Christian Rummel gives a thrilling performance of Timothy W. Long’s end-of-the-world novel Beyond the Barriers. His resonant voice is the perfect fit for protagonist Erik Tragger, and he is able to inhabit other characters with a delightful ease. Tragger’s world is filled with danger: zombies, ghouls, and looters all pose a threat. After months in the mountains, he joins other survivors who want to journey to Portland, where humans are attempting to regroup amidst the chaos. Will they make it? Will humanity survive the onslaught of the undead?
The day the world ended, Erik Tragger escaped to the mountains. Cut off from civilization for five months, he returned to find a ruined city now ruled by the living dead. Tragger joins a group of survivors with a plan: make it to Portland where humanity is carving out a stronghold. But along the way, they face opposition at every turn - the dead, rogue military forces, looters - and a new enemy more dangerous than any they have yet encountered.
Among the stumbling, mindless zombies are ghouls. The ghouls are living dead creatures that not only strategize and plan, but control their shambling brothers. Using their powers, the ghouls are building a living dead army to eliminate the last of the living.
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"Ups the ante on the traditional zombie novel." (Patrick D'Orazio, author of Comes the Dark)
"Clever, engaging and above all terrifying." (David Dunwoody, author of Empire and Empire's End)
"You'll walk away satisfied and craving more." (Jonathan Moon, author of Heinous)
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
The main character is a military man - of course he is - and the reason for the apocalypse is, of course, THOSE DAMN LIBERALS. But that's all okay - it's kinda what we expect in most zombie apoc stuff nowadays. What more can we ask for?
Well... we "could" ask for female characters who are more than vaginas (and/or wombs), but... that would be asking too much from a right-wing oriented zombie apoc book. At least they didn't heard them for rape/re-population purposes... so that's a step up. The woman (yes, one - but I'm not counting the "cameo" appearances of women that the main character had opportunity to comment on how womanly, pretty, slim or young they were and/or how surprising it was that they were competent enough to still be alive) in the story is written the way a man stereotypes a woman... so, of course, she's GREAT for having sex with, and he doesn't even mind that her hair is a mess (so nice of him), and he's such a nice guy he still wants to have sex with her even though she's infertile. She might be pseudo-suicidal over her infertility since she can't participate in repopulating the Earth and that's really all any post-apoc woman would want to do, right?... but that's okay, he understands and will continue to have sex with her anyway.
The book gets worse as you progress. A guy hides in the woods for several months, goes to town and sees that the world is literally overrun by zombies, picks up a girl to take back to the woods, then starts seeing "people" in the woods around him who "OMG THEY MIGHT BE ALIVE AND NEED HELP"..... yeah, why... all of a sudden, after months alone and the world overrun would you think someone in the woods who doesn't look at you when you call out to him would be anything but a zombie? Oh, and the main character seems to be fine on his feet, walking around just fine, until a zombie is within reach then he trips over his feet, or a branch or a pine needle or a curb or a dustmite and falls over, leading to a closeup zombie attack which is SO EXCITING... because we believe he might just be killed. Oh wait, no we don't... he can't be killed, his woman is still alive [in the cabin/base/someplace waiting for him], and he has to either watch her die or save her before he can die himself, right? isn't that how the writing101 course teaches zombie fiction plotting?
It's not very good zombie action, not very good characterization, not very much suspense (we really don't care about anyone in the story), and it's not resolved at the end. I guess we're supposed to buy another book in the series for the resolution - once the author writes it. I won't be buying it.
The narration is fine. There is just the regular zombie gore (not really graphic), very occasional swearing and no described sex.
Thrillers zombies and action make my day! Fast moving stories and characters worth reading. New twists to a great genre will always get me
Jut enough of everything - the zombies we have come to love, the ghouls that are evolving and controlling the zombies, and then there's the bully. Action with fighting, realistic strategic warfare, survival and emotions all wrapped up in one,
Definetely left me wanting more
An everyday man finds himself in a crazy new world and rises to the challenges he encounters. He won't stop until he can make it a better world.
It was a good story with a lot of twists. Also, Mr. Long gave me more pointers for staying alive if and/or when the Zombie Apocalypse begins. Hey, you never know!
Scott, the Latino....great accent!
I was moved by something so silly. When the characters found the canned fruit, they were so happy. I was touched by this because I could imagine how they felt when they tasted the fruit after so much that had happened. Something so small would mean so much. I really felt sorry for them and what they were going through.
Good book. You'll like it. I'm going to watch for this author. He's a good story teller. I drive two hours a day to and from work and I am really enjoying this man's work.
The zombie-flesh-eating humans turned ghouls from the book may not have minded it, they didn't seem too particular.
The second level of zombies. The zombie-eating humans turned ghouls... Really a weak disappointment. Even if I was willing to accept their existence and ability to control the zombies, their motivations and actions ultimately stretched the limits of suspension of disbelief.
Acceptable. Unexceptional. Average.
Zombies... Arrrrrrrrr... Brrrraiins....
