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Hungover, dumped and late for work.On an ordinary day, one of these would be a bad morning, but today Jim Taylor also has to contend with the zombie apocalypse.Follow Jim through twenty four hours of Day One, as he and his zombie obsessed brother deal with the undead, a doomsday cult and maniacs in their quest to get to their parents, win his girlfriend back and for them tHungover, dumped and late for work.On an ordinary day, one of these would be a bad morning, but today Jim Taylor also has to contend with the zombie apocalypse.Follow Jim through twenty four hours of Day One, as he and his zombie obsessed brother deal with the undead, a doomsday cult and maniacs in their quest to get to their parents, win his girlfriend back and for them to instigate 'The Plan'.Worlds will collide and fall apart in a Class Three outbreak....

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ISBN : 9781502402509
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Number of Pages : 246 Pages
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Class Three Reviews

  • Nev Murray
    2018-11-18 11:25

    A copy of Class Three was sent to Confessions of a Reviewer by the author Duncan P Bradshaw in exchange for an honest review. This is said review. This book is published by the Sinister Horror Company.Duncan P Bradshaw. A name I have seen a lot of but never picked up anything he has written before. He very kindly asked if I would like to review a copy of his new book, Class Four (review coming soon). I decided to give it a go and then discovered Class Three was loosely connected so decided to give it a go first. I have mentioned before that zombie books never really did anything for me. They really need to have something different before they truly hold my attention and make me want to read more. Class Three had that something different in abundance.Jim has just been dumped by his longstanding girlfriend. What does he do to recover the situation? He goes and gets very very drunk. He has to call on his brother Phil to pick him up and pour him home safely. As they return to Jim’s house they notice something weird in the sky but they don’t think it’s the end of the world.Jim struggles to wake up the next morning and is greeted by a text from Phil stating: “It’s the end of the world!!!!” and it truly is.Something has broken up on re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere and people are dying left, right and centre. The problem is they don’t stay dead.Jim and Phil now have to put “the plan” into operation. A plan that they allegedly came up with when they were kids in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Problem is Jim can’t remember it.What follows is twenty four hours in the company of Jim and Phil as they battle the undead, general nutcases and a weird cult intent on serving their “god”. All this while trying to find the girlfriend that has just dumped Jim in the hope she is still alive and he can get her back.Right where do I start with this one? As I said previously I have discovered a new found love of zombie books, if they have something different. After agreeing to review this one I discovered it had a comedy element to it. Straight away my alarm bells go off. I like a certain amount of wit and humour in my books (the darker the better) but a comedy zombie book? Hmmm. Now I have finished it? This, ladies and gentlemen, is a classic. This is a book that all people who read horror stories need to have on their shelves. Horror. Yes. Comedy. Yes. Does it mix well? Absolutely yes.Our main characters in this are obviously Jim and Phil. As you know Jim has just been dumped. He’s still hungover when it all kicks off. Phil is single. Phil is nuts. He has an obsession with all things “end of the world” and “zombies”. A perfect companion to have in a situation such as this? As it turns out, yes he is indeed. He is also, quite possibly, one of the funniest characters I have ever read in a book. Phil and Jim work so fantastically well together. They bounce off each other and compliment each other so very well. Jim is a bit more serious. He is certainly more serene. Phil on the other hand is permanently one hundred miles an hour. Constantly thinking and plotting and constantly coming off with some of the funniest one liners I’ve read in years. You would honestly think that Mr Bradshaw had drafted in a comedian to write some of his stuff. He couldn’t be that funny himself. Right? For two main characters in a story you just could not get any better.We have a mixture of other characters throughout the story that, again, find their position and work it masterfully. I don’t want to give away too many of them but a few would be: the “reverend”, the leader of the cult. This man is just off his rocker. Where he came from and where he got his ideals is anyone’s guess but he finds some other nutters to follow him. Some of the zombies we follow are also fantastic. You follow their thoughts and their travels as they try to assuage their constant hunger. You really get inside their psyche and get to follow the supposedly “evil” side of things. Jim and Phil meet up with, and sometimes gang up with, a few others on their travels and they all totally gel together to make up one unlikely band of heroes.Plot wise? Well what can you really do with a zombie story? I mean it’s the end of the world. Zombies eat people and people who aren’t zombies run away, very fast, to try and survive. The difference with this zombie story is the mix of comedy and horror and what I would term “real life” scenarios. Think Shaun of the Dead but more serious and more realistic.I have always looked at zombie stories and films as deadly serious. Constant horror and constant running and constant blood. What people tend to forget when they watch or read these things is that people are people. People will laugh and joke about things even in the midst of the absolute horror shown in Class Three. That is the beauty of this book. It seems so very realistic. When the characters laugh you think, yeah I might have said something like that or yeah I would have laughed at that. When the characters come up with something serious you think, yeah I would have done it that way. There is none of this over fantastical Hollywood mega blockbuster type explosions and car chases. It feels like real life with real people dealing with a situation in the best way they can. We all know that humour would be a big part of it if we were involved in it ourselves.Don’t get me wrong though. This is a horror book. The opening chapter gives you a vision in your mind that is so atmospheric and horrific that it will give you goose bumps. It genuinely chilled me to the bone. There are other scenes throughout this book that are absolutely horrific and very harrowing. One scene in particular (that I will try not to spoil for you) involves a rampage of zombies coming across a group of people stuck in a traffic jam that have no idea what is going on. One particular group get targeted in this scene. As you read it you will be screaming. You will be punching cushions and you will quite possibly have a tear in your eye, as I did.This book is wonderful. The writing is superb. Free flowing and perfectly paced throughout, it will keep you routed to your seat, wherever you may be because you will not want to stop reading. I genuinely missed my stop on the bus trying to squeeze another little bit out of it.Duncan Bradshaw has a fantastic writing style. He gets you engrossed in the characters from the very outset. His mix of comedy and horror and real life are superb. Dare I say a bit like Jeff Strand? When you read Class Three, you will end up believing the zombie apocalypse is possible.You best be like Phil and Jim and have a plan.To summarise: an apocalyptic horror story with as close as you will ever get to real life characters in a story. A perfect blend of humour and horror. You will be scared, you will laugh a lot and you will be close to tears. If you want to continue your love of all things zombies or indeed try it out for the first time, then pick this up. You will not regret it.General rating:★★★★★ Just superb.Horror / Comedy rating:★★★★★ See above.

