Most zombie books are variations on a theme. Return Man has many of the next generation elements - the compassionate zombie hunter (a la The Last Mail Man), living in the Dead Zone, is sent on a mission to the origin of the apocalypse to find a key scientist. The story has flaws, but it is well written and the main protagonist, Henry Marco, is complex and compelling. While I wasn't immediately drawn to the narrator, he grew on me. I painted my entire bedroom to justify a continuous listen to the end.
Just a very well played twist on the zombie apocalypse line
Main charector...flawed and very real
Great book!! One of my faves!!
haven't read the book
non stop action with heart wrenching emotion
hard to put down.
this was an excellent story rich in scope and full of emotion
Hilarity ensues. Cliches and logical fallacies abound! But what are you going to do? I actually liked this novel...a lot. It was all the old tired cliches about a certain political party that made this novel comical in places. Thankfully, it was mainly at the beginning.
I actually laughed out loud at some of the silly caricatures the author painted of the "evil" party, which she/he put "New" in front of to make it look as if it was some new really really really nefarious party, but was soooo obvious whom she/he was referring to. It grew tiresome quickly. And when she/he brought in the fake "crisis" that the party was inventing, I nearly choked on the irony, considering today's Chicken Little president.
But alas, the story itself was great! Good character development, good concept (zombie assassin), lots of action and plenty of zombies. The Chinaman was a great way for her/him to show how much she/he loathed this country. Everything the Chinaman believed and said could have been a talking point from the a certain political party today--guess which one. Notice that nothing that character did was considered "bad." Even his religion was better than anything a silly Westerner put faith in, as we saw in the end. Yawn.
I digress. Again, great story just wished the silliness wasn't so obvious, I would have given it a 5...I was aching to do so. As it turns out, "The Infection" is still my top zombie novel pick.
Love to read and love audio-books, esp Sci-fi and fantasy, and zombies, of course. I believe the narrator can make or break the experience.
I wish I could give this book a good review, because if this author could have hid his hate of Republicans and conservatives, he has a good story here. I love zombie books and would have supported a follow up of this story, and perhaps anything else he/she has written, but I won't give him/her any more of my hard earned money. I was constantly insulted by this authors hate for me and my political beliefs. Too bad. Don't support this author. And I'm a bit sorry for Bernard Clark, having to read that hate.
Change the political parties to something fictional, would have hidden the authors hateful beliefs and he might have sold a few more books.
I am a bookaholic. If not reading a real book, then listening to one during my daily commute or as I go to sleep each night.
Definitely one of my favorites that I will listen to again and again. Looking forward to more from this author.
Each chapter got better and better. The seamlessly of current story and backstory was definitely a plus.
Have to say that my fav was Wu. His evolution throughout the book is one that I was amazed by. Definitely can get into his psychology.
I would listen to the book again. A creative thriller.
The Horseman encounter.
Mr. Clark's voice and demeanor was an excellent fit for this audio book.
Near the end when he realized that all of his efforts to find his wife were in vein.
I don't read fiction for politics and social commentary. I read them for entertainment. I could only get about an hour in until the author started droning on and on about politics. Not fictional politics that could actually play a roll in the story, but mostly real world stuff and how it could relate distantly to the situation. Maybe it gets better afterward, but my past experience with any fiction is that if it starts to get off on a tangent like this, especially early on, you can look forward to the whole book being that way. I'm glad I could return it. Judging by the reviews from other sites, I saved a lot of time and disappointment. The only zombie book worse than this was "Feed".