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i really dig zombie books b/c of their post-apocalyptic nature- seeing how people survive against all odds. so, i decided to try one second after. wow! what a truly horrifying situation. i'm glad i'm a pseudo-prepper! LOL after listening too this, i'm going to up my supplies!
ah..i digress. anyhoooo...one second after takes place in a rural town outside of asheville, north carolina. i've been there. it reminds me of a couple of other smaller cities i've been to- burlington, vt and denver, co. yes, denver's much bigger, but all these places have a college town feel.
oopppsss...i did it again. LOL john is a 48 year old retired cornel who moved back to north carolina with his wife and 2 daughters b/c that's where his wife grew up, and she wanted to go home while she battles breast cancer. john, now the only parent, is doing his best to hold on to his 2 girls as they grow up. elizabeth is 16 and jennifer is 12. like i said, he's trying to hold on to them as his little girls, but they're growing up, and he's trying to deal with elizabeth's interest in boys. as a side note, with boys you only have to worry about 1 prick, with girls, you have to worry about a 1,000. LOL ok. 1,000 might be high. how about 100. come on...any father's out there agree with me? tell your wife i'm not be sexist. LOL we're realists.
ok...on with my review. so he's john struggling raising his daughters in a small town and BOOM! well not really boom, but one sunny afternoon, the power goes out. the cell phones and land lines don't work. the cars stop. not even the radios work. at first, john and everybody just thinks the power's out. however as they start to piece things together, john realizes there must have been at least 1 nuclear bomb has gone off and caused an emp that fried all electrical circuits. as more people come to realize that HELP IS NOT COMING, panic starts to ensue.
this is the story of one small rural town of less than 10,000 and how they survive after being thrust into the dark ages. one reviewer called this a "research paper," and it kinda is. but that's the scary part! the book's timeline kinda follows what would happen. for example in the 1st few days there'd be confusion, panic, and looting. 30 days later the 1st tide of a massive die off will begin as prescription medicine runs out and can't be filled. so yes, it is a story wrapped around a research paper.
as the town manages or barely manages to survive, they must also deal with the thousands of people fleeing the cities and heading to the farmland, looking for food.
yes, this book is scary as H-E-Double Hockey Sticks! Why? b/c it could truly happen. well, it's more likely than a zombie apocalypse. LOL this book explains what would happen during different timeframes once the power goes out.
the story is ok, but i enjoyed it mostly for the what could happen and how people would react scenarios.
so if you're in to post-apocalyptic or dystopian stories, check this one out. i found it worth the credit, especially b/c it motivated me to up my prepping. LOL no, i'm not an obsessive prepper, but i am a little weird! LOL at least i can admit it!
yes, it's a good, short, fun, informative book. i enjoyed it!
i have enjoyed the previous 3 slow burn books, and dead fire is another good episode. i call it an episode b/c the stories are so short. i'm glad they released a box set so others, who may not be hard core zombie aficionados, can see what all the excitement is about. but like i mentioned in an earlier review, these short stories / episodes are expensive! but to me, they're worth it!
the publisher's summary does a good job detailing where the story picks up. i can't say much without spoiling your listening experience so i'll say why you should pick up this book, either now or when the next box set comes out.
as we've found out, zed's smarter than we thought, and his philosophy degree is finally paying off! LOL anyway in previous books, zed has noticed an emergent behavior among the whites. in this episode, we finally get a look into how this has developed and who has started it! and an old enemy is back, and zed is out for blood!
what i like about these stories and this one in particular is that even though you can see where the plot may be heading, the author resolves the situation in an unexpected and unpredictable way, which keeps the story fresh.
overall, this is another action-packed episode of slow burn. the author does a good job pacing the story and keeping it fresh and interesting. this episode ends at can't wait for the next one to come out!
the palpable tension in parts of the story.
there were several memorable moments, but i can't say without spoiling parts of the story. but i did find myself cheering for somebody unexpected. 'nuff said!
r.c. bray is the man! he can do all sorts of voices, from a regular joe to deep and gravely to a confident, young girl to a great canadian accent.
tenner definitely gets more developed, but i'd have to say amy. who is she? listen to the book to find out!
