Thanks for the kind words, Neil!
The big problem I face with Risen is that the characters aren't "zombies" in the traditional sense. No shambling, no brain-eating. They are "risen" but whole and hearty, just soulless. Someone described it as a supernatural Body Snatchers and it is more in that vein, more Stephen King than Brian Keene.
So, the people who don't like zombies but would like Risen, don't buy it, and those who go in expecting zombies are disappointed!
That's why I put up the 50% sample and the free short stories, to try to adjust expectations.
Thanks again for the great review!