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When civilization ends - When hundreds of millions of the dead return to eat the living - How will the remaining humans survive? One week ago there were over 300 million people living in America. Today there are less than 5000. After a man-made plague destroys the population cities burn, and the government crumbles when the dead come back to life as flesh-hungry zombies. WWhen civilization ends - When hundreds of millions of the dead return to eat the living - How will the remaining humans survive? One week ago there were over 300 million people living in America. Today there are less than 5000. After a man-made plague destroys the population cities burn, and the government crumbles when the dead come back to life as flesh-hungry zombies. Wim, a 30-year-old farmer, purposely kept himself cut off from other people, but when the undead arrive at his farm, intent on eating him, he's forced to venture out into the land around him and fight to save a world on which he long ago turned his back. Survivors from all walks of life - criminals and fry cooks, teenagers and soldiers - battle to survive zombies and each other as mankind races toward extinction. Book 1 in the epic "Life of Dead" zombie apocalypse saga....

Title : Hell on Earth
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ISBN : 9781539413172
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 248 Pages
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Hell on Earth Reviews

  • G.L. Cromarty
    2018-10-24 02:13

    This is a tough book to rate. The writing style flows nicely and the writer has an impressive ability to make me care about the characters in an incredibly short time. And even the characters who are not so likeable still intrigue you when you read. So, why is it only 3 stars...When I came into the book I was expecting a lot of characters. I like a lot of characters so even the comments saying there were 'really' a lot of characters, did not put me off. What I didn't expect was 16 chapters of individual characters before we circle back to our first. I think it was around chapter 12 or 13 where I reached my limit on new people. I cared about them, I wanted to find out what would happen next...I felt exhausted after emotionally committing to so many people I either liked or were curious about in a morbid sort of way. That said the book did pick up once we did circle back. By then I was just juggling too many characters in my head.The book has a great rating so clearly a lot of folks are happy the diverse character set and new introductions. It just didn't work for me. Amazing characters...I just wish there were a few less.

  • richard lane
    2018-10-25 22:58

    Awesome storyI enjoyed this book so much I finished the book in just over a day. There is a huge cast of characters which helped keep thing interesting. If you like zombies I think you'll enjoy this book. On to book 2!

  • Brian Switzer
    2018-10-30 22:11

    A Promising and Enjoyable StartHell on Earth, book one of newcomer Tony Urban's Life of the Dead series, is a short, fast-paced read and a hella good book for a first-time author. Hell on Earth follows an enormous cast of characters from the first day of a zompoc outbreak to about a week after the first regeneration. Urban drops the reader right in the action instead of giving them a stilted scene in a lab or alongside a group of terrorists in an unnamed Muslim country with a bad explanation of the pseudo-science that begat the virus- which is my preferred method of starting a tale in this particular genre. His physical descriptions of the zombies is top-notch and he does a nice job of relaying little details that tell the reader what the dead were in life. There are little old lady zombies in house coats, cop zombies, soldier zombies, parent zombies, child zombies, teacher zombies, an entire family of farmer zombies and a host of others. His dead regenerate with horrific injuries that sometimes make the reader wince. Speaking of horrific injuries- Hell on Earth gets the gore just right. It's there- there are plenty of exploding heads, gallons of running blood, and scores of throats getting ripped open (maybe too many ripped open throats, really; after awhile the reader gets the feeling that the dead in Hell on Earth are programmed to instinctively go for the throat). In one riveting passage a man cuts off his own hand and then cauterizes the wound. But you never get the feeling that you're reading a novel written for the sake of the gore. It's a result, not a feature. Hell on Earth's prose crackles and pops, and rarely gets bogged down. The two main characters are nicely rounded, especially poor Win. Your heart breaks for him as he goes about putting down his only friends, the animals on his farm. Two strikes keep Hell on Earth from being a five-star book. The first is when Urban makes the classic first-time-author-with-a-novel-that-never-saw-a-competent-editor mistake and gives us too many characters to keep track of. WAY too many. Much time is spent going back and re- reading previous passages to figure out who a particular player is. He would have been better served to eliminate some of the extraneous characters and their storylines, and focused more on Win and Ramey. The second complaint is about the plot- there isn't one. The narrative in Hell on Earth reads more like a news account than a novel- this happened to that lady and that happened to this man, and so on, until you're at the end of the book. At one point Ramey decides to find the father who walked out on her younger self, and at the end of the book Win makes a monumental decision that affects his story line. Other than that, though, none of the characters have arcs beyond surviving the week and not getting bit is the only thing they are striving for. But those are quibbles. Overall, Hell on Earth is a fun, raucous ride through the zombie apocalypse and book two of The Life of the Dead series is near the top of my queue.

