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As the blurb points out, we will finally figure out whats going on and why everyone call themselves the "good guys". Great finish to this story line, as the next book takes off decades later which this book will set up, with the introduction of a new mysterious character.
The narrator, on the other hand, was lousy. He didn't even try to do different voices. He would be very monotone except he has an annoying habit where at the end of each sentence the first part of the last word goes up a notch and trails out. You can hear it in the blurb, like "eagle" in "desert eagle". I'd give him one star but I have in fact heard worse, like the narration he has done in other books which out of curiosity I had to try the samples of. The story is still listenable though.
So Sir Edward and his two pals, Morgan and Tristan ride to the north in search of...you guessed it, Edwards wife! So the typical zombie story and elements are intact; we follow them as they encounter one weird and crazy group after the other until they get to his wife.
The difference is the setting, its medieval England which is done really quite well. The zombiesm in this story is kinda ill defined, being treated more like what they know of from before, the plague. They don't seem to make huge hordes and chase humanity around forever, they can in fact get distracted and lose interest if you keep galloping away from them.
But they're still zombies, need to chop at the head and all that. An advantage these knights have compared to modern stories is that they do in fact have amour! They eventually lose their chain mail, war horses and swords, but still...
Religion is always part of a good zombie story, but here its even bigger since its the middle ages. Morgan I think was a monk and is deeply religious while Tristan seems atheist and plays the comedic side kick.
Lack of any major female character kept the story on track, if you find lovey dovey stuff distracting. I don't and would have preferred some deeper relational aspects in the story. Other than that, its a good read, and look! There is a book 2! Think I'll pick that up, although I think the story could have just ended the way it was. We know there is no cure...don't we?
So now we figure whats up with that kid from the last book; similar to Regan, Ben has a mission to fulfill where he tracks down the initiators of the apocalypse and terminates them. Don't worry though, the old gang aren't too far off.
Now this book starts its own storyline and introduces new elements and plots, just as mysterious as in the old books. I'm on book 6 and I still don't know whats going on :). The new plot line has to do with a lot of beautiful women seemingly bred or, I'm guessing now, even cloned from the past playboy models, and raised for some secret purpose.
Now I don't like over the top, far fetched plots and these series of books are kinda that, but the author is an expert in weaving these intricate plots while still keeping the plausibility of it all. If it wasn't realistic, I'd have dumped this series a long time, but the story set up is pretty good, the best I've read in a zombie book actually.
Best character: Harrison! Grumpy potty mouthed old man with humor befitting a freaking zombie apocalypse! Great narration work on him and all the other characters.
This book has 3 narrators! Wow! They're not all talking at the same time, rather one narrator controls certain characters and their scenes always seem to comprise of just those characters and the same narrator. I think. I'm not sure, but it works it great.
Starting to feel a little expensive now, but I figure this series is worth it. The narrator is crazy good, excellent job.
Now its Billy's turn to lead the storyline and like Laura, he is learning to be ruthless. The plot is getting really complex and confusing but that's the intention as we're trying to figure out the who's and the why's and the what's. On his way to find his mother, he has to kill people he doesn't want to kill, his enemy becomes his ally and another survivor enters the mix with his own opinions. This book just had so much packed into it. Top marks!
After getting away by the skin of their teeth, Billy wants to go _back_ into the city to rescue his mom. I don't know why people always think in zombie books that everyone is dead, except just their particular loved one who has stayed put waiting to be rescued.
But its all a rather believable story, there is a reason why there's not too many zombies about, and the conspiracy plot begins to thicken. Little by little things are revealed; the cops don't seem to be who they are, and whats this about a cure?
This story is mostly about Laura, fighting for her life and kids, and boy does she take a beating here. Laura's character starts to develop now, no longer the naive civilized wife, she not only needs to be smart to survive, but also brutal. Its all rather exciting. And gross.
I can't explain why each book is so short, it made me avoid this series until now. I guess the upfront cost is cheap to get people started, as the stories get longer and more worth a credit later on.
Early on we find out that the infection is intentional, as people received "pricks" in subways. A few days after, today, people just change to zombies and start eating the normals. David needs to get away from down town to his wife and kids, which he actually does as that's just half way through the story. I liked this because I got to see him and his family interact and be part of the story, it wasn't just the end of the story. David is pretty smart, so is his wife and kid in fact, but they aren't brutal, which is a problem not only in this book, but the next as I'm currently reading book 2 now. Threats to your life and family need to be eliminated, zombie or human!
