Friday, May 11, 2012


I recently read a delightful Middle Grade Novel by MJA Ware. The title, Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb, is nearly as long as the book, but it is well worth the read.

Seriously, though, I quite enjoyed the plot of the book, and the delicate manner in which it was handled. Normally, I stay away from anything featuring zombies, whether it be books or other forms of media. But despite some fairly extensive details concerning rotting flesh and cloudy eyeballs, the zombies in this tale are pretty kid friendly. Well, maybe that’s not the right word I’m looking for here, because their goal is to eat the kids, but not in a gruesome way, except for the time when that one zombie had Misty in a death lock.

I like this book for several reasons. I think MJ has nailed the middle grade voice. I have a young son, so we read a lot of middle grade books around our house. We also watch quite a bit of kid-friendly television. The characters in SZJMB think and act quite similarly to many of the kids, both real and fictional, with which I am familiar. In fact, little Kali, a younger character in the story that comes in a bit later but has a major role toward the end, reminds me of Baljeed from Phineas and Ferb. I love that kid.

So tell me. If you came home after sneaking out of the house and spending the night with your best friend, who happens to be of the opposite sex, would you expect trouble to be waiting at your door? Well, so does Nate. What he doesn’t expect is a town devoid of human life, overrun by the undead, and no escape route.

When the zombies discover fresh meat, Nate and Misty set up command central in the local Walmart store. Quite by accident they discover that lemon juice will kill the zombies, but nothing is ever quite that simple.

The two friends must evade zombie snot and their own inexperience while they work on perfecting the formula for the perfect SZJMB. During a run to the local fire station, where they plan to procure a pumper truck, they rescue a young boy who is dangerously close to becoming a zombie snack. The youngster, Kali, has been eavesdropping on the emergency wave band (something the older kids overlooked in their preoccupation for clean underwear and cinnamon rolls), and warns them that the entire town is going to be blown to bits in an effort to neutralize the zombies.

Nate and Misty are running out of time. Will they be able to construct an effective bomb in the short time they have remaining? Even if they can accomplish such an enormous task, how will they deliver it?

Find out for yourself by reading Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb.

Below I have included M.J.’s blurb for the book so that you can get a feel for his voice. I think he does an excellent job. I’ve also provided the author’s bio and links to make it easier for you to follow him. I also want to add that SZJMB is also available as a graphic novel. It's the same text, but he's added graphics, which are always lots of fun. So here's the blurb:

When life gives you lemons, kill zombies -- turns out lemon juice neutralizes the undead.

After a failed attempt at running away, best friends Nathan and Misty return home expecting to face angry parents. Instead, they discover the military has destroyed the bridges out of their rural town and everyone's fled--except a small horde of the living dead. The stress of flesh-eating zombies may be more than their already strained relationship can handle.

Even with the help of the town geek and lemonade-powered Super-Soakers, there's not enough time to squeeze their way out of this sticky mess. Unless the trio eradicates the zombie infestation, while avoiding the deadly zombie snot, the military will blow the town, and them, to pulp.
Their only shot is something with a lot more punch. Something like the Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb. But even if their friendship survives, there's another problem: Someone has to lure the undead into the trap.

Where to buy:
Amazon (print and ebook)
Barnes & Noble

About the author:
MJ A. Ware, known as M.J. to his friends, lives in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains with his wife and two daughters.  He wrote Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb because he felt there was a need for a zombie book with a broader appeal than just hard-core horror fans. A book that would not only appeal to both adults and teens, but would be teen safe.

When not writing about aliens, monsters and ghosts, he runs a company where he designs award winning video arcades. He’s currently polishing his latest novel, Girls Bite, a paranormal vampire story told from a guy's perspective.



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