Robin’s Review of Gullonization

Gullonization: The Fight or Flight Collection

 by Sean P. Gibson

Rating: 5 out of 5.
(The Fight or Flight Collection)

by Sean P. Gibson
Part of: The Fight or Flight Collection (3 books)
What would happen if humanity came to an end? Who would rise to the top of the food chain, who would dominate Earth?
Follow the STE Space Team as they return to their base in Edinburgh, now abandoned. A hundred years have passed on Earth. It’s not what they remember. Neither is a certain, predatory species whose murderous welcome makes it clear that this Space Team no longer has a home… nor a right to live…If you thought seagulls were already cruel omens, then get ready to see them at their worst.This novella marks the second in the 'Fight or Flight' Collection. Be sure to check out the others too; "The Pigeon Detectives," and "The Crow's Vengeance".
Robin's Review: This is a well written, quick, and easy to read short story that was crisp and straight to the point. It has some creepy world building that totally amazed me. The main characters are complex but relatable. And the “bad guys” are freaking nasty. Oh, my I will never forget them. This is such an enjoyable read that I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, but I have to go back to read book 1 first. Sean P. Gibson thank you for this surprising story boy do you have a wild imagination. I encourage everyone to read this whole series.
Favorite Lines: “Get your Grav injections ready so that your body can handle the gravitational shift! I want you walking on your feet when we land, not kissing the floor like starfish!”

“Don’t tell me that we’re the aliens on our own planet.”

#shortstory #bookseries #dystopian #sciencefiction #horror #postapocalypse #monster #space

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Robin’s Review of Fallout: Apocalypse Book 2 of 3

Fallout: Apocalypse Book 2 of 3

 by Hayley Anderton and Laura Swift

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Fallout (Apocalypse Book 2)
Book 2 of 3: Apocalypse
by Hayley Anderton and Laura Swift

A week has passed since the world turned upside down. Help isn't coming, communications are down, and a group of young teenagers remain isolated on a farm, awaiting rescue.
As they adjust to their new reality, the group must learn to fend for themselves. But with trouble brewing all around them, they’re about to discover that humans might be just as terrifying as the rotters plaguing their new landscape.Tensions are rising.Alliances are forming and enemies are being made.Humanity is slipping through their fingers.The apocalypse is here to stay.
Robin's Review: This is the second cozy zombie apocalypse book in this series. It picks up a week after where the previous book ended. This is a quick read, but I took it slow because I didn’t want it to end. Luckily the next in the series is due out soon. This book is well written with an interesting and entertaining plot. The characters are well developed, relatable and you could just feel their anxiety. I really enjoyed this book. It is not graphic so it could be for teenagers and up. I highly recommend this series to all ages.
It was my pleasure and privilege to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.
Some of the characters: There is a group at the high school consisting of Fletcher, Patrick, Charlie, Nora, Collin, Zoe, and they let in Ross. The group at the farm are Cassie, Luke, Heidi, Eliza, Poppy, Rori, Eliza, Warren, Ginge, Hannah, Billy and Cara have come a long way in a short amount of time. They have also picked up Joe along the way.

Zombie Nicknames: Zeds, Rotters and Munchers
Some of my favorite lines:
“Rule one; aim for the head. It’s the only thing that stops them.” He listed this off on his fingers. “Rule two; whatever you do, don’t let them bite you.” “Rule three; no jumping out of windows.”
“It’s character developing, you know, surviving coffee withdrawal.” “If I develop any more, I am going to develop into a villain.”
“It’s an apocalypse; I’d be concerned if you weren’t having an existential crisis.”
“I’ve got to keep myself looking good. Otherwise, how will the rotters know I’m the catch of the day?”

Zombie Tips from the book: 
Use fencing masks to protect the face.

Use every tea bag twice to save on supplies.

“You think you’re just going to stroll into Tesco and grab whatever you fancy? Everyone is going to have the same idea. And a lot of those people are going to get themselves killed in the process. That means a buildup of rotters in areas of interest. And that is why it’s not a good idea.”

Learn to read maps and don’t rely on GPS.

