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John Chase has just arrived in Atlanta on a business trip when America experiences the worst attacks in history. Nuclear bombs destroy cities and the widespread release of nerve gas sends the majority of the surviving population into a murderous rage. Rescuing a woman who survived the attacks he must lead her to safety as Atlanta burns, raging infected roam unchecked and sJohn Chase has just arrived in Atlanta on a business trip when America experiences the worst attacks in history. Nuclear bombs destroy cities and the widespread release of nerve gas sends the majority of the surviving population into a murderous rage. Rescuing a woman who survived the attacks he must lead her to safety as Atlanta burns, raging infected roam unchecked and society disintegrates into savagery....

Title : Voodoo Plague
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ISBN : 19521430
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Number of Pages : 332 Pages
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Voodoo Plague Reviews

  • David Bradley
    2018-09-25 22:34

    Oh my god, there are six books in this series? No way. Alright, here's a review: I made it 60 pages into the book before I had to stop. The book is written in first-person perspective, with one chapter written about a secondary character written in some form of limited-omniscient third person. The action starts out real soon, like 10 or 20 pages in, and is competently written. My main problem is with the characters, and the writing around the characters. The main character is Rambo, able to get six headshots with six bullets on these not-really-zombies-but-pretty-much-zombies. The first real person the protagonist encounters is a woman wearing only a g-string and running away from some "zombies", and is, of course, a stripper who is paying her way through medical school. Sufficiently sexualized, but she's brainy, so it's not really objectifying! Who knows, maybe over the course of six (!) books the characters develop very deep motivations and relationships. After we meet this woman, we get a chapter of background depicting her escape from the strip club during the initial "zombie" outbreak. Hooray strippers! But the character is inconsistently written as incredibly competent and incredibly weak, which is a stark contrast to the ultra-capable male protagonist.I gave up in the middle of the first action sequence. Under the influence of zombification, apparently the men become super-strong lumbering idiots, and the women become highly agile, ruthless predators. This leads the main protagonist (the narrator) to mentally note, "I was sure that women had just become what I always thought they were. The most dangerous members of the human race." (An editor should have replaced that period with a colon, but that's a minor quibble.) That's when I said, "Life is short, books are important, I'm skipping the rest of this." I've read some pretty gross, sexist stuff (I'm thinking of Robert Heinlein, Ayn Rand, and Harlan Ellison in particular), but those authors were 1) writing in a different temporal-cultural context, and 2) making deep observations about humanity either through or in spite of their apparent sexism. I'm not going to read a lightweight thriller that is marinated in this bullshit.I'm really not usually this sensitive to sexism and gender stereotyping - perhaps I am becoming more sensitive to it, and perhaps that's a good thing - but I just couldn't give this a pass. Two stars, really 1.5 stars, for competent and engaging action sequences.

  • Lauren
    2018-10-02 23:42

    An excellent read!I reviewed the book on Amazon and stand by it 100% - a unique and interesting take on the zombie apocalypse is in store for the reader with Voodoo Plague. "Written from the completely believable and oftentimes quite candid point of view of the protagonist, the story starts out with an air of enigma and then the world crashes down and dumps the reader headlong into the terrifying wasteland that the author creates.Not overly wordy, the reader isn't burdened with flowery paragraphs chronicling every little detail of the chaos (of which there is a glorious abundance), or even the characters. The small cast is fully fleshed out by their actions and personalities rather than lengthy descriptions. There's words where they count, and the reader is still given plenty of opportunity to let their imaginations fill in the blanks.An awesome endeavor by a new author. I loved it and I'm glad the wait for number two will not be long!One last thing... as another reviewer pointed out, the last line is absolutely epic."

