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Hissers is a magnificent and horrifying tale that is well written (with one glaring exception that I’ll explain below) and excellently produced. Macleod Andrews does an outstanding job with the narration. It is a fresh and exciting variation on the zombie genre told from the point of view of a group of kids trying to survive an undead apocalypse. One of the wonderful and very scary elements is that the kids are all believable – the way they talk, their interests, the angst – and this adds a kind of realism to this story that it needs to survive. The reader is drawn in to the characters as well as the story.
Frighteningly, we know from almost the beginning that none of them are safe. Nobody is safe! I found myself on several occasions saying RUN! HIDE! GO! No, not that way! Which is what I love in a great horror story.
This is a great, scary read that I highly recommend – with the caveat below:
For the most part the author, Ryan Thomas, is spot on and you believe the town and kids are so real it’s easy to “see” the action. However, the illusion vanishes like a falling backdrop whenever he talks about the military (which fortunately is not much). His ignorance and lack of the most basic knowledge is really inexcusable. I don’t expect many people these days to have a full grasp of military culture and hardware but if you’re going to write about it at least have a basic understanding. Most glaringly – A. Jeeps? Really? the US military hasn’t used Jeeps in over 30 years. They use Humvees and, oh yea, they are very well armored – all you have to do is watch the news to know that. B. F-14s? The last Tomcats were retired 5 years before this book was written and really had been out of the fleet for over a decade. Also, F-14s are “fighter jets” (designed for aerial combat) not bombers. In fact, most of the military hardware and ordinance used in the book is completely wrong for the situation. C. Please learn the difference between, and the roles of, Officers and Enlisted members. There is a whole chain of command between Generals and Privates. And, the only place where you will find a “squad of officers” is in Officer Candidate School or at a retirement ceremony. D. Finally, I’ll forgive that the Marines are completely the wrong service to be involved in the described situation (read the Marines mission) but will give kudos for use of Harriers as close air support (right service & right mission) although I suspect this is more accident than planning since, again it’s not the right vehicle to achieve the desired goal (hint B-52s).
Mr. Thomas, if you read this, I loved the book but next time you write about the military please do some basic research.
Wayland's entire "We're Alive" radio drama is fantastic, well written, well acted & well produced. I missed the last season's podcast and decided to stop being a free loader and buy it on Audible. Creative, exciting, frightening and entertaining this last stretch does a great job of closing out this series while leaving the door open for future possibilities (you know never to leave a door open when there are zombies around, right?). Listen to the whole production and you won't be disappointed.
The first and last 1/3 of Life Among the Dead is entertaining if not overly original. It wastes no time with build up and starts as the tide of the zombie outbreak overwhelms the unprepared authorities. A few characters stand out while others fall prey to the various pitfalls of the end of the world. The main character is a National Guard Soldier whose unit is routed sending him running from the growing zombie hoard. With a few exceptions, the secondary characters are mostly one dimensional and fall quickly as their plot purposes are completed. The situations stumble and rise in their creativity. Some are interesting, like the hospital fighting and house to house sprints, while others seem right out of a bad 1970s TV show. A town with a Cultish preacher followed by an encounter with a cannibalistic biker gang (right out of central casting) for example are distractions from the story and seem to be there just to add filler. Once this is out of the way the story gets back on track and the last bit picks up the pace again. Worth a read if you enjoy the zombie genre. Kudos to Parkinson who does a good job with the narration.
*PS - somebody tell the writers club that the Army hasn't driven Jeeps in 20 years. All services switched to Humvees before the first Persian Gulf War. I keep reading about modern troops riding in Jeeps and unless they raided a museum it really blows the sodb.
If you enjoy military thrillers and tales of the undead you will love this series! These books will draw you in and not let go. A series compendium was just released so you may as well buy the whole set so you don't have to stop to reload. And you know - in the ZA reloading can take precious seconds that you just don't have as the hungry zombie hoards crush in around you!
Thaxton's performance added a depth and intensity to the story that is unusual in this genre.
Reid's characters are believable and real protagonists for this journey to the beginning of the end of the world. The book primarily follows a close knit group of friends for a few days before and after an apocalyptic event first plunges Paris (and the world?) into darkness and then begins to mutate the dead into hellish predators of the survivors. Trapped in the narrow and foreign streets of Paris the group searches frantically for help, rescue and safety among the ruins.
Masterful return to form in this release. I bitched about the pace of the last book and maybe Philbrook got the message. The story and characters are much better borne out here and the feeling of danger and anxiety are back as Adrian and his crew struggle to survive, make allies and stay one step ahead of the undead.
I particularly enjoyed the continuation of the side story about Adrian's military/security friend overseas. This seems that it might tie in to Adrian's at some point but it could really stand on its own. I'm hoping to see more of these characters in the next book - or maybe even a spin off!?
This entire series is excellent! I listened to all of them within a few days and found it hard to turn off. Very well written and performed. The main characters are military Spec Ops types and Fuchs' has either been there or done his research well. One of the great things about the story is that even though these guys (and girls) are tough, trained and well armed they are still almost outmatched by the undead. Nobody is safe as they struggle to stay a half step ahead of the zombie hoardes, not to mention all the other pitfalls of post apocalypse civilization (supplies running low, fuel & ammo scarce, equipment failing, buildings structurally unsound). The anxiety and intensity level is off the chart and it is a non stop fight for survival. If these Spec Ops types are getting their asses kicked like this none of us regular Joe's would have a chance!
Tom Clancy could not write a better Military vs Zombie series. The only downside will be for readers with no military background. There are a lot of acronymns and references that only military types will get. But, even then, Fuchs explains what needs to be understood without boring the those of us who get it.
Last note - if you like "The Remaining" series you will love this.
There are some interesting new spins on the zombie genre here that I like. Mainly they can communicate with each other, think basic thoughts and use tools. I am interested in seeing where their development is going. The main character is hard to follow though. At one point he seems to be going crazy which makes sense, but then he's not, so his behavior goes back to being inconsistent and hard to believe. He forgets how long he has been doing things - a lot (sitting down, staring at walls, laying on the floor). Minutes after a major zombie encounter he stops at his favorite Chinese food restaurant. Then leaves with little to no warning to his "friend" the proprietor of what is happening. Other characters are 2D and not very well developed. This is an ok book if you have nothing better going on.
Good continuation of this series with well done character and plot development .
Fast paced & entertaining spin on the zombie thing. Another from the zombie plague disease angle but with some interesting new takes on what its like to be among the walking dead.
I've enjoyed this series overall and recommend it to my fellow zombie & horror readers. This episode however drags a bit and at points seems to become a laundry list of things the main characters are doing and collecting. Also, for most of the series the main character, Adrian, comes across as an average guy but here he starts to lean into being more of a super soldier. With his Army background we expect more from him than a real average guy but here its a little much. Still a good read and worth a listen.
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