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wow! i thoroughly enjoyed the 1st book, getting thrilled as arlen became the warded man and rescuing leesha and rodjer. the 2nd book took me a while getting into b/c the beginning was focused on jardir, and i was still pissed at him for stealing the spear from arlen, but i ended up enjoying jardir's story b/c the krasians reminded me of the freeman in dune. jardir's story added more depth to the story and world. so, i wondered what would be in book 3, the daylight war.
this time, we get enevera's story. her story, from being called by the dice to enter the dama tiq to her harrowing experiences being surrounded by rivals to her finally rising to damania is interesting and adds to her complexity.
add tp that, there are a few scenes b/ween her and jardir are retold from her perspective. all in all, i enjoyed being caught up by enevera's story. it helps you to understand why she schemes and tells half truths to jardir.
ok...i know i'm butchering the spelling. LOL
arlen grows out of his dark side, no longer scared of his powers. speaking of powers, he gained some new abilities from his struggle with the mind demon, and they are awesome. he shows them off in the battles.
speaking of the battles, they come later in the story, but they are epic. 100s of demons under the control of mind demons ruthlessly attack the hollow, where arlen is, and rizon, where jardir is. we get a little peak into hierarchy of the core through the mind demons’ interactions with each other.
when arlen gets back to the hollow, there are big changes as the duke has sent count thamos to oversee the protection and the building up of the hollow. and what they've managed to build is cool so i won't spoil it. but the demons, under the direction of the mind demons, know how to build too!
down in rizon, aben, is helping jardir plot and plan his strategies through aben's prophecy of profit, which aids jardir as much as enevera's dice. under everybody's noses, aben continues to build his empire and his own private army. aben even finds something of great interest to jardir and enevera. aben is finally able to get revenge on somebody who has been a real thorn in his side since his days as a young boy.
there's just the right amount of politics thrown in- between the krasian clans and between the hollowers and count thamos. there's even good old family infighting. all this adds to the overall tension in the story. peter brett does a great job mixing the different layers of tension throughout the story.
just as arlen's powers have grown so has jardir's thanls to the spear and crown he wears. his powers even surprise enevera. Both use their powers in unique ways, which add depth to the storytelling.
renna tanner, arlen's sidekick, is as crazy amd unpredictable as ever. she keeps trying to keep up with arlen, causing her to at times lose touch with reality. will this obsession be her white whale?
leesha, wanda, rodjer, and garret finally leave jardir's conquered territories. however, leesha and rodjer are not leaving alone. that's my way of hinting at things. LOL
this is a long listen but well worth it. all of the characters get the right amount of time. this allows peter brett to add depth to each character.
i'm trying to not say too much. this is a worthy follow-up. i'm just sad that i'll have to wait so long for the next book b/c this book ends with a massive cliffhanger in the fight b/ween jardir and arlen. "the end" are now my most hated 2 words! LOL yes, they finally do get to confront each other, and i've listened to the last 45 minutes a couple of time already!
if you've liked the story so far, you'll love this book! A worthy addition!
as the story opens, dan is running from a hoard of zombies. he is the last of his national guard regiment. he has been on the run since his regiment got overrun. so far, he has been able to keep ahead of the shambling hoard, but he's getting tired. the zombies may be slow, but they never tire and are relentless in their pursuing their insatiable hunger. dan's lead is down to 10 blocks and shrinking as he gasps for air. he's trying to get home to his pregnant wife, and he hopes to lose his pursuers in this neighborhood.
elsewhere, becca, derek, and stevie are holed up in derek's basement, finishing up a weekend's game of dungeons and dragons. they're all kind of rank, and becca says she needs to shower. as derek and stevie listen to becca shower, they try to convince the other to finally make a move on becca, who's been their friend since childhood. as they continue to encourage the other to make the "move," they hear a loud noise, which they think is a car backfiring. as they go upstairs to investigate, they see becca in a daze. when they ask her what's wrong, all she can do is tell them to look outside. as they do, their worst geek nightmare has come to life! zombies are shambling down the street. as derek peeks out the window, he inadvertently jostles the shade, and it snaps up. the noise draws the zombies' attention. so starts their horrifying journey into madness! and that's no understatement!
this is a really good classic zombie story! what do i mean by classic? i mean romero-style shambling zombies. there are no gimmicks here, just a solid, complete story. yes, there is a satisfying ending, but i was so engrossed in the story and characters that i actually wished there was a sequel.