at first, i wasn't to sure about this story. i liked scott's character from book 1, but i wasn't sure if he could carry a story bby himself, without gus. also, i wasn't sure if a whole 12 hour story about hunting for a serial killer would be that interesting. so if you're wondering the same things, then let me put those worries to rest. this is another great story.
as the story opens, scott is traveling to hellifax in search of tenner, the serial killer who brutally tortured and killed his 2 friends and mistakenly left him for dead. there's one problem though- a blizzard. the snow is really piling up, and scott must find a suitable place to hole up before he and his suv get stuck.
the beginning is kind of slow. tenner lures somebody to their death. at first, i thought it was just another torture scene, but that person's death plays a pivotal role in the direction of the plot later in the book. throughout the story, parts of the story are told from tenner's point of view. these are like short vignettes, and i enjoyed them.
there's also another group introduced in the beginning. they call themselves the norsemen. they are a hardened group of men ordered to head east to find out what's going on and to look for supplies. like tenner, i wasn't to sure about them, but their story is woven nicely into the overall arch of the story.
i must say the author has once again done a good job of creating a lot of tension in certain parts of the story. i was actually holding my breath in parts, trying not to make to much noise as i listened. LOL no, i won't spoil your listening experience and tell you what was happening. but it does involve scott meeting a girl named amy at the most inopportune time!
once the story starts to pick up, it moves quickly to end. yes, the ending is a little sad but satisfying. the author nicely wraps up the major plot lines, and you don't get the feeling that the author rushed to finish things. i would say the pacing is excellent. at the end, there is a possibility of another book, but if not, the story definitely wrapped up in a satisfying way!
overall, i highly recommend this book! it could be read as a standalone book, but i really enjoyed it as the 3rd and final? book.
this is my favorite of the 3 books! wow! zed really loses his $hit and goes crazy! i really liked that the author finally got to the hospital. there's a lot of action, and zed really needs a dose of the ogre and the harpie to get through what he has to do! the hospital scenes are really good.
destroyer focuses on zed. murphy kinda takes a back seat for most of the story. a few new characters are added to the story. the casualty rate is high, and you never know who's going to survive, which is always a plus in my book. the hoard scenes are intense and well thought out. i like how nothing comes easy.
overall, a good continuation of the story!
the ending was pretty shocking! i definitely wasn't expecting that!
the narrator is still hyped up, still doing william shatner! lol
this is a good continuation of the overall story. the banter between zed and murphy is pretty entertaining.the plot progresses in a believable way, and the author manages the tension of the story well. i like how zed and murphy continue to experiment with their slow burn status. it's definitely an interesting plot device.
regarding the narration, it grew on me. my first thought was william shatner. a lot of people kind of laugh at his overacting as captain kirk on star trek. to apply it to the narrator, i thought he was overacting.
i'm a zombie apocylapse junkie, and i'll listen to almost any zombie story so when audible recommended this book, i clicked on it to read the summary and listen to the sample. neither really caught my attention, but i had a few hours to burn so i decided to give it a try b/c i could always return it. plus at $10, it's pretty expensive for such a short story. however by the time i finished listening to it, i downloaded the next installment b/c i was intrigued by what would happen next.
the story takes place in austin, texas, and most of the action is centered around the university there. the author went to school there, and uses his knowledge of the area to build the story.
i can't say much without spoiling the plot, but what i can say is that the plot is unique in that it's a little bit different than what i've listened to lately, and different is usually good.
even though slow burn is a really short story at 3 and 1/2 hours, it packs a punch. a lot happens in that short time.
as the author states, this is the first book in a 6 part series. as an initial outbreak story, it's pretty good. it captures the confusion and fear of what's happening. there's a lot of action, but there are well-timed pauses to let the listener and characters catch their breath. the story ends at a good place, and i'm eagerly awaiting to see what happens next.
a little bit about me...at the moment, all of the t.v. shows i watch are either on hiatus or are over. so audio books are one of my main sources of entertainment. so, i'm always purchasing extra credits and buying books. i found slow burn worth the $10. i was thoroughly entertained by it. so if you're like me, then this is a good way to be entertained for a short time.
