Combining the worst parts of the zombie genre, the television show 24, and the movie Men in Black. I couldn't finish the book. The main character is a standard "best of the best" working for a standard top secret government whatnot. His only flaw (which of course is really a strength) is he has a temper that he says he can't control but really can with ease. His wisecracks are painfully nonstop, making him come across as a jerk who desperately needs to find an offswitch for his mouth. Is there a term for a male Mary Sue character?
One star, only because I can't give less. Get World War Z instead.
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
If you like zombies and bio-terrorism storylines but find regular zombie books lacking in military tactical action then this book is for you. Personally, I found it a little too heavy on the macho military side of things, but I see what the author was trying to do and it gives a decent set-up for the series that is apparently in the works judging from the "Book 1" in the title. One thing I really liked is that this author doesn't mess around with contemplative and meandering emotional journeys - when it's time for the story to jump off it jumps off big time. I can't see myself hanging in there for books 2, 3 and beyond though - my appetite for audio is becoming increasingly picky as of late, and unless something stirs up the "I love this - gimme more!" reaction in me, I just add it to the pile and move on.
I was dubious of the concept of mixing zombies and terrorists, military and police proceedures, et al; but Jonathan Maberry makes it work and seamlessly jumps from first person narrative to third person description of the terrorists' activities without a letdown in either action or drama. I've tried in vain to get through some of the latest titles by the big names in fiction and haven't been able to do it. It's time for some of the old school to retire and let the next generation of storytellers like Maberry take over. I am hooked, Mr. Maberry! Great narration as well. And thanks, Audible, for highlighting this author for me.
Seriously, I must have considered purchasing this book over ten times but looked at its' cover and did not even go on to the reviews. Thankfully I finally read some reviews and bought it. Surpassed even my most hopeful expectations! Super fun, LOL funny at times, superbly written, even super plausible-ish. Just read a little...then swoosh ~ you'll quickly be drawn in for a wild ride. Enjoy it in a place where you won't be judged if you stand around quietly, concentrating intensely only to break out in loud laughter now and then.
It reminded me of a bad 80's movie. The narration was fine, but the writing was so cheesy and hard to listen too. The main character's constantly telling the reader how bad ass he is; he's hard to like and hard to believe. Your better off renting Top Gun or somthing. It'll take less hours out of your life.
My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)
Sorta like Sigma Force (ala James Rollins) meets "Walking Dead." I got through it okay but thought that there really wasn't anything new in this storyline.
Though there was lots of dialog, which I like, a lot of it seemed to ooze a bit much with testosterone. It drones a bit much with the "warriors like us" and "nobody who isn't a warrior can understand us..." schtick.
That could've been toned down a bit, or at least balanced with a bit more flippant humor. As it was I think the characters just took themselves too seriously.
The narrator though was excellent. Though a bit lacking in the female voice, he otherwise effectively managed a diverse range of character voices, accents and inflections. Narration was definitely a bright spot.
This book really needs to be listed as a teen selection. The characters are unlikable cardboard cut-outs and the dialog is like one pounding wave of senselessness after another. Skip this one and get World War Z if you're looking for a good zombie story.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
Any author who writes about zombies or vampires or any other done-to-death monster had better bring a really creative twist to the table to make a story worth their reader's time. Unfortunately that didn't happen here.
There is absolutely nothing new or interesting in this exploration of the extremely stale zombie theme.
There are plenty of other things not to like here: flat characters, crude stereotypes, inconsistent "science", etc.
I really wanted to like this book. I was very intrigued by the plot and I like a lot of action. After a while I found the characters to be mostly stereotypical and not really interesting. Although I liked the main character, he turned into an action hero figure by the end of the story. What bothered me the most about the book though was the end was so predictable. I knew exactly how it would end. There was a clue given in the book that was so obvious that it should have been part of the plot that the main characters figured it out. But the way the plot runs, all of these really smart people with all of the computers don't really follow it up. I kept hoping that the book would have a surprise plot twist-- which it didn't.
This is my first time to *read* a book by Jonathan Maberry or listen to one narrated by Ray Porter, and I am truly impressed.
It was a very good, solid book in its plot and direction, and quite different from other apocalyptic zombie books. Instead of starting with apocalypse and a handful of people struggling to survive, we get a chance to see how the particular form of zombieism portrayed in this book develops from the ground floor, and how a secret government agency is attempting to stop it before it spirals out of control. Although I quite like the other type of zombie books (fighting to stay alive against all odds), this was a refreshing take on the story. Having said that, the plot, direction, and refreshing take would mean very little if not crafted and written well by the author. Maberry commands the written word and, to me, sits in the upper echelon of writers (if this single book is any indication). The next link is the storyteller. If the narrator is subpar, the masterful writing would almost go to waste on an audiobook. No fear hear. Porter, too, is one of the best. I rank him up in the top three or four narrators that I've had the pleasure to hear. His range is pure gold. He has such a seemingly natural grasp on every character and every situation. You are never wondering who in the book is supposed to be speaking, as Porter has all the voices, all the accents down to a tee.
My favorite genres are mystery and suspense, thrillers, some sci-fi and horror, and I like books with a touch of the supernatural. My favorite authors are Steven King and Dean Koontz. On this recent zombie kick I've been on, I've listened to WWZ, the Zombie Fallout series, Day by Day Armageddon, and now I'm starting the Joe Ledger series. I very seldom give a book three sets of five stars, but this one truly deserves it.