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From Russia, With Love... How do you destroy your enemy? Go for the heart, then take over the brain. The Z1219 virus, created by Russia's most skilled scientists, is the deadliest biological weapon in history. Harbored in the human bloodstream, it remains undetected until detonated. Once detonated, the host becomes a walking corpse with only one goal: Eat everyone. And now From Russia, With Love... How do you destroy your enemy? Go for the heart, then take over the brain. The Z1219 virus, created by Russia's most skilled scientists, is the deadliest biological weapon in history. Harbored in the human bloodstream, it remains undetected until detonated. Once detonated, the host becomes a walking corpse with only one goal: Eat everyone. And now it is in America, packaged in the mail order brides the Russians shipped over to destroy us all. With the disease now running rampant and no cure yet discovered, it is every uninfected person for himself. Homes are destroyed and the families inside them torn apart. Relationships can help or hurt as those left uninfected discover they are not entirely untouched by the disease. Follow a group of strangers as they struggle to do anything necessary to survive without losing their humanity in the process. Some will win this challenge. Most will lose. It's a new world and the zombies aren't the only monsters. They're just the easiest to recognize in a country gone horribly wrong.


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From Russia, With Love... How do you destroy your enemy? Go for the heart, then take over the brain. The Z1219 virus, created by Russia's most skilled scientists, is the deadliest biological weapon in history. Harbored in the human bloodstream, it remains undetected until detonated. Once detonated, the host becomes a walking corpse with only one goal: Eat everyone. And now From Russia, With Love... How do you destroy your enemy? Go for the heart, then take over the brain. The Z1219 virus, created by Russia's most skilled scientists, is the deadliest biological weapon in history. Harbored in the human bloodstream, it remains undetected until detonated. Once detonated, the host becomes a walking corpse with only one goal: Eat everyone. And now it is in America, packaged in the mail order brides the Russians shipped over to destroy us all. With the disease now running rampant and no cure yet discovered, it is every uninfected person for himself. Homes are destroyed and the families inside them torn apart. Relationships can help or hurt as those left uninfected discover they are not entirely untouched by the disease. Follow a group of strangers as they struggle to do anything necessary to survive without losing their humanity in the process. Some will win this challenge. Most will lose. It's a new world and the zombies aren't the only monsters. They're just the easiest to recognize in a country gone horribly wrong.

30 review for Mail Horror Bride

  1. 5 out of 5

    AudioBookReviewer

    My original Mail Horror Bride audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer. If you're a fan of zombie novels that focus on the characters rather than the action, like me - you'll love this book. The zombie outbreak is caused by the Russian government implanting a dormant virus into the women who will then go to the US as mail order brides. The virus remains dormant until activated but is still passed to others through sexual contact and through their genes to any children th My original Mail Horror Bride audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer. If you're a fan of zombie novels that focus on the characters rather than the action, like me - you'll love this book. The zombie outbreak is caused by the Russian government implanting a dormant virus into the women who will then go to the US as mail order brides. The virus remains dormant until activated but is still passed to others through sexual contact and through their genes to any children they have, so when the Russian government activates the virus.... all hell breaks loose. I adored this concept of a zombie virus being used as a sleeper agent form of biological warfare, it also cracked the story wide open to examine the prejudices of the characters in this new situation. The book was a bit of a slow starter, I thought that it would follow the journey of only two characters but it opens up to follow a wide range of different characters and their gradual journey to a central point at the end. Once it got going, I was hooked and listened to it in one sitting while baking a hideously mishapen cake (on a side note -the cake was DELICIOUS despite looking like a disaster, I blame it on the audio distracting me). This book had plenty of action to keep the pace moving and the characters were wonderful, it didn't focus too heavily on their backstory but provided just enough to explain their actions in the present. It also raised some excellent practical points: what happens when prescription medications run out?  Is it better to go it alone or group up? Are children actually evil eejits? This book includes a range of characters of different ages, genders and nationalities and Mark Westfield (the narrator) manages them all like a pro. He even manages a convincing Thai mail order bride voice, complete with accent, that didn't make me cringe so I was impressed! The quality of the audio was excellent and definitely added to the overall atmosphere of the story, having a talented narrator in charge of the pace of this novel. I would definitely listen to more of his work in future, especially if he's teamed up with the work of Raymond Lee again. Thumbs up for this winning combination! Audiobook was provided for review by the publisher.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy Spector

