Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains and dissected by three rivers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is an idyllic city. It's quiet, the traffic is nonexistent, and floating down the Allegheny River on a boat is peaceful and serene.
It's perfect...as long as you can ignore the mindless monstrosities roaming the streets, vampires ruling the night, and the insane, power-hungry human survivors. Mankind has devolved, mutating into mindless horrors. Only weeks ago, they built skyscrapers and traveled to space. Now they attack anything with flesh, driven by the never-ending desire to consume.
Lance York, and his unlikely companion Cass, have survived the apocalypse. Much to their surprise, that was the easy part. They've fled the city, struggling to find food and shelter, fighting against the nightmarish infected and the militant living, willing themselves to endure through each day.
The world has collapsed, but the fight has just begun.
©2013 Jason Brant (P)2014 Jason Brant
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
as the story opens, lance, cass, and doc brown are ashore, looking for supplies, and highford is manning their boat. lance is in target, trying on some socks while cass and doc brown are scavenging for medical supplies.
as lance leans against a dvd stand to get his balance, he unwittingly knocks it over, and the sound draws some of the day walkers. what follows is a frenetic cat and mouse chase as lance, cass, and doc brown flee the vladys to the perceived safety of their boat.
brant's writing makes me feel like i'm right there, in the middle of the action! wayne june's narration brings the action off the pages and into my room. he knows when to pick up his reading speed and when to slow down. his narration adds another level of enjoyment to the story.
although the story is told from lance's perspective, you really get to know the other characters, especially cass.
i like how nothing comes easy for these survivors, and how none are the super soldier type. it's adds a sense of realism to the story.
our survivors run into an old enemy, ralph, the leader of the minutemen, who tied up lance after lance let him and cronies into his hiding place. although ralph and his group are kind of cliche, i liked the tact the author took to resolve that part of the story.
overall, a good continuation of the story and a good listen.
This story picks up right were the first book, Devoured, left off. If anything, I found this story to be even more of a roller coaster ride chock full of action, suspense, and excitement.
In my review of the first book, Devoured, I noted that I am not a post-apocalyptic story reader/fan. I enjoyed the first book and I enjoyed this second installment in the series even more. Again, I would recommend this audiobook just as I did the previous book.
What makes it good? Overall I would say that the story continues to evolve and develop in new ways - sometimes unexpected. The story makes sense...it drew me in and had me pulling for some characters and hoping that others would meet a terrible end. The story is in no way a character study, but the characters are well-crafted in a world where survival means avoiding monsters at night and monstrous humans during the day.
Wayne June's performance brings a different voice to each character that author Jason Brant has created. I'm still not in love with June's female impersonations, but I also don't know any other way he could perform those parts.
Brandt's take on the post-apocalyptic world is one that is dangerous, suspenseful, harsh, gory, and sometimes funny.
Worth a listen? Absolutely. If you're brave you can listen with the lights off.
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If you liked “Slow Burn” by Bobby Adair and “Mountain Man” by Keith C. Blackmore you are going to love this series.
Recap from Devoured (book 1). Lance, (a down on his luck, out of work and demoralized man) tried to help a deranged woman walking down the street. He got hit by a car trying to save her. Wakes up in the hospital. The hospital was crawling with, blood thirsty flesh eating, monsters. Managing to escape, with the help of Doctor Emmett Brown, Lance made it back to his apartment. That was an easy day, it got worse.
Consumed (Hunger Book 2)
Lance, Cass, Doc Brown, and Eifort are still on the river. The have decided to stay in the boat as long as they can. Making short trips into towns for supplies. However, the Minuteman leader, Ralph, has other ideas. He wants Lance dead so he sends a man to bomb the boat. They all survive the sinking boat but lose most of their supplies. Opting to maneuver through the flesh eating monsters, vampires and power hungry humans, they find a vehicle and decide to try for Greensburg. Lance, Cass and the others strive to survive each day – one hour at a time. You will have to find out the rest for yourself. I think this book is even better than the first one.
I really love this series. I have listened to book 1 and 2 twice. When Lance met Cass the real fun started. The banter between them is so funny. It’s the comic break needed in this type of story. She is constantly amazing him with her skills. She is a vampire slaying Zena, with a double edged ax. He loves it.
The pace is fast; the action and violence will keep you on the edge of your seat. You “need” to turn the page to find out what happens next. There are a lot of surprises in this installment. You won’t want to miss out. I hope book 3 comes out soon. Perhaps there will be answers to who/what/where the virus came from, perhaps the “vladdies” (vampires) will die out from lack of human blood and perhaps we’ll see who is behind the flying jets that grace the sky occasionally.
Wayne June is doing his superb rendition of reading again. I could listen to him for hours. Wait, I do listen to him for hours. He has that kind of voice and he really gets into his characters.
Wayne June and the production team are