speaking of characters, there are a lot of characters, but you never get lost in who's who or who's doing what. the book is broken up into 3 parts, and each part has a couple of main characters and some minor characters. dan is the main character who comes into contact with the other main characters in each part. the author does a great job weaving all the story lines together until they finally converge into one story line.
when i sit here and reminisce about the story, i think, "whew! a lot happened!" i can't believe the author fit all that into the story. nothing feels contrived. all of the sequences and plot lines meld together to make on heck of a story. and this story has everything: great characters, humor in the right places, action, great pacing and shocking deaths. it's kind of like the show, the walking dead. you never know who's going to die until you're shocked by it. and like that show, you're like d@mn! why'd you kill him or her off! that's how attached you become to some of the characters.
i guess i have 3 caveats with the story. one, i didn't bond with the main character as much as i did with another character, bruce. no, i won't tell you who he is, but he was my favorite character. two, the accompanying main character in part 1 is kind of a side note in the succeeding parts. yes, their storyline continues and there is resolution, but i kind of bonded with that characters after the catastrophic incident he or she went through, and i wanted to know more. again, no, i'm not going to tell you who that is b/c i don't want to spoil your listening experience. three, there weren't many descriptions of the zombies. yes, there are general descriptions of who they seemingly were and what happened to them, but i tend to really like the gory details, such as what parts are hanging out or dragging and how bad they smell. a few books have done this well. these types of details are a little more general in this story. hey...we chastise those we love, right? lol
the narration was good, but not great. however, it by no means detracts from the story. maybe, i've been spoiled by some really great narration lately. but i've also heard some really bad narration too. this is right in the middle. but i must say i really liked how he narrated my favorite character, bruce. most of the guys sounded the same, but you could tell who's who by the story. the women were voice appropriate for their age. but by far, i liked his voice for carla b/c it was husky.
overall, a very good zombie story, and a good addition to your zombie library!
wow. what a great story! the pines is a great mix-up of different types of genres that come together that make up a thrilling listen. the story starts out simple enough.
ethan burke wakes up in a field not knowing where he is or who he is. all he knows is that he's injured. as he shambles toward the town, he starts to remember a few things. he runs into a few kind people who notice his terrible bruises and offer him help, but he doggedly says he can make it the couple of blocks to the hospital. however, something's nagging at him. he's trying to remember a name, a name that has caused this pain. along his way, he stops at a phone booth and notices how skinny the phone book is. it's only 8 pages. so he starts reading through it until he recognizes part of a name- mac. that name arouses anger in him so he stalks off to confront mac.
as ethan begins investigating the missing secret services agents, he notices things aren't what they seem in this small idyllic town. what follows is a creepy secret that is slowly revealed about the town, wayward pines. the more the story unfolded, the more engrossed i became in wanting to know what the heck is going on.
the story is delicious to listen to. throw in a little shutter island to develop some intrigue, add a little tales from the dark side to get your heart pounding, add a dash of logan's run to keep you guessing, and finish with a red pill to add a matrix-like twist to blow your mind!
overall, an excellent story that will keep you listening late into the night. it's definitely one of those stories you'll remember long after listening to it.
NOTE: at the time of this review, the audio book is on sale for $4.95. I recommend you download it immediately as it is a steal. i paid regular price, and it was worth every dollar!
i must admit i was a little leery about the direction of the story now that eliza has been killed. i mean what could be worse than a vampire with mind control powers over zombies having a serious grudge against you? so, i was a little puzzled by publisher's summary, "What he does not know is that an old foe has risen up and a more insidious threat has emerged to not just the Talbots but all of humanity." so yes, i had to google the word, insidious, just to make sure i knew exactly what it meant. i can admit that AND still keep my man card. LOL now that i think about it, wanting to know exactly what insidious means probably has more to do with my obsession with this series. at first, i thought an enemy more insidious than eliza? no way! but after i looked it up, i realized i only knew a partial meaning of the word. after learning the full meaning of insidious and listening to the story, i now agree with the publisher's summary. eliza is not insidious. heck, she'd drive a dump truck full of zombies through the word! no, i'm not going to tell you what it means. go google it. i'm not your mother.
