Into the Badlands (2011)

* A father and his sons have survived the end of civilization. Now they must survive those who didn’t. *

It’s been three years since a devastating pandemic transformed most of the world’s human population into vicious, wild animals. Ed Brady and his two sons have relied solely on each other in order to survive a world completely devoid of stability and structure. Their goal: reach the city by the river where they may have some chance of finding salvation.

As Ed and his boys travel across the wasteland that was once the Midwestern United States, they encounter other survivors along the way: Trish Connor, who discovers that some of the worst monsters in the new world aren’t the infected. Dave Porter, his wife and their friend, who eke out a living scavenging houses until their survival is threatened by two gunmen. Brenda Peterson and Tammy Koch, misfits in the old world, whose friendship will be tested by new acquaintances. And Mitchell Burdette, a grizzled old gunslinger who finds redemption and purpose after losing everything to the virus.

As their paths inevitably intertwine, Ed must remain steadfast that his sworn mission to see that his boys know safety and happiness is not compromised. Surrounded by the constant threat of attack, can they make it to the city before their luck runs out? And if they can, what will be waiting for them there when they arrive? Will the city be the safe haven they so desperately need, or will it be just another ruined metropolis teeming with hordes of the infected?

(Beyond the Badlands, the second installment of the Badlands series, is now available.)

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(Approx. 84,000 words/266 pages)

  • Genre(s): Post-apocalyptic, Horror, Psychological Thrillers
  • Tags(s): zombie, pandemic, father and son, virus, zombie apocalypse, zombie horror

Into the Badlands spent eight weeks straight in the top 100 psychological thrillers category at Amazon.com in early 2012, appearing often since then. It also makes appearances in the top 100 horror category. More than 12,000 copies sold!

Praise for Into the Badlands (from Amazon reviews and reader feedback):

  • “Great unique take on the zombie survival story with cool diverse characters, sufficiently gruesome gore and kids that weren’t cardboard.”
  • “…Mr. Jarrett has written an absolute emotional gut punch of a novel that brings a few new ideas to the genre.”
  • “…the best post apocalyptic/viral zombie novels I’ve read this year. It’s definitely an emotionally charged journey but one very worth taking.”
  • “I was absolutely blown away by Brian Jarrett’s Badlands.”
  • “This is a great book and I couldn’t put it down once I got going.”
  • “The character development in this story is fantastic.”
  • “Love love love this book!!!! The story is awesome.”
  • “…an ample amount of adrenaline pumping action that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire novel.”
  • “…blown away by the quality of the writing and the depth of the characters.”
  • “Wonderfully defined characters, lots of suspense and an excellent plot make for an excellent read.”
  • “The character development is supreme, the book is scary as hell, all with a realistic writing style.”
  • “This is one of the best post-apocalyptic books I’ve read, and I’ve read many. Well written, great story, and fantastic characters.”
  • “Lots of suspense and solid plot that moves quickly along.”
  • “I enjoyed the storyline, the characters, and the author’s writing style.”
  • “Solid characters, well written & loads of action.”
  • “I found myself looking forward to getting back to it during the day and thinking about what was going to happen next.”
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