Greed, terrorism, and simple bad luck conspire to bring mankind to its knees as a viral infection spreads out of control, reducing those infected to undead horrors that feed upon the rest. It's a time of misery and death for most, however there are some who are lucky, some who are fast, and some who are just too damned tough to go down without a fight. This is their story.
©2013 Peter Meredith (P)2014 Peter Meredith
I had a really hard time coming up with a complete and coherent review to this one. The core story is a decent example of the Zombie genre, more reminiscent of "The Walking Dead" and "28 Days" than some of the more mystical approaches. Nice usage of contemporary political and terrorist elements in the creation of an apocalypse scenario.
But, the story is bogged down by the author's personal issues. The actual narrative is laden with latent sexual frustration, assumptions of gender issues, and a racial sub-plot which could be an effective side-story, if not for the author's decision to include both a forward and afterward note. These notes are so angry and defensive, it colors the entire production, and one has to wade through the chips on the author's shoulders to reach the story. Rather than simply standing by what he's written, or even taking some input for future stories, the author lashes out at readers (listeners) before they've even started the tale.
Basil Sands provides a solid, if somewhat un-nuanced narration of this one. I found him excellently matched to the backstory and general narrative, but stilted and awkward as a love scene narrator. To be fair, I didn't find the love scenes particularly well written, and thought they should have been alluded to, and then skipped past.
I think if the story had a good thorough editing to clean up some of the baggage, it would score a solid 3.5 - 4 stars, as it stands the clutter left me feeling like I heard the entire thing from a literary arm's distance.
Lots of stereotypical complaints but I don't see that. I am a realist and I think this was pretty spot on. Book was thoroughly interesting and not sugar coated. It's a zombie book, yeah it's going to be gruesome.
Before I got this I read a couple reviews to see what I was getting into, and I never do that. I will say that the book started slow but all 1st volumes do. once it got started. probably an hour and half into the story everything got incredibly interesting. The reviews I read bashed Peter for being sexually frustrated and a racist. As I listened I started to completely disagree. Some men in the apocalypse would change for the worse and abuse females sadly. Just because the world ended wouldn't change some people's attitude. There's a racist character in the book that is constantly tly causing trouble. if someone takes that as the authors a racist then they are being too harsh. I personally hated the character because she was a bad person for everyone. I'll quit rambling and say that the book was great. It was a great adventure into the world Peter created. I will also it has an ending that kept me on edge the entire time.
The story line and narration are above average and provide good entertainment value. The characters are believable and true-to-life.
Note: My recommendation to the author - write character dialogue the way you envision the characters to be. If you receive criticism from fans, just accept it graciously and avoid telling me why you write as you do. I vote with my currency.
This story is well written and real right down to the verbage each charter speaks with. Throughout the story I found myself thinking about how I would have handled the situations and what I would have been able to do in order to protect my children, family friends and members of the group that would inevitably have come together to form a rag tag family hell bend on survival! I STRONGLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this type of storyline! !
While some people hated that the heroes in this story are flawed, I found it very refreshing that the author had the guts to use such flawed characters.
Well worth the money and time, very enjoyable!
There's not much that I can say that hasn't already been stated hundreds of times. I loved the book. Loved the author. Loved the narrator. Can't wait to start book 2! I had it purchased and downloaded before this book ended. Now, I must cut this short and get busy with Survivors. Watch out Cassie, here we come! >:(
Great read/listen. Real people, with real stories. Well done and worth the listen. I have listened twice now and found new reasons to like it.
unlike most talking books I stayed awake mostly due to the narrators voice not being boring. the author isnt afraid to kill off the week and I found myself agreeing with the survivors choices,
overall a great start to a series of books that I will buy more of
"Zombie porn Anx !"
Too much sex and not enough virus . Most of the characters were really irritating This book is about Sex and feelings of inadequacy on and cringe worthy on! I like my apocalypse novels to be more like the fab Arisen series.
the Narrator pleasant to listen to so wouldn't be adverse to listening to something else narrated by him.
I wish I'd have had the opportunity to listen to the authors foreword before I had purchased he did try to warn his readers to be fair .
I really enjoyed the layout of the story and also the characters. I listen to quite a few audiobooks in this genre but thought the way the story was set out this has been the best cant wait for the rest of the series
"Good but but somthing was lacking"
A good standard zombie novel if you can't get enough. The characters are real and for that it makes a nice change of pace but it just feels like something is lacking from the over all style. A fee more main characters surprise dying may have helped
how refreshing this apocalypse story is. I cant wait to read more from this author
Like many things in life the begining promised much. By around half way the story which till then had been well crafted began to loose both edge and direction and started to unravel. The characters which were again in the begining were well crafted started to come apart at their seams. It was as though the author had been influenced by too many second rate movies. Rather that staying on course with the original plan or concept this second wave influence steered the whole thing off course. The last 15 chapters or so, were pretty poor and very stereotypical, containing some terrible dialogue, that was an injustice to an otherwise exciting listen. Basil Sands I though did an excellent job and I will look out for him in future.
"Wow! What a book! Very highly recommend!!"
I absolutely loved this book, it's such a fresh story about the apocalypse, the way the story is wrote I had no trouble visualising the characters and the settings. A few shockers in the story too which you don't expect. if you like zombie & apocalypse stories I highly recommend this book and series.
loved it from start to finish great characters from all walks of life and lots of twists in the story
loved this amazing captivating story. would definitely recommend this to everyone. 5 stars. keeps you on toes .
OK - not as good as aftermath and just sort of ends - setting you up to buy book 2 I think - but worth a read.
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