Zero Lives Remaining Robby Asaro is dead And alive He s a ghost in the machine keeping a watchful eye on the arcade where he lost his life two decades before And the afterlife is good The best thing ever to have happened

  • Title: Zero Lives Remaining
  • Author: Adam Cesare Frank Walls
  • ISBN: 9780988272392
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Paperback
  • Robby Asaro is dead.And alive.He s a ghost in the machine, keeping a watchful eye on the arcade where he lost his life two decades before And the afterlife is good The best thing ever to have happened to him But when the conscious electric current formerly known as Robby Asaro makes a decision to protect one of his favorite patrons, Tiffany Park, from a bully, he sets lRobby Asaro is dead.And alive.He s a ghost in the machine, keeping a watchful eye on the arcade where he lost his life two decades before And the afterlife is good The best thing ever to have happened to him But when the conscious electric current formerly known as Robby Asaro makes a decision to protect one of his favorite patrons, Tiffany Park, from a bully, he sets loose a series of violent supernatural events that can t be stopped.Trapped inside the arcade as the kill count rises, Tiffany and a group of gamers must band together to escape from what used to be their favorite place on Earth and the ghost of Robby Asaro.From the author of Tribesmen, Video Night, and The Summer Job, Zero Lives Remaining is a masterful mix of horror and suspense, dread and wonder, a timeless ghost story that solidifies Adam Cesare s reputation as one of the best up and coming storytellers around This is Adam Cesare firing on all cylinders and he s just getting started.

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    1. The ghost at the arcade was largely harmless until it had to kill to protect its favorite patron. Now, the soul of a sociopath is melded with its own and the remaining people in the arcade will have to fight for their livesAs someone who whiled away many Mountain Dew-fueled hours playing video games as a youth, a novella about a murderous video arcade was something I couldn't pass up. Plus, it was on my kindle and I had to read SOMETHING while my tires were getting rotated. What was I going to d [...]

    2. Every once in a while I love to immerse myself in the literary equivalent of B-movie cheese. Something like say, The Rats by James Herbert or The Night of the Crabs by Guy N. Smith. This book definitely qualifies!What started out as a nostalgic trip to the video game arcade of my youth turned into something else completely-a creature feature in the highest order of fun! We have a group of kids, mostly good, one bad. We've got a couple of nerdy adults, (still hanging out at the arcade), and a swe [...]

    3. I originally figured on 4.5 stars, but thinking about it, this book makes me so happy, it needs to be 5. I ordered Shock Totem's limited edition hardcover because it was awesome. I hadn't heard of Adam Cesare but the VHS tape cover and box were too much for this horror geek to pass up. It is, without question, the coolest looking book on my shelf. The second best thing was when the e-book came out and I didn't have to mess with my good copy in order to read it."Robby Asaro is dead.""And alive." [...]

    4. "I got a pocket full of quarters and I'm heading to the arcade!" Anyone else remember that song? Anyone?*crickets*Right. So, this is an awesome throwback to the good 'ol days of loitering around coin machines all day. A wonderful premise. A wonderful setting. Shitloads of nostalgia. Caesre is becoming a fast favorite in the horror realm. Highly recommended.I received a free copy from audiobookblast in exchange for a review.

    5. At little more than 2 1/2 hours, Zero Lives Remaining is a fun, punchy listen chock full of B-movie horror thrills.Adam Cesare’s latest plays with the haunted house trope, placing a group of teenagers in an arcade where a ghost haunts the video game cabinets and everyone’s lives are in danger. The ghost in the machine runs rampant along the arcade’s electrical wiring, snaring its victims in ectoplasmic tendrils and dispatching the trapped teens one by one. Given its short run-time, the foc [...]

    6. I always knew I could never trust Ms. Pacman! Zero Lives Remaining is a nostalgic blast for those of us who came of age in the arcade. I almost wish the Centipede I played was haunted by the ectoplasmic-spewing ghost of a dead pizza maker. Cesare has written a thoroughly enjoyable ghost/monster romp that hits all the sweet spots for any true horror fan. Grab a fistful of quarters and get ready to play!

