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I think the narrator must have confused the first few chapters of the book with his DIY instruction manual for a technical product.
In the first few chapters every other word seemed to actually be a number, followed by a long series of words, and then a unhelpful abbreviation for those words, just to be less clear.
Once you get past that, the story starts to flow, but you will have wished you listened to the book "The Jakarta Pandemic" first, because, while its not an official a part of this series, is referenced everywhere.
And then, after that, in order to start enjoying the book, you have to accept the basic premise that society will just go nuts within one day of having no electricity and usable cars.
Now we can finally pay attention to super ex-soldier dad Alex who is the greatest prepper alive (its his business). He plans meticulously and knows everything about surviving the end of the world. Yet the first thing he does is send his wife and kids off in one direction on bicycles while he goes in another to find one of his sons.
The story isn't emotionally complex, there aren't any internal divisions and no moral angst over killing people who seem a bit suspicious. Just follow him and his entire family who think the same way while they complete meticulous plans for everything.
Despite all the problems with the story, its still an enjoyable read and the narrator was really good. I'm on the second book now because the first just ended. Yeah, just like that, wth; end, full stop.
Found the story easy to digest. We meet up with another group of survivors and whats cool about that is that we hear about their story from the start of the apocalypse, so its like a whole new book and story. The new group and our old friends do meet up and start doing what they have to do.
A lot of gore, killing and dying. We get to know the people who die just enough to pity them. The bad guys are portrayed in a shade of grey, manage to get depth in almost all the characters.
The narrator is just so comfortable to listen to, not over acting, just enough to sound interesting.
Good story, ending felt like an ending, but maybe more will be coming anyways? Hope so.
I had to start rolling my eyes again as Xander was acting all childish like in the last book, but he actually goes through character development and starts maturing. Much of this book has a teen tint over it, you have to put it in the perspective of younger readers to accept many of the pretenses it has. I mean, Xander is the military commander of a base? What is he, 16 or something? Yeah, you have to swallow some unrealistic scenarios.
So yeah, good book once you realize the target audience of the story.
I don't know what he is doing with his voice but I think it's some kind of acting. He thinks he is on a drama stage. I think a specific characters voice must have stuck so he sounds like some snobby fake British somewhat gay person. And since he is straining to act each word to its fullest, he becomes out of breath and gulps in air. Worse when the story actually calls for some excitement.
I so miss Elizabeth Rodgers.
I wanted to return the book after two minutes but since I'm a fan of this series, punished myself and tried to like it. But I just can't stand his narration.
I couldn't get through the story but something about people with psychic powers. I skipped through chapters and there are zombies but few and far between. This book is not at all like the original books in the series. Awfully disappointed. Or perhaps the narrator would say, AABSolutely AATrocioussss and not my cup of tea.
Very descriptive about everything and it could just go on and on and on about things that just didn't matter. Even the sexy scene with the prostitute I fast forwarded. Yes, he is a lascivious preacher, got it. I was hoping she was secretly an assassin and would pull out a knife and cut his boy bits off.
I would accept it if the story was 12 hours and all the exciting good bits were included too, but its only 7 hrs long and most of the high points are glazed over and we don't even see it. Like the huge event at the end, but we don't turn up until afterwards. Any killing we do see, its just one stab and dead. I would've thought two authors could write twice as much!
I do like the premise; the primitives are aware of our modern history perhaps in a similar way that Europeans remembered the Roman Empire during the Dark Ages, with the priests maintaining that knowledge. Books? Only the rich have a few, and most can't read or count. In the story we are only just scrapeing the surface of this knowledge of the ancients.
The zombies aren't real zombies, but these cordycep fungus controlled humans, like the video game the Last of Us. I think we meet them 3 times in the entire book. Not much is revealed about them, like how they managed to destroy a high tech global civilization, yet how can these handful of primitives still survive.
This book should be considered as just the first half of a real book, half of it is just filler. Hopefully the second book will be when the interesting stuff happens.
Great story, has everything. Scott takes off on his mission to find the sociopath that murdered his friends. There are cannibal raiders, a hot chick, a whole new group of people and a big plot line with different parts weaved together, and its 12 hrs long! Woot! I couldn't put my headphones down :) Can't wait for book 4, "Well Fed". Ok, but narrator, when you speak, you say Tennor, when you speak for them, they say Tanner. Hmm.
So Gus is all alone now and starts hitting the bottle in a serious manner. If you're an alcoholic, maybe you don't want to read this book. I didn't find this story as good as the first one. Much of the story is how he is falling into alcoholism and the nutty things he starts to do, especially his cocomani (sp?) plan to combat the new threat.
Gus is trying to survive the apocalypse and is so lucky as to do it in style because he has found an isolated mansion with solar panels and a well. I think he was a painter, and doesn't know much about guns, medicines or any other things you'd think you would need to know to survive the apocalypse.
The story is a lot about his daily scavenging runs, usually fairly mundane but the story line is punctuated every so often by something very dramatic, ending with a big climax. He meets up with another survivor (who also isn't particularly skilled) and much of the story is about their male bonding experience coupled with a heck of a lot of drinking, so female readers my be a little disinterested in this story. Apart from that, there a whole lot of things going on this story that kept me interested. There is one part of the story I thought was a little thin and I really didn't buy into what was going on with the female in the story. Could've worked it a bit more to make her plot line a little more credible.
I read the short story "the hospital" (its free) before this and I think you should too because this event takes place in the middle of this book and Gus mentions it, but doesn't go into the details and you won't find it funny when he mentions it nonchalantly the first time.
The ship on the cover is a tanker or container ship. That's not the ship this book is talking about. The paperback version at Amazon has a battleship on its cover. But that's the wrong ship too. So I won't reveal which ship it is since the publisher seems to have gone to great lengths to hide the fact. But its a very good choice of ship!
So anyways, yeah, I felt the first book was too broken up by the many different groups and their stories so here they finally meet up. But of course they are now on a ship and of course they should all split up so the same thing happens here, tons of mini adventures and people you barely knew die. I have to say though, just before they died I got to know them, so was a bit upset when they seemed to die unnecessarily. I mean really? Go into the labyrinth corridors of a ship and split up to hunt zombies? Face palm. At one point they do just stand at a door way and call the zombies to them, but really, why didn't they do that from the start?!
But the plot is thicker here, I got time to like the characters and hate the treacherous ones. The book feels more complete, especially, since it was all wrapped up nicely, thanks for doing that Campbell. And thanks for saving my favorite characters, I thought they were goners! I'll buy your next book.
Rather common in the zombie genre are stories of disparate groups of survivors trying to make it out alive. This book is a lot of that, unfortunately its nothing but that. If you are not paying attention, you lose track of which group you are listening to.
Because there were so many groups, so many characters and quick switching between them, I didn't have time to connect with any of them, and anyone could just die at any time anyways. There wasn't any major story plot to follow.
I like it when these groups meet or unknowingly interact, but in this book, it wasn't until the very end that these groups met and merged which made me buy book 2 in the series, because I thought, finally, we get a main story. I already read the second book, so I can say, its better, but the author again separated the now big group into small groups, so same style yet again!
Nonetheless, the writing skill is very high, and so is the narration which must have been challenging because of the many female voices.
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