"huh? what? take my pills?" sorry for the tangent folks. the adhd must be kicking in. LOL i'm supposed to be writing a review of the story, right? ok...on with the show...
overall, the story is very entertaining. it's more of the same- the mike and bt comedy hour, but what's new is who occasionally gets in on it- tommy! no, you're not drunk or high! yes, you're reading that right. tommy gets in some zingers. and that's one of the surprising parts of this book. tommy has changed again. in this book, he's a b@d@$$, and it was kewl to see him let loose.
the story is mostly told from mike's perspective, but interspersed b/ween his journal entries are tripp's story and mrs. deneaux's story. yes, the b!tch everybody loves to hate is still alive and doing her worst. oh will i savor it when she gets her comeuppance! believe it or not, tripp is even zanier in this book than in the previous one.
milk does a body good! so does hibernation! well, at least for zombies. good for them but not for mike and company. early to bed, early to rise makes a man, healthy, wealthy, and wise. well, hibernation does a zombie good in a really bad way for mankind. with eliza roasting over the coals, romero has left the building.
i won't say what they are, but there are a few plot threads that finally get tied together in this book. the weaving together of these threads reveals the insidious threat the publisher describes. so, not all is well in zombieland. this direction makes me a wee bit squeamish. but it won't stop me from downloading the next installment. speaking of which, the ending of this story is very abrupt, even for a tufo novel.
as for narration, i have 1 word, "runnette." 'nuff said. btw, i finally googled him, and he looks nothing like i imagined.
yes, the author's storytelling is pretty good but rushed at times. i really enjoyed scott aiello's narration. he has a familiar, warm voice that lulls you easily into the story.
three weeks have passed since the end of book 2. in texas, paul, hicks, and dereck are trying to figure out what to do about the hoard- the 200+ survivors they now find themselves in charge of after overthrowing the previous leadership. paul wants to lead them to one of the designated rendezvous points so that people can decide whether they want to go to new cuba or stay on the u.s. mainland and continue to look for survivors. as they debate the future of the hoard, a series of high-pitched screams rattles the camp. paul, hicks, and dereck rush through the camp to find the source of the screams. when they arrive at the right tent, they learn that a till has managed to sneak into the camp and into the girl's tent. however instead of attacking the little girl, the till mysteriously flees. un-nerved by the till's actions, paul reluctantly allows hicks and dereck to track the till in order to find out if there are more tills around and why the tills' behavior seems to be changing. what they discover will have serious repercussions for the entire hoard.
elsewhere at fort polk in louisiana, mike, michele, lisa, eric, and matt have disposed of the tills that attacked the base. mike, eric, and lisa are determined to find paul and tell him the truth about the conspiracy. against mike's wishes, michele and matt head back to new cuba in an attempt to retrieve more arc (acoustic restraint and coercion) devices in order to be able to fight the tills. michele also wants to confront duncan, the leader of the gov't council in new cuba, about his role in creating the tillian virus and causing the current apocylapse.
the final book in this series nicely brings together and wraps up all the different storylines. if you've listened to the first 2 books, then i think you'll like how the stories converge and finally end. imho, it was a satisfying ending to a pretty good series.
the story opens w/ a secretive meeting b/ween 2 unknown members of our group of survivors and a mystery man saying they can continue w/ the "ira" project.
we find out a year has passed since the survivors were rescued in miami and taken to new cuba. whereas the 1st book is mostly told from mike's perspective, book 2 is mostly told from paul's and michele's perspectives. we learn mike has withdrawn from the group. he's suffering from a terrible case of survivor's guilt, and the vibrancy of life on the island only makes his nightmares worse b/c of how much he believes he's lost.
paul has become the leader of a search and rescue (snr) team b/c of his integral role in helping the survivors survive on the mainland. in that year, he and his snr team have found some survivors from the smaller islands. general reid has tasked paul with searching one last island chain, the turks and caicos, before heading back to the u.s. mainland to look for survivors. in one of the resort hotels, paul comes face to face with dr. morena's fear- the tills are evolving in an unexpecting way.
michele has become the deputy asst to agriculture counselor. when the new cuban gov't learned about her ability to successfully manage the survivor's food supply on the mountain, they recruited her to help manage new cuba's food supplies. even though she and andrew are living together, she spends most of her down time in the library reading. reading is her way of coping with all that has been lost. one night, she wakes up in the library to whispering. still half asleep, she hears about the "ira" project, which leads her into a sprawling gov't conspiracy.
the 1st third of the book is kind of slow. it details life in new cuba and the roles the group of survivors play. but the story starts to pick up pace as michele searches for the truth in guantanamo bay and as paul and the snr team search the u.s. mainland for survivors. both find more than they expected.
after the 1st book, i came to like mike, and i was bummed that he was absent from the beginning of this story; however, the reasons for his absence are believable. i was glad that he was eventually roused out of his self-imposed isolation by the needs of his friends.
