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I was diagnosed with cancer just hours before rumors of a cure began circling the globe. Like me, most people were skeptical, while others thanked their lucky stars for such fantastic news. Then, strange things began happening, like thousands of birds falling from the skies and fish going belly-up for no reason. People assumed foul play, but that was quickly dismissed. A sI was diagnosed with cancer just hours before rumors of a cure began circling the globe. Like me, most people were skeptical, while others thanked their lucky stars for such fantastic news. Then, strange things began happening, like thousands of birds falling from the skies and fish going belly-up for no reason. People assumed foul play, but that was quickly dismissed. A secret society with government backing lurked in the shadows while a virus was born. It spread wildly across the planet, unleashing the dead to walk among us. This is when my living nightmare began, and life as I knew it changed forever.“There is an appointed time for everything, and there is a time for every event under heaven.” ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-1 KJV...

Title : Viral Bound
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ISBN : 1230000111432
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 432 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Viral Bound Reviews

  • Kris Lugosi
    2019-04-29 08:07

    BREAKING NEWS: We are reporting live to bring you the news that finally there is a cure to cancer! BREAKING NEWS: This just in, Atlanta General Hospital as succumb to a deadly virus that has spread through the patients and the staff. In an effort to contain the virus, Atlanta Hospital is issuing a lock down, no one in no one out. BREAKING NEWS: It appears that the sleepy town of Bear Creek is suffering the same fate as those that were affected by the virus at the Atlanta General Hospital. Widespread panic is taking to the streets as people who have been in contact with the virus appear to be in a zombie state, aimlessly wandering around in search of others to attack and….eat. That’s right, people are attacking and eating each other and it seems the only way to kill these…zombies…is to destroy the brain. We know this much and that the virus can be spread by bite or scratch. As of right now, we are unaware of where this virus came from and so with the speed at which it is spreading person to person there is no sign of a cure. The CDC and the National Guard have issued a red alert….Survival is key in this zombie novel just like any other zombie book, movie, comic, etc. What I feel sets this zombie book apart, is the way the author unfolds the story. This book reads like a screenplay (and if Hollywood was smart would have used this book to model World War Z after; cause they obviously didn’t go by the actual book anyway) and it flowed amazingly. Waltz ability to capture the human nature of people’s ability to survive is shown throughout the book. When it’s broadcasted that a cure for cancer has been found, the author intertwines texts, blogs, and tweets to the story so that the reader gets a glimpse into what everyone else is feeling and or thinking about this cure. As the news about the cure for cancer is quickly replaced with the fast spreading brain melting virus, Waltz intertwines more blogs on the subject. Thankfully, the author doesn’t overdo it with this tactic but just enough to make the reader really feel like they are a part of what is going on. The characters are well played, Steve, the main character is my favorite but I swear to god I could have reached into this book and strangled Sarah. That slap happy bitch annoyed me from start to finish. It was a minor annoyance given the fact that the author really did a wonderful job of jumping from scene to scene if you will to gives us more and more back story of the virus. His ideas on the virus not affecting animals outright but just making them carriers added to the paranoia of pet owners who didn’t know that a lil rough housing could lead to their own demise. The author illustrates humanity’s different approaches to survival, from looters, to bounty hunters, along with touching on the emotional devastation a virus like this can cause. One of my favorite passages is when Steve is explaining that even if the virus did not completely destroy the person inside, even IF there is some resonance of that person once was, there is no cure, there is only peace, so killing them would take them out of whatever misery they are currently in. I think if more people gave that speech in zombie movies then less people would hesitate at the idea of killing their “loved ones.”As the story unfolds, Waltz brings you full circle as to where the virus came from and how it was spread. As you read, it is no wonder how the virus spread like wild fire. I enjoyed the ending, I guess…there is a twist, and it was all right, but I think I wanted a bit more of a solid ending. All in all, really impressed with this book. RECEIVED VIA GOODREADS GIVEAWAYS

  • J.A.
    2019-05-11 06:13

    When I first started reading Viral Bound I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’ve never read a Zombie book before. I was in for a pleasant surprise right from the cool beginning. This story is fast-paced with real-time experiences. The way the author mixed in facebook and twitter usages was brilliant and made reading more fun. Some of the military references made me curious but the whole cancer tie-in made it work for me. I read this book over the course of two days, which is fast for me, but I just wanted to see what would happen next and how it would end. If other zombie books are as good as this one I will have to read more.

