This is a weird little series. It took me halfway through the first book to get into the groove of the inappropriate humor, what is usually internal dialogue being external, and seemingly light-hearted approach to the zombie genre. Once I got it into my head that this felt like a character with some time and distance from the events using the "laugh or lose your mind and cry" approach it all made sense to me. I would encourage readers to hang in there, get through the first book, and see if it doesn't grow on you. If I hadn't paid 20 bucks for the audio book I would have stopped a chapter in. I'm soooo glad I didn't because now I'm on book 6 and I love this series. This isn't a humorous take on zombies. It is a character (like cops, military, er nurses etc) using sarcasm and black humor to get through tragedy and horror.
Great narration, not too dry, would make a good gift for a trivia fan, and I would definitely purchase another book by this author.
I love a good zombie story but this one was too predictable and the characters to confusing. The overzealous religious figure taking over - and of course being evil - is just overdone and boring to me. This story added nothing new. About halfway through when I glanced down I realized I was disappointed with how much time I had left. Time to give up and turn it off :(
I wanted to like this book but it was just painful. Alison does all sorts of ridiculous things, she isn't trapped except for the first 5% of the book, her idea of getting along with her fellow survivors is everyone just doing what she says and shutting up, and lastly she is extremely unlikeable. I don't mean imperfect or simply flawed. I mean I wanted to punch her in the face. I wanted her eaten. Just as an example, she has an affair with a married man twice her age (even he admits there is no reason to believe his wife is dead) and then when the wife does show up alive and well Allison has the nerve to be snotty about and to the poor woman. She stops barely short of wishing the wife dead. Alison also flits all over town for various reasons but can't be bothered to go help her sickly cancerous mother instead waiting for her mother to come to HER. She even revenge kills a guy by basically torturing him to death. Did he kill someone she loved and she lost it? Nope. He took some of her stuff. I get shooting looters etc in this circumstance but this grisly death was completely unwarranted.
Also there are some religious women at a camp and guess what? Yep, they're evil. Shocked aren't you. Alison is basically bigoted against the religious women from day one. Really? They were suspicious because they were trying too hard to be helpful and asked people to pray with them GASP! Of course they should be shot immediately! I'm not even a religious person but I have friends and family who are and Alison (and perhaps the author) are just flat out offensive anti-religious bigots. She's rude and snotty to and about basically everyone in the book - even those who were her supposed friends. She's a TERRIBLE person and for me this ruined the book.
Narrators are fine
I've enjoyed this series up until #5 and then downhill. This was just okay. The main bug for me is the addition of the storyline and character Echo/Celeste - girls being "farmed" for lack of a better word in some underground bunker for some reason I haven't figured out yet but has something to do with rich and of course evil old women. (snore) Add in gratuitous graphic juvenile lesbian sex scenes and I'm bored.
This is a completely alternate universe for Tufo's main character from the Zombie Fallout series -Talbot. HE is the same but most everything else is different. I still really liked it, same great writing and narrating, but no zombies. There is plenty of supernatural and occasionally a familiar name or character will pop in, but this is not a continuation of Zombie Fallout. It is completely stand alone. Oh and there will be some confusing things that pop up and you'll think you are lost or have missed something. Just keep going, it will all make sense in the end.
Sean Runnette is Talbot. Perfect voice for the character and I can't imagine the flatness by comparison of just reading the words.
I loved this little side/future/alternate world story. Although it could be read as a stand alone I would strongly suggest you listen to at least the first of Tufo's Zombie fallout books - preferably all before you listen to this one or you'll miss a lot of jokes and inside comments. Bottom line, if you like Tufo and Talbot you'll love this one too.
This is an okay follow-up to the rest of the series but where did the zombies go? This one is mostly man vs bad guy after the world ends kingpin - which isn't bad but this author has written very creepy zombie action and tingled my spine in the past so I was a little disappointed. This series may have run its course. If you have read the rest of the series then this one is worth your time but I may or may not start the next one (if there is one.) Let's just say I'm not chomping for a follow-up.
I really enjoyed this book. Well written, good characters, and interesting twists and turns with just a touch or dry sense of dark humor. It also deviates from the main character to many side stories of other survivors' first days that are tangentially related to the main character. The basic story is regular guy with a little military experience (not Rambo but not a goofball either) writing a journal about the end of the world by zombie apocalypse. It isn't really journal style though because it uses the journal as a touchstone without making entries so abbreviated it's boring. The main character is lonely and writing to the journal as stress relief and addresses it as a character of it's own. It is mostly a first days story with a few side tales and flashbacks. This is the second of a series. Definitely in my top 10% for the zombie genre although I think non or new zombie fans would enjoy this one as well. This one has even more side tales, which I really enjoy, than the first one. Actually the whole second book is better than the first one which I five starred so...
Yes, narrator was very solid.
The other authors I like are Tufo, DJ Molles, and JL Bourne. If you like those I can't imagine you hating this series.
I really enjoyed this book. Well written, good characters, and interesting twists and turns. It also deviates from the main character to tell side stories of other survivors' first days that are tangentially related to the main character. The basic story is regular guy with a little military experience (not Rambo but not a goofball either) writing a journal about the end of the world by zombie apocalypse. It isn't really journal style though because it uses the journal as a touchstone without making entries so abbreviated it's boring. The main character is lonely and writing to the journal as stress relief and addresses it as a character of it's own. It is mostly a first days story with a few side tales and flashbacks. This is the first of a series. Definitely in my top 10% for the zombie genre although I think non or new zombie fans would enjoy this one as well.
This one is good. I've read the rest of this series by Cook and almost skipped this one because I really usually hate thinking talking etc zombies. I like my zombies shambling, brainless, and hungry. However, this one can be read as a stand alone - you need not have read the rest of the series to enjoy this one - or it can be skipped and you will not miss anything you need for the rest of the series. I would not skip it though. I thought it was great!
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