This is an intense action packed zombie book! I loved it! Easily in my zombie top 10 books!
Just imagine reading a Michael Bay movie. If you like the sound of that, then enjoy! If not, stay far, far away.
Hey I love zombie books, movies, etc... and I'm pretty picky. This one held my attention and was a good listen. I can't wait for the sequel.
To like this book. I love zombies. However, it takes more than zombies as the topic to be a good book. First of all,in any story, the writer needs to be consistent! You can't define the characteristics of a zombie and then conveniently change them later with no explanation as to why they suddenly changed, as though you forgot what you said in the first pace. For example, there is a scene where doctor examines a dead zombie and notes that there is no sign of blood flow from a wound (of course not, zombies don't gush blood as they are animated corpes with no pulse or heart beat, etc). Fine. Then, in later scenes, red blood splashes about when zombies are shot - just for the gore affect. It doesn't work - choose one or the other and try to remember what you chose... Lazy, cheap writing...
Besides those sort of inconsistencies, the plot is weak and there are seemingly endless, boring action scenes without a lot of plot or developed enough characters to make them at all interesting and they drag on and are difficult to follow or care about... and they take the story nowhere. The characters are completely uninteresting and uncompelling in any way. The story just meanders around in no real direction, with pointless sub-plots about some reporter being tortured or whatever... I really struggled to make it through the whole thing, and I am a very patient reader, and completely forgot about it a day later... Had to have a real think about it to remember enough to even write this review.
No one likes a critic, and I hate to be one, but just want to give a view to help people decide to spend their money or not, and this is honestly my opinion - a MUCH better choice would be Word War Z.
I wasn't really a fan of this book but I didn't hate so much as to avoid the author. I am interested to know where this particular series appears in the chronology of his works because I feel like he's got a lot of improving to do. Oliver Wyman is solid as narrators go and i'm not averse to checking out a book based only on his involvement.
I'm interested to know where this series/book appears in the chronology of his works because I feel like the author has a lot of room for improvement. That said, it isn't awful, it could just be way better.
None. That was actually one of the issues I had with the book. I was absolutely uninterested in the characters. At one point a character does something to appear compassionate but it seems only to backfire. There is nothing offensive about any of the characters, there's just simply nothing to like. There is a point where a character means to show his literary prowess by quoting Shakespeare. Sure, that works, but it's as vanilla and obvious as showing you like music by singing Beatles songs. We get it, thanks.
Am I a sociopath? I didn't really have any sort of emotional reaction to this book.
The story never picked up enough steam to get me interested. Given the state of the zombie novel (Yeah, you know that whole there-are-a-buttload deal) it is not unique or interesting enough to stand out, or spend a credit on. I get that it is a series, but this particular book's end seemed really abrupt to me and wasn't enough to convince me to stick with it. Sure there's nothing particularly offensive about this story but there is also nothing particularly intriguing.
I listen to books while running and walking my dog so on average about an hour day and like books that have a good pace to them.
Typical Zombie Fiction
I liked the multi-perspective approach taken by the author.
I found many of the characters to be two dimensional and lacking some of the depth I have found in other genre novels. That being said the range of characters present their own personalities and for the most part are well defined by the narrator.
I was frustrated at various times during this book especially during some of the tactical scenes which to me showed General Sherman to be an inept tactician given the known nature of the threat being faced.
This book was enjoyable enough to keep me coming back for more although i am hoping there is more character development as the series moves forward.
I love Sci Fi/Fantasy books. The very first author I listened to was Laurell K Hamilton. I love audiobooks they allow me the luxury of books without reading since I don't see well at all.
This book had no chance of being a 4 or 5 star experience for me ever! This book did not connect me with the main characters nor did I even care what happened to them. The author's writing in this book just didn't flow well at all, it seems as though a bunch of events where just taking place and not being tied together well.
I am not sure at this point what my next book will be however it wont be book 2 in this series!
As far as this book was concerned I don't think even Phil Gigante could have saved it for me so I would say I would say Oliver is the best choice.
I would cut this whole book not just a character here and there
Unlikely, often times I found myself thinking about things other than the story, actually a bit bored
The effort to create characters only to kill them off. The story became repetitive and predictable
Oliver Wyman is a great storyteller and the reason I continued through the entire series. I first purchased these books because he is the storyteller. (I'm really not into zombies)
Not something I'd pay to see
After reading some reviews, I was excited to listen to this. I listened to Ex-heroes and Ex-Patriots some time ago and was excited to get some zombie goodness in.
The narrator - I think he did a very good job. Some reviews talked about his voice for females was not so good, I would disagree. His voice for Booker (? - the braindead Army private) actually made me hate the character - I think this was intentional and kudos to that! Not the narrators fault, but the first 15 or so minutes are him reading an email conversation between to Army people - AHHHH this was so annoying, let me explain. When he had to say the words "from jdoe at us dot mil dot gov to jdemilio at us dot mil dot gov subject re re re re morningstar strain" over and over it made me nuts. Listen to this as the first part of the book almost made me stop listening to it, but the good reviews made me continue on.
I hoped for some plot twist or something exciting, but it was all slow and boring. Normally I will listen to audiobooks every chance I get, getting dressed, eating breakfast, driving in to to work, and very often I find myself sitting in the car waiting for a chapter to end. This book made me lose all enthusiasm I had. Took me almost a month to finish is since I didn't just want to delete it, I had hopes for awesomeness.
Well I finished it yesterday, and the ending was so uneventful. Maybe I just zoned out the entire book, but this story has nothing to catch the reader. Most books end and I yell I WANT MORE, not here. I will not be finishing this series since I had such a bad experience with this book.