Ray Porter's narration made this book enjoyable. Ray Porter is the best. Ray Porter could narrate the phone book and make it fun and exciting.
I would have given Joe Ledger some flaws to make him a more relatable character. As is, he's just a generic super-talented guy.
Not sure, the zombie scenes were all pretty good.
The story is very suspenseful and I had trouble turning it off.
I will continue listening to the rest of the series.
Not sure, I haven't read the print version.
It was fast pace and the protagonist was pretty intriguing.
Joe Ledger was the best. Although, the way he read Joe's Therapist was very Raul Julia.
I wouldn't say extreme but it was very exciting.
The author does a good job of piecing together a new and pretty innovative lens to the zombie genre. This is not your typical post-apocalyptic story of survival, but a struggle to stop the outbreak before it starts. The author deserves kudos for his research and imagination behind the story. Although he's obviously not going to be winning the Pulitzer for literature any time soon (the writing was full of cliches and sometimes bordered on sophomoric), the story was compelling and fun. The narrator really made the book, though. Great dialects and accents, plus he was able to bring each character to life in a very believable way. I will definitely be listening to him again!
I enjoyed this book but the hero was hard for me to get behind. His animalistic way of verbally lashing his technical comrades was off putting. He seemed like a collection of heroic ideals rather than a real person. His only weakness being his anger, which really only heightened focus adding to his super powers. That aside, I did get pulled into the story and still enjoyed the book and narrator. I'd recommend if you're into zombies.
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.