Tomahawks & Zombies

Rated 4.80/5 based on 7 reviews
While enjoying the beaches and the ruins of the Yucatán peninsula a zombie virus breaks out. The vacation is over; it's time for survival. With air traffic grounded, Jake Wandering Spirit and his friend’s form a plan to drive the 6427 KM from Cancun to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada amidst the chaos and the unknown. This is one man's journal of survival and travel amidst a zombie apocalypse. More

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Words: 74,200
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476312644
About Joe Beausoleil

From Edmonton Canada, Joe is a Metis and proud member of the Trickster Fireball Society Aboriginal writers group. He works for the Edmonton Public Library and loves all things zombie...except them eating brains.

http://www.banffcentre.org/blog/2012/04/30/the-trickster-fireball-society/

And a great interview: http://nightbluesbooks.blogspot.ca/2012/05/indie-interview-with-joe-beausoleil.html

Reviews

Review by: T. Braums on Jan. 19, 2014 :
I purchased this book based on the previous reviews and knocked it out in about a day. The "diary" style was done very well by JL Bourne in the first two "Day by Day Armageddon" books and Mr. Beausoleil takes it even further. The characters were believably human. Add in a touch of the Weird West and I couldn't put the book down.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Andrew santaniello on Sep. 12, 2012 :
I was given a copy of this book to review by the author. I don’t think Tomahawks and Zombies isn’t your normal zombie book. If you’re looking for a lot of gore and fighting this isn’t the book for you. Don’t get me wrong you’ll get some in this book, but that’s not what the story is about. This is the story of a group of survivors told through one of their journals, with stories from the others in his group as well as people he meets along the way. I found this story fascinating as a way to show what it’s like surviving day to day in the post apocalyptic world. The story is fun and the characters are very likable. Overall it was very well written and would make a great addition to anyone’s zombie library. (originally posted on goodreads.com)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: jacqui Astacio on Sep. 08, 2012 : (no rating)
I received this book from the Author as a gift, this fact has not influence my review at all!!
I really enjoyed this book I have a thing with this genre I hate it or I love it there is no in between for me! This story was great it was very creative and not overdone! The characters are well developed and very dimensional their real people sometimes with this genre there's not much to a person other than what they're dealing with. The book is well written when I do reviews for authors I expect some level of spelling/grammatical errors, since this is my Biggest pet peeve I notice it a lot, Beausoleil, has obviously edited this book with great care because I noticed no errors. I have put Joe Beausoleil on my to watch list I can't wait to see what he brings next!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Carlos Fuentes on Sep. 04, 2012 :
REVIEW:
Tomahawks & Zombies by Joe Beausoleil
Zombie apocalypse with a twist… a western.
ASIN: B008RM28O4
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tomahawks-Zombies-ebook/dp/B008RM28O4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346778542&sr=8-1&keywords=tomahawks and zombies

In “Tomahawks & Zombies”, Beusoleil tries to expose mankind nature when it’s pushed to its limits.
By dramatizing the zombie apocalypse, Beausoleil shows the reader the need of the main character (Jake Wanderingspirit) to return home and the evolution of this character and his friends that is derived from this journey, their adventures and experiences which lead them to the discover their origins.

“Tomahawks & Zombies” is a zombie apocalypse novel using narrative structures from western and road trip styles producing an exciting mix that will thrill the reader page by page, is a MOST for all survivor, epidemic and zombie fanatics because it will reinforce your passion for the genre by focusing on multidimensional characters experiences that will remind you excellent books like “Day by Day Armageddon” (by J.L. Bourne). Plus the brief exposition about Native American tribes will fuel your curiosity on this field adding richness to the conflict and will generate awareness about topics like racism and the extremes where humanity can go when a crisis is knocking on its door… for the better or worse.

Beusoleil style is neat and clear, even for non-native English readers/speakers (my case), his narrative fluidity keeps the reader at the edge by the minute exploiting brightly the fact that the story is told by entries in Wanderingspirit’s journal.

In the end two main goals are met: The human nature is exposed by pushing mankind to the edge and awareness and interest about Native American nations is awakened in the reader.

