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Summary

Mo Collins, the reluctant hero, has sailed around the country on board the replica pirate ship, the Viva Ancora, and now he finds himself only miles from his childhood home. But now the world has gone to hell. Hordes of naked, blue, biting zombies have flooded the now dead Alabama lake town. Mo and his only surviving shipmate, Crow, are surviving. They fish and watch the monsters roam the night; seeking untainted flesh and leaving a disgusting mess in their wake. But when a lone survivor stumbles upon Mo and Crow they gain a new crew member but also find much needed direction. The new comer, Smokes, will change Mo's view of this zombie infested world forever. 

As reality mimics fiction, an ever growing cast of crazy characters play out their role carving out an island sanctuary in a plague ridden world. The Expert, The Tech, The Oracle, The Sacrifice, The Old Friend, plus many more... Join us on this wild ride where the fish bite, the Zombies bite…sometimes life bites. 

Welcome aboard, friend, to Zombie Lake.

©2016, 2017 Javan Bonds (P)2018 Javan Bonds

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Funny and clever

I laughed out loud within a few minutes of the start of the book and thought 'ok, I'm going to like this'. The narrator has good tone, pace and a nice even volume. S.W. Salzman makes it easy to tell when the narrative belongs to different characters and although the accent took a bit of getting used to (I think that has more to do with me being British than anything else) I found it an easy listen.

As for the story, I found some parts hilarious and I can totally relate to Mo. As for Smokes, well, you can't help but love the guy. There's a good theory about the zombies and the fact that Javan Bonds takes the mickey out of the usual stereotypes is done really well.

If you have a long drive or a day to yourself, give this a go. I really enjoyed it.

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Hilarious!

Zombie Lake is the first book in the Still Alive, a unique and hilarious zombie apocalypse series. I was laughing out loud from the beginning to the end. Javan Bonds is one talented author, insanely creative with a sense of humour to boot. The characters are refreshing, and for the purpose of comedy completely stereotyped. The storyline is entirely entertaining, written as a journal, told from Mo's, the main protagonist's point of view. It sets the grounds for the series and introducing the primary cast members.

I've finished the series within a matter of days, so I'll give you a quick heads up, this instalment is more of an introduction with almost no action. However, that changes quickly in the next additions, action, gore, and even humour will ramp up.

S.W. Salzman's narration is absolutely brilliant. I'm literally at awe with his ability to perform so many distinct voices and accents. Kevin Pierce reads the intro about Javan Bonds, after learning more about the author, I find him utterly inspirational. All around this an amazing listen with outstanding narration, one I highly recommend.

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fun and fast paced

fun and fast paced story with characters thats yiu can belive in. i would recommend.

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Still Alive

Wow.... I only just discovered Javon Bonds and I’m in 1 minds how I feel about it. Am I glad?Hell yes Do I wish I had found him earlier ? Hell no.. why you ask, well if I had found him earlier I wouldn’t be able to go straight into book 2. Thank you Javon it’s one hell of a listen with an awesome story line

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Hand me the next book NOW please!

I really enjoyed listening, a unique and humorous view of the zombie apocalypse that had me laughing out loud! I couldn't stop listening and was disappointed the book had finished, I was looking for book 2 immediately to carry on the adventure with Mo and friends! Oh who am I kidding, let's just line up the rest of the series! Please keep them coming!

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Funny, gross, diverse and imaginitive.

Funny, gross, diverse and some great characters.
I found the audible version much more engaging than when I read the kindle edition, it really had brought the characters to life for me.
Bring on the next installment!!

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Excellent Zombie Adventure With Great Humour

I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook by the superb and talented writer Javan Bonds. I love the zombie apocalypse type of books and this was a bit of a humourous take on it and it worked really well. I am just about to listen to book two.

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Really enjoyed it, down to earth

First book I have listened to from Mr Bonds and it was a pleasure :) Nice to hear a story that's down to earth with the characters - I could relate to the main guy and I had a damn good chuckle too. Narrator was a good choice :D

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I think I wet myself, laughed out loud and died!

