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Asher St Paul thought it was just a typical zombie apocalypse like in the movies until the necromancers crawled out of the woodwork Since the undead have chased the living into hiding the necromancers are able to roam freely in a new America of their making Asher is seeking safe harbor The need for safety is what drove him from his home in Philadelphia Pennsylvania before it was shelled He has searched from uarantine to uarantine always finding them overrun with zombies until he hears of The Refuge a military compound in Binghamton New York With his family and lover lain to rest by his own hand he has nothing left to lose and gives everything he has to reach the safe haven But uestions arise when he reaches The Refuge mainly how has he been able to sustain multiple zombie bites and not change? He thinks he has found safety in the military compound turned uarantine but he was wrong Even now there is a necromancer trying to make The Refuge their kingdom of the dead


10 thoughts on “Desolation

  1. says:

    Zombies? Pass But there was some manlove involved so I was easily persuaded And I am so glad I didn’t pass up the opportunity to read this I was hooked from the start And by that I mean by 1% Insta love over here We begin with Asher St Paul who is trying to survive the best he can with his lover Conner in a post apocalyptic world where zombies rule First page and I’m dying inside I barely know this character and my heart is breaking already Asher has just lost the last person on Earth he loves to these zombies He decides to continue on though his hearts not really in surviving Hell mine wouldn’t be either He eventually finds himself in a safe house where he learns of necromancers who are creating and controlling zombies Asher Oh Asher So loveable so lost He doesn't know if he wants to or even if he can go on alone None of his family is left they died in gruesome ways some by his own hand Somehow he finds the strength to keep going While at the safe house Asher learns about himself than he ever knew was possible He begins his training with the in house necromancer Ulga He's so much powerful than he ever knew Now he just needs to figure out what to do with the powers he's now aware of But he definitely figures it out I love when a character discovers how kickass they really areHe was taken care of in the safe house by one of their doctors Cleave Give me a moment while I swoon I love the patient type The one who knows who they love and are willing to wait Willing to put themselves through the torture of waiting just to be with The One This was Cleave He was there for Asher from the beginning and still there for him after Asher treated him like crap And he put up with a lot from that man But he continued on taking care of him comforting him being strong for Asher when he needed it sigh I think what drew me in was the urban fantasy feel UF is my first love so even though zombies aren’t my thing this has all the right parts for a fantastic read There wasn’t much world building needed since this universe isn’t much different than our own just add in some zombies and creepy ass necromancers But what was built was the complete sense of loss by every human who’s still living Every character broke my heart I really felt every story that was told and every experience that was had Characters we just met in passing touched me in some way What I love most about UF is that not all the uestions are answered There was a definite sense of closure at the end but I’m salivating to know What can Asher do? Is he still powerful than he knows? Will he be able to resist the evil temptations that others before him have not? How long will their safe haven be safe? And for the love of god will we get a sex scene? Not that I mind fade to black but Cleave is sexy as hells and I wanna read that man in action Just sayin’I loved it The writing felt a little choppy at times which then drew me out of the story momentarily and I found myself rereading some scenes when I was a little lost Even so this was fantastic and I will definitely read of Asher’s zombie adventures A copy of the ebook was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review


  2. says:

    While it wasn't necessarily a bad book there were so many little issues with Desolation that I really had trouble enjoying itOn the plus side Travis Simmons has definitely done something interesting with zombies here adding a little fresh blood and brains to a genre that's become very tapped out Rather than limit himself to a choice between the classic shuffling zombie and the contemporary speedy one he incorporates both into his story and then adds a third flavor in the infernals basically zombies with brains Not content to stop there he also adds an even darker element with human necromancers who have the power to create and control the zombies It definitely makes for a very dark exciting read but he needs space to fully explore the conceptsUnfortunately this is a book that's in dire need of an editor While I generally don't like to focus on that element in my reviews when it becomes a distraction as it did here I have to call it out Little things like the proper use of itsit's and theretheirthey're are one thing They're annoyances but you can train your mind to skip by them Wrong or missing punctuation is another thing entirely however and there were passages particularly following a line of dialogue where my reading just hit a brick wall of incomprehension Also while I know it's difficult to work personal details into a first person narrative it shouldn't have taken 7 or 8 chapters before Asher is revealed as a guy Yes I know it's clear in the synopsis but when a book has sat on your e reader for a few months the value of a synopsis or cover blurb is entirely lostAs for Asher being a guy I certainly had no issues with that and thought gay romance angle was an interesting touch particularly with his lingering feelings for his now zombie boyfriend Their romance was solid and I think Asher's grief was very well portrayed In addition I really liked how Simmons continued to play with the romance angle right up to the climax of their final zombie confrontation My problem with Asher was not his sexuality but his personality and his perfection He's a little too much of the perfect hero a pulp adventure novel cliché than somebody fit to lead a post apocalyptic horror novelUltimately this felt like a young adult novel that was deliberately sexed up and bloodied up to appeal to a wider audience It certainly has potential and I think Simmons can do some really exciting things with the material but this first volume is just a bit too rough and unpolished for my tastes Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins


  3. says:

    Book Info Genre Post apocalyptic dark fantasyzombiesReading Level AdultRecommended for Fans of zombie fictionTrigger Warnings murder mental slavery lots of goreMy Thoughts I'm not a huge fan of traditional zombie fare but thought with the necromancers thrown in I might enjoy this well enough and that was true The necromancers made this interesting as did the several types of zombies traditional speeders and infernals However the ending was unsatisfying; it just sort of petered out rather than providing much of an ending I suppose it was left open for a seuel but I felt like things could have wrapped up a bit than they didIt was nice to have a book where the characters were fairly well accepted as who they were in the UILTBAG but it also seems awfully convenient that so many of the men surviving the zombie apocalypse were gay I'm not sure what would have made me happier about this book honestly It just felt unfinished I know this was an ARC so I discounted the various typos I saw which will probably mostly be cleared up in the final release although the constant misspelling of “rifle” as “riffle” made me giggle a few times However I imagine that fans of zombie fare will enjoy the book so don't let my lackluster recommendations turn you off if you're interested in reading it I will definitely be exploring other books by this authorDisclosure I received an e book ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my ownSynopsis Asher St Paul thought it was just a typical zombie apocalypse like in the movies until the necromancers crawled out of the woodwork Since the undead have chased the living into hiding the necromancers are able to roam freely in a new America of their making Asher is seeking safe harbor The need for safety is what drove him from his home in Philadelphia Pennsylvania before it was shelled He has searched from uarantine to uarantine always finding them overrun with zombies until he hears of The Refuge a military compound in Binghamton New York With his family and lover lain to rest by his own hand he has nothing left to lose and gives everything he has to reach the safe haven But uestions arise when he reaches The Refuge mainly how has he been able to sustain multiple zombie bites and not change? He thinks he has found safety in the military compound turned uarantine but he was wrong Even now there is a necromancer trying to make The Refuge their kingdom of the dead


  4. says:

    As a readerlover of Paranormal Magic Zombies Apocalypse LGBT romance fiction this book was right up my alley But just in case you are not a lover of each of those sub genres here is what I enjoyed about this book that you might enjoy as wellThe Main characters are uniue for the Zombie Apocalypse genre Our young hero is flawed but growing In the beginning of this story I wasn’t particularly fond of Asher However by the end of this story I had seen that Asher had grown in his maturity to the point of putting others needs above his ownThe pace of the plot was solid There are a couple combat action scenes which I felt were a little rushed but overall the story keeps to a steady paceThe world within this story was also uniue Without giving away any plot secrets I will say that the traditional role of necromancer vs witch are played around with here Sure you have spells enchantments the rising of the dead but there are a couple pleasing twists that I have not found in other necromancer storiesSpeaking of twists this story has them While I had suspected the villain in the beginning I was caught off guard with other key playersThis story is not one that is spelled out for you There is a fair bit of thinking and piecing together for the reader to do if they want to reach the end smiling But even if you read straight through without much thinking the story explains itself nicely in the last sectionNow for a comment or two on the gay romance subplot Well this was the most difficult part of the book because parts of the romance plot were out right heartbreaking and other parts were rather annoying Yet if not for these extreme peaks in the character emotional state Ashers epiphanies would not have had a place to play out It is through his emotional roll a coaster ride that he reaches beyond himself to rightfully become our HeroIt may also help to know that there is no on page sex in this story making it a book that I can easily recommend to young adult readersSo do I recommend this book? Yes I believe readers of Paranormal Magic Zombies Apocalypse and LGBT Romance fiction will find this story to be an enjoyable read


