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This was an average zombie book. What a strange sentence. Haha.... Seriously, this was not the best book I have read in this genre, but it was not the worst, either. The story was a little strange, and quite a bit of suspension of reality is needed, but the characters were pretty good, and fairly consistent. The cat bothered me. To be in such a perilous situation and be so concerned for a cat; not my kind of thing. I'm sure there are those out there who will love this book precisely for that reason, though. To each his own. The narration was good, and helped make this a better experience.
This was a good read, but a bit long. The ending was the best part because of the excitement and events that happened. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.
I did find the cat annoying. The author focused way to much on the importance of the cat in the eyes of the lead character. That was ridiculous to me. I did like the European setting, however.
For readers that love Zombie stories, you'll probably like this one.
I consider myself a zombie apocalypse genre aficionado and I have either read or listened to everything out there from the zombie fallout series to world war z. Apocalypse Z the beginning of the end I would rate as one of the better zombie apocalypse stories. Told in the popular first person journal entry type writing style the story builds quickly as our main character slowly comes to realize the magnitude of the worlds predicament and his own need to survive the coming apocalypse. From the first mention of strange incidences of sick people becoming violent popping up here and there on the news, to our main characters first glimpse of the "infected" sick on his own street, we are swept along with him in his journey, the author is detailed enough to paint a very vivid picture of what is going on without getting to tedious, as well various city geography etc is obviously well researched as it is described very well, the story takes place in Europe and being I live in Ontario Canada I had no idea (other than very generally) of the places the author is describing in Spain, however I was able to clearly follow the story despite my lack of knowledge regarding the setting it takes place in. I found I was able to still become immersed in the setting of the story despite I was not familiar those areas of Europe. I quickly became invested in the main character and wanted him to survive, feeling the tension each time he pushed himself to do something he had to to survive. The author is excellent at character development allowing us to see our hero's human weaknesses and strengths right away, which I feel makes it easier to enjoy the story if I actually care about the main characters in it lol! If you are a lover of a good zombie apocalypse survival story them this book will not disappoint in the least. The narrator is excellent and I quickly came to relate Nick Podehl's voice as my main character actually speaking to me. His delivery is clear, smooth and believable, with the right measures of tension, excitement, despair or hope or whatever the appropriate emotion of the story should be at the right time. This book is worth a credit
I really liked the in depth details. Characters feelings and emotions. Even if it was a bit much. that can be chalked up to the passion of rhe reader. Look forward to the next
Storytelling was weak and a lesson in why storytellers should show instead of tell. Too much "I was shocked" and other redundant and obvious phrases. Sounded like a journal I would have written if the younger me experienced a zombie apocalypse, and I know that would've been unfit for publication.
I like a good zombie story as much as the next person, but with the sheer number of books in the genre these days, the bar is set pretty high.
-I liked the fact that it took place in Spain, I found that to be a refreshing change of pace.
-The narration was pretty good overall, although a few times I think he kind of over-acted it.
-The ending leaves you somewhat with a sense of hope, purpose, and sets the stage for the next book.
-The dialogue I felt was very repetitive, at times almost to the point of being annoying. Example...the phrase "I shuddered at the thought" or some variant involving the word "shuddered" came up time after time.
-The writing style (that of journal entries), while different, I think hinders some of the story. For example, it would have been interesting to see how the boat captain's reaction to getting the wrong briefcase would have played out, but because there are only journal entries the reader never gets this satisfaction.
Overall I thought the book to be middle-of-the-road average and I'm just not interested enough in the characters to continue the series.