a lot happens in the second half of the story, and again, i wish the author would have slowed down at some points and flesh out what's going on. parts of the new cuba storyline are kind of predictable, but there are a couple of unforseen plot twists on the u.s. mainland that i liked.
overall, an ok 2nd book. the 2nd half of the story makes up for the slow start.
the group of survivors were different than any i've yet to listen about.
i would've made it a linear story instead of constantly flashing forward and back in time.
yes, the story was short, at least to me. lol
after listening to all 3 books in this series, i can honestly say it was pretty good series. i'm a diehard junkie when it comes to zombies or the end of the world as we know it stories. so, i've listened to a bunch of these types of books. if you're like me and you've already listened to a bunch of the zombie books available on audible and you're looking for a zombie fix, then try the first book in this series, the tillian virus.
but if you're new to the zombie genre, there are some really good books i'd listen to before this. that's not to say this is a bad starting point. rather, there are essential zombie / the end of the world as you know it books i'd listen to first. please see my reviews if you're interested.
the 1st book in this series is mostly told from mike allard's perspective. he is a 22 year old history teacher at a rural high school in tennessee.
as the story opens, mike's getting ready for another monday at school. the receptionist, mrs. hooligan, informs him his parent teacher conference is cancelled b/c the girl's mother is sick. so as mike catches up on his grading, one of his favorite pupils, michele, asks if he can give her the next 2 day's assignment b/c her 2 younger brothers are sick with the flu, and she has to watch over them as her father has to work. at lunch, mike notices there are a lot of substitute teachers in, and they chat about how many kids are out sick.
later that week, the principal calls mike and asks if he's ok and if he can fill in for him b/c a lot of people are out, taking care of family. he informs mike that the superintendent has decided to keep the schools open so kids can have a place to go.
as mike is meeting w/ the other high school teachers to set up a teaching plan, they realize over a 100 kids are out sick. after getting all of the students situated, mike decides to watch the news w/ the class. a breaking news alert informs the country that president obama has come down w/ the flu and has invoked the 25th amendment, making the vice president the acting president.
later in the afternoon, mike and the other teachers see a few cop cars pulling up to the school. the sheriff informs them that the school is on lockdown b/c some of the sick are acting strangely. and that's how their struggle to survive the outbreak starts.
as other reviewers have reported, there are a lot of flash forwards. actually, the time flips with each chapter. the time jump is 7 years into the future. mike, some of his students, and some other survivors are encamped on a mountain eking out an existence. i didn't find the time jumps too bad. i didn't get confused. each chapter kind of ends with a minor cliffhanger so once i got into what was happening at both times, i wanted to keep listening to learn what happened. however, i do think i would've bonded to the character more if the story was linear.
regarding the characters, i liked the characters from both timeframes. many of the characters overlap. there isn't a lot of dialog b/c the story is told from mike's perspective, but you do get a sense of the other characters from mike's interactions with them.
i liked the story b/c it was different than many of the other zombie stories i've listened to. this is not a lone survivor story nor is it a military style survival story. mike is thrust into a leadership role that he often regrets simply b/c he is their teacher. mike has no skills and often has to rely on his students for help. he's from the northeast and knows next to nothing about guns. so at first he has to totally rely on some of his students, who have experience hunting, to learn about guns.
as far as an initial outbreak story, i liked the aspect of a teacher and a bunch of students being trapped in a school. i found that part exciting b/c it's an angle i haven't listened to yet.
the future part of the story is your typical fare- a group trying to survive a zombie apocylapse. well not really zombies but "tills." in this story, the infected are "tills." tills are not living dead. they are living people who got infected by the tillian virus, a virus that affects the reptilian portion of the brain. as such, they are ravenous flesh eating machines who aggressively and mercilessly attack and eat anyone who is uninfected.
the story goes by pretty quickly. there are parts where i wished the author slowed down and provided more details.
the narration is pretty good. it is easy to listen to the narrator and get into the story. i kept thinking his voice sounded familiar, like someone i've heard before. this "familiar" feeling helped me to further get engrossed into the story. i lke how he portrayed the lead character, mike. i found it easy to follow the other male characters the narrator portrayed through the different cadences he voiced.
overall, a pretty good series. i liked the characters, and i found the story entertaining.
yes, it was an interesting story and a fresh take on the whole zombie apocylapse theme.
usually, it's hard for me to tell whether or not i'll like a book based on the sample provided, but this time the sample really piqued my curiosity.
