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Fire in Winter: Surviving the Dead, Volume 4 | [James N. Cook]

Fire in Winter: Surviving the Dead, Volume 4

With the dark cloud of civil war gathering on the horizon, Gabriel Garrett struggles to protect his new home and the new life he has just begun. But as he soon learns, a man's past has a way of catching up with him, and Gabriel has more than his share of dark secrets. When his world is shattered, he will walk a path of vengeance across a land where the dead hold sway, and the living count their lives in seconds. His enemy is the deadliest he has ever faced, and in this battle, there is no justice, no redemption, and no mercy. There is only revenge.
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Publisher's Summary

"Before you embark on a journey of vengeance, dig two graves." - Confucius.

With the dark cloud of civil war gathering on the horizon, Gabriel Garrett struggles to protect his new home and the new life he has just begun. But as he soon learns, a man's past has a way of catching up with him, and Gabriel has more than his share of dark secrets.

When his world is shattered, he will walk a path of vengeance across a land where the dead hold sway, and the living count their lives in seconds. His enemy is the deadliest he has ever faced, and in this battle, there is no justice, no redemption, and no mercy.

There is only revenge.

©2014 James N Cook (P)2014 JN Cook Entertainment LLC

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    Samuel Belleville, MI, United States 08-26-14
    Samuel Belleville, MI, United States 08-26-14 Member Since 2011
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    "The best so far..."

    First let me start off by saying I'm glad Guy Williams returned to read this volume. Though I thought the narrator of book 3 was serviceable- the series is much better with Guy on the mic. That being said, this to me was the best book in the series. I plowed through the last 5 hours of the book non-stop which is rarely something I find myself doing! The book is centered around Gabe which at first had me concerned as I'm a big fan of Eric and his story. Nevertheless it was an amazing story that adds a lot to Gabe's character and the series overall.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thia 08-16-14
    Thia 08-16-14

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    "Where did the zombies go?"
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    This is an okay follow-up to the rest of the series but where did the zombies go? This one is mostly man vs bad guy after the world ends kingpin - which isn't bad but this author has written very creepy zombie action and tingled my spine in the past so I was a little disappointed. This series may have run its course. If you have read the rest of the series then this one is worth your time but I may or may not start the next one (if there is one.) Let's just say I'm not chomping for a follow-up.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Adler United States 07-02-14
    Brian Adler United States 07-02-14 Member Since 2012

    I drive a lot!

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    "Gabe's Story...."

    Great twist. Gabe takes lead in this story. Erik, while missed is only a secondary character. great combat description..... and one heck of a sniper battle at the end.

    we get more background on Gabe and a great setup for the next story to face Gabe and Erik.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Avelino R Reading, PA 10-04-14
    Avelino R Reading, PA 10-04-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Excellent evolving story and characters"
    What did you love best about Fire in Winter?

    This is the fourth book of the "Surviving the Dead" series and I must admit that it is taking the reader to places I never would have foreseen after reading the first book. This story is all about Gabe and how his past comes to haunt his present, even after the end of the world. When Gabe appeared in the first book it almost seemed that his character was simply a device to prepare the main protagonist Eric for the zombie apocalypse. The series also started like any other zombie series with survivors vs. zombies vs. marauders. But in the second book and now continuing with this one, the author James N. Cook is starting to mix genres and doing it successfully. The second book had a healthy dose of commandos, night ops, small fire team tactics, and espionage mixed in. This book is, to me, like Jason Bourne or James Bond in the world of the Walking Dead. I'm not really sure what Mr. Cook had in mind with these characters when he wrote the first book but he has really filled out nicely their back stories and allowed them to evolve to both sympathetic and imperfect super soldier/spooks that give a nice added dimension to the zombie apocalypse. For fans of the series: Don't worry, Eric appears in this book but only as a supporting actor.


    Have you listened to any of Guy Williams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I really enjoy Guy Williams' treatment of the narration. Mr. Williams narrated this and the first book and did a great job. His performance was missing from the second book though that book's narrator did a competent job in his stead.


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    L. Nozari 09-18-14
    L. Nozari 09-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Just okay"
    What did you like best about Fire in Winter? What did you like least?

    This is a continuation of the series, Surviving the Dead which has been enjoyable so far. However the focus switches from the main character being Eric to Gabe and imo Gabe is not as interesting.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It's always fun to see how the characters outwit and outrun the zombies. In this book the living have become less interesting than in the previous books. Gabe was pretty one note as was the villain despite the manufactured out of thin air back story.


    What aspect of Guy Williams’s performance would you have changed?

    Guy Williams was okay. Didn't detract which is all I ask.


    Any additional comments?

    This felt like a diversion from the first three books and I hope the author reverts to previous form.

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    Mark Antigo, WI, United States 09-18-14
    Mark Antigo, WI, United States 09-18-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Best yet! I cannot wait for the next book!"
    If you could sum up Fire in Winter in three words, what would they be?

    GREAT STORY LINE


    What did you like best about this story?

    Guy Williams is back and is the best at doing the characters of Gabe Garrett and Eric Riordan. Getting into Gabe's past was very good. I cannot wait for the war with the Alliance and California to start!


    Have you listened to any of Guy Williams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Guy Williams hit another home run....glad he is back! Guy does a great job of doing all of the characters, including the women. Guy doesn't make the women sound like scratchy voiced little girls, but real women.


    If you could rename Fire in Winter, what would you call it?

    Gabriel Garrett's War......


    Any additional comments?

    Keep them coming....and with Guy Williams as the voices of Gabe and Eric!

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    "Another masterpece in the genre."
    Where does Fire in Winter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A continuation of a great story. With engaging character's.


    What other book might you compare Fire in Winter to, and why?

    J L Bourne`s series, but better than that for realism and apathetic characters.


    What does Guy Williams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Great voice acting breathing life into the protagonists.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Gab has come full circle. from warrior to defender.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it want more!!

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  • Trevor
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    6/28/14
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    "Much better when you forget Zombies and just enjoy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, i normally like zombie books and really hated book 3 but as had done 3 before i just listened to this as a story and forgot about zombies and just enjoyed the story.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found this good book to enjoy as it goes along but this time i did not listen expecting many zombies or zombie tales as they are just not there. but knowing it i enjoyed it but not emotionally attached to it either.


    Any additional comments?

    Found 3 disappointing as wanted more zombies but just as a standard revenge story this was quite good.

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