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yes. the story is short, but full of hold onto your seat action. i couldn't stop listening. i wanted to see how the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks they got outta there!
book 3 picks up where book 2 ended- with the group of survivors fleeing the hoard of zombies in an rv. if you listened to book 2 and are hesitant to download book 3, DON'T BE!
book 3 is non-stop action from beginning to end. i won't give away what happens, but there was a satisfying ending for all of the characters, especially george.
so if you made it through book 2, book 3 is worth its price. it's full of fleeing, fighting, chilling scenes of characters dying, settling old scores, and re-uniting with loved ones. oh yeah! and lots of zombies. no character is safe! i like authors who have the gravitas to off a character.
my main caveat is i really wish the author had combined all 3 books into one 1 book, but that's my 2 cents. overall, it was a fun series to listen to.
bronson pinchot is one of the best narrators, hands down! his inflection and reading pace bring the pages to life. he can portray the gruff commander, the southern redneck, the quiet asian lady, the psychotic killer...he can also do any accent- russian, arabic, british, etc... he is an amazing narrator! a joy and a pleasure to listen to!
dead six is told from the perspective of the 2 main characters. michael valentine or "val" is a mercenary. he has worked for different private armies throughout the world. having had a troubled youth, lorenzo took to the dark side. being good at being bad, lorenzo has built a reputation as a master thief. he steals from the bad people b/c they can't go to the police.
as the story opens, both val and lorenzo are coming off jobs. val's last job was fubar, and he's working in las vegas as a security job. after a tough night of eating $h!t from the higher-ups, val heads back to his apartment to crash. he gets an unexpected call from his old team leader, taylor, who tells him of a job. tired of his boring and monotonous job, val signs up to join dead six.
coming off a highly successful score, lorenzo and his crew, tank, carl, and reaper are celebrating at a restaurant when they're interrupted by a huge fat guy dressed in white. the fat guy says he works for big eddie and has a job for lorenzo. in a scene straight out of the usual suspects, lorenzo accepts big eddie's job.
after accepting their jobs, both val and lorenzo learn that their jobs will take them to zubara, a fictional country in the middle east, bordering saudi arabia and yemen.
as the story progresses, val's and lorenzo's storylines cross and then merge. i liked how the story was told from 2 perspectives. a few times, we get to see how things unfold from different sides. there's a lot of action, and as their missions line up, the tension builds as val and lorenzo eventually come face to face. while the first 60 percent of the story kept my interest, i was totally engrossed and locked in after val and lorenzo came face to face.
i like stories with mysterious and powerful bad guys, and this story has a couple. val and lorenzo have to deal with their own dark masters. as more and more is revealed, each learns that the conspiracies and their enemies are deeper and more entrenched than previously thought.
there are a lot of twists and turns in the story. quite a few times, i tried to predict what was going to happen, but i was happily wrong. a few times, i was kind of shocked at how wrong i was.
i liked how the story ended. there was a satisfying conclusion to some of the plot lines while there was an intriguing set up for the next book.
if you're into the whole zombie genre and are looking for something different, then definitely give i, zombie a listen. the book is broken into 6 parts. the first 5 parts tell the story of people who have become zombies. each part follows 2 or 3 main characters. as they shamble around, looking for fresh meat, they recount parts of their lives. as a zombie, they are fully aware of what they're doing, but they can't stop their bodies. they have no control over their need to feed.
there is a wide assortment of characters with diverse backgrounds. believe it or not, there's a lot of character development in each part. each character is different and has their own unique story to tell. actually, there's a lot of emotion in this zombie book. what do i mean? i felt different emotions from the different stories. to name a few, i felt sadness, disgust, contempt, and believe it or not triumphant.
the narration is excellent. each character has his/her own narrator, who brings the character to life even though they're dead. LOL
the writing is tight. there's nothing i would add nor remove from the story. there is a lot of gore, and the scenes of the zombies feeding are probably the most descriptive, disgusting, an horrifying i've ever read or listened to.
overall, a great and unique addition to my zombie library. so if you're looking for something different, then look no further. this is a great book from the zombie perspective. this is why you don't want to become a zombie!