It also uses the Mayan end-of-days prophecy as a McGuffin. The involvement of Mexico made me feel a connection with the characters in their pass through this country, my country, sadly none of the problems or situations are exaggerated.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Carlos Fuentes on Sep. 04, 2012 : (no rating)
REVIEW:
Tomahawks & Zombies by Joe Beausoleil
Zombie apocalypse with a twist… a western.
ASIN: B008RM28O4
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tomahawks-Zombies-ebook/dp/B008RM28O4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346778542&sr=8-1&keywords=tomahawks and zombies

In “Tomahawks & Zombies”, Beusoleil tries to expose mankind nature when it’s pushed to its limits.
By dramatizing the zombie apocalypse, Beausoleil shows the reader the need of the main character (Jake Wanderingspirit) to return home and the evolution of this character and his friends that is derived from this journey, their adventures and experiences which lead them to the discover their origins.

“Tomahawks & Zombies” is a zombie apocalypse novel using narrative structures from western and road trip styles producing an exciting mix that will thrill the reader page by page, is a MOST for all survivor, epidemic and zombie fanatics because it will reinforce your passion for the genre by focusing on multidimensional characters experiences that will remind you excellent books like “Day by Day Armageddon” (by J.L. Bourne). Plus the brief exposition about Native American tribes will fuel your curiosity on this field adding richness to the conflict and will generate awareness about topics like racism and the extremes where humanity can go when a crisis is knocking on its door… for the better or worse.

Beusoleil style is neat and clear, even for non-native English readers/speakers (my case), his narrative fluidity keeps the reader at the edge by the minute exploiting brightly the fact that the story is told by entries in Wanderingspirit’s journal.

In the end two main goals are met: The human nature is exposed by pushing mankind to the edge and awareness and interest about Native American nations is awakened in the reader.

It also uses the Mayan end-of-days prophecy as a McGuffin. The involvement of Mexico made me feel a connection with the characters in their pass through this country, my country, sadly none of the problems or situations are exaggerated.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cat T on Sep. 03, 2012 :
This book doesn't fall in any of my "usual" genres, but the description definitely intrigued me.

Jumping right in - I liked the characters, especially Jake, who seems like a good guy and a generous tipper. His friends seem decent enough. They were well conceived and realistic. There were many humorous moments, which was a nice break from the terrible circumstances/situations these guys found themselves in. The author also paints a very vivid and, what I think is quite realistic, picture of what would happen in a real zombie apocalypse. Ranging from the lack of resources (food, water) and constant paranoia to the different groups of people that handle the situation is very diverse ways (also exhibiting greed and intolerance or generosity and tolerance). I also liked that the characters made mistakes and had to suffer for them. Their inexperience with a lot of situations they found themselves in was also very realistic and I found myself liking them more and more as the story journal progressed.

There are definitely some "oh shit" moments and I found myself checking the page numbers to make sure there was still more book left. The journey isn't easy or fluid and, I know this is getting repetitive, but it really made things believable (seriously, what other book mentions farting and pooping so often?)

My problems with this book mostly stem from editing problems. Now I know that the book opens by saying that this is a journal and was rushed to print so little to no editing was done, but there were problems even with the editor's notes. Here is a short list of the things I found (though this probably doesn't include everything): pg 5 one/on, our/out, p33, p125, p147, p154 my/his, the/they, p175 to/too, p185 road/rode p191, p202 he/the p204 nervosa/nervous? p216. Mistakes ranged from capitalization, missing commas/semicolons, and typos. I do suppose that some of these are excusable as many people make these mistakes (homonyms can be confusing), but I feel like some of those aren't correct even given that it is a journal. I.E. I think mixing up one/on or our/out is more of a TYPO versus a handwritten mistake.

Anyway - I definitely would recommend this book, as it was interesting, funny, and believable (really creeped me out at moments). Again, my only concern being the editing (or lack of).

Two last notes: YES - stupid new Star Wars that shouldn't have been made...F George Lucas! And one of the truest and simplest quotes ever, that for some reason really resonated with me: "A friend, is both an asset and a burden."

08/16/12 - UPDATED
Less than 24 hours after my review, the author contacted me. Based on my list, he has edited and updated the errors. With that, I now upgrade my review to 5 stars (previously 4).
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Erik Harmon on June 04, 2012 :
Very well written and enjoyable. The story starts in a different manner than zombie apocalypse journals and I thought it was worth cost and time. Really hope the author will keep going in the genre.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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