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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.
after the first book ended so abruptly, i wanted to see where the story was heading so i downloaded book two. surprisingly, book two is 50% about adrian and 50% vignettes.
the vignettes are really good, especially the opening one, one mistake, the last stand of hall b. all i can say is wow! horror at its best! it's gory, sad, and extremely tragic. it's definitely an emotionally gripping story. that's all i'll say. i don't want to spoil it for you. ok...i'll say one more thing...it would win zombie short story of the year in my book!
putting a name to a face is a story about sabrina, a 40 year old nurse as the dead and those bitten turn into zombies at the hospital.
exodus tells abigail's story during the initial outbreak at the school. in the first book, adrian ran into abigail when he was cleaning the school of zombies. she's the one who decided to drive home.
jerusalem tells the story of kevin whitten, one of adrian's best friends. kevin works for a private military contractor and is part of a protective group for a senator, who is in jerusalem. this vignette is linked to one of adrian's journal entries, and through them, we get more of adrian's background in the military.
the chief tells the police chief's story after his father is bitten by a zombie at moore's gun store.
all of these vignettes add depth to adrian's story and provide some details of what else is going on outside the campus.
the publisher's summary mentions adrian meets gilbert so i'll mention him. he's an old green beret, and thankfully, he's not one of those hard charging, all guns blazing characters. that wouldn't match the story. gilbert is kind of crotchety, but he's wise and deliberate. he's also kind of a mystery, never revealing all of his cards. gilbert is a good addition to the story.
adrian also gets some additional company, but i won't say who. the additional company makes sense- it doesn't feel contrived.
once again the book ends; however, not as abruptly as book one. the book ends at a good place because it nicely sets up the next book.
overall, a good second book- no sophomore slump!
northern exposure meets zombieland? let me start with the northern exposure part. northern exposure was one of my favorite shows b/c it was odd and quirky with a great cast of characters, one of which was john corbett. he played a philosophical ex-convict who was a disc jockey and between songs, he'd comment on all kinds of things. his comments were funny and at times very insightful. anyway, adrian reminds me of john corbett's character on northern exposure. the narrator's voice also reminds me of john corbett's voice- easy and smooth to listen to.
i don't know if you've ever seen zombieland, but it is a pretty good zombie comedy. jessie eisenberg plays a geeky guy named columbus. he's survived by making rules, such as cardio (you have to be faster than the slowest person), double tap (always make sure you shot a zombie in the head), beware of bathrooms, etc... adrian also reminded me of columbus because like columbus, he started to come up with rules as he survived certain situations.
as the story opens, adrian begins journaling because he's lonely. he starts his journal, who he calls mr. journal, in september. as he opens up, we learn that the zombie outbreak started like 3 months earlier in june. adrian is a resdence advisor at a small but elite private school. basically, he works the night shift in a dorm watching over the students.
the story swings between time frames. adrian will describe what he has been presently doing and how he got to where he is. the present entries describe his activities scavenging and securing the campus. his other entries recount the initial outbreak and the choices he made.
there are a couple of extended vignettes that are told from the perspective of people that encountered adrian during the initial outbreak. one is phil, a gun store clerk, and the other is soccer mom, a mom who encountered adrian at a grocery story. both are really good stories.
the story is kind of slow, but that's ok. this is not an action-packed run and gun shot 'em type story. the zombies are shamblers with kind of a twist- they don't moan, which if you think about it has some scary implications, but you can listen about them when you download the book!
overall, this is a funny yet at times emotionally gripping story. i'd classify the humor as dry humor, and at times, guy humor.
i have enjoyed the previous 3 slow burn books, and dead fire is another good episode. i call it an episode b/c the stories are so short. i'm glad they released a box set so others, who may not be hard core zombie aficionados, can see what all the excitement is about. but like i mentioned in an earlier review, these short stories / episodes are expensive! but to me, they're worth it!
the publisher's summary does a good job detailing where the story picks up. i can't say much without spoiling your listening experience so i'll say why you should pick up this book, either now or when the next box set comes out.
as we've found out, zed's smarter than we thought, and his philosophy degree is finally paying off! LOL anyway in previous books, zed has noticed an emergent behavior among the whites. in this episode, we finally get a look into how this has developed and who has started it! and an old enemy is back, and zed is out for blood!
what i like about these stories and this one in particular is that even though you can see where the plot may be heading, the author resolves the situation in an unexpected and unpredictable way, which keeps the story fresh.