as the story opens, the main character, nathan, is at his job. he is a police dispatch officer at the vcu (virginia commonwealth university) police station. nathan works the midnight shift and between calls, he's been pouring over the news about the latest virus going around that's making people sick. the r-32 pr virus is highly mutable, and the latest version, 32, is starting to cause 3 out of 10 people to develop some strange symptoms- their veins become black and visible and are prone to violence.
when a call comes in that a bum is attacking a student, nathan's friend, lance, is sent to investigate. however by the time lance gets there, the bum is dead. the rookie officer shakily explains that the bum was attacking the student and wouldn't heed his calls to stop. then when the bum started to come after him, body shots didn't stop the bum. only an accidental face shot stopped him. lance is sworn to secrecy by his commander.
the next night, nathan finds a mysterious note from lance, saying to meet him after his shift and that he doesn't trust the phones. over beers, lance tells nathan about the scene he came upon- how the bum had bitten chunks out of the student's body and even bitten off the tip of the student's nose. lance tells him that if any of this gets out he'll be in serious trouble, and that he's only telling him b/c they're friends and nathan has a family. when nathan jokingly says that lance's story reminded him of the zombie movies they'd watched, lance acts as if he's been struck by lightning. but they both resolve that they need to make plans just in case the $h!t really hits the fan.
a couple of nights later, nathan and lance find themselves trapped in the police station. their commander has ordered a lockdown- nobody in and nobody out until help arrives. so, they scheme to sneak out to get home to their families.
i liked this story. even though nathan works for the police, he doesn't carry a gun on the job. he's a 30 something overweight dispatch caller. lance has the only gun as they flee, but it's a weapon of last resort. as they flee the police station, they decide to sneak through vcu's campus. it is an interesting perspective i haven't listened to.
plus, i may be a little biased, but i graduated from vcu so i'm really familiar with the surroundings. it was the first story i followed on google maps (just type in vcu police). it was kind of a thrill listening to a zombie story that takes place in my hometown. geezzz! the fictional character, nathan, lives 5 to 10 minutes away from me in south side. LOL
all biases aside, this is a pretty good zombie apocylapse story. the character makes choices opposite to those in other zombie novels. no, i'm not going to tell you what i mean! this is mostly an action story with some character development. the story is told in first person by nathan. i think the author does a good job describing the mental and physical hell a person would go through trying to get home to his family.
the narration is pretty good. there aren't a lot of characters, but i was happy with the performance. the narrator, basil sands, reminded me of ray porter from joe ledger stories.
the epilogue is kind of weird. it was the only part that threw me. i was like WTF? how am i supposed to take this? i won't spoil it. but, i'm hoping there's a second book.
overall, a pretty good fast-paced zombie story.
if you're at this page, then you've probably read/listened to the previous books in this series. if you're wondering whether or not to give your time and credit to this final chapter, then let me help you by saying, "go for it!"
even if you're like me and felt a little let down by the last book, i'd still recommend that you go for it. yes, there are some annoyances, like jasmine's clinginess, but i still enjoyed it.
again, i think the story feels rushed. there are a few major plot points that get easily and quickly resolved. bv could've expounded on them, but then again it might've slowed the pace of the story. regarding the pace, once the story starts, it races to conclusion. this makes it an easy listen, but i miss the complicated situations riggs has to deftly dig himself out of. i never got the feeling that he was facing overwhelming, unbeatable odds, like in the earlier books. there are difficult situations, but they seem like they're easily overcome b/c they're overcome soo quickly. the pace of the story is quite fast.
perhaps that's why i felt rushed. the story is exciting, but i felt like bv was rushing the plot to tie off the different plot lines. BUT i am satisfied with how most of the plot lines were tied off by riggs.
for most of the series, riggs has been the star, but now marvin outshines him. i like marvin, and i like how marvin has evolved through the series. he has definitely saved riggs' bacon on more than one occasion, and he again plays a pivotal role in this story. i guess my biggest disappointment is that marvin's story is left up in the air when the story ends. it's almost like bv forgot about marvin at the end. i mean you get closure with riggs- his decisions and what he ultimately decides to do, but riggs has no last talk with marvin. the last time we hear of marvin is during a battle. after things are settled in a way, we don't hear about marvin. where is he? what are his plans? what he might do afterwards is hinted at about 2 hours before the story ends, but the reader/listener is kind of forced to remember a conversation between riggs and marvin.
