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The Becoming (The Becoming Series Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Jessica Meigs

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The Michaluk Virus is loose.

In the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, the Michaluk Virus has escaped the CDC, and its effects are widespread and devastating. Most of the population of the southeastern United States have become homicidal cannibals. As society rapidly crumbles under the hordes of infected, three people—Ethan Bennett, a Memphis police officer; Cade Alton, his best friend and former IDF sharpshooter; and Brandt Evans, a lieutenant in the US Marines—band together against the oncoming crush of death and terror sweeping across the world.

As Cade, Brandt, and Ethan hole up in a safe house in Tupelo, others begin to join them in their bid for survival. When the infected attack and they’re forced to flee, one departs to Memphis in search of answers while the others escape south to Biloxi, where they encounter more danger than they bargained for. And in Memphis, the answers that one man finds are the last answers he wanted, answers that herald a horrific possibility that there may be more to this virus than first suspected.

“Fast zombies become slow zombies become kick-ass.”--Peter Clines, author of EX-HEROES and EX-PATRIOTS

“From the chilling opening scenes to the tension-filled climax, Jessica Meigs has crafted a story that reminded me that zombies are really scary.”--Kevin J. Burke, author of THE LAST MAILMAN

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3040 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 236 pages
  • Editeur : Permuted Press; Édition : 2 (19 novembre 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B006AKAQE4
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27 internautes sur 31 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 It's Still Becoming . . . a 3 Star Series 16 novembre 2012
Par Julia Carter - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I read and agreed with a previous reviewer's complaint about the author's heavy-handed use of characters' names. Repetitive, annoying use of names. Either she twigged to the problem or I'm inured to it after finishing the first and beginning the second, but it doesn't bother me as badly. It's still an awkward writing style that doesn't flow smoothly.

I also immediately noticed that as savvy as the initial characters should be - a cop, an ER doctor, an Israeli soldier - they were noticably ignorant of the cause of the infection and patently shocked when "the infected" didn't stay dead. Note: also over-use of the term "the infected". There are other ways to refer to them after you've made your point. I noticed a similar comment in a review I just read. So pay attention to the reviews that aren't gushing and glowing. There's a reason.

Even worse in the second installment than in the first is the over- and mis-use of the "smirk". By a third of way through the second book, I think every major and minor character (and maybe some of the undead) has "smirked" at least once. There are so many other facial expressions that are equally good descriptors. Try a sneer or a grimace, a frown or a moue, even a scowl every now and again.

"The infected" aren't fully formed . . . pun intended. Very one-dimensional and frankly, a very undeveloped part of a zombie novel. Another short-coming of our heroes is their lack of knowledge, either from their everyday pop culture existance or from experience in the book, is that you have to destroy the brain to kill an undead.

For the most part, I do like the major and semi-major characters in the team the author has created. Their age range wasn't fully disclosed up front, though, so when a new character is introduced and a previous one is then referred to repeatedly as the "older man", it's a little disconcerting to finally discover that "older" means late thirties/forty in relation to late twenties/early thirties. In today's world, that's pretty much a contemporary.

With all of the people that the author thanked for their input, including some publishing editor types, I was surprised that the writing is so amateurish as it is in places. I'm really not sure she needs to continue heeding the same advice.

All in all, though, I've grudgingly given it 3 stars. I'd really rather be able to give it 2.5 because 2 is too low. It's good enough to finish the second, but not worth another installment unless the price continues to be under $1.00. I'm not THAT invested in who lives to create a brave new world on the ashes of the . . . infected.
10 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Becoming is a roller coaster ride! 16 novembre 2011
Par ReadingAddict - Publié sur
I have never been a lover of the zombie/post-apocalyptic genre but Ms. Meigs has certainly changed my mind. This is the second book I have read in this world of the walking dead (after Jack Wallen's I, Zombie I) and Ms. Meigs has definitely left her stamp on this type of fiction.

Take one strong female character (Cade), mix a best friend element (Ethan) and a soldier on the run (Brandt) and you have a terrific book. Another female character, Remy, also grows on you as the reader finds out what these people have been through and what they are battling.

The world Ms. Meigs describes is vivid and the characters are memorable. However, she does leave you in a lurch at the end and that is where one star comes off as I felt the book ended too abruptly and I was neither satisfied with the ending and wanted more. I realize this is a series and so many unanswered questions will be wrapped up in books to come but I would have liked this book to be a bit longer than what it was. All in all, it is still a great story and I can't wait for part two! ;-)

Author of
Death Wish: Book I (The Vamp Saga)
The Beautiful People series
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 More like a 3.5 but let's not quibble. 31 août 2013
Par Jane - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
It's occurred to me that perhaps this was written too fast? Oddly, I can't quite put my finger on what left me wanting in this story. Enough of the story hadn't been fleshed out by the time the characters all joined together. Well, I'm not the editor. I've read lots of post-apocalypse books and this one isn't going to make the cut for space at the top of my list of favs. In fact, unless I get really desperate for a read, I won't be continuing with this trilogy.
12 internautes sur 16 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Something very wrong with the characters 7 mars 2012
Par Frontlaven - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
Even though I'd like to give this one more props, I just can't.

The weakness of this book comes from the 3 main characters and their awkward character development. You have a cop, an active duty Marine Corp officer, and an ex-IDF sharpshooter. Bad thing is that all of the characters were completely off kilter personality-wise. I know that people are different and one shouldn't categorize, but real people who have these occupations are usually leaders and alphas and would usually not behave in the manner they did in this story. The 3 characters seemed indecisive, inexperienced, and weak. I believe the author tried to write in emotional trauma, preoccupation, and stress as reasons why some characters were rude and hostile towards their compatriots, but it was just plain odd. So although it's great that a zombie book actually tried to build up its characters, the entire dialog going back and forth seemed awkward and unbelievable.

Either way, I think this was the author's first book, so good job for writing and publishing. But there is a lot of work to be done for any future books in this genre. More research is needed and maybe "meeting" a few military officers or cops and taking note of their personalities. Some odd spoiler examples that were unbelievable were that the cop didn't seem to know what he was doing at all. He seemed flustered at every situation he encountered and had no idea what to do. He behaved like a regular person or a rookie cop out of training but it was weird since the story had said that he had just gotten promoted in his PD. The Marine surrendered his pistol way too quickly and the fact that he abandoned his post is a bit disturbing as well. Also, where is his rifle? He seemed to only be running around with a pistol most of the time. As for the sharpshooter, the IDF character didn't use her rife much at all. I think she shot it around 5 times only. Lastly, who keeps guns locked up in a case during any sort of zombie event? I don't see that happening...ever.
14 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Lame Non-Zom Nov 7 octobre 2013
Par Elizabeth Morrissey - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Everyone wants to re-invent zombies and I get it - wouldn't it be cool if "your" zombie was the next big thing! But this just didn't work. The "zombies" are a weird mashup - some are living folks with an infection that makes them hate. Then all of a sudden they get shot and don't die... but then they do...well not all of them...yeah I don't get it either.

The characters absolutely suck. All are shells of something that could have depth but it's only alluded to....a LOT. Dialogue amoung the shells is repetitive to the point of numbness. One character in particular grated so badly I started skipping his sections. Don't feel I missed anything since he would then talk some more.
I'm only giving one star because it's supposedly about zombies, although I don't really know that's too accurate for "the infected."
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