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    Zombie Crusade II

    Hey Texas Bill, Oregon Chick, sorry I never post anymore, but my life is a hot mess with kids, life, work, hunting seasons holidays.....you know the routine. Anyway, I know you really liked Zombie Crusade when I released it last fall, and wanted to let you know that Zombie Crusade II: David's Journey, is now available on Amazon Kindle. If you have a desire to keep up with the sequels and stuff, find my author page on FB. If not, hope you are well and keeping an eye on the world. JW
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    Zombie Crusade II

    Darn it Mr. T-Bill, here I'd gone and decided I liked you only to find out that you and David share a profession!! Oh well, my step-daughter does too, guess I need to make my peace with you folks......... Anyway, I'm really happy that you and OC like this book! My wife and I thought it was better than the first as well, but I definitely am moving the series in directions a bit different than most stories found in the genre. Yes, David's Journey is taking place within his soul, as well as on the river--very, very cool that you picked up on that, because I wondered if readers would notice. And yes, my faith resounds through everything I write---I just can't help myself. Don't belong to a church and don't go to them; don't tell folks they're all doomed if they don't share my beliefs; truly do love the sinner while hating the sin; and most of all, I've felt the touch of the Holy Spirit repeatedly in my life. I believe that if all of the man-made light in the world went out, the light within humans that reflects the Spirit of God within us would grow brighter. So yeah, in ZC I expect at least some of our heroes to feel compelled to make war on the evil that has been unleashed by distinctly un-Godly men. I am working on the next installment, and I feel extremely motivated these days. I've set a deadline of the end of February, and see no reason to change that at this time. More than likely, it will end up being March before it is available, because stuff always happens! But I will work hard to make my deadline. Again, next to my wife you and OC were the first fans I became aware of in this world, and I truly do appreciate your support. I know that people are (rightfully) wary of seeing internet contacts become personal, but if either you or OC want me to send you signed copies of both books just give me an address and I'll have them in the mail the next day. My heartfelt thanks and best wishes to you both!
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    Zombie Fiction or Something to Chew On

    Hey you two, still alive in Indiana. Mom-in-law just finished a month under hospice care last night--a bit of a rough spell there, especially for the wife. I loved the Zomney endorsement by Joss Wheedon. Have yet to get to Dead Stop but I will. Blue Plague as well. You guys are like my proof-readers! BTW: I really liked the first two Arisen: Fortress Britain novels by Glyn James and highly recommend them. A bit different from most zombie books. Also, need some advice. I have a wood burning stove/fireplace that depends on a fan to move the heated air into the room. Sat on a small generator for two years but never needed it so I sold it--seemed like overkill anyway. But do you know of some sort of 12v battery/inverter system, especially solar powered, that would keep that little fan motor blowing in an emergency???? Thanks
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    Zombie Fiction or Something to Chew On

    I was out of loop too, Texas Bill. Will download "Dead Stop" ASAP and get back with both of you. Thanks.
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    Zombie Fiction or Something to Chew On

    Do you recommend this film? LOVED the first, survived the 2nd, and couldn't sit through the 3rd. Did they recapture the magic of the 1st?
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    Zombie Fiction or Something to Chew On

    I see Texas Bill's point and yours. The bottom line is that the Change is some sort of supernatural event, so I read it as fantasy. It's good fun! For survival I'll look elsewhere. Which reminds me, I think Rawles' new book is available today. I like to buy his stuff immediately so it shoots up to best seller status. The more Americans exposed to him and his survival blog the more will survive the coming collapse--I hope. I always fantasize about more Americans being prepared than not, so we can limit the death and destruction. Seems like many people can't wait for the collapse, but I just think of starving children and it breaks my heart. We need to try, try, and try again to get people to make some basic preps.
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    Zombie Fiction or Something to Chew On