overall, this is another action-packed episode of slow burn. the author does a good job pacing the story and keeping it fresh and interesting. this episode ends at can't wait for the next one to come out!
the palpable tension in parts of the story.
there were several memorable moments, but i can't say without spoiling parts of the story. but i did find myself cheering for somebody unexpected. 'nuff said!
r.c. bray is the man! he can do all sorts of voices, from a regular joe to deep and gravely to a confident, young girl to a great canadian accent.
tenner definitely gets more developed, but i'd have to say amy. who is she? listen to the book to find out!
at first, i wasn't to sure about this story. i liked scott's character from book 1, but i wasn't sure if he could carry a story bby himself, without gus. also, i wasn't sure if a whole 12 hour story about hunting for a serial killer would be that interesting. so if you're wondering the same things, then let me put those worries to rest. this is another great story.
as the story opens, scott is traveling to hellifax in search of tenner, the serial killer who brutally tortured and killed his 2 friends and mistakenly left him for dead. there's one problem though- a blizzard. the snow is really piling up, and scott must find a suitable place to hole up before he and his suv get stuck.
the beginning is kind of slow. tenner lures somebody to their death. at first, i thought it was just another torture scene, but that person's death plays a pivotal role in the direction of the plot later in the book. throughout the story, parts of the story are told from tenner's point of view. these are like short vignettes, and i enjoyed them.
there's also another group introduced in the beginning. they call themselves the norsemen. they are a hardened group of men ordered to head east to find out what's going on and to look for supplies. like tenner, i wasn't to sure about them, but their story is woven nicely into the overall arch of the story.
i must say the author has once again done a good job of creating a lot of tension in certain parts of the story. i was actually holding my breath in parts, trying not to make to much noise as i listened. LOL no, i won't spoil your listening experience and tell you what was happening. but it does involve scott meeting a girl named amy at the most inopportune time!
once the story starts to pick up, it moves quickly to end. yes, the ending is a little sad but satisfying. the author nicely wraps up the major plot lines, and you don't get the feeling that the author rushed to finish things. i would say the pacing is excellent. at the end, there is a possibility of another book, but if not, the story definitely wrapped up in a satisfying way!
overall, i highly recommend this book! it could be read as a standalone book, but i really enjoyed it as the 3rd and final? book.
this is my favorite of the 3 books! wow! zed really loses his $hit and goes crazy! i really liked that the author finally got to the hospital. there's a lot of action, and zed really needs a dose of the ogre and the harpie to get through what he has to do! the hospital scenes are really good.
destroyer focuses on zed. murphy kinda takes a back seat for most of the story. a few new characters are added to the story. the casualty rate is high, and you never know who's going to survive, which is always a plus in my book. the hoard scenes are intense and well thought out. i like how nothing comes easy.
overall, a good continuation of the story!
the ending was pretty shocking! i definitely wasn't expecting that!
the narrator is still hyped up, still doing william shatner! lol
this is a good continuation of the overall story. the banter between zed and murphy is pretty entertaining.the plot progresses in a believable way, and the author manages the tension of the story well. i like how zed and murphy continue to experiment with their slow burn status. it's definitely an interesting plot device.
regarding the narration, it grew on me. my first thought was william shatner. a lot of people kind of laugh at his overacting as captain kirk on star trek. to apply it to the narrator, i thought he was overacting.
i'm a zombie apocylapse junkie, and i'll listen to almost any zombie story so when audible recommended this book, i clicked on it to read the summary and listen to the sample. neither really caught my attention, but i had a few hours to burn so i decided to give it a try b/c i could always return it. plus at $10, it's pretty expensive for such a short story. however by the time i finished listening to it, i downloaded the next installment b/c i was intrigued by what would happen next.
the story takes place in austin, texas, and most of the action is centered around the university there. the author went to school there, and uses his knowledge of the area to build the story.
i can't say much without spoiling the plot, but what i can say is that the plot is unique in that it's a little bit different than what i've listened to lately, and different is usually good.
even though slow burn is a really short story at 3 and 1/2 hours, it packs a punch. a lot happens in that short time.
as the author states, this is the first book in a 6 part series. as an initial outbreak story, it's pretty good. it captures the confusion and fear of what's happening. there's a lot of action, but there are well-timed pauses to let the listener and characters catch their breath. the story ends at a good place, and i'm eagerly awaiting to see what happens next.
