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Summary: The Wild West is hard enough to survive with its native territory, wanted outlaws, and harsh terrain, but with a plague turning civilized people into brain-eating monsters, survival becomes nearly impossible.

Red has lost everything to the fast-spreading disease: her family, her trust in mankind, and her hope for a better tomorrow. When she meets Trace, a smooth-talking gambling man who’s more city boy than cowboy, she’s forced down a path she’d been avoiding for years. Until his arrival, she’d lived by a certain set of rules—don’t ask names, keep to yourself, don’t let anyone too close—but the jackass of a man won’t let her be, and he has an uncanny knack for appearing at all the wrong times and in all the wrong places.

Each, with a secret of their own, will need to learn that only by working together do they have any chance of surviving The Zombie West.

That is, if they don’t kill each other first.

Angela Scott’s Zombie West Omnibus includes the three books in the Zombie West series WANTED: DEAR OR UNDEAD, SURVIVOR ROUNDUP, and DEAD PLAINS.

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Genre: YA/Western Romance/Action and Adventure with added zombies for utter mayhem.

My Review of each novel in the Zombie West series:

Wanted: Dead or Undead (Book One)
Book 1 Summary: Trace Monroe doesn’t believe in luck. He never has. But when a fiery-headed cowgirl saunters through the saloon doors, wielding shotguns and a know-how for killing the living dead, he believes he just may be the luckiest man alive. Trace wants to join "Red’s" posse, but she prefers to work alone—less messy that way.
In order to become her traveling companion, Trace has to agree to her terms: no names, no questions, and if he gets bit, he can’t beg for mercy when she severs his brain stem. He agrees, knowing only that Red is the sharpest shooter he’s ever encountered. The fact she’s stunning hasn’t escaped his attention either.
What he doesn’t know, is that Red has a very good reason to be on top of her game. She not only has the answer for how they can all outlive the plague taking over the wild, wild west, she is the answer.

Review originally posted June 2012
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When I first read the summary, I was instantly curious. A YA western romance with zombie mayhem? I HAVE to check this out! I’m glad I did, because I loved it.

I love zombies. I love any kind of fiction involving some sort of zombie apocalypse. (Of course, I’m pretty much of a fan of any kind of apocalypse and other awesomely terrifying fictional creatures, like vampires.) I don’t know why, but I think it’s so creative and so much fun to think about.
But one of the problems I see with a lot of zombie fiction is that the survivors or main characters are just the worst survivors ever and make mistake after mistake only to still be alive. (The Walking Dead is a good example.) And in a few zombie shows or movies, the women make me want to pull my hair out. (Lori from the Walking Dead is a great example.) So when I started reading and was introduced to Red, I clapped inside my head. FINALLY! A strong, no bull, shoot ‘em in the head, chick zombie killer. She is an awesome character, just oozing with strength and confidence.

Trace was a great character, too. The perfect kind of man to balance such a wonderful female character. Both characters have interesting chemistry and comical banter, which made this book fun and entertaining. I liked how both of them could hold their own in a zombie fight and neither one was weak or inexperienced or a burden to the other. They made a great team.

Of course, I can’t forget to talk about the zombies. These are real zombies that do everything zombies are supposed to do. There are no discrepancies, which always makes me happy. A huge worry after zombie battles is checking each other out to make sure there are no bites, which everyone remembers to do. Another concern is scratches, which is something some fiction forgets to include, so I am definitely glad the author covered this. The battles were horrific and awesome with many close calls or gross things. The author also did not forget about the smell of zombies, either. The zombies were awesome and the whole premise was believable and very well done.

The summary says, “What he doesn’t know, is that Red has a very good reason to be on top of her game. She not only has the answer for how they can all outlive the plague taking over the wild, wild west, she is the answer.” I suppose that’s probably the best way to put it. There’s a sort of twist in the book that I don’t want to give away. It is extremely clever and I love it. I’ve never seen a plot twist like this in a zombie story, so I think it’s incredibly original and definitely piqued my interest and made me want to keep reading. I really want to gush about it, but it’s much better that you read the book yourself and appreciate the twist.

Overall, this was a very well written story. I could not put it down. It was a refreshing addition to the zombie genre, while also including a wonderful setting and a great hint of romance. I loved all of the characters and thought they were well developed and likeable people. I recommend this to anyone who is a fan of westerns, romance, adventure, horror, or zombie mayhem. The only thing I didn’t like was that it ended! I wanted more. I will definitely read the second book in the series and any other literature by Angela Scott.