“We do need to be careful. We can’t trust people the way that we have in the past. It brings out an ugly side to us all.”

Stay in the attic to sleep because it’s safe with only one way in. 

Could also be bad because of only one way out.

Better to be the predator than the prey.

“You should make a big pit all around the farm. And then If anything tries to get close, it just gets stuck in the pit. The monsters aren’t very smart, are they? Maybe they won’t be able to get out.”
Apocalypse: A Zombie Thriller
Book 1 of 3: Apocalypse

Fallout: (Apocalypse)
Book 2 of 3: Apocalypse

Chaos: (Apocalypse)
Book 3 of 3: Apocalypse
This title will be released on June 30, 2022.

#teen #youngadult #comingofage #horror #shortstory #postapocalyptic #sciencefiction #thriller #fantasy #cozyzombieapocalypse

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Robin’s Review of Juniper Rise

Juniper Rise

 by Anne Lucy-Shanley

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Juniper Rise
by Anne Lucy-Shanley

In a harsh world where everything of beauty has been destroyed… isn’t love worth fighting for?
Sofia Spenser, plus-size social media influencer with a popular online blog, has it all—a loving family, lots of admirers, and privilege that only money can buy. But when the Z virus snatches away everything she’s ever known in the blink of an eye, Sofia finds herself hopeless and alone. Yearning for an escape from her desolation, she prays for people. Community. A place to belong. Safety.

Then charismatic nomad Ben Cassidy and his ragtag band of followers show up, an antidote to Sofia’s soul-crushing loneliness, and a buffer against the looming threat of the ever-present Zs.

The group is heaven sent, although dynamics are at play that Sofia doesn’t understand. Still, there are worse things than holing up with hot-as-sin former defense attorney Ben—even during Armageddon, a girl has needs. When he proposes the unexpected, Sofia knows her heart already belongs to him, and she’s determined to give him her body too, all else be damned. Juniper Rise has the potential to change her life—it’s a chance at a real future—but will it be a future with Ben?
Author's Note:
This character-driven steamy romance offers a guaranteed happily-ever-after. Set during the zombie apocalypse, it focuses more on relationships than gore, nevertheless reader discretion is advised. Although Juniper Rise is an interconnected standalone, reading Mayfly Hollow first is highly recommended. Thank you for supporting indie authors!
Robin's Review: This is a well written and easy to read story with an entertaining balance of survival, action, drama, suspense, and romance. The world building is rich and descriptive as if you are there. The plot is a continuation of the first book but more focused on Ben and Sophia. The characters are relatable and interesting with a touch of quirkiness thrown in. Once again, an enjoyable read with an apocalyptic romance.

It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.
#action #adventure #romance #postapocalyptic #thriller #horror #suspense #zombies #zombie

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Robin’s Review of  The Grinkle Nonk: A Morality Tale

The Grinkle Nonk: A Morality Tale

 by D E McCluskey

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Grinkle Nonk: A Morality Tale
by D E McCluskey

The Grinkle Nonk is a myth, an urban legend, folklore made up to get children in on time, to get them to go to sleep at night, or to eat up all their greens. The legend tells of a ferocious beast that lives in the forest. It eats naughty children, and picks off unsuspecting, or lost hikers. It is a wild, dangerous animal… but it is JUST a legend, isn’t it? Harper is new in town. She hasn’t made any friends yet, and fears that she will always be an outside in this strange new world. Until she meets a surprising new friend, one who is a loner, and an outcast, just like her. However, there are eyes watching this new friendship, envious eyes… 
Robin's Review: What a quirky little tale this story is but wait for the last pages. Omg! D E McCluskey you got me!

In this tale of urban legend McCluskey’s writing style is fantastic, in the sense that you can “feel” the story like you are there. The plot travels well, the characters are bright and imaginative. There are mind bending descriptive passages, sweet and fanciful, yet horrific sad twisty turns abound.