    What an awesome name for a book! :D What an awesome name for a book! :D

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I am a huge fan of the paranormal and paranormal/supernatural books. I am not, however, that big on zombies. I haven't been able to jump on the zombie bandwagon, and I don't watch TWD. I'll watch a zombie movie once every couple of years; I really have to be in the right mood for it, and it doesn't come by often. This is the only reason why it took me so long to read and finish Mail Horror Bride. When I wasn't reading it, I was forcing myself to get into one of those zombie moods because I reall I am a huge fan of the paranormal and paranormal/supernatural books. I am not, however, that big on zombies. I haven't been able to jump on the zombie bandwagon, and I don't watch TWD. I'll watch a zombie movie once every couple of years; I really have to be in the right mood for it, and it doesn't come by often. This is the only reason why it took me so long to read and finish Mail Horror Bride. When I wasn't reading it, I was forcing myself to get into one of those zombie moods because I really really really wanted to continue the book. Even with my aversion to zombies, I was totally, 100% into this book. Why even read it if you don't like zombies, you may be asking. Well, a friend of mine insisted I'd read it - that I would love it. They're usually spot on with their suggestions. Plus the premise and cover intrigued me. I decided if anyone was going to make me like zombies it would be this person. So I got myself a copy and I read it, and I am so glad I did. The book is split into two sections, the outbreak of the zombie virus and then a longer section on the survival. The book (the first in the series) follows a handful of characters through their experiences on discovering the virus and surviving it. Eventually these characters form two groups and the story jumps back and the forth between the two groups of people who are unaware of the other's existence. What I love about this book is the reality of it, which sounds weird because the book is about a zombie apocalypse, but hear me out: The zombies aren't there because of voodoo or anything supernatural. It is a virus, generated in a lab by the Russians who then injected the virus that they can detonate themselves into a bunch of mail order brides. Those brides then came to the States and infected anyone they had sexual relations with. One the Russians pushed their big red button, the virus was activated and every mail order bride and every person that slept with them and the people that slept with those people turned into zombies. I can totally see a country trying to bring down the US a la Trojan Horse method - from within. On top of that, the characters are some of the realest characters I have ever read. It's not a bunch of goody goody hero types, trying to survive. You've got people like Maura, a jilted ex who got dumped for a mail order bride. That lady is more than a few crayons short of a pack. Heck, the pack may be empty cept for one broken crayon. The white one. The one nobody uses. You also have Raven, a 19 year old who is on vacation with her little 9 year old sister when the outbreak happens. She's a good kid with a good heart, but just a kid, trying to protect her little sister. There's Cruz Thomas, the big action movie star who is a total Diva, all about himself...or is he? And is he as sane as he appears? The cast makes the situation a lot more real by what each character chooses to do during the exact same circumstance. Because the story jumps from character to character, most everyone's thoughts are shared at some point. You can see what they're thinking, what their motivations are, who they truly are as a person. They're all flawed, even the younger ones, and that makes this story all the more realistic in my eyes. There's black, white, and grey areas, and I absolutely love that about this book. I also love the relationships that are developed. They're not always good relationships, just because the world is full of zombies doesn't mean that everyone can put their differences aside and work together. Crazy, evil assholes will still be crazy evil assholes. But there's a few relationships in the story that I absolutely love. *ahem* Raven/Cruz and Raven/Damian Uncensored Comments Straight From Kindle: 1. Apparently zombies sink, they don't float 2. “Then we don’t need one. We’ve already got people-eating monsters chasing us. The last thing we need is for one of us to shoot the other in the ass.” - LOL 3. Why don't zombies ever try to eat one another? 4. A few times during the first half of the book the dialogue felt a little fake at times. Maybe too much talking - zombie apocalypse, don't nobody got time for a monologue. 5. "I killed Miley Cyrus!" - ROFLMAO OMG!!!! I laughed so hard. Probably the funniest section of the book. 6. “I mean, as she died, did she … twerk?” - OMG! BAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Tears, I'm in freaking tears! 7. Would a 19 year old in 2014 know who Quincy Jones is? 8. CROSS stuff isn't my cup of tea... I had the thought towards the beginning of the book, by the end of it, I was more intrigued and kind of thought the author set things up to do a CROSS spinoff. 9. Bitch still insane! 10. Ooooh, that wasn't sketchy at all. 11. Really hope a zombie eats Maura's ass! 12. Somebody hand me a gun, I'll shoot Maura myself!! 13. Damn straight! No need to add MORE blood to the equation. Plus you avoid the painful cramps and stuff. #TeamBirthControl 14. Ooh, is he schizo? Dammit, not knowing is KILLING me! 15. Oh shit oh shit oh shit!!! Hank is gonna kill her! 16. The movie star needs them! 17. Kill her ass! 18. Oh, this bitch hella crazy! Hope that zombie bites her in the ass! (Apparently, I really wanted Maura to get it in the ass. LOL!) 19. Oh no, I hope there isn't a kitty zombie roaming around! Oooh, maybe the kitty will be the one to bite Maura in the ass!!! 20. YES, HE'S DEAD! 21. “I’ll swing fast and pray hard .” - Favorite line. Should be a tagline, "Swing fast and pray hard." 22. HAHAHAHAHA - Miley... *snorts* 23. I really didn't like Cruz in the beginning, but I really love him now. He's the reluctant hero. Reminds me of David Boreanaz's character on Angel. 24. ...oooh shit. Is Angela undercover bonkers? 25. Nutso!!! 26. Hilarious Twilight burn. (Won't spoil it for ya) 27. Bet you Maura's crazy ass has Daniel's head in her backpack buried in some litter. Putting money on it now. 28. Hell yea - go Hal! 29. Ooh I hope Angela kills Maura 30. Oh my god, I need somebody, ANYBODY to take this lunatic out! 31. ...and that was your mistake, talking before killing. 32. (SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!) Ding dong the crazy bitch is dead! 33. Oh, nice. Lighter than a head. Lol 34. LMAO - Oh Damian, how I love your comedic relief. 35. No. No no no no no. Do not kill her!!!! 36. FUDGING CLIFFHANGER!!!! What a cool roller coaster ride. I am eagerly awaiting the second part because I am hooked. The first installment ended in a cliffhanger and I need need NEED to know what the heck happens next. Also, the award for most hated character in 2015 goes to Maura. Gawd, I don't think I have ever wanted someone to die as much as I wanted her to die. Every time she opens her mouth I pray for her demise. A zombie, one of the survivors, a dog, a tree, anything. Just kill her, plllllease!

