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Who thinks they can pitch a tent in the middle of a field and think they're safe during a zombie apocalypse!?
Apart from one or two quibbles, this book is otherwise very good, a must read if you are into zombie literature. I think the previous book, "Rise of the Governor" is better, or at least even more gut wrenching and dramatic. Both books are pretty sad and depressing, although that's the style of the series, I wish it had at least some upbeat parts.
But at least in this book there is a character to like, Lilly. Tragic things keep happening to her and she is just trying to survive. Lilly is someone you can relate to and keep hoping that she pulls through each time.
There are a whole bunch of complex gray morality issues going on throughout the book and all of it well handled by the author. In times like these, what are you supposed to do? Survive.
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.
A lot of time of this short book is spent in the pre apocalypse stage of the story where we get to know Emma and the fuzzy happy life she is about to lose. Before she knows it, zombies are breaking into her house and she has to flee, again and again. Whats left of the military is a force for good and a good amount of time is spent on a boat. I think a boat would be my plan when the apocalypse arrives.
The big "twist" in this story compared to other zombie stories is that it is told from a girls perspective. I think our heroine portrays how a, pretty authentic, regular girl would behave during a zombie apocalypse. She isn't hard, tough, or has a ton of "issues" or even particularly heroine like, she does a little of everything. She learns to bash and shoot zombies and I found out what its like to be a powerless girl all tied up and having to get rescued. It was interesting to see a females perspective when her husband mans up and gets all decisive and how uncomfortable and frustrating that felt for a girl. Its like any other (good) zombie book, but now I know whats it like to be the supporting girl and not the leading man.
There was a degree of embellishment for decidedly girly elements in the story which was weird for me to read but I let it pass. It was worth it to find out what girls think is interesting to read about. At first I wanted to give this story 3 stars, but once I got past my initial male resistance, this was a really good story. The worse part is that it was too short, really wanted more.
Narration was top notch, really liked Sarah's story telling.
Over all the story is pretty good, but you have to get over this silly idea that you can find a zombie among the millions out there so their bereaved kin can get closure. There is an explanation for that, but I still find it difficult to get past. You see, these zombies aren't entirely dumb, just a tiny vestige of their past life-force is left, especially in the beginning they always got a "surprised" look during the action sequences.
The first (few) chapters were the most difficult to get past. I mean Henry Marko is supposed to have been doing this for years, but it doesn't look it. I'll reveal just a tiny bit of it in the next paragraph:
So he finds his lonesome target, and instead of just walking up to it, popping it in the head, he snipes at it, timing it so poorly it falls into a river and floats away. The strange bungling that happens afterwards just had be frowning and rolling my eyes. A few chapters down, I had to reading about how this character, seemingly out of the game "assassins creed", cartwheels and kicks a "bleached blonde" marine in the head. Right there I wanted to return the book. Not only that there is a marine who bleaches his hair during a zombipocalyse, but he died by human cartwheel.
But ok, I managed to get through that to read a very good action road trip type of story. There was depth to the story, but I still found it a bit too shallow, perhaps because the lack of characters (basically two). Marko's character has actually a very powerful back story behind it, about his wife and family and I really enjoyed reading about it, but these parts were very few.
Some reviewers have complained about references to the republican party, and the author probably should have just made up a new name, I found these references to be very fleeting and only at the start.
The narrator did a good job, but I found Wu's and Osbournes nasal voices to be very similar.
Over all, still a very good book.
This book is similar to the last as in that it is a series of meeting one group of peoples after the next, in keeping with zombie story telling tradition. Well written story, unpredictable, a deeper story line, questions remaining as to whats going on. Looking forward to book 3.
Tristan is even better this time around but Morgan isn't around to balance him, so they pick up a nun along the way. Tristan is a great character to like because of his humor and heroism. Edward is sick with an infection (maybe zombiesm, maybe not, I won't tell) all the time but inexplicably manages to have full strength to push forward and kill everything with barely a rest. I can't spell the nuns name, but its definitely a good thing that there was a strong female role in that was lacking in the previous book.
The end, unfortunately, I found frustratingly disappointing and I don't feel the story line built up in a way that could believably explain this result; after all that they were put through...
There are also these terribly annoying historical notes, which in the last book was left to the end so the you can choose to just stop listening, although you thought you had more story left, but didn't. Now they are sprinkled between chapters and they are almost as annoying as TV advertisements, except he didn't raise the volume, phew! I'm left fumbling in the night to skip these chapters. I'm totally disinterested in the research for this story. I mean every author needs to research about their story, but it doesn't mean the reader wants to listen to a documentary.
The narration was impeccable.
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