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Omega Days (Omega Days #1) (urspr publ 2013; utgåvan 2013)

av John L. Campbell

Serier: Omega Days (Book 1)

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" When the end came, it came quickly. No one knew where or exactly when the Omega Virus started, but soon it was everywhere. And when the ones spreading it can't die, no one stands a chance of surviving. San Francisco, California. Father Xavier Church has spent his life ministering to unfortunate souls, but he has never witnessed horror like this. After he forsakes his vows in the most heartrending of ways, he watches helplessly as a zombie nun takes a bite out of a fellow priest's face; University of California, Berkeley. Skye Dennison is moving into her college dorm for the first time, simultaneously excited to be leaving the nest and terrified to be on her own. When her mother and father are eaten alive in front of her, she realizes the terror has just begun; Alameda, California. Angie West made millions off her family's reality gun show on the History Channel. But after she is cornered by the swarming undead, her knowledge of heavy artillery is called into play like never before; Within weeks, the world is overrun by the walking dead. Only the quick and the smart, the strong and the determined, will survive-for now. "--… (mer)
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I had fun with this zombie book! I saw this book featured at Chuckles Book Cave by my blogger friend, Chuckles, and decided that I would give it a try after finding out that my local library had a copy. I ended up reading the entire book in a single day so I guess you could say that I enjoyed it. It was really one of those books that was hard to put to put down. I am so glad I decided to give this book a try.

This was one of those books that tell a story through a lot of different stories. The book starts right as the zombie outbreak starts and nobody is quite sure what exactly is going on. We meet Skye, a college student, as she is moving into her college dorm with her family's help. Father Xavier Church has an unfortunate event occur that leaves him questioning so many things before the world completely changed. Angie is out filming her reality TV show with her uncle and crew and find that just getting home with the changes in the world will be a challenge. We also meet a Russian pilot, a couple of escaped convicts, a writer, and other assorted characters.

I liked getting all of these different perspectives. Each character had a different situation as that outbreak started and it was very eye-opening to learn how these very different characters dealt with such an impossible situation. Of course, all of the characters that lead these stories are strong characters who are smart, resilient and handle themselves well. Not everyone they come in contact can say those things and often things will end badly for them.

I thought that this story was exciting. There are some pretty intense situations and living conditions for all of the characters are quite harsh. I was happy to see a lot of zombie action in the book and even more happy that a lot of that action is rather brutal. What can I say, I like a bloody book. All of the different threads in the story did start coming together as the book progressed and I am quite excited to see where things will go in the next installment.

I would recommend this book to fans of zombie stories. I thought that this was a well-written story that proved to be quite the page-turner. I look forward to reading more of this exciting series soon. ( )
  Carolesrandomlife | Jan 23, 2019 |
I don't use star ratings, so please read my review!

(Description nicked from B&N.com.)

“San Francisco, California. Father Xavier Church has spent his life ministering to unfortunate souls, but he has never witnessed horror like this. After he forsakes his vows in the most heartrending of ways, he watches helplessly as a zombie nun takes a bite out of a fellow priest’s face.

University of California, Berkeley. Skye Dennison is moving into her college dorm for the first time, simultaneously excited to be leaving the nest and terrified to be on her own. When her mother and father are eaten alive in front of her, she realizes the terror has just begun.

Alameda, California. Angie West made millions off her family’s reality gun show on the History Channel. But after she is cornered by the swarming undead, her knowledge of heavy artillery is called into play like never before.

Within weeks, the world is overrun by the walking dead. Only the quick and the smart, the strong and the determined, will survive—for now.”

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  shelfreflection | Jul 16, 2014 |
Omega Days
Author: John L. Campbell
Publisher: Berkley Books
Published In: New York, NY, USA
Date: 2013
Pgs: 360

REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Summary:
The Omega Virus is spreading. The infected are here. A priest forsaking his vows, a orphaned college coed, and the scion of a reality gun show franchise find themselves in the middle of the swarming undead. The end is here. But the dead are rising. The end of the world has arrived, the Omega Days. The quick, the strong, the determined...maybe they’ll survive...maybe not.

Genre:
Adventure
Apocalypse
Disaster
End of the World
Fiction
Horror
Science fiction
Survivalist
Urban fantasy
Zombies

Why this book:
Zombies. I’m a sucker for zombies.

This Story is About:
courage, survival, sadness, family, treachery, nobility

Favorite Character:
Father Xavier. Ex-Marine. Failed priest. Lost soul. Great character.

Least Favorite Character:
Brother Peter, televangelist, former Airman in the United States Air Force, missile technician who before his evangelical career was honorably discharged from the Air Force only because the higher ups didn’t want the reasons he was mustered out to turn into a media circus. A missile technician who believed that his was a holy mission to safeguard America’s ability to bring God’s fire unto his enemies. Put all those factors together and I don’t just actively dislike this character, I can safely say I hate this dude. I hope that the survivors who make up his flock kill him before the zombies get a chance to.

