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Ravenous flesh eaters. Desperate survivors. One teenager will take them all down to find his sister.

Fifteen-year-old James barely recognizes the killer he’s become. Still reeling from the loss of his parents, he’s vowed to slaughter as many of the bloodthirsty horrors as he can before they eventually tear him to pieces. But a flicker of hope ignites in his heart when he learns that his sister may still be alive in a California military research center.

Abandoning the safe zone with chasers on their heels, James, his two remaining allies, and his trusty dog Duke search the infested interstate for the mysterious base. But though the highway is crawling with the infected, the gun-toting scavenger survivors may pose a deadlier threat.

Can James and his crew outrun the rising hordes in a daring bid to reunite with his sister?

Executioner is the gripping third book in the fast-paced Dead State post-apocalyptic series. If you like courageous heroes, gritty action, and super-cool zombies, then you’ll love Derek Shupert’s roller coaster road trip. 

Buy Executioner to take vengeance on inhuman monsters today!

©2019 Derek Shupert (P)2019 Derek Shupert

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  • Lisa Helmick
  • 14-08-2020

My favorite so far in the series!

Wow i almost think this is one of my favorites in the series. We see a lot of action in here. Meet characters who are so bad and others that are beyond goodness. The danger that occurs in the one is different from the other. Chasers are still involved but there is the darker side of human nature that shows up. We see James growing beyond his years. He faces life and death every day. His two companions continue helping him search for his sister. Even though James and his companions aren’t related I really feel for them as much I do James. When they have a close call with a chaser or just trying to escape them...I feel their fear as well.

As I am listening to this I am now a bit more cautious of keeping an eye out for chasers. Or going in the basement or any dark room. Crazy I know. But this seems so realistic. Thanks Mr Shupert

This is written very well. I can not wait for the next one to see what happens next. I did listen to this on audio. B.C. Archer did another fantastic job narrating this.

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  • Barbara Gilbert
  • 09-05-2020

Excellent story

James continues to survive in the new world that has been taken over by the undead. He continues to grow up quickly. He continues to learn how to survive. He hopes to find his mother and sister soon. Hang on for a thrilling ride as you follow James and the other characters as they travel south to find Jame's lost mother and sister.
The narrator does an excellent job bringing the characters and world to life. You sometimes feel like you are the one running and fighting for your life.
Excellent story and one you will want to listen too.

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  • Lisa Elliott
  • 12-01-2020

Not all people in the Apocalypse are bad!

The narrator did a good job bringing the story and characters to life. The adventure continues, first I will say do not kill off Duke or Carrie please! That being said, This audiobook was a roller coaster of emotions for everyone including me (lol) but especially James. The devastation, heartache, and loss that the group has to endure would break most people. I recommend this series to anyone that likes a fast pace and a lot of action storyline. Can’t wait until book 4. In the mean time I will be reading the book Catalyst Book 0. So I can find out how the Apocalypse started.

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  • Lunatikchik
  • 09-10-2020

fast paced action

as always derek delivers! fast paced zombie action at its finest!
looking forward to more from this author

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  • audra dryer
  • 22-12-2019

Book 3

Book 3 in this series was very entertaining. I've really enjoyed this young man's journey in the zombie apocalypse. I can not wait for book 4! I received this for free for an honest review.

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  • B Deyon
  • 19-12-2019

next one please lol

OMG now I have to wait on the next hurry please oh please lol, love the characters and storyline is excellent as before!

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  • Linda crowder
  • 17-12-2019

wonderful

I am excited for the next book in the series! thank you Facebook for giving me a new author I like

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  • Maly C
  • 16-12-2019

DANNNGGGG

This series started out with a whiney , spoiled brat. He continued to get worse and at times I wanted to smack him and tell him to shut the f up! But by the end of this book he's starting to grow up and I'm really liking this character. Can't believe I was left hanging... hoping another audio book is coming asap! great narration couldn't have been better. great book and series.

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  • Anonymous
  • 15-12-2019

Best one of the 3

This is an excellent third book in the series – I couldn’t stop listening and I enjoyed it so very much. I think this is the best of all three so far and I’m really looking forward to number four. BC Archer did a really good job telling this story and I highly recommend it.

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  • Pam
  • 16-03-2020

Great YA novel!

This 3rd book in the series was just as good as the first two! It is as also a great read for young adults.