  • Darren Dilnott
    2018-11-28 07:26

    Duncan Bradshaw takes a crazy array of characters, mixes in a big spoonful of Zombies, religious fanatics, and murderous psychpaths, and creates a culinary delight. Hilarious bloodathon.

  • Duncan Ralston
    2018-11-22 10:22

    When the dead rise, psychopaths will rule the earth.Two things make this book a standout in the Z subgenre, and they're both clinically insane. One is visible on the cover: a quasi-religious cult, bent on "helping" people "ascend," ie. become zombies. Two comes much later in the book, and it's well worth the wait. I can easily see these people going head-to-head in a sequel.Bradshaw's lightning-pace writing style makes this an easy, nasty read. Plenty of gore, and wild gallows humor.

  • Thomas Flowers
    2018-12-01 06:27

    Well well well. Look what we’ve got here? Class Three, a feast de la resistance to the growing horde of literary works in the Zombie genre, Duncan Bradshaw takes us through what is known (the undead), tosses in plenty of gore and meat (the treats), adds a dash of bromance (the laughs), a sprinkle of off beat romance (the awes), two scoops of dark comedy (more laughs), and a tablespoon of religious zealotry (the jeers), and wallah, a new addition (or addiction if you choose) to the classic Romero-esk zombie story. And while the across the pond slang jokes might leave one pondering, the dark comedy shouldn’t, as it is rather prevalent and entertaining. Cruising my way through the chapters, either by Bradshaw’s intention or not, I felt as if I had somehow stumbled upon a long lost episode of Shaun of the Dead. However, to be forthcoming here, I must say, Class Three is a tad darker than the popular British horror-comedy, and for that I am grateful. This fact comes at you from the very beginning, as the book opens with the cataclysmic future and double murder of Colin and Francine at the hands of some rather disturbed individuals and then moving on to a heart wrenching if not entirely uncomfortable breakup of Jim and Sophie…”It’s not me, it’s you…” The statement itself sets the off beat pace. The survival of Jim and his big bro Philip, who “has a plan,” carries us in a 24 hour period till “hey, you got red on you…” And it is in moments like these, such as towards the end, when you’re not sure if this is a serious drama, but thankfully, we’ve got Phillip to remind us that life shouldn’t be so droll.

  • Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
    2018-11-19 12:14

    Class Three is an interesting look at the zombie apocalypse. Two brothers, Jim and Philip Taylor set out on a quest to save their parents and Jim's ex, who had left Jim the night before it all hit the fan.I was exceptionally impressed with this debut author, who has covered so many necessary elements to make a story entertaining and believable. Jim has been drowning in work and has forgotten about what is truly important in life, his girlfriend, Sophie. After she dumps him on their first date in over three years, he finds himself falling into a drunken stupor. His brother, Philip, is the ultimate underachiever. He spends his days playing video games and preparing for the end of the world. While Philip is over-the-top eccentric, Jim is down to earth reasonable and some might even say dull.​Duncan P. Bradshaw has taken these two characters and has written a great story around them. Class Three has the necessary comic points to keep it from getting too heavy and dark, while at the same time not afraid to go for some full fledged gore.What I especially found fresh and innovated with Class Three were the changing perspectives. Duncan went from the main characters, to the bad guys and even tossed in some zombie perspective; and he tied it all together nicely.I for one will be looking for more from Duncan P. Bradshaw, I want to follow the continuing adventures of Jim and Phil.

