Trudge: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse - Shawn Chesser

Trudge: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

By Shawn Chesser

  • Release Date: 2011-05-23
  • Genre: Horror
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 263 Ratings)


"Through a combination of tight, well-structured plots and fully realized characters, Chesser has emerged as one of the top indie writers in the business." -Joe McKinney, two time Bram Stoker Award winner and best-selling author of the Dead World series.

For Cade Grayson, husband, father, and former Delta Force operator, that one warm sunny Saturday in July—later to be labeled Z-Day by some anonymous person probably long dead—began like all the others before, and none since.
With his daughter, Raven and wife, Brook, away visiting her parents in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Cade hopes his immediate future holds nothing but an easy chair, Mariners on the tube, and paring down a honey-do list a mile long.
But those hopes were quickly dashed and his life forever changed when news broke of a clash in downtown Portland between soldiers from the Oregon National Guard and hundreds of anarchist protesters suddenly turned violent and, by one anchor’s account, blood-thirsty and cannibalistic.
As the first waves of injured bystanders, Guardsmen, and rioters arrived at hospitals in and around Portland, it became apparent that a deadly new disease had been unleashed on the population.
Whether the virus was naturally occurring or an escaped lab experiment Cade hadn’t a clue, and he wasn’t especially concerned until he learned of its unprecedented virulence, unusual method of transference, and the fact that, according to the talking heads on the news, it brought the newly dead back to life, semi-mindless, and with an insatiable desire to feed on the flesh of the living.
Armed with this new information and now seeing the bigger cities such as Washington D.C., New York, and Los Angeles rocked by the rapidly spreading scourge, Cade ignores the volley of contradictory edicts drawn up by the White House and set into motion by FEMA and DHS, dusts off his tools of war, and loads his truck with supplies.
Unable to get ahold of Brook and Raven and unwilling to leave them at the mercy of some distant politician’s inability to hold the nation together, he begins an impossible 3,000 mile journey across a reeling United States with presumably millions of infected in his path and only one acceptable outcome: find Brook and Raven alive—or die trying.

Edited by Monique Happy
Monique Happy Editorial Services


  • Trudge.

    By Pat Henry 33
    I read a lot of apocalyptic books and this is one of the best,
  • Trudge- Shawn Chesser

    By Phatman41
    From the very beginning of this book til it's conclusion it sucked me in I couldn't wait to to turn the pages , if you are a fan of the genre you should be reading this.
  • Trudge: A Zombie Apocalypse Novel

    By tareyece
    This was a well written and thought out addition to the zombie genre. The characters were well developed and believable. The plot was what you would expect with some twists and turns for interest. My one criticism, and it's a big one, is the clear political leanings of the author which tend to shake you out of the story. The disrespect towards Muslims was troubling and unwelcome in the midst of an otherwise engaging story. Additionally the story seemed to just cut off, as though the number of words/pages required had been reached and the author just stopped there. Understandably there are sequels, and we expect and hope for them....but not at the expense of the novel standing on its own. All in all I gave it 3 stars instead of 4 because of the above.
  • Wild ride!

    By Teeny peeny
    Great read and only the start to an amazing series. Buckle up for a wild ride!
  • At least it only cost 99 cents

    By GS2art
    I guess you get what you pay for.
  • Not bad, but....

    By Insetfunnynicknamehere
    I think the author engages in a lil to much worship of soldiers. This is my opinion as a vet. I love the military. But I also love zombie books and this book spends to little on zombies. The appeal of zombie books, to me, is the hopelessness and terror a world of human predators poses. That is underfed in this book. It's a whole lotta Super-Soldier nonsense. Dial back the military worship. Flesh out your characters. Give them flaws and vulnerabilities. This series has potential.
  • Great book

    By schic112
    Fast paced, good knowledge of special forces. I am downloading the next book now? Thanks for the good story From Old SF guy
  • Great Book!

    By 2-21-bbs
    Fast paced and exciting! An action packed flesh eating zombie adventure.
  • Great book. Great story.

    By Fortolo
    I highly recommend it if you are into the military take on the Zombie apocalypse. Special forces are cool too!
  • Loved it!

    By Mybigcok
    Great start to an amazing series! A page burner you won't put down! Start to finish a great read!