Once Bitten, Twice Die by Antony Stanton

Posted October 31, 2016 by Minx

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Antony J. Stanton, Author. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

Once Bitten, Twice Die by Antony Stanton Once Bitten, Twice Die by Antony J. Stanton
Series: The Blood of the Infected #1
Genres: Horror
Release Date: November 22, 2015
Publisher: Antony J. Stanton
Format: E-book
Source: Antony J. Stanton, Author
Pages: 380
ISBN: 0993428509
Purchase at: Amazon
Minx's Rating:

Is the enemy of my enemy my friend, or should I totally annihilate them both?
Do you think you have read everything to do with zombies? Think again.
If you believed you knew all about vampires, you know nothing.
Do you feel ready for Armageddon? If so, you couldn't be further from the truth.

A cure for dementia has disastrously failed. Patients are left crazed, infectious and enraged. The ensuing carnage quickly spreads the disease, and civilisation is decimated.
On London’s outskirts a military base shelters some survivors. The soldiers within must battle against the infected who now roam unchallenged. Tensions are high, relationships fraught, death commonplace.
But if they thought the end of the world was bad enough, their troubles have only just begun...
An ancient menace has long existed in secret alongside humanity - a vampire clan, which has recently encountered the soldiers. Now is their time to emerge from the shadows. First though they have to overcome their own problems. They too have to fight for survival against the infected, and they violently disagree on their approach towards the humans.
Hostilities are rising. It's only a matter of time now...


“Abbott was flecked with spittle. The stench of warm, rancid breath was overpowering as their heads slowly came together. Some of the man’s teeth had rotted and fallen out leaving open sores in the blackened gums. His face was mottled with an unhealthy, purple tinge. It was covered with scabs and flaking skin. Red lines like those of a habitual drinker covered his cheeks. His eyes were bulging and blood-shot, and darted about as though without focus. Yet the most chilling factor was the absolute lack of perception. The pupils were dilated and blank like those of a shark.”

Can you not vividly picture this creature? *shudder* I cannot say that I am a connoisseur of zombie stories but this was a well thought out and detailed take on how a zombie apocalypse could occur. The writing is fantastic and really brings what the author is trying to convey to the forefront of your imagination.

I liked that the story starts in the present and transitions to the past where we are witness to the events leading up to the turning and then you are brought forward to the present so that we also experience the fall out. I loved how the author was able to show the thoughts and inner turmoil that the characters involved were thinking. I really felt that there was special attention paid to each of the characters in this story, they were all developed enough that you formed an emotional connection to what they were going through and that made it all the more devastating when something horrible occurred. I would find myself dreading each new scene because I did not want anything unfortunate to occur. Which is hilarious given that I was reading a zombie book!

“Arianna found herself in excruciating pain with the impression of blinding light thumping through the front of her head. Confused already, she tried to scream but no words would form, just a wild, rasping noise that made her husband stir in his sleep but not enough to rouse him to full consciousness and save his life. The pain continued but as the radiance subsided, so did any last remnants of cognitive awareness. The agony gave rise to a ferocious rage that needed assuaging. Like an injured animal she turned into the darkness and blindly attacked the person nearest to her, biting part of him that was exposed above the duvet, Viktor’s neck.”

I loved this! This is what it felt like, this was the catalyst before the turning occurred. Man, I am already feeling bad for Viktor. I liked that attention was paid to cognitive awareness because that really gives reason to how they could truly lose their humanity. I also liked the rage factor, these zombies are not witless creatures that just want to eat brains. They are ferocious, rage filled animals that just want to tear anything and everything apart and feast on their conquered. Very well done!

The time transitions were very smooth and when plot twists occurred they were a true twist that you did not anticipate. Another thing that I really loved about this story was that there were elements of mystery woven into the story. An incident occurred in the beginning of the story that was investigated but the assumption of what had occurred was completely wrong, which we did not actually learn about this misassumption until later when there was a completely new element that was introduced. I loved that! If you want a fresh take on zombies, vampires and other, I implore you to seek this book out!

*Thank you to Author Antony Stanton for this complimentary copy of Once Bitten, Twice Die*

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Happy Halloween 2016


About Antony J. Stanton

Author Antony Stanton

“Once Bitten, Twice Die” is the debut novel from Antony J. Stanton. The book is the first of ‘The Blood of the Infected’ series, in the ‘post-apocalyptic action thriller’ genre. Stanton was born in London in 1970. Even as a child he always dreamed of becoming a published author, and he started to write a book. But, having watched the film ‘Top Gun,’ he was swayed into a becoming a military pilot. After no more than a glancing blow of a career in the British Royal Air Force he decided that his long term future lay elsewhere and he became a commercial pilot and remains thus to this day. Hence much of this trilogy was written all around the world, generally at unsociable times when jet-lag meant that normal people were asleep.

During a holiday with three friends, a bet was made amongst them. Each had a task to fulfil within the year – Stanton’s was to write a book. A little late, but five years on and his challenge has been completed. Three times.

His period spent in the RAF helped him write the military survival aspects of this book, and a kidnapping incident in Kazakhstan and shooting in Ghana, amongst other ‘adventures’, provided him with a dark well of experience to draw from. Life is, after all, one big adventure. A combination of the aforementioned, along with his love of the darker sides of literature, and the results are this novel and the next two in the trilogy.

And all it took was the impetus of a friendly challenge to spur him on to his creative dream… He still lives in South London and is very much looking forward to watching his friend fulfilling his part of the challenge: demonstrating his (not-so) newly acquired break-dancing skills, surely a sight to behold

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