as the story opens, edward's consciousness is waking up and his body is painfully coming back to life. he doesn't know where he is, and he can't remember who he is. all he knows is that he's got to throw up and throw up badly! with something awful boiling in his stomach, edward manages to roll over just in time as he violently expels a maggot-strewn stream of chunky, red liquid all over the floor. after which, he aptly passes out. when edward wakes up again, a little bit more of his consciousness comes drifting back as he struggles to move his body and find out what the heck is going on with him and around him.
throughout the story, edward is on 2 journeys, one to find out "what" he is and another to find out "who" he is. both journeys are fascinating and fraught with danger. to find out what he is, edward must place his trust others who fear and loathe what he is- a thinking zombie. to find out who he is, edward must delve into his jumbled, "red" memories to remember who he is without losing himself.
i really liked the insight into how the zombies communicate. i won't spoil it b/c it's pretty interesting. my only caveat with the story is that the last part is too short. the story is divided into like 5 parts. i wish the last part leading up to the ending had been longer and more detailed. i think it deserved more attention b/c it is a pivotal part of edward's development. in my humble opinion, that would've moved the needle on the story from "pretty good" to "great."
overall, a pretty good story! if you're an avid zombie fan, this is a good addition to your zombie library. it definitely expands the scope of the genre. if you're new to the zombie genre, then this is definitely a perspective that you'll be interested in.
without spoiling anything...a particular "eating" scene! that may sound gross, but i bet you by the time you finish listening to the story, you'll agree with me!
again...without spoiling anything...the moment after the "eating" scene. again, i'll bet you'll agree with me!
two really good stories in one! as the book opens, a family is fleeing a zombie horde. just as they reach the safety of the safe area's chain link fence, an accidental misplacement of a hand leads to the fingers being bitten off of the man's hand! after a few quick words to his family, he runs away, back into the oncoming horde, filled with the courage only a dying man can muster. jump ahead 2 years, and our unamed man's mind comes back to consciousness as he is eating his latest victim.
as our unamed zombie is recoiling mentally at what he can't stop doing, we meet ethan. he is the staff sergeant of delta team. delta team is one of the teams getting ready to board a train-like vehicle in order to take the fight to the insurgents. ethan's story tells us the state of the government and its fight against both the zombies and insurgents. our unamed zombie's story tells us what it's like to be a zombie and part of a horde.
individually, both stories are strong and could stand alone. as the overall story progresses, the stories begin to overlap and meld in an exciting, yet believable, way. for such a short story, the authors do a good job of building interesting characters.
the narration is excellent! each character's voice is varied and unique.
overall, an excellent zombie story!
imagine you're sitting on the couch in your living room, texting your friend, as the power goes out. your first reaction is to moan and groan about the loss of signal. but when you lift your head to see why no else one is saying anything, you notice everybody around you is gone. you don't realize that the only reason you're still here is because the light emanating from your cell phone protected you from being snatched away by the darkness when you look around and call out to see where everybody went, you catch something out of the corner of your eye. you see them standing on the edge of the darkness. when you ask them what's going on, all they say is, "turn out the light."
this is a spooky story about what lurks in the dark. there's a small, likeable cast of characters that you come to know pretty intimately through their fear of what's happening. there are some creepy moments that'll raise the hair on the back of your neck.
overall, an entertaining short story! well, 6 hours is short for me. LOL
i agree with amanda-- this is a great story for the halloween season!
story seems rushed to me. the plot moves by way too fast. a major part of the plot seems contrived- let's introduce this so this can happen. the space battle scenes are yawn...boring. even when riggs joins the marines in battle, the battle scenes are lackluster and over before you know it. they're nothing like the first few books when fighting the macros was intense. now that i think about it, the marine battle scenes stink! w/o spoiling anything, they're fighting a new type of enemy, which is actually an ingenious idea, but the marines just curb stomp them in no time, which is just unrealistic and unbelievable.
even riggs' exchanges with marvin seem tired. marvin's discoveries save their bacon more than riggs' cunning and ingenuity. while i like marvin, he has become the go to plot device, which is a bad development so you know something's going on with bv larson. it almost seems like he has gotten tired of this series and is desperately trying to find a way to wrap things up.
there seems to be a lot of "fluff" in this story, and this story is short. for example, i don't know why parts are devoted to gaines' past. yeah, he's riggs' drinking and pool partner, but just as i was waiting for something possibly sinister to pop up in the plot, nothing happens. so what was the point, other than taking up space/time. also, too much time is spent on riggs' love life. now that sandra's gone, she can't kick his a$$ when he acts like a lothario.
there was no sense of wonder in this story, and the big showdown with crowe was anticlimatic.
overal, one big MEH!
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