Character I Most Identified With:
I loved Hank Lyons, saving himself and his Jack Russell Terrier. All the way up until he couldn’t go any further and they were trapped...and nature took its course. This was difficult for me to read. Very well done. But, way, way difficult.

The Feel:
Run for your lives. Perfect feel for a zombie novel.

Favorite Scene:
The firestation bolthole in a zombie apocalypse is one of the best ideas I’ve seen in this kind of fiction ever.

The gringos were not their people. Great scene.

The Jack Russell Terrier scene is sad. Great. But sad.

Pacing:
The pace is awesome. This book is a page flipper. You don’t want to put it down.

Plot Holes/Out of Character:

Hmm Moments:
The awakening you can see coming for Carney, the con escapee from San Quentin. Course, he could just be a scumbag criminal who never sees the path to redemption even in a world that is remaking itself in a burgeoning apocalypse.

If you don’t trust someone in the zombie apocalypse, three things may happen; either you’re going to abandon them, you’re going to kill them, or they are going to kill you. We were supposed to see TC and Maxie coming. Bud saw Maxie coming and let the better angels of his judgement get in his way. And he reaped what he sowed. It’s the letting a viper close to your heart. And I hate it when it comes up, especially in a great story. There’s enough tragedy here without adding human tragedy and treachery. But humanity being what it is, there would be a metric crap ton of human treachery to go round.

Why isn’t there a screenplay?

Casting call:
Dwayne Johnson as Father Xavier...or Carney for that matter. Both roles would be something he could, pardon the context, eat up. Or Danny Trejo as Father Xavier.

Steve Buscemi as Maxie. He can play sleaze. Maxie is pure sleaze.

Ted Danson as Alden. He can do quiet determination and pain. He could project the depth of this character well. Or as Calvin. Could see him as a hippie commune, big family leader. Could see Will Patton in either of these roles as well.

Last Page Sound:
I’m worried. I’m almost at the end of the book and there are still a lot of irons in the fire.

Well crap. It ends...but it doesn’t end.

Still wish I could give it 6 stars.

Too many moving parts with no resolution.

Author Assessment:
This book reminds me a lot of World War Z. I loved that. I love this. Good stuff.

Editorial Assessment:
Well done.

Knee Jerk Reaction:
instant classic

Disposition of Book:
Library

Would recommend to:
friends, family, colleagues, everyone, genre fans ( )
  texascheeseman | Jun 28, 2014 |
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle:
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

Omega Days is the first novel of the OMEGA DAYS series by John L. Cambell and it was a thoroughly enjoyable read!

Very much like The Walking Dead on paper, it follows the tale of several groups in the wake of the Omega Virus outbreak & the utter & complete Zombiepocalypse that ensues.

It was well written, and while I noticed that several reviewers didn't enjoy the different groups chronicled throughout, it felt real to me. If an outbreak is pandemic, it's unrealistic to follow just a single group. And as they merged, in unexpected ways, it was interesting to follow.

Speaking of the characters, they had depth and were relatable, and I really liked that there wasn't a set stereotype throughout. The main threads were all diverse and allowed for the introduction of plenty of human psyche drama throughout, not just the obvious underlying tale of trying to survive. I could see each and every scenario happening in real life should something of this magnitude ever come to pass.

This is one of those books - like a good, cheesy, classic horror movie - that will have you yelling at the characters out loud "don't do it" and using OMG like a mantra. :)

And while I loved the book, I loathed the ending; though thankfully, I saw that there's a second book (Ship of the Dead) coming in October.

Bottom line, if you like your zombie fiction, gritty, dirty, and chock full of not only zombie action but the utter horrors of human nature, this is a good book for you. ( )
  LITERALADDICTION | Jun 16, 2014 |
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" When the end came, it came quickly. No one knew where or exactly when the Omega Virus started, but soon it was everywhere. And when the ones spreading it can't die, no one stands a chance of surviving. San Francisco, California. Father Xavier Church has spent his life ministering to unfortunate souls, but he has never witnessed horror like this. After he forsakes his vows in the most heartrending of ways, he watches helplessly as a zombie nun takes a bite out of a fellow priest's face; University of California, Berkeley. Skye Dennison is moving into her college dorm for the first time, simultaneously excited to be leaving the nest and terrified to be on her own. When her mother and father are eaten alive in front of her, she realizes the terror has just begun; Alameda, California. Angie West made millions off her family's reality gun show on the History Channel. But after she is cornered by the swarming undead, her knowledge of heavy artillery is called into play like never before; Within weeks, the world is overrun by the walking dead. Only the quick and the smart, the strong and the determined, will survive-for now. "--

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