  4. 4 out of 5

    BookLoversLife

    Thousands of Russian mail order brides were sent to the US with a deadly virus injected into them. It wasn't till the Russians pushed the kill button that the virus activated and the mail order brides died and became Zombies. Only thing is that the virus can be spread through sex and/or biting, so every man they had sex with got the virus, though it wasn't activated in them till they died. When the virus is unleashed, it's so fast and unexpected that the US is taken by surprise. Within a matter Thousands of Russian mail order brides were sent to the US with a deadly virus injected into them. It wasn't till the Russians pushed the kill button that the virus activated and the mail order brides died and became Zombies. Only thing is that the virus can be spread through sex and/or biting, so every man they had sex with got the virus, though it wasn't activated in them till they died. When the virus is unleashed, it's so fast and unexpected that the US is taken by surprise. Within a matter of days the country is overrun and all that's left to do is survive! This was such a pleasant surprise! The name and cover are a bit off putting and made me think this was a cheesy Zombie book, but believe me when I say that it's not!!! It's a story of survival, it's a journey through the minds of people left amid chaos. We have a cast of multiple characters so I'm not going to go through them all. I will say that they are all well written and developed. They are quite a colourful cast too!! We have Raven, a teen who is on holiday with her family when the outbreak happens. She is looking after her 9 yr old sister but she succumbs to the Zombies and poor Raven carries that guilt with her. We have Maura, who is crazy with a capital C!! She goes to her exes house intent on revenge because he left her for a Russian mail order bride. Of course she finds him in a bad way. This girl is seriously crazy but I'm not going to say what she does because that would spoil it!!!Lol. We also have Cruz, a Hollywood actor who hears voices in his head when he doesn't take his medicine! Throw in a fugitive and a girl with no remorse and you have the cast of this!! The plot, while definitely fictional, is totally believable. I mean the idea of a dormant virus being injected into unsuspecting girls could happen! It just wouldn't reanimate them ;) Anyway, this was a seriously excellent survival tale. It's not the blood and guts Zombie book but one of focusing on the characters and the aftermath of the virus! We get to see the outbreak happen, then we get to see different groups surviving and ultimately meeting up. I loved this and listened to it in a day, though that ending was killer, literally ;) Haha!! Definitely can highly recommend! While Mark Westfield did a good job considering all the characters, I found his reading to be a little flat at times. I wanted more intenseness and energy when the Zombies were there. Also a few of the characters sounded the same. I still enjoyed it though! *I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affects my thoughts.*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Grep

