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The outbreak devastated entire nations; what little hope would be found here?It has been weeks since the First Wave broke, and a woefully unprepared mankind has steadily lost ground to the tide of infected. Overwhelmed by the sheer number and ferocity of the afflicted, the official response has abandoned its inland posts and collapsed back to the last line of defensible teThe outbreak devastated entire nations; what little hope would be found here?It has been weeks since the First Wave broke, and a woefully unprepared mankind has steadily lost ground to the tide of infected. Overwhelmed by the sheer number and ferocity of the afflicted, the official response has abandoned its inland posts and collapsed back to the last line of defensible terrain. Cut off from rescue and resupply, a desperate pocket of survivors cling to the notion of humanity while faced with a grim decision - is it worth it to be the last survivors of the human race, if you lose your humanity in the process?Thoughtful and tense, The Decline is a gripping, atmospheric exploration of loss, isolation and the bleak realities of survival in a post-apocalyptic world....

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Number of Pages : 344 Pages
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The Decline Reviews

  • Ann Pratley
    2019-04-24 17:39

    Holy shmoly, this was certainly a book to get and keep my heart pumping! The lively use of language and description definitely brought to life the solemness of the situation the characters are in. The blend of their hope combined with their desperation and a sense of doom is incredibly written, making it easy to relate and feel the characters' emotions. It is a book that I found very easy to read in one long sitting - the tempo of the situations presented was one that made it impossible for me to put it down. It is a story that beautifully captures the combination of despair, horror ... and the strength of humanity. I had never before heard of this author but I would definitely read more of his work. This is an excellent storyline and exceptional writing. Fantastic!

  • Wilde Sky
    2019-05-06 17:37

    An infection has decimated the Earth’s population and caused the planet to be overrun by zombies. The few survivors must fight the infected as well as the elements and other un-infected people.The action scenes are very good and the plot moves on at a fast pace. The characters, dialogue and ruthless actions of some of the survivors are all believable. As I read this book I kept thinking of “The Walking Death” as some of the themes are similar – although the story unfolds in a different manner.My overall rating is 4 stars for two main reasons. Firstly I found there were too many characters / too many parallel views / actions so in a couple of places so I had to re-read paragraphs. Secondly the writing could have been tighter.Overall an entertaining read and if you like “living dead action” books this is definitely worth a look.

  • Casey Bartsch
    2019-04-24 23:46

    I decided the other day that I have read far too many zombie novels. Most of them are terrible, but The Decline isn't one of them. I only wish that I had read it earlier, as I think the basic idea of"zombies" is tainted for me.Jessulat takes the Walking Dead approach, and this is not a criticism, nor is it to say that he has copied that plot. I mean that he has taken the road of "people are the real monsters", and it serves the book well. The backstories of the characters are some of the best moments in the book, as is the harsh Canadian climate that acts as a character all it's own.The writing here is fantastic. The action is intense, and the characters are relatively dynamic. I would definitely recommend the book to anyone who hasn't become as zombie jaded as myself. Well done.

  • Rachael Thompson
    2019-05-19 19:56

    love post-apocalyptic tales and although this one had a similar storyline (outbreak leading to infected taking over and a small groups efforts to survive), I found the book took a bit of a different angle than others I have read. What I enjoyed the most was the backstories of all the survivors. The book begins with a small group, bunkered up and the author gives information on how they all got there. Also, interesting pieces of their stories pop up as the story develops further. I have to admit, however, it was a bit hard to remember who was who at first but as I got to know the characters better, I caught on.The book has a good bit of suspense, as the group goes on "runs" and as suspicion builds behind the motives of the leader, Quinn's, motives. There are also interesting dynamics between the characters. The last 50-75 pages are all crazy. I could not put the book down until I finished. Overall, I enjoyed reading this and look forward to future books so I can continue to see where this group goes...

