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The virus has spread. A father becomes infected and his daughter must go on alone. After parting ways both struggle to hold onto that most important thing: their humanity. Told from the perspective of the father--now a zombie--and a daughter--now forced to be a savage--this is a violent, moving tale of what it means to be human. In The Blood is a short story, approximately The virus has spread. A father becomes infected and his daughter must go on alone. After parting ways both struggle to hold onto that most important thing: their humanity. Told from the perspective of the father--now a zombie--and a daughter--now forced to be a savage--this is a violent, moving tale of what it means to be human. In The Blood is a short story, approximately 15,000 words, and is formatted for Kindle.


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The virus has spread. A father becomes infected and his daughter must go on alone. After parting ways both struggle to hold onto that most important thing: their humanity. Told from the perspective of the father--now a zombie--and a daughter--now forced to be a savage--this is a violent, moving tale of what it means to be human. In The Blood is a short story, approximately The virus has spread. A father becomes infected and his daughter must go on alone. After parting ways both struggle to hold onto that most important thing: their humanity. Told from the perspective of the father--now a zombie--and a daughter--now forced to be a savage--this is a violent, moving tale of what it means to be human. In The Blood is a short story, approximately 15,000 words, and is formatted for Kindle.

31 review for In The Blood

  1. 5 out of 5

    John Podlaski

    Note: I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review. Since I am a fan of the zombie genre and The Walking Dead television series, I did not hesitate when this author asked me if I'd read and review his short story. It is, however, a much different kind of story for the genre. This short story begins in the Robinson home, where Jimmy is trying to protect his wife and two daughters against the zombie invasion. Rose, the wife, is a handful as she's been suffering from mental problems Note: I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review. Since I am a fan of the zombie genre and The Walking Dead television series, I did not hesitate when this author asked me if I'd read and review his short story. It is, however, a much different kind of story for the genre. This short story begins in the Robinson home, where Jimmy is trying to protect his wife and two daughters against the zombie invasion. Rose, the wife, is a handful as she's been suffering from mental problems during the last couple of years and has run out of medication weeks ago. Jimmy finds it odd when Rose leans against a boarded up window and comments that "humans" are living inside of the rotting zombies; even citing their former occupations and other facts about them. Jimmy is thinking that this is part of her mental instability and doesn't give it another thought. If they must escape from the homestead, he is considering to leave Rose behind so she doesn't handicap the group. The first twist is that their home has power and Jimmy is spending most of his time on the computer communicating with other survivors over the internet - looking for a safe haven. During their imprisonment, Jimmy has prepared his daughter, Sally, for survival and of the action needed if he was to get the virus. Without warning, Rose removes all her clothing and sneaks out through one of the windows, joining the zombie hordes out on the road; they are not attacking, but seem to follow her away from the home. Both girls implore him to rescue mom, a suicidal task in itself and going against his plans to leave Rose behind. This is their way out, but he gives in to the girls and sets out through the same window his wife used. Unfortunately, during the failed rescue attempt, Jimmy is scratched on the arm by one of the zombies. He soon exhibits all the symptoms and knows that he will turn soon. When he eventually does, Jimmy attacks and kills his younger daughter, Minnie. Sally is shocked and unable to fulfill her promise to shoot dad in the head - escaping through the window to fend for herself. The second twist is that once Jimmy has turned, he experiences thoughts inside of his zombie shell. He is human inside, but has no control over his body. Most of the rest of the story follows Jimmy through his travels as a zombie. Meanwhile, all survivors learn that there is evidence that the virus is running its course and zombies are returning to their original human state. Will this happen to Jimmy and Minnie? Will Sally fulfill her promise and shoot both in the head? Who will survive this apocalypse? This is not a story about zombie slaughters or a gore fest typical of books in this genre. It's a short read and very well written. In fact, it is one of the few books in this genre without formatting or typographical errors. Can read it in an afternoon. Highly recommended if you are ready for a different take on the zombie apocalypse. Well done Mr. Rowan! John Podlaski, author Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Silk

    "Living The Life As A Zombie" I'm not a big fan of zombie stories or movies. But I like the writing style of Evan Ronan which has encouraged me to give it a try. Jimmy Robinson has no need to commute to work daily anymore. His sole responsibility now is to keep his family safe. His family consists of his wife Rose, teen-aged daughter Sally, and young Minnie. They are among the diminishing survivors in his community being infected by zombies. They are locked in a two-story house with a finished ba "Living The Life As A Zombie" I'm not a big fan of zombie stories or movies. But I like the writing style of Evan Ronan which has encouraged me to give it a try. Jimmy Robinson has no need to commute to work daily anymore. His sole responsibility now is to keep his family safe. His family consists of his wife Rose, teen-aged daughter Sally, and young Minnie. They are among the diminishing survivors in his community being infected by zombies. They are locked in a two-story house with a finished basement. He's boarded up his home like a fortress, has a rifle and enough ammunition to fend off the walking beasts, who are surrounding their house. He has electrical power and access to the internet where he contacts a blog of survivors who may be able to give him direction as to where he can escape. His town of Evesham is quickly falling and he is advised to escape immediately. He needs to get his two girls to a safe environment, but he's not sure he can take his wife who has had debilitating mental capabilities for the last two years. He could not even converse with her anymore, she's in her own world. The girls are not safe with their mother alone. Rose was out of her medications. She feels sorry for the humans trapped inside the zombies. Jimmy wonders if it wouldn't be better for all if he let her walk out the front door. There is no hope for her, and they are running out of food. While trying to quiet the fears in little Minnie in her bedroom, he hears his wife enter their master bedroom. Very soon, the noise of the zombies is louder. He checks on Rose -- she's not in their room, the window wide open; only her clothes are tossed on the floor. He steps out onto the roof and sees her walking down the driveway, the hoard behind her. How can he save her? Can she be saved? Should he save her? If he's lost, who will protect his girls? This is an unusual story for me to read, but I read it all and find the author has a vast imagination and a great gift of story telling. The story is well written as if the author himself has once been a zombie...cured of the illness, of course. We'll never really know, will we? LOL Keep writing Evan, I'll keep reading! Readers, be brave, take a peek at this story and read it all the way!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Netanella

