In New York, Walt Lawson is about to lose his girlfriend Vanessa. In Los Angeles, Raymond and Mia James are about to lose their house. Within days, none of it will matter. When Vanessa dies of the flu, Walt is devastated. But she isn't the last. The virus quickly kills billions, reducing New York to an open grave and LA to a chaotic wilderness of violence and fires. As Raymond and Mia hole up in an abandoned mansion, where they learn to function without electricity, running water, or neighbors, Walt begins an existential walk to LA, where Vanessa had planned to move when she left him. He expects to die along the way. Months later, a massive vessel appears above Santa Monica Bay. Walt is attacked by a crablike monstrosity in a mountain stream. The virus that ended humanity wasn't created by humans. It was inflicted from outside. The colonists who sent it are ready to finish the job - and Earth's survivors may be too few and too weak to resist.
©2012 Edward W. Robertson (P)2013 Podium Publishing
I am an artist, living in Cairns, Queensland, Australia right next to the Great Barrier Reef. I listen to audiobooks everyday while making art and on into the night. I really like mysteries with a good serving of suspense on the side that keep you wondering right to the end. However, I won't say no to any entertaining and well written book which has been read by an excellent narrator.
I not a fan of most science fiction - especially off planet, however this book was firmly grounded on Earth, albeit with a sprinkling of aliens and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The book starts with the hum-drum existence of two couples, one based in New York and the other in southern California. From there there the plot slowly develops into a dystopian nightmare. The character development is excellent and the story is told from each males point of view, each chapter switching from one to the other until in the books last half they finally unite. The book is more about the indomitable human spirit and the desire to survive and the plot is arranged to support this premise. For lovers of suspense and who appreciate a book that has a few layers and a book which is reasonably well written, I recommend this to you.
klotzen, nicht klekern!
I say Breakers ranks in the top 84-92% with a lean towards the higher %.
This book does not need comparison. Breakers stands alone as a solid work of fiction. When everything is said and done, who cares what I might compare Breakers to? Come on Audible.....what kind of question is this?
When Raymond and Mia are discussing whether they should hit the road to less traveled, higher climes and Raymond brings up the fact that they would be leaving their garden. Mia throws out a perfectly timed sarcastic remark that made me laugh and rewind 3-4 times to hear it again.
Raymond was a very lucky guy to have Mia in his life. She is the kind of woman I'd like to have in my life, with or without the Squids trying to throw mankind in the garbage heap.
Walter wants revenge. Get ready for a heaping helping of dismembered Squid Alien bastards!
Ray Chase narrated this book perfectly. I think the word I am looking for to describe his narration is sardonic. When Ray Chase is matched with the right book like Breakers, he is absolutely a joy to listen to. I laughed, I almost felt like crying a time or two. I hope he continues with this series. Also, I hope there is a surprise awaiting one of the main characters, the story line would be the richer and I could continue my audio crush.
I bought this book because it was cheap so I wasn't expecting much. It's kind of a cross between Independence Day and the Stand without the mysticism of the latter. Once you get past the kind of graphic descriptions of the plague victims there are no huge situational suspensions of disbelief...at least no more than one of the Die Hard films. But anyway don't spend a credit on it, just buy it. It's a good day read and a bargain for the money.
If you do buy this book, it's your basic post apocalypse flu scenario but, then is gets very interesting. It takes on a whole new story line mid way, and it works. Excellent depressive and or gallows humor included. Worth you time cash or credit. Enjoy!
Audio Books are ALWAYS better than print version. Audio books improve both listening and comprehension skills. Audio books also allow the listener to become a better observer/judge of an actual or hypothetical situation. It's like the listener becomes a jurist hearing testimony versus reading a court transcript. Anyhow, I can reed and right an has nuffin to pruve.
Great anti-hero character; always underestimated; always prevails.
I thought it was interesting that the aliens were so loving to one another yet brutal to people. People, on the other hand, were depicted as brutal to everybody. I couldn't help thinking that the aliens would live happy, loving, lives after they killed all the people. It makes you think.
I thought this was going to be your typical survivalist read. I enjoy the genre but they're tough to pull off with something different. This one started out fairly similar with most. Human kind gets wipe outed by a virus except for a few that try to somehow continue on, yada, yada.. Then deep into the first book you're thrown such a curve ball it can make you gasp! At first I thought about stopping because it was so far out of left field I didn't know what to think. I'm glad I didn't. This one is definitely fun and I look forward for the second one in the series!
This book started off as a " Cant stop listening".... then the story took a complete turn and went in a completely different direction. Became irritating and I put her down. Too bad, so sad, next... BTW I rarely give a bad review.
I have been reading and listening to end of the world books for 35 years - this is a very good read - it flows well and was over before I knew it. I wish that the rest of the books in the series were available -- oh well I guess I will read them on the kindle -- normally I would wait for the audios but these are too good
the changes in direction with the disaster
he was very easy to understand and spoke with a measured rhythm that was nice to listen to.
not laugh or cry - just read more
This is a well written and enjoyable book. I thought it was going to be a zombie novel of some sort .
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