This is a great story: action-packed, well defined characters, plausible scenario, great plot. The reader is good but leans toward the melodramatic in places. It got a little irritating at times, but overall this was a great listen.
Huge fan of numerous genre's. Love the paranormal, doomsday / end of the world and post-apocalyptic is my favorite. Also love thrillers, comedy and just about anything...
An original take, great cop thriller leading up to a zombie apocolypse (really great new perspectives, such as showing the point of view of the zombie, and a great foundation in both science and voodoo) make for a great small-town cop zombie thriller.
All great characters, but none that I really latched on to. Way too much character development throughout the book, which is great, but really detracted from the story more than a few times...
Great narration; Seemed like he would be slow at first, but he turned out a great performance, really believable and a terrific range.
Without giving away the ending, the last scene with surviving infected; with Dez and JT,,, wonderfully written.
Great book, moved too slow at the beginning for me, but still a fantastic book. Great premise, original take from a zombie author guru... I love Mayberry and will give almost anything he does a try; especially after the fantastic Rot & Ruin / Dust & Decay books (not to mention the awesome Joe Ledger series).Anyway, you'll love it, give it a try, just don't expect the action to be continual, but the last half of the book is totally worth it.Z
Only to people that have to read/listen to anything zombie related. The book started off good but the main character (Des) made me hope the zombies or national guard would take her out. Enough about the kids and the abandonment issues. That dead horse was kicked into the ground.
Another great listen from Maberry!
Maberry gives us clearly defined character's, including the undead. We're also treated to a novel take on how a zombie apocalypse might start. The best part of this book is the fact that the characters simply can't believe it's all happening. The speed with which characters accept the horrifying given circumstances has always been a flaw in this genre. Here, tough as nails characters are driven to the edge of madness by the madness around them. They just can't believe what they're seeing. There's no frame of reference. The realistic way the characters respond to the stories crisis is the single best aspect of this audiobook.
His reading was just vivid enough.
It would need a great director and screenwriter. Maybe Breck Eisner, from the 2010 remake of the Crazies.
Yes, the story is good enough to listen several times.
World War Z
Enjoyed listening to him. He made the characters pain real to listen to.
The Lady Deputy
Hope J. Maberry continues this story line.
I’ve read other zombie books (J.L. Bourne) before this one and I would recommend passing. The characters were well developed, but it was zombie in the way that I understand zombies to be. In fact, they weren’t even referred to as zombies. But, I don’t think the characters had time to think about it because the book moved so quickly. Except, the scene at the mortuary that set the stage for what would eventually occur. One thing I like about zombie movies, they leave the origin out of the story. Once you learn the origin of zombieism you’re no longer interested or scared. When we don’t know the origin our imagination runs wild. The origin (in this book) seems very plausible, but it did not make the story any better.
It’s an alright book, but doesn’t provide much for the zombie-loving community.
Phat Girl Slim
I REALLY enjoyed this book. The story took off right away and the action never stopped.
I especially like the way the author takes us through the step by step beginnings of the zombie plague. The concept behind how the plague begins was really quite clever. The characters were really well thought out, if not sometimes a little cliche (but I didn't mind that so much). If you like graphic, action packed, gory, fast paced zombie stories, this book will not disappoint. I enjoyed the narrator a lot. I became a fan of his from his reading of Replay, so when I saw that he was reading this book, I was immediately sold.
zombies, gore and good old fashioned detective yarns, a bit of sci fi and did I mention the zombies?!!
absorbing listen...I think this book is the die hard zombie fan. the middle of the story does run to the zombie formula. Good performance.
The zombies were original and pretty gross. I would run screaming from them!
The concept of how the zombies came to be and the characters reaction to them made the story believable. It left me hoping the government isn't working on anything that crazy.
William Dufris isn't a narrator who reads with the same inflection all the time, he puts some serious acting into his voice.
If I had to take someone out to dinner from this book it would be JT, because Dex is just to scary.
A better plot? Some twists and turns?
There are only two decent things to say about the book: The clever idea of why the plague was used, and the tease that there might be a follow-up book after the plague spreads to the entire world.
Outside of that, the whole book could easily be compressed into the exposition for a much better book. It was 80% filler consisting of,
Monster Hunter Vendetta. Junky fiction, but fun.
Ray Porter does an excellent job on the Ledger books. Maybe him.
If you're looking for a good zombie book, try Day by Day Armageddon. It may have even less of a plot than this book, but it's somehow riveting, anyway. There's something more compelling about a true apocalyptic novel where the whole country or world has been infected (or otherwise destroyed). I'm not sure why - maybe it raises the tension that the survivors really are completely alone, at least as far as they know. Of the Maberry novels I've read, they've all kept the problems confined to much smaller areas with only the threat of going global.