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book coverI’m sure by now if you have read any of my blog posts, you know I have a short story in a very awesome anthology ATZ:The Gathering Horde. I may have mentioned it a few (thousand) times. You better have read it by now!! SO…anyway, I made a point of reading all the other stories and following up with the other authors in the book, checking out their other works.  Kevin J. Fitzgerald has a really awesome story in the anthology called “The Zombie Race”, it’s a perfect mix of The Running Man and The Hunger Games type of dystopia where everything we currently hold dearly to, for instance: security, humanity and hope; is gone and the world very much resembles ancient Rome only with zombies instead of lions.

This Kevin dude is mad cool.  glittterblow

I show my love with glitter. Get over it.  So aside from the upcoming novel and the short story, Kevin has written, directed, and produced dozens of stage productions. Lets add dancing, singing, acting, a song writing career, plays guitar along with other instruments and I am wondering what this guy CAN’T do!!

I really dug his story and his writing style, so I contacted him about reading his upcoming debut novel “Unalive”, prior to its release, which consequently is this Monday, February 23.  There will be a release party on Facebook with trivia, q&a’s. and prizes!

unalive party

https://www.facebook.com/events/1608118556074326/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

unaliveI devoured the book a couple of days.  It was quite a terrifying yet thought provoking literary journey.  It’s been described as The Night of the Living Dead meets The Book of Eli, and that is quite accurate. Here is my spoiler-free synopsis…

The number of catastrophic events happening in the world are escalating, thousands are dying and it seems like nowhere is safe.  Of course the scientists cannot agree on the cause.  One theory is that the world is simply “winding down” and man, does that bring the creepy chills or what?  SOO…we have the protagonist, Adam, who have some disturbing visions from his past.  He seems to be a good guy caught in an epic battle of good versus evil.  He has a questionable past and equally disturbing present, choices are made, and we hope that Adam will lead the band of survivors to salvation.

Honestly, I don’t want to give too much away.  This story surprised me, in a GOOD way! sheesh….settle down! The zombies are there, but they are almost background noise…and guess what? its ok!! The zombies are like the icing on the horror cake that is UnAlive.  One minute you feel like the best path is to lie down and give up, there’s no way to persevere in this landscape, and then the littlest things bring back the hope and faith that humanity CAN move forward. There’s surprises and twists that I did NOT see coming. The book is to be part one of a trilogy and I am excited to read the next one.

MORE EXCITING NEWS! Kevin has been hard at work turning this story into a film.  Check out the teaser, gave me goosebumps!!

unalive movie

HERE is the link to pre-order UnAlive: http://www.amazon.com/UnAlive-Novel-Kevin-J-Fitzgerald-ebook/dp/B00TQ6BJF4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1424478530&sr=8-2&keywords=Unalive

Kevin’s Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Kevin%20J.%20Fitzgerald&search-alias=digital-text&sort=relevancerank  

Kevin’s Home Page: http://www.kjfwriter.com/

BUY ATZ:The Gathering Horde: http://www.amazon.com/All-Things-Zombie-Gathering-Horde-ebook/dp/B00PD6M7ZW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418775419&sr=8-1&keywords=ATZ+the+gathering+horde