Ton of fun
When you cross two genres like zombie apocalypse and super heroes it is difficult to get all the pieces to fit like a puzzle. Some of it is going to be jammed in for 'best fit'. And I think the author did a very good job of fitting the pieces together enough for the reader to willingly suspend disbelief.
This is a fun story. Great action and tension. Plus there are things that the author sets up in earlier chapters that seem to be random that turn out to be key elements later. But he doesn't belabor them. He keeps the pace moving.
Nothing outstanding about the narration, but it works. You forget that you are being read to at times and that is a good thing (in my opinion).
I love it when Cerebus finally got her power back.
I truly enjoyed this book. I was a bit concerned the amalgamation of the various elements wouldn't work but Peter Clines pulled it off quite well.
The characters are believable as they learn how to combine their strengths to overcome their individual flaws. The science is strong enough that you don't question it too much. The origins of the zombies is truly refreshing... although viral-based it doesn't use the traditional formula.
The book uses a "now" and "then" model to tell the story. At first, it's a bit distracting but after the fourth chapter it a powerful method to build the world and keep the story moving. You don't have to wait until the last couple of chapters to enjoy the action.
This book is a great listen for avid fantasy readers who want something you can read in one sitting that is both mysterious and engaging.
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
Ok I really like 14 and I loved Junkie Quatrain so much I listened to it four times. But I couldn't get into this story. The way it was narrated was distracting. I guess each character had a different reader and maybe the intent was it to be like a performance but it was edited badly. And when they did have conversation it was like just different people reading and it sounded cut in, not like a performance. Additionally, and this is a problem with a lot if sci fi, too much time is spent explaining the alternate reality. 14 did not have this problem because it took place in modern day California and we were discovering the alternate dimension with the characters so you don't need a set up. On Junkie Quatrain the reader can figure out the setup by the way the story unfolded. Which is what was so cool about that and why I listened so many times because you were hearing from different points of view and different facts were coming to light as the story unfolded. That happened somewhat here but there was still to much exposition. This book might be better read than listened too.
Why didn't I think of writing a book that combines super heroes and zombies? This book and its sequel have become my secret guilty pleasure. The story flows well and the performances are excellent. Very entertaining.
I really wanted to like this series but I was underwhelmed. There are a lot of characters to keep track of and I had a bit of trouble doing that. Despite all that occurs, I found myself getting bored and falling asleep. This is, however, another series that puts a different spin on your typical zombie tale. Personally, I felt that the Heroes that were defeated, were defeated much too easily. I won't continue with the series.
It was all gory battles, no real meaty stories about the characters.
I was pretty much never a fan of the zombie genre but thougth because of the reviews this might be one that was different that I would like.
St. George, idealistic and humanistic.
I may try the next book in hopes it moves beyond endless and pointless battles and gore.
Yes I would. Excellent story. Mixing superheroes with the zombie apocalypse was pure genius. All in all, a very good read.
The event that created the first zombie was VERY original.
I recently discovered Clines and his work. I wish he had more books out for me to read. I can't get enough of this author. I like having the female voices read by a woman and the mail voices read by a man. Having the reader do both gender voices sometimes ruins the narration for me. I wish more books were read like this.
Turn ons??? 1) Obedience 2) Respect 3) Learning to please Master. Master does not do turn offs. He guides and trains His little stooges past what does not please Master.
I enjoyed this book a lot.
cant think of any
I laughed at times.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I guess I was just looking for something fun and entertaining in a genre that I'm interested in. It took a couple of chapters to get used to the characters and the narrators (I'm new to the audiobook experience), but after that, I was hooked! I'm just about to download the sequel 'Ex Patriots' now!
Different narrators. Interesting characters. Written as a novel not a screenplay. Nothing in this book was engaging for me.
Over the top without good dramatizations.
Not really...story was just hashed out from other books without anything original. Characters were boring.
Had higher hopes for this...disappointed.