    It's simply not good. Once the mysterious CROSS member, kind black uncle who doesn't take kindly to "side glances" from someone wondering why his niece is white, it goes completely off the rails. The Walking Dead references are now dated. I should have stopped when the vengeful ex girlfriend showed up to harass her dying ex-boyfriend after 2 years apart, still jealous of his mail order bride Olga. Cringe. It's simply not good. Once the mysterious CROSS member, kind black uncle who doesn't take kindly to "side glances" from someone wondering why his niece is white, it goes completely off the rails. The Walking Dead references are now dated. I should have stopped when the vengeful ex girlfriend showed up to harass her dying ex-boyfriend after 2 years apart, still jealous of his mail order bride Olga. Cringe.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME. I CANT WAIT FOR MORE TO COME OUT. THE CONCEPT OF MAIL ORDER BRIDES FROM RUSSIA BEING INFECTED WITH THE VIRUS AND SENT OVER TO INFECT THESE DUMB JERKS IS CLASSIC. OF COUSE, EVERYONE ELSE GETS CONTAMINATED TOO. IT'S A VERY DIFFERENT AND COOL IDEA FOR THE ZOMBIE APOCOLYPSE. I LOVE SOME OF THE CHARACTERS AS WELL. RECOMMEND TO ZOMBIE FANS. THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME. I CANT WAIT FOR MORE TO COME OUT. THE CONCEPT OF MAIL ORDER BRIDES FROM RUSSIA BEING INFECTED WITH THE VIRUS AND SENT OVER TO INFECT THESE DUMB JERKS IS CLASSIC. OF COUSE, EVERYONE ELSE GETS CONTAMINATED TOO. IT'S A VERY DIFFERENT AND COOL IDEA FOR THE ZOMBIE APOCOLYPSE. I LOVE SOME OF THE CHARACTERS AS WELL. RECOMMEND TO ZOMBIE FANS.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Levine

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love zombies! I’m pretty sure I’ve made that comment with each zombie-related story I read or listen to. I don’t think there has been a zombie story that I’ve ever given a low rating to, not that I can think of anyway. Zombies are cool but scary at the same time. This was a great listen. It was fast-paced and held my attention the entire time; it was even hard to put down at times. I can’t wait to listen to book 2. The narrator did a great job! I’d listen to him again. I wasn’t sure but was ve I love zombies! I’m pretty sure I’ve made that comment with each zombie-related story I read or listen to. I don’t think there has been a zombie story that I’ve ever given a low rating to, not that I can think of anyway. Zombies are cool but scary at the same time. This was a great listen. It was fast-paced and held my attention the entire time; it was even hard to put down at times. I can’t wait to listen to book 2. The narrator did a great job! I’d listen to him again. I wasn’t sure but was very curious to hear his “voices” once he started the dialogue parts because his narrating voice was so low, in my opinion. But he nailed it. Question/Comments: I don’t remember what chapter it was in, somewhere near the beginning though, but the reader/listener was told that Daniel, Mora’s ex, had a son but then nothing more was ever said about it. Maybe I was mistaken though… I’d love to know what Mora had been like before Daniel broke up with her. When she was giving her final talk to him before she killed him, she was obviously crazy and just seemed to get worse as time went on. I had an issue with Mora and then Jeremy, Mora specifically. I get she was crazy but I felt the author might have overdone it with all the delusional thoughts she expressed. Constantly talking about how she’d wanted to give him everything, how much she’d loved him (and more than his Russian bride), etc. I got it (and I’m sure everyone else did), the lady was a fruit loop! Then, it was like her craziness was killed off and up popped Jeremy and her own craziness over Cruz. I was glad when both of those characters died. Speaking of crazy, I’m hoping the author goes into more detail regarding Angela and what went on prior to the zombie apocalypse given she had no problem killing people. Considering she changed into a zombie at the very end of book 1, I wouldn’t be surprised if nothing more about her previous life were mentioned but upset at the same time. When Raven and Sky were in the hotel, the reader/listener learned the zombies could open doors, yet it was sometime later when one of the characters asked another character if zombies could do this and they had essentially said no. From that moment on, it was like the opening-door zombies never existed.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tina G.

