Monday, October 22, 2012

Praise for the Zombie D.O.A. Series

I try not to read reviews of my work, really I do. But, like every other insecure writer out there, I have to sneak a peak every once in a while, just to see that I'm hitting the right marks with my audience (at least so I tell myself!). Nonetheless, I've been pleasantly surprised by some of the kind things you've had to say about the Zombie D.O.A. series.

Here are just some of the comments that have put a spring in my step and sent me back to my laptop on days when the words come hard and a cocktail by the pool seems oh so appealing.

I thank you from the bottom of my undead heart.


Excellent and Amazingly Hopeful  *****

This series of books were the best zombie books ever. Action, story and humanity come together to deliver a book I could not put down. The ending was amazing and especially in a zombie book. This is one keeper I look forward to reading again one day. Would love to see another book about Chris and Ruby's reunion too.

Sheena Albright on 


If I could give more stars to this book i would!! This book is just so AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME! The story starts off creepy, scary and good, continues, creepy, scary and good and ends creepy, scary and good!! I cant wait to get to the next part which i will start reading as soon as i give this review!! I take my hat off to the author, i give you a standing ovation and say BRAVO!BRAVO!! good job! keep them coming like the first book, creepy, scary and just the right amount of humor!!

Caridad Cruz on Goodreads

DOA Series *****

"Ok so been on this zombie novel kick for over a year now. I have read some really, really good ones, and some really, really bad ones. Approx. 70 zombie novels so far. I dont write reviews and i know i should because there are alot I have liked but wrote nothing on them. JJ Zep suprised me out of nowhere with this zombie series. I bought all four after getting hooked by the sample and am now about to purchase the fifth one. All I can say is the series is simply awesome. I judge a book by wether i can put it down or even want to or not. I did not want to put these down, to go to sleep, or to work. Of course i had to, but eargerly looked forward to getting back to them as soon as possible. When you tell yourself "ok i can get by on 5 hours sleep, and go to work tomorrow" Just because you want to read it for one more hour, then I think its a damn good read Thanks JJ for the awesome time spent in your little world of creativity. I will continue to purchase your work."

Sean Julius on

Unique And Impossible To Put Down *****

"I've been on this "zombie apocalypse" reading kick for the past year or so. I've read about a hundred different books, novellas, and short stories on the subject of a post-apocalyptic earth after our inevitable extinction event goes down. The D.O.A. series was one of my favorites. It has relatable characters, a strong central plot line, and some fun sub-plot events that keep you reading. I ended up reading all 4 books the 1st day I bought the series on kindle. Thanks JJ, keep em coming please."

Hydrophonics on 

I appear to be working my way through everything "zombie" that Amazon has to offer, and I am mildly ashamed at coming to JJ Zep's party late if his prolific bibliography is anything to go by.

"Dead Meat" is an introduction to a wider series ("The D.O.A Series") and serves as an introduction to the writer's style and (I assume) the series as a whole. Zep doesn't disappoint and this is a teaser of the highest order.

Dawn Peers on Goodreads

A Different Kind of Zombie Adventure *****

"I'm not going to write a synopsis, but just say this is a very well crafted tale, the author has a gift in spinning an interesting yet different type of story in a crowded field. Do yourself a favor. Read the book and enjoy a zombie novel with heart and a hero."

Steven Pereira on

Wow! Loved It! *****

I enjoy horror books but have never been a big Zombie fan. This book changed my mind. The pace is breakneck and there is plenty of blood and gore to keep your average Zombie fan satisfied. But unlike many books in the genre, the characters are well constructed you really care about them.

There are some parts that really creeped me out but also some surprisingly tender moments. Add to that a clever plot, the sprinklings of a conspiracy theory, witty dialogue and some laugh out loud moments and you have an instant classic.

Critique on

Once again the author did not disappoint, this book was just as good as all the others before it! jt's an interesting fast read from the start until the end!! Chris Collins and Joe Thursday are my heroes, you can't help but fall in love with these guys, they can be goofy, serious and always on point when it comes to kicking some zombie butt!! At times i do feel like they get lucky a little too much, however the author makes it work. if you love zombies then this is one for you!! enjoy!!

Caridad Cruz on Goodreads


Great Story *****

This is book one of a series of four books. I was glad that I bought all four at the same time because the story in the next book begins right after the last one ends. Normally, I find this distracting because this seems as if the author is just trying to sell more books, but in this series it works. This is a great story in four parts. I wish there were more, as this is an great and fast moving story that will hold your interest.

Maggie on

Awesome / Extreme Zombie Read *****

Woah. So I just finished and this was great, especially the beginning! That had me literally saying WOW. I described the book to my husband and every time he said, geez, I told him "Wait... it gets worse"(well I suppose 'better' in this case!) The only thing I didn't like were the talking zombies, but that's just my own undead preference. Worth the download and ill be waiting for the subsequent sequel.

GingerMass 347 on

The final chapter *****

Sad to think that this is the final book in the D.O.A. series, but what a finish, thousands of zombies under the control of a madman who can unleash hell with the flick of a switch, and the return of the cannibalistic Dead Men biker gang, a group that Hooley has a personal grudge with.

