Peter Clines is an excellent story teller, as his other books demonstrate. These short stories are a bit disappointing however. Some are better than others and those better stories do feel terribly abbreviated, as though it is on its way to becoming a novel, then abruptly stops.
The others are rather disappointing being largely action based. Action in a zombie novel can work well in spurts and interwoven as part of a larger plot. In these cases though, being short stories, some of the action is excessive, with just ongoing, non-stop details of battle and run ins with zombies - little or no character development or plot context to establish it as a story... Like watching a really, really long car chase in a film... Personally, I find such things the fluff you have to get through to get back to the story, but I understand why it is used, as it is part of creating the feeling of a real experience of a zombie novel, and when used sparingly and well can make the story seem very exciting. In these cases though, there is no story to support the endless action in some cases, so it seems pointless and really quite dull.
That said, the better stories are entertaining, if a bit frustrating in that they are so brief. The narrators do an excellent job, so that helps too.
It is a good listin, Short but it is 4 storirs in one. The last story is the best. All the stories tie into each other.
Yes. To get more detail. It moves fast, and certain things I may have overlooked. It was a fun, fast read.
I don't want to give out spoilers
This is 4 short stories that overlap in some way. I was actually surprised, and a little upset when the first story ended so soon. The characters in the following stories all interact in some way with each other, but I was hoping for some sort of resolve.
The stories pace, and flow worked very well, but even after it was over, I wanted more. Many questions are unanswered, and there is no real resolve at the end. It's a bunch of stuff that happens in one day to different people.
If you think of Pulp Fiction..... it's like that,..... but with Zombies (the 28 days later kind).
They really should change the title, I would have never bought this if I had not read another Peter Cliens book, and part of this book was attached at the end, as a sample.
Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!
I really enjoyed these quick stories. I love this genre, and so when I saw that there was this compact little novel that had 4 short stories in it, I jumped at the chance to check it out! Some of the stories were better than others, of course, but I enjoyed them all! Will listen again!
Elizabeth, Artist, Alaska...
Peter Clines definitely has a knack for suspenseful story telling. Enjoyed the interweaving of the different characters and story lines in this one. Plausible details plus well-constructed writing make this a really good listen.
A man. A plan. A canal. Panama
The stories are fine short stories in the same line, but it's so short for the cost. Plus, one of the stories is included in the Ex-Soldiers book.
Fine if it were 1/2 the price.
As gifted an author Peter Clines is, I have to say that I did not enjoy this. Not because it wasn't a quality performance of a brilliant concept, it was exactly that. Instead because it was IMMENSELY UNSATISFYING! The disappointment is only accentuated by the high standard of everything else. After being introduced to this intriguing world and cast of interesting characters, it feels like the first 4 chapters of a bigger story and the idea of not getting the conclusion is simply upsetting.
I enjoyed this audio. All stories link up to the first character we meet in the story.
Was not what I expected and I think that is why I enjoyed it so much.
Intelligently written and brilliant performances. I liked that the performances were not overly done and over dramatized.
Highly recommend it