The Grinkle Nonk is a morality tale from the dark mind of   D E McCluskey, author of Z: A Love Story, and Mutant Superhero Zombie Killing Disco Cheerleaders from Outer Space (with Uzis)
#horror #comedy #teen #youngadult #shortreads

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Robin’s Review of Mayfly Hollow

Mayfly Hollow


Rating: 5 out of 5.
Mayfly Hollow
by Anne Lucy-Shanley

It began as a typical day… Fiercely independent bakery owner Kate Halloran likes her life the way it is. Casual sex suits her to a T. Work hard, play hard is Kate’s motto. No strings. No demands. No obligations. 
The ties that bind chafe. She learned a long time ago that the only person she can depend on is herself—and that’s just fine thank you very much. Then a fast-acting highly contagious novel virus sweeps the globe, ushering a nationwide lockdown. Violence erupts in the streets. Chaos reigns. With the population decimated, Kate’s self-sufficiency kicks into overdrive as she fears she’s the sole survivor. When the dead awaken, Kate becomes prey. Desperate and hunted, she undertakes a dangerous journey—fleeing to the only refuge she knows. The sanctuary of Mayfly Hollow isn’t without its perils. Can the other survivors there be trusted? And what about the mysterious cowboy called Teller, who gets under her skin like no man ever has? There’s more to him than meets the eye—she can’t help but wonder how much of his aww shucks routine is genuine. As threats close in on every side, can Kate set aside her complicated past to navigate the new world order?
Robin's Review: Sometimes you need more than just a zombie apocalypse, and Anne Lucy-Shanley’s story has it. There is an interesting tale about the main character Kate’s actions during and after the virus and or zombie apocalypse. I love how the story shows Kate’s strength and self-reliance, while being alone until she makes it to “safety.” This is a fast-paced entertaining story with some great characters. An enjoyable read if you like a little romance with your apocalypse. 
#sciencefiction #fantasy #horror #action #romance

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Robin’s Review of Run From the Dead Book 3

Run From the Dead 3 A Zombie Apocalypse Series

 by Joanne Nundy

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Run from the Dead: Book 3 
A Zombie Apocalypse
by Joanne Nundy 

Are there worse things to run from than the dead? Amy knows all too well about the evil that lurks behind closed doors and not just the flesh-eating kind. 
Kidnapped and traumatised by her ordeal, she is picked up by a group of survivors when she escapes. Estranged couple, Steve, and Anna are no longer fighting amongst themselves but have a common enemy fighting the dead. In this crumbled civilisation, they are accustomed to helping those in need, but helping strangers isn’t always the safest option. They are all realising there are worse monsters out there. Steve can fight the dead. But when the living becomes more of a problem, he must learn to overcome past traumas to protect his ever-growing family. How much do good people need to battle just to stay alive?
My Review: Wow! This was the third installment about a zombie apocalypse, but the real monsters were the people. It was darker than her previous books but maybe that had to do with the “monsters”.
Fast paced and a quick read made this continuation of this series a perfect book. Love love love this author.

Next in this series:

Run from the Dead: Book 4: A Zombie Apocalypse
This title will be released on Jun 30, 2022.

It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

#dystopian #sciencefiction #postapocalyptic #horror #fantasy #zombies

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Robin’s Review of Drawn & Quartered

Welcome to Drawn & Quartered …a waking nightmare where nothing is as it seems

by Daemon Manx and Diana Olney

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Drawn & Quartered
by Daemon Manx and Diana Olney

Welcome to Drawn & Quartered ...a waking nightmare where nothing is as it seems, and truth is devoured by the shadow of fiction. This accursed realm is ruled by fear, and home to infinite forms of terror. Behind its sinister gates dwell femme fatales, deadly bouquets, scorned lovers, and of course - monsters. Join them in the darkness, if you dare, but be warned, they may invite you to stay...forever.
Robin's Review: This book includes four freakishly cool horror stories. I can’t ever get enough of Daemon Manx’s writings. They are always well done, creepy, entertaining, and sure to be page turners. I never know where his stories will go but I am always excited for the ride. 

I had not read any of Diana Olney’s works before, but I must say I think I’m a fan for life. Her writing is quite impressive and really entertaining. I hope to read more from these incredible authors soon.

It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book from the authors but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of these entertaining stories.

