A conscience is a terrible thing to waste.
Steppenwolf Company and Chicago Shakespeare Theater veteran Scott Aiello performs the initial work in the Clayfield series, featuring a reasonable man - the director of a nonprofit museum in a small Kentucky town - trying to survive insanely unreasonable times. The virus that was once a small blip of foreign news exploded into a global pandemic invading even his small corner of the world. To survive, he must transform from a soft, sensitive man who cares about killing even those forms that threaten his life into a hardened murderer ready to take what he needs, wherever he finds it, and suppress any shreds of decency left that might work against keeping him alive.
On a cold February day in the small town of Clayfield, Kentucky, an unsuspecting and unprepared museum director finds himself in the middle of hell on earth. A pandemic is spreading around the globe, and it’s turning most of the residents of Clayfield into murderous zombies. Having no safe haven to which he can flee, the director decides to stick it out near his hometown and wait for the government to send help.
But the disease and those infected are not his only concerns. He must also contend with armed gangs, strife within his group, his own lack of skills… and his conscience.
There are tough decisions to be made if he is to survive. But if he is smart - and a little lucky - he can do more than survive; he can live like a king.
©2011, 2013 Shane Gregory (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
"One of the best survivalist horror stories I've read in quite a while.... This is a tale that is well worth reading." (Jeff Jellets, Territorial Disaster Coordinator for The Salvation Army)
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
the narration is very good. the narrator has a smooth voice, and he's easy to listen to. i found it easy to distinguish the different male characters he portrays, and he even does female voices well!
DON'T be put off by the title and cover art! chessiness aside, this is a solid zombie tale! definitely in the top 10 i've listened to so far. i actually liked it that much!
the story is told in the first person by our nameless protagonist. he's not a survivalist nor has he any military background, which i found refreshing. instead, the main character is an out of shape, 30 something museum director. he's unprepared and has no ready supplies,
except a submarine sandwich and a few packets of ketchup. he's kind of a loner and is preparing for a senior citizen's tour when the canton b virus hits his small town.
the author does a good job developing the characters as the story progresses. the main character's gradual transformation is believable. he makes mistakes, which is refreshing. a few times, i found myself talking aloud- you idiot...why didn't you...i was totally engrossed in the story.
the supporting characters are also given the time to develop, and they aren't the typical cardboard cut out supporting cast. they definitely add to the story.
this story has a mix of zombies- the slow, shambling kind and the quick kind. there are lulls in the zombie action, and the author wisely uses this time to develop his characters. this is more than just a zombie story. it's also a story about how to survive when civilization collapses.
this is the first in a series, and the ending really surprised me. i didn't think the author would go that way, but he did.
overall, a surprisingly excellent addition to your zombie library.
Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout
This book started hovering around the 3 stars mark for a while, but shifted to 4 stars as the both the story and protagonist developed and then at the end it went suddenly BING! and hit the 5 stars bell. The narrator must be the best male narrator I've listened to.
If you are like me and demand that authors take the zombie apocalypse seriously and try to make such a tale as realistic as possible, waste no time and spend your credit here. There is no over the top nonsense here.
The author makes the tale believable by coming up with creative solutions to some of the discrepancies in a zombie apocalypse. With so much splatter in other books, why don't the characters get infected? Often they happen to be immune, but at least here they use handkerchiefs to cover their faces. They have a fix for fighting off the infection if things get bad. The zombies aren't mindless but are like animals. They form packs, therefore some areas are very empty allowing them to get supplies. Head shots don't always work. They do get back up, but not right away. Most things have explanations for but some questions tantalizingly remain to be discovered. The word zombie doesn't even come up until the end, they are just called people. Yeah, pretty slow on the uptake but it all makes sense.
The protagonist is so unassuming he doesn't even have a name. I didn't even realize this and had to Google the answer to write this review because I thought I had just missed it. A museum director of a sleepy town, he is such a wuss and would be zombie brunch if it weren't for Jen who is such an awesome character. All characters have depth and feel real and the protagonist goes through a transformation as the story develops. Something suddenly at the end had me screaming in my head and made it hit the 5 star bell but I'm not going to give it away.
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It is a typical zombie book but has a few interesting spins on the genera.
He was a good reader. Bad guys had hillbilly accents, good guys had Texan accents, and the hero's had no accent... kinda funny but still a good listen.
The only real complaint was that they did not do any real reinforcing of the places they stayed at. Doors wide open people wandering around alone and then the monty python "run away run away" at times they may have defended and they would stay and fight when it was pointless.
I'll make this review quick. The characters in this book at really not so smart. I'm sure everyone has read at least one book where the main character is irritating and gets on your nerves. Try every character in this story. I found every one of them to be irritating. I have a hard time investing in characters that are constantly doing things that don't make sense in the middle of crisis, and that's what you get in the King of Clayfield. I don't see how I can possibly stomach the sequel.
I've listened to many zombie books but I was shocked at how simplistic and flat out corny this one is. I persevered but just cannot finish it. Pass this one by - there's too many other reasonable to good stories out there in this genre. A very amateur production.
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