Title says it all. The story was great. The characters were fantastic. The narration was A+. Ray Porter is one of my new favorite narrators and Jonathan Maberry is DEFINITELY one of my new favorite authors.
I had to say I was a bit reluctant to read a book about zombies, I figured "another one!" but after reading a few reviews I found that this book deserved a shot. It didn't disappoint, this work is exactly that between Jonathan Maberry's words and Ray Porter's reading this book came to live as if I was watching a movie. I never left lost between characters nor by the story its self. I felt the author took an over populated subject matter have it a twist and remade it all. the best part is that the next book in the series are not zombie related it a whole new approached and story. if you're the littlest bit interested GET IT!
like somebody else wrote, its kinda like the show 24 with zombies. except that 24 was watchable. the author spent waaaay too much time researching ways that zombies could actually happen and not enough time researching real weapons and tactics and learning how not to be a d@#%ebag.
its the kind of thing were somebody finds out about some "advanced" new technology and then proceeds to act like they know all about it and everything tactical, for instance the author mentions "liquid tazers" several times as if that's what everyone is using nowadays, even though most people have never even seen one and the idea that terrorist are going around tazing people is pretty stupid.
the characters are one dimensional and the lead character is an ass#@!$ who thinks he's gods gift to the Operational Community, and of course the first woman he meets starts off as a bitch but can't resist falling in love with his Holyness. Constitutional rights go right out the window for these people. the whole book reads like a POG (Person Other than a Grunt)'s wet dream.
I usually avoid zombie tales but this book is an exception. Fast paced and scary. Great narration, I look forward to more Joe Ledger novels.
Joe Ledger is back!!!!!!!
Just finished today, couldn't get home fast enough to report in. This is a great read. I can't wait to down load the second book. This narrator is in my top favs list.
This book was very good until the ending; it was very anticlimactic. I had hoped for something out of left field, which based on the rest of the story line would have been appropriate. If I could give this book an additional half star, I would.
The story itself is enjoyable but the prose etc aren't exactly ground breaking or spellbinding. The concept is reasonably unique. A motley crew of terrorists and business interests combine forces to unleash a terrible plague on their enemies, the goal is to earn a killing and wipe out the ideological nemesis. The lead character is sympathetic and interesting, the author is careful to lay enough groundwork that his later feats of derring-do aren't ridiculous or cliched but if this weren't an audio book I doubt I'd seek out other entries in the series.
The narration on the other hand is excellent. The reader manages to navigate a half dozen accents and several variants on them without devolving to caricature. He reads male and female voices very well without veering into the squeaky or overly soft tones some male readers adopt for women.
If you're looking for a decent romp with great narration you can do worse.
This is the most well researched, and written zombie novel to date. On par with Michael Crichton's depth of writing. The story is original, fast-paced, and full of action; the characters, well developed; and the narration is excellent. Ray Porter is the perfect voice to read this story. I tried to get through The Morningstar Chronicles, but found the story a bit trite and the narration a bit tiresome. This book is none of that.
This book is spellbinding. Action, Adventure, Villians you love to hate, and hero's you wish actually existed. This isn't a zombie story about a mysterious infection that just starts.
It cold calculated and completely man-made threat, which makes it more horrible than a escaped pathogen or some other innocuous disease. Before half way through I purchased the 2 other books available.
In the style of Michael Crichton he describes the pathogen and the path taken to tweak it an make it more deadly, and all the action sequences go into great detail which combined with your own imagination create a thrilling movie in your mind.