The writing is great and I'm scared to admit I see myself in the characters. Highly recommended and I've converted my friends. Give it a try and you'll not be disappointed. The narrator does the storyline and characters justice and the writing makes this book unlike any other from the same genre

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Really enjoyed it

Took me a while to get used to Mo's voice and accent, hooked no though and will be continuing the series

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 22-07-18

Zompocalypse? Better make a run to the Walmart!

My first act is to apologize to our Author, Mr. Bonds. I got this book awhile ago, and have had one heck of a time getting around to it. Not that I didn't want to, but sometimes real life takes precedence over fictional undead, not matter how great the premise. An I have to say, this is premise I have seen a hundred times. Zombie apocalypse hits, survivors hole up or hide out until they are forced to make a supply run or go somewhere safer. How could he make this new?

Well, his characters are so well written, even though they aer just plays on stereotypes, that you want to hang out with them and pet their monkey. Their interplay and intereaction with one another is peerless, and the humor is priceless. You will laugh yourself stupid listening to this book. I always say that a good narrator takes a good story and makes it great, and a great narrator can make a great story a classic. That is completely the case here. Salzman's take on these character's is funny, refreshing, and believable. He also tells the story like he was reading from his own journal, not the MC's.

That is something I generally despise, books that are written as a journal, I never have liked them and tend to shy away from them. Truth be told, if I had known that this was a journal book, I'dve most likely skipped it, but I didn't and I didn't. Now, I still don't like that format, but I love this book. It is fun, fast paced, and fulla surprises that make you think that Bonds is brilliant. I am not a fan of the cover, it does nothing to pull me into the story or would make me stop if I was looking for something new. Nor does the title, so I am glad that I took a moment to actually look into this book. You will too. It is funny, frightening, and freaking brilliant. Don't miss out!!!! Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 11-06-18

Fun!

Mo Collins works on a replica pirate ship, the Viva Ancora, when the dead start to walk. Only him and his shipmate Crow are alive aboard, as all the rest of the crew went on land to have fun. Now they spend their days fishing and watching the blue skinned, naked zombies do what they do. Having sailed around the country, Mo finds himself only miles from home. Stumbling upon another survivour, Smokes, Mo has his mind made up to search for his family. What follows is a rollicking good time.

This was so much fun!! It's a fresh and unique look at the typical zombie book. Mo is writing his journal, which I liked, but the fun really started happening when Smokes came. He was one heck of a funny character!! I loved his take on the zombies and how he narrates it to Mo!! You will have to read the book to understand, but it was a unique way to handle the outbreak!!

The plot was fast paced and entertaining. I found myself laughing out loud a lot of times. The characters were fun and well written. It's quite a diverse group too which I liked. I liked that the author poked fun of the zombie troupes and made sure we knew that a zombie poops!! Lol.

In all, a highly entertaining read. I'm excited to see where the author takes it from here.

S.W. Salzman had a great range of tones and voices for the characters and brought each of them to life. I loved how he did Smokes because he was such a colourful character!! It was a great performance and I hope he reads the next one.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts

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  • Neesie315
  • 11-06-18

Zombies & Rednecks meet in Wal-Mart

OMG, I freaking love this book! I have not laughed so hard while reading/listening to a book in a long, long time! I'm pretty sure that I snorted Coke out of my nose a few times (and, no, I don't mean Coca-Cola.....it was Mountain Dew!).

Javan Bonds has absolutely nailed what I have always pictured the Zompoc to be. Our protagonist, Elmo Collins (better known as Mo) decides to write a journal to chronicle his day to day life after the PV's have taken over. He can't believe that he isn't seeing tons of dead bodies or zombies when he ventures off the replica pirate ship where he works. Instead, he encounters people who seem to be fellow members of a movie cast!

I love all of the movie/TV references throughout the book. And, Smokes is a walking stereotype that you just have to love! You have an old friend in Bradley, who is a paraplegic complete with his service monkey, Mary. Mr. Bonds throws caution to the wind and mentions just about every stereotype you can think of in his descriptions of his characters. I love that he doesn't seem to care about being PC (a rare thing in today's world!).

