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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.
The story is pretty simple; the soldiers have to figure out how to survive by their wits when their chain of command can't help them. The world has been over run, unbelievably in a couple of days.
Not much else is going on here besides that. I do like the portrayal of the afghans and how things developed with that story.
The narration is ok, pacing and pauses were all good. The problem is that all the characters sounded like red necks and hill billys. Lord help us if there were any females in the story, I wouldn't want to hear what they sounded like.
I had already read the omnibus collection of books 1-3 but it turns out it doesn't really matter if you read this story afterwards because it may be more fun to not reveal the origins of the apocalypse too early. The story also ties in well with things towards the end of book 3. Hopefully the storyline in this book will converge with the others in book 4.
I always feel that the start of the apocalypse is the most interesting of any series, how the zombies take over the world. The story is out of the eyes of Zach who, although he is well trained, he is really still just a civilian. Because of that, it is easier to identify with him than the super hero like tier-1 operatives who are assigned to protect him. And protect him they do. Again and again.
Briefly, the the story is they that they have to flee on the highway and get to their main base and being in a foreign country, they can't trust anyone and everyone is shooting at them. Or biting. Story is interesting all the way through and maybe the only thing lacking is a female character and anyone hint of romance or family whatsoever. Just bromance in this one.
Narration by R.C Bray is amazingly good as usual.
If you're looking for character depth, maybe you should stay away as this all about tough as nails disciplined special forces men and the obligatory just as tough female sniper. The beginning spends quite some time on the characters, but I actually fast forwarded twice, because they were all the same and their "depth" of how tough they were got tiresome. All the soldiers were the same to me. Except Predator because he is the toughest of them all. There are alot of acronyms, descriptive weaponry and tactics as you would expect In a military focused book. At this time the book was worth three stars.
A positive is that becuase they are tough and professional killers, there is no whingeing, whining, moral delimmas or doing of dumb things.
Halfway through, the story got me hooked and it's pretty interesting and well written. The SEAL team scavenges Europe for supplies and search research centres for the cure, the trail leading to an over run United States. The virus has mutated and there are a few fast and powerful zombies (Zulu Foxtrots) that will just slash people just to spread the virus, not to feed. Englishman Wesley is the most relatable character, being a civilian security guard. He got drafted and how that happened made me laugh. The story switches between Wesley and the gung-Ho special operators.
There are no raiders, cannibal sects or government conspiracies but there is a stupid kid which messes everything up, which is sadly so essential in many zombie stories.
I read this omnibus first because it was labeled 1-3, but there's another marked as 0.5 that I've just started and it's a totally different story, with new characters occurring before the apocalypse. I wish I read that one first, because right now I want to continue with the story I'm on. Two of the characters did something stupid and unexpected in the end.
The narrators rough voice fits the book but he's just great with all the voices.
It is was good until the end climax which I won't reveal but there were parts which I don't think were really thought through. I found what the characters did and their plans questionable, too many, "Why are they doing that for?" Just too many bad ideas and foolish actions.
Otherwise the relationships between the characters and their development was great and sets up interesting aspects for the next book.
So there are two tales going on here; the book switches rather rapidly between Devin and Lori but wasn't hard to keep track of things as the characters are kept to a minimal. Both are pretty dumb really, Lori is shielded in the FEMA camp, while Devin hid out for 6 months too terrified to face the changed world. Not dumb like it leaves you screaming at them in your head when they do stupid things, it's more as they are portrayed as naive, weak civilians. But they develop and there are other more talented characters.
There are survivors, raiders, cannibals are a crazy sect as fitting an apocalypse tale. Too bad no zombies :/. Hardly any scavenging or building fortifications. I was impressed by the twists in the story, I wasn't expecting several developments. Good story, I liked it!
Narrator isn't bad, but is challenged with female voices, getting slightly better towards the end. It's that kind of transvestite voice. Too bad for him there are so many female characters! I'd pay a couple of bucks more if audible books had two narrators, one male, one female.
I liked the Tom Clancy novels but this author is just too detailed and technical, all unnecessary. I just zoned out in the beginning as the details distract from the story.
The actual story is interesting; the common thread is how everyone thinks they are doing the right thing, but big organizations take a life of their own and just following orders ends up being the wrong thing to do with Alex just looking out for his family and friends.
The books in the series are really long, we appreciate that, and on top of that now there's a "novella". We don't like novellas but I don't begrudge the author because the books are otherwise complete. This is for that little extra story and fleshes out what's going on with the "official" United States, President Briggs and most importantly, Abe.
A lot is going on in this book, breaking up into many stories of other groups and characters. Usually I don't like this and get easily lost :). Unusually, this book worked fine for me and all the stories were good and I like all characters and their depth. This book isn't like the others with just constant action and Lee getting beat up. So it's slower. But still good.
The climax was very interesting. And scary. You think one thing is gonna happen but something else totally happens. Had me shouting and thumping my fist into the mattress because it was rather suspenseful and I hate stupid kids.
Actually a couple of major things happened, but they seemed a bit shrugged off. Was expecting a big climax somewhere, but the story kinda meandered along, putting pieces in place for big things for the next book.
For example, there's a group of bad people somewhere, but they are never dealt with. Didn't Adrian learn anything from the last book with the preacher? Adrian just keeps scavenging and building and scavenging...hum dee dum dum...
The super natural element is in plain view now. What I don't like about this stuff, is that they don't make sense and there shouldn't be anything you can do about it if a super being has plans for you. Why doesn't the devil just get all the zombies on the planet to attack or why not just make a tree fall on him? Oh, too simple, so the plot has to make all these nonsensical "rules" that bind all powerful gods and limit their power. Like if people sleep in Adrian's presence, the devil can't visit (Gilbert from the last book). What happens if Adrian's out and they take a nap during the day and the devil has all their wives soul? It gets complicated trying to fix all these plot holes dealing with the "all powerful".
And suddenly the poor recording issues are gone when the author reads himself. The author is actually quite good at narrating and got better the more he read. It was only in the beginning prologue that he breathed into the microphone. The female voices weren't the greatest, but they were good enough.
The most important aspect of this series is the character depth and relations between the main characters.
I prefer my zombies stories to be grittier and darker and I'm not a keen fan of supernatural stuff, like talking babies. But the storyline held up for the most part. Good book in the end!
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