Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend. The plot was never boring and kept me hooked cover to cover. Ray Porter did a great job acting out the different characters and really brought this book to life for me. I also like that Jonathan Maberry did the scientific research and kept those aspects accurate even though this is a work of fiction,
Well, it's kind of like every other Zombie oriented book. There is a "disease" that could wipe mankind off the map that was made by man himself for one reason or another and we can't let it get out, you know? But Mr. Maberry did a great job adding in some plot twists and even a pretty cool twist on the disease itself, which is why I enjoyed this book as much as I did. That's what separates it from others like it.
I enjoyed the operation at the warehouse where a bunch of subjects were being tested. The scene where the A/C units cut out and the subsequent heating activates the test subjects. That was pretty cool.
It's hard for me to find time for the whole "one sitting" gig, but I definitely listened every chance I got until it was finished.
Kudos to Ray Porter for being a great performer. I've heard him in other works such as "The Fold" or "14". Both of those works were written by Peter Clines, and I was kind of on the fence about those books. Listening to a different author's work performed by Mr. Porter really sold me on his ability. Thanks for the great performance!
In a post 9/11 setting, zombies created by terrorists try to destroy the U.S. I was left wanting more every time I had to pause the book. Must read for those who enjoy tactical war books that twist with a scientific zombie line and touches of a love story. Highly recommend books read by this narrator as well! Amazing voice over.
The story telling was well done and the science/technology/military actions and hardware seemed spot on. no roll-your-eyes moments of suspended belief. I will definitely read every book now by this writer.
One of my other favorites lately was "The Girl With All The Gifts" which was also very well written and engaging with a surprise ending that made it all worthwhile.
Not especially. But that is not a bad thing at all. I liked the lull between action which was great and I wanted to savor the book more and not have it be over with so quickly. It was very enthralling and I did not anticipate a surprise ending --- so I was fine enjoying the ride to get there --- just wished it was even longer of a read -- oh well I just happily bought book 2! what a great series this will turn out to be. And this first book does have a finality to it --- so you do not have to read multiple books to reach a conclusion --- this on does wrap up nicely and now I am ready for the next adventure in the series.
No real big surprises in book --- but the way the action was described and the fight scenes and Joe Ledger is a badass for sure with a very compelling character. He fights so others do not have too. I've read a lot of war type of books --- this one was just so well done above the others. You really root for this character.
I may try another book from this author, since I believe that the talent is there, but I will definitively not listen to another one read by Ray Porter.
The story per se was interesting, and the play of all the clues was intriguing; however, the characters are extremely shallow, allowing no connection whatosever. The main character was so plain that, for me, he had pretty much the same importance as any other name mencioned, and I would not have cared if he had died in the end or not.
Absolutely not. This narrator makes a poor job at giving different tones to different characters; in fact, at some group discussions, one character would suddenly assume the main character's voice, because Ray could not keep the "character voice" anymore, and this sometimes happened middle sentence. Very frustating.
Mainly those introducting Amyrah; the author tried to create the absolutely most beautiful woman of the middle eastern, the sexiest too; one that could manipulate absolutely anyone, just by promising sex - and yet, as shallow as all the other characters.
Come on, on a time when super heroes and supervillains are more human than ever, anyone should know that this would not work.
I enjoyed a good zombie tail and this was no exception. It was a nice departure from the normal apocalypse of most zombie reads with the zombie aspect not even really the main story. I also enjoyed the narrator, with some it takes a chapter or two to get used to them (which can at times be distracting to the story) but I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy this from the start. My only complaint would be that the author couldn't fit the word or some form of "pivot" into the story a few hundred more times .....
...like the cover suggests, but more of a bio terrorist novel with likeable characters and non stop, high tech action. Yes, the zombie factor is there, but never goes George A. Romero on the story. Fantastic narration from Ray Porter.
I love how the book is fast paced and does not fall back into itself with needless descriptions. the characters are well thought out as well. I plan on purchasing the whole set.
This book was solid and exactly what you'd expect. Every character felt like an archetype, there weren't many surprises, and it was just plain okay.
If you like the genre this might be a good listen, but it wasnt anything special unfortunately.
70 yrs old and still like to listen to books.
great story and caracters, but if you are a zombie lover move on.I usually pass on anything to do with zombies but found this a very interesting story and a great new anti hero (sort of).