  • Sarah Wathen
    2018-12-12 06:14

    This whimsical doomsday tale heaps on gratuitous gore and offbeat comedy in equal measure. A zombie apocalypse junkie expecting gnawed fingers, ripped out spleens, weeping limb stubs, and exploding rotten undead heads won’t be disappointed. Such scenes weren’t really disturbing, but instead campy and tongue-in-cheek. I experienced my first belly laugh in the beginning of the second chapter, when author Duncan Bradshaw described an aging bartender with a beer gut, “creating a fabric overhang almost lending an air of mystery, to which his equally stained grey trousers removed. A mop of grey and black hair sat atop his Costa del Sol-tanned head, awkwardly positioned as if it had been put there as a joke.” The guy is cleaning glasses with a filthy bar towel and offering worldly advice to Jim (one of the main characters) who had just been dumped by a girlfriend. I don’t know why I found the scene so funny—maybe because the first chapter was rather sad. The zombies have already been introduced and good people have been murdered by the time you read the bar scene, but Bradshaw takes time for a laugh in the midst of carnage.The whole novel reads like that—grisly death, then light-hearted laughter, then disgusting spilled offal, then witty pop-culture joke. There is another bar scene towards the end that is hilarious. Drunk people are just funny fighting zombies. There’s more to the story than a clever dichotomy, though. Read my full review here: http://bit.ly/1HcCbN2

  • J.R. Park
    2018-11-30 09:08

    Class Three follows the adventures of a diverse cast of characters as they make their way through the first days of the zombie apocalypse. Seemingly individual threads slowly weave themselves together as the fates of some cultists, psychos, soldiers, zombies and lucked out, hung-over office workers clash together in an effective climax.With the character Philip it’s the first time I have read a zombie novel with a zombie buff at the heart of the story. His sheer enthusiasm with which he takes to the pending apocalypse is a joy to behold and makes for some very funny moments.Crammed full of popular culture references this book is as horrific and sick as is it is funny. Comedy horror is something that is hard to do well, but Bradshaw balances it perfectly and leaves you with an ending that screams for a sequel.Put simply, this book rocks.

  • Daniel Chant
    2018-11-17 06:07

    A wonderfully unique spin on the zombie tropes of old. Class Three combines the adoration and respect for George Romero's legendary franchise while adding in a modern dash of humour and distinct British attitude.Funny, off the wall and darkly comic while simultaneously a solid zombie yarn. This novel confidently balances the expectations of a post Shaun of the Dead audience while bringing it's own twists to the genre.

  • Phil Mitchell
    2018-11-18 06:05

    Just finished this debut zombie-fest in no time at all. Kept me page-turning throughout, even when dealing with the zombie plague wasn't the focus. The humour and violence were balanced very well, with the violence adding to the story rather than being there to shock. Looking forward to the next one

  • Lana Elizabeth
    2018-12-10 13:20

    Duncan P. BradshawIn compliance with FTC guidelines, I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Class Three'Class Three' is a fast paced Zombie apocalypse book. This is the first book of this genre i've read as well as the first book review i've written. I gave this book 4 stars as I actually would put the book down, but pick it up again not a minute later to find out what happened next. At the beginning of the book the shock responses of the characters were believable but a bit too accepting. This may have been the authors intension as this is what possibly made these characters the ones to survive the immediate danger. The characters keep humor throughout the book which lightened the blood and death throughout the book. The story is told from different narrators - Jim and his brother Philip Taylor, an occasional POV from Jims ex Sophie, a Religious cult leader called Reverend and an interesting POV from Colin (the Zombie) as well as other characters that efficiently told the story of what happening over the city. During some scenes in the book my inner voice kept criticizing the actions of individuals. I mean... if the TV is saying stay in your homes, don't talk to strangers, be wary of others etc. are you really going to open the door when someone bangs on it.. seriously... but at the same time this created a nice level of suspense and an inevitable oncoming doom! Class three had subtle hints of foreshadowing which at first seem unnecessary until you near the end and it all starts to make sense. This gave the book depth and when I found out how the characters were connected my heart broke a little for them. I also enjoyed the Doctor who reference :D.

