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The Scattered and the Dead (Book 1): Post Apocalyptic Fiction by [McBain, Tim, Vargus, L.T.]
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Over 600 pages of post-apocalyptic survival.

With 99.7% of the Earth's population dead and gone, the few who remain struggle to survive in an empty world. The scattered. The leftovers. These are their stories.

Meet Mitch, a father infected with the zombie virus. He knows he has 24 hours until he turns. Maybe a little more if he's lucky. He's been a half-assed father. Checked out. Distracted. Can he find a path to redemption in his final hours? Can he make sure his kids are taken care of before time runs out?

Meet Travis, a 23 year old wimp who ran away as his parents were murdered by raiders. Now he surrounds himself with towers of scavenged booze and prescription pills. He only wants to numb the pain. Then he comes upon the men who killed his family. Now he has a choice.

Meet Erin, a 16 year old girl taking care of an 8 year old orphan. Six months ago she was worried about prom. Now she worries about zombies and raiders and feeding a little girl.

Meet Teddy. Meet Baghead and Delfino. Meet Rex and Ray and Lorraine. Meet the utterly lost who look for meaning in humanity's fading glow.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 634 pages
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  • Publisher: Smarmy Press (30 March 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,714 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I wasn't quite sure what to make of this book, but went back to read some of if again, just not at all what I was expecting. It is well written and I care about some characters more than others. Will I read the next book - absolutely.
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This is the start of brand new series by brilliant writing team, LT Vargus and Tim McBain. Coming in at 700 pages, this tome dives into a mid-post apocalyptic world full of great characters, with some truly disturbing situations developing...What would you do in the new world? Would you give into your baser instincts? Would you take it upon yourself to protect the weak or the young? How would you prepare your kids for a mad land without you in it? These are just some of the ideas explored in that easy to read, gripping prose we have come to expect from this amazing authors. If you are over the standard apocalyptic novel that has become so prominent and more to the point tired of the past few years, strap in for a fresh new look at this stalwart genre!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The apocalypse has many faces 27 April 2016
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The Scattered and the Dead is a brilliantly written take on what can only be described as several apocalyptic events occurring simultaneously to wipe out over 99% of the Earth’s population. The story lines and timelines, ranging anywhere from the virus’s initial inception 68 days before to roughly 9 years after, follow what appear to be a random series of survivors as they navigate the current state of the world. The action seems to be centered mostly in center of the US, which leaves the reader to wonder about the state of the country as a whole or the entire world for that matter. From Mitch, a family man only trying to find a safe place in a world gone mad for his two sons, to a mysterious shrouded character known to us only as “Baghead”, the stories while seemingly appearing unrelated weave together to tell a chilling tale.

