In the morning, the invisible spiders had hatched and had spread. Now the small town of Hammond is under quarantine and the inhabitants are fighting to survive. They face something they can't see, and no one, not even the military has answers. They just know they must escape before it's too late. They must stop themselves from being caught in the web.
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This was an interesting book - much better than I expected. As the second book in the series, I fully expected to not understand characters and their relationships and grasp the current situation. I have to say, this is one of the few books that I've read as part of a series without reading the previous installments first that actually made sense. I don't feel like I was missed much by not having read the initial book though I would guess it's at least as interesting as this book. The 'zombies' were unusual from the typical zombie we're used to in current media. I liked it, it was a nice change. The story developed a good momentum and while many of the characters were certainly not likable, they were interesting. I'd definitely check out another book by this author. (Three and a half stars for the story, but I round up.)
The narrator did a great job giving the characters their own voice and feeling. I look forward to hearing more of his work in the future.
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This is the second book in the series and immediately starts where the first book left. The already tense nature of the book only increases by leaps and bounds as the pace quickens and havoc is wreaked upon this small rural town. There were multiple times that the book left me agape, as the mental imagery from the action was magnetic.
He did a great job.
Wow! What a new and fresh take on an old genre. I loved it. I read the book out of order this is actually book 2.Listening to book one now. Other that wondering how it all started book two is so well written it could be a stand alone book.
It takes place in small town America and we follow a small group of people who end up in a bar.As well as the Military personnel both on the inner and outer perimeter and the General and his men hidden in a bunker after the K Protocol or "Lockdown Protocol" was activated.The most serious practical of them all and it was put in place to rapidly move things along with any unknown Biohazards or catastrophic event that threatens National Security. They usher the General Mayfever in charge to an underground bunker and he is Un-named from that time on to give him the anonymity to make the tough calls and do what needs to be done to save the country.
In this case, a small town Doctor Samuel Wilson notified the CDC a Dr.Baine Thompson who initiated the K Protocol.Most everyone else was left out of the loop and doing their job without understanding the gravity and what exactly is going on. They even called in Local police from other towns to help secure the perimeter.The whole town was in quarantine, no one in, no one out!
Jasin was called in to work at his mom's bar to help his aunt Tina out who had an emergency to tend to.His Aunt Tina was only a few yrs older than he was. When she called and asked him to help her where she was Jason called in his closest buddy who was a conspiracy theory enthusiast and who had been preparing for the end for some time. But wasn't at his place when the crisis came.He was at the Bar helping his friend out.
Things became quite apparent to Jason that something really messed up was going on when his little sister Lisa came crashing through the window trying to kill him. Her skin like the others had a gray hue and blank eyes. He had to get back to the bar. After a few break-ins his mom went a little overboard with securing the bar, now he was glad she did, it may be the safest place around.Or is it? I won't say anymore go pick up your copy.
Mr. Jason R Davis presented quite a large twist to the story by following the transformation as well as the characters.They seem to see and feel spiders crawling on and under their skin,and mutilate themselves trying to get them off before they become zombie-like and start killing.What an epic indicator of the change.LOL that would be enough to make a grown person go crazy even on a normal day.Way to raise the creep factor bar, well done. I had not read anything by this Author before but I will be now I guarantee it. He is a great storyteller and his work is outside the norm and a fresh now take, I like that.He sets a vivid scene and believable characters from the weak to the strong and everything in-between.
The narrator did a great job with this book.
I am an author as well as a budding audio book lover.
Maybe, I didn't listen to book 1 so if I do I may listen to book 2 again. I read a lot so I usually don't read the same book again.
This was very unique.
His clear and has an easy flow but is sometimes monotone.
This isn't so much the most memorable character more the most memorable moment. Towards the beginning when the townspeople are only beginning to see zombies and haven't quite figured out what's happening there's a man in a car. He see's zombies walking towards him but hasn't figured out what they are and thinks it's a joke or people with make up. This part had me in rolling in laughter.
The idea Jason Davis uses, invisible spiders, is a different. I have seen almost every zombie movie, read several zombie books and his is unique. I enjoy that creativity in taking a worn out concept and making it his own. The only thing I didn't enjoy about the book was the authors repetitive descriptions because they slowed down the pace of the story for me but otherwise an entertaining read and highly recommended for zombie fans.
