Zombies vs Robots

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A desperate tale of survival… A family and their friends frantically battle legions of zombies in a major American east coast city. This family has one advantage, and that is its ability to innovate new technologies, including robots, to increase their chances of survival. Through the use of the robots they are able to reclaim some of their lost world, but zombies are not their only worry. Other More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781301781560
About Joseph Cautilli

About the authors:

Joseph and Marisha Cautilli are probably the best father-daughter cyber punk-horror writers ever (maybe the only father-daughter combination).

Joe Cautilli has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Temple University. He has two master’s degrees. The first is in Counseling Psychology, and the Second is in Applied Behavior Analysis. He has a doctorate in school psychology. He is licensed as a psychologist in Pennsylvania and Delaware. He is licensed as a counselor and a behavior specialist in Pennsylvania. He is certified in Head Injury Treatment, and in Applied Behavior Analysis. He has worked for twenty five years in mental health, including owning his own company, and in the prison system, working with inmates with mental health issues. Joe has written numerous articles in psychology as well as in both the horror and cyberpunk genera. The goal of good cyberpunk, as he sees it, is to pull science and technology out of the lab and put it altered into the everyday world. In the horror genre, he strives to create realistic images of the darkest elements of human nature. When asked what his goals for a horror novel are, he states: “To leave the reader with a sense of paranoia and fear about the world. A good novel is one that the reader, to some degree, causes intrusive memories about the events in the novel later on, some sense of grief, or distress over character losses, and a feeling of jumpiness.”

Marisha Cautilli is seven years old and in the fourth grade. Diagnosed as gifted, she is currently completing the fourth grade curriculum at Pa Cyber Charter. Marisha has many gifts and hobbies. In addition to the regular curriculum (language arts, math, science, and social studies), Marisha takes gifted classes in creative writing, crime scene science, and noir films. She enjoys gymnastics, karate, and cartooning. She is an accomplished swimmer, archer, skier, guitarist, and keyboardist. She speaks both English and Polish. Marisha loves gaming on the Wii. Marisha’s primary joy in writing is historical fiction and fantasy, but has recently begun to take an interest in the cyberworld. When it comes to Cyberpunk, Marisha believes that the most important aspect of the plot is that people can believe they are part of the scene; they feel a sense of the character being trapped. She likes to develop the reader’s skepticism in what the characters are thinking and saying. She feels that the characters, thoughts, and feelings should be common enough for all to acknowledge. She especially likes to focus on mundane parts of characters lives that are often overlooked, but give clues to the characters emotional state. When it comes to horror, Marisha enjoys writing graphic images and shocking scenes. She likes the images to be quick and concise, like video games.

Both authors enjoy adding a sense of humor to the characters and the plot, as humor is often one way to cope with the horrific events that the characters are experiencing.

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Review by: Prof. Pradeep on Feb. 06, 2014 :
Zombies vs Robots is a marvellous work of fiction. The story is gripping and keeps you guessing ---what is next? I have seen a few horror movies of Zombies. I THINK THIS BOOK IS UNIQUE. no one has yet worked with the idea of Zombies vs Robots. The language used is very precise and keeps the interest alive. I just fell in love with the characters. I am a university professor of English and I testify that this book has a lot of literary potential. I predict that if some Hollywood director is reading this book -he/she will sure make a movie on it. I recommend this book to all those who are searching for drama, horror, excitement and good literature. Dialogues are powerful and images are vivid and it appears that the action is happening just before our eyes. Just awesome.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Richard Weissman on Aug. 19, 2013 :
"A brilliant work with rich characters that offers an exhilarating attempt at science to stop the zombie apocalypse. Dripping in blood, the book conveys a sense of destruction as the world as we know it comes to an end. While this is a fast action book about survival, it is just as much a book about family and community- a perfect melding of robotics and other sciences to fight a modern plague. George Romero would be proud that his tradition of flesh eating zombies and social justice are continuedd in this work."
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Ihsaan Monsur on Aug. 19, 2013 :
This blood soaked book is blistering and creepy. It is a fast paced horror chiller that is well plotted, as the family juggles decisions for survival- often making both good and bad decisions. This book could be tommorow's headlines as man explores deeper into human bilogy. This book is loaded with gunfights, robot battles and eary undead. The action is well choreographed. The characters are well developed people that you can get attached to.This book is a great read for me,my family, and my students. I an use this supplement instruction in my classroom. It is also inspirational. Dr. Cautilli and Marisha have me and my two little boys ready to start righting books. Great job guys.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Melissa Apsche on Aug. 18, 2013 :
An action packed thriller with a family that loves and is close, this book gives one a sense of hope in the face of despair. This book is a fresh contribution to the zombie mythoes, as men and woman of "a certain age" fight to keep their families alive. It offers full characters and even moments of humor. The character of Tim reminds me of a middle aged Shaun of the dead type and Martin at times appears to be a parity of himself. The robot action is compelling and offers a unique challege to future zombie writers. I was entralled by the characters of Emma and Timmy and look forward to how they are developed in future books in this series. I wish that someone would put together a sound track of the music mentioned in the book- it would make a great CD.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jack Apsche on Aug. 09, 2013 :
"A torrent of spell binding horror full of intrigue that will jolt you right out of your seat- this book really offers it all: Cyberpunk, biopunk, traditional horror and scifi as well as in depth psychological character studies classic to the old film noir plots. Two thumbs up for the authors as the biopunk era dominating horror lives on- Proof that the worst things man does are often to himself! This book is a powerful high tech, hard hitting adventure. Z. vs. R. was a fascinating read, luring the reader into a families and their friend’s daily struggle to keep alive. Focused on their survival needs, the book highlights their ability to successfully bring themselves food and water while being trapped in a house for a year. I found the stunning plot to be beyond the typical zombie book and really a reflection of our social times. The book offers characters, who often experiencefundamental clashes in who they are for example a doctor who is also a gun nut militia guy constantly struggling between the need to save life or end it. I found the characters to be complex, deeply human and exciting. The reader can feel the families sense of lack of control as they struggle with a world beyond their control and understand their decisions both practical and well planed as well as some impulsive to deal the situation. Scenes of robots fighting off zombie hordes are well crafted and superbly integrated into the plot. I look forward to the sequel.”
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Scott Carr on July 28, 2013 :
There are two things I know Joe knows a lot about for sure and those are zombies and Psychology. In this tale of robots, zombies, and the people who must learn to deal with
them you will find no shortage of wisdom, entertainment and -- of course -- slain zombies all delivered with a healthy dose darkly flavored humor. Along the way our heroes learn to use robots and other technology to help save their metropolis from a frightening Zombie Apocalypse.

Also of interest: The 208 page Zombies vs. Robots was co-written with Joe's super-intelligent young daughter. If you enjoy your future-looking-not-as-dystopian-as-it-sounds cyber-fiction with a little zombie kill-fest on the side then this book won't disappoint. I recommend getting a copy today and supporting this burgeoning Cautilli Father-Daughter writing team.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: paul green on July 15, 2013 :
This is a very cool book, I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for a great book to read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Michael Weinberg on July 13, 2013 : (no rating)
Great book. Brilliant Sci-Fi thriller from the Cautilli clan.
I hope there are more to come!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: ePrinted Books on July 12, 2013 :
"Outstanding work, this book is a shocking and complete thriller. A gritty tale ensured to leave you horrified. As flesh eating zombies terrorize the world, one family builds robots, jetpacks, solar panels and walls to protect themselves and their friends. Survivalist in nature, this book explores family and family life in the near future. This book is a complete heart stopper often pitting flawed people in the path of an evil corporate take over of the planet."
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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