  • C.F. Rabbiosi
    2019-05-06 17:01

    The Decline, with its exceptional detail follows the story of several characters in the unforgiving winter of Canada. They must survive not only a ghastly hoard of infected beings from ripping them to shreds, but also live in fear of starvation, infection, and the threat of their fellow survivors. Though it does have a very familiar plot, every scene that involves his ghouls are chilling and even jaw-dropping at times: "Several of the cars scattered through the parking lot were occupied. The dead contained within, awakened by the commotion pressed their blighted faces against the windows and struck the glass with their fists and feet. In the hush of the late morning air it was almost rhythmic. A morbid chaos announcing their presence."The final chapters are the best as the characters fight to survive an onslaught of the infected within the barracks, and again, incredibly fun and disturbing as they come into close contact with the dead, and utter despair as their worst nightmares become closely felt by the reader.

  • Dustin Martin
    2019-05-23 22:54

    The Decline revolves around the last human colony within the frozen wasteland of a Canadian city as they struggle to survive amidst the zombie apocalypse. However, with supplies scarce, and hope of rescue running on empty, the colony must face more drastic means of retaining control and surviving, or risk succumbing to the zombie hoard that constantly lurks within the city.Right off the bat, I’ll get two things out of the way. I don’t read zombie fiction much, so if you’re wondering if this would be a good zombie book compared to others, you may want to read some additional reviews after this one. Two, yes, this premise sounds similar to The Walking Dead, as others have pointed out. Yet, I would say it differentiates itself in some significant ways. For one, there’s not necessarily a “main” villain. Sure, there is an antagonist, whose ruthless actions drive a handful of characters to desperate measures. But even then, the character is trading their humanity to stave off the inevitable collapse of the colony. And the cold logic of their actions is shown somewhat even-handedly through a couple of other main characters arguing that the circumstances dictate these actions to be necessary for survival.The other way this book differentiates itself is that it’s bleak. This is not the typical zombie apocalypse book where a group of people hold up in some mall/shelter/bunker, ride out the zombie waves, then experience a climatic break-in, where only a handful of decent people survive and escape. Right from the outset, the is bleak, dour, and there will not be a happy ending for anyone. The city and the people are like a terminal patient. You don’t know when their end will come and you can’t help them. The most that you can do is ease their passing. That’s the sensation I got while reading this. There’s not a standard plot here per se. It’s more a look into some people’s lives during an especially trying time that begins and ends with little hope.I do applaud Christopher Jessulat for his writing technique and skill. I did care about most of the characters and they are a varied and believable assortment. There were a couple of predictable moments that felt a little reminiscent of zombie horror, but these are few overall.While this book wasn’t for me, I won’t include my personal taste in the overall rating. I would say it’s well-written and I believe those interested in a somber zombie narrative would enjoy it. Therefore, with such good writing and a unique angle to approach the story from, I’d say the quality here is worth 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5. There is violence, naturally, but much of the time, it’s descriptions of battles long since lost to the zombie hoard. Also, fair warning, there is also some swearing and sexual content here. Perhaps the biggest thing I would caution people about the book is you have to be in the right mood to read this. If you’re in the mood for something depressing and tragic, you’ll get much more enjoyment out of The Decline.

  • William Bitner Jr.
    2019-05-01 23:53

    Genre - Post-Apocalyptic/Survival/ZombiePages - 337Just finished reading “The Decline” by Christopher Jessulat. I would like to thank Christopher for the ebook copy of this book. It is much appreciated. This was a very fast-paced and nicely flowing Post-Apocalyptic/Survival/Zombie read. A refreshing type of read, as it was very much character driven, opposed to depending only on the gore and guts usually found in these types of reads. There were a few different scenarios going on throughout the book and Christopher was able to navigate from one to the other with great ease. While there are Zombies (ghouls) in this book, I find it is just as much a survival adventure read with a credible plot and storyline. It was one of those reads that before you knew it you were finished, and wanting more. I found this read to be quite entertaining and kept my attention from start to finish. Highly recommend this read for all you Zombie/Post-Apocalyptic/Survival lovers out there! For a debut novel this was out of the park great.Synopsis (from back cover) - The outbreak devastated entire nations; what little hope would be found here?It has been weeks since the First Wave broke, and a woefully unprepared mankind has steadily lost ground to the tide of infected. Overwhelmed by the sheer number and ferocity of the afflicted, the official response has abandoned its inland posts and collapsed back to the last line of defensible terrain.Cut off from rescue and resupply, a desperate pocket of survivors cling to the notion of humanity while faced with a grim decision - is it worth it to be the last survivors of the human race, if you lose your humanity in the process?

