This one is much better. In "The Infection", book 1 of this series, he was absolutely dreadful. It's hard to believe this performance is by the same person, it's drastically better.
Still has plot holes. Gasoline should probably be degraded by now, car batteries shouldn't still be able to turn a car over on the first try. No mention of where all the ammo is coming from, especially the AT and HE rounds. Small arms firing tracer rounds makes no sense - They completely foul out a barrel in short order, unless that's all they could find, but that wasn't mentioned. 800 RPM machine guns under sustained fire for 30+ minutes would melt the barrels.. Little details that a little more research or an editor should have caught.
Still much better than the first book.
I loathe giving out 5 star ratings because I believe that perfection is hardly ever realized in writing. Dammit though, Campbell has done it again. I nearly gave 4 stars just because of such a cliff-hanger ending, but I really can't fault Campbell for that.
Story & narration are spot on with the rest of the series. Buy with confidence.
Story is great and well written. The narrator turns it into a travesty. Every character is read with the same monotone voice with no inflection and one of the worst cadences I've ever listened to outside of a college calculus class. It sounds a little better if you speed it up to 1.25x, but it's still horrible. Would even be willing to re-purchase this with a better narrator - Seriously, he's that bad.
...But I'll be damned if King & Patton don't deserve it. Fantastic work, on both their parts. Really great story about what happens to the long lost Danny Torrence from the Shining. Not going to ramble on and drop spoilers; just buy it.
Nothing new to see here. It's just a re-hash of Steven McDonald's Event Horizon, just with minimal action and it takes place on the ground. Save your credit.
First, the protagonist's handle is not Killjoy, it's Killroy - And yes, that's a name that originated in WWII. Along with this, there is a lot of military jargon - Both old and new. If you know the jargon, it will add to the experience of the book. If you don't, as some of the other reviewers have mentioned, it will probably leave you a bit bewildered. COB for Captain of the Boat, COG for Continuity of Government, BUD/S for Basic Underwater Demolitions/SEAL, as examples, and of course there's a lot of ballistic and firearm jargon as well.
Second, the book has a disjointed timeline. At the beginning, I had assumed that things were happing chronologically or even concurrently. They're not, no warning is given, and it makes the book a bit hard to follow. It would have probably been a little easier if dates and times were given at the beginning of each chapter.
It's a much different book than the previous two, and a lot of detail was left out. China and Deep 6 could have been elaborated on quite a bit more. The overall listening time on this was 9 hours. It probably "should" have been around 14-15, to make it as good as the previous two. It's very fast paced, and many important plot details were just omitted. I'm going to listen to it a second time, because I just could not take in information as quickly as it was being delivered. It was absolutely not the reader's fault, either. That man is a genius with reading. The book read more like a debriefing with just main details listed with minimal environment details, character building, and in some places it would just jump from problem description to resolution, with no story telling. Not what I'm accustomed to from Bourne. I feel like I listened to an abridged version of the book instead of the original.
Overall, still a great book. Still a fan of Bourne. Think he needs to slow it back down and not write books like he has to write his own mission reports.
It was odd listening to a female read some fairly horrific gory details, but since the hero of the book is a female, it grows on you quickly and "fits". I would not go out of my way to listen to her on other books like I do with Ray Porter, but she still did a good job of keeping character voices straight and is not monotone at all.
Definitely laughed a few times, and the girlfriend got a little queasy at a few parts with the graphic detail of the gore.
Good book. Fit into the major stereotypes of the genre but made it unique enough to stand on its own. The makeup of the group was interesting too, a lot different than the usual story. An alcoholic combat vet with severe PTSD, a bum, a vetrenarian, and a couple of interior designers with an alternative sexual orientation. Makes for a pretty funny combination.
Some other folks gave book two better ratings, so I'll probably try that one. I'll try it solely on recommendations, though, and not because I thoroughly enjoyed this book. At the Halloween sale price of $6.95, it's fair entertainment.
Bad reading. Very monotone. Quickly fades to background noise unless you're really paying attention.
Just little things - You can tell the author has no survival or firearms training. Authors like Jonathan Maberry and J. L. Bourne have either done extensive research or lived it, respectively. Every time someone "flipped the safety off on their Glock", I was truly wishing they were pointing it at me instead of a zombie.
Ray Porter, far and above any other element. It's a good book, but the narration puts it into a 'must listen' category. The narration can make it a little confusing at the same time, if you've listened to Ray narrate other books, such as those from Maberry, because the same voices are used in those books for very different characters.
I did laugh a few times, some of the characters are pretty funny.
Nothing to be said beyond what other reviewers have already stated. It's a great book with fantastic narration. You will definitely not guess the plot or the ending. I was skeptical about that, but I can now confirm it. I also will not throw out any spoilers, because it was just too much fun to listen to.
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