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Publication Order of Surviving The Evacuation Books

Zombies vs The Living Dead (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
London (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wasteland (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Family (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unsafe Haven (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reunion (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Harvest (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Home (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anglesey (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ireland (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Candidate (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Search and Rescue (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Britain's End (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Future's Beginning (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mort Vivant (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where There's Hope (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unwanted Visitors, Unwelcome Guests (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
There We Stood (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rebuilt in a Day (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Welcome to the End of the Earth (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Small Cogs in the Survival Machine (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Our Home, Too (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Surviving the Evacuation: Here We Stand Books

Publication Order of Surviving the Evacuation: Life Goes On Books

Outback Outbreak (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
No More News (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
While the Lights Are On (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
If Not Us (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Turning Back (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Brawl of the Worlds Books

First Contact (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wish You Were Here (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Strike a Match Books

Serious Crimes (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Counterfeit Conspiracy (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Endangered Nation (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Over By Christmas (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thin Ice (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Work. Rest. Repeat. (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

At Hell's Gates(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Frank Tayell is an author of horror, crime, near-future science fiction, and post-apocalyptic fiction but mainly writes books with a focus on democracies wrestling against dystopia. Tayell became a published author in 2013 when Zombies Vs. The Living Dead, the first book in Surviving the Evacuation series was released. The author is also known for Here We Stand and Strike a Match series of books.

Tayell admits that the debut book in Surviving the Evacuation began as a journal written by a survivor after the outbreak, but the story evolved into a series that narrates the story of the epidemic, how those in power responded and an old conspiracy. Books four and five in the series introduces new characters and drift away from the political theme and shifts focus on betrayal, survival and the hope for a good life. These two books tell the story of Nilda and her son as they try to survive in the early days of the outbreak in search of a safe place.

Nilda, Chester, Tuck and Jay’s story ends in Harvest and Home, books six and seven in respectively. The two books are set in the Tower of London and deal with survival, betrayal and the end to a conspiracy that led to the apocalypse. Tayell intended to end Surviving The Evacuation series after book seven, however, due to public demand, the series continued, and more than five books have then since been published.

Here We Stand series tells the story of Sholto, zombie outbreak and how Sholto tried to end the conspiracy behind the outbreak.

Tayell has also published a standalone novel Work Rest Repeat set in a quasi-dystopian city- one of the three towns to survive The Great Disaster six decades before. The survivors have for the last sixty years been building a ship to evacuate the last of humanity to Mars. Strike a Match series is set in a word of ruins and rationing, despotism and democracy, smartphones and steam trains. The series does not tell the story of how to survive an apocalypse, but instead, it tells the story of what happens next after apocalypse.


Frank Tayell’s Surviving the Evacuation debut novel introduces us to Bill, a government adviser to his good friend Jen now appointed the Minister for Interior. However, when paying a visit to Whitehall, he trips over a banister on a marble floor which knocks him off only to wake up a couple of days later with a broken leg.

As he wakes up, Jen is by his bedside, but she has some terrifying news, America has been invaded, he’s shown footage- a mall with people running for their lives and hunted by zombies- dead people who’ve risen with a taste for flesh.

The United Kingdom goes on a lockdown closes its border, the channel tunnel is blown up, and the government announces a quarantine of the whole island. On the other hand, with the help of his informer Sholto, Bill watches chaos and horror unfolding in every part of the world and soon the UK succumbs to the zombie infection, and one by one people start dying like flies only to rise as zombies.

Bill watches all this from his flat- he is supplied with food and drinks by Jen, but soon he’s feeling well but stuck in the small room for its better to in his room than outside with the living dead. One by one all the utilities fail, gas, electricity, water. He calls Jen with a mobile phone he’d been supplied with earlier and she informs him that a car is coming to get him.

As the story slowly unfolds, Bill fear sets in as he counts the days until when he can leave his room and has to ration his supplies. He begins fending his worries by raiding the rooms below but when the supplies are almost depleted he escapes narrowly avoiding the zombies and embarks on a journey of finding a haven looting supplies along the way and getting better at “killing” the zombies.

Surviving The Evacuation series debut novel is divided into two parts, the first part, readers learn of what the main character Bill must do for his survival. We also get a sense of the emotional and physical rollercoaster he’s been swept into- one minute he’s hopeful everything’s going to be well and the next he is devoid and melancholic.

The second part of the book features a different Bill- he’s changed his outlook and also his overall attitude. As the story unravels, Bill is faced with a dilemma- whether to stay in his room or get out and face his greatest fear. His supplies aren’t going to last him long, and soon he’ll have to face reality.
Frank Tayell has done a fantastic job of creating a main character that’s flawed and not the perfect type. He is not skilled or proficient, but he’s truly the master of procrastination. As the story progresses, he evolves, and while his plans always end up ruined, he does always find ways of turning the situation around.


Three months after fleeing London, Bill comes to learn the true extent of the global conspiracy that followed the zombie outbreak. The world has been destroyed; however, there is a small haven in a local village on the Irish coast.

When he is informed of the haven awaiting them, he also comes to learn that the person responsible for the creation of the virus fled New York. However, for any of the survivor to be genuinely safe, Bill will be forced to travel north to confront the scientist, find the truth about the outbreak and finally make the hard decision- choose between his new family and his old one. Family is the third book in Surviving The Evacuation series by Frank Tayell. Post-apocalyptic story continues in Unsafe Haven the fourth book in the series, but the story of the virus outbreak in New York and Sholto’s efforts to destroy the faction behind the outbreak is told in Infected, the first book in Here We Stand series.

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