Being from the South, I especially enjoyed the scene in Wal-Mart, where our crew goes to find supplies. Of course, if you are from the South, you know that you ALWAYS meet somebody you know when you go to WM! Our group encounters Mo's old love (who he was too shy to really pursue) and the local drunken redneck, Walt, who is only there for the beer.

I could go on and on, but you just have to listen to this book to really appreciate all of the fun! S.W. Salzman does an absolutely amazing job with the accents and dialects throughout the book. I plan to continue this series (and reread this book often) and I know that I will always hear his voice when I do.

If you love Zombie books and want to read a unique one, grab this one & never look back! Great job, Javan! Keep up the good work & I'll meet you at the Wal-Mart!

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  • LL3820
  • 14-05-20

Disappointed

This book was a hot mess. The main characters are not very smart, interesting, or likeable. Treating the plot like it followed a zombie movie exactly was stupid. Even for a zombie book, it was very unrealistic. Reader overdid the hick accent.

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  • Maly C
  • 13-06-18

Great Hilariously funny Book!

This book was outstanding. The main Character had me laughing from the get go. He says he is stupid and then throws out phrases and words that make you rethink his stupidity. The author did a great job with all the characters they had me in stitches. I loved this book and think it would be a great addition to anyone's library. The narrarator did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life. I couldn't wait to hear what he ease gonna say next. The accent was pretty good as well, being from the south I sometimes find it difficult to listen to fake southern accents but this narrarator pulled it off without a problem.

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  • James Brown
  • 02-01-20

Terrible

one of the worst books I've read in 2019 if not the worst. Dont do it.

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  • pistolannie
  • 05-12-19

Do not read this book if your easily offended!

This book is comedic. Do not read this unless you can take a joke or like to poke fun at horror movies. The author of this book wrote a story that is meant to be funny. FUNNY people! Keep that in mind! I can see why certain people would get offended. Hence the warning. It was definitely a change from what I usually listen to for zombie books.
The narrator did a good job and I will be listening to other books narrated by him. I believe the narrator is very talented based upon samples O listened to from other books.

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  • Brian
  • 10-07-18

I Haven't Laughed At A Zombie Book... Ever

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I Haven't Laughed At A Zombie Book... Ever (Until Now)

I'd read a few other reviews (even just titles) from a few of my other reviewer friends before jumping into this one.  All of them talked about laughing throughout the book.  I knew to expect it, but it still caught me off guard how randomly funny this book was.

Zombie Lake tells the story of Mo Collins (no, not the MadTV star and don't mention that unless you want to get punched in the face by him) and his groups trials and tribulations as they learn of a new zombie-like plague hitting the town they are docked at on their replica pirate ship, the Viva Ancora.

Along the way, we meet other survivors including The Expert, The Tech, The Oracle, The Sacrifice, The Old Friend plus many more.  Seriously, they were all explained out by The Oracle - and every time he would "predict" the next scene or next person they would meet - Mo's reaction would kill me. It really made me (like Mo) realize that most of the Post-Apocalyptic books I read follow and almost exact plot map.  Not all in the same order - but they all seem to hit it.

The movie trivia/quotes/similarities were awesome to a movie-lover like me.  I really enjoyed when they came to the scene near the church and they talked about other zombie movies.  Or when they would go anywhere and Smokes would basically tell them that because he was black, he wouldn't go in first because they always died first in every "bad horror film".

Bonds really understands both his audience and the post-apocalyptic genre and allows that to shine in Zombie Lake.  I thought that Mo, Smokes, and crew were incredibly enjoyable to follow along especially in the format of a journal that "if you're reading this, then I must have died" format.  It just made the story easier to dive in and out of.

Overall, a funny and enjoyable post-apocalyptic zombie tale that has some new parts in it that I've never seen or read before (zombie poop for example).  And a refreshing take on the genre.

The narration, by S.W. Salzman was good.  At first, I was worried about the accent.  The character is supposed to be a slow-talking southern drawl dude - and I think that Salzman hit it on the head without making the book unlistenable.  After the first chapter or so I found myself getting into a rhythm with his narration and it became part of the story. I requested a copy of this audiobook and it has not affected my review at all.