a little bit about me...at the moment, all of the t.v. shows i watch are either on hiatus or are over. so audio books are one of my main sources of entertainment. so, i'm always purchasing extra credits and buying books. i found slow burn worth the $10. i was thoroughly entertained by it. so if you're like me, then this is a good way to be entertained for a short time.
if you're new to the zombie genre or don't want to expend a credit on such a short story, put it in your wish list to come back to to see if an omnibus version is released in the future, or if it goes on sale. there are a lot of good zombie books, and this one is kind of expensive. if you're interested, then please check my reviews b/c i reviewed a bunch of 'em.
as the story opens ken and his group of survivors are going up in the elevator of his wife's building. they discover that some of the infected are acting differently. kind of like the aliens in the alien movies, these infected are secreting something from their mouths, building cocoon-like structures and webbing. the infected let ken and his group just pass on by as they wander around, which i kinda found weird. but ok, i'll buy it for now. ken finds his wife and 2 children in a drugged state, encased in webbing. it's not until they try to free ken's family that those infected get agitated. once ken's family is free, they flee the building across a giant crane that has fallen between the 2 buildings. and this is where things start to get even weirder and more unbelievable.there are like thousands or even tens of thousands of infected chasing them. either they are able to elude them or the author forgot just how many were chasing them.the story devolves into 2 really long action scenes, where ken and company are chased and stalked by different kinds of infected.
from the story, i know we're like 4 hours into the infection, but i just don't know how these people were able to keep their energy up enough to perform these feats- crossing a huge crane and then shimmying down an elevator shaft infested with another type of infected. the believability went out the window for me. i just don't see how the infected have evolved into so many varying types so quickly after just a few hours.
initially, i was intrigued by the characters, but there's just no time to develop them b/c they're always running and fighting for their lives!
the story ends in another cliffhanger, and i was left thinking how much more can these characters take?
overall, i was disappointed by the direction the story took. the action was so frenetic and the tension was so high that i actually felt exhausted after listening to this short story. it's a frustrating listen, and i can't recommend it. download at your own risk!
safari picks up right where the mountain man left off. gus has just fought off roxanne and her boyfriend's gang. his house is trashed and full of dead bodies, but there's no rest for gus. even though he has had the crap beat out of him by roxie, he has to attend to things, and the first being his shattered teeth. roxie's knee to his face has broken some of his teeth, and in one grisly scene, gus has to play dentist.
gus is haunted by his betrayal and the loss of his friend, scott. he drowns his demons with booze and killing zombies. safari is darker than the mountain man as gus' loneliness causes him to hallucinate and to start losing some of his humanity. reminiscent of the movie, cast away, gus has an imaginary friend in the form of a captain morgan's bottle. their banter is funny and touching at times.
there is tension throughout the story, and you wonder when gus' boozing is going to catch up with him, especially since he's solo. there are a few holy $hit scenes, where you're definitely thinking how in the heck is gus gonna get out of this hornets nest.
i think safari is faster paced than mountain man, but the plot does not feel rushed. there is a lot of zombie bashing as gus dons his nomex suit, neck brace, and helmet.
the mystery to the disappearing bodies is revealed, and i have to say it's quite shocking. it's definitely unique, and something you won't be expecting! no, i'm not going to tell you!
once again, rc bray does a great job narrating the story. he is definitely one of my favorite narrators.
overall, an excellent follow-up to the mountain man. if you liked that story, then you'll really like this one.
as the story opens, lance, cass, and doc brown are ashore, looking for supplies, and highford is manning their boat. lance is in target, trying on some socks while cass and doc brown are scavenging for medical supplies.
as lance leans against a dvd stand to get his balance, he unwittingly knocks it over, and the sound draws some of the day walkers. what follows is a frenetic cat and mouse chase as lance, cass, and doc brown flee the vladys to the perceived safety of their boat.
brant's writing makes me feel like i'm right there, in the middle of the action! wayne june's narration brings the action off the pages and into my room. he knows when to pick up his reading speed and when to slow down. his narration adds another level of enjoyment to the story.
although the story is told from lance's perspective, you really get to know the other characters, especially cass.
i like how nothing comes easy for these survivors, and how none are the super soldier type. it's adds a sense of realism to the story.
our survivors run into an old enemy, ralph, the leader of the minutemen, who tied up lance after lance let him and cronies into his hiding place. although ralph and his group are kind of cliche, i liked the tact the author took to resolve that part of the story.
overall, a good continuation of the story and a good listen.
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