  • Caroline
    2018-09-19 19:43

    Heaven help me, I liked this book.It felt to me quite a bit like reading a really great first draft that was in need of some substantive content editing and a more thorough proofread. There were cliches aplenty, which made sense when I considered the perspective it was written from, but made me stop and say "oh, geez, come on now" often. I face-palmed a lot. But I kept on reading.The main character I found to be pretty irritating, but at least he had reasons for being as capable during the apocalypse as he was. The sidekick didn't, and there were tons of face-palmey lines that related to her. I still liked her, though, moreso whenever the story was told from her perspective instead of his.The pacing was crazy fast, sometimes a bit too fast. (Those times were usually broken up by me when I would stop and tell the book it was being too cliche. I talked to the book. Means I liked it.) It isn't bogged down by excessive descriptors and is certainly a good representation of what the main character would notice.All in all, I'm not sad I spent the time to read it. I do hope that in the future, this author's work gets a little more editorial attention. I don't think I will be finishing the series, but it could very well be just what a person is looking for if they would like fast pacing, survivalist and definitely-not-zombies themes, and if the reader isn't overly conscious of and bothered by obvious tropes or moderate copy-editing issues.

  • Mary Alice
    2018-09-18 02:40

    I just finished reading the first book of Voodoo Plague. Mr. Patton has achieved his goal. It is fast paced, engaging, intriguing as well having some well placed gems of humor. I can't wait for the next book. John Chase is a well thought out military character. Pairing him with Rachael and Dog provides a nice vehicle for expanding his dimensions. I love the female 'zombies'. Nice touch. This is a must read for zombie end of the world book lovers.

  • MacKenzie Paxton
    2018-09-19 22:41

    I decided I needed to go outside my "normal" genres last night and snagged this book on sale (through 1/31/16) on Amazon. I am a huge Walking Dead fan. Our neighbors have a watch party each Sunday when it's being aired and six to twelve of us sit there, absolutely rapt, and watch the show. Half of us will watch the Talking Dead and chat about it afterward, too.This book was fantastic! I pulled it up on my Kindle last night when my hubby was climbing into bed. I told him I was going to read for "just a little bit" and he snuggled up to me and went to sleep. Almost FOUR HUNDRED PAGES LATER, I turned off my Kindle and proceeded to dream about it all night long.V Plague is slightly more plausible than TWD - the fact that the infected people are still technically living but are extremely aggressive and impervious to pain is possible when talking about a military-grade neurotoxin. Possibility and plausibility aside, the book is action-packed and entertaining. Your heart rate will ramp up when the characters are in danger and you will feel like you are part of the story, hearing the gunfire, seeing the infected running toward you.LOVED THIS BOOK! I plan to make my way through the rest of this series over the next few weeks. Yes, this is even after I promised I would read the books already on my Kindle instead of buying new ones. My husband would be disappointed...if I told him.

  • Tara Bush
    2018-10-16 01:43

    This is one fast-paced story! You barely meet the main character before all Hell breaks lose. Most books give you a little day to day and character building before catastrophe strikes. I felt a little cheated. As if the characters in this book didn't have enough to handle with the main cities nuked and most of the population turned into mindless, shuffling killers, it seemed like the majority of unaffected people they encountered were mean and nasty. I'd like to think in such a situation there'd be a little more harmony rather than everyone shooting at each other. I must admit that I skipped over some paragraphs because I don't really care about what kind of guns everyone had and how they functioned. Ramp those descriptions down and spend a little more time on character development! I was always anxious to find out what would happen next, but let out a groan of frustration when the book ended without resolving anything. I've already ordered the second book because I need to find out.

  • The Elves
    2018-09-21 22:29

    We confess to sharing a love of Zombie movies. In fact, we have a high tolerance for even low budget films in this genre, and the fact that they are scientifically untenable is ignored in the joy of seeing zombies offed. However, we’ve never read a zombie book prior to this and won this one as a Goodreads First Reads, and had no idea what to expect in terms of quality. This book, Voodoo Plague book 1, purports to be a fast action thriller … and that is exactly what it is. It is well written, not over written (which is something we hate), and keeps you moving along in the action almost from the very first pages. Honestly, we loved it. The Silver Elves authors of Elven Silver: The Irreverent Faery Tales of Zardoa SilverstarElven Silver

  • Lori Franklin Hopkins
    2018-10-15 22:40

    This is by far one of my favorite zombie genre books! I wasn't sure what to expect, but once I got started, I could not put it down. The book has just the right amount of description as far as weapons and such are concerned. The book isn't bogged down with tactical speak, so it was not a hard read.The main character is a nice guy, who learns quick that things aren't so nice in the world anymore. I like the fact that he is ex-military, too. They will be surviving, too, dear readers, and will have a higher chance, probably, than a regular Joe, so don't knock him. I don't know what a few of the reviewers were talking about, because I liked him, and I liked Rachel.So, all in all, I liked this series very much and cannot wait to read the other volumes out there.

