Today is Release Day for Claire C. Riley’s new Novella, Odium Origins. Let me tell you, this book is pretty bad ass. This is a perfect time for you to pop over to Amazon and one-click it to death. While you are being one-click happy, you might as well pick up the other books in the series, Odium, and Life Ever After, which is found in the book Fusion and for a limited time can be found on Amazon and Smashwords for free.
When hell claws its way up from the dark depths of the earth, and the dead begin to walk again, for several people the zombie apocalypse doesn’t just mean the end of the world as they know it, it is also the beginning of a brave new life for them. For some it offers freedom, for others a deeper torment and unforgiving life than they ever thought possible.
The coward, the street rat, the hero, and the lovers, everyone has their place. What really decides their fate in this new existence, nature, or nurture? Who they become when the world goes to hell is the true decider on their own humanity, and will ultimately decide their fates.
Forever changed, they have to learn to adapt to this dangerous and dark new world before they become one of the living dead themselves.
This novella may also be read as a standalone book.
If you choose to read it as part of the Odium (The Dead Saga.) experience, you can read it before or after reading Odium (The Dead Saga.).
Wow. I just finished reading Odium: Origins. This book has me so emotional right now, I don’t know if I’m coming or going. This is one of those books that you run out of pages before you are ready for the story to be over! I didn’t even realize I was near the end until it was over!
In Odium: Origins, we are taken back in time to the beginning of the outbreak. In some cases just a few days, or earlier that day, and in the case of JD, months. We learn about Crunch, Steve, Doyle, and JD. Why they behave the way they do, how some of them met the other characters in Odium (The Dead Saga.), and what they were like to some degree before the outbreak began.
I’ve got to say, JD’s story was intense. We meet his family, learn why he was in prison, and how he meets Josie. From the very beginning of his story, you want things to go well for him. His story had me in tears, and I’m not an emotional person. He experiences every parents worst nightmare. He is such a realistic character in my mind. He’s sort of hard on the outside, but inside he is a very caring and good person.
I don’t want to say much about Crunch’s story because it will give things away, but we do get more of her story and it’s pretty understandable why she’s so mad. Steve’s story is discussed as well and he is one of my favorite characters. He did pretty much what I would do in this situation, and even though I knew how things with him end up in the future, I was still afraid for him in the beginning.
One of the things I love about Claire C. Riley’s writing is that her stories could happen anywhere. I know she lives in England, but her scenery is very American as well. I don’t know much about England’s landscape, but in my mind, it could be just like it is in this book.
This story was over before I knew it and that killed me. I love this book as much as I loved Odium (The Dead Saga.) and Fusion: A collection of short stories from Breakwater Harbor Books’ authors, which contains the story Life Ever After. This series has quickly turned zombies into a much more interesting genre for me than it ever was before, and I REALLY look forward to reading what else happens in her world. Don’t miss out on one of the coolest series I’ve read in a long time. If I could give it 10 stars, I would, but I can’t so I will have to settle with 5, no doubt about it.
Odium (The Dead Saga.)
(The Dead Saga.)
by Claire C.Riley
It’s better to die by the gun than die by the dead.
Nina’s life was irrevocably changed when humanity’s dead began to rise.
Now, she lives behind the walls.
The barricaded cities, erected by the government to protect the remnants of civilization, have become a brutal dictatorship- causing the inhabitants within to starve, steal and claw for survival. Life behind the walls has become as terrifying as roaming the zombie-ridden landscape beyond.
Citizens trade what they can to gain food, water, and shelter. Nina has only one currency—her body and she is tired of submitting herself to the greedy hands of the self-proclaimed leaders.
An opportunity to escape presents itself in the fate of a young girl named Emily-Rose. For the price of a stale piece of bread, she is set for banishment from the city, and most likely a horrific death at the hands of the deaders. Nina tells herself that it is sympathy and not self-preservation that makes her follow the young girl out of the walled metropolis, and into the overgrown world beyond.
Unused to fighting the deaders, Nina tries to scrounge for her survival and against her better judgment, begins to care for Emily-Rose. However, when you have a bread-stealing liability providing your only back up, survival seems even tougher. Nina is forced to fight for their lives, and with every zombie slain, she becomes fiercer, faster – a grim reaper with her not-so-sharp butcher’s knife.
Along the path to a safe-haven that might not exist, Nina and Emily-Rose meet Mikey who introduces them to a new life they could not imagine, a life above the ground. However, this new world brings new dangers, and darker shadows than she knew.
Nina finds out that the deaders aren’t the only thing to fear beyond the wall.
And that fear will not be ignored, or Forgotten.
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About the Author
My name is Claire C. Riley and I’m a writer of dark paranormal romances and zombie horror, and generally anything creepy and dark.
I am a wife, and a mother to three little girls. I work part-time and write in the evenings and every other spare second that I get. Life, as you can imagine, is always very busy and very tiring, but it is of course worth every minute.
I’m currently hard at work on several new projects.
The sequel to Limerence, the sequel to Odium, a Romantic thriller/horror story and several short stories.