Eric Riordan doesn't look for trouble, but trouble has a way of finding him. Two years have passed since the Outbreak, and after joining forces with his friend Gabriel, he has managed to stay alive by fleeing to the peaks of the Appalachian Mountains.
With supplies running low, and enemies gathering, the two survivors are forced to begin their journey west to Colorado. Along the way they will find unexpected allies, reunite with old friends, and make deadly new enemies. As difficult as life has been, the most dangerous times lie ahead. Nothing is ever easy at the end of the world.
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'Leaving New Orleans also frightened me considerably. Outside of the city limits the heart of darkness, the true wasteland begins.'
I really enjoyed this follow up to "No Easy Hope." I got more about the character Gabe, which I had wanted. So far this series has a good and gritty realism with a good understanding of human nature, both the highs and the lows. Really enjoyable!
Yes, the narrator does a splendid job. The story flows well enough that the listener stays engaged.
There is a general problem with most zombie, walking dead, infected or whatever, stories. The laws of physics are such that the energy expended by the creatures has to come from somewhere. If it is from what they can catch and eat, then when their hunting stops showing results, they will weaken and be unable to hunt. They will run out of energy unless they can consume whatever mass their bodies retain to provide energy for movement. Even so, they are on the wrong side of the energy curve. Factor in the ravages from maggots/flies, they will run out of juice and cease to be able to move. There is no way that zombies are not on their own doomsday clock. This rarely comes up in this genre and does not in this series. Other than that, this is a great series.
The only complaint I had about the first book was the narrator. He redeemed himself, no more surfer dudes and valley girl voices.
As some others pointed out there was a survival guide feel to it, lots of info on weapons proper preps, and human dynamics.
Although it is not non-stop gore, it is still a zombie story. More information comes to light regarding the outbreak, and you get to hear the story from both Gabe and Erics points of view.
Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL
this shattered land picks up 2 years after the end of the 1st book. eric and gabe have been holed up at eric's grandmother's cabin in the mountains. they both begin to realize that they want more than just surviving. they decide to head to colorado springs, where what's left of the u.s. gov't has established a safe zone.
while hunting in one of the valleys around their cabin, eric and gabe discover a small family: tom, sara, and their 12 year old son, brian. the first half of the story deals with eric and gabe meeting and getting to know this family and getting prepared to leave their safe place for the wild journey to colorado. but before they can leave, they decide to venture into one of the nearby towns for supplies and items that might have a trade value. there are a few zombie battles in the first half of the story, but the survivors quickly learn their trickiest and deadliest enemy may be other survivors. those who have managed to survive have learned how to use zombies as weapons.
the second half of the story revolves around the journey to colorado. on their way there, they meet another survivor who deepens the mystery behind the red phage that turns humans into zombies. the group also learns the hard way that there are other groups vying for power with what's left of the u.s. gov't, in particular, the legion.
an old friend comes to the rescue during a deadly battle and leads the remaining wounded survivors to a safe zone. however, the safe zone has its own problems, and eric and gabe have some big decisions to make.
in this story, there is a transition between what's dangerous. initially, the zombies are the threat, but as the story progresses, other groups of survivors become the primary threat. i imagine this is believable b/c i believe this would be the natural progression in a zombie apocylapse, especially b/c there are no "special" zombies a la day by day armageddon.
it seems as if the story is also transitioning from a zombie survival story to more of a survival and re-building society story, which is kind of different than most of the z-stories i've listened to lately.
overall, i liked it. if you listened to the first book and liked it, you'll probably like this continuation. NOTE: i'm a zombie enthusiast and listen to a lot of z-books and really like series. so if you're like me and exhausted a bunch of other z-books, try this. it's pretty good. there are some problems/weaknesses, but i can easily say i was entertained. to me, it was worth a credit, but i go through credits easy. LOL
i guess my biggest complaint is still the narrator. while his male voices are ok, his female voices are just awful. it did detract a little from the story.
Awe some DUDE!
Characters of Gabe and Eric are the best, and Narration is fantastic. I love Guy Williams! Keep him in the series and don't go with anyone else!
Hard to make a Choice, but you have to love Gabriel Garrett.
Get the series from the beginning and listen to all six, you will not be disappointed!
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“This shattered land” picks up a while after the first book “No Easy Hope” ends. The book stands alone so you don’t have to read the first one but it’s helpful if you do. The story and the writing are very good, but this book is much slower than the first. The zombies aren’t as present as they were in the first book although they’re around a lot, but I found the story to be very interesting. If you’re looking for a mile a minute zombie thriller this probably isn’t the book for you, but if you like the PA genre and want a well told story immersing you in this tough as nails world with some action mixed in I highly recommend this book.
Narration was pretty good. Not the best but certainly not the worst!
I have a long drive to work and audible makes it so much more bearable
Love the story line, the book would be a page tuner. The performance does not do it justice.
The narrator really brings this story to life. I really love stories about end-of-the-world survival. The story not only follows our survivors but provides instructions on how to survive by obtaining the best weapons, types of food to gather and store, finding/building shelter and how to keep physically and mentally fit.
The "Bear" chapter, I was torn between the survival of the bear and the survival of my characters.
The best I've listen to in a long, long time. What makes Mr. Williams special is he does not over do the female voices and he has a natural conversational/story telling voice.
Not really, after all it is a blood and guts book.
Guy Williams should narrate a lot more books!!!
I really like this series. The first book I thought was a great listen, a zombie book without too much of the gore that can be a turn off for me. This one was a little more intense as Eric and Gabe make the decision to move away from their well fortified location in the mountains with a newly introduced family across country to Colorado.
They encounter an aggressive group who want to steal their cache of guns and the woman with them and are taken in by another group who help them and become good friends.
This story is smart and fast paced.
"Mates have eachothers backs against the Zombies."
If you Read the first book and liked it. Then the story just gets even better.
Gab and Eric working as a team.
Gab - he has him down cold.
If you can kill one Zombie, you can kill a legion.
Loved every minute of it.
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