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Four short stories. Each one's a different type of post-apocalypse story. Survival horror. Ethical horror. Adventure horror. And one where the protagonist barely notices the apocalypse has happened. Each one stands alone and (hopefully) makes for a fun little read. But if you read two or three or all four, you'll see several events from different perspectives. And if you Four short stories. Each one's a different type of post-apocalypse story. Survival horror. Ethical horror. Adventure horror. And one where the protagonist barely notices the apocalypse has happened. Each one stands alone and (hopefully) makes for a fun little read. But if you read two or three or all four, you'll see several events from different perspectives. And if you look close you'll even get a few scattered clues which might even come together to form a conspiracy. Ex-Patriots by Peter Clines contains the chapter, "Codependent" Acheron by Bryon Morrigon contains the chapter, "Predator and Prey" The Undead Situation by Eloise J. Knapp contains the chapter, "Strictly Professional" Hissers by Ryan Thomas contains the chapter, "Confidentiality"


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Four short stories. Each one's a different type of post-apocalypse story. Survival horror. Ethical horror. Adventure horror. And one where the protagonist barely notices the apocalypse has happened. Each one stands alone and (hopefully) makes for a fun little read. But if you read two or three or all four, you'll see several events from different perspectives. And if you Four short stories. Each one's a different type of post-apocalypse story. Survival horror. Ethical horror. Adventure horror. And one where the protagonist barely notices the apocalypse has happened. Each one stands alone and (hopefully) makes for a fun little read. But if you read two or three or all four, you'll see several events from different perspectives. And if you look close you'll even get a few scattered clues which might even come together to form a conspiracy. Ex-Patriots by Peter Clines contains the chapter, "Codependent" Acheron by Bryon Morrigon contains the chapter, "Predator and Prey" The Undead Situation by Eloise J. Knapp contains the chapter, "Strictly Professional" Hissers by Ryan Thomas contains the chapter, "Confidentiality"

30 review for The Junkie Quatrain

  1. 4 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    I enjoy most Peter Clines books. They are have a Tales From The Crypt or a little twilight Zone vibe to them. Someone told me this was set in the same world as the ex-heroes books, IT IS NOT. This is a whole new zombie apocalypse world with a totally different origin story. I liked how the four short stories were set at about the same time and some characters intersected. It was such an interesting way to tell one short story from varying views and build an origin story in an original way. Each I enjoy most Peter Clines books. They are have a Tales From The Crypt or a little twilight Zone vibe to them. Someone told me this was set in the same world as the ex-heroes books, IT IS NOT. This is a whole new zombie apocalypse world with a totally different origin story. I liked how the four short stories were set at about the same time and some characters intersected. It was such an interesting way to tell one short story from varying views and build an origin story in an original way. Each story layers on top of the last to give you a much fuller picture at the end. I always enjoy that little something strange that Peter Clines finds a way to include in his stories.

  2. 4 out of 5

    11811 (Eleven)

    Standard zombie fare. Well written with decent character development but it still seemed ordinary as far as zombie stories go. 2.5

  3. 4 out of 5

    John

    I won't say it's horrible, but I didn't like it at all! Usually, I like this author, but this book was a bullshit ripoff if you expect a book about zombies to have an element of horror. Maybe it's me... :-s

  4. 4 out of 5

    David

    This is a set of four interlinked short stories in post-zombie apocalypse Los Angeles. The first story is about one woman, traveling alone, who is supposedly immune to the virus that creates "Junkies" (so-named because they eat literally anything they can stuff into their mouths). She acquires a traveling companion, another woman. Trouble ensues. The second story is about a biological researcher who is brought to a research facility that is trying to develop a cure. He uncovers the Horrible Truth. This is a set of four interlinked short stories in post-zombie apocalypse Los Angeles. The first story is about one woman, traveling alone, who is supposedly immune to the virus that creates "Junkies" (so-named because they eat literally anything they can stuff into their mouths). She acquires a traveling companion, another woman. Trouble ensues. The second story is about a biological researcher who is brought to a research facility that is trying to develop a cure. He uncovers the Horrible Truth. The third story is about a band of professional scavengers in the post-apocalyptic city who run into something more dangerous than Junkies. The fourth story is about a mercenary/assassin who's still doing his thing after the apocalypse. There is some cleverness in the way each story feeds into the next, but there is nothing really new here for zombie fans. Peter Clines's Ex-Heroes series is more interesting, as he mixes superheroes with his zombies. This is a fun, short read, but it's nothing you haven't seen before.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    Honestly this little series was great after I read the ZombieFest exclusives on Audible and ever better when cut together as one now. I know these little shorts are going somewhere, wherever Clines takes them I am in.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    *listened to audiobook* This was four different stories but I loved how they all pieced together perfectly.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heather Faville

