Zombies vs. Robots 2

Rated 4.78/5 based on 9 reviews
"Sunken in emptiness and despair, the world continues to decay. The eyes of the infected dead glare around every corner with nowhere to escape. Zombies outnumber humans. Humans are hid away in FEMA camps or have joined gangs of cannibals hoping to survive the ongoing war and the Callechio family and friends are locked away hoping to live just another day. With mega-corporations such as More

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ISBN: 9781301346875
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: Johnny Andrews on Dec. 02, 2013 :
OK first off I have to see I haven't read the first book, which is very problematic from the get go.

The good points, it is a fun book with lots of action, zombies and robots, it's like a horror film meets Manga but western and full of underlying political angst.

Bad points due hopefully to not reading first novel, can't feel too much sympathy for the characters, partly due to the fact there are far too many, you feel overwhelmed trying to take it all in plus all the factions, survivors, military, NSA, community of the phoenix, a God one.
The robots, not really sure how they are controlled as such, whether it's like the loaders from 'ALIENS' or it's like virtual reality but with that I am sure it tells all in number one.

The only other thing which you'd expect there is a lot of mistakes and in some cases you're not really sure if you have read the sentence right.

But please start from book 1 then read this, hopefully when I do i shall re-read this.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kenya Cagle on Nov. 03, 2013 :
Zombies Rule The World
I give this book five stars. The first time I had ever seen a zombie movie was the classic 1978 Dawn of the Dead by Caesar A. Romero. The movie frightened the daylights out of me and I couldn’t sleep for a few days. Since that time Zombie material has been coming from all over. Even though I am not an avid zombie fan but I love this book. It has all the elements that you’d expect from a zombie genre but lots more. Since my acquaintance with zombies has always been movies, I was pleasantly surprised that I could get the same thrill and same sense of visualization that I could get from a movie. In fact the visuals were assisted by the other senses as the authors described in details the locations, the surroundings, the motivations, the smells. Each time in my mind the odor of the zombies, their look, the smell of their breath, the dried blood and dirt was worst than anything I could picture in the movies because it actually tapped into my own fear zones, whatever was hidden in me that could be hidden during a movie was now uncovered and again scaring the daylights out of me far worse than the 1978 Dawn of the Dead movie. What really worked so well was also the relationship of the family. This added to the superbly written thrilling, intriguing and exciting story. In other words it added a human touch to a story of zombies vs. robots. A human touch about human beings who must conform to life and death.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Joe Gangi on Nov. 01, 2013 :
"Shocking, disturbing, and compelling with Zombies vs. Robots part 2, the zombie genre has come of age. This book delivers not just a compelling, apocalyptic vision of the future but an intense tail of family joy and love. Kudos to the authors and praise to the life like characters hey created. I would like to take a moment to point out Emma, a brilliant child who is often just emotionally overwhelmed by events. I only hope that Jade and Neeman can cope as well. This book increases the readers bond with all the major characters and builds new bonds with the supporting cast. I felt like I knew the Callechio's after the first book, after the second the feel like family. "
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jack Apsche on Oct. 30, 2013 :
"Zombies vs. Robots 2: Out of the Rubble is a splendid, smart and well crafted book. Even better then the first. It kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to the end. The robot action and zombie threat were well integrated into the pain and worry of emotional loss. The scenes of death were vivid and haunting. Filled with spine tingling terror, this book is really an allegory for our time with the greed and loathing of corporations leading to mass genocide of the people and a government that seems powerless to stand in their way. The book is a real balance hidden schemes, deception, and family love and care. There is a point where the reader is brought to the conclusion of just how spectacularly well this father daughter team writes fiction. This book deserves a place on your shelf, in your kindle or in your library."
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Ihsaan Monsur on Oct. 24, 2013 :
By the end of the first book I was really attached to the characters. I was very pleased when the second book was released. This is one of those rare books that delivers repeatedly on action and suspense from beginning to end. Indeed, all the hesitation of the characters in the first book is completely gone, as they seem to have adjusted to the new world. I was particularly glad to see the character of Charles Caleb developed. Spoiler alert, the ending is a complete shocker. Awesome and heart fluttering read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: paul green on Oct. 04, 2013 :
I remember buying the first book a few months ago, and I am so happy I did. I am really looking forward to reading this one too.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: frank brizz on Oct. 02, 2013 :
Well what can I say about Zombies vs Robots 2? Awesome! the Cautilli's do it again, and with more adventures! This book is non stop action from beginning to end filled with images that seem deep in the human subconsciousness to provoke fear. At its core the book is still a story of family values and beliefs as Callechio"s continue their battle for survival but as one battle rages after the next its not difficult to see this as a war novel as well. This book has so much going for it and even much better than the first. I cant put this book down. The addition of Stephanie Emac as an undercover agent for the NSA is a triumph for the authors in some ways its hard to believe she was autistic as a child as she is deeply flawed and sophisticated. And then there's Tim and Mitchell who I wish were real as I would love to sit and have a beer with both of these guys.
Although Martin is still a real dumb s.o.b ( sorry I know its a family book but still...) he really is, the authors delve us into a world transposed from a raging inferno of blood , death, and despair yet this book somehow finds a way to the end with a sense of hope. I didn't think anyone could top the first Zombies vs Robots, but these two, Joe and Marisha, obviously out did themselves this time! GET THIS BOOK !
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: marc bonfiglio on Sep. 30, 2013 :
"Two of the biggest treasures of the Zombie genre have been the two books, now completed in the Zombies vs. Robot series. These books show how the genre can be unnerving, strike a deafening cord and still be the standard for literary gold. At one point, the book I dropped the book in sadness and fear. Fast paced and very well plotted the reader is compelled through to this books very heart breaking end. There comes a moment when a writer hits their stride. and produces a true master piece. This father daughter team has certainly reached that moment. They speak from a place deep within the collective psyche and more importantly tell a tale that is social relevant today. The book will leave you holding your breath and screaming for the next one. Whoever thinks the grotesque cannot be truly beautiful has not read this book!"
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Blaine Coleman on Sep. 29, 2013 :
This book changed my mind about just how engaging a Zombie story can be!

I’ve been an avid reader since I was twelve and science fiction and horror stories were and still are my favorite genres. I still read as much as possible and prefer science fiction, cyberpunk and the occasional horror story, but I never really had interest in zombie stories; the few I read were just formulaic, too “old school” for my tastes, but the title of this book intrigued me and I’m glad I bought it. The fast paced, action-filled, suspenseful story is a mesh of somewhat traditional zombies, genetic engineering, the unchecked power of multi-national corporations that want to subjugate humanity and a fringe religious group with apocalyptic aspirations, both with their own private army fighting to take over the world isn’t just plausible in the future but true today. And frankly, unbridled corporate and religious power is even more frightening than are the zombies! This story has believable characters and a strong focus on family, loyalty, love, and importance of cooperation against seemingly impossible odds in the face of horrific personal suffering and loss. The father-daughter author writing team, Joseph and Marisha Cautilli, have added science, tech and an element of cyberpunk to the traditional “zombie” tale, a twist that definitely makes this book stand out from the slew of “Zombie” books being turned out every day. This is not your typical zombie tale and once I started reading it I didn’t want to put it down, and the cliff-hanger ending left me wanting the series to continue. I highly recommend this series to any fan of science fiction, fantasy or horror- I know I’ll be waiting for the next volume to be released!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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