on July 23, 2014
Genres: Adult, zombies
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Cale was sent to Iraq with the usual thoughts any Soldier going to war might have; being lonely away from his family, not wanting to take another human's life, and above all, the fear of never returning home. Although well trained, nothing could have prepared him for the horror he was about to face.
Cale never thought the thing that could keep him from ever seeing his wife and daughter again would be a zombie apocalypse. As he and a handful of fellow Soldiers escape their base after a massive zombie attack, becoming deserters in order to survive, he begins the long and unexpected journey home through the harsh terrain of the desert; a barren landscape now swarming with not only undead cannibals, but also the enemy he was originally sent to fight.
The newly formed group plans to travel west, find a boat and maybe, with a bit of luck, make it back to America. Cale is tested beyond his imagination and brought to the brink of insanity as he loses friends while fighting the flesh eating masses. He risks his life for weeks, focused on holding his wife and daughter in his arms again. It seems all hope is lost when he finds himself alone and adrift at sea ... but is hope really lost?
Inspired by my experiences as a U.S. Army Soldier in Iraq, BLOOD ON THE SAND delves into the idea of not just surviving a zombie apocalypse but making the seemingly impossible trek home. It is the first book in the Z PLAN series.
CR: Tell us about Z Plan. Where did you get the idea for it?
ML: Z Plan is the story of an American soldier, deployed in Iraq, when the zombie apocalypse starts. It follows his journey to get back home. The idea came to me when I was deployed to Iraq, and a fellow soldier and I were guarding a trailer loaded with ammunition. It was late at night, and I heard a low groan and saw a slow moving civilian. Boom. I formed the idea almost instantly.
CR: Is there any other genre of storytelling that you would like to tackle in your career?
ML: I enjoy a lot of science fiction. Maybe another kind of apocalypse or something without zombies.
CR: Do you outline your work before hand or do you let the story come to you organically?
ML: I do a bit of both. But mostly organically.
CR: What is the toughest thing about being a writer?
ML: Balancing life, work, and writing. Finding the time to write is probably the most difficult.
CR: In Z Plan: Blood on the Sand the MC and his group fight of zombies and try to travel back home. Do you have a Z- Poc survival plan? Care to share some details with us?
ML: Haha. Sort of. I don’t really have anything “planned”. I’m more of a in-the-moment kind of guy. I’ll just say that I have a lot of training that would give me an edge.
CR: What is up next? Any new projects or books you can let us know about?
ML: I don’t want to throw too much out there. The idea is still coming together, but I think of it as a combination of Hunger Games, meets Water World, meets Under the Dome, meets the Little Mermaid. Should be interesting.
That sounds amazing. Sign me up! Thanks to Mikhail for answering our questions!!! Be sure to check out his Z Plan series books 1 and 2 are out now through Permuted Press!!!!
What people are saying about the book:
“Z Plan is an adventure indeed, and I recommend this book to any zombie apocalypse lover; you won’t be disappointed. “
-Bookie-Monster.com (review of an earlier edition)
“This is book one from Mikhail Lerma and I look forward to the next. If you’re looking for an action packed, zombie apocalyptic novel, Z Plan: Blood on the Sand fits the bill.”
-BuyZombie.com (review of an earlier edition)
“Z Plan: Blood on the Sand by Mikhail Lerma is a great example of the zombie-induced, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it survival and horror genre. Lerma, an Army veteran, uses his experiences in Iraq and knowledge of the writing craft to fashion an intriguing adventure that covers the physical and psychological horrors present in this horrific scenario.”
-Autumn Turner, examiner.com
So excited for this one to go on sale! I’ll be picking up my copy. Will you?