Not as bad as "Infection: Alaskan Undead Apocalypse" but does not live up to most other Z-lit. Instead of this go read Rhiannon Frater's "The First Days Series", or "World War Z"
Interesting premise but the actual writing didn't grab me. I don't mind low brow humor if it adds to the story, but it kind of makes you think of your little brother's sophmoric comments-you just want to roll your eyes.
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“No one plans on the end of the world” no truer words spoken!
Recognizing signs that the end of the word is coming to an end, Erir Tragger, flips off the CNN News and heads off to the local Wal-mart to shop for supplies before heading off to a friends cabin in the mountains. Relying on his special forces training, Tragger feels confident he can survive the impending change.
Tragger connects with a group of survivors wanting to travel to Portland and thus begins his journey into a brief love relationship with a woman abused and nearly broken by life, a strong friendship with another special forces member and an arch rival named Lee.
Tragger finds that his special training instincts are rusty but given time he’s confident they will come back. After stopping at Walmart to gather supplies, Trigger escapes to the mountains removing himself from the end. However, his supplies dwindle driving him towards his home where more supplies are hidden.
Connecting with a group of survivors who plan to move to Portland, Tragger finds himself falling for a woman who is strong yet broken by life. He also connects with Scott another military member.
One would think that looters and zombies would be all the survivors would need to contend with but no … a new twist on the zombie genre generates green-eyed ghouls who use telepathic skills to control the zombies.
Forced to move on by another horde attack after his girlfriend is injured, he connects with others … including the snake-skin boots owned by Lee. A fierce looter with little regard to others and only out to be the biggest, baddest man around who takes what he wants.
Escaping from a ghoul camp, and another encounter with Lee has Tragger questioning his humanity – can he kill a ghoul who is nearly human or even kill his arch rival? The fate of his arch enemy who was left near deaths door in the ghoul camp is unknown but there are suspicions … an end to an excellent book! An excellent start to the next one – where is Lee??? And will his loyalty and faith in humanity get him killed – it has already blinded him, putting his and others lives in jeopardy.
During Traggers struggles, readers are naturally connected to the story and characters because of their down to earthiness and a general shared feeling of right vs wrong.
The author uses rich vocabulary to pain details for every event capturing the reader.
The audio book production was flawless. Audio Studies did an excellent job of producing this audiobook.
The narrator, Christian Rummel was excellent! He made listening to the book nail biting – he ability to project anxiety, fear, terror, and other feelings was amazing. Also his pronunciation was clear and concise.
I highly recommend this book – it captures and holds the reader mesmerized from beginning to end. The down-to-earthiness makes it more real leaving one rooted in the story. While there are common zombie behaviors, the twists in this plot makes it exciting and engrossing.
I can’t wait to read the next one!
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I might or might not buy another book from him. The story was pretty straight forward: yikes a zombie, shoot it, yikes another zombie, shoot it. One clever twist was the green-eyed half zombies.
Sort of a typical ending.
The performance was satisfactory.
No, I don't think with would be made into a movie.
Sort of a 'comic book' story line. I managed to enjoy it once I got into that type of story.
I love Zombie books. This one did not disappoint . Bit of a slow start, but relationships were built & characters developed as book progressed. Plenty of action. An interesting twist on zombies I'm sure will grow in the series.
Sleeplady: lover of dogs, zombies and superheroes.
Sadly, I really didn't enjoy this book at all and I love end of the world zombie stories. I had listened to another of Long's book's and it wasn't bad, so I decided to purchased this one. Honestly, it was a terrible waste of my audible credit. The main character Eric is not engaging, he doesn't seem to have much of a personality, and he makes really stupid choices. Granted this is a zombie apocalypse story so I could overlook the idiotic choices as "shock" from the destruction of Eric's world as he knew it. However, the constant repetition of thoughts as if you are just starting to listen to the book at the beginning of every paragraph was throughly unbearable. FYI Eric felt very protective of Katherine (another weak character) which he mentions like 100 times. I felt as if Long took breaks while writing this and forgot what he had already written. I actually couldn't wait for this book to be over by the time I reached Part 2. I finished the book because I kept thinking the story was going to get better...it didn't. The narrator did a good job but his strong performance couldn't save the book from it's lack of plot and toxic use of repetition.
***Spoiler*** This book has a cliffhanger ending.
I'm a horror nut! Zombies in particular! Epidemics, end of all things! Also enjoyed Game of thrones very much!
Probably wouldn't recommend this book on Audio anyway mainly because the narrators attempt to read as the woman in the story being sexy and seductive really ruined the story for me all together as it gave the image of a drag queen. Other then this I'm not finished yet and can't fairly judge yet but when taking on a Zombie story, the writer needs to really pay attention to holding onto the readers attention because zombies have been done every which way and it's easy to loose a reader of you ramble, get off track or sound like a transvestite.. Hahhaha it's a great twist with Ghouls but I've finished the first half and feel the writer is just trying to fill pages and drag on telling the story! I hope the second half is better!
Less run on as if using
Have a woman read for female parts! Or attempt to at least sound like a woman!
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