Fire: A Zombie Apocalypse Novel

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Megan Pritchard survived the zombie apocalypse, but that was only the beginning of her problems. When a rival group of survivors led by a psychopathic ex-submarine commander threatens the fragile existence she has carved out in the southern Arizona desert, she must face her own mortality once again – or die trying.

The Elements of the Undead:
Fire: The Collapse
Air: Mortal Choice
Earth: Desperate Measures
Water: The End of Us

Coop: An Elements of the Undead Short
The Elements of the Undead Omnibus (Books One-Three)

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Devious Productions, LLC
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May 6, 2011
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Pages
156
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English
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Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Dystopian
Fiction / Horror
Fiction / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
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Ex-CIA analyst, Kurt Vetter is no stranger to tragedy and loss.  Swearing off any connections to a life he once lead, he retreats to South America--on a self-imposed exile.  But when he receives a mysterious package of encrypted files from his dead brother, he's drawn back into a dangerous world of treason and espionage--a world he swore he'd left behind for good. 

It's up to Kurt to uncover the message that his brother was desperate to convey--a message that could be the difference between life and death.  When the files lead him across the world, he encounters Amanda Carter, an enigmatic woman linked directly to his brother, who just might have the information he needs to decipher what's hidden inside the files.  Together, they uncover a plot far bigger than anything he ever anticipated--a rogue CIA mission to detonate a nuclear bomb.

But with time running out and his brother's assassins closing in, Amanda and Kurt must face this alone. With millions of innocent lives at stake, they race against the clock to stop the attack.  If they fail, the results could be explosive.

The Patriot Paradox is the first book in the Reluctant Hero Trilogy, an espionage thriller and political mystery series that features gripping suspense, international intrigue, and a cast of characters whose exploits will enthrall you. If you enjoy action-packed spy stories by the likes of Vince Flynn, Robert Ludlum, and Tom Clancy, you’ll love the story!


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The Patriot Paradox is set in a world that could be our own, where shadowy deep state government operatives scheme to shift the balance of power to suit their needs by whatever means necessary. Conspiracies abound.
6 Hackers, 1 Game... and 10,000 Undead.

Everyone loves Survivalist, a live-action, virtual reality show based on Arc Entertainment's The Game, where cybernetically controlled zombies do battle in a video arcade in the middle of a Long Island wasteland. It's to die for.

If you're rich enough, you can buy your way in. If you're desperate enough, you can volunteer to become one of the Undead Players. Jessie Daniels and her gang of computer hackers plan to break their way in.

Welcome to GAMELAND. Access Restricted.


EPISODE 1: Deep Into The Game

A reckless, end-of-summer plan leads Jessie and her friends onto Long Island hoping to catch a glimpse of the infected victims of a decades-old outbreak. But while breaking in might be easy, getting back out is a hell of a killer. It doesn't take long before they realize they're part of The Game.

EPISODE 2: Failsafe

Jessie and Kelly clash after one of their group gets stranded among the Infected Undead, forcing Kelly to make a rash decision which will ultimately deliver them into the hands of those who would turn them all into mindless players in The Game.


Deep into the Game and Failsafe are the first two books in the hi-tech dystopian thriller GAMELAND. Structured on television's The Walking Dead and Law and Order, the nearly 400,000-word series consists of eight individual episodes, first published monthly between May and December 2012. All are available digitally in single and multi-episode packages, as well as in an omnibus edition. Also available in print.

Not recommended for readers under age 15.

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Infected: Hacked Files from the GAMELAND Archive. Includes a timeline of key events, a glossary of terms, character dossiers, essays, articles and never-before-released voice transcripts from the Golgotha recordings. 

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 Darren and
his family had just gotten back from their vacation when they received a phone
call from Darren's Aunt Matilda.


"Darren,”
Matilda said, “your Uncle Henry was found dead in the wine

cellar. I really need
you to come by the mansion and help me straighten out my affairs. You are the
only one I can trust with this matter. I hope your family doesn't mind if you
come stay with me for a while until I get this all sorted out."



“I will
talk it over with my wife tonight, and I don't anticipate any problems,” Darren
replied. “Just get some rest, and I'll be there in the morning to start the
process."



“I feel so
much
better knowing that you'll be helping me out. I know your Uncle
Henry would've wanted it that way,” said Matilda. “Henry was always proud of
your accomplishments. He cared about you so much that he wanted you to have the
mansion should he ever leave us. What do you think about that Darren?”



Before
Darren had a chance to reply she interjected, “Before you say a word, there are
no living relatives besides you and I, and we both know that my age and my
health would not allow me to take on the huge task of making sure the mansion
is in tip top shape. Your family belongs here. I know this place has a horrid
past, but maybe you and your family can bring many years of happiness to it.”