    It is beautiful in the spring, summer, and fall, but once the foliage is down the landscape is rather drab. My favorite places are the river valleys, especially the Wabash River and its tributaries. I've been to so many places through the miltary and wilderness travel, from Prudhoe Bay to the Ozarks, and from the ROK to the Blue Ridge. I was stationed at Ft. Huachuca for a while, and Oahu for over three years. I'm all over the upper midwest, as you can probably imagine. I want to be close to my kids, grankid, and other family, so I need to stay in the midwest for now. Ideally I'd like to settle in northwestern Michigan, along the coast of Lake Michigan, or move to Canada and live along the Huron. The lakes create a microclimate of warmer weather and plenty of moisture, while keeping me withing six hours of Ft. Wayne. My buddy lives in Dallas, and I get down there once in awhile. I just don't understand how you deal with the heat. And severl times when I was down there in the winter we had snow and ice that turned the metro area into a disaster zone. Texas ain't for wussies! You do have some great whitetails down there, though. And my uncle lived in Houston until he died. Took me to Gavelston once and we wade-fished for speckled trout in the gulf. That is still one of the greatest memories of my life; looking over at him smiling as he reeled in a big one, some species jumping through the air all around him. 1986.....time flies. You do any hunting or fishing down there?
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    Zombie Fiction or Something to Chew On

    Yeah, the BW environment is definitely fierce. The growing season is short, and you would have to work at developing good plots. Winter is mid-October to April, and the nights are very, very long. Surviving long-term out there would be brutal, but trying to chase down a guerilla band in there would be next to impossible for non-governmental military forces. There are always compromises when choosing retreat or bug-out locations. I live in Indiana, and I know why so many settlers filled this area: great soil, water everywhere, and manageable weather extremes. I once had to be plucked off of a Utah mountain, as I was dying of dehydration, and I am a bit obsessed with access to water! Hey, Oregonchick, I saw that you have read The Change novels by S.M. Stirling. A lot of that story takes place in the Oregon area. Sounds like a decent location for TEOTWAWKI.
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    Zombie Fiction or Something to Chew On

    Oregonchick, thanks for the compliment on the editing; my English-teacher wife is my editor and she's a stern taskmaster! Texas Bill, I too am a history major, and while I don't know a lot about Spanish Tercios, I did watch a clip on Youtube that depicted them fighting the Dutch in the 16th Century. Now that I think about it, you are absolutely correct! The warriors in 'Zombie Crusade' resemble the Tercios much, much more closely than any fighters from the Crusade era, or even for several hundred years afterwards. Oregonchick mentioned the desire for a fortified house, and believe me, I sit around and daydream about what I would create if I won the lottery. One thing I'm certain of though, since the invention of TNT no defense has been created that cannot be breached if an attacker has enough high explosives and the will to use them. I think a great example of this is found in 'Patriots' (which BTW, I recommend to any prepper that hasn't read it), where pseudo-Rawles and his group must ultimately take to the mountains when faced with a military/paramilitary force with plenty of firepower. Everyone they know who stands their ground ends up dead. Texas Bill, have there ever been better defensive positions than those built by the Japanese on Okinawa, or the Germans in Normandy? Ultimately they were overrun and destroyed, and they had many more toys to defend with than we do! Yeah, if zombies appear I want to be on the 2nd floor of a stout home, and if human gangs show up I want steel doors and shutters surrounded by sandbagged walls, but rogue military and paramilitary units heading my way mean it's time to head for the hills. Even if you have a large enough group to defend against a major attack, such as that which occurs in 'One Second After', the casualties are very high with their early 20th Century medical system. Ideally, I would like a well-fortified home on the edge of a large wilderness area such as the Boundary Waters. What do y'all think?
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    Zombie Fiction or Something to Chew On

    Thank you Oregonchick and Texas Bill for reading my book and giving a shout-out for it! Your posts led me to this site and I like it a lot. We've been prepping as finances allow for about 4 years, but I've never joined a forum. I have a lot to learn, so look forward to following Survival Cache as much as possible. Zombie Crusade was my first zombie novel, and a sequel is already being written. I never know if anyone will like my stories, so thanks for the positve comments. I would welcome any comments or suggestions you have for future work, and I suppose you can message me in a number of ways. Thanks again!