    Do you like thrilling suspense? Mystery? The Undead? Interested in how people survive in an apocalyptic world? Well then you need to stop reading right here and just trust Doubleshot Reviews and go pick up a copy of The Junkie Quatrain by Ex-Heroes/Ex-Patriots author Peter Clines. Go ahead, I'll wait............ Ok, got your copy? GREAT! Now pick any one of the 4 stories and read it, then roll a die and pick the next story and continue as such. You're thinking I'm crazy right about now, aren't Do you like thrilling suspense? Mystery? The Undead? Interested in how people survive in an apocalyptic world? Well then you need to stop reading right here and just trust Doubleshot Reviews and go pick up a copy of The Junkie Quatrain by Ex-Heroes/Ex-Patriots author Peter Clines. Go ahead, I'll wait............ Ok, got your copy? GREAT! Now pick any one of the 4 stories and read it, then roll a die and pick the next story and continue as such. You're thinking I'm crazy right about now, aren't you? Well, I am a bit touched in the head, but not about The Junkie Quatrain. These stories can be read in any order and can even be read as a stand alone tale, but when put together they tell the tale of a a mixed group of characters surviving/manipulating/scientifically studying the apocalypse. Nearly all the characters at some point come into contact with each other, some effecting certain lives more than others. Just to give a little whetting of the whistle, because I am NOT giving away anything in this review. We meet a tough hardened woman who seems better suited to surviving alone rather than with others, a thoroughly professional killer, a scientist/researcher who has his own agenda and a group of scavengers who just happen upon the wrong building to raid. The tension is tangible at times and the mystery and intrigue continue throughout each story as I tried to figure out on my own how everything fits together. I actually look forward to reading The Junkie Quatrain again and in a different order to see how things might change in how I perceive them. This book is a DEFINITE must have and since I know you have already grabbed your copy....roll the dice, sit back with your cuppa and enjoy the carnage.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    Four separate stories! All interwoven! All readable in whatever order you want to read them in! The stories weave themselves around a lean mean woman (with issues) surviving on her own, a band of scavengers that has picked the wrong place to scavenge, a brilliant researcher with luck and integrity to spare, a thoroughly professional killer, and the Baugh-ridden (infected plague victims reduced to the level of cannibalistic meth monkeys). It's a great read, and one I hated to put down so that I Four separate stories! All interwoven! All readable in whatever order you want to read them in! The stories weave themselves around a lean mean woman (with issues) surviving on her own, a band of scavengers that has picked the wrong place to scavenge, a brilliant researcher with luck and integrity to spare, a thoroughly professional killer, and the Baugh-ridden (infected plague victims reduced to the level of cannibalistic meth monkeys). It's a great read, and one I hated to put down so that I could go to work. I truly hope that Peter Clines will give us some more of the Junkie Quatrain. I'm definitely Jonesin' for more of this great story...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stian Drøbak

    I am rather fond of Peter Clines other books, and this one was a bit disappointing by comparison, but it still was a good book. It's a bit different in that it follow 3 different character's, but instead of doing like he did in ex-heroes, the characters whole story play out before going to the next character, and all these characters cross path with the others at some point, so you get details that you might have been curious about in the previous character's story. If felt that the end was I am rather fond of Peter Clines other books, and this one was a bit disappointing by comparison, but it still was a good book. It's a bit different in that it follow 3 different character's, but instead of doing like he did in ex-heroes, the characters whole story play out before going to the next character, and all these characters cross path with the others at some point, so you get details that you might have been curious about in the previous character's story. If felt that the end was lacking, since it didn't feel like there was much of a finality to any of the stories.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Rutherford

    I usually don't read Zombie stories for one reason or another and this was my first. Have to say I loved it. I really LIKE the way the stories were written and how you had the same characters, but varying views of each that intersected each short story kind of making it into a into a "book'. instead of 4 or 5 different novelle's - which is what I expected.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Fantastic set. I love how the stories are independent but inter-related. I picked this because of the narrators, but I also have 4 other Clines books (his Ex-Heroes series) in my To be Listened files. If this is a glimpse into his standard of writing, I'll really enjoy those.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gwen Morris

