Zombified (Episode 2: Yankee Heights)

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Welcome to Yankee Heights.

Matty is on the way to Colonial University when the first harrowing events in a night of terror unfold. He can't even enjoy the carnal pleasures of a frat party without the undead showing up. Zombies swarm into the upscale city, overrunning the dormitories, university campus, and suburban sprawl. Matty is determined to survive. More

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About Matt Di Spirito

Well, I'm just an average joe. I don't have a great career or do anything that contributes to society in a meaningful way. I go to work, pay my bills, and raise my family.

Life is an interesting journey. I've spent time in the military; it wasn't my cup of tea, but it was a worthwhile experience. I went to college for a few years, acquiring the credits for an Associates' degree in General Studies. There weren't too many subjects I didn't take. That's my life story: experience. I'm interested in so many things, it can be hard to focus on one thing for too long.

My myriad hobbies include writing stories, reading books and e-books, surfing the web, watching blu-ray movies, drawing, discussing philosophy or religion or politics, playing xbox games, dungeons and dragons, and probably a few more. If only I could figure out how to make money off of hobbies!

Writing is a hobby I've enjoyed since I became literate. Notebooks went hand-in-hand with computers. I used to write down little stories about my action figures, scenarios about school mates, and anything else to cross my mind. I used to make up games for my friends to play, and roll dice to find out who would win. Creativity, imagination, and technology are intertwined--at least to me.

Smashwords, Amazon's createspace, and kindle publishing opened the door for self-publishing, especially for authors--like myself--with little or no start-up capital. For all the woes of technology, there are some wonders to be had.

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Review by: Robert Decoteau on May 3, 2011 :
The Good
Matt Di Spirito spins another harrowing tale in this installment of Zombified. He introduces Matty, a brazen, young college student with a severe addiction to coffee and cigarettes. Matty only has a few pages of normal before he is thrown head long into the zombie invasion of his small town. The character is developed very well on the fly. You get to know him not by the author telling you who he is, but by him showing you. This is a key to good story telling.
Di Spirito's knowledge of the setting is instrumental is the believability of the tale. His use of Colonial University's biology lab to delve into the nature of the infection that is spreading across the northeast is refreshing. Too often, there is a cut away scene to some secret lab or a military scientist is introduced and half-hazardly releases classified info to the main characters.
Di Spirito has a way of grabbing the reader by the hand and sprinting though the story while letting him or her see for themselves the brutality and gore that must be carried out in order to survive the zombie apocalypse. At the end he leaves you gasping for breath and begging for more.
The Bad
There isn't much -bad- to write about. There are virtually no punctuation or spelling errors in Matt's work. He is a stickler when it comes to these things; it's one of his biggest pet peeves. In fact, his proclivity for grammatical perfection has opened my eyes to the call for it in my own writing. There are, however, a few places where a word is missing. Most often it's just an "a" or "the" but as a reader you add them in your mind or fail to notice something is missing. If I wasn't looking for mistakes I never would have found any. I have seen the same types of errors in high run titles from major publishers so I really can't knock him for the three or four occurrences.
I'm sure Matt will take the time to point out all my punctuation mistakes in this review.
All I can say for myself is, "Please, Matt, I'm getting better all the time."
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
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