As with the previous books, this picks up right where book 15 finished off with Joe stuck on a rooftop surrounded by zombies, did he survive? I suggest you buy the book and find out for yourself.

This has been a brilliant series to read, and I believe the next series is going to be a spin-off of the D.O.A. series featuring the younger generation (Charlie, Jojo, Ferret and of course Ruby), and one I'm looking forward to reading.

Colin Buckland on

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

5 Frighteningly Real Ways The World Might End

As an author of post-apocalyptic fiction, destroying the planet is my stock in trade. But could any of the scenarios trotted out in fiction actually happen? Read on to find out, then head for the store and stock up on emergency supplies. Then start digging that bunker in the garden...

Asteroid Strike
An asteroid striking the earth is a premise often examined in fiction, but what would the result of such an impact really be?

This is not a theoretical threat. It’s happened before and there are craters all over the planet to prove it. In fact, the last significant asteroid strike, 65 million years ago, caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Any significantly sized asteroid falling from the sky would unleash a tremendous amount of energy. For example, a mile-wide asteroid hitting the earth at 30,000 mph would cause an explosion equal to a 1 million megaton bomb. That's enough to wipe out virtually every living thing on the planet.

An asteroid that big would throw up enough dust to completely block out the sun. Anyone who survived the initial impact would soon perish. And if the asteroid were to land in the ocean it would cause massive tsunamis hundreds of feet high that would devastate coastal cities around the globe.

Nuclear Holocaust
With the end of the Cold War, the threat of a global nuclear war may have receded somewhat, but before we start congratulating ourselves at having dodged the bullet, let's remember that there are at least 20,000 active nuclear weapons remaining, enough to destroy the planet many times over.

And the possibility of malicious use of these weapons has not receded completely. The fear of deployment by a rogue state or terrorist group is very real, but what is even more frightening is a showdown between the US and rising world power, China.

The effects would be devastating. Quite aside from the havoc wrought by these weapons, we'd be facing radiation borne illnesses, nuclear winter and destruction of the ozone layer allowing solar radiation to penetrate our atmosphere.

Global Pandemic
Plagues and pandemics are nothing new. In the 14th century the Black Plague killed half of the Chinese populace before heading west and devastating the population of Europe. In 1918, an outbreak of Spanish Flu wiped out up to 100 million people, or 6% of the world's population.

But surely, with the advances in modern medicine such a pandemic couldn't happen these days? The scary truth is that it could, and perhaps it is even likely. The problem is that viruses and disease causing microbes mutate and become resistant to antibiotics. We've seen this in recent years with the panic caused by avian flu and swine flu, and it wouldn't take much for such a pandemic to spiral out of control.

And quite aside from the risk of a naturally occurring epidemic is the constant threat of biological warfare. Creating killer bugs is cheap and they are easy to produce, conceal and transport. All it would take is one motivated and demented terrorist group. A frightening thought.

Alien Invasion
Think about it, there are billions upon billions of planets in our universe and it is almost impossible to believe that Earth is the only one that houses intelligent life. And as our technology improves, allowing us to look deeper into the universe, our chances of encountering extraterrestrial life increase exponentially.

While we search the skies for them through initiatives like the SETI project, who is to say they aren't looking for us too? And if they find us, what are the chances they'll come in peace and not to colonize Earth or exploit our natural resources.

It is for this reason, that scientists like Stephen Hawking warn against trying to make contact with alien civilizations. They reckon that if a race has the technology to traverse the light years to reach us, they'll also be more than capable of exterminating us.

Volcanic Eruption
When Mount Tambora erupted in Indonesia in 1915, it pumped so much ash into the air that it blocked out the sun, changing the global climate for an entire year. 1816 became known as the year without a summer as temperatures plummeted, crops failed and famine and starvation were widespread.

Now imagine a volcano many times more powerful than Tambora, a super-volcano. There are five of these around the globe, and the biggest of them is sitting right on our doorstep in Yellowstone National Park.

The famous geysers and hot springs are powered by a sea of magma 30 miles wide and another 6 miles deep, and when it blows it will not only devastate North America, but cause every other volcano on the planet to erupt as well causing a global cataclysm that will wipe out everything on the planet.

And the other bad news is that Yellowstone is overdue. It has a cycle of eruption every 600,000 years and now it has now been 640,000 years since it last erupted.
Afraid yet?

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Dead And Buried (Zombie D.O.A. Book 8)

The city of Lancaster has fallen in an epic battle between zombies and humans. Chris Collins is on the run, taking his family east towards Flagstaff, Arizona, where he believes they'll be safe. 

But in these desperate times is anything ever that simple? Chris soon finds himself in conflict with a gang of muscle car driving road bandits, his son possibly infected with zombie blood, his family under attack in an abandoned diner.
And then there's the mysterious monk who comes to their rescue, and the strange cult led by Sister Valerie Rose - a cult that believes sacrificing humans to the zombies is their pathway to heaven, a cult that have set their sights on the Collins family.

Click the "Read More" link below to read an excerpt from 

Dead And Buried