Survivor Roundup (Book Two)
Book 2 Summary: Red always knew she would have to face the man who nearly destroyed her. She just didn’t figure it would happen so soon...

With the plague sweeping across the nation, destroying many and turning others into walking corpses, survivors head West in search of a chosen land, a place designed to keep the infected out, while sealing survivors inside. In theory, the idea seems the only way to keep humanity alive. In practice, it doesn’t matter whether a person is on the inside or the out—there is no humanity.

...And even though John Gatherum hunted her down and instigated their reunion, Red’s no longer the passive girl he once manipulated. This time, she has a hidden agenda of her own.

Kill him. Save her family. Save herself.
Survivor Roundup was action packed and full of zombie mayhem. I loved the plot and the way the series seems to be progressing. It had me on the edge of my seat, especially when Trace and Red got separated. I didn't know what to expect, if either of them would live in their new circumstances, and if they would find each other again.
It was so agonizing to see the two characters separated. Trace was injured and inside of an Indian camp. Red was kidnapped by people who saw the Wanted posters. I was so worried about both of them and also worried about the people around them. An Indian girl tended to Trace's wounds and was giving him googly eyes, while one of Red's captors was being super nice to her. My brain was screaming NO NO NO! the entire time.
Survivor Roundup mirrored some of the same type of set up as in The Walking Dead in season 3 with the compound that seemed to work relatively well under the supervision of one man who is thought to bring hope to everyone. And much like in the show, that place wasn't all it was cracked up to be, but that wasn't news to Red. The man running the compound was the same man who did all sorts of horrible things to her. I was happy to see Red handle things the way she did. I really love her character. She's always tough.
I liked the plot and the way the author kept me on my toes by separating the two characters and intertwining their stories. The zombie horror was awesome, too. I absolutely love the way the author writes about the zombie apocalypse. It's terrifying and gory and gross, but the plot revolves around the characters, too. I'm invested in the story and the fate of the characters, while also being thoroughly entertained by the zombie mayhem. The fact that it's all set in the Wild West makes it even more interesting, especially with the addition of the Indians in this book.
I definitely recommend the series and I'm glad that Survivor Roundup was a wonderful addition to the series. I still think I liked the first book more, but I'm excited to continue and see what happens to the characters in the following book.
Dead Plains (Book Three)
Book 3 Summary: Sometimes, the ones you least suspect are the ones that should worry you the most.

People aren’t always what they seem, as Red has experienced all too well. Strangers are feared, towns are avoided, and everyone’s intentions are scrutinized… even those of the people closest to her. Her coveted ability has been revealed to far too many people, and now that a tiny heartbeat thumps and grows beneath her own, the risk has never been greater.

As the group of ten searches for a safe haven, a place to finally call home, the sobering reality of it all finally settles over them: nowhere is safe, nothing is permanent, and death is everywhere. One by one, Red’s reluctant posse grows smaller, as death claims some, and circumstance claims others.

It couldn’t be a worse time to bring a newborn into the world… but the baby is coming.
 Dead Plains was awesome. It was bleak, horrifying, gory, full of drama, and a little bit of romance, too. As far as zombie horror goes, Angela Scott really knows what she's doing. Her series has the romance and humanity that I prefer in most of my novels, while other zombie novels skip right over that, but her novels do not lag with drama like other zombie stories, The Walking Dead television show being the best example.

I was shocked by some of the events in the book, but I feel like I can't really give any details away without ruining some of the events of books one and two. Red and Trace's story got even more interesting as Dead Plains went on.

I highly recommend the series. The Zombie West series is a horrifying, witty, adventurous, and dramatic story of survival in the Wild West plagued by the zombie apocalypse.


About the Author

Angela Scott

Angela Scott hears voices. Tiny fictional people sit on her shoulders and whisper their stories in her ear. Instead of medicating herself, she decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it into a book. She’s not crazy. She’s an author. For the most part, she writes contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, she found herself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West–and loving it. Her zombies don’t sparkle, and they definitely don’t cuddle. At least, she wouldn’t suggest it. She lives on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. She graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of her love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn’t require math. She can’t spell, and grammar is her arch nemesis. But they gave her the degree, and there are no take backs.

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"...this is one of the most unique concepts I've come across." --Brian, Amazon reviewer
"These books had me on the edge of my seat and at one point in book three I had to set the book down and pull myself out of the story so I wouldn't cry." --Emily Pearce, Amazon reviewer
"This series is one that will stay with you for a long time, prompting you to want to read it again and again." --Tracy Haidle, Amazon reviewer


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