    Mail Horror Bride (One Nation Under Zombies, Book 1) by Raymond Lee and narrated by Mark Westfield is an interesting take on zombies. Definitely recommend if you’re looking for a new Z adventure. Russia has found a way to infect mail-order brides with a virus that turns the brides, their husbands, and their children into zombies. From there, chaos ensues. The story is told through different characters (various ages) with some of the stories intertwining. It’s difficult to pick a favorite as they Mail Horror Bride (One Nation Under Zombies, Book 1) by Raymond Lee and narrated by Mark Westfield is an interesting take on zombies. Definitely recommend if you’re looking for a new Z adventure. Russia has found a way to infect mail-order brides with a virus that turns the brides, their husbands, and their children into zombies. From there, chaos ensues. The story is told through different characters (various ages) with some of the stories intertwining. It’s difficult to pick a favorite as they each bring something unique to the book. You may find yourself rooting for some of them to be taken out by the Z's or others in their group. And for those who dislike cliffhangers, be aware it ends in one (I’m OK with it and you should be too because it is a great book). The narrator, Mark Westfield, did a good job overall. A couple times the transitions were a little rough/confusing. I would listen to him again. The book went by fast and before I knew it, it was over (good thing). I didn’t quite know what to expect (also a good thing). I would check out book two in a heart beat and recommend this if you are a fan of zombies, character driven books, or looking for something new in the fantasy genre. Parental guidance/trigger warnings: This is a book for adults who like a little darker themes. Death, guns, domestic violence (plays a large role for one character in the first half of the book), one character has a severe hatred for mail order brides (calls them sluts, whore, skank, and so on), some religious talk, and psychopathic tendencies in a couple characters. *I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

  9. 4 out of 5

    RJ

    The premise is that for the past five years Russian mail order brides have been intentionally infected with a virus that when the carrier dies, due to natural causes or on order, they reanimate becoming zombies. This is quite the bizarre way to invade our country eh? The characters are diverse and possess a variety of mental and social handicaps. Besides dealing with the zombies, they fight among themselves. A sub-plot, involving an organization known as CROSS, surfaces throughout the story. CRO The premise is that for the past five years Russian mail order brides have been intentionally infected with a virus that when the carrier dies, due to natural causes or on order, they reanimate becoming zombies. This is quite the bizarre way to invade our country eh? The characters are diverse and possess a variety of mental and social handicaps. Besides dealing with the zombies, they fight among themselves. A sub-plot, involving an organization known as CROSS, surfaces throughout the story. CROSS, which stands for Christian Righteous Order of Sacred Soldiers, is a secret fanatical religious group to protect the world from evil. I’m not sure if this plot twist adds to or detracts from the apocalypse story. Toss in a dash of racism and we have quite the literary hodgepodge. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bikram

    I had requested and received audiobook version of this book for free from the author, in exchange for an unbiased review. I have read quite a few zombie books in last couple of months and Mail Horror Bride is one of the better ones. It has a quite take on the zombie outbreak and the world thereafter. From the very onset, the story had grabbed my attention and kept me hooked. Raymond Lee's writing style and story telling style must be applauded for that. The ending of this held a big surprise. Now I had requested and received audiobook version of this book for free from the author, in exchange for an unbiased review. I have read quite a few zombie books in last couple of months and Mail Horror Bride is one of the better ones. It has a quite take on the zombie outbreak and the world thereafter. From the very onset, the story had grabbed my attention and kept me hooked. Raymond Lee's writing style and story telling style must be applauded for that. The ending of this held a big surprise. Now I'm eagerly waiting to see what story will be told in the next book. Mark Westfield did a good job with the narration. His delivery was perfect and matched the pace of the story. And there are no audio quality issues.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Deedra

    This was a better than average zombie book.I enjoyed most of it.I found it to be repetitious at times.The characters are fairly well developed,you either love or hate them. Mail order brides from Russia were implanted with a virus that goes off and creates zombies..Every faction of life has to work together at some point,or die. Mark Westfield was a fine narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.'  This was a better than average zombie book.I enjoyed most of it.I found it to be repetitious at times.The characters are fairly well developed,you either love or hate them. Mail order brides from Russia were implanted with a virus that goes off and creates zombies..Every faction of life has to work together at some point,or die. Mark Westfield was a fine narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.' 