  5. says:

    Desolation Travis SimmonsTrying to survive in the brave new world following a zombie apocalypse isn’t easy for Asher St Paul His family and friends are dead His lover is dead He should be dead And to make matters even worse than the hordes of zombies that threaten him with each passing day chilling rumours of necromancers are beginning to circulate through the last remaining human refuges They say that survivors are being rounded up caged and used to feed zombie populations as the necromancers fight to hive out their territories in the old citesAs Asher is searching for one such refuge he observes a lone woman treating a pack of zombies as she would a dog and begins to suspect that there is truth to these rumours than he would like to believe His worst fears are realised when he finds the refuge to be taken in by them and Asher must come to grips with a dark secret as he struggles to save his newfound friends from certain deathThe GoodWritten with the imaginative flair of Travis Simmons the author of the gripping Revenant Wyrd Saga Desolation is fast paced and exciting The tragic events that befall Asher are believable within the confines of the story accepting of course the roaming zombies and Simmons doesn’t go over the top with describing blood and gore Instead Simmons invests in describing Asher’s emotional battles as he learns to live with the austerity and horror of his new way of life which I found made his character very believable and easy to engage withWithout spoiling the book by going into too much detail Simmons tells the story with a rather uniue spin that I found refreshing as it helps Desolation to stand out from other zombie apocalypse books Rather than focusing entirely on the zombies as the main villains which of course they still are Simmons mainly concerns himself with necromancers and how the zombies are used by them By bringing in magic and a greater sense of purpose behind the apocalypse Simmons has created an interesting blend of zombies and fantasy that I found both enjoyable and intriguingThe BadI must say that I have little to fault with Desolation as it's well written and Simmons steers clear of the ‘conventional’ clichés of zombie plotlines well Saying that Desolation does fall foul of the traditional problems that zombie stories face – where are Asher and the other characters getting all of their bullets? How is the electricity being generated in the Refuge? How are so many people being fed? I could go on but I'm sure you know what I meanObviously ammunition and electricity are things that probably wouldn't be around for long should a zombie apocalypse actually happen even if raiding parties did scavenge petrol from cars etc for their generators But for the purposes of the story it makes sense for Asher to have bullets in his guns and to be able to turn lights on in the Refuge And let’s face it we don’t read zombie stories to be realistic so I found it very easy to forgive Simmons for this unrealismMy ThoughtsAfter finishing Desolation I found that I was disappointed it was over The book makes for a fantastic read that uses fantasy genre magic in a manner that helps it to stand apart from other zombie stories As such I would recommend that you add Desolation to your reading lists – you won’t be disappointed if you do


  6. says:

    I haven’t read or watched anything zombie since I was a teenager and I couldn’t for the life of me remember why I reuested to review Desolation by Travis Simmons yet I did so I dived in to reading It was not at all what I expected This book was not about your run of the mill zombiesIt’s the coming of age coming to power story of Asher a zombienecromancer Asher is the main character who from the very beginning makes you feel like he is the one who needs saving when really he is the super zombie turned zombie controller who can save everything He loses everyone he loves and we come to learn even his family The Refuge a military compound in Binghamton New York is where Asher sets out to go when he has survived the Zombie Apocalypse In turn he begins his training as a necromancer one who creates and controls zombies under the care of an in house zombie named Ulga at a safe house During his time in the safe house one of the Doctors who takes care of him ultimately falls in love with him Oh yeah the doctor is a guy His name is Cleave As in cleave to me forever cause I am hot handsome and a doctor dudeThere is much to the story than this but I don’t want to give away any clues or much detail This is a well written story even though the closer I got to the end the breathless it seemed; as if the writing got a little choppier The characters are absolutely intricate and well defined and the story line is well thought out descriptive and well outside of the normal zombies take over the world the end I wondered for a bit why a girl would be named Asher until I realized he wasn’t Throwing in the homosexual plot twist was also something uniue and not abusing it by clouding the topic with multiple sex scenes was brilliantThis is my first Travis J Simmons read and I was reasonably pleased


  7. says:

    Really 2 12 starsWhile the idea of this book was good I believe the author missed the mark There was just too much going on Necromancers Witch Trains STILL don't know why they are called witch trains Zombies Infernals Living Zombies the ability to place your soul in an inanimate object UhHarry Potter? some sort of zombie vaccine which we never here much about and all sorts of other stuff It was just WAY too much Plus our protagonist JUST found out he was a necromancer and within a week was like a friggin Necromancer black belt even going so far as to standing toe to toe with ancient necromancers Oh and all the crazy wild off the wall descriptions of 'balls of light' and Asher's process or healing and hurting was just page after page of torture The only GOOD thing I saw in this book was the depiction of human relationships The author did SPLENDIDLY in that department and I gave 2 stars because of that and also because this IS the beginning of a series so I'm assuming hoping? that A LOT of the mangled mess of a story gets clarified in the seuels which I WON'T be reading anyway Still unless you are a huge fan of really paranormal weirdness stay away from this one I read it with a Zombie group buddy read and I thought it would be zombie less crazy nonsense


  8. says:

    Zombies have always intrigued me so than other typical monsters vampire werewolf etc Every time a new film or book is announced I wait in anticipation to seeread it By the end that all too familiar disappointment sets in The work is your typical zombie filmbook with the same cookie cutter story line zombies spread zombie killing small group of people with one main character one member from the group gets bitten and a loved one secretly keeps them alive zombie killing another group members selfish actions gets other group members killed zombie killing the end This has been the result of nearly every zombie book I have ever read until now Desolation manages to seamlessly blend the typical zombie slaying and close calls we have all come to expect with a refreshingly unexpected love story Simmons balances high speed zombie action with just the right amount of first person thoughts and the adjoining love story to keep the reader glued to the book until the last pagewell glued to my nexus 7 PS Don't worry this is NOT a Twlight love story


  9. says:

    Wasn't sure if I was going to try to read this I love zombie movies but wasn't sure if I would get into it in a story I mean its hard to beat The Walking Dead I have to say this is my first story by Travis Simmons and a nice treat from to have it free for the day so I read all afternoon I was surprised ;A military compound in Binghamton lol less than 70 miles from meHow could I not get into this story Yay Yankee lovers ;Anyway this is about Ashera necromancerzombie very coolhe doesn't seem to be anything special at first but dang does he surprise me as he becomes this super zombieAs he is training to up skills as a necromancer his doc falls for him a guy okay shocker but I kept reading; Some sexual relations and of course will warn if your not into the homosexual scene or can have an open mind as its not based on the entire story you will enjoy this read if not please don't as an author doesn't deserve a bad rating due to your specific beliefsYou've regained my zombie world MrSimmons looking forward to book 2


  10. says:

    Overall I liked the book However I picked it up because I thought it was a zombie story It's actually about the necromancers than it is about the zombies so I would definitely put it into a paranormal genreI also was not a fan of the main character's strong hormones The way the story jumps between zombies and necromancers and his sex drive was just awkward often than notI probably should rate the book a 3 since I find I have zero interest in the next book I expect the zombies to be just background noise there since the story is no longer about them but the necromancers and other magical beings