I love a book thats just left of normal. I believe the greatest books have plot lines that intersect and eventually connect.
This book is very well written, very well thought out, expertly presented. I'm no stranger to the sci-fi or zombie genres and this one straddles the two perfectly. The author has actual Air Force experience and this serves to bring his voice to new heights in reality. As we all know: the more you intertwin reality within fiction the better the fiction!
The main character and I share a birthday (Jan 29) - whats not to love? He is bad-ass, he is brave beyond reason, he's a freaking pilot. He is amazing.
I won't spoil it for you but expect some serious moments on the marina...
Loved it, loved it, loved it.
I've already gifted copies to three frieds - what more can I say?
This book has all of the proper zombie elements -- plague creates nation of undead; protagonist hooks up with other improbable survivors; the tiny group eeks out an existence under constant assault from the undead, etc.
The problem with this book comes from the fact that the entire story is told as a first-person "diary" account of the whole apocalypse. I understand the value of a first-person diary account -- it gives the story a boost of realism and an amateur's gritty version of the facts, like a historical document more than a work of fiction.
The problem, however, is that the whole suspense and "fun" of zombie fiction is never knowing when a particular character, even one standing in the dead center of the narrative, suddenly becomes zombie food -- no matter how much emotional investment in that character the reader has made. That's the whole horror of zombie stories, where even the "best" or most honorable, most esteemed of the survivors makes one tiny, fatal mistaken and gets bitten or even scratched by the undead. And then we're left to contemplate the bottomless, senseless tragedy of the whole world overrun by these monsters.
BUT, when you write the story as a "diary," that last bit can't really happen, because the protagonist always has to survive each encounter in order to be able to run home and put his thoughts into his journal. The result is what you have here -- a series of zombie encounters that MIGHT be suspenseful except for the fact that you already know how each one is going to turn out, because the very fact that the author is telling you what happened (or almost happened) means that he got out of the jam and made it back to home base.
Anyway, the problem with this "diary" format isn't fatal to the book, and there's lots of other things to enjoy about this dystopian landscape, and of course lots of cool ways to blow up and destroy the undead when they get close to the surviving humans. Overall, this one is worth the credit for a fun summer read!
I really enjoyed the dairy style read of this book. I gave the impression of being on scene with the character.
There was only one character since the story is read in first person dairy style. Everyone is background.
I think he did well as reading in military jargon, however, I'm partial to that style.
The reader balanced the gore and lighter side of the story well.
Very fun audio book. Can't wait the read the rest of the series.
Yes. this was a book to hold your attention. I listened to it in 1 while working and it actually distracted me cause it was so good. Very suspenseful.
Praying for a Real Zombie Apocalypse
Edge of Seat
Zombie Fallout - its the same zombie background for a story
He's pretty good narrator i like him better than most but i wouldnt put him in the top 5
I havent really got attached to any of the characters other than the main character I would say thats the biggest fault of the series but I love the story still - with greater character development though it would be that much better...
This is a great book! Albeit, its a bit short, but the story is great and it keeps your attention.
Accurate information about what would happen should the power go out in the U.S.
Great book, just wish it was longer.
The main character! He made it all real to real for me! I love love love Zombie fiction! And if the .... when down I'd follow him to stay alive!!
Jay Snyder brings the thrill to the novel! Reality and action to life!
My family, friends and co-workers just can't believe that i'm a Zombie fanatic!! Most of them find it scary! I find it sort of( and I know this sounds crazy) a relief from a world so superfical. Zombie fiction for me takes me to a place that if it really were an apocalyptic something could we really leave all this material (wealth) superfical junk and come together as humans to....survive??
I usually avoid zombie novels, finding them too unrealistic for my liking, but this one was very well done despite the premise. I guess any apocalypse premise is unlikely so who am I to judge a zombie plague as less-likely than a giant asteroid or anything else?
Anyway, if you are a fan of the genre, this is a must-read. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one and find out what happens!
It is the journal of a man living through a zombie apocalypse, mostly about his specific plans for survival.
What a great choice for a first book. I tried to limit my listening to just on my commute to/from work but I became so engrossed in the story that I finished it up in just a few days (so I upgraded my account just to get the sequel!).
If you are a fan of the AMC series "The Walking Dead", then you will definitely appreciate this book. The style of writing progresses at a fast enough pace to keep your interest and the diary entries really help you visualize what the author is describing. Jay does a great job narrating and pulls you into the story. Even if you aren't a huge zombie fan, get this book and you will be hooked on the genre!!