This group is to review the Up From the Depths zombie apocalypse series by J.R. Jackson.

This is a crowdsourced Beta Review group, the first of its kind.

Select scenes and chapter excerpts from the series will be posted to the group and members will have a chance discuss what they like or dislike about those scenes, chapters, character actions, etc.

This is the first time that something like this has been done within a website outside of a Fandom by Wikia site. Discussion about the series is highly encouraged and recommended.

This group is for anyone who has an interest in the zombie apocalyptic genre. Fair warning, this series is most likely not like anything you've ever read before. The series contains a relatively heavy military thematic element to it.

Members of this group will also get access to sneak peeks of cover art for the existing books and future releases.

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  • Hmmm, I'd love to have this for my works.
  • I can't even begin to tell you what a great idea this is. I'm actually kind of pissed I didn't think of it first.
  • This is what the series is about: a zombie apocalypse.

    Seriously, there is a zombie outbreak, not the usual contrived, cliche type of outbreak. No space aliens, no returning space probes, no rogue comets/asteroids, no 10,000 year old alien thawed out, nothing that Mystery Science Theater 3000 would make fun of.

    No. The cause of the outbreak is more based in the real world.

    There is no central Main Character, the MC as it were. There is an ensemble cast with a core element of main characters. That means that there are several characters spread all over CONUS (Continental United States. This abbreviation is also in the Glossary page of this group) and small sections of the world, one character in the UK.

    There is a relatively heavy military thematic element to the series as it takes a look at various US military units, before, during, and after the outbreak.

    Due to the inclusion of those units, there will be a glossary of terms and abbreviations posted to the group (separate page so you can have that tab open while reading any excerpt) that will allow you to be more informed about what is being done, used, or spoken about in the various scenes. That does not mean that the series is rift with these terms but the average reader is not that well versed in military terminology or what some might call 'Mil-Speak'.

    To any active, prior, or retired service members, any insight into the interaction between military characters that would increase detail would be greatly appreciated. I have some knowledge on how units might operate and interact with each other but I'm sure there's some details missing that could be added in to make those scenes containing that interaction more true to life.

    To clarify how this group works, discussion about chapter excerpts, scenes, and sequences from the series is highly recommended and encouraged. For those of you who have read the series, feel free to talk about your favorites characters, scenes, chapters, books etc. For those of you who haven't read the series, this is a good way to get more information about the novels and interact with those who have read it.

    Readers who are familiar with the series, please make sure that you post warnings about any potential spoilers that you may post about.
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