if you're new to the zombie genre or don't want to expend a credit on such a short story, put it in your wish list to come back to to see if an omnibus version is released in the future, or if it goes on sale. there are a lot of good zombie books, and this one is kind of expensive. if you're interested, then please check my reviews b/c i reviewed a bunch of 'em.
as the story opens ken and his group of survivors are going up in the elevator of his wife's building. they discover that some of the infected are acting differently. kind of like the aliens in the alien movies, these infected are secreting something from their mouths, building cocoon-like structures and webbing. the infected let ken and his group just pass on by as they wander around, which i kinda found weird. but ok, i'll buy it for now. ken finds his wife and 2 children in a drugged state, encased in webbing. it's not until they try to free ken's family that those infected get agitated. once ken's family is free, they flee the building across a giant crane that has fallen between the 2 buildings. and this is where things start to get even weirder and more unbelievable.there are like thousands or even tens of thousands of infected chasing them. either they are able to elude them or the author forgot just how many were chasing them.the story devolves into 2 really long action scenes, where ken and company are chased and stalked by different kinds of infected.
from the story, i know we're like 4 hours into the infection, but i just don't know how these people were able to keep their energy up enough to perform these feats- crossing a huge crane and then shimmying down an elevator shaft infested with another type of infected. the believability went out the window for me. i just don't see how the infected have evolved into so many varying types so quickly after just a few hours.
initially, i was intrigued by the characters, but there's just no time to develop them b/c they're always running and fighting for their lives!
the story ends in another cliffhanger, and i was left thinking how much more can these characters take?
overall, i was disappointed by the direction the story took. the action was so frenetic and the tension was so high that i actually felt exhausted after listening to this short story. it's a frustrating listen, and i can't recommend it. download at your own risk!
safari picks up right where the mountain man left off. gus has just fought off roxanne and her boyfriend's gang. his house is trashed and full of dead bodies, but there's no rest for gus. even though he has had the crap beat out of him by roxie, he has to attend to things, and the first being his shattered teeth. roxie's knee to his face has broken some of his teeth, and in one grisly scene, gus has to play dentist.
gus is haunted by his betrayal and the loss of his friend, scott. he drowns his demons with booze and killing zombies. safari is darker than the mountain man as gus' loneliness causes him to hallucinate and to start losing some of his humanity. reminiscent of the movie, cast away, gus has an imaginary friend in the form of a captain morgan's bottle. their banter is funny and touching at times.
there is tension throughout the story, and you wonder when gus' boozing is going to catch up with him, especially since he's solo. there are a few holy $hit scenes, where you're definitely thinking how in the heck is gus gonna get out of this hornets nest.
i think safari is faster paced than mountain man, but the plot does not feel rushed. there is a lot of zombie bashing as gus dons his nomex suit, neck brace, and helmet.
the mystery to the disappearing bodies is revealed, and i have to say it's quite shocking. it's definitely unique, and something you won't be expecting! no, i'm not going to tell you!
once again, rc bray does a great job narrating the story. he is definitely one of my favorite narrators.
overall, an excellent follow-up to the mountain man. if you liked that story, then you'll really like this one.
as the story opens, lance, cass, and doc brown are ashore, looking for supplies, and highford is manning their boat. lance is in target, trying on some socks while cass and doc brown are scavenging for medical supplies.
as lance leans against a dvd stand to get his balance, he unwittingly knocks it over, and the sound draws some of the day walkers. what follows is a frenetic cat and mouse chase as lance, cass, and doc brown flee the vladys to the perceived safety of their boat.
brant's writing makes me feel like i'm right there, in the middle of the action! wayne june's narration brings the action off the pages and into my room. he knows when to pick up his reading speed and when to slow down. his narration adds another level of enjoyment to the story.
although the story is told from lance's perspective, you really get to know the other characters, especially cass.
i like how nothing comes easy for these survivors, and how none are the super soldier type. it's adds a sense of realism to the story.
our survivors run into an old enemy, ralph, the leader of the minutemen, who tied up lance after lance let him and cronies into his hiding place. although ralph and his group are kind of cliche, i liked the tact the author took to resolve that part of the story.
overall, a good continuation of the story and a good listen.
the narration was great. martinez's portrayal of madd dog mccall was believable and authentic. he sounded gruff and tough as expected of an infamous wanted man. i was brought into the old west by his performance.