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy Mcnea

    I’m hooked. What can I say? I’m hooked. This was the first book I’ve read by this Author & I’m going to purchase book 2 as soon as I finish this review. The book has plenty of action, the characters are well written & you actually grow to love & hate different ones. I’m shocked at the ending. It’s a good book but don’t take my word for it....Read it!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    The Russian have made a weapon which has been put into mail order brides and will affect the brain on the infected one. It turns them into zombies. The but spread and those uninfected run for their lives. There is no cure so just how far will it spread? Will the Russians suffer as well? See if they will I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Angela Laroche

    Loved it! Loved the origin backstory - ALWAYS happy to read a fresh reason behind the zompoc , and this one was DEFINITELY something I'd never considered before. Characters were interesting and their individual storylines were also interesting. Looking forward to the next book! Loved it! Loved the origin backstory - ALWAYS happy to read a fresh reason behind the zompoc , and this one was DEFINITELY something I'd never considered before. Characters were interesting and their individual storylines were also interesting. Looking forward to the next book!

  15. 4 out of 5

    April Darnell

    Great read I love zombies they are my favorite and I enjoyed reading this book. The only character I seen grow, so to speak, was Cruz . I look forward to seeing how the others change.

  16. 4 out of 5

    HOLLY

    I read both books and am waiting for the continuation in book 3 to come out. Get the book I think you will enjoy it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sue Wallace

    Mail order bride by Raymond Lee. This was a fantastic read. Couldn't put it down. I do love my horror. This gave me chills. 5*. Mail order bride by Raymond Lee. This was a fantastic read. Couldn't put it down. I do love my horror. This gave me chills. 5*.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Burns

    Waiting for the next one Great read, about the World endng. Survivors find each other, and are traveling to safe military sites. This has a cliffhanger.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shawn

    The dating world has grown significantly through the advent of the internet. Men, and women, can search the world to find that perfect match. It has allowed both genders to easily cross borders when looking for their soul mate. There are even websites, and phone apps, that will feature someone from specific countries. This is what brings me to the book, Mail Horror Bride: One Nation Under Zombies. The book is written by author Raymond Lee and will take the reader into the world of mail order bri The dating world has grown significantly through the advent of the internet. Men, and women, can search the world to find that perfect match. It has allowed both genders to easily cross borders when looking for their soul mate. There are even websites, and phone apps, that will feature someone from specific countries. This is what brings me to the book, Mail Horror Bride: One Nation Under Zombies. The book is written by author Raymond Lee and will take the reader into the world of mail order brides and a “potential” danger that can come from these women. You will read how many men look at women from foreign countries, like Russia, for love. They look for a woman that may not have the independent spirit of many American women. They could also be looking for a woman that could be a “show piece”, and ones who may just be looking to get a green card. The book opens with a man asking his wife about her brother’s wife. The husband is asking if he is married to one of those Russian mail order brides. She’s originally upset with him as it appears they have been down that road before and is tired of her husband talking about it. However, this is not the case as he is watching the news and there is a breaking story. It is here at the beginning of the book that we find out the Russians have been busy. They have placed a disease into the women that have come to America to marry. The woman where implanted with a disease that would turn the women into, zombies. The book takes off and we are introduced to a varied group of characters. There are sisters stuck in a hotel in California that after venturing out of their hotel room walk into the horror that awaits them. A man has escaped prison and while waiting for his ride he gets a phone call. The call is from his friend asking him to watch over his children, as his wife was one of those brides. A woman bangs at the door of her ex-boyfriends home demanding to be let in. She knows the type of woman he married and wants to tell him off for what he did. Those working in the film industry from a set worker to famous actor will be pulled into this mess. Lastly there is another mail order bride, but this one is from Asia. She has to not only survive the outbreak, but a husband who beats her. These are the main characters in the book and at some point their paths may cross but all will first have to survive this new America. The outbreak will follow many other zombie books as you read about how they must survive. There are also bits of humor tossed in the pages as I personally remember doing a fist pump when I read about the death of a singer. I know, I shouldn’t do that but its fiction and the individual just annoys me so much. Oh and just a note, it wasn’t Justin Bieber, but you have to read the book to find out who I am referring to. Raymond Lee does a great job of developing the large cast of characters you come across within the pages. The characters are all flawed in some way and this comes out as you read more and find out about them. They can be crazy and insane, over caring, and even a bit psychotic but in their own ways they do care about others. Mail Horror Bride: One Nation Under Zombies is a book that does come from the zombie genre, but do to the writing it stands out from the crowd. The book is something people will enjoy as there are moments in the book that will play with all kinds of emotions. There are just enough bits of humor it balances out the sadness that are within the pages. The characters will be relatable as they are very real and easy to connect with. The book is a great read for fans of all types of horror genre and even those who just want a great fun read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ozsaur

