I was very surprised when I listened to this book because it was SOOOOO different than the first two. I kept checking to see if I was listening to the wrong book. I like the one-person point of view of the first two books. This book is much more of the "military shoot-em-up" books that others write about zombies. I don't enjoy those very much because the "everybody has a nickname like Razor, Doc, Kill, etc. and there is the constant college 'in your mouth' kind of humor."
Don't get me wrong. This book wasn't bad, but it is NOT consistent with the Day by Day Armageddon style of the first too books. If I hadn't already purchased the next book I would probably stop listening to this. If I wanted a military shoot-em-up book I would have purchased one.
Not well. See the above comment. Did J. L. Bourne really write this?
Yes, but at times the dialogue was so mad I just had to roll my eyes. Many of the military characters were not well defined and came across as overly dramatic.
Not this one.
I hope the last book is closer to the first two than this one.
Love to exercise while listening
What the heck? He goes through so much detail on Hawaii (not even sure why they even went there) and then when they get to China, wham, book is over.
I understand that the journal style had to go with so many events seen through other peoples eyes, but did he have to end such an amazing series with this? It's like you put so much love into a garden, select the right soil and fertilizer. Take the time to water and talk to the plants. And then when you get the first tomatoes, you mow over it cause you've moved on to another task. I see he tried to tie up loose ends, but did it in a Lost (tv series) kind of way. So sad.
Now that there were many voices he had to do, he did this ok.
The first 2 books.
If there was ever a book I'd like to have a re-do on, this would be the one!
Jay Snyder does a great job atmospherically as the narrator for this series. He does a good job of making each character distinct sounding (male and female), which helps. None of this is a surprise to you though since you've likely heard the first two books.
I'm surprised by the negative reviews here. The books is certainly a bit different as it tells the story through the eyes of many different parties, thus the journal entry mode is partially abandoned. But this was a necessary way to move the story and the universe forward. We get a great deal of closure that we would not get otherwise or that would of been crowbarred into the previous writing style. All in all, I'm glad that technique was dropped.
I'm even more baffled by people being confused by the story. The vocabulary did not seem particularly niche to me and there is no military jargon I have not heard a thousand times before in previous books/movies/shows.
Expect some closure. Not every loose end is tied up, but the author has already started producing short stories in that regard. The only critique I've agreed with is that things do wrap up fairly quickly. Still, no real complaints for me.
I hope we get more in the series over time.
Yes, I love the writer and characters (except the girlfriend). The book takes you on a journey and I found myself scared at times. Like when the protagonist sleeps on the bus and it's attacked by one of the stronger zombies
Well, let's see. The scene where he travels to the broken down house and is inside when the zombie with a (I forget exactly what weapon he has) hatchet is banging on the door. He realizes this is no ordinary zombie. This zombie is different and more dangerous than the normal walkers/runners.
I wouldn't call it extreme, but I dislike when a zombie/adventure book (or movie for that matter) becomes detracted by romance. So, his girlfriend/wife did not interest me at all.
Good book overall. I like the author, his writing, and how he keeps me in suspense. I eagerly waited and monitored for the third installment. I wanted so badly to know how all of this started and if he would find answer. I was a bit disappointed that it wasn't, in fact, an alien. But, I loved it either way.
I loved the first book in this series. I had to read the rest. Although the story slows down a bit, it keeps you interested nonetheless as the plot thickens and the players are developed. I am interested to see where things go from here.
I loved the first 2 books and was a bit worried when I learned this book would depart from the "journal entry" format. Rather than limiting the story, this change has enabled Bourne to flex his writing muscle. He does a fantastic job of painting a visual picture and the action scenes which are difficult to write are done magnificently. I was so engrossed by the story that I found myself dreaming of facing the zombie hordes. My only complaint is the extensive dialog on the technical side of communications. Frequencies and radios do not make for interesting writing but I understand how necessary they were for the story. The narration was very good with my only complaint being the reading of every letter and number in a coded message. 30 seconds of "ZZZ34rts - djsssiiiOP998ZZZ" and I was reaching for the fast-forward button. There could have been a better way to handle that. In summary, if you loved the first 2 books you'll love this one and if you didn't, well you just might enjoy the changes here.
Yes, Because it's a brake from the previous writing styles in book one and two. Both 1 & 2 follow the journal from the main character. With several sets of character in different locations the book flow took a more traditional layout.... and I tend to like books that don't end on a complete downer.
I Like most of them,... the original ones from hotel 21. The new team that was sent back to hotel 21 had a nice chemistry & made me crack up a couple of times.
Yes.... Always excited to see what's going to happen next.
With me being a big fan of the walking dead TV Series I've been really pleased to find this book series.
This book should finally be the end of the series. I liked the first two books because they offered some really scary moments of being trapped in a Zombie apocalypse. The problem I had with this story was unlike the previous stories this had a lot more organization with the survivors so it wasn't about these little pockets of people helping each other out. That said...There's still plenty of action to go around.I was a bit disappointed in the explaination of the protagonist behind a lot of the problems they had. That seemed a bit over the top to me, but I guess it could happen....It just doesn't seem too probable in my view. But at least we finally got to the bottom of things.
If you went through the first two then you basically want this anyway just to finish the story. I know I was watiting for it and grabbed it up shortly after it was listed and stopped the book I was listening to in order to hear this one all the way through
Personally...I think this author could do the same story from a different survivors perspective in another part of the world if he wanted to keep the series going. Like maybe this time someone who had no training for anything that would help in survival, but maybe came from some tough streets...I'd check it out
Love to listen to books all the time since I'm disabled & sit around all day. Mostly LUV zombie books ~ anything w blood & guts & guns!
OK just finished the 3rd book of the series. another winner. so loved the story and the way it ended. Again I love the way Jay reads a story! I totally can get into those voices in my head to sound like the people I picture. I truly enjoyed this series and hope J.L. Bourne comes up with more zombies stories for Jay to read!
With the first two books in the series, the author really won me over with the journal entry style of the story. While this book is not in the journal entry style, it was still a very satisfying listen overall. Is it as good as the first two books, no, but it is still very good nonetheless.
Thank god I picked it up instead of listening to most of the previous reviewers whine and complain about the change of style and pace for this book! I mean seriously, if you think that you could have done a better job than the author, then write your own book and see what people like you have to say about it.....Anyhoo, obviously this series has stirred up alot of emotions for all types of reasons, the most important of which is what the world could possibly turn into if everything breaks down: communications, food stores and supplies, employment, travel, the government, heck all governments, just to mention a few.
When life as we all have become accustomed to changes for the worse, when survival becomes your most basic need in life, that's what is so gripping about this book. Yes, the book's pace is quickened towards the end, but that is only in the last 2 hours or so. The first 8 hours of the book are phenomenal, and insightful, continuing in the tradition of the first two books.
While I could easily see a part 4 of this series, this book isn't a cliffhanger either. The author, I think, and for whatever reason, gave everybody something to hang onto, and in the end, I felt good about the whole series in aggregate.
The narration is the true reason why I gave this book five stars. Jay Snyder's range really shines on this one: he does everything from little boys and girls to hardcore special operations forces members! The way he performs the voice of the protagonist though is truly amazing. You begin to look forward to hearing his voice through the mass of characters that are in dialogue across various storylines and scenes.
Keep and open mind, and give the author a break if you have read the other two books before this one. And if you have not read the other two books, the author did a great job of filling you on the backstory.