  • Georgianna Price
    2018-09-22 03:24

    I was surprised to find out that Dirk Patton is a new author because Voodoo Plague is such a great book. We follow John and Rachel from the very beginning of the apocalypse, after dirty bombs turn the US population into the ravenous infected. Survivors die and will turn from a bite from one of these creatures, and John and Rachel have to learn fast if they're going to survive. The story is well planned and executed and the characters are also well developed. Patton has managed to avoid most of the issues that writers new to this genre usually fall victim to. If you're looking for page turning, zombie apocalypse suspense, you have definitely found the right book!

  • Rick
    2018-10-15 21:36

    I won this book in a competition on Goodreads. (Autographed no less.)I read a lot of post-apocalyptic novels. It has quickly become my favorite genre. Unfortunately many are not very well written. That is not the case with this book.Voodoo Plague is one of the best in the genre that I have read. I found it even more engaging than World War Z, which is saying a lot.I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series.

  • Mark Horner
    2018-09-18 22:37

    One of the best post-apocalyptic novelsI personally enjoyed this novel although someone who is not familiar with military jargon & terminology may not be as captivated as I was. Top marks on narrative & character building even made me sympathetic to Dog. I will be continuing the series.

  • Jamia stewart
    2018-10-03 21:44

    This book is one of the best I have read in a long time. As soon as I was done I downloaded the second book and am well into it now. It is fast-paced and exciting, and the two characters are true survivors. Anyone who likes apocalyptic novels should read this immediately. GREAT BOOK!P.S. So glad he went back for Dog

  • Jeff Clifford
    2018-10-14 20:50

    Great book! Fast paced, outstanding action sequences. Best book in this genre I've read. If you like the Arisen series you will love this book. Can't wait for book 2!

  • Joanne
    2018-09-28 00:44

    This is the first book in the series and it does not disappoint at all. The books starts off a a cracking pace and it just keeps on going. I will be reading the next two books for sure.

  • Yvonne
    2018-09-23 21:44

    Lots of zombies and a great hero and heroine team. Loved it.

  • Vykki
    2018-10-01 02:41

    This was a really great zombie book I enjoy the new twist. I enjoy the interaction of the two main character have and what a kick ass dog. If you like a good zombie story this is the one for you.

  • chucklesthescot
    2018-09-23 23:33

    John Chase is ex-military and is in Atlanta on business when nuclear bombs start to fall in cities, and releasing nerve gas. He knows he needs to find a way back to his wife in Phoenix along with two rescued companions-Rachel, a student and part-time stripper, and Dog the abandoned German Shepherd. There are going to be big problems ahead of them-armed guys, psycho rednecks and of course to make things more difficult, the local population are turning into crazed zombies. Will they make it to Arizona alive and unbitten?This book really did have everything I love about zombie books. It was fast paced and the action scenes never let up. There is lots of zombie mayhem with slow moving males and fast moving females. We have two great MCs in John and Rachel who work well as a team and you care what happens to both of them from the moment you meet them. There is a gorgeous dog who features heavily in the plot, though I worry about the poor furry guy on every single page! There are tense survival scenes, all out guns blazing attacks, rescues and running away and great writing to tie it all together. It is certainly one of the best opening books in a series that I've read.John is very much of the attitude of never leaving anyone behind so when his companions are in trouble, he is willing to do whatever it takes to rescue or protect them. He is also determined to get home to his wife to see if she is safe. John is the guy you want as your hero in the zombie apocalypse. He is capable but not perfect and he makes mistakes that will have you yelling at the book. I liked him very much because he is a proper good guy. I also liked Rachel as she was tough in her own way and has to deal with some bad crap on the trip. She is feisty and determined and I was so pleased to see a book where the male and female MCs don't feel the need to jump into bed. They are friends and a team. I do hope it stays that way at least until we hear about John's wife at some point in the future.I love Dog and wanted to adopt him and keep him safe. He is loyal and brave, and is a great addition to the book. Now I know that a lot of you are going to be thinking 'does Dog survive?' I know that because I've already been asked! (yes Barb, I'm talking about you! *grins*) I understand your fears as I panic over the dog more than the human in these survival stories. I know a lot of you can't bear not knowing the outcome for the furry companion and need to know more about it before getting engaged in the book. So to let you decide whether or not you want to read the book I will insert a hidden spoiler to tell you if Dog lives or dies. Here it is: (view spoiler)[Dog lives! (hide spoiler)]My favourite scenes? There are so many. It is a road trip where they travel by different methods so the action is always evolving. I think my favourite sequence was from the car breaking down near the zombie herd and fleeing towards the lake along with the rescues to follow. There was angst, tension and fear...and that was just me! I was really on the edge of my seat reading this book and I barely put it down until it was finished. That says a lot about the storytelling ability and skill of the author. I was fully engaged in the plot and I loved the characters.Am I planning to read on in the series? Oh yes! I have purchased the rest of the books so far and plan to reread this book and then binge on the rest of them. I am very much looking forward to whatever is going to happen next. I recommend this to fans of fast paced zombie and apocalypse fiction.