#vampire #horror #thriller
Short Stories included are:

The Party by Daemon Manx
Maneater by Diana Olney
The World Turned Red by Daemon Manx

She Devil by Diana Olney

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Robin’s Review of Allegra – A Dystopian Romance

Allegra – A Dystopian Romance

 by Nikita Bloom

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Allegra - A Dystopian Romance
by Nikita Bloom

A small mistake in the formula that was supposed to cure one disease, led to another. NOW IT’S KILL or be KILLED. 
In an apocalyptic world surrounded by nothing but dusty ruins, dictatorial military rule, and a divided population, those are the only two choices. Aiden is a soldier in Roy Randall’s army, the head of the underworld. As a child who was thrown to the streets, he’s struggling to survive, with no real choice and no goal worth fighting for. Until he meets Allegra, who doesn’t want to just survive but to live... and love. Everything changes. Now Aiden is torn between his love and his commitment to a man who will determine whether he will live or die. Despite her fear, Allegra is swept away by an unexpected love story, but a sudden discovery shocks her world and forces her to choose between the fragile security of her previous life and a dangerous adventure. Will they succeed in saving the human spark in their hearts in a world where no room’s left for humanity?
Robin's Review: This was an action-packed dystopian romance that crosses many genres such as post-apocalyptic, military thriller, science fiction, suspense, and horror to say a few. The plot is strong and interesting, in that it was set in a post-apocalyptic world after a virus ravages mankind changing some but not others. So, the “government” has decided who shall live - the “clean” and who shall die - the ones changed by the virus.

The characters were complex and compelling so much that I rooted for them throughout the story turning each page anxiously. The world building was done so that I felt like I was right there. The moral dilemma behind the story was intriguing. Doesn’t everyone have a right to live? And who has the right to take that away?

Overall, a really well written story that I highly recommend to everyone. It has a little bit of everything to satisfy your reading desires.
It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book from the author but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

#military #action #thriller #dystopian #sciencefiction #fantasy #horror #postapocalyptic

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Robin’s Review of The Dying Butterfly

The Dying Butterfly

by D.L. Fletcher

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Dying Butterfly
by D.L. Fletcher

A post-apocalyptic zombie story. Though it is about an illness the message remains true, and that is when there seems to be no light hold on to hope. It is about never giving up when it appears there is nothing left to fight for. 
It is about not taking anything for granted from the simplicity of tasks to the little noises, all the way up to the people we cherish; and that sometimes the strangers we meet along the way, even if we don’t see it, are the ones that give us that strength. Holly and Tony were a young couple in love. They thought they had all the time in the world, but they were wrong... As the illness spread and the population was dying, chaos sprang forcing Holly, Tony, and her family to flee their homes. A plan set and necessities previously stocked for this anticipated moment they took to the road. One night as the deranged charged their camp they were forced to scatter, separating Holly from everyone she knew and loved. In her search for her family and Tony, she stumbles upon a small community. By the light of a flickering candle, from a typewriter she found in her travels, Holly tells us about the illness, her new life, and her search for the ones she lost. She shares her new philosophies on life, all that we take for granted each and every day, and human vulnerability as she reminisces the past, and her dreams of one day being reunited with the love of her life and her family.
Robin's Review: This was a well written, well thought out story with intense bits that made it a real page turner. The writing was descriptive enough to give you the idea of what the author was trying to portray but not overly gory. So, in that this is not your typical zombie apocalypse story. It focuses on the characters, their lives, their trials, and their trauma.

This story is told through the main character, Holly as she journals her thoughts of what she went through.

Introduction of charaters:
Her boyfriend/husband Tony Gardner
Her parents Jim and Georgie Wood
Their neighbors Joyce and Brad
Landon and Dahlia who were stragglers
Mr. Donald Clay Head of the community
Her rescued dog, Maxine
Lucy and Jordan part of the community
Zombie Apocalypse Tips:

It was no longer a world to trust first and see if they disappoint you later.

Describing the amount of infected as a pyramid scam. “Hundreds hooked hundreds more in, turning it to thousands overnight and thousands more the next."

“I know it's risky, but practice and learning is the only way to get strong now; and being close to some sort of supply source.”