the old west meets zombies...i wasn't too sure about that mix of genres, but i decided to give it a shot, and i'm glad i did!
at first i was thinking...mad dog mccall, the infamous outlaw? ok. kind of cheesey and cliche. but what you end up with is a great character with a lot of depth. i was surprised by his back story. karen is also another good character, not just your typical tough woman in the old west.
as the story opens, mccall is in the town jail. karen is at the brothel, when they hear a commotion outside. as the patrons rush to see what the fuss is all about, they see 2 men attacking a woman. to their shock, the 2 men are biting her and ripping chunks of flesh from her. the patrons rush out and try to tell the men to stop. the deputy sheriff arrives. he's young and green and orders the men to stop or he'll shoot. his yelling attracts the attention of the 2 dead men. when they stand, the deputy sheriff and the patrons notice these 2 disheveled men have arrows sticking out of them, and one even has a tomahawk embedded in his chest. as they approach the deputy, he shoots them in the chest, but nothing happens. as the zombies descend upon the deputy, a few of the patrons help wrestle the zombies off of him. hearing the gunshots, the sheriff leaves the jail house to see what the heck is happening. when the sheriff arrives, the patrons are managing to hold the zombies down, but it hasn't been without consequences. a few complain to the sheriff that these weirdos bit them. the sheriff, a real stickler for the law, orders the 2 strangers to be handcuffed so they can be thrown in jail to cool off.
needless to say, those bitten begin to change and all hell breaks loose!
all 3 parts of this story are good. mccall and karen are good characters that actually have depth. there's also a good bad guy in this story, and he's not the usual type.
there's a lot of good zombie battling throughout this story. so, don't be put off by the mix of genres. it's actually well done!
as the story opens, john is in a meeting in nyc when he and everybody else get a text message that the dead have come back to life and have started eating the living. at first, everybody thinks it's a prank, but as they turn on the t.v., the news reports otherwise. john's group is trapped in an office building with only a thin pane of glass between them and the street. utterly paralyzed, they watch others in a similar situation while planning their escape.
in the lobby, john meets kyle. he's the security guard. kyle is an iraqi war vet who flew choppers. as they all search for weapons, the only things they come across is a broom stick and a potted plant. their only saving grace is that they haven't been noticed yet, but that quickly changes as their boss, now a zombie, heads back to where they are. he attracts the attention of the other zombies, and together, their pressure eventually causes the plane of glass to shatter. as the glass tinkles to the ground, all hell breaks lose, and it's every man for himself!
the beginning of the story really caught me. the narrator's voice and the dialogue immediately engrossed me. the narrator's voice perfectly matches john's character. the writing was funny yet action packed. after the first 15 minutes, i was totally engrossed.
one guy emerged from the crowd with a slightly raised voice. he was bald with a cul-de-sac cut. the kind where he kept the hair on the side of his head instead of shaving the whole thing, creating a perfect half circle of baldness on top. i'd seen him around the building. he's either a ceo or acting branch manager. he was in charge of his own little world before this. real alpha male type, and he was sure he had all the right answers. mr. cul-de-sac kept rattling on about how the waterfront was only 4 blocks away and that we could get a boat and get past the crowds in the city no problem.
humor, zombies, and gore...yeah, i was into this story! i also liked the aspect that john and kyle had to do a lot of hand to hand fighting with the zombies. that fighting was pretty realistic b/c neither was particularly adept at it. they had to learn quick. i also enjoyed the story b/c neither was a survivalist with a bunker full of food and guns. i've listened to quite a few of those stories so i found this one refreshing.
john's goal is to get back to his pregnant wife 900 miles away. kyle decides to join him on his journey b/c they're headed the same way. kyle has a few friends at a base in augusta, ga so they band together to try to escape nyc.
along the way, they rescue michael from a helicopter crash. michael tells them he's heading for a place called avalon in the blue ridge mountains.
i really enjoyed listening to this zombie novel. it was full of humor yet still maintained tension throughout. the narration is excellent. it makes the story. the is a WTF cliffhanger ending, and i had to see if there is a second book coming out. the ending reminded me of the ending of the movie, inception, where you can interpret what happens next.
overall, a fun zombie book i recommend!
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