  • Cheryl
    2018-09-28 21:43

    The Voodoo Plague series by Dirk Patton is an original, character-filled, action-packed, compelling post-apocalyptic tale. The first book in series, Voodoo Plague, starts with a businessman, John Chase, experiencing some disturbing events while in a hotel in Atlanta. He rescues a woman, Rachel, from an attack and they quickly go on the run as they realize that people have become rage-infected due to a bioterrorist attack. They decide to head to Arizona to find John�??s wife, Katie, and quickly get immersed in not only survival, but also helping others survive. There are several unique elements that make the series stand out from the ordinary. 1. The �??zombies�?� are not undead; they are regular people who have been infected with a bioterrorism virus. Females are fast, 28 days later rage-filled creatures, and some exhibit intelligence, while males form slow shambling Romero-type herds. 2. This is not a story about an average Joe rising to the occasion -- the central character in the series, John Chase, is a highly trained ex-military superhero. He keeps going and going, like the Energizer bunny, and is skilled to the extent that the reader has to suspend disbelief at some points. But being a superhero has its benefits, and it allows John to charge from action-packed situation to situation, which makes for a tense roller-coaster ride -- bringing us to point 3. 3. Action is non-stop. Infected! Nukes! White Supremists! Tornados! Slavers! Floods! Train Wrecks! Plane Crashes! Redneck Shit-kickers! Rescues! Bioterrorism! Serial Killers! Invading Forces! Helicopter Crashes! There is seriously no breathing space ever in this series, which means there is never a logical breaking point when you can go to sleep or leave the book for a while. 4. The characters, including those in supporting roles, are all interesting. I didn�??t much like John at first, as he is bit macho in the first book, but the other characters caught my attention, especially Dog. Rachel, the rather clich??d �??stripper with heart of gold�?� (and smarts too) is tough and resilient and likeable. Crawford, Jackson, Roach, and other characters add depth to the story. Though you don�??t want to get attached to them�??.these are normal mortals unlike John! The Voodoo Plague series is good fun, and I recommend that you get the entire set, call in sick to work, and tell your family that you need some personal space. Then, curl up in a dark room and enjoy the roller-coaster ride as John, Rachel, and Dog try to survive the action-packed events in Dirk Patton�??s extraordinary, post-apocalyptic world.