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  • neal
  • 23-06-18

Zombie Lake-review by Literallylovesliterature

Ok so as usual...

[I have been given a free copy of this audio book in return for an unbiased review finished in a set time. I am in no way affiliated with the author/narrator/publisher]

Now, that is out of the way..

THIS IS NOT YOUR USUAL ZOMBIE/APOC...For me the narration of S.W. Salzman brings a range of voices for the characters in a way that you can tell them apart, but, it's not done in a way to seem "forced"; the female characters do not have a tonal inflection change, but you can hear the difference between "Hammer" and "Smokes" talking without being lost in translation. He does seem to add a slight over punctuation in breaks in a sentence for grammar, however that seems to be the same for most narrators reading a for a new author.

The zombies, or "peeves" as this book describes them, are a blue tinged cannibalistic humanoid, who are weary of light for a current unknown reason. This makes it easier for Javan Bonds to move the story forward by allowing characters "free roam" of the city during daylight hours. At first glance there would seem to be some "plot holes" to the story, i.e. zombies who do not like sunlight, but, upon further reading, you understand his use of this as a way to give himself time to write in a better "zombie antagonist" in his plague victims so it can be explained to the reader as the story continues. Kind of like, making it up as he goes along, which I enjoy immensely, since it really keeps us ZOMPOC veterans guessing what's coming next.

My favorite of Javan Bond's particular writing style is to cast an "all knowing prophetic character" in the guise of an IMMENSELY fat, dope peddling black man who sounds like Chris Tucker. I loved this idea, and his use of the character to explain "how zombie stories usually play out" for the inexperienced ZOMPOC reader. With that being said, this book is also RIDDLED with obscure references to well known, and simultaneously, not very well known media culture. In the first 10 chapters, you get references to: Dawn of the dead (original and reboot), Monkey Shines, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Magic the Gathering TCG, the song "Red Solo Cups", even a very well known news anchor.

The protagonist is played out by the author writing journal entries ala Mike Talbot (if you know who that is perfect, if not, you are SORELY missing out). This gives the author a chance to really put himself into the book by going off on diatribes about situations at hand and explaining them off in the most hilarious and sarcastic ways. So far, every entrance scene for a character has been as remarkably remembered as much as "Some asshole is licking my peephole!" Again, if you know to what I am referring, you will love this book.

Ok, with all of that being said...my only real CONs to this book are in the eyes of an inexperienced reader. On the surface this book can be taken for "racist, crass, uneducated, and weird" however, as a long time fan of both zombies and APOC series'; I have to say that this story is still refreshingly unique and honestly modern. The other CON is for me personally, it took me several times of re-listening to the same couple beginning chapters to get into S.W. Salzman's reading style and cadence. At first is is a bit choppy, it sounds a little like stumbling over the sentence structure. In retrospect, that problem is not a big one as I have heard this begin, and disappear in the same book; at most it lasts for the first book or 2. If you give yourself the time to relisten to the beginning once or twice, you will thoroughly enjoy the rest of the book.

Honestly, I have a hard time giving a book anything over 4 stars unless it is really amazing, or, it has made me realize something about myself I never thought of before. Without doing the latter, this book exceeds my expectations to the former.

Story: 5/5
Writing style: 5/5
Narration: 5/5

If you like:

Zombies, post apocalypse, gender reverse roles, sarcasm, whitty humor, fat dope dealing prophets, trained (possibly in some lethal ninja combat art) helper monkies, gratuitous racial and homosexual slurs, seriously in depth character building, one eyed survivalist pirates, and a unique take on the end of the world. You NEED... to pick up this book!

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  • Richard M
  • 10-06-18

Just Different enought to be intreging

This is my first from Javan, his writing style to me is a southern view. which for me took a few pages to get relaxed enough to relax and let the story flow. I am enjoying my immersion into this for me a new style. I do like the face it was time well spent getting to know everyone. I Feel that the next book will get to the meat of the story. I like the southern laid back approach the fact that most character introductions having already been mostly introduced they will start gelling with each other more quickly get to the meat of where Javan wants to take us. I am looking forward to where he leads us.. I think this will be a good series for me

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