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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!
Oh phew, I won't reveal who, but someone dies in the book and hopefully the next book will be better because of it.
Actually there's a fair bit of killing going on and new characters, even girls! This story has more going on and is more interesting becuase of it. They get stuck on an island they thought was safe, fight their way out, meet up with some soldiers and find their way home. If the author put a little more effort and focused on details like scavenging or reinforcing, this book could easily be as long as a proper book.
Otherwise same issues as the first book. Billy just makes lousy decisions and the narrators whiny voice when the characters argue gets so tiresome. Not everyone makes their point by whining the last word of every sentence they say. I can understand if one character does that, but they all do.
I don't know what the blurb was talking about building a new world. These are 5 dumb boys, no girls. No building anything going on. Since they were kids, they've accepted Billy as their leader, but the thing is, he sucks at it. He is a dithering moralist, but may be just a peg above the IQ of the others, except Harley, he's cool. If you like screaming in your head at the stupid things the characters do, or how some things don't make sense, this book is for you. At one point, a zombie kills someone, only they don't know its a zombie yet. So its actually a murder scene. Billy feels so sad he doesn't just want to leave the body, but bring it back with them to town to the sheriff. I think the author and his fictional character must be the only two people in the world who think its ok to remove the dead body from a murder scene. But his group revolt and lay the smack down on him when he comes up with yet again another stupid idea later on; capturing a zombie (He _still_ doesn't know its a zombie)
I gave three stars, story is redeeming, its interesting and not bad. Very short! Hardly worth the $ if I didn't get it on sale. I invested in the second book. Story is alright. Narration is ok too, maybe better than, like almost 4 stars. Just one thing; whenever they argue, everyone gets this whiny exasperated voice like small children.
I don't know how he did it for such a short book, but theres a climax befitting an ending in the middle but he just goes on anyways. I would say this book is the best in the series so far.
There is even a female character now. I didn't think the narrator would pull it off, but he did. I don't think the author really knows what to do with females though. The series is thin on the emotional stuff, but the story keeps me interested. I think their attempts to get back to the States is kinda dumb, but that's even pointed out in the story. Oh well, thats what they wanna do.
I like how he makes his zombies different too; they are semi intelligent, tribal, fight each other. Usually they behave like regular dumb zombies unless there is an alpha zombie around.
The story is pretty simple; the soldiers have to figure out how to survive by their wits when their chain of command can't help them. The world has been over run, unbelievably in a couple of days.
Not much else is going on here besides that. I do like the portrayal of the afghans and how things developed with that story.
The narration is ok, pacing and pauses were all good. The problem is that all the characters sounded like red necks and hill billys. Lord help us if there were any females in the story, I wouldn't want to hear what they sounded like.
I had already read the omnibus collection of books 1-3 but it turns out it doesn't really matter if you read this story afterwards because it may be more fun to not reveal the origins of the apocalypse too early. The story also ties in well with things towards the end of book 3. Hopefully the storyline in this book will converge with the others in book 4.
I always feel that the start of the apocalypse is the most interesting of any series, how the zombies take over the world. The story is out of the eyes of Zach who, although he is well trained, he is really still just a civilian. Because of that, it is easier to identify with him than the super hero like tier-1 operatives who are assigned to protect him. And protect him they do. Again and again.
Briefly, the the story is they that they have to flee on the highway and get to their main base and being in a foreign country, they can't trust anyone and everyone is shooting at them. Or biting. Story is interesting all the way through and maybe the only thing lacking is a female character and anyone hint of romance or family whatsoever. Just bromance in this one.
Narration by R.C Bray is amazingly good as usual.
If you're looking for character depth, maybe you should stay away as this all about tough as nails disciplined special forces men and the obligatory just as tough female sniper. The beginning spends quite some time on the characters, but I actually fast forwarded twice, because they were all the same and their "depth" of how tough they were got tiresome. All the soldiers were the same to me. Except Predator because he is the toughest of them all. There are alot of acronyms, descriptive weaponry and tactics as you would expect In a military focused book. At this time the book was worth three stars.
A positive is that becuase they are tough and professional killers, there is no whingeing, whining, moral delimmas or doing of dumb things.
Halfway through, the story got me hooked and it's pretty interesting and well written. The SEAL team scavenges Europe for supplies and search research centres for the cure, the trail leading to an over run United States. The virus has mutated and there are a few fast and powerful zombies (Zulu Foxtrots) that will just slash people just to spread the virus, not to feed. Englishman Wesley is the most relatable character, being a civilian security guard. He got drafted and how that happened made me laugh. The story switches between Wesley and the gung-Ho special operators.
There are no raiders, cannibal sects or government conspiracies but there is a stupid kid which messes everything up, which is sadly so essential in many zombie stories.
I read this omnibus first because it was labeled 1-3, but there's another marked as 0.5 that I've just started and it's a totally different story, with new characters occurring before the apocalypse. I wish I read that one first, because right now I want to continue with the story I'm on. Two of the characters did something stupid and unexpected in the end.
The narrators rough voice fits the book but he's just great with all the voices.
It is was good until the end climax which I won't reveal but there were parts which I don't think were really thought through. I found what the characters did and their plans questionable, too many, "Why are they doing that for?" Just too many bad ideas and foolish actions.
Otherwise the relationships between the characters and their development was great and sets up interesting aspects for the next book.
So there are two tales going on here; the book switches rather rapidly between Devin and Lori but wasn't hard to keep track of things as the characters are kept to a minimal. Both are pretty dumb really, Lori is shielded in the FEMA camp, while Devin hid out for 6 months too terrified to face the changed world. Not dumb like it leaves you screaming at them in your head when they do stupid things, it's more as they are portrayed as naive, weak civilians. But they develop and there are other more talented characters.
There are survivors, raiders, cannibals are a crazy sect as fitting an apocalypse tale. Too bad no zombies :/. Hardly any scavenging or building fortifications. I was impressed by the twists in the story, I wasn't expecting several developments. Good story, I liked it!
Narrator isn't bad, but is challenged with female voices, getting slightly better towards the end. It's that kind of transvestite voice. Too bad for him there are so many female characters! I'd pay a couple of bucks more if audible books had two narrators, one male, one female.
I liked the Tom Clancy novels but this author is just too detailed and technical, all unnecessary. I just zoned out in the beginning as the details distract from the story.
The actual story is interesting; the common thread is how everyone thinks they are doing the right thing, but big organizations take a life of their own and just following orders ends up being the wrong thing to do with Alex just looking out for his family and friends.
The books in the series are really long, we appreciate that, and on top of that now there's a "novella". We don't like novellas but I don't begrudge the author because the books are otherwise complete. This is for that little extra story and fleshes out what's going on with the "official" United States, President Briggs and most importantly, Abe.
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