Dustin J. Palmer(born January 22, 1982) was born, raised, and continues to live in West Texas. From an early age he was writing "stories" on typing paper with pencil and crayons. The outlaws were usually drawn holding money bags with backwards dollar signs on them, the good guys with smoking pistols in their hands and large crooked stars on their chests. At thirteen, using his mother's state of the art word processor, Dustin wrote his first complete short story, depicting himself and his friends surviving a Russian invasion. After that he didn't work much at his writing, even though his highest grades in school and the SATs were in Writing and English. After high school he bounced around from job to job working on sales floors at Sears, back freezers at Walmart, and late nights stocking at a haunted Office Depot, until one day his wife Natasha came across a short story he'd written. With tears in her eyes she said, "I had no idea you could write like this!" and there it was, just the encouragement Dustin had been needing. Two years later, after countless rewrites, edits, plot changes, and late, late, nights(or rather early mornings), Dustin had cranked out his first book.
Today Dustin lives in Lubbock, Tx with his wife and three kids. When not writing he enjoys, fishing, camping, playing pool, gaming, and spending time with his beautiful wife of eight years.
Time Travel Press
on Dec. 25, 2014 :
Not bad, yet disappointing. The plot is fairly interesting, but the dialogs are forced, especially in the first chapter, in the middle of which I was shaking my head and almost stopped reading. It picks up the pace in the second chapter, but the dialogs are still weak. The book would have been much better if the author had asked someone to proofread it, as there are some strange typos and numerous inconsistencies (e.g., using typographical quotation marks in one paragraph and computer quotation marks in another, switching between the two kinds haphazardly).
The lack of almost any commas in the book makes it rather hard to read. I often had to re-read many sentences to get the intended meaning by mentally inserting the missing commas, which, if there, would have made the meaning clear without me having to analyze it. Still, it has its potential. Hiring a good editor might even kick it up to a four-star book.
Worst of all, the book has no resolution at the end. As the first book in series, it does not need to resolve everything, but it should have resolved at least some of the things.
Just think of the seven volumes in the Harry Potter series. Each of them had a satisfying resolution of its own subplot, yet most of us were quite happy to keep buying all the volumes as soon as they were published. That satisfaction is completely missing in this volume, so I have no intention of paying for the second book in the series because I expect to be frustrated even more at its end.
All in all, I really don’t want to discourage a fellow writer. I think that a good editor can deal with all the problems in the book and improve on it considerably.
(review of free book)
on Feb. 21, 2013 :
What an awesome read! I don't normally stray to far off the Zombie trail, buuuuut this series is worth it.
Book 4? yes please.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)