I am sooo confused!! I think I must have downloaded an alternate universe addition of this book (UR?). After reading the glowing reviews, the one I listened to was just silly and non-dimensional.....on a scale where King is a 10, Koontz is a 3, this guy is somewhere in the negatives.
I am a zombie purist, I look for the zombies I grew up with...the slow, shambling, brainless ones brought back to life by George Romero.
Despite the rave reviews, this is NOT great, not even good, and not much about zombies.
This is a juvenile's idea of war.....dimension-less/cliché/predictable characters in a “war” against- insert zombies- but could have been anything. Bits of action followed by meandering/meaningless/inane dialogue... the only reason I finished the listen was the hope they would be bitten.
The absolutely BEST book about surviving zombies is Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne, who just happens to be a real, active duty military officer. It is the “real” thing!!
Thank goodness!! It was painful to hear such an rich character called such a ridiculous name.
Oh...sorry, you will find that out in the next book “Nemesis”. The reviewers for Nemesis object to the reader, Norwegian Thor Knai, but pay no attention. He is a fine, I am happy.
Thus only 4 stars for wonderful Robin Sachs, who should have ASKED.
"The Redbreast"...Hoola does not compare to Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander. Harry has a sweetness and humor (wait for the moving series of calls to a dead friend's answer machine) where Wallander tends to wallow in whiny self pity.
Nesbo compares best to Barbara Vine aka Ruth Rendell. All their characters come to life, their thoughts and deeds, sometime horrific, are made understandable, and you can’t wait to find out where they are leading you.
Slow and confusing to start....bouncing from WW2 to 1990/2000....then the characters burst into my consciousness and I had to restart as I grew to understand. Loved it.
A good story...similar to but not nearly as good as The Lost Gate........or try the Lost Boys- a very different OSC...a beautifully written tale of a family's love, loss and faith. Why are there no films of his books?
The Strain, part 3.........not great, not even very good....skip it, you will be happier not finding out.
The Strain- part 2, good classic vampires, no bland Edward, no insipid Bella, no silly Sookies.
For those who preferred 30 Days of Nights to Twilight or True Blood....a well done tale of the classic vampire.
Loads of gratuitous violence, cookie cutter hero and of course...Middle Eastern villains, a bit of misogyny so as to not leave out the ladies and- gasp- secret funding from corporate capitalists?? Borrrrrrrrrrrring. For a GREAT zombie tale try Day by Day Armageddon.
Ah, so rare to enjoy a perfect syzygy of gifted reader, compelling characters and well written story. I could not turn it off, it kept me up at night, I dreaded to end my commute....I listened twice. Publishers Weekly captured the essence..."A skillful blend of historical fact and gruesome fiction".
Its hard not to compare with his other books...Restless was amazing. This story was well told, mostly compelling characters, however our hero made some unbelievable decisions in order to get into the mess around which the story evolves. And all his lies...to everyone. Wish the ending was more conclusive...it could have played out in so many interesting ways.
2 compelling intertwining stories, perfect reader, listened twice to catch it all, needless to say...loved it.
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