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.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
KISS A@@ UNTIL YOU SMELL OF SH@T
After reading the other reviews, I feel a strong urge to defend the book. This is life as it would mostly be like during an apocalypse. The characters are real people with real faults. The characters are very well developed, but all are not lovable. Some are lovable and if you don't see that you probably didn't finish the book. It takes a while for the characters to develop, but like a George RR Martin book, they don't always do what you expect. That is an example, I am not saying Meredith is as good as Martin, but who is?
The characters: At first I thought oh no, another He Man Conservative propaganda novel. The novel starts out stressing, might means right and peace loving liberals who recycle will not survive. One main character is a short slim Jewish man in his 30's, who has manners. In the beginning of the novel he is made fun of and you are lead to believe that he will die early. It turns out he is a survivor. A teenager (who is the cut up of the group and provides comic relief). The black girl from the hood is the most controversial character. She is a racist herself and has a huge chip on her shoulder. She is the cause of much grief. These people do bad things and good things. They react the way most of us would in the same situation.
The zombies: they are slow and are basically the background for the story. You really don't have to worry about them that much unless, you are badly hurt, surprised or trapped. One zombie is seen to drink from a stream.
The Sex: I get tired of reading stories involving males and females and sex is hardly referred to. Unless you are very young or very old, sex is hopefully a big part of your life. Sex is a stress releaser and fighting Zombies causes stress, it also brings people closer and it is fun. Males think about sex all the time. There is one time when the sex in my opinion was gratuitous. The rest of the time if fit perfectly into the story. There is even one character, you will be hoping does get laid.
Plot: Might be a little thin, the story is mostly the development of the characters, but there is one, although like most Zombie books, it involves going across country.
Realistic: No heroes, no supermen, no serendipity, it's seems to be what would happen in real life. (if zombies attacked!)
HIS INSIDES FELT GREASY
Cons: The Military does not respond the way I believe they would, especially the top brass. PM says he used to serve in the military and that he knows what he is talking about. I don't see a general or admiral shooting the liberal president. I don't see a colonel setting up his own Fiefdom with platoon whores and his own harem. Maybe after several years, but not within hours. I don't see the military going through towns and robbing the civilians. The top brass would not be that macho, they are sons of rich dads who went to big schools and they had to play politics to get the top spots. I could be wrong, but I hope I'm not.
The Sex: There is an in depth girl on girl scene, which did not feel practical. It was almost a side story, put in just to have a sex scene.
Forward: Until the afterword, I figured this was just a come on to get the reader interested. When I grew up, movies would advertise being banned in foreign countries, knowing that portraying themselves as super bad, would draw a large crowd. PM puts down the works of other writers. I too get tired of the military zombie books, that provide bunkers full of food, but that is because of the amount of books that repeat that scenario, not the original concept. I too, am tired of characters who are trained killers, but somebody likes it, cause they sell.
Afterword: I thought it was unprofessional and not worthy. This is not the place for that.
I liked the book and gave it five stars. I have the second book in my wish list along with the first book in another series PM started. This probably ranks fourth among my favorite Zombie books. Those being Cattle, Cell and the Mountain Man series.
The narrator is okay, he did not take away from or add to.
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 was an excellent audiobook. At first I thought it might be too dark and that is saying a LOT for me. But as I got into it I was really entrenched into the various characters, their plots , twists & turns and storyline. I cannot wait until the next one. This is a very realistic apocalypse tale. It is not for the easily offended or faint of heart. However, having spent 42 years on this earth as a woman twice divorced, mother of 3 children and a 10 year USAF Veteran (and aspiring author-narrator) had to add my shameless plug in! This is a way that I can definitely see a Bio Apocalypse going down that reanimated the dead. Be prepared to leave your lights on and have someone nearby! Settle in for a thrilling listen!
For my friends that are into Zombie apocalypse stories, yes.
I was a little nervous buying this audiobook. Previous reviewers left me a bit concerned, but I very much enjoy zombies and stories of the apocalypse and this satisfied the craving. There is a preface to the book that the author warns the reader that the story and the behaviors written will be dark. Well, yea, it is the apocalypse. People who balk at this have a slightly overdeveloped Hollywood view. I loved it. Honestly, I don't think the story was dark enough. Just what other depths will humanity sink to when the end of the world is at hand??
I will say that the story itself was entertaining. The narrator was also solid. However, he doesn't do female voicing very well, was a bit of a disconnect and could be jarring. Started listening for the second time to make sure I didn't miss anything.
Overall, I give it a 4.
Now, when does volume 1 book 2 come out?
Very refreshing storyline based around the human struggle more than the monsters. Liked it so much, I immediately bought the second volume before I was finished with the first. Highly recommend for anyone into the zombie apocalypse style books!
"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
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
"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
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.
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.
how refreshing this apocalypse story is. I cant wait to read more from this author
"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.
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