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)
Hmmm... sounds silly, doesn't it... Superheroes versus Zombies. Isn't it bad enough that we have to suspend disbelief to acknowledge the existence of one of these groups, let alone both??
Surprisingly, the answer is no. Both the zombies and the superheroes are believably written, and I found myself not even batting an eye when each new superheroes' powers were revealed... a guy who is a living sun, sure, a guy who is a light-sink, sure, a guy who is possessed by an alien demon, why not...
Yes, I'm serious, all these and more were in the story, and they were all believable within their own skill sets, and each was distinctly written (so you could tell which superhero was which when they spoke, not just when flexing their superpowers).
I liked how the source of the zombies was explained - also quite believably - and even the struggle with the "bad guy" makes sense if you think about how valuable superheroes would be in a post-apocalyptic world, particularly when they can be used as a power source, or an invincible supply-scouter.
I already have bought the next in the series. The narration is very good.
I found this book in the ad they had here on Audible & I have listened to it 2 times so far! Great characters, great story, great narration, great delivery and totally stoked for more. Ex Patriots was great as well, Peter Clines did one helluva job!!!!!!
This wasn't the greatest zombie book ever, but there wasn't any standout bad parts either. The narration was good, the story interesting, but it wasn't the kind of book you try to find chores to do so you can listen more. I would still rate Day by Day Armageddon and the Morningstar books higher that this one. That being said, this book has action, zombies, and superheroes. What more can I say, other than I am glad I didn't use a credit for it?
I've read two other books by Peter Clines and was excited to see him in this genre since it's not what I would have expected. I'm sad to say, this wasn't his best work. I love zombie fiction. I love the intricacies of how to survive in a world that's turned against you. But this was quite frankly, a hot mess. The characters were wooden, and despite him trying to build some type of back story, trying to draw you in, there were times multiple times when I almost stopped listening. Especially when he spent time describing a "fight scene" where the character basically listed every flip, kick, etc. they were doing like explaining a floor routine at the Olympics. I can only suspend belief for so long and there were so many different things that pulled me out of the story.
I'll probably never be turned off of the genre of zombie novels. But I"ll proceed with caution if someone brings up the concept of Super Heroes being involved.
Honestly, I'm not sure. The narration style may have been a result of the type of story line they had to work with, but I felt like I was listening to someone read an over the top comic book to me. Overly enunciated words, strangely emphasized sentences. I was attracted to the fact that there were two narrators one male, one female, but honestly, most of the voices sounded the same to me. There wasn't a huge difference in how each character sounded.
Dear God, no! I would strongly suggest leaving this alone and moving on to a different type of project. This wasn't good at all.
I kept thinking, "this is Peter Clines"....it has to get better. BUT it's a glorified zombie book. None of the magical thinking of his previous work. You have to like zombies to like this book.
Love a good sci fi or thriller novel, but also enjoy some non fiction too - biographies, marketing and business books.
not if they're narrating at the same time.
if it were 3am on a Saturday night and my choices were this or Robocop 3. then MAYBE.
At first glance, this seemed like a book that would be right up my alley. Zombies, superheroes, giant mechs, etc. Combine all that stuff together and it should be a definite winner, right?
Well, not really. While this book does have all of the fore-mentioned elements, the one thing its missing is some characters that you can relate to. Turns out character development is pretty important - without that, action scenes are nothing more than meaningless battles.
I would agree with some other reviewers who thought the writing was juvenile; all the characters could have fallen out of a high school comic book. These are rough sketches - very little depth. The way the story was told was kind of cool - the then and now style - but I longed for something that could connect me to anyone...it never happened.
Lastly, the narration....ugh. What were they thinking?! Both the male and female narrators were adequate, but the transition between them jarred me out of the listening experience when they went back and forth. They clearly were not recorded at the same time and the sound difference, while minimal, was definitely noticeable. Would have been much better with a single narrator, well...maybe a little better - much is pushing it.
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The book was a real enjoyable diversion. Loved the morality play presented in the guise of super heroes and zombies. Mr. Clines doesn't take himself to seriously - but very much respects his readers. Well worth your time!
The audio production values were terrible - see my comments below about the actors performance. Better production values would have kept me listening long enough to maybe give it a higher star rating
I really disliked the voice actors. It sounded like the female parts had been recorded via telephone, and every time it switched from one actor to another there was a jarring pause , and change of sound (one voice recorded in a studio, the other over a phone)
I am NOT a zombie book/film/story fan. I do enjoy a good super hero movie, but not normally a book. This trilogy intrigues me, and this is book 1. It's an interesting mix of humanization, Armageddon, unnatural abilities.....weird, but it works for me. The cast does a superb job, and different cast members performing the roles really "tells" the story. Indulge yourself, and give it a shot.