by now, you must be wondering why i'm recommending this after all my griping. LOL at the heart, this is a pretty good conclusion to the series. my rants revolve around things i wished were in the story. my wish list would probably add hours to the story and slow down the breakneck pace.
while this seems to be the end of riggs' story, there are a few interesting plot lines that other reviewers have mentioned that could interestingly continue the star force series. i will definitely miss kyle riggs! thanks bv for entertaining me over the years.
overall, a good conclusion to kyle riggs' story and worth your time and credit!
run and hide!
as the story opens, ken's history class is taking a test. one of his students gets distracted by something weird. one of the window panes is swarming with thousands of bugs. unnerved at the strange sight, ken tries to shoo the bugs away by pounding on the window. all of the sudden, a familiar noise and sight causes the students rush to the windows and look out. as ken raises his head, he quickly notices something else wrong with the sight. the plane coming in to land at boise airport is coming in too low. and if that's not bad enough, one of his students falls to the floor, seemingly having seizures.
what follows is an intense, edge of your seat, thrill ride. the story starts out fast and doesn't let up. the pacing and narration of the story combine exquisitely for a wonderful, heart-pounding listen. the narrator's tone conveys what is happening- the fear, the panic, the disbelief... i was totally engrossed in the first 10 minutes and couldn't stop listening.
while there's not a lot of character development, you do a get sense of the characters. i'm sure there'll be more character development in the subsequent books, but i understand you really can't do much when your characters are running for their lives. but i was satisfied with the characters; however, one character has an awful name, dorkus. but don't let that put you off!
the zombies in this story are the fast, aggressive type. the author does differentiate his zombies a little by giving them a hive kind of mind, where they act as a group, like a swarm of flesh hungry ants. the author had some really good, horrifying hoard scenes. there is kind of a supernatural twist to the zombies, which adds another layer of fear to them. i won't spoil what it is, but it's an interesting twist.
my biggest disappointment is how the story ended with a major cliffhanger. i wanted to know what happens next, and i wanted to know now! LOL i guess that's not too bad of a thing to be disappointed about.
coming in at just over 4 and a 1/2 hours, it is kind of expensive, but it's definitely better than anything at the movies right now. so, i think it's worth the $$$. just make sure your schedule is wide open b/c you'll want to listen to the story in one sitting!
100 days in deadland has a quick start. in the first 5 minutes, the main character, mia, is in the thick of a zombie apocylapse. as she attempts to flee des moines, iowa, she encounters clutch, a truck driver, who just happens to be a survivalist. although this seems cliche, the story is pretty good. it reminded me of no easy hope: surviving the dead. for those who haven't read/listened to it, there's a good mentor-apprentice relationship and storyline.
the zombies are the romero style shamblers, and there's a good amount of zombie action as mia(cash) and clutch scavenge for supplies. however, zombbies aren't their only concern. mia(cash) and clutch must also contend with a local militia and what's left of the military. so, the second half of the book is kind of predictable.
100 days in deadland is told in the first person by mia(cash). the narrator's voice is easy to listen to. her inflection matches what's happening in the story.
100 days in deadland has all the storylines you'd expect in a zombie apocylapse story. while this is good, it is also bad. well, at least for me. i've listened to a bunch of zombie stories, and i'm always on the lookout for a story to surprise me. nothing in this story surprised me or added to the zombie genre. i'm not saying it's a bad, but it's just a story i've heard before.
as far as the dante's inferno connection is concerned, the author broke the story up so that each circle of hell matched what was happening in the story. i did not buy this story b/c of that, but i loosely paid attention to the connection between the two. after the end of the story, the author provides an exposition of how each section of the story represents a different circle of hell. i only listened to part of it before i moved on to the next book.
so if you're pretty new to the zombie genre, then this is a pretty good story to start off with. it's a full story in one book and not a series, where the story sometimes comes to an abrupt end. if you're a gray hair like me and need a good, predictable zombie fix, then give it listen.
as the story opens, cassie and her best friend, penny, are heading to work. the author spends a little time introducing this small group of friends who work together before the action starts. cassie and her friends live and work in brooklyn, new york. the lx virus has spread across the world and has reached the u.s. however, most of the cases have appeared in the west and midwest so cassie and her friends haven't been too worried about it. later in the day when the local news reports that they expect 20,000 people in the greater nyc area to be infected in the next 24 hours, cassie and her friends decide to head to penny's apartment instead of going out drinking.