"Look for a place maybe no one will want."

Learn how to be stealthy, and how to fight without getting bit.

Pre-packed bags of personal necessities or Bag for Running

two-way radios
freeze dried food
sleeping bags that attach to the outside of packs
small survival books on edible and healing plants
large variety of vegetable seeds
two shirts, three pairs of underwear, three pairs of socks, bottle of tablets to purify water, and one thin jacket

Medical kits:
antibiotics, inhalers gauze, slings, safety pins, cotton, alcohol and antibiotic creams. Gravol, Advil and Pepto-Bismol.

Other Items to Collect:

Pre-packed bags of personal necessities or Bag for Running,
two-way radios
freeze dried food
sleeping bags that attach to the outside of packs
small survival books on edible and healing plants
large variety of vegetable seeds
two shirts, three pairs of underwear, three pairs of socks, bottle of tablets to purify water, and one thin jacket
Candles, packs of every size of battery
flashlights, windup radios, Water, water, water

Prep the house by putting boards by the windows ready to be hammered up and fill pillowcases with sand, stacking them as needed for barricades inside entrances.

I remember asking my dad why we didn't just leave right then and there rather than do all that work to protect something we had no power to hold on to. This isn't to protect the house Holly. It's to protect those in it.

We need to save our resources for when there aren't any resources left. If we run now, we burn through everything unnecessarily. We will be looking for food and water when we should be working at getting as far away as we can. This is all to make sure everyone is safe.

Rules To Live By:

No fires for any reason

No yelling and to watch the volume when laughing

Keep your eyes open and watch the perimeter.

Set up a schedule and ration the food and portions.

All washing of any kind should be done with lake water. No exceptions. We need to conserve the fresh water - drinking only.

Save the use of flashlights to when they are a must. Batteries will be rationed like everything else.

Have multiple plans

Stay put when told

#dystopian #apocalyptic #romance #thriller #horror

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Robin’s Review of So Over the Undead (Zooey Zombie Book 2)

Zooey is back and she’s learning how life is going to be…

So Over the Undead (Zooey Zombie Book 2)

by Alex Apostole

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Alex Apostol
So Over the Undead 
Book 2 of 2: Zooey Zombie

Zooey is back and she's learning how life is going to be for her now that she's Undead. There are laws to protect this new race of human and their rights, but she quickly realizes many don't want them to be able to go to school or work or even live in the same neighborhoods as regular people. As Zooey tries to piece her life back together she gets caught up in a social nightmare as the human race fights back against the Undead. Can Zooey stand up for her new race and be heard or will her voice fall on deaf ears? In light of recent attacks being blamed on the Undead reverting back to their zombie state, it's harder than ever to find support.
Robin's Review: Zooey Beckett is returning to Harvard University. She graduated in June of 2020 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. And then the zombie apocalypse happened. Now she is re-enrolling for her graduate studies in Cognition, Brain, and Behavior Psychology, but as an “Undead” this time.

What is an “Undead” you may ask?

It’s a new race of human called the Undead, people who had been changed into zombies by the rampaging virus and then brought back to life by what the government deemed the cure, but it wasn’t a cure, more of a suppression of one’s inner zombie. She’ll receive the “cure” twice a week for the rest of her life.

As Zooey tries to integrate back into society she is met with quite a few obstacles, prejudice and racism are just the tip of the iceberg that she is up against. Even her longtime friends Elizabeth and Oliver who have stood by her throughout everything, before and after the apocalypse, just can’t understand what she feels, let alone what she has gone through and is going through.

This is what I like to call a “cozy” zombie apocalypse story, that means is that I could read it again and again it’s that entertaining. The world building is different and exciting because it is post-apocalyptic, I loved this, and the world is rebuilding but with a twist. One of my favorite ideas in the story were the NATIONWIDE Z-ALERTS. The characters were your average snarky young adults with some good one liners. This was such an enjoyable story with the same underlying issues as we have today. What a compelling read for zombie readers and lovers a like. 

It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this amazing story.
#dystopian #sciencefiction #fantasy #postapocalyptic #horror

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