Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving or riding my bike.
I have never had any interest in the living dead. I have seen a couple movies which, in the end, seemed rather unimaginative in their approach to generating a reliable adrenaline rush and not much more. Still, though I clearly don't share it, I have always recognized that the topic holds an intrinsic fascination for many people beyond the simple shoot-them-in-the-head-and-don't-get-bitten basics of the genre, and perhaps I was missing something I simply had not connected with as yet. So when I saw "The Remaining" at reduced price, I decided to take the plunge and see if I could get used to the water.
Unfortunately nothing about this book gave me any reason to read another zombie thriller, whether it be the next in this series or one of the others which have been so successful lately. Even these supercharged hordes were not enough to make up for the fact that the scope of the plot and the action is so limited by the basic premise. Even when you add the presence of petty local war lords energized by the loss of societal structure, the possibilities of situation and character are sadly circumscribed. A writer, certainly a run of the mill writer, has very little leeway given the requirements of the genre. It is not a formula which encourages really interesting character development or a finely crafted plot.
I suspect that the real appeal of the genre lies in the question, "What would I do and could I survive," and I might be able to get caught up in that challenging world of the imagination if it were not for the fact that nothing about the story line is believable. Main characters make foolish decisions to provide a path to the next confrontation with the hordes or the thugs. Then the characters we are supposed to care about overcome the swarms in completely unrealistic action sequences because they must in order for the story to go on. And the story going on seems, really, to be the actual point of this particular book. It is short and ends very much in the middle of things in hopes that our curiosity will drive the sale of the next in the series. Is that all there is? No, no, there is much much more to come, but I am reasonably certain that none of it will be anything "more" at all. I'm out.
Thank you Mike Naka for suggesting this. (This guy has the best reviews on Audible, worth checking out).
Nothing new here... just a well written end of the world thriller.
Like Walking Dead, the protagonist enters the zombie apocalypse after the world falls. Here the main character has been in an underground bunker for a month before coming out into the open. & like Walking Dead, the main bad guys are not the Zombies but bands of humans preying on one another.
I liked the take Molles had here where the zombies were almost still humans. They have working minds still and have the ability to think through simple problems. They use tools such as knives and hatchets & can still form intelligible thoughts.
I'm hooked for #2 in this series (cliff hanger ending alert).
Breaking the tradition of slow, ambling zombies who have lost all vestiges of the basic of thought patterns, D.J. Molles presents a force to be fearful of.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey through the wastelands of what used to be the US of A. But, what makes this romp even better is the superb narration of Christian Rummel. The speed of his narration, tone, and voices make this book even better.
I'm definitely buying the other books in this series.
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.
I have not even finished the 1st book yet but it is very good. I like how the infection is Zombie like but the infected still have some intelligence. Cheracters have good development and the story flows very well; keeps you on the edge of your seat.
I don't think I have heard Christain Rummel before but he did very well.
The book has a lot of suspense and keeps you wondering what's going to happen next. I particular moment in the book that really got things moving was when Lee decided to leave the bunker.
Post Apocalyptic fanatic!
I'm an AVID listener to this genre. This series is one of the best. Great narration and overall great experience. Can't wait for #5....
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.
I'm obsessed with audible
Mild spoilers but I couldn't finish.
I don't understand the high rating. There were continuity issues. Lee is not believable as a military officer, nor is the premise itself believable.
We meet Lee in his underground bunker waiting to hear from a government official. He doesn't, and 48hrs after not hearing he has to open a secret file that describes the situation that got him sent underground until further notice. It's a virus that has spread. If he's reading this then the government is gone/infected and he's supposed to emerge from his bunker in 30 days and restore order and help survivors.
LEE IS STUPID: First of all. Lee is all scared and anxious about not hearing from his contact. Then after he reads the file, he thinks it can't be that bad. He doesn't obey the order to wait 30 days to exit his bunker and goes out to explore only to get stabbed in the leg right on his front door step by a crazed infected teen aged girl. Stupidity alert!!! The first of many. Why would a highly trained officer get so antsy and not obey orders and then bumble immediately into danger.
INCONSISTENCY IN STORY: The next day he decides to check on his neighbors. Through a window he sees their teen age daughter laying on the couch. He takes of his mask to knock on the window to get her attention. Then the father appears, crazed and infected, and he has to shoot him several times and then he mentioned breathing harshly through his mask. HELLO! He took it off! Which was soooo stupid in the first place. He knows the virus is highly contagious.
I didn't buy that this one dude was supposed to come out of his bunker and restore order to the chaos. I didn't buy that his underground bunker wouldn't include cameras to monitor the house and the perimeter. There are evidently other guys like him in bunkers because he emails a guy to ask "is this real" before he leaves the bunker, but there'e no other coordination or anything. If him or other guys like him were our last hope at restoring order, then I assume they are screwed.
Christian Rummer is great as narrator though. As usual.
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.
Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.
I know this will sound crazy to "non zombie lovers" but this is the first zombie book that I could actually believe. I do like end of world novels and they are all good in their own way, but this author has added a twist to the zombie scenario that makes this a "could happen" saga. If you have any interest in end of world and/or zombie novels I would highly recommend this series. I ended up listening to all four novels on audible in a little over a week, I found it very difficult to shut off, that to me is a good indication of a great story line. The only thing I really didn't like.....book 5 is not out there yet. You won't be sorry you tried this book out. Caution - rated R