as they head to penny's apartment, most people are carrying on as normal- eating, drinking, and making merry on a friday night. before they reach penny's apartment, they encounter their first infected person that truly scares them. holed up at penny's apartment, they begin to learn the true extent of the outbreak as james, cassie's techy friend, discovers the local news has been lying about the rate of the infection. as things start to devolve, penny receives a text message from her mom, who works at the hospital. she tells penny to meet her at cassie's apartment so they can flee the city. everybody realizes the situation is much worse than they previously thought, except for anna, penny's younger sister. the publisher's summary describes her as "bratty," and that description is right on.
although the characters are in their late 20s, i would definitely classify this story as a young adult (ya) zombie apocylapse. why you ask? because of the themes. yes, there are zombies, but they act as more of a catalyst for the characters to confront their situations, feelings, and relationships than a terrifying threat. the story starts out as a zombie apocylapse story, but it quickly becomes more of a ya problem / coming of age novel. being in my mid 30s, i can relate to it b/c the main character, cassie, experiences THE most coming of age problems at that age- did i let go of the man i should of married.
this is more of a character driven story than zombie driven story. yes, there is a lot of zombie action in the beginning, but once they escape nyc, the story focuses mostly on the complicated relationship between cassie and peter and peter's and anna's belief that this whole thing will blow over and that things will quickly be back to normal.
i was innitially engrossd by the zombie aspect, but as the story continued, i got caught up in the inter-relationship drama. this was kind of surprising to me. i was kind of bummed that the zombies took a back seat, but i kept listening b/c of the characters. i could relate to them and feel their frustrations. and yes, i was at times very annoyed with some of them, but to me, that's good writing- when the author can stir emotions in you that you weren't expecting.
the narration is really good. julia whelan does a good job bringing the characters to life and portraying their emotions. i found the writing tight and the dialogue smooth and believable.
the story is kind of predictable and more ya than zombie. you could easily replace the zombies with any other serious disaster and have the same story. so if you're looking for a zombie-centered apocylapse story, you might want to read a few other reviews before deciding on this. if you're looking for a good ya story with an end of the world slant, look no further b/c you've found it.
i hope i don't come across as too sexist, but i think female listeners would enjoy this sort of story more than male listeners. but i may be wrong! i'm a guy, and i enjoyed it. but i only listen to ya stories every once in a great while, and i didn't know this was a ya novel. maybe i should've paid more attention while reading the summary.
after listening to the entire story, i would say my overall impression is a feel good zombie apocylapse. kind of an oxymoron, but it fits!
as the story opens, harrison and liz and their 2 children, grant and melissa, have packed their car to go on vacation. when they come to a stop in the city, a disheveled man shambles toward them and starts banging on harrison's window. as the man smashes through the car window and grabs harrison, the young family's nightmare begins.
john heads to work early b/c sirens woke him up in the middle of the night, and he couldn't get back to sleep. i work in an office and am well aware of the different personality types. john is a frustrated it salesman, who's looking for another job, and takes the elevator to the first floor.
sharon is the boss at the it company. she's uptight to the point where she's still looking at powerpoint presentations when the dead start to crowd around the office building. she's high maintenance, highly strung, and she's a cougar. steve is the new guy sharon has her eye on. she's curt with her underlings, especially the blue collar workers that are trapped with her in the office building.
colin is woken up by early call from his boss, the high school principal. he's dejected b/c the school's week long camping trip is cancelled b/c of the public health scare. colin was looking forward to spending time w/ jenny, another teacher, on the camping trip. his grand plans of slowly seducing jenny have gone up in smoke. his boss asks him to go to school just in case some students can't be reached. on his way to school, he is hit by another car, which quickly becomes the least of his worries.
karen has only gotten a few hours of sleep after a night of partying b/c of all the ambulances going by. she is woken up by a tinking sound. when she investigates the sound, she finds out that it's her friend, shan, who's throwing rocks at her window. shan is the bad apple, and karen is the good girl, who is being corrupted by her high school dropout friend. when karen asks why shan is awake so early, she says that her father came home wasted last night and must've gotten into a fight, and when he woke up, she thought he was still hopped up b/c he tried to grab her so she snuck out her window. bored and on holiday, they decide to head to their friend's house to get high.