  • James Sillwood
    2019-05-13 21:42

    The Decline tells the story of a small group of survivors in a post apocalyptic world in Canada where the infected or zombies roam the streets. Survivors have taken refuge in a guarded compound. This is a world where the usual rules no longer apply and the characters have to do what ever they can to survive. Andrew wastes days attempting to make the radio work, and Lynn flirts with anyone to get what she wants. After becoming increasingly concerned by the erratic behaviour of Quinn, who runs the compound, a small group of survivors decide to take their chances outside. This group comprising Isaac, Anders, Keeley, Sully and Daniel are brave but desperate and must learn to trust one another as their journey progresses. They are all well-developed and distinct characters. The writing is descriptive and imaginative and the action scenes involving the infected are very detailed and well written. The author paints a vivid picture of a bleak and dark world, with danger and uncertainty ever present. The story is compelling and believable and conveys the strength and tenacity of the human spirit in the darkest of times. The suspense is heightened as the survivors continue on their journey, culminating in the action scenes at the barracks. These scenes are compelling, and while there is plenty of gore, the violence is never overdone but is used well to convey the full horror of the situation. A thought provoking and engrossing book.

  • Dora Ilieva
    2019-05-21 20:43

    The Decline by Christopher Jessulat is a fast-paced zombie-horror fiction that makes one think of The Walking Dead. The setting is New Brunswick, a beautiful Canadian province. The book is well-written and offers beautiful descriptions of the Maritime landscape, as well as detailed accounts of horrific battles between people and ghouls. The military experience of the author shines in the war scenes. The book also touches upon important themes such as loyalty, friendship and love. I found it quite enjoyable and recommend it to all who like stories about the undead.

  • L.N. Denison
    2019-05-04 21:53

    This was a fairly easy read. It had everything you could ever ask for in an apocalyptic story. Hoards of zombies, check. A group of people fighting to survive, check.The story is set in Canada, with the usual apocalyptic scenarios attached, which I love. The story was engaging and fast paced, and very well constructed. The character were believable and you can definitely relate to them and feel everything they are going through... and the willingness to do anything to survive was always there throughout the the whole story. I found it quite atmospheric, as an apocalypse should be, and the backdrop for the story was also well done. The writing was spot on, and drew you in. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it to anyone who like this type of novel.

  • S.C. Eston
    2019-04-28 17:36

    I liked this book. People interested in post-apocalyptic and zombie stories should keep The Decline in mind. It is a good debut novel, with a uniqueness that I found refreshing.The story follows a group of survivors in an eastern Canadian city, as they face raging ghouls and a harsh winter. Their worse enemy, though, is themselves, as they struggle not to turn on each other. Although I found the writing and the flow could have been tighter in some places, several of the descriptions are striking and stayed with me after the end of the book. There is a rawness to The Decline that makes it hard to forget. The conclusion is satisfying and left me with a haunting feeling; a sign that the book worked for me.Overall good; the start of a promising series.

  • Shelbie
    2019-04-29 16:46

    Fantastic! A great debut novel set during an apocalyptic future featuring zombies. I struggled to put the book down - the author drives you forward through the story using excellent character development and exciting action scenes throughout the adventure. I can't wait to see what is next for this author, and I'm hoping a continuation of the story is in the works! Definitely recommended!