  • Thomas Flowers
    2018-12-02 11:11

    Well well well. Look what we’ve got here? Class Three, a feast de la resistance to the growing horde of literary works in the Zombie genre, Duncan Bradshaw takes us through what is known (the undead), tosses in plenty of gore and meat (the treats), adds a dash of bromance (the laughs), a sprinkle of off beat romance (the awes), two scoops of dark comedy (more laughs), and a tablespoon of religious zealotry (the jeers), and wallah, a new addition (or addiction if you choose) to the classic Romero-esk zombie story. And while the across the pond slang jokes might leave one pondering, the dark comedy shouldn’t, as it is rather prevalent and entertaining. Cruising my way through the chapters, either by Bradshaw’s intention or not, I felt as if I had somehow stumbled upon a long lost episode of Shaun of the Dead. However, to be forthcoming here, I must say, Class Three is a tad darker than the popular British horror-comedy, and for that I am grateful. This fact comes at you from the very beginning, as the book opens with the cataclysmic future and double murder of Colin and Francine at the hands of some rather disturbed individuals and then moving on to a heart wrenching if not entirely uncomfortable breakup of Jim and Sophie…”It’s not me, it’s you…” The statement itself sets the off beat pace. The survival of Jim and his big bro Philip, who “has a plan,” carries us in a 24 hour period till “hey, you got red on you…” And it is in moments like these, such as towards the end, when you’re not sure if this is a serious drama, but thankfully, we’ve got Phillip to remind us that life shouldn’t be so droll.

  • The Grim Reader (Beavisthebookhead.com)
    2018-11-20 09:08

    A fine zombie novel filled with gallows humour and gore from Duncan Bradshaw. I have had a break from Z stuff for a while after overdosing on it last year. The break has served me well and I was keen to rediscover the genre. Bradshaw's lightening fast pace and humour keeps this tale chugging along to a satisfying ending with the promise of more to come. There is a lot of Z stuff out there and a lot of it is very average. Give this a go, it's well-written and features some great characters. 4 stars from this reader.

  • Steve Fenton
    2018-12-01 10:12

    An irreverent and gruesome zombie slasher with some surprisingly novel innovations. This is a very British take on the genre with the main characters engaging in constant banter as the gory action unfolds. Five stars!

  • Mandy
    2018-12-07 11:25

    What a fun, fast paced, completely untypical, and highly original little zombie novel.I loved this book so much and can't believe it was Duncan P. Bradshaw's debut ~ WOW!And there's a sequel, aptly titled Class Four ~ Yay!!I had previously read Celebrity Culture from this author, it's a bizarro fiction and as hard as I tried...I just did not get it, although I still oddly enjoyed it. I tried not to be too hard on myself (it's a tough genre) and I definitely did not blame the author. He attempted with all his skill and might to keep me in the loop but I kept veering far left and crashing into the wall. I did however love his humor and found his writing technique mesmerizing, I vowed to give his zombies a go. So here I am and here we go:Red skies appear on the evening that poor Jim gets dumped. While drinking his sorrows away in a pub, he decides he best call his brother Phillip to give him a ride home. Not overly concerned with much other than his heartbreak, they do still kind of wonder what the hell is wrong with the sky?The next morning Jim is on his way to work, late and worried about an ass chewing, he barely notices all the chaos....until said chaos gets in his face ~ and tries to eat it off.Regrouping with his brother, they set off on a series of misadventures, to find their loved ones, to find safe haven, and to NOT find the religious zealot cult that has formed under the disguisement of a fanatical reverend. Yea...there's always one....BALLSA lot of colorful and well written characters in this, some come and go before my brain even had time to process the words.And with an abundance of spot-on humor, I really pictured a Shaun of the Dead type movie as I was reading this. Mr. Bradshaw has a unique ability to deliver some brutal gut wrenching narrative followed by a funny. And it worked, that's not an easy thing to pull off!! He also very cleverly addressed the awkward situation of two characters with the same name. That does happen in real life but rarely does it show up in movies or books, too hard to work with. PLUS we get segments written from the point of view of a zombie named Colin, there ain't a lot of thoughts in his head but he's pretty damn observant.I'm excited for the sequel, the epilogue of this reintroduced a really fun badass character from a short battle at the beginning. YAAAY!!There is just ALOT going on in this little story, it ebbs and flows brilliantly and hilariously. And I must say that I'm a little in love with Philip, he is my sarcastic soulmate. Why do I always fall for fictional characters...I'm pretty disappointed that this little gem only has a handful of reviews, hard to believe that it isn't more popular. It's fantastic and could benefit from more word of mouth, my mouth is only so big....regardless of what everyone tells me.

  • StellaTemenu
    2018-12-04 11:15

    Hungover, dumped and late for work. On an ordinary day, one of these would be a bad morning, but today Jim Taylor also has to contend with the zombie apocalypse. Follow Jim during twenty four hours of Day One, as he and his zombie obsessed brother deal with the undead, a doomsday cult and maniacs in their quest to get to their parents, win his girlfriend back and for them to instigate 'The Plan'. Worlds will collide and fall apart in a Class Three outbreak.Judging by what people say this book will be really interesting to read.

  • Louise
    2018-12-04 13:27

    Gory and humour a plenty. Duncan has a great way of writing that allows you to create the whole gruesome scene in your mind. Love it!