    First paragraph: Survivors Forum October 11, 2017 – 8:58 PM Fellow survivors, this is the Robinson family. Rose, my wife. Sally, our eldest. Minnie (short for Minerva), our youngest. And me, Jimmy. I’m proud to add our page to this site, because we too are survivors. It is encouraging to see there are so many others out there, fighting to save the human race. 4.5 stars, rounded to 5, because that's how rounding works! Plus, this short zombie story entirely deserves it. "In the Blood" focuses on a f First paragraph: Survivors Forum October 11, 2017 – 8:58 PM Fellow survivors, this is the Robinson family. Rose, my wife. Sally, our eldest. Minnie (short for Minerva), our youngest. And me, Jimmy. I’m proud to add our page to this site, because we too are survivors. It is encouraging to see there are so many others out there, fighting to save the human race. 4.5 stars, rounded to 5, because that's how rounding works! Plus, this short zombie story entirely deserves it. "In the Blood" focuses on a family of survivors who are holed up after the zombie outbreak in their home, specifically Jimmy the Dad and Sally, his teenaged daughter. Jimmy is smart, logical, honest, a good dad. He's worried about keeping his two daughters safe - Sally is a tough teenager, but Minnie is an adolescent and can't take care of herself. Additionally, Mom is a few baskets short of a picnic, and her meds have run out. Unfortunately, Mom's mental instability is a recipe for zombie disaster, when the undead are clawing to get inside the house. For a zombie story, there's sufficient blood and gore to keep my fan-girl appetite sated. But there are the added elements in this story that I really enjoyed - the small periods of lucidity for Jimmy the Zombie, and the guilt and anguish he feels over the fate of his daughter. The rebellious attitude and anger that Sally holds against her family, and her dad in particular, that precipitate a lot of the family's misfortune. Her emotions seem so typical for a teenager, yet so wrong for the situation. And, eventually, so sad. I truly enjoyed this story and would recommend it to any fan of the genre, or to anyone looking for a good, well written story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cecily Bonney

    4.5 STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is my second Zombie read, so please bare with me. Evan Ronan you had my full attention from “Fellow survivors, the is the Robinson family.” For you that have not read his book that is the first darn line. I was intergiued and I needed to have more. This is not like most books…hell it isn’t like most Zombie movies either. I really like the forum style too…nice touch! Jimmy is the main character and he is trying to protect his wife and two daughters, but things 4.5 STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is my second Zombie read, so please bare with me. Evan Ronan you had my full attention from “Fellow survivors, the is the Robinson family.” For you that have not read his book that is the first darn line. I was intergiued and I needed to have more. This is not like most books…hell it isn’t like most Zombie movies either. I really like the forum style too…nice touch! Jimmy is the main character and he is trying to protect his wife and two daughters, but things happen and he can no longer care for them due to that fact that he is now infected. Rose his wife lives in her mind and her medicataion has now worn out, so she was to be like the infected. Sally his daughter is on tough cookie…hell I am scared of her and she is sixteen years old. I really enjoyed this book. This book is a very short read and I didn’t want this book to end because I wanted…scratch that I needed more. I didn’t want this story to end, why you ask? Well because Evan Ronan sucked me into this world of infected people, Jimmy, and Sally. So with all my blabbing…Please one-click this book and read it, because you will not be disappointed.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    Very great read! **I received this copy by the author in exchange for an honest review. Starting off with, I'm a big zombie genre reading fan. To name a few I obsess over lol TW Brown, Mark tufo, John o brien, and James cook. and this short story based on the point of view from a living character and from zombie turn back human was very interesting. a twist on possible capabilities that the infected are just infected and aren't completely damned if they are caught early enough. mostly all my reads Very great read! **I received this copy by the author in exchange for an honest review. Starting off with, I'm a big zombie genre reading fan. To name a few I obsess over lol TW Brown, Mark tufo, John o brien, and James cook. and this short story based on the point of view from a living character and from zombie turn back human was very interesting. a twist on possible capabilities that the infected are just infected and aren't completely damned if they are caught early enough. mostly all my reads haven't encountered a cure yet and always in the process of studying the virus. I did enjoy a little something different. but only wishing the story continues and not as a short story part 2. but if it does, I'm defiantly purchasing it. Great Job!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Helene Patselas bates

    Wow, I don't like zombie stories normally but read this because I enjoyed the author's other books, especially The Unearthed (which I had to read with the lights on!)...anyway, this one was scary and I actually felt for the zombie-father! It was pretty cool how the author told this from a zombie's perspective. Wow, I don't like zombie stories normally but read this because I enjoyed the author's other books, especially The Unearthed (which I had to read with the lights on!)...anyway, this one was scary and I actually felt for the zombie-father! It was pretty cool how the author told this from a zombie's perspective.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mehrdad

    Not very original and short. Characters were not consistent (specifically Sally).

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    Navi

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    yavon

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    Ruth Casey May

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    Bill Sullivan

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  18. 4 out of 5

    Tamela Sutler

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    BookishDreamer

  20. 4 out of 5

    Randy Harmelink

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    Mckinley

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joe Amber

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    Jennifer Kinnison

  25. 5 out of 5

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    Steve Butler

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    Darcy Leerhoff

  28. 4 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

    SSteppenwolFF

  30. 5 out of 5

    Del

  31. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

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