  • Lori
    2018-10-19 22:55

    I was looking forward to this book and was not disappointed at all. I really enjoyed it. The combination of the story and the narrator pulled me in immediately and held my attention until the last sentence. While this is not an original story or concept it's an entertaining, engaging, very enjoyable and good solid start to a series. The story is told through several different character POV's that eventually merge. Even though it switch's between the different characters and story-lines setting up the overall story I had no problem following each one. It was done at the right time and I didn't feel lost when it switched back and forth. That being said, I don't think all the characters were necessary and would have liked to have had more of the story revolve around Wim and what he was dealing with. You create this interesting good guy character that is immediately likable and everyone is rooting for but leave everyone hanging waiting to get back to his story. Now that Wim and Reamy (?) have connected the story will hopefully settle a bit and follow them for the most part. Not all of the characters introduced survive this first book but they each add something to the story. You may never look at someone with a common cold the same way again. Who would think a case of the sniffles would herald the beginning of the end for the world.As soon as I was done with this one I looked to see if the next installment was available. Unfortunately it wasn't. Really looking forward to the next installment. This is the first time I have listened to a book narrated by Eric Bryan Moore or so I thought. Imagine my surprise when I started this book, I don't care what name you go by that voice is unmistakable! I knew immediately who this narrator was. It was a pleasant surprise. I have listened to and enjoyed many other books that he has narrated. Great voice. Easy to listen to for long periods of time and perfect for this story. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Great character voices. He was able to bring the characters and story to life through his narration. Very enjoyable.I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.

  • Heather
    2018-11-15 22:08

    In the first book of this zombie outbreak series, the world ends not with a bang, but with a flutter of hands. With one wave, a doctor releases a man made virus into the air and dooms the entire world. The book begins with a solitary farmer named Wim, trapped in a freezer with a half dozen zombies surrounding him. Then it flashes back to the week prior, before the zombie outbreak. Slowly we meet eleven other survivors and learn their backstories as the people they love, or hate, all begin to die around them. Each survivor deals with their new reality in a different way, and we join them as the world descends into madness.While Wim gets more chapters than the other survivors, the story doesn't focus on him but flashes between them all. Don't get too attached to anyone, with such a large cast of characters, we're bound to lose a few. The first 2 hours are spent introducing new characters with detailed backstories, and the only sign of zombies is that everyone has the sniffles. A few hours in, the introductions are over and we dive right into the gory action. Each separate encounter begins to reveal more glimpses of what is happening around the US.This book was intense. With two different types of zombies we get both the ominous slow approach of the reanimated undead and the frantic rush of the bitten. Between the vivid imagery and the gory details, I had to take a break during the second half just to get my lunch down. It was awesome!The narrator was the perfect choice for this book. Moore's low tone and accents were so well done, they fit in perfectly with the story. His pace made the action even more suspenseful. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy by the narrator, and I'd definitely check out other audiobooks he's narrated.This is the kind of book that makes you examine what you're capable of. Hours after I finished it I sat thinking about what my own reaction would be. Would I be the selfish boy shoving other people into zombie hands to save my own skin? The soldier crying as he watches the world burn? The moral man hunting neighbors down one by one to end their eternal torment? I eyed my boyfriend, wondering what I'd do if he started to sniffle. The poor guy doesn't know what he's in for.