  • Dan Waltz
    2019-04-24 05:11

    Dear reader.I'm very proud to bring you the results of over a three-year journey. My goal was to bring something fresh to a decaying genre, and give you a few things to think about along the way. I hope I did that. There are more great reviews on Amazon. Please check them out. Thanks for taking a chance with me and enjoy the read.Dan Waltz

  • Krisaundra
    2019-04-23 09:24

    Not Your Average Book...Better than Average!* While I did receive a free copy in return for a review, that has in no way influenced my opinion or affected my review.This book is one that gives a person lots to think about right from the first sentence and is wonderfully unique by throwing one off the track in that zombies are not what first catch the reader's interest. I absolutely loved the author's view on what would happen to the world if a cure for cancer were to ever be found. Insights that I had never considered yet now can never forget. There is not much about the book I can find fault with or did not enjoy except for two parts... at the beginning there are areas where social media comments are used that reflect how times have changed and how much, and quick, communication has changed with it. Now any piece of news, good or bad can be passed around the world in hours, even minutes. At the beginning of the book the way this was used made sense to me and seemed to fit in so well, but when the same type of thing happens later on in the book for some reason for me it really interrupted the flow of the story and temporarily threw me off track and out of a story I was so deeply lost in. Other than that my only issue with this book, that was such a truly great, thought provoking story was the way it ended. I will not spoil it for anyone else but for me, personally, it was just not an ending that ended the story. Maybe that was meant to leave an opening for a sequel, I am not sure, but I do know that for me it just did not feel like it really fit with the rest of the story, thus the four stars rather than the five. I hope this writer will keep writing because for the most part this was a really great read, and despite my dislike of the two issues I mentioned prior I would still recommend this book in a heartbeat. Who knows... what bothered me about it may not bother the next person, so if you are reading this and on the fence about getting it, get off the fence and give this new author a chance. Like me I bet you will add his name to the list of authors to keep an eye out for when searching out future books.

  • Justin
    2019-05-06 05:24

    First, let me start off by disclosing that I received a copy through the Goodreads First Reads program.Viral Bound is, without a doubt, one of the more entertaining zombie books I've read to date. Unlike most zombie books that I've read, which usually only consist of gore for gore's sake, Viral Bound follows a small group of survivors, including one who accidentally causes the virus to be unleashed, as they try to escape to safety after the military and government both get involved.However, there are a small number of things with the book that kept me from giving it 5 stars.1. The cancer cure plot at the beginning feels almost abandoned after the outbreak starts; although, to be fair, people were being turned into zombies, and the cure plotline returns toward the end in an interesting and unique way that I wasn't expecting.2. At the beginning Steve is diagnosed with cancer, but this is quickly dropped and his cancer is not mentioned again as the plot picks up. This, along with the fact that most characters' last names aren't mentioned, made me wonder if Cancer Steve and Main Character Steve were one and the same, or if they were two different characters who just happen to have the same first name. This is answered, though, in an unexpected and amusing (at least to me) plot twist at the very end.3. There is one point where a zombie bites a mortician's jugular vein, which sprays blood onto the walls. Veins generally don't carry enough internal pressure to spray blood. It's more likely the zombie hit the carotid artery.I realize these are minor and I'm probably just being nitpicky, but that's just me.All nitpicking aside, this is one of the best books I've read in a while, and one I look forward to re-reading.

  • Carrie
    2019-05-22 10:26

    If you are a fan of the Walking Dead (graphic novel and/or AMC television series), chances are high that you will thoroughly enjoy Dan Waltz's, Viral Bound. Unlike Dead, Waltz provides a reason for the zombie outbreak, but it's unclear at first to the average reader. The quickness of the outbreak is realistically tragic. It reminded me of films such as 1995's Outbreak, and the more recently, Contagion, which both illustrate the severity of pathogens and air borne viruses. Likewise Waltz respectfully crosses the Dead line by placing his readers in situations where the television series has only shown us with the character Sophia. Many of Waltz's situations involve children who have turned; including a scene where Steve, our adult protagonist, stumbles upon an entire school that has been afflicted. What happens to the still-human children on the bus is almost more tragic that what has happened to all the children who were not able to escape the lockdown of their safe, secure school. These images resonate with this reader who tends to read nightly before bed. Overall this novel is a captivating read for any fan who enjoys the flesh-eaters known only as 'zoms' in Waltz's tale.

  • Tom Buford
    2019-05-19 07:34

    The author is a family/friend of mine. He donated the book as a fundraiser for a breast cancer charity event that my wife and I attended. My wife won his book. I was a bit hesitant about reading it at first. My only experience with Zombies was watching the original "Night of the living dead" back in the late 60's. It's sad to say, but after nearly 50 years, Zombies still have no personality what so ever. What I am happy to say is that the author gave his main characters enough empathy to realize that they were not just killing zombies but in some cases they were putting the bodies of dear friends and loved ones to rest.The book is definitely a well written page turner that you won't want to put down. Thanks Dan!