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  • Sara B
  • 01-01-2020

Next, please

The Executioner, the third book in the Dead State series, is brilliantly written, suspenseful, exciting, and entirely engaging. This book has all the required ingredients required to captivate the readers/listeners, wondering what's next. The action is intense, injected with great timing while keeping the excitement on high gear. Derek Shupert is an exceptional author who has created a gripping post-apocalyptic world with compelling characters.

I was wholly impressed by B.C. Archer's narration, his skills as a narrator have grown. He injected the emotions and intensity found in the pages, bringing the story to life. I was entirely absorbed. Overall, this was a fantastic listen; I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this audiobook, and highly recommend it. I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • T Loader
  • 14-06-2021

Excellent story

Another excellent instalment following James and his friends as they search for his sister during the Apocalypse.
Looking forward to the next book!

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  • Paul Collins
  • 22-09-2020

Continuous roller coaster of emotions

Well written with a gripping story
I cant wait for the next book in the series.

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  • Vanda Luty
  • 16-03-2020

Hoping for more..

Hoping for more, I'd like to I know what happens to the characters.
thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-2020

Very enjoyable

Loving the books smashed through them in only a couple days at work but really needing the rest of the series to be put up on here now.

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  • Nisareen Khan
  • 03-02-2020

Tense post apocalyptic instalment

“Through tearful eyes and a gut full of rage, I have now come full circle to what this world wants me to be. My contempt for the chasers that have rid me of my childhood, has freed the fires of hate buried inside me. I am no longer James, the victim. He is dead. I am now the executioner of the damned. And soon the dead shall feel my fury.”

James arrived at the safe zone in Portland, only to find the compound overrun with chasers and his mother newly turned. Due to the loss of both his parents, James finds himself utterly bereft and in a dark place. He vows to slaughter as many of the undead horde as he can before they take him out. His recklessness not only puts his own life in danger, but that of Lucas and Cassie.

A spark of hope ignites in James, when they find Scott, a survivor locked in a cupboard. He tells them about a girl who had been bitten a week prior but for some reason hadn’t turned. Around the time the military were transferring her to another facility, chasers flooded the compound and her mother was bitten as they fought to escape. The helicopter took off without her as a result.

The knowledge that Cindy is still alive gives James a new incentive. Armed with a map showing a military research centre in Yreka, California, the trio take off in a military Humvee. Unfortunately a stop at a gas station for fuel turns into a deadly encounter with humans who abduct Cassie and shoot Lucas. Will James ever be reunited with Cassie?

Executioner is the third tense instalments of the Dead State series. Powered by adept character development and relentless pacing, this was another strong addition to what continues to be a thrilling post apocalyptic ride. The book picks up straight after the devastating conclusion of Survival Road. With both his parents now dead, James has reached a turning point in which he feels he’s lost everything. Just as darkness and rage threaten to consume him, he learns that his sister has survived an attack despite being bitten and has now been taken to a military research facility where they hope she’s the answer to a cure.

This was a fast paced, nail biting and suspenseful read which had me anxiously turning the pages. Several new characters were introduced although they were short lived. Once again, James has to contend with the worst aspects of humanity which is sadly the case when society breaks down. Trust has become a precious commodity. Like the previous instalment, the book ends on a huge cliffhanger and I can’t wait to get my hands on the the fourth instalment.

I received an advanced free audible copy of Executioner and I am voluntarily reviewing it. B. C Archer did an excellent job in bringing the characters and the story to life with his clear, concise delivery which made it easy to differentiate between characters.

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  • Mia Harper
  • 19-01-2020

Wow

Still reeling from shocking events and clinging to hope, James, Duke and friends continue their journey. Still facing unbvelievable odds, they discover the depths of depravity as they try to save one of their own.

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  • J. Caddick
  • 14-01-2020

Enjoyable follow on

Continuing the story of James and his dog Duke searching for his family. Really enjoyed this one, meeting and losing more characters, hope there is lots more to come.

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  • Michelle Sewell
  • 22-12-2019

Really enjoyed this book

I have listened to all the books in this series so far and with each one the series gets better and better. The storyline again follows James and his friends through the post apocalyptic world full of chasers. There are some pretty hairy moments which had me holding my breath.

I have really enjoyed listening to this book and I’m looking forward to book 4 being released on Audible.

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