    I'm always looking for something different when it comes to zombie novels. This book has it in spades! What an awesome premise! The Russians send mail order brides to the U.S. that are infected with a time bomb virus. How it actually works is never explained, but so what? I just really appreciated the fun and clever idea! I spent the entire book being amused by the whole thing even though there are quite a few gruesome scenes. The book turns very grim in places, and if you can't handle harm to ch I'm always looking for something different when it comes to zombie novels. This book has it in spades! What an awesome premise! The Russians send mail order brides to the U.S. that are infected with a time bomb virus. How it actually works is never explained, but so what? I just really appreciated the fun and clever idea! I spent the entire book being amused by the whole thing even though there are quite a few gruesome scenes. The book turns very grim in places, and if you can't handle harm to children, then skip this one. The writer doesn't pull any punches when it comes to who might get it next. The main storyline is fairly typical - groups of people find each other while trying to find a safe place. Every time I thought an interesting new storyline was being introduced, it got nipped in the bud. I was pretty disappointed by that. The cliffhanger ending squashed the beginnings of an interesting and fresh idea involving one of the teenage girls. I don't want to spoil it, but I wasn't happy with how that turned out. And like I said, cliffhanger. Overall, I enjoyed the book, and I'll be keeping an eye out for the next one in the series. Very entertaining read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sage

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. This book has quite the original cause of the zombie disease. The Russians have decided that the best way to destroy Americans is to attack their hearts by harboring the zombie virus inside their mail order brides, so when they activate it, anyone that has had sexual contact with a bride or was born by the bride will have the disease. Now the Russians have activated it and all Hell has broke loose. And zombies are not the only ones you need to look out for I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. This book has quite the original cause of the zombie disease. The Russians have decided that the best way to destroy Americans is to attack their hearts by harboring the zombie virus inside their mail order brides, so when they activate it, anyone that has had sexual contact with a bride or was born by the bride will have the disease. Now the Russians have activated it and all Hell has broke loose. And zombies are not the only ones you need to look out for (cue the sinister music). Overall I thought that this book was pretty good. Most of the characters are fleshed out, sometimes literally, but a couple of them get repetitive in their inner monologues and it is a little annoying. The zombie violence is intense and fun to read. Miley Cyrus even makes a small cameo in this as a zombie. Despite a few flaws, it was still an enjoyable read and I would like to read the sequel when it comes out, especially after the cliffhanger ending. If you like zombies, then this would be an exciting read for you.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Kong

    Mail Horror Bride is a unique twist to the zombie genre that I didn't expect. Although I enjoyed the storyline and characters, I believe the story would benefit if the author showed how the characters developed as the story went along vs. the characters instantly acting different from one scene to the next. Some behaviors made sense, while others did not. Also, there were some minor grammar issues, but not enough to deter from the story. Book two should be interesting to read. Mail Horror Bride is a unique twist to the zombie genre that I didn't expect. Although I enjoyed the storyline and characters, I believe the story would benefit if the author showed how the characters developed as the story went along vs. the characters instantly acting different from one scene to the next. Some behaviors made sense, while others did not. Also, there were some minor grammar issues, but not enough to deter from the story. Book two should be interesting to read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    ** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ** From start to finish this was a great story! I lied the concept of the mail order bride virus delivery method, and how all of our survivor groups ended up in each others lives by sure luck! This was a great Post Apocalyptic Zombie story in a sea of many..and I highly recommend you buy it now! I am going to be tortured waiting for book 2! WELL WORTH YOUR TIME AND A CREDIT!!!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Denielle Gongaware

    Good read Totally unexpected ending. A fairly good book with a different take on a zombie outbreak. I am interested in what the next book will be about. Although I feel the use of The Walking Dead references were cheesy. The ending was a good twist.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Pauline Nilsson

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laura Lee

    Great read.... stuck on zombie books this year and this certainly fed that addiction!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lamar

  28. 4 out of 5

    Desiré Oosthuizen

  29. 5 out of 5

    Denise Swanson

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

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