demise of the living is a character driven zombie story. most of the story takes place in an office building. the story starts with a few different individual storylines, which quickly merge together. however, i'm not sure if the karen/shan storyline is needed. it eventually merges with the others, but at times, it kind of distracts from what's going on.
most of the action takes place between the characters as they struggle to survive in an office building with dwindling resources. most of the conflict is between the different personality types. this is a disaster survival story with zombies.
i liked the fast start. it quickly engrosses you in the story. the middle of the story is your typical zombie survival story. it's ok. i thought the characters were stereotypical and found their actions predictable. BUT THE ENDING...the ending had a twist i was not expecting!
if you've listened to iain mckinnon's other books and liked those, then you'll probably like this one.
so if you're looking for a character-driven zombie story, you can try this. it's middle of the road. but if you're looking for a zombie battle story, try another story.
devoured is a really good initial outbreak story. although it's not a pure zombie novel, zombie enthusiasts will definitely like it!
this story reminded me of 3 of my favorite zombie stories: infection: alaskan undead apocalypse (book 1 only), the remaining, and we're alive.
i thought of infection b/c devoured starts out in a hospital. i thought infection had the best hospital outbreak scenario, but devoured's is better. brant does a really good job building the tension as lance, his wife, liz, and his friend, don, learn the hospital they're in gets quarantined. brant also does a good job racheting up the fear and hysteria as more and more people in and around the hospital become infected and the military shooting starts.
i thought of the remaining and we're alive b/c the infected aren't zombies but something worse, much worse if you can imagine that! as michael aptly puts it, "zombies are only the cocoon stage!" brant adds his own horrifying twists on the infected, giving them a creepy and unique feel.
this is a well-balanced story. there's a lot of action and good character development. i'm not one of those people who talks during movies, but when i'm alone, listening to a good book, i do tend to talk aloud sometimes when i'm riveted by something that's happening. while listening to this story, there were a few times when i found myself talking / yelling / swearing at a character. so you can say i was affected by parts of this story and its characters.
wayne june does a pretty good job narrating. he is able to conjure and portray the different range of emotions and their tones, and he knows when to speed up and slow down.
overall, a very enjoyable story! i highly recommend it to all those who love a good zombie / end of the world story.
omg! i was shocked by the depths some people will go to when they're starving. i won't spoil anything, but i was utterly disgusted by what one husband and wife did! of all the zombie / end of the world books i've read, their "act" is one of the grossest and nastiest things i've come across. that said...would i do that? phew! i hope to never find out!
i see that other reviewers have done a good job describing the plot of the story so i'll keep my review to what struck me most about the story.
mather does a good job exposing the weaknesses of our technological society. the story really makes you think about how dependent we are on our modern technologies working together seemlessly, and how we take these technologies for granted, assuming they will always work. it's frightening how a few, seemingly minor interruptions can snowball and cause a cataclysmic situation that can take months to recover from.
i liked how mather snuck in technological concepts through some of his characters. it was smart and didn't feel like it was too contrived. there's the right amount of detail so that non-technical listeners can understand just how interconnected our just in time economy is.
as the story unfolds, mather frighteningly exposes how our lives and livelihoods are dependent upon the threat of punishment. mather does a good job depicting how emboldened people and especially crowds of people can become w/o the threat of punishment, and how civilized society can quickly and easiy devolve into chaos.
another central aspect of the story is information, particularly the role the lack/loss of information plays. throughout the story, the lack /loss of information causes havoc and has detrimental consequences on the uniformed and misinformed.
mather does a good job portraying how and why people group together and the different dynamics that come into play as groups expand and contract due to the circumstances. i liked the mix of characters b/c they were an interesting cross section of the different attitudes and mindsets of our modern society.
the pacing of the story is a little slow, but i think it accurately and credibly catalogs the descent into chaos as things spiral out of control.
overall, i thought cyberstorm was a pretty riveting story b/c of its plausibility.
as a side note, we truly need to consider some of the actions our gov't take. for instance, using the stuxnet computer worm to disable iran's nuclear reactors. yes, it may have had a temporary effect of slowing them down, but now the genie is out of the bottle! nefarious entities could use that against us, and sadly, we are woefully prepared. just my 2 cents! LOL
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