  • Maven
    2019-05-22 17:39

    I don’t normally read these type of post-apocalyptic books, but after coming across the haunting cover for this one, I had to check it out. I’m so glad I did as this story blew my mind! The author has an incredible way of setting an almost visceral mood with his descriptions. This added so much to the suspense of the story that I found myself holding my breath during several scenes. By the third chapter I couldn’t put the book down and I ended staying up almost all night to finish it.The Decline is told through multiple points of view, which was a little jarring at first. However, as the story unfolded, the relationships between the characters and the impact they had on one another became clear. Although I didn’t empathize with every character, each of them was compelling and their motivations understandable. The arc of one of my favorite characters, Cox, was particularly satisfying. The tale was so gripping that it wasn’t until I got to the last page that I was finally able to take a deep breath. I wish I could give more than five stars for this book! I can’t wait for the next installment in the series to come out so I can find out what comes next for those that survived!

  • Jay Roberts
    2019-05-07 20:04

    Incredibly vivid description; I felt like I was watching a movie instead of reading a book. Jessulat does a great job of keeping the suspense tight throughout the whole story. The in-depth knowledge of firearms definitely added to the realism.

  • Babs
    2019-05-24 15:56

    I picked up a copy of The Decline after having it recommended to me. I'm usually more into supernatural/suspense type books but I loved the cover so I decided to pick up a copy.I was pleasantly surprised and really grateful I took the chance. There was a lot more emphasis on the thematic elements, character development and setting up conflict between them than I was expecting. The story is well thought out and smoothly told, making it very easy to get into. The little things and descriptions are what brings the characters and story alive. I was really pulling for the characters. Each one felt unique and believable, with their own motivations and strategies for surviving the end of daysx. The Decline strikes a great balance - enough action that the pages turn fast and it will appeal to fans of the zombie/survival genre, but its coupled with the right amount of storytelling and stylish writing that it is immersion and would appeal to a much broader audience.I believe in spoiler-free reviews, but suffice to say - this is definitely set up to form part of a series.A great first novel

  • E.L.
    2019-04-30 21:39

    It was a little slow to start off and set the stage, but once the characters were all introduced and the setting was established, the action kicks off at about chapter 5 and it doesn't let up. Characters were developed smartly, bits of their past and present motivations revealed periodically and with deliberate intent. There's lots of angles the story can work from here, both in terms of surviving the zombie apocalypse as well as in between characters. This is an awesome start to a series and I'm looking forward to the sequel!

  • Ty
    2019-05-03 18:34

    Even though zombies are not my usual go to for book genre's, I decided to give this one a try. I was pleasantly surprised when I was struggling to put the book down. The action scenes were well written, to the point as the reader I was getting stressed in anticipation of what was happening next. After the first 50 pages, I was completely hooked. The only reason I gave this 4/5 and not 5/5, was that I felt that there were too many characters introduced too early on in the novel. At some points I had to flip back to the beginning of the book to remember who's background story went with which character. I would still highly recommend this book.

  • Rachael Thompson
    2019-05-03 20:37

    love post-apocalyptic tales and although this one had a similar storyline (outbreak leading to infected, called ghouls, taking over and a small groups efforts to survive), I found the book took a bit of a different angle than others I have read. What I enjoyed the most was the backstories of all the survivors. The book begins with a small group, bunkered up and the author gives information on how they all got there. Also, interesting pieces of their stories pop up as the story develops further. I have to admit, however, it was a bit hard to remember who was who at first but as I got to know the characters better, I caught on.The book has a good bit of suspense, as the group goes on "runs" and as suspicion builds behind the motives of the leader, Quinn's, motives. There are also interesting dynamics between the characters. The last 50-75 pages are all crazy. I could not put the book down until I finished. Overall, I enjoyed reading this and look forward to future books so I can continue to see where this group goes...