An exercise in what ifs...zombies, earth changes, war, plague, asteroids, EMP, raiders....what would you do if the lights went out, forever.
Originally written in Spanish by Manel Loureiro, Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End vastly exceeds all expectations that one may have for a zombie apocalypse novel. Apocalypse Z is a harrowing story about a man and his cat Lucullus as they struggle to survive the first months of the zombie apocalypse. This apocalyptic book is flat-out awesome! Apocalypse Z is literally jammed packed with the most terrifying, vividly horrific scenes straight from the end of the world, zombie apocalypse hell. From the larger cities to the Spanish countryside, Spain has become a massive graveyard haunted by the most vicious zombies ever imagined, existing only to tear the living to shreds. The protagonist is a mild-mannered man who lives with his most faithful, loyal companion, Lucullus, the neighborhood tomcat, after he recently lost his wife to a horrible car accident. He is no hero. In fact, he’s a paper pushing lawyer and he’s absolutely scared out of his mind. He might have followed the herd to the slaughter in the so-called “safe zones” if it weren’t for the fact that they didn’t allow pets. Facing incredible odds from the start, he is pushed way beyond his limits. “…a def ear to fear.” Love and loyalty overcome paralyzing fear of hell on Earth. He doesn’t get many breaks and he makes plenty of mistakes. Indeed, he is an unlikely survivor. He is not an ex-special forces commando. He has limited experience with weapons and killing, or re-killing the undead, which is certainly not something that comes easily for him. (***NOTE: if you are a “mall ninja” who thinks you are going to shoot your way through the end of the world this book might not be for you…and by the way you’re an IDIOT…yes you…)
Apocalypse Z is a uniquely human story. In a world overrun by the living dead, humanity is rediscovered. A rarity for the genre, Apocalypse Z evokes real emotional response. It made me so angry that I wanted to grab that Ukrainian ship captain and hang him up from a crane by his balls (don’t worry, he gets what he deserves in the end). It has moments of despair as well as some great laugh out loud moments. A book that creates a visceral response is rare. Perhaps that is what separates a good book from a great book. Even if zombies aren’t your thing, Apocalypse Z is an excellent story and in my opinion is an absolute must read.
This first person novel has nothing more than a first person perspective, and not an imaginative one at that. This guy would never have survived, and makes early decisions with a carelessness that is never punished (taking a long bath in the neighbors house, hopping up and down a rope with a strained ankle), and none of the other undeveloped cartoonish characters (neighbor, ship captain, thugs) in the book are believable either, (including the undead). The only sympathetic creature is the cat, but how he manages to keep it alive (floating in a barrel, etc) is also not believable.Through the whole book, I had the idea that this author was merely living out his own end of the world fantasy, instead of generating interesting ideas and questions the readers could sink their teeth into. Shame on the editors who thought this was a novel, and not just an imaginary journal.
I have read enough of this genre to know that a great author can take even an overdone theme (apocalypse), and make it work with well developed characters and plot twists. This author is not one of them.
Nick gave a great performance, making the book listenable, even as the text was simplistic and unbelievable.
The narcissistic main character.
Skip it, and read: The Road by Cormac McCarthy, World War Z, or the Earth Abides for a more interesting glimpse at the end of the world.
Working towards retirement hopefully. I enjoy sci fi, horror, steampunk and some ya for good luck.
Not sure if I would purchase another book from the author. I did love the narrator, the character accents really made the story.
The ending was good and for me the best part. Not at all being sarcastic here the ending was right on. Listening to a zombie apocalypse based in Spain was interesting, most are based in the U.S. The udder despair of the humans and total power of the zombies, awesome. The main character after months and months remained pretty damn stupid.
Never listened to Nick Podehl before, enjoyed his voice and the story telling. Actually his performance kept me listening.
I got tired of the author needing to describe every human corpse in detail. I get it the world was crap. Things were bad and the main character was having a bad time.
Having read/listened to many zombie/apocalypse stories this is good enjoyable zombie fun, with some good twists in the story and narrated well.
love the history plus real world outlook. Manel has grasped humanitys largest fear of losing our control and humanity. a modern classic.........can not wait for the next installment.
Interesting, thought provoking, gruesome
Yes, I looked forward to listening to it
Really enjoyed listening to this
I really enjoyed this book, it's a winner for sure. There are 2 more books in the series, and I hope they come out in English.
A good zombiebook and it feels refresehing that the story is taking place i Spain, europe in contrast to all the american zombiebooks.
Nick Podehl is a great narrator and always delivers and helps the listener in to the different scenes
Good buy, will go on the next book in the series
The story didn't seem to become interesting until over half way through. I felt like many of the situations were cliche of these types of books. Nothing out of the ordinary or original.
I think I liked the author's choice of pet the least: a cat. Who can relate to that? And who cares about a cat in the apocalypse? Dogs are at least loyal and can help you, but cats are totally useless. The author lost me at the beginning with this.
It has been a classic, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
Young, inexperienced, whiney
No. There are already much better novels out there about this subject that are far more interesting and original.
Couldn't wait to finish this book so I could move on to the next.
The way the author engrosses you in the life of the character. The writing style makes it feel like you are right there with him.
It is a lot like Walking Dead in the fact that it is a character driven story set during a zombie Apocalypse. Unlike Walking Dead this book is about one main character and his personal story.
When the main character finds out about the zombies and gets the courage to try and go out for the first time.
It made me really feel for the world the story was set it in and how bad things could get it such a short period of time.
Great Zombie book a must for any zombie fan. I cannot wait until the second book is translated into English this year.