I wasn't very impressed by the narrator, kinda monotone, non flowing kind of reading. Didn't sound like a pro. But each book has new narrators, an excellent idea I think, I prefer the narrator in book 2. So yeah, I'm following this series, and I think you should too!
Book is about infected, not zombies, so I couldn't place these monsters in a "type" of zombie. They can be sneaky and even wait in the back seat of your car! Eeek!
Start of this book is pretty creepy, scary even. The story starts off in a small town in the mountains somewhere but the book has two main story lines, one with a father who is a cop and his daughter and the other is a guy who runs a gas station in the middle of no where and a girl; they have a mini story of their own between them. Eventually, these two stories converge in a pretty cool way.
There is also a secret organization involved, and this is where it kinda lost me in the plausibility area. How this secret organization is run and the things they do is a bit dumb. But most of that is at the end, until then I really liked the story. Just had to roll my eyes whenever this evil group of bungling amateurs showed up.
So John is the protagonist, but he isn't the hero. John is some corporate suit, lacking any particular skills for the zombie apocalypse. Kyle is more hero like, but really, hes just a security guard/helicopter pilot, and with no helicopter, he is only slightly above Johns mediocrity. Both of them just try their best and learn to work with each other. A funny part was when John looked for a solution from Kyle and I expected a brilliant plan, but no...he didn't know either, what to do?!
So the story is about them, how they become strong friends, struggling and straining to use the best of their wits to get out of one jam into another, to find Johns wife. Sticking to the Zombie genre, a major part of the story is the "captured by a cult plot". But this author came up with a new twist. Not a religious cult, not a racist cult, rather a more contemporary idea befitting the times.
The zombies here are pretty much the shambling type, unless they are fresh. I found Davis' zombie theory had some holes. One saluted a flag? But they can't find their way around blocked terrain? Uh? These little sprinklings of zombie intelligence is littered around, but they generally don't show it. Maybe the explanation will be better in the next book.
This is a great book from beginning to end, and the ending, well, you'll have to read it, very powerful, gave an extra star on overall because of it. Oh, and narrator, great job!
Rather than go back to Dan and Newcastle, most of the book is about other characters, only closer to the end do we thankfully revisit the old gang. Think I would have gladly skipped to the last couple hours of this book.
The one character, Dustin, who gets the most time is the one you hate. This poor excuse for a human being is responsible for horrible things, although the character is well written, its barely bearable to listen to what he is going to be responsible for next. Why do I want to read so much about a character I hate? I don't. Horribly annoying story.
Many times I thought I'd give a 1 or a 2 for this story, but the end some what redeemed the story and is just barely worth reading the entire book for. I hope the next installment isn't like this. I hope for fewer meandering short stories which don't add to the main gang and their storyline.
Its a pretty well written book and good narration, I just had difficulty with the story. I had some difficulty with the "hero" because he has anger issues and doesn't seem to be very thoughtful, but that's because hes just a kid. I don't like kids in stories, but they weren't terribly annoying.
As you read in the blurb, his base got run over and he's trying to find his brother, along with an even younger side kick he feels obligated to protect. So typically, on his way there, he meets up with one group after the other...
Soon after the fall of the base, two brothers save his life and rather than being thankful this silly alpha dominance struggle ensues. I don't think he said thanks, just got all angry, literally the second after they shot the zombies about to eat him. Same thing happens later on, he gets "caught" twice by quirky groups. They have their "issues", but its not like they want to put him in a pot and eat him. They give him a safe place to sleep, eat and rest and he just gets all up in their face. Amazingly they try to placate him, except the one time where one in their group ran off and got himself killed and they were all put in "jail". I was like uh? They didn't do anything, the one who did something stupid died, why jail the rest?
I can't think of any "twist" in this book, kinda standard fare, but thats ok, most "twists" are pretty dumb.
I liked the narrator for the most part, but two of the characters were similar, sounding kinda dopey and one was the voice of Xanders brother but didn't sound like family at all.
Still, the actual writing is pretty good and I'll invest in the next book in the series. Maybe Xander will grow up and use his anger only when he needs to. And the authors already jammed all the zombie cliches in this book, so maybe he can focus more on just one good story.
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