    I loved this. though my favorite chapters were 1 and 4 all of them were entertaining and the audiobook was only 4 hours long so i burned through it on my walk to and from work. Peter clines has definitely become one of my favorite authors.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Quick introduction to Peter Clines' Zombie apocalypse. Very interesting spin, I'm going to add Exheros to my Want to read section!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    These short stories are one story told from 4 points of view. Well written, and believable, the author left me wanting to know what would happen to the characters.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    I want to know what happens? How does it end? 4 really entertaining short stories about the end of the world.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Clines is a real enigma for me. He writes books like 14 and The Fold which I really enjoy, but then he has this whole Ex-Heroes series which I find is a good premise but ultimately extremely mediocre. Unfortunately The Junkie Quatrain falls into the latter category. Four (extremely) short post-apocalyptic stories that are lightly connected to each other and even repeat some of the same events from a different point of view. Short stories are not the ideal format for world building or character Clines is a real enigma for me. He writes books like 14 and The Fold which I really enjoy, but then he has this whole Ex-Heroes series which I find is a good premise but ultimately extremely mediocre. Unfortunately The Junkie Quatrain falls into the latter category. Four (extremely) short post-apocalyptic stories that are lightly connected to each other and even repeat some of the same events from a different point of view. Short stories are not the ideal format for world building or character development but things are so thin here it felt like I was reading a script for a low budget show on the CW. I thought the first story was the best by far and I wouldnt have minded more of it. I'm not done with Clines for sure, I think I just need to do a better job of evaluating his book before I pick it up.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    This was probably not the best book to read in the middle of a global pandemic, but it was fun; and any book that leaves the reader satisfied but wanting more is probably a pretty good book. The four stories in this collection are both independent and connected. Essentially they are aspects of the same story from different points of view. Without looking at the actual titles of the stories, here is how I would describe them: 1) Two women try to travel together. They both have issues and secrets. This was probably not the best book to read in the middle of a global pandemic, but it was fun; and any book that leaves the reader satisfied but wanting more is probably a pretty good book. The four stories in this collection are both independent and connected. Essentially they are aspects of the same story from different points of view. Without looking at the actual titles of the stories, here is how I would describe them: 1) Two women try to travel together. They both have issues and secrets. 2) Looting is a necessary job during a pandemic. Be careful what you take. 3) A doctor working for a cure discovers that mankind sucks, and 4) Hunting is a skill. Don't steal from hunters. This was a fun read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    An Audible special, and I am so glad I got on this train. Not only because, as an Angeleno, there's something surreal & thrilling about post-apocalyptically experiencing your city. Also because these four stories, from the POV of four distinct characters, lets you experience the same event from another angle. You get to know the backstory and personality of one character that was only seen in passing in another story. Really engaging. I usually only listen to Audible while I'm driving. But An Audible special, and I am so glad I got on this train. Not only because, as an Angeleno, there's something surreal & thrilling about post-apocalyptically experiencing your city. Also because these four stories, from the POV of four distinct characters, lets you experience the same event from another angle. You get to know the backstory and personality of one character that was only seen in passing in another story. Really engaging. I usually only listen to Audible while I'm driving. But this one had me playing it at home - I wanted to see what happened next that bad.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mihir

