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.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
It has a similar tone to the early Joe Pitt books by Charlie Huston (the later ones in that series became preachy, but the early ones were hard-azz and justice-giving).
I really like Joe Ledger. He knows how to "teach 'em a lesson" and that's really the only reason why I read books like this - not for "world-building" or "political commentary"... just to see someone kicking azz. And he does it all for the right reasons too. Imagine Jack Reacher (author: Lee Child) in a black ops organization.
And there is a lot of that butt-kicking going on here - terrorist plot within terrorist plot and violence and guns and guts and zombies trying to get their teeth into some fresh victims. It is set in the "real world" and the science behind it all doesn't go as far into the improbable as I wish it did. It's violent and gory and there was some foul language but it wasn't overwhelming or out-of-place.
I'm starting the next in the series now. (Though it's worth noting that this story is completely resolved within this book and there are no loose ends dangling around.)
The narration is very good.
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.
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.
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.
The dialogue couldn't possibly be more clich??, and the main character is (not to put to fine a point on it) a huge dick. Completely unlikeable. The narration is good, which is what kept me listening. I may go on to the 2nd book, but I don't think I can really recommend the book.
Just this fox who plays export analyst by day and horror writer by night.
I'm sorry I waited so long to listen. This was thrilling and fascinating and a wonderful spin on a worn out trope.
Great balance between technical military Spec-Ops tactics/lingo, science and fiction. Hold on to your seats for a wild and bottom-dropping ride!
I am on book 4 of the series and these books are worth the investment of time and money. I find myself heavily invested in the welfare of the characters, both their victories and losses. Ray Porter is a master narrator ... I forget so many different voices are coming from one individual. He makes the stories completely come alive. I highly recommend this series.