    7. One of the most promising of the up and coming "new-wave" horror authors, Adam Cesare, again delivers what he does best with Zero Lives Remaining Namely, a gore-soaked throwback to the days of old. He's previously done much the same with cannibal movies (Tribesmen), horror movie VHS nights with friends (Video Night) and creature features (Exponential). This time round, Cesare targets the old school arcades that were effectively rendered extinct by the combined onslaught of Playstations, Xboxes a [...]

    8. It's 1989 and Robby is working at the Funcave arcade making pizzas. Some may not think very much of Robby's job, but he loves working there and takes it very seriously. Then, one day, a freak accident pulls Robby into the pizza oven and just like that, no more Robby. Even though his body isn't there, as the years pass, Robby is still around, passing through the electrical circuits of the video games, the wiring, and the machines. Turn the calendar to 2014. Tiffany is now the video game wizard an [...]

    9. 4.5 stars, rounded up for the original h/c casing!!Robby Asaro met his grisly end while making pizzas in the arcade, Funcave. Somehow, part of his consciousness survived, living off the current in the games around him. 25 years later, enter some new players--including Robby's particular favorite, Tiffany Park. One day, while Tiffany is being accosted by a very angry, dangerous Chris Murphy, Robby intervenes on her behalfr expecting the whirlwind of events he would set into play.Cesare's distinct [...]

    10. Zero Lives Remaining begins in 1989 and the prologue sets the stage for what would happen down the road."In the minutes before the horrific accident that would end his unspectacular life, Robby Asaro was engaged in one of his favorite activities. He as making a pizza."Twenty-five years later, Robby is still hanging around the arcade of the bowling alley/pizza joint where he met his fate. He just doesn't have a body he can call his own.Zero Lives Remaining is a bit like a slasher movie where the [...]

    11. Another fun ride through b-movie horror with Adam Cesare.Pretty much everything you'd expect out of a Cesare story.If you're a fan, you'l dig this one.

    12. The novella is fast becoming my favourite type of read. I managed to snag a copy of the limited edition Zero Lives Remaining and let me tell you it's a thing of wonder! The packaging for this book was superb but that is only half the story. It doesn't matter how good it looks if the story inside is only average. Thankfully, Adam Cesare doesn't know the meaning of the word average when it comes to writing. This read gave me great pleasure for a number of reasons. It's quick, no-nonsense, camp hor [...]

    13. Robby Asaro died a horrible death. Burnt to a crisp via the slow, agonizing procession of getting cooked in a conveyor belt style pizza oven in the restaurant/arcade where he was employed. That was the 1980s. Decades later, Robby now finds himself as a literal ghost in the machine. An unembodied spirit that clings to the electrical currents of the equipment and games in the arcade, Robby finds a peaceful afterlife keeping the components of the machines in good working order. Fed up with the trea [...]

    14. Three and a half stars.While Adam Cesare is usually associated with the Bizarro crowd, I see him a bit differently. He is known to go into the excessive range of surrealist violence and gore which is one hallmark of Bizarro. Yet to me he feels like a bit of a throwback to straight horror and, at the most, Splatterpunk. His writings seem to be more influenced by the hardcore horror writers like Jack Ketchum, Brian Keene, and the early John Skipp of The Light at the End and The Bridge. For these a [...]

    15. Once again, Cesare uses healthy doses of nostalgia and setting to create a chunk of retro horror goodness. If you've ever spent any time in arcades, especially way, way back in the 80s and 90s, you'll immediately be able to identify with these characters. Adam's pacing is impeccable and he truly excels at the novella format, giving you just enough detail and character development to hook you before he unleashes a fury of ectoplasm and ghosts. This is an early contender for best book of the year [...]

    16. A limited editon (100 copies) of a horror novel packaged in the shape nd size of a VHS video tape and stored in a video tape plastic case.

    17. Another great read from Mr. Cesare. This one really hit a sweet spot for me: the 80's arcade. I myself was the proud owner of the highest score on Battle Zone (ok, that was through a glitch that I never could duplicate, but it was still cool having my initials on top for longer than anyone) and Dig Dug; I can still remember some of those patterns to crush as many of the enemy with a single rock. But back to the book. Zero Lives Remaining is pure fun. And any book that gives a shout-out to the cl [...]

