I'd never willingly be harsh or callous about a book, not publicly anyway, but I really did not like this one. It was not what I expected, which in this case is not a positive point. While it was clear there was some knowledge or research on a lot of the military and weapons information, the writing is not up to snuff.
I'm usually always skeptical about a book when I first start, don't know why, but I almost always come to like it in the end. This would be the first book with Audible I genuinely disliked. The writing was just not good. Early on 'American' was referred to as a language...it isn't. We speak English, despite how bastardized and butchered.
The main character who might as well have been wallpaper? Awful. Why did every other character have more personality and narrative, however lackluster, than the main character? Among all of them it was 'Scout' who stole the show. Which is a shame, because I hate her...so much. I mean I'm not averse to cheesy sort of "we're one big happy family" sort of garbage -okay maybe I am just a little bit- but come on...
The story is vague at best, never clearly explained and yet I found myself uninterested. I guess it was creative? I guess...but that's if i'm really grasping. Suffice to say it had some potential but really just provided uhh, I don't know what it provided. Nothing satisfactory.
Near the end it was clear the author was getting lazy, completely skipping segments and covering his tracks by having the characters discuss what had just happened.The ending was anti-climatic to say the absolute least and practically an afterthought. The entirety of the plot was wrapped up in the last 20 minutes.
I'm hesitant to say I hated it but then I think about it and have to accept. I hated it. I surely hope this is not meant to be a series.
Likable characters, bigger stakes.
I'm not excited by the prospect, nor am I averse to it.
Micheal Kramer's performance was really straight forward and dry. A bit more than it ought to have been. His narration style would seem better suited to a detective sort of stories.
It wasn't awful. It picked up when Marcus was introduced. Before that I had already set it aside for a long time. Still, I never really got into it.
Most of the characters were unbearable. The main character, whose name escapes me, was plain and forgettable and his wife was awful. There was no reason to like her and it was hard to believe that one would, or should, go through anything to rescue (though obviously saving his son's life is something.) His wife, admittedly, does nothing but nag him irrationally and has really no redeeming qualities. The end just ends up making the entire thing meaningless.
I wasn't really a fan of this book but I didn't hate so much as to avoid the author. I am interested to know where this particular series appears in the chronology of his works because I feel like he's got a lot of improving to do. Oliver Wyman is solid as narrators go and i'm not averse to checking out a book based only on his involvement.
I'm interested to know where this series/book appears in the chronology of his works because I feel like the author has a lot of room for improvement. That said, it isn't awful, it could just be way better.
None. That was actually one of the issues I had with the book. I was absolutely uninterested in the characters. At one point a character does something to appear compassionate but it seems only to backfire. There is nothing offensive about any of the characters, there's just simply nothing to like. There is a point where a character means to show his literary prowess by quoting Shakespeare. Sure, that works, but it's as vanilla and obvious as showing you like music by singing Beatles songs. We get it, thanks.
Am I a sociopath? I didn't really have any sort of emotional reaction to this book.
The story never picked up enough steam to get me interested. Given the state of the zombie novel (Yeah, you know that whole there-are-a-buttload deal) it is not unique or interesting enough to stand out, or spend a credit on. I get that it is a series, but this particular book's end seemed really abrupt to me and wasn't enough to convince me to stick with it. Sure there's nothing particularly offensive about this story but there is also nothing particularly intriguing.
I'd be the last to praise this book as I often found myself cringing at the writing, but I was entertained to some degree.
It is interesting to hear a zombie story for the point of view of someone who might be suited to deal with it (mike's guns and weapons training) rather than the usually random dude. The characters were mostly unbearable.
Different narrator, was not a fan of the narration.
It was pretty entertaining if you overlook the obvious problems.
Mike was not funny, not in the slightest. No one was legitimately entertaining. Sarcasm seems to be the only attempt at humor which was kind of awful. The wife is irritating, irrational and endlessly nagging.
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