The story is not realistic within its framework.
No. I could not get emotionally involved with these characters.
Yes, he used different voices and some accents.
It was not quite what I was looking for.
If you are looking for a fantasy novel set in a middle-ages type setting, it is the book for you. If you are looking for post-apocalyptic, you would be well advised to look elsewhere.
This book is different from most apocalypse tales in that there is a lot of lead-in before the event takes place. I like that because I have a sense of who the characters were both before and after the EMP. I also like it because the main characters are ordinary people, like me. They are not doomsday preppers or survivalists, nor do they have military background. They are scientists, an ex-psychiatrist, an ambitious religious con man, a priest, etc. The only thing that kept me from giving it a 5* rating was that there was a little too much lead-in. The supernova did not come until over half-way through the book. The thing I liked best was the "interludes" where he describes in terms that a novice can understand, the build-up to the supernova. There is mention of deadly rays reaching Earth 100 years or so after the main event. I hope this means there will be a sequel, if there isn't one already. I am going to go look.
Most zombie books involve unprecedented apocalyptic outbreaks, and take place in the here and now. This limits what the author can do with the zombie theme. However, Mr. Litore has done something few other authors have done. He has treated zombie outbreaks in a historical manner. He treats zombie outbreaks in much the same way we treat the periodic flu epidemics that happen every year. They are an accepted part of daily life, sometimes insignificant, sometimes devastating. The Zombie bible focuses on the effects zombies would have on the people and events of biblical times. This series is very well-written, and refreshing to the zombie fan who has read so many zombie apocalypse books. It is a new take on zombies, which allows for much greater variety in characters and events.
When you have read as many post-apocalypse books as I have, you begin to look for books that do something different. Most apocalyptic events depicted are sudden. EMP, nuclear war, asteroid impact, zombie virus, pandemic that gets out of hand. In this book we get a "soft apocalypse." In other words, it is gradual. A combination of malnutrition, and related viruses, environmental degradation, economic collapse, rising unemployment, and Genetic engineerring gone wrong, cause the eventual apocalypse. Over a period of several years, a group of ordinary people learn to adapt and survive in a gradually declining world. I highly recommend this book to all of my fellow apocalypse fans out there.
This book contains some good zombie action and the narrator is excellent. However, what prevented me from giving this book a higher rating is the obnoxious attitude toward women displayed throughout this book. Apparently, in this universe, it is okay for the men to stare frequently at women's anatomy, and say and do things that would get them arrested for sexual harrassment anywhere else. Also, the women apparently don't mind this behavior, and are willing to "provide attention" to the male characters. This is why I rated the story as low as I did.
I have just read all 6 books in the "As the World Dies" series. This review is long, because it embraces them all. I give them all a 5-star rating. The things that I like best about these books are: strong female characters, including some women in leadership roles, and taking risks right along with the men. Also there is a small military presence, and most of the soldiers are working to help survivors. They are not the power-hungry, evil,male chauvenistic bullies that most post-apocalyptic authors seem to make them. If you have read other reviews from me, then you know how tired I am of books where women take secondary or submissive roles, and the men do everything, and make all the decisions. There is none of that in this book. I love the fact that some of the best soldiers are women. I love the fact that the survivors are just ordinary people, not heavily armed, special forces types. I hope other authors will follow Ms. Frater's lead.
I have just read the entire Merry Jentry series, and I enjoyed them all. Plenty of action, emotion, and suspense. Merry can be kind, and I like her strong sense of fair play. She can also be nasty when she has to be. Warning: never threaten one of her loved ones, or you will seriously wish you hadn't. The only thing that kept me from giving this a 5 star rating is that the whole series could do with a little less of the bedroom scenes. We really don't need a description of every part of the sexual act. Also, Merry can't seem to say or do anything without being wrapped in the arms of one or more men. I would like to see her become a little more independent of them. Outside of that, a very good book.
This is the third book in the series. An EMP wipes out modern technology, and also zaps the higher brain functions of a certain percentage of humanity. The "changed" are not zombies. Most of the higher brain functions are gone, but they are more dangerous than you might think, because they retain the ability to think, plan, work together, and use simple tools. Up to a point, they can even use weapons. Fortunately, they can feel pain, they retain the instinct of self-preservation, unlike the traditional zombie, and they are susceptible to injury and death.
Katherine Kellgren is one of the best narrators I have ever listened too. She has a clear, pleasant voice, and an expressive style that carries you right into the story with her. I hope she will read more books like this.
I am glad that I did not pay attention to the extremely negative reviews that I read before buying this book. The story is better than those reviewers lead you to believe. However, I gave it a 3 rating because I am disappointed that Richard dies. After all that he and Kahlin have been through, they deserve to have a long, happy life together. I think it is time for this series to be over, but not that way. Outside of that, this is a good read.
Four individual survivors of the zombie apocalypse tell their stories. Well-developed characters and plausible events caused me to give this story a 5-star rating. There was a slight problem with performance. The narrator was very good, but this book would have been better if done by multiple narrators. The story is told from the first-person viewpoints of four characters, two of whom are female. There should have been one narrator for each character, or at least one male and one female narrator for the male and female characters. That is why I did not give an overall 5-star rating.
This is the first book of the Zombie attack series. There are two books in the series. I have read a lot of zombie appocalypse books, so giving reviews for them all would be repetative. I only do it for books that have something unusual. What is special about this series is that compassion is displayed for the zombies. They still have to be put down when they pose a danger, but there are reminders all through both books, (particularly the second book) that they are still people. They are victims as much as are the people they attack. This leads to an ending that I found very satisfying.
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