Firstly, I'll start with a quick overview of the three audiobooks available in this universe.
The first is Inside the Mirrors. The main character of this is Rob Aletto, an ex-Chicago cop and now small town part time cop. It is a standalone story to the following two books, but does provide a common character for all three books.
Next is Hatched, the first book in the Invisible Spiders series. This book has Rob Aletto in a more or less cameo appearance, and is set in a town about 30 miles away from Standard, the setting for the Inside the Mirrors.
Finally is Caught in the Web. This book has the author listed as Jason Davis as opposed to the other two which list the author as Jason R Davis, so an author link search in Audible won't show all three books. This book also features Rob Aletto as a lead character.
I got Caught in the Web as a review copy, and seeing it was part two, I purchased Hatched to listen to that first. Then the narrator kindly pointed out that Inside the Mirrors was related and also offered me a review copy of that, which I gladly accepted.
This book continues with the story begun in Hatched, and provides I feel a better story, with the same great ideas, but without the avalanche of too many character viewpoints. Like Inside the Mirrors, the story is told from the perspective of a smaller set of characters, making it easier to track in audio format. Also, as mentioned above, Rob from Inside the Mirrors is a lead in this book too. The idea of the spiders and the "zombies" was definitely a good twist on the idea, and I think I can safely say that of all the zombie variants I've encountered in fiction, these are the ones I'd less like to encounter... The book is book 2 in a series, but be assured that this book does form a complete and satisfying arc, and wraps up the story nicely. It did leave me pondering what direction will be taken next.
The narration was enjoyable, and I found it engaging, and had no issues understanding of having to re listen to passages. Voices were conveyed well enough.
The book has a good afterword by the author, I really think should be a forward (so you can hear before the story).
Overall, recommended for someone looking for a new zombie concept but be warned it really needs to be read in conjunction with the prior book.
I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol
I felt this book skipped around a bit too much,leaving explainations for the reader to figure out. Darren marlar does fine narration on this story.I thought it was going to be about invisible spiders.Turns out it was a zombie book.Not big on them. Maybe coming inn on the second book was not the way to go.
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Caught in the Web by Jason Davis is as terrifying as his first book, Hatched. Caught in the Web picks up where Hatched left off – the doctor’s office with two men trying to escape Hammond. The doctor calls in CDC and thus the nightmare begins … unknown to anyone, spider eggs have hatched and spread … government involvement which can only end in one way …
Everyone is dead; they just haven’t figured it out yet. They won’t until they can see the spiders and by then … it’s too late!
Jason is filling in at the bar for his momma, his aunt just killed someone and he has to go rescue his sister. His friend, Sully is in 7th heaven because it is the zombie apocalypse and although he is without his weapons and in a bar that is no match for the zombie hordes he is their only expert.
At one point or another, each person feels a hot breath then the fine tickle of their body hair moving and for some they spy a spider just as it whips out of sight. How do you know if someone is infected? They don’t bleed even when they pop their eyes out or scratch a gaping hole in their arteries. Zombies that no one can stop, no matter what they do – they keep coming piece by pieced!
For four or five people, they survive only to find they have escaped into another form of captivity. The dark man makes his appearance – dark ash is left behind and his rotted smell and maniacal laughter haunt the survivors.
Did the government end the invisible spider invasion? Where did the spiders come from and why are they here? Who is the maniacal man? Stay tuned; I’m sure we will learn more with book 3. If you think you can handle the thought of more spiders …
For Mr. Davis I have to say one thing – yes, I’m now afraid of spiders again! A genuine horror writer that knows just how to terrify his readers and create nightmares that will NEVER end!
Darren Marlar did an excellent job of narrating. He did repeat a sentence or two a couple of times but I’m not sure if it was him or a glitch with the production as it sounded more mechanical. He inflected the right amount of terror into his voice. Marlar did an excellent job!
Production was not without issues. There were a couple of places in which it sounded rough – with sentences being repeated. I believe this may have happened twice. Other than this, it was a good production.
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