    18. Awesome old school horror story. Anyone who likes the cheesy b- movie horror would love this. I thought the whole arcade idea was original. The story was so much fun, but creepy at the same time. I also liked the length of the audiobook. It was short enough that I easily listened to the whole thing in one sitting, yet wasn't too short. I really enjoyed this audiobook a lot and I highly recommend if you think this sounds interesting at all!** I was provided this audiobook in exchange for an hones [...]

    19. Full disclosure: I received an Audible copy of this book for review purposes.Sometime in the 80s, Robby Asaro dies a horrible death in the kitchen of the arcade he works at. His ghost remains behind. He quietly waits in the arcade games, til young Tiffany Park comes along.He has paternal feelings for her. He protects her from an attack from one of the arcade's bullies and it goes horrifically bad. It gets worse and worse for the everyone in the arcade, and for those who come to help.I liked it b [...]

    20. Great throwback to 80s horror!Well paced, quick read. I had a blast with this novella. The 80s horror vibe was very well represented with great gory scenes, the characters were interesting, and the ending was satisfying. Would love to see this made as a movie or as an episode of a horror anthology.

    21. About a 3.5, I think it started out much better than it ended. The first half was more character driven. Still A good read though.

    22. Adam Cesare is a friend, but he's also a hell of a writer, and when I get the opportunity I am gradually making my way through all of his (substantial) back catalog. The latest was Zero Lives Remaining, which jumped to the top of the stack because it is about a haunted arcade, I mean come on! Like everything Adam does, it manages to pack the nostalgic fun of a weekend horror movie rental in the VHS days of yore with a legitimate horror story packed with relatable characters and all the little to [...]

    23. 4.0 Stars This was a highly entertaining and imaginative novella filled with arcade nostalgia. The prologue was particularly memorable with that gruesome pizza scene!I definitely want to read more books by Adam Cesare

    24. Well what an awesome old school horror! When Robby Asaro dies, he ends up a ghost in the machine. He has the ability to control things and every once in a while he helps out some of his favourite gamers. Tiffany Park is one such gamer. Robby likes her and when she is the subject of a bully, Robby takes things into his own "hands" and things turn deadly. Now Tiffany and a few others are trapped in the arcade with thing rapidly escalating. Can they survive?Everything about this screamed old school [...]

    25. There's nothing like a nice taste of nostalgia right off the bat to really help you connect to a story that you are reading. Like finding a character that you can relate with and/ or worry about or dialog that speaks to you. A location also works to sweep you up in a narrative. It just makes for a satisfying reading experience. It's been nearly twenty years since I've had an arcade in my immediate area but I remember good times, hanging out playing TMNT IV, The Punisher, Captain America & Th [...]

    26. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Adam Cesare is my go to guy for new horror. A big appeal for me is we grew up close to the same era, so some of his work has a nostalgic aspect that I can relate to. With Zero Lives Remaining, that nostalgia comes in the form of retro arcade games. A quick aside, I wasn't a big gamer as a kid, nor am I one now, but I loved going into the arcades and looking and watching even if I wasn't playing the games. This is the story of Robbie Asaro, who died trag [...]

    27. I don't play video games nor do I play games on my computer so one might wonder why I would pick up a book about video gaming. I am never disappointed in a story by Adam Cesare, it's that simple. The story is fast paced with wonderful character development and enough information that even someone who doesn't play will understand what is going on. Can we lose ourselves to addictive behavior? The characters in this story not only lose themselves but they channel the worst parts of themselves after [...]

    28. A somewhat cheesy but entertaining short story of possessed killer video machines. Robby is killed in a pizza making accident at work in the Funcave Arcade. His ghost becomes one with the electrical current running through the game machines and all is well until he zaps and kills a boy who attacks Tiffany, an arcade regular that is special to Robby. The boys badness is absorbed into both Robby and the machines and things start to go badly for everyone from here on in. Old arcade favourites add a [...]

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