 She paused for a moment, “Your Uncle should've
never gotten mixed up in the occult with his father Merlin. Henry said that if
we were to get married someday he would give up his father's wicked ways. I was
so naïve and in love with him… I didn't see the secrets that he kept from me,
until it was too late.



“Since the
death of your uncle, I have now discovered hidden passages in some of the rooms
that I never knew existed.
The
Red Room on the east side has a large pentagram in
the middle of the floor and a table with blood stains on it—where I assume was
used for human sacrifices. I also noticed when I touched the walls, there was
heavy padding covering them, and the door was thick with blood. I would imagine
the padding was done to sound proof the room so that if any visitors came by
and happened to pass the Red Room, they wouldn't be able to hear any screams.”



 She hesitated. "Darren, you're not going
to believe this, but I found a diary Henry was keeping about the rituals that
took place inside the
Red
Room… including all the gory details. The number of
people that died inside that room is inconceivable… I just can't believe I knew
nothing about what went on.



 “I did notice that the door was always kept
locked. But whenever I would ask the maid, she would tell me that it was locked
because Henry and his father were working on a break through invention.
Apparently it would bring the family a great fortune and they didn't want
anyone to steal their secret.



“So, me,
being the naïve person that I was, I just left it at that and never brought it
up again. If only I would have been the kind of wife that knew all of her
husband's business, I might have been able to stop my husband from getting
involved and moved away from this horrid mansion. My husband may still be alive
today...”



Matilda
composed herself and continued.



“The damage
is done. Now that Henry's father is gone too, there is no one to carry on their
murderess deeds. It's all up to you, Darren, to destroy any remaining books,
diaries, and anything else that could conjure up an evil presence. Please
hurry, I can't bear to spend another night alone in this place!”



“I’ll board
the next flight to Savannah, I promise,” Darren said, trying to comfort his
distraught
Aunt.



He could
hear her breathe a sigh of relief. “Oh, that sounds wonderful! Thank you…” Her
tone then
turned somber. “Listen… Henry always was very
protective of you. This was because he knew that you were the only true heir to
the mansion. You had no idea—no one did—that your uncle had planned for you to
take his place.



“You see,
when you were a little boy, Henry would enter the
Red Room as
you slept and perform certain rituals that went unnoticed until his passing. I
only know now because of his diary. It was written on the very last page, as if
the process was complete and it was your destiny to take over.”



Darren
chuckled a bit, “Matilda, there is no way my uncle would have the power to
choose another human being’s destiny! This is all hogwash, and that's all it
can be. I'll prove it to you when I arrive! We'll go through each room in the
mansion, and I'll read all of his writings to show you that it's all just
words. There is no way there is any truth to any of this.”



“Real
murders were committed in the
Red
Room, Darren. I have seen the blood,” Matilda
replied.



Darren
shrugged it off, “Please get some rest. I'll be there before noon tomorrow, and
I'll put all your fears to rest once and for all.”



Matilda
took his advice and tried to sleep it off. It only took about an hour before
she had fallen into a deep sleep. Suddenly Matilda's bed began shaking
violently and she could hear screams coming from the
Red Room. The
voices of Henry and his father were telling her she would die before sunset.



Matilda
jumped out of bed and ran to the door only to find that it was locked. She
screamed and beat on the door, hoping that the maid would hear her. Little did
she know, the maid had already met her end. 
Henry's ghost came into her room and summoned her to the
Red Room. The
maid’s will wasn't strong enough to resist his force. She rose from her bed and
followed the voice to the Red Room. Henry and
his father
Merlin were waiting for her there.



Tears were
flowing
down Matilda’s cheeks and her body was trembling as she lay
in her bed. All she wanted was to run out of her room and out of the mansion,
but her fate was already sealed. She took a deep breath and repeated to
herself, “There are no ghosts in this place…there are no ghosts in this
place...there are no ghosts in this place…"



All of a
sudden, the room grew silent. She slowly approached the door and turned the
knob. The door opened without hesitation. Matilda slowly stepped out of her
room and started walking towards the
Red Room. As
she inched closer, her heart was beating out of her chest. She knew that if she
could make it past this room, she could run down the stairs and out the door
and never return.



However,
Henry and Merlin could not allow the authorities to find out their secrets.
Just as Matilda's foot was dead center of the
Red Room, the
door flew open. Matilda screamed at the top of her lungs and tried to run, but
it was as though someone was holding her back. Matilda was frozen with fear and
bewilderment. She had really thought she could make it to the front door and
never return to the mansion again. Matilda's eyes were blinded by a bright
light coming from the Red Room. A strong force
whipped Matilda's frozen body into the room and slammed the door behind her.
She was never heard from again. 

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