A deadly infection spreads across Europe. The Undead series: a terrifying account of one man desperately struggling to survive this harrowing event day by day.
At Tower Bridge, Howie, Dave, and their group of survivors take stock of the previous day's battle. After an initial confrontation between Howie and the turned Darren, Howie and his group beat a hasty retreat to Fort Spitbank on the south coast, where they prepare for the invasion of Darren and his army of undead. In a blistering finale to the first week of the Undead, Howie and his group fight their biggest battle yet.
©2012 R. R. Haywood (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
I never thought I would say that about a zombie apocalypse story. But this third book in the series, for me, was pretty terrible. I really enjoyed the first two, so I eagerly bought and listened to this one.
So many elements not to like: The cardboard manly men with their "fear the homosexual" banter. I mean here they are, fighting off hated zombies and the worst thing they could say to one another is that they are gay. I did not find that endearing or funny, no matter how realistic it might be for manly military men to engage in. But they blush at the slightest provocation, those being close proximity to a woman or a compliment. And they sure do love one another anyway. I mean, they'll lay down their lives for one another, but god forbid they are gay!
The constant, never-ending blowing up of zombies. I know there are hoards, but how many ways and times can one describe heads and brains blowing up? Don't get me wrong, I enjoy zombie gore, but this was so repetitive as to be numbing.
And the whole thing with Howie talking to his angry inner self and then yelling the lord's prayer at the zombie hoard. Sigh.
And TMI about all that weaponry. I got it. They have guns. They have explosives. Do we really need descriptions of how they work? Again and again?
And don't get me started on the infection scenario.
A big disappointment and the series stops here for me. I hope Howie and Dave win, but not sure I care.
Ok, I finished book one and book two. I really should have stopped there.
A dozen guys spend a week bathing in zombie blood and gore, but suddenly one drop infects one poor guy? who then becomes the KING zombie..
Shouting bible verses at zombies? REALLY?
It's all zombies, survival, guns, british narrators, medicine and biology, primatology, and gentlemen who like gentlemen. Some dragons.
Good as ever! A bit bogged down with tactical details, but not to an unbearable degree- author keeps it broad and easy to follow without needing you to be a gun enthusiast to keep from passing out due to sheer boredom brought on by droning lists of models, calibers, comparisons of two nearly identical firearms, etc. Instead he focuses on actual tactics and preparations, littered with character building and interactions. By far the most tedious volume, but that's not saying much as days 1-6 weren't tedious in the least. May be slightly concerned and rather amused at the author's vast writing talents in regards to pooping.
2 Be One Ask 1
Well worth finishing each book in the series over a weekend was a delight. Would recommend to anyone looking for a good zombie series.
Another great installment in this unique series. Haywood does a very good job mixing the gravity of the story with some light-hearted humor. I especially like the "hive-mind" persona of the infection. It gives a fresh spin on the zombie genre and sets it apart from other series.
very entertaining book. it actually makes my sometimes hour long commute enjoyable. I was super bummed when I finished the book in the middle of my drive and hadn't yet downloaded book 4.
I've listened to the first 2 books and they were good, without a doubt. However, I like this book for different reasons. Book 3 is more about the battle within oneself. Howie is battling with what's right and what's wrong. What feels right and what ...I guess, feels wrong.
By the end of this book, he finds his strength. The true strength that powers one even when he's on his last breath.
If you've started the series, keep going. It can only get better .....I think...
I applaud all authors in the zombie apocalypse genre - even the "bad" ones. Keep doing what you do!
I've enjoyed this series and that Haywood keeps upping the skills of the zombies to keep things interesting. In the second and (this) third installment however it seems that it loses its way. One thing about zombies is that they are impersonal killers and here Haywood takes the easy route and makes it personal. This creates a reason for them to pursue and launch mass attacks on Howie and his survivors. This takes away from the randomness that is part of the horror of the situation. Those old enough will remember Jaws II involved a Shark seeking revenge for the death of the Shark in Jaws I. This is sort of the same thing and hard to buy into. Also, the main characters repeatedly engage in unnecessary hand to hand combat with the zombies (oh theres a group of Zeds, lets stop our armored caravan and fight them mano a mano). Overall a good series with just these few gripes.
