Apocalypse Atlanta

We’ve all seen it on the news every year. A hurricane, a tornado, a tsunami, a flood. A BAD thing happens, and all hell breaks loose.  Some people are caught in the chaos, others are victims, some run, others wait for help, most sit at home watching for everything to be fixed for them, and a few dive in to do whatever they can.

The thing about a zombie apocalypse is whether or not you’re in that initial wave of people who get hungry and start snacking. And where you are as few turn to many. As we all know, when it’s zombies, soon many turns to most. And it’s over when most become all.

Apocalypse Atlanta follows three people as the zombies start eating and bring the world down around them a bite at a time.

One is a retired Marine. The second is a widowed single mother. And the third is a biker.

Are there right or wrong answers when zombies are involved? Do things like morality and decency matter? Is it better to be alive to feel guilty, or dead an honorable? Who decides who’s right or wrong when a single mistake can make you dinner for a ravenous horde of the undead?

What are readers saying about Apocalypse Atlanta?

… the more I read the more I began to like the characters and storyline …

… interesting to have the three main characters in different story lines within the same city …

… the characters tend to grow on you after awhile …

Do you like zombies, but get a little frustrated or disappointed when the zombie story skips past the normal-to-zombie transition and jumps right into “-and now the zombies are eating people” part?  So was I, and it was the biggest motivator for me when I was writing Apocalypse Atlanta.

For example, the World War Z movie; the first twenty or so minutes, basically everything up to the helicopter taking them off the roof, I was really into.  The rest of the movie more or less fell flat for me as it became a globe trotting thriller story.  But those bits in the beginning, – where they’re running and wondering what’s going on, where they’re scrambling to find medicine and food, when they’re lost in the mad chaos of an entire city full of people just like them; no one knowing what in the hell is happening and all reacting differently – that part I really liked.  Who noticed what the cop was in the supermarket to get when he didn’t care, in the slightest, that Brad Pitt had just shot someone?  Baby formula; that cop was just a guy trying to keep himself and his family alive.

That’s what readers are telling me I managed to accomplish with Apocalypse Atlanta.  The story starts on just another Friday morning, and by Saturday night ‘normal’ is a distant memory.  But that thirty-six hour period isn’t skipped or condensed; it is the story.  We follow three different characters who each deal with the transition from their usual routines into ‘Ack, Zombies!’ in their own way.  There’s an unhealthy amount of zombie chewing and bloody gore, but it’s dressing for how people are dealing with what’s happening.

If you’re a reader, and you look forward to The Walking Dead, you very well might enjoy Apocalypse Atlanta.  Follow the link to read a sample.  And remember, Kindle Unlimited members can borrow it for free with their subscription.