28 DAYS + WALKING DEAD + ZOMBIE FALLOUT + DAY BY DAY ARMAGEDDON = THE REMAINING!
AFTER SPENDING THE YEAR WADING THROUGH HORRIBLE ZOMBIE/APOCALYPTIC BOOKS I FINALLY FEEL THE WASTED CREDITS REDEEMED BY D.J. MOLLES THE REAMING SERIES. THOUGHT I WAS NOT GOING TO LIKE THIS SERIES AS MOST BOOKS INVOLVE EX MILITARY TRYING TO SURVIVE DURING A ZOMBIE OUTBREAK BUT WOW WAS I GLAD I TOOK A CHANCE. I HAVE FINISHED ALL FOUR BOOKS IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS. I COULD NOT PUT THE BOOK DOWN.
LEE (MAIN CHARACTER) IS MY HERO. I WOULD LIKE THIS BOOK TO BE MADE INTO A MOVIE OR TELEVISION SERIES.
ZOMBIES IN THE STORY ARE HORRIFYING. SCENARIOS INVOLVING HUMANS ARE HORRIFYING. THIS IS A HORROR BOOK!
NARRATOR WAS EXCELLENT!!!!!
Not much forethought put into this book. For example. A perfectly usable, well stocked bunker is considered a total loss and abandoned because a few feet of burned 2x4's are stacked over the man-hole entrance. I've happily cleared worse than this simply for minimum wage. Yet peoples lives are on the line and no attempt is made to gain entrance to life saving supplies.
The actual writing and performance are not bad. The story lacks imagination and is very weak and very lazy.
The scenario has potential and the book starts off great. It falls completely flat after about an hour. It's missing so much of what I wanted to see in a survivalist book. ie: details and realistic solutions to problems.
It ends very abruptly in a "to be continued" manner. Persuading the listener to buy the next in the series.
I will not be pursuing this series. Book 1 was enough.
Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout
I really had my doubts about this series and only the excellent reviews led me to listen to the first book.
The premise is that the government has this secret end of the world military group which individually bunkers down for a month and come out to rebuild society. They've never had to try to fulfill their mission, until now. I could almost buy that, but they only have one man for each state? And who bunkers down for a month with a dog? It just didn't seem plausible.
Right off the bat I pegged this was a macho military special forces bang bang splatter book with nothing else to offer, the worst kind of zombie story. And I think the protagonist thought it would be like that too. Well, things didn't turn out that way. Our hero isn't perfect and makes an almost fatal mistake right away. Nothing is easy. The story and the difficulties that he and his group had to over come is gripping and compelling. They are constantly on the run, hunted with no supplies and barely making it the few hours. The only easy day was yesterday.
And my pet peeve are stupid kids messing everything up, but the author read my mind in this case with Sam! Lee is just as angry at the kid as me, almost word for word, lol.
The narrator also changed. I thought it would be like listening to the voice of those movie trailers for 8 hrs through the book, every word and sentence had to be so darn dramatic and interesting when there was nothing going on. But he dropped the over acting later. Hes very good.
In some ways this story reminds me of Day by Day. I think this is a must read if you like zombie books. Get "The Remaining" now!
Plauge, Survival, Cursing
Definately Lee. He is described very well and is has very realistic relationships especially with is dog.
HE brought the words to life. He did much more than read it. He really PERFORMED it.
I love this series and can't wait for the newest book to come out. My only beef with this series is the cursing. I know that most apocalypse survival novels I have tried have had loads of cursing. I guess everyone in the apocalypse curses like a disgruntled sailor turned construction worker who has just slammed their thumb with a hammer. But I think it can be toned down a bit. I know there are many more words a person can use when they are pissed than the same F and S-Bombs over and over and over.
Excellent story and narration. Compels me to keep listening.
The main character, Lee, is the guy I'd like to be: Competent, but not perfect. Morally sound, but confused by overwhelming events.
Lee's initial exit, but I don't want to spoil things.
I roll through audible books, and have heard lots of narrators. This one is superb. He can effect lots of voices, including womens' and girls', and it's like listening to a play.
This is a fun series, as the genre goes there are quite a few poorly written books out there, finding a book that is well written goes a long way in this category, and this is one of them. The action is tight, the pandemic that causes the 'plague' interesting and the cast of characters well done, developed, believable. Dialog is actually good dialog and not something comic book like. The main character seems to loose his weapon a lot for a special forces guy but then nothing is perfect, he is great character and does the right thing when the chips are down. I like this book and am already into the 3rd book in the series as a result, Highly recommended.
Mother of teenaged bear, Wife to chaos, Warrior
I wouldn't know I assume they are the same
All of them! I don't have a favorite they were so individualalized I felt like I knew them.
Uh mmm, how do I pick one. I guess when (spoiler) jack gets bit
(Spoiler)when he had to kill his dog.
I couldn't put this book down. I was looking for every single second to listen.
Okay so it's not really a Zombie book. In fact as the series progresses it's less about the infected and more about the survivors which I really like. As some other reviews have mentioned it’s got a taste of Day by Day Armageddon, one of my favorites, some Zombie Fallout – minus the humor and a dash of One Second After which is not a Zombie book at all. The focus is on one main character, Lee, who has a mission to re-establish society after a global disaster, in this case a plague. It’s a bit of a stretch concept when it’s first introduced, but as the book progresses it makes more sense and becomes more plausible.
The author spins a great tale that is for sure. At times going into great detail in a particular scene to add the necessary realism and other times providing just enough information to fill in the gaps. Character development is just about perfect. Not the Stephen King endless detail on each and every Character BS, but focus where it needs to be. It’s told from the 1st person perspective, for the most part anyway, so it you get Lee’s view and interpretation of the various personalities that often change as the story develops. It all fits together so nicely. There are some real nail biting scenes that had me on the edge of my seat – car seat that is. Some very sad moments too as some are lost along the way as is expected in any Zombie/Plague book.
The narrator is outstanding as well. He is a perfect fit for the main character. Not the best with the female voices, but it by no means takes anything away from the performance. Especially since there are only a few female characters anyway – sorry ladies.
Oh and for anyone who is not reading these books based on a few comments about the cursing....a big F-bomb to that. There is by no means a lot of swearing in these books. That is total BS. Not sure who the pansies are the wrote that crap, but get over it. What are you, fricking preachers or nuns? It’s the end of the fricking world folks, I think people might just swear a little – give me a break. I cannot believe that was even said….do yourself a favor, ignore that crap.
This is a great book and as I write this I am listening to the second book which is equal if not better. It has been a while since I have looked for reasons to hop in the car and go for a ride or work in the garage just to listen to this book. I’ve been late for work almost every day since I started reading this series.
You will not be fricking disappointed - get this fricking book now !!!
No. I rarely read a book more than once.
To some friends but not to all.
The worst has happened but help has arrived.
Story is a little corny and trite. When he says his "I'm here to help" I picture him with his hands on his hips with his chest thrust out like a comic book hero.
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 will start by mentioning the thing that bothered me the most about this book: it just stops. Reading along and... suddenly it is over. There was no real indication that there was an end coming up. Doesn't mean that it was not a logical place to stop, just that there was no real build up and denoument that lead me to think the end of the book was coming.
Other than that, it was a reasonably well-written zombie novel. Yes, it works with the standard clichés and the characters are pretty run-of-the-mill. But there is some satisfying vigilante action, some zombie action, and some militant faction action.
What more do you want from a short and quick read? It ain't literature folks, it's a zombie book. And a relatively well written one for that. I will read more in the series.
The narration is good, there is some swearing, no sex and the violence isn't graphic.