  • Sandy Nawrot
    2018-10-08 21:51

    Another "hidden gem" audio that I bought in desperation to fill the gaps between my Audible credits. I think I've learned my lesson. These two audios that I purchased (the other was "Bad Games") were on par with entertaining but forgettable airplane books. Both the first of a series (hmmm, I sense a sinister plot Audible). This one is about the apocalypse, coming in the form of nuclear attacks and a hybrid nerve gas that turns humans into aggressive zombie-like creatures. Our protagonist is a special forces guy turned business man who is originally from Arizona but is in Atlanta when the invasion occurs. He escapes harm somehow and sets out to get back to Arizona and his wife when he teams up with...wait for it...a semi-naked stripper who is working her way through medical school. Oh, and a dog. Because even if I don't care about the humans, I need to worry about the fate of the dog. They encounter lots of white trash, rapey men with bad intentions. The only benign humans they find are some pimply goth teenagers. From what I can tell, there are many more installments after this one, but I won't be reading them.Not that this book was horrible. It was fast-paced, and the "zombie by nerve gas" angle was creative. I just found the whole scene a bit misogynistic and stereotypical. A stripper? Really? There are just too many wonderful stories out there to mess around with these, unless I'm looking for something brain-numbing. I don't know how in the world this book got so many five stars, honestly.The narrator, Jeffrey Kafer, didn't do much for me either. I'm struggling to find words to describe his demeanor. Sort of like an old-timey newscaster who puts stifled man-drama into his voice I guess. Not my cup of tea. But apparently it is for many reviewers out there.

  • Cherita
    2018-10-08 00:35

    A non stop ride! I could not put this book down until I finished it. The story line was unique and this is not your average zombie novel. It puts you more in the mind of 28 Days Later with the rage virus...except this one is more unique as the females are more brutal and faster and cunning. The character development was perfect. You got enough background information on them to know what type of person they were before the world changed. I already purchased Crucifixion to read directly afterwards.

  • Kit
    2018-09-26 01:28

    I really tried to give this book a go but only managed to get half way through. I finally threw in the towel when the author wrote "me" 6 different times in the same paragraph. This book probably could have used better editing and a tone or three down on the stereotype and misogyny. I probably won't finish this book nor finish the series.

  • James Ball
    2018-10-06 21:48

    As a goodreads friend (Jess) recently told me, "books like these are junk food for the mind". I couldn't agree more or make a better statement. I gobbled this one up and then licked my fingers. If you love survival horror, I think you may love this novel.

  • Jamie Eastman
    2018-10-05 21:44

    Very goodI liked this, even though there was some military and weapons jargon, it was still not so in depth I had no clue what the author was talking about, definitely going on to the next one.

  • Sarah B ** BookJunkie**
    2018-10-08 02:44

    Will read the others in this series

  • AH
    2018-09-24 22:37

    Kindle free download 6/6/14.

  • Geoff
    2018-09-22 03:43

    Liked the fast-pace. The creatures were cool, especially the females.Characters good.Now, on to part 2.

  • Geoff
    2018-10-08 03:40

    Hooked me well enough to go straight out ad get the second novel.Great characters. Great action.

  • Darren Dilnott
    2018-10-17 00:43

    I had the pleasure of listening to the audiobook of this with the ultra awesome Jeffrey Kafer as the narrator. He owns the character John Chase brilliantly and reminded me so much of fellow narrator ,Ray Porter's own character Joe Ledger from Jonathan Maberry's superb series.John Chase is bad-ass without doubt. But the character also has wit, and a more human side than a lot of Rambo type, apocalyptic killing machines.Dirk Patton in my opinion simply knows the magical formula for a fantastic ZA story. I've read so many ZA books, and started even more. I think i know what makes a fine story.Joe Mckinney's Dead City series came to my mind when reading Voodoo Plague. There's no pitiful cap on profanity, and humans react exactly how you would expect them to react with the world dying on its arse. The story is brutal, and the pace utterly relentless. There's no religious overtones giving survivors some divine reasoning for their continued existence.It's hard, fast and so much damn fun.Straight onto book 2.My only concern is that i cannot find audio versions of the series beyond book 2. That would be a terrible injustice on what i feel is one of the best ZA books i've ever read.

  • Chrystal Roe
    2018-10-07 03:22

    Great book!Action packed adventure. The Apocolypse interrupts a man's business trip and sends him on a journey to try to return home. There are a lot of miles, herds of infected people, and scariest of all groups of uninfected that he will have to​ get through to make it there. A fast paced tale, well told, with excellent characters to make the journey with.

  • Anne Marie Izzo
    2018-10-03 02:22

    Excellent!Excellent story with an unusual but definitely possible premise. This book is well written and grabs you in the first few pages. I will be getting the next book in the series for sure!! Loved it.