Review by Anniek
A group of scouts are in the woods together with their scout leaders. They have been out there multiple times. It's about learning survival skills and working together as a group. While they're breaking up their camp to go back home, some strange noises are coming from the woods. On the dirt road they are being confronted with a car accident. This accident looks strange, but they can't figure out what isn't right about it. Because of the thick fog they decide to wait a while before they continue. When it turns out that the world is no longer the same world they left behind, the scouts have to rely on all of their skills to make it out alive. Will they be able to make it as a group?
The scouts and their leaders are a strong group of people. The scout leaders are also the dads of some of the boy scouts, so that created a scary double role. Of course they want everybody to be safe, but keeping your own child safe will always be the top priority of any parent. I liked it a lot that everyone stays kind, people are helping each other out and are recognizing strengths instead on focusing on weaknesses. Even if someone makes a mistake or misjudges the situation they all choose to stay together. This positivity is a perfect example of what being a member of the scouts and a close group of true friends should be all about. This filled me with hope about how their journey would turn out.
Michell Plested has written a zombie story with several unusual twists and turns. It gives another perspective on the traditional zombie stories that are already out there. Being a big fan of zombie books, series and movies there is not much that can still surprise me, but Scouts of the Apocalypse did exactly that. Scouts of the Apocalypse is fast-paced and it kept me on the edge of my seat. It's a gripping and thrilling story about a group of young boys with their scout leaders, who have to fight their way through the zombie herds to get home. If you're a lover of the zombie genre, just like me, then I would highly recommend Scouts of the Apocalypse: Zombie Plague.
Scouts of the Apocalypse: Zombie Plague is a chilling read filled with hope and skilled survivors. It's a perfect choice for zombie fans.
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Review by Anniek
A close group of scouts has found a safe place to stay and the members are bringing in more and more zombies. They've learned that if a body is intact enough a zombie can be cured. They're able to bring back the people they once were. The zombies that are cured are able to heal other zombies, but they also repel them. Zombies will move away if a former zombie comes near. Now that the undead start dying for real time is running out. Scout leaders Mike and Jeremy plan on going to the city to find out what happened to their families. What will they encounter? Will they be able to find and possibly rescue their family members?
The group of survivors of the zombie apocalypse has grown since they found out how to turn people back from being a zombie. There are still a lot of people that need to be saved. When Mike and Jeremy leave to go to the city, Ricky and Michael go with them on their mission. Ricky and Michael are determined to find more help and later they go on their own separate journey. On a school campus they find a geneticist who has captured her zombified husband and daughter. With the hope of getting them back she helps Ricky and Michael with their investigation. How long will it take before their questions have been answered? Is there an easier way to bring back the people they love?
Scouts of the Apocalypse: Zombie War is the second book in a series and continues where Scouts of the Apocalypse: Zombie Plague ends. I loved reading about the scouts again and was very curious to see where their journey would take them. This book is filled with hope and determination. Never before have I read a story where zombies could be cured and I liked the positive vibe that comes with being able to rescue the people that were lost. This gives the zombie genre a whole new direction. Michell Plested knows how to keep you hooked and I couldn't read fast enough to get to the last pages. He is an experienced and skillful writer and he has written another brilliant story that I highly recommend.
Scouts of the Apocalypse: Zombie War is a story with strong main characters and young boys who learn to survive in a new world. I think that this series is an absolute must-read if you love the zombie genre.
About Michell Plested
Michell (Mike) Plested has been reading Science Fiction and Fantasy since he was six years old and writing for almost as long. He is an author, blogger and podcaster living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He writes in multiple genres spending most of his time with Science Fiction, Fantasy and YA Adventure.
He is the host of the writing podcast “Get Published”, a 2009 and 2011 Parsec Finalist and the Science Fiction Comedy podcast GalaxyBillies that has been called “Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Beverley Hillbillies” by his listeners.
Mik Murdoch, Boy Superhero is Michell’s first published book.
Michell is also completing work on the anthology "A Method to the Madness: A Guide to the Super Evil" with editing partner Jeffrey Hite.
The inspiration for my stories
by Michell Plested
I am occasionally asked where my ideas come from and I always try my best to answer. I’m not entirely sure it is a helpful answer because, it is short, sweet and extremely vague.
In a single word, I get my inspiration from…Everything.
I told you it might not be helpful. Let me give you some examples of different things that have resulted in stories of one kind or another.
When I think about the inspiration for my Scouts of the Apocalypse series, the original idea came while I was driving out to our yearly survival shelter camp. The area we camp in is remote with little to no cell phone coverage. It is very wild and is infrequently travelled by hunters and logging trucks.
Did I mention it’s remote?
The thought popped into my head that the world go change while we were at camp and we wouldn’t even know it until we were almost home. It seemed like an interesting idea I could one day explore in my writing. Little did I know my Scouts were planning an evening of ghost stories around the fire.
Very BAD ghost stories.
After the third very BAD ghost story (Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Bullwinkle the Moose were the heroes of each one) I stepped in. I told them I had a story for them that would put those ghost stories to shame.
I took the idea I’d thought of as I drove and created a tale of Scouts and Zombies. I used my Scouts as the characters and it took place the day we left camp. I used landmarks we would see going home to place the story. The Scouts were mesmerized and listened intently. When I was done, I congratulated myself on pulling off the story (it was the first one I’d told around the campfire from scratch).
It wasn’t until we were back home that I realized how successful the story had been. Every one of the Scouts came to me and told me they hadn’t seen any zombies on the way home. The leaders later told me that the Scouts stared out the vehicle windows, focused on the countryside as it sped by, not saying a word.
I knew I had to write it down immediately. The result is the first two books in the series with a third on planned to finish the trilogy.
I’ve also gotten stories from songs, newspaper articles, sermons in church, other stories, history and television shows. Some of my favorites are based on events that have happened to me.
That’s where my Mik Murdoch: Boy Superhero series is largely from. Many of the events in the books are based on things that I did, saw or was told when I was much younger. For example, Mik’s sidekick, a mongrel dog named Krypto, is based on several of the dogs I owned when I was a boy. The treehouse that is his secret headquarters is based (loosely) on a treehouse my dad and I built.
It’s always fun to write those stories because, in a way, I get to relive an idealized version of my childhood and share that with my readers. It’s also rewarding because the Mik character really represents the person I’ve always wanted to be (and no, I’m not quite there yet).
The fact that I get my inspiration from so many different sources means I never know when I’m going to be struck with a new idea. It also means that I have more story ideas than time to write them.
So, I keep a list of the best ideas in hopes that, one day, I will be able to use them. I know I can’t possibly use them all, but it’s fun to know that I will never be at a loss for things to write about. New people, places and events I can astonish my readers with and, hopefully, bring some joy to them along the way too.
Where do I get my inspiration from? Everywhere. Probably even from you.
Five very lucky readers of With Love For Books will win amazing prizes. The first prize is a signed paperback copy of Scouts of the Apocalypse: Zombie War and digital copies of both books, the second prize is an unsigned paperback copy of Scouts of the Apocalypse: Zombie War and digital copies of both books and three runner ups will receive digital copies of both books; Scouts of the Apocalypse: Zombie Plague & Scouts of the Apocalypse: Zombie War by Michell Plested.