In an apocalypse, there is definitely a beginning where mistakes are made and the seeds of evil are allowed to sprout and take shape. However, an end is not so certain. Once an apocalypse occurs, not even death is certain. Sometimes, death is only the beginning.
At first light that morning, Dr. Lee steps into the Walton facility on the first day of human trials and can barely contain her excitement. The labs are brand spanking new and everything is sharp and clean. They've been built to her specifications and are a scientist's dream. It's where cancer is going to be cured once and for all.
By midnight, it's a place of fire, of blood, and of death - a death that, like the apocalypse, is seemingly never ending.
©2014 Peter Meredith (P)2015 Peter Meredith
This is great. The last 3 books I've purchased were so poorly written that I didn't finish them... But this one is outstanding with excellent narration. Very well thought out story. The zombies are cool... Actually gives perspectives from the zombies POV too! Honestly, this book is refreshing... Not just another predictable cookie cutter story with a main character that is annoying. Anyways, I listened the sample and it intrigued me, so I purchased the book. Very glad I did. It's one of those that has me wanting to listen even after my long drives are over.
This. Was. Awesome!!!
Dr Lee is a brilliant doctor and has managed to find a cure for lung cancer. Her dream come true, and with the cure ready for human tests and the new Walton facility ready, she is ready! unbeknownst to her though, one of her colleagues is a spy and is giving all her data to the Chinese government. He has also sabotaged her cure knowing that it won't work, but what both don't know is that the cure will turn their subjects into blood and flesh eating Zombies.
Plot wise, I absolutely loved how the Zombies came to be. This really goes into the before of the cure and how the cure came to be. The cure works and everyone is so excited to make history and finally cure cancer, but when one stupid person sabotages it it creates an apocalyptic event! I also loved how we see the events leading up to the quarantined failure and how the virus spread. This book answers every possible question you could have. So many times when reading a Zombie book, we are left with a lot of questions on how the virus started, how it spread etc, but this shows exactly what happened in the course of one day, to make the virus spread!
There is also a variety of characters, and again, often times I'd get confused with the sheer number of them, but here I actually found myself following everyone's story perfectly! We see through so many different eyes, from the doctors, nurses, officers, test subjects, prisoners and more importantly, the zombies, that the book seems to span months, rather than just a day!!
In all, an action packed, edge of your seat book. It captured my attention right from the start and held it throughout. I absolutely devoured it and can't wait for book 2.
I had to check and see if Ive listened to anything else by Erik Johnson because I thoroughly enjoyed his narration. I haven't but have added some to my list!! With the sheer amount of characters, I thought he did an amazing job keeping them separate and giving them their own tone. He really gave his all and it showed!
*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affected my thoughts.*
I wasn't sure what to expect from reading the publishers summary, and then reading listener's reviews. I don't think many reviews or the summary did a very good job of describing this story. I will say this to try and help whom ever is reading my review. This isn't the typical zombie book, which is a good thing in my opinion. This story is about the origin of an outbreak. Some people aren't fully turned into zombies and you get some of their point of view. The rest is about how the people at ground zero react to what is happening and about how the disease spreads. It's worth the credit.
A break from the usual zombie books. Here the author actually draws out the path of infection... it's not book in which the characters wake up to a world filled with zombies . Refreshing
I should note that I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review and that's exactly what I'll give. Just because I get a book for free, doesn't mean I'll go easier on the review.
Zombies books are my thing. It's my #1 genre and I really wouldn't care if I never picked up a different kind of book. There's a lot of bad zombie books out there....a LOT. Then there's those few greats that you can't put down. That's THIS book! This series has me excited, like years ago when I first listened to the Zombie Fallout series and The Morningstar Strain books (before Recht's passing.) Before this book was finished, I had already purchased book 2, because I can't imagine having to wait for it to download before knowing how day 2 starts.
This book is day 1. Yes, that's right, 12 hours of audiobook are all set in one day. But that's the great part. This tells the story from before the outbreak. It gets all the little details that most books skip over. This is in the lab, the researchers, the mistakes, the sabotage, the very first zombies, etc. All of the little nitty-gritty details are here. I love it!
What amazed me most is that this book is all just the first capsulating the first day. And it's view point and mind set of pre zombie to full infected was a revolutionary aspect.
I don't have a bunker and I would starve in 2 1/2 days, but I like to listen to people who do and wouldn't.
I like stories that jump right into action, this story was a little different. each character is nicely developed as is the creative cause of the zombie outbreak. The setting is consistent throughout the story (a situation I do not usually like) but it works in this story. looking forward to the next edition.
Say something about yourself!
Yes. It is something new and fresh. The story has to do with how the zombie apocalypse begins.
I loved how the story is based on the very beginning of the zombie apocalypse. It doesn't start with someone waking up, and the streets are covered with zombies. This has to do with how the infection started, and how fast it spread.
I like how you don't realize how fast the infection can spread. It takes just one person leaving the quarantined area, and hundreds were infected without even knowing.
This is my first time listening to a Peter Meredith book. You have a new fan here. I hope there are more books to follow this story. I will be watching for future releases.
Science Nerd, Army Veteran, Small Business Owner, Happy Wife, Dog Mommy, Horrible Rugby Player. Zombie lit is my guilty pleasure
I am a big fan of Peter Meredith's writing. This book was a solid story for fans of the genre. I am a molecular biologist, so I really enjoyed the science and medical elements of the story. While not perfect from a cellular metabolism standpoint, it was well within the realm of acceptable for fiction! The narration was good, I did think the Arkansas accents were a bit over the top however. The story was a little slow getting going for the sake of character introduction, but they characters were great. I LOVE when a author manages to write a female scientist who can be professional and analytical without being horrible unlikable. I think this book is screaming for a sequel and I can't wait to listen.
This is a story about the zombie apocalypse. It tells of how it was started and follows the lives of the first patients to be infected and how widespread it became. The cdc seems not to be able to control it. I love the length the author goes to to develop his characters and their back stories. There are definitely ones that I love, hate, and hate to love. The character Von Brawn is such a jerk but I found myself rooting for him because I felt a sense of sadness that he became a zombie. It wasn't his fault. The storyline is easy to follow. It really transitions smoothly even with how the author goes from one place to the next following the characters he is talking about at the time. I did find that there was also a small sense of a love story brewing for Dr Twee. It felt good that even in the face of disaster the human heart could find love.
Now the narrator I would have to give 3 stars. I don't feel he added as much to the telling of the story as he could have. Don't get me wrong he did good but I don't feel it was an Oscar worthy performance.
Overall I love what Peter Meredith has accomplished here. It's a very solid piece to add to my zompoc collection.
"Not amazing but worth a read"
Kept me interested northing new or out of the ordinary but overall worth a look
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