I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I knew going in that it was a different perspective than the first two books in the series... that it switched from journal entry style to typical 3rd person narration. What I didn't know was that the author would splinter the perspective between at least 3 different groups, jump from one character's head to another within the same page, and add in characters with no real purpose (i.e. the Northern station). Or... that there would be some "great conspiracy" that was just tacked on all of a sudden. Maybe it was meant to be freshly discovered by the main character? (well, that would require us knowing which was the main character I suppose - there was equal time spent inside several different characters)...
Anyway, it was a great disappointment considering book 1 was one of my top 10 zombie books and book 2 was also pretty good. This one was confused, scattered, and ended very conveniently. Oh, and I was actively put-off by the very un-subtle dig at the end when we are informed that the new society of survivors re-started the education system without that "diluted curriculum" of the pre-apocalypse: I suppose this meant that now men can learn to be men, and women can learn to service those men... (we wouldn't know for sure though, there are no female characters in this story, other than the teacher and two main characters' girlfriends, whose sole role was to weep at their deaths, and get pregnant...)
The narrator did a very good job. My only complaint is that there were section headings (I suppose in the book they are "emails") which must have looked like this: "OOOMEEGGG//X2EE//..." (and so on). So the narrator read this out loud... "o, o., o. m. e.e. g.g.g forward slash forward slash forward slash..." and so on, sometimes taking 40 seconds to finish reading it. It was intrusive, annoying to hear out loud, and lent nothing to the story. But, that's not the narrator's fault.
There is no sex, some moderate swearing and the violence is described, not shown - which makes the (apparently) intended tension/gore pretty tame. If there were another book in this series, I wouldn't read it.
I have two complaints about this book.
1. The author suddenly forgot how to write tenses and point of views. He was suddenly switching from first person to third person to second person all within one conversation and it often times became rather cumbersome and confusing.
2. The ending. It was too rushed. With all the other ventures into zombie ridden territory, their final trip into China felt rather, lackluster and rushed. More could have been done to continue the horror.
That's all I really had to complain about. I liked the book otherwise.
To be fair I waited to pick up this one after binge listening to the first two back to back because of a major plot revelation toward the end of 2 that made me VERY hesitant to start this one. Turns out that really was the shark we jumped....
That being said I like Jay Snyder as narrator, he really does try to make each character distinct and that in a case where you don't know much less care about the cookie cutter characters is a saving grace for the story.
In the first two books I didn't like that we really didn't know much about supporting characters due to the journals format which was bothersome because as readers we are supposed to feel for characters such as Dean, John, Tara Danny but now that we have gotten away from that for the most part we still really don't care about them much. Tara is supposed to be the love interest and other than her introduction what do we know about her personality and character? Oh yes she cries and is worried about "Killroy" btw why would hotel 28 people be calling him that all of a sudden...?!
The story itself is like a relationship that goes on too long, the characters are familiar if not weak so we kind of accept that. The military jargon and chain of command which we were told broke down is now the only thing we hear about from "Killroy" and Sein, I know some reviews said that bothered them, but for me it was more the fact that we gloss over the fact this guy went absent without leave because the world was ending and earned his blood stripes so now Woohoo military, go USA just a big change for the character whose sole purpose in the first two books was to defend his hotel family.
**Spoilers** So far my favorite scenes have been Danny and Dean after Danny starts getting nightmares. We learn about what Dean went through to save her grandson and it reminds us why we care about these characters without us being told that we should. The old movie adage applies here show us don't tell us.
Probably not. There are enough things that rub me the wrong way in the book and much of what made the first two books good wouldn't translate into a movie so I doubt this would make good Hollywood cannon fodder.
Jay Snyder is a great narrator, trying to save this flimsy story line. Check him out in other stories (ex-heroes my personal fav)
I don't care for where the story is going but some scenes remind me why I keep giving the series a chance.
It's a great addition to the series. Had it been written as a first I doubt I would have liked it as much. But he didn't dissapoint in keeping it fresh. Warning! Pay attention! Trust me.
Ok, loved the first two books. This one departs from the first person, journal writing style of storytelling. I wish it had kept with it, though I guess it would be hard to stay with that with various fronts developing that you wanted to show. I did really enjoy the story with the folks up north, that was a wonderful plot line.
As far as the story as a whole, it was predictable. Some of the dialogue felt forced and repetitive. It was good, however, to see J.L.'s ability to write different POVs with a different voice. Prior to this outing, you knew he could do Kill's voice from a first person standpoint. But what about other characters from a 3rd person POV? He showed he has the chops to pull it off overall.
The short story, Grey Fox, was a good edition to this world, but I'm hoping for another DBDA entry that is closer to the timeline of these books. It is something that should be continued.
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.