The material is a great new twist on the zombie genre which is overplayed right now. Dan Morgan's voice work is great and is a huge part of what makes this work so well.
The infection, Mr Howie's drive and love for his sister, seeing Dave become more of a truly fleshed out character and one of my favorites in the entire series
How natural he makes it all sound. He has a "matter of fact" delivery on an entirely crazy subject matter while keeping it grounded in humanity as much as possible.
The infection is alive!
A great audiobook and if you love the zombie genre then this book is a nice refreshing change to it. It's a truly fun experience listening to this on my ride to and from work but the sign of a great audiobook is if I end up listening to it after my ride which for this one I ended up doing quite a bit.
Out of all the books in this series (and I've listened to four), this is possibly the most boring to date. I found myself falling asleep through many chapters and not rewinding to find out what I missed. I know that there was a lot of character building in this particular book, but there simply wasn't enough action to keep me invested. The series is great, however and I plan to listen to all ten books.
"First review after listening to nearly 200 books!"
Finally a Zombie book based in the UK that we can relate to.
I've read lots of Zombie books but I suppose the nearest thing to it for me is Keith C. Blackmore Mountain Man series. But the major difference is that its based in the UK and not the US for a change.
Clear and concise narrating. I tend to listen to audio books whilst driving.
All of it. I have listened and enjoyed the first two books in the series but this book gripped me right from the start. I love the way a Night Shift Supermarket manager can transform into a fighting zombie warrior who leads thousands.
This is a brilliant read and I'd recommend it to any Zombie Apocalypse lovers!
listing to this story has made me laugh so much its enthraling and a gripping story
"Not as good as the first 2"
I did enjoy this and it's worth a listen. Many good points but a few issues also:
1. Consistency - it's a little silly that Darren gets infected by 1 speck of infected blood that lands on his bottom lip, yet the others regularly get drenched head to toe during fighting yet do not become infected.
2. Introducing religion - reciting the Lord's Prayer - I thought this was utterly ridiculous.
3. The internal monologue Howie gets prior to fighting with himself - he's not schizophrenic so this doesn't make any sense.
RR Haywood knows how to tell a story. He is great a pacing and building tension. This series is a very enjoyable and addictive read.
best of the series so far and I'm straight on to the next book. never thought I would ry listening to a book but I sobbed like a baby at 1 point. those who have listened already will no which sure. amazing series and narration is top notch
"excellent book. "
what an epic book. wWhat makes these book so good. is the relationship between Dave and Howey. Dave is a guardian for Howey. Getting ready for book four.
"Keeping me fit!"
narrator, story line, tension , shout out loud go get em
all of it, its descriptive the emotions of the characters are beautifully written the suspense will they wont they win, the sadness
finding Howies sister
laughed cried enjoyed
I listen while I'm out walking, it whittled away the miles, the only drawback is I do tend to say "don't go that way" or "Oh no" out loud !!! Brilliant series just about to dl books 4 and 5
"very different , I Loved it!"
seriously, this might not be what your expecting in a zombie novel but as with the others in the series it grows and grows on me, on to the next adventure.
Love this series, so great . The narrator hits the mark with his feeling and projection of the action. The writer has hit, I feel the real English humour and how I would like to think I would be in a zombie apocalypse.
"Just download and listen, you will not regret it!"
It's just brilliant and you become so attached to the characters.
You cannot compare this book to any other it's that good.
He makes you feel like you are one of the characters it's like they are there with you and you are kicking zombie backside with them.
I wanted to yes, but didn't want to totally ignore everyone els around me.
Really really love the series just can't wait for the rest of the series to come out on audio book.
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