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.
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.
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.
Ray Porter was the perfect narrator for this audio book! Can't wait to listen to the next one.