    Full Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic ANALYSIS: Theres an interesting back story to The Junkie Quatrain by Peter Clines. Permuted Press had recently concluded a deal with Audible and invited Peter to write a few short which were to be included as bonus content. Peter agreed and set out to write four loosely connected stories that would resonate with the reader (or listener in this case). The stories can be read in the order they appear or as he suggests in the introduction, to read them Full Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic ANALYSIS: There’s an interesting back story to The Junkie Quatrain by Peter Clines. Permuted Press had recently concluded a deal with Audible and invited Peter to write a few short which were to be included as bonus content. Peter agreed and set out to write four loosely connected stories that would resonate with the reader (or listener in this case). The stories can be read in the order they appear or as he suggests in the introduction, to read them after shuffling dice to determine the order of reading. I however didn’t follow Peter’s advice and decide to read them in the order they appear. The first story that appeared in my reading list was “Codependent” It focuses on Holly, a ragged but tough survivor, who has been travelling to reach a certain direction towards a destination. She has walked nearly hundred and forty miles and is looking for her familial connections, what she doesn’t bank upon is companionship. The story is quite a stark one as Holly is consciously trying to avoid the “Junkies” the term coined for the zombie-like humans that have been afflicted with a certain virus. She is trying to be tough as she searches for what she wants. The trouble is you can’t always depend on the company you keep. The second story is called “Predator and Prey”, it’s also set around the same time as the first story. The focus of the story is “the outsiders” a group of people among several groups that used to travel from sanctuary to sanctuary, this story focuses on a relative big group that travels and collects certain things for a select group of people. This time it’s a task for the US military that requires them to retrieve a certain object. What they don’t know is that this time around there might be something more than human that crosses their path. The third story is titled “Confidentiality” and is also set around the same time as the first two stories however in truth is a prequel to all the stories as it gives us the most of the back story about the world, its current junkie problem and its possible origin. The story is centered on Dr. Sam Clemens who gets pulled from his residency in Seattle and is dropped into Los Angeles for an emergency meeting. He doesn’t exactly know what’s it about but the reason for the journey might be something that will reveal what really happened six months ago. The last story is “Strictly Professional” and it deals with a guy called Quilt, he has been extremely successful as a mercenary and he has accomplished all of it by being strictly professional. The end of the world because of the rise of the junkies has thrown a spanner in his schedule however Quilt has managed to adjust his perspective and yet remain a prized asset for the people who wish to hire his services. He however finds out that some things go beyond professionalism and he has to decide how much of a professional he will be. These four stories are set in the same geographical region circa Los Angeles and occur nearly in the same time duration (of roughly two days), the sequence however is different and will be apparent to the readers once they read them however the sequential timeline is third, first, second and fourth. I believe this order will be most helpful for the reader to glean most of the actual happening of the overall saga. These stories follow a Rashomon-like pattern of being connected to each to other; the characters are what bring the stories alive. Each story deals with a set of characters that shine in their stories and draw the reader in. The author does his absolute best with characterization and like his debut series; this makes the story that much more special. The reader feels encompassed in a dying world, which is similar to the world introduced in the Ex-Heroes trilogy but this one is a world of normal humans who have to do extra ordinary things to simply survive. The stories are deceptive as they draw the reader in and manage to surprise the reader with their twists. The reader will be clued in to each story as the threads slowly unfold and readers are given hints about each story as well as the world. The drawbacks about these stories are that while the author does his best to provide a complete picture, the reader is left a bit clueless about the final outcome of the world and the characters introduced in the stories, this bit will cause some dissatisfaction as the reader will want to know more and demand some closure. The threads left hanging are what cause the most amount of discord among the readers. Perhaps the author might also want to explore what happened beyond the eventual outcome of the book. I for one would love to read more about the characters and the world created. CONCLUSION: Peter Clines absolutely shines in these experimental short stories, thereby showcasing his awesome talent which was prevalent stories in the Ex-Heroes series. Give these stories a read if you happen to love zombie stories or thrillers or LOST. The Junkie Quatrain is a must read if you haven’t read Peter Clines yet and if you have, then you definitely know why you ought to read this one as well.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bjorn

    Meh. It was okay and kinda fun, but I hated the way the women were described. You know that meme about male writers writing women that basically makes fun of the way male writers focus on their female characters' breasts, butts, etc. and how they're all secretly reluctant lesbians, or at least the heterosexual male fantasy version of lesbians? Yeah, this was chock full of that kind of thing. which, if that's your jam, more power to you, I guess. It's just not my cup of tea.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I thought this 'quatrain' was a unique and interesting way to approach a story - particularly a zombie apocalypse type tale.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie

    Interesting series of short stories. Kind of the same but not really like the Ex series. I'd recommend if you like Clines' other writing.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Albino Castro

    Excellent connected short stores Good stories with action, some closure and some leads left unfollowed. Can't wait for more from this author. Maybe a follow-up novella?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Charmaigne

    Another book read by my fast becoming favourite author.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dionysi Krinas

    Another great zombie book, 4 separate short stories that combine into one!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cody

    Short and entertaining. Would like to see this turned into a full-blown novel.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tad604

    Um... yeah zombie apocalypse stuff. I probably would've missed a good book by avoiding it if I had realized. Made me nostalgic for playing L4D.

  28. 4 out of 5

    MaryJo Legg

    Peter Clines does it again. Four short stories intertwined. Would love to have more short stories to find out what happens in the end.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Not my favorite Peter Clines but entertaining.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    Good book. Interesting characters. Listened to audio book. Really enjoy his books.

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