Well, everyone else has said it as well, but I will repeat it. This book is amazing; Bourne's realistic take on a zombie apocalypse book really sat well. It's pretty much a journal, and the narrator does a pretty good job. There are realistic elements such as the Posse Comitatus and certain requirements when the military forces operate within the US borders. I really would like more of it, but that is a good thing.
SOLID. Inside the mind of a soldier in a very difficult situation. Do not listen read negative reviews. JUST GET IT. You'd might as well get both books right now.
So easy to relate to the thoughts and ideas of the characters. In my opinion, this is what a real person would feel and think in the event of such an apocalypse.
Can't really describe it but the performance is perfect. I hope this guy does the 3rd book also. Changing the reader would ruin it.
I cannot help but listen to these books over and over. Every person I have suggested these books to, has called in sick to work in order to finish them both. No matter what kind of stories you like... "these books are like crack". haha.
I would say, "Suspenseful, Intriguing, and Must_Read."
The lonleyness and desperation of the event.
I thought the auther did a very good job with the stoyline. I was envolved in the book the entire time and found it very difficult to put the book up, even though I knew I had too.
These two books so far are fantastic. I have listened to them twice now as they are fairly short and worth a second listen. The journal idea is a nice twist and the zombies are realistic and scary. I like the fact that the writer is active military and actually knows his weapons unlike some other writers who use the word "clip" when they are referring to a gun's magazine. Turns me off the book when the writer uses guns in their story but doesn't know jack all about them. I can't wait for the third installment!
This is a good story line but I am just not a fan of "diary" based books. That being said I really enjoyed the performance by Jay Snyder and I did connect with the characters. Overall a good listen.
Elizabeth, Artist, Alaska...
A brilliant addition to the zombie, post-apocalypse genre. Great story pace, good detail and character development. Excellent narrator---perfect for this story! I bought the sequel as a result, and can't wait for the third book! Not the goofy, 'unrealistic' version of zombie warfare. Details and descriptions lend a credibility to this novel.
Research. The power would not stay on without personnel to run the power plant. All electricity is generated at the time it is used.
When it was released on DVD.
Kilroy of course!
This is the best Zombie series I've read yet. Cant wait for the next book in the series.
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!