  • Marinda
    2018-10-24 18:08

    i was given a free copy of this book by the author and chose to leave a review. This is an awesome start to what I know will be a great series. The summer super flu had hit and people are dying,they're just not staying dead. Zombies are walking the earth, there's just a handful of survivors scattered around the northeast and these are their stories.Wim, a thirty something farmer who's basically been a hermit since his parents died years ago. Ramey, eighteen and daughter of a drug addict mom looking for her father. Mitch, a spoiled rotten rich kid and son of a U.S. Senator.Solomon, a transplant from England, husband to a cheating wife and a real bastard. Aben, a drifter who finds himself handcuffed to a toilet in a podunk town sheriff office when the end of the world hits. Jorge and Gwen two of the remaining soldiers in Philadelphia. Grady, a religious zelot with a 10 year old autistic son Josiah. 39 year old Mina, who had to kill her abusive father Vernon when he died and came back. Juli, a chain smoking wife and mother to twins who has a HSN shopping adiction. Bundy, a mountain of a man who collects guns like some people collect shoes, who was in prison for trying to buy an illegal gun when the shit hit the fan. Emory 78 who is rich and lives in the ritzy part of town. And 29 year old Mead, a slacker with big dreams but little ambition.You get a little peek into each of their lives before the outbreak and follow them through the first days after. It's fast paced and so well written it kept me reading well past when I should of been in bed. If you're into the zombie genre, grab this , you won't be disappointed. I know I wasn't, I've already bought book 2 and can't wait to dive into the amazing world Tony Urban has created.

  • Candy Robosky
    2018-11-04 20:56

    While the first part of this novel was a little confusing, I am very glad I continued reading as it truly improved and I found myself not wanting to put the story away. Urban does a great job of getting the reader interested in 12 seemingly unconnected characters (other than all surviving a zombie Apocalypse). I was anxious to see just how these characters would come together. I'm still intrigued as to how each of these characters will find the others. As any good writer does, Urban has not made all of his characters loveable or even likeable. I will not give away who the characters are that I was actually rooting for the zombies to catch but there are a few. There is even a couple of characters that I still do not fully understand enough about yet to know if I hope they make it or bite it. I am excited to read the other 2 books in this series.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  • Doll Eyes
    2018-10-22 01:09

    The book was a really creepy zombie book and the fight scenes are greatly described. The book was really interesting concept but it seemed more like a generic zombie story that is flying off the likes and popularity of The Walking Dead. I wish it featured a new spin or detail to the way the virus spreads, zombies change, the way the look or act.. anything new to the subject. I also lost a little more interest after multiple characters were introduced. I cared for some and didn't for others. The overall environment after the outbreak was described like zombie hoards on the likes of Dead Rising or Left 4 Dead. I'd wish it had been changed up some to reflect different environments or different types of zombies.

  • Josh
    2018-11-01 22:20

    The zombie apocalypse has come - the world is falling down as normal people are just turning into zombies... or being bit by the new zombies. The book was well written - it was a fast read but good. The story followed a bunch of people - most of who seemed to not make it through the book. It would have been nice to know the absolute fates of some of them, but it could be inferred pretty easily. The book overall reminded me of the start of The Walking Dead.PS - both fast and slow zombies are in here.*I got this book through GoodRead's Giveaways - an excellent source of interesting books!

  • PJ Lea
    2018-10-20 17:52

    Hell is here.As a first book from an author it's hard to know what to expect but this blew me away.The characters are all well rounded, knowing who they were before it all went down the pan helped for sure. Wim is definitely my favourite as he is so down to earth and pragmatic.An exciting story, never knowing who will die or how they will escape (no spoiler but one is a major 'Eeewwww!!' moment.) It captures the imagination and holds you in its grip.I'm happy that I was recommended this book.

  • Allison Mccarty
    2018-10-24 19:05

    Good book all the way through...I picked this one up as it's the only genre I read anymore. I'm a huge fan of Mark Tufo, so in my humble opinion I have pretty high standards for this genre. Well, Urban not only met my standards, he certainly gained a new fan with me. If you're like me and always looking for a good series to start, this one is definitely worth a look. I'm diving right into the second book I finish my review. Great job Mr. Urban. I'll be devouring everything you've penned.

  • Johnny
    2018-11-10 21:02

    Pretty goodNeeds better editing. Overall a decent zombie book.I do have a question though, how come in books like these authors don't think about nuclear meltdowns and such?If everyone is getting sick and dropping like flies, then you have nobody shutting down plants or refineries.These then become giant ticking bombs just waiting for the right thing to fail in order to explode.Just a thought for any author that might read this review.

