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The Thirteenth Step: Zombie Recovery

Paid Sponsored Blog: Eight people escape decimated New York.  They have only one thing in common: the addict gene—which grants them the mysterious ability to evade detection by the undead.


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By Michele W. Miller


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The same genetic quirk that makes alcoholics and addicts susceptible to booze and drugs gives them a mysterious ability to evade detection by the undead. But one gene in common isn't enough to unite them. They’re an unlikely crew: A Botoxed Upper Eastsider; a drug dealer rescued from lockup; a resentful daughter of addicts; an insecure AA guy; a Japanese ex-dope fiend; an addicted Ivy Leaguer; and a Mexican immigrant. Dodging natural and unnatural disasters, drugged lunatics, and the living dead, they struggle to face their personal demons, accept one another, and find a new life. They think they’ve reached the end of their trek when they encounter a settlement that takes A.A. to fundamentalist extremes. They have to make a choice… one they may not survive.


"A humorous and surprising satire of both the zombie apocalypse and the culture of addiction…A well-written, thoughtful treatment not just of a popular literary trope but of a nagging social issue." -KIRKUS REVIEWS

The zombie apocalypse is not the story; it's the setting. This thought-provoking commentary on 12-Step culture -- our pitfalls, majesty and volatility -- is the treasure inside this story...This book ranks as a strong buy from this analyst." -REBELLIONDOGSPUBLISHING.COM

"What makes this book stand out, besides its great pacing and true-to-life dialogue, is the characters and their relation to one another...It's a striking look at the ills of society…a study of human nature in the guise of a horror novel..." -HELLNOTES.COM

"Michele Miller has had more lives than a cat, and they've made her a writer of passion and substance." -Lawrence Block, Edgar Award winner & New York Times bestselling author

2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist.


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