While a few of the storylines come crashing together as part of the chilling conclusion, many are left in limbo. I am interested to see how the other stories weave into this overall landscape of the post-apocalyptic world according to McBain and Vargus
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Writing Geek's Perspective 11 September 2016
By neil lepley - Published on
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So I bought this on kindle based on the hook that it was comparable to The Stand. A pretty heady claim! I kicked the tires on the preview here on Amazon and I really liked the writers' style; vignettes that don't drag on indefinitely, chronicling several survivors of a plague that knocks out 99.7% of the world's population.
That's about where the Stand comparison ends.
I'm not knocking it. I'm a huge fan of the entire (post)apocalyptic genre. In fact i devoured all three books in this series in 3 days. Frustratingly this is the only story told in the classic third person observer style. Book .5 and 1.5 are in the form of letter correspondence and journals which was frustrating for me because that style has almost no outlet for story closure. So I only really enjoyed Book 1. I've read some grumpy reviews griping about the lack of action in the storylines. McBain and Vigus focus a great deal on character development and the emotional traumas of living through an apocalypse much more so than the frenetic, gratuitous hyper anxious pace of some of their contemporaries. I particularly fell in love with Erin and Izzy and was very disappointed to not see them in Book 1.5. I enjoyed Travis's arc immensely and found his story true to who he was internally. Mitch dragged on forever however until I found myself skimming pages to get through his incessant internal half-assed blather. I enjoyed the authors rich descriptiveness but started to get yanked out of my suspension of disbelief by their repeated uses of sweat, greasy skin, deltoids, pulse and lip fixations. It became a pattern to distraction. I came to enjoy Decker in .5 and even though Fiona's madness was annoying, I understood it. I also enjoyed the vague Misfits reference as two character storylines overlapped for a minute at Chuck-E-Cheese. (I always called Glen Danzig "Punk Rock Elvis"). I really hope the writers fix the descriptive repetition ticks in Book 2.0 (There WILL be a 2.0... RIGHT??!) and flow back to the third person style, picking up on Erin, Izzy, Bags, Ray, Rabid Girl, Decker and Marissa.
I'll be keeping an eye out for that 4th installment. Take your time with that one guys. 1 showed some passion. .5 and 1.5 seemed like married sex - dutiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars so glad that I did 21 May 2016
By Queen_of_Chaos - Published on
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I don't ordinarily write reviews though I am an avid reader. After repeatedly seeing this book in an ad on my Facebook feed, and being a huge fan of The Stand, I decided to give it a chance and I am so, so glad that I did. It is cliché, I know, but I just couldn't put it down. I couldn't stop reading. In fact, even with four kids and requiring at least some sleep, I plowed through this wonderful surprise in less than a day; only pausing, now, before downloading the next book to write this review. The story unfolds following a variety of vivid characters, who feel real if not all entirely likeable (as it should be, a lot of people really aren't entirely likable) who all exist in different locations and times both before, during and after the world goes to Hell. It is a heart pounding, nightmare inducing read that is also sad and nostalgic, poignant and even endearing. Enough of this, I must go read! Get the book, you won't be sorry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and fast-paced, with vivid imagery. 3 April 2016
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Wow, this book was incredible. I've been a fan of McBain/Vargus for some time and this is their best effort yet.

This is a "zombie apocalypse" story, but that's just the setting. The book is not just a mindless action/adventure story; it is a gritty story that follows multiple people after the world essentially ends. In some ways it reminded me of Stephen King's classic, "The Stand," in that it focuses more on the characters and what they feel and experience, rather than focusing on the catastrophe itself.

I think it's especially worth noting that the authors do a fantastic job of mentally "showing" you the scene. As I read the book, I literally felt like I was THERE, because the imagery was so vivid. I could almost literally smell that "old car" smell of the 1973 Oldsmobile, that smelt like "...a blend of must and stale smoke and the faintest hint of old Werther's Originals," and I could imagine myself standing and looking out over "...the endless fields of dead grass" that had been "...crisped in the sun like chow mein noodles."

All in all, the story was riveting and hard to put down, and I am eager to see where the story goes next!
5.0 out of 5 stars Post Apocalyptic Zombie Saga 8 May 2017
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The Scattered and the Dead (Book 1): Post Apocalyptic Fiction by Tim McBain and L.T. Vargus is a 634-pages-long post apocalyptic saga that warms your heart, chills your bones, makes your skin crawl and stomach churn.

Post apocalyptic might not be the totally-one-hundred-percent-and-absolutely right word, though, because the apocalypse happened, is happening and is going to happen, depending which story we read, which characters we follow, centered around the massive and ultimate doom of mankind.

What I love about McBain’s and Vargus’ writing is the poetry of transformation of the characters, events and their environment. “Action scenes” at the eve of destruction are nothing like low-rated action movies or books. Mitch, Erin, Travis, Baghead and others are not just scattered temporary survivors trying to outlive the infected teeth and stale breath of the new zombie era. Some of them touch us, some of them make us laugh, others annoy us as it should be in the real world. And that's how it is in their real world.

Although The Scattered and the Dead (Book 1) is a lengthy book, at times slow with not much going on, it keeps pulling you further and deeper into, simply demanding from a reader to cross the finish line. Except, there is no finish line.

Unavoidably, we part with some humans and humans-turned-zombies along the way into the uncertain future of the American Zombieland. However, some of them keep going, marching through the green, shabby or dead grass, driving through once crammed and then empty roads, scavenging or hiding in abandoned houses populated with occasional decaying or dried up bodies, or just leaving the nuked cities behind. Scattered but not yet dead.

Bernard Jan