  • Fleur
    2018-10-26 02:03

    3.5 starThis has the makings of a really good book however I think there were just too many characters added in the first book and due to this it got confusing and you felt a bit lost at times. I like Wim and Ramey and can't wait to see where things go from here in regards to their survival and see how the other 10 character develop and if they intertwine with Wim and Ramey.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  • Robert Chapman
    2018-10-26 00:54

    This is another short first installment of a zombie based series. While I enjoyed the book, the author triggered one of my pet peeves which is to introduce a lot of different characters very quickly. We did see a few of the characters intersect late in the story and I'm sure more will do the same as the series unfolds.In spite of the above problem, I'm still very much interested in the series and will continue with it.

  • Jessica Hellweg
    2018-11-02 17:54

    I like the different perspectives of the zombie apocalypse in this book. It is a quick read, and the book sort of reminds me of the walking dead, or post Walking dead show since all the characters know a zombie when they see one, and how to kill it. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. My only complaint is sometimes its hard to follow what's going on because this book has a lot of characters.

  • John Kirkhoff
    2018-10-31 20:56

    Actual rating: 4.4While the plot of the book was very good. I had a tough time following all the characters stories. The story is composed of about 10 separate characters. While some of them do meet up, and combine their storylines, I much rather would have read at most 4 characters. It was very difficult at times to keep track of who’s doing what, and who’s killing what zombie. With that being said if you don’t mind the many characters you’ll enjoy this book

  • ilookfamous
    2018-11-02 22:14

    Not much happening In fact, this whole book was pretty boring. It jumped from character to character, then back again. None of them are very memorable, and many lasted only long enough to be eaten. I'm not sure about continuing this series; I may give book 2 a try if I run out of other things to read in this genre. That being said, thus far, I can't recommend this book.

  • Diane T.
    2018-10-31 21:20

    Not bad but it seemed to take a long time to get any where. I found the jumping around from character to character annoying. There were so many characters that by the time the story would get back to a character, I had to really think what I had read about them from before.Overall the story shows promise and I will read the next in the series hoping the story moves along at a better pace.

  • RJ
    2018-11-14 01:17

    The tale starts with a doctor releasing a potent virus on the population. Then half a dozen scenarios of different people and how the rapidly spreading virus affected them. This format continued by going back to each scenario updating each with more infection and violence. The story is not bad, but there’s really nothing new here. I can allow three.point.five for the effort.

  • Kelley
    2018-11-13 19:17

    I am broke out and itching. I needed something to take my mind away for a while and I found it. Really great beginning for a story of a zombie outbreak with well developed characters and plot line.

  • Karole Feldmann
    2018-11-09 19:58

    Good zombie series so far. Lots of interesting characters.

  • hIpnoticraQs
    2018-10-27 22:15

    3.5 Start!!Typical zombie apocalypse book. Spent a little too much time on introducing the long list of characters and not enough on action. Will continue reading the series though.

  • Se'Quasha Smith
    2018-10-21 22:50

    This gets 3 and 1/2 stars. I really enjoyed it! The story was creepy, fun, and the characters were memorable.

  • Patrick Nicholson
    2018-11-08 22:15

    I enjoyed this book.

  • ctrothschild
    2018-10-29 00:12

    Good TalesAt first I thought that your way of giving one chapter to each character was crazy but then I caught on to it! Nice work!

  • Shannon Bentley
    2018-10-17 23:03

    Lots of interesting charactersThis is the start of another great series with interesting and well developed characters. Looking forward to the next book

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-01 01:07

    Surprisingly good.

  • Kathy
    2018-10-23 18:20

    Good readWell rounded and believable characters. Takes a bit to get into as you are switching from character to character quite often. Once you get the stride the story flows very well.

  • Lesley Henry
    2018-10-17 22:00

    Nice zombie read. It is slow to integrate the formation of a survivors group but in doing so, the reader is allowed a deeper glimpse into each individual character's psyche for better or worse.

  • Jeanette
    2018-10-23 01:14

    Lots of zombies....My favor genre is apocalyptic, dystopian & of course..zombies. This book was one of the better ones. Seems like a terrorist has left his mark on the country by releasing a biohazard which is extremely toxic and easily spread. We have a mishmash of characters , very well written, with the story of their survival. Lots of action, close calls and thousands of zombies.We have a 500 lb convict who has escaped the prison bus that crashed. We have a farmer who cleans out every zombie in his small town. He's the only survivor. A lot of different people. It's fun to see what direction the author will take his characters. Bring them all together?An enjoyable read, hopefully the next book isn't far away...