Contest: Book Giveaway

Winner Announcement!

Okay everyone, we’ve got our winners:

  • pi3rk
    Aubrey Dickson
    Greg
    Murray Fish
    Michael
    William
    Mattexian
    Tlyer

If you won, the author will be reaching out to you to get you a copy of the book. Please make sure to add a review to Amazon when you finish reading it; let’s help him get the word out there!

Original Post

Hey everyone, how does a free book sound to you? Pretty good, right? What if I told you it was a zombie survival book? Well, I guess you’d probably say, “Yeah, we kind of assumed that.” Okay, fair enough.

So here’s the deal: Christopher Johnson is releasing his new zombie novel Seven Days Dead, and wants to give some of you the chance to read it for free. We’re going to pick ten winners from the comment thread. That said, only one entry per person please. I’m going to let the comments roll for at least two weeks, and maybe a little longer if we don’t get too many entries.

If you want a chance to win, simply comment on this post. Easy peasy.

Okay, here’s a quick description of the book you can win, and some background on the writer:

About Seven Days Dead

Seven Days Dead is a zombie novel with a twist. Tal Barzani, former IDF Special Forces operative, Mizrahi Jew, and confirmed drunk awakens to Jerusalem in flames. What he sees in the fire-brightened night sends Tal running for the desert to survive. Along the way, he unintentionally falls in with a group of people already on the ragged edge of survival. They traverse various areas of the Levant; and interspersed between its stark landscapes and rich history, the undead dog their steps.

About Christopher Johnson

My name is Christopher Johnson and I am a former United States Marine. I’ve been primarily in the financial field, and now am a fully disabled veteran. I have three boys between 6 and 16. This is my first venture into fiction, and what better entry into these waters than with zombies, my favorite ghoul? Apart from the undead, I also write on the subject of veteran’s benefits and religious anthropology. Please check my website for updates on new books, and some of my other works at www.cjauthor.com.

20 Comments

pi3rk

Story sounds original. That was cool to have some background from the author too. Cover of the book looks a bit strange to me, but the comments on the author’s website are enthusiastic.

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Christopher Johnson

Hey. Thanks for entering! Yeah the cover was done that way to simplify the iconography of Jerusalem, it’s an image of Golgotha and I thought it’d be easily identifiable. An actual picture of the city, I felt, would be too busy and hard to identify. Plus I thought it would be attention grabbing.

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Aubrey Dickson

Hmm it would be interesting to read a zombie book not set in America for a change.

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Greg

OK, it may be a dumb question but what is a former IDF?
I have read the free extract on the author’s website, the writing appears to be good and I like that the story is taking a (super) fast start. The opening with the former military waking up to a complete zombie chaos is a little overplayed.. but it is not necessary a bad thing – it is more like a genre on its own at this point and we’ll just have to see if the story can deliver some fresh ideas.
I would definitely be willing to give this one a try, I am only a little worried about two things.
Fast-paced stories often lack character depth and I hope there will be more to it than the haunted-drunk-veteran role. My other concern would be with the Religious connotations – just because this is not really my thing (like pi3kr, the cover also threw me off a little).

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Christopher Johnson

That is correct. IDF is Israeli Defense Force. The start of the book is a little fast paced, but the characters develop organically. I did it that way to try and avoid forcing their dynamics. I really tried to avoid everything that I didn’t like about the genre, but the immediate immersion in the zombie chaos was unavoidable because I didn’t want to explore the origin of the zombies. I wanted them to be absolute. The religious history, though, is an interest of mine. I have found that 9 times out of 10, the reality of history is often more interesting than the most far-fetched story. That didn’t stop me from adding the zombies, though 😉

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Christopher Johnson

Plus, I wanted there to be tension between the characters. Which there is in that region aplenty. You know those books where everyone has just the right skill? The Jillian is easy to pick out because his actions are plainly villainous? I didn’t want that. I wanted the tension to be reasonably expected and any ‘villain’ to be accidentally so, if at all.

Murray Fish

Long time follower, first time commenter.

Had a look at this book and would be keen to give it a read.

Like Aubrey, I always enjoy zombie books set outside the US as they present different challenges to the characters. I have a personal interest in religious history (from the history side of the fence as opposed to the religious side) so this is pretty much right up my alley.

Good luck with the publishing!

One day I’ll get around to turning my collection of rough notes into a novel of my own. One day…

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Michael

I would have thought more of the regular comic posters would have made their mark here already. The intro Chapter is a good lead in and has got my curiosity about the book going.

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william

HEY DAVE I JUST STARTED THE COMIC ON THE 9 AND I’M ALREADY ON THE NEWEST ONE. I’M A HUGE LEGO AND ZOMBIE FAN, SO THIS BOOK SEEM TO CATCH MY EYE. THE PLOT’S DEEP AND FILL WITH SOME TURNS. BUT OVERALL I REALLY WANT THE BOOK.

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william

HEY DAVE I JUST STARTED THE COMIC ON THE 9 AND I’M ALREADY ON THE NEWEST ONE. I’M A HUGE LEGO AND ZOMBIE FAN, SO THIS BOOK SEEM TO CATCH MY EYE. THE PLOT’S DEEP AND FILL WITH SOME TURNS. BUT OVERALL I REALLY WANT THE BOOK.

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Mattexian

The first chapter certainly teases this reader, making me want more. The summary sounds similar to my joking response to any prospective question from HR about “where do you see yourself in ten years?”

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