic fictional worlds there is a ton of being chased, running, and killing; horrifying zombies and otherworldly terrors; characters who are obviously good and characters who are obviously bad; and the underlying feeling that this world isn't ours, this is JUST a story, no matter how great. That is not the case with the world of The Scattered and The Dead. The authors haven't built a NEW world...they have just moved the one we live in a few paces to the left. The characters are just like people in the real world, they aren't either angels or demons, but somewhere in between. The biggest horrors are not flesh eating zombies, (although they are there), but normal everyday people faced with overwhelming circumstances and life altering choices. A woman who's left completely isolated in the ever deepening snow and bitter cold with nothing but a "helpful" male neighbor and her own nagging religious theories and increasing paranoia, or is it paranoia?... A nurse who spends her life helping others at a local hospital, now seeing that hospital from a different view, and faced with the possibility that she may not be able to help own child, or even herself... The thing that makes this world resonate so strongly with the reader is that these characters could easily be us and the true horror comes when we realize that if faced with the same circumstances, the choices they make could be our own. McBain and Vargus are geniuses at picking our brains for those dark thoughts we try to keep hidden even from ourselves and bringing them to life in their characters, making us face what we fear most. This realism is what makes The Scattered and The Dead stand apart from all the other post-apocalyptic zombie thrillers. I highly recommend this novella and I guarantee once you read it you'll be adding the entire series to your collection!