  • Diane T.
    2019-04-27 09:32

    Viral Bound was one heck of a ride. Dan Waltz takes you on a journey that shows how even the most innocent of things adds to the chaos when the world in going to pieces.Relatable characters help give depth to this zombie tale and helps the reader really get into the storyline. Of course some of the characters are more likable then others and there are one or two that you just want to smack upside the head and ask them what they were thinking. But all in all the characters really define the story. Giving it that extra little bit that takes it out of the "Just another zombie story" category. So, Mr. Waltz...what's next?

  • Kathy
    2019-05-13 08:35

    I recieved this book front the author as a r4r. I couldn't get into the book at first. But after the first dozen pages it got very interesting. Ok who am I kidding... I got hook. Very good story. Sadly I do think that this is how the zombie disease will be spread, through a scientist trying to find a cute for disease. And we will all find out through Facebook , text and twitter. I enjoyed the reality of the story.

  • Caroline Gebbie
    2019-04-30 04:12

    An almost addictive Zombie book. This book follows a small group of survivors from before and after the zombie apocalypse. It is a great read full of zombies, humor and plenty of gore.The book draws you in with the clever use of social media, the blog scene from within a car surrounded by zombies was particularly compelling.Finishes with an unpredictable ending, great read.

  • Dale Langlois
    2019-05-06 07:18

    This book is not a sleeper. It is full of action, and keeps the reader on the edge of his seat. I found myself rooting for the protagonist throughout the entire novel. There's more than just zombies, and a twist at the end I didn't see coming. A good read.

  • Lizzy Lessard
    2019-05-19 08:35

    Maybe I was wrong to assume, but I thought VIRAL BOUND would be about a cancer patient fighting zombies. It is and it isn’t. Until the last chapter, the character with cancer isn’t revealed and THAT character isn’t fighting zombies in the last chapter. I was prepared to give this book a two star rating, but the ending pissed me off. So, now it’s one star.I liked and hated the author’s morbid sense of humor. Besides the reason for the development of the zombie virus (they needed something else for people to die from since cancer was cured), the humor set the book apart from others in its genre.Scene where the humor works: Steven has to hide in the garbage to hide from zombies. He stinks so bad that the zombies can’t find him. Then he discovers that the garbage is full of maggots and flies. On his way out of the garbade, he sees the sign that says ‘recyclables only’.^^See, that’s funny.Scene where the humor doesn’t work: Steven is suffering from diarrhea. He goes into this school’s bathroom and takes a shit where there’s dozens of kids’ half mutilated bodies.^^That’s not funny.The humor is the best part about the book. The rest of the book falls flat.The head hopping is outrageous. We’re reading tweets (why no hashtags?), then a scene from the hospital, then a blog post, then to this kid with his family in a car, then to a drunk guy on a motorcycle, then text messages from random people, then to some birds in Africa or where ever…it’s overloading. If this book was written as a mock-documentary, then it would work. It doesn’t work when 75% of the book is devoted to a set cast of characters and the other 25% is random.Because so much effort is placed on being everywhere at once, there’s no room to develop personalities for the characters. There’s a nurse, a kid, an old man, a drunk guy with a motorcycle, and then this guy and his pregnant wife. Does there ALWAYS have to be a pregnant chick in zombie books? Plus she doesn’t even do anything except be pregnant. The characters do things for plot purposes.For example: Sarah is in her car with the kid and she’s running from a crowd of zombies. This old guy is trying to get into the car. Sarah nearly lets him die to the crowd of zombies. She doesn’t trust that he’s not infected. But, eventually she lets him in the car. She’s a nurse, but she doesn’t bother to actually CHECK to see if he has any injuries. In the next scene, Sarah vouches for this old man that she just met and that she didn’t trust 5 minutes ago. WTF?And then there’s times that the characters escape situations in ways that don’t make sense. For example: Steve hides under a bullet-filled corpse of a dead zombie. Steve has injuries. The zombie is leaking fluid from its injuries. Why is Steve not infected? I admit that it is a creative way to escape, but it still doesn’t make any logical sense.As I said, I would have given this book two stars for still being entertaining and somewhat humorous (and good editing), but I hated the ending. Not cool.(I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.)

  • Jan Miller
    2019-05-18 04:13


  • Cristina Roock
    2019-05-03 07:27

    3.5 starsThe premise and writing was on point for about the first half. My favorite part of reading zombie novels is watching the apocalypse unfold, more so than the chaos that follows. The second half:I felt like I was in a telenovela because the female protagonist kept slapping everyone. The "love story" between the two main characters took away from the plot. The second half got worse and the "twist" ending didn't really help.

  • Tammy G.Beard
    2019-05-05 04:15

    I have to say that this book had me going back and forth. One minute the story was interesting, then the next it was somewhat boring. I really wanted to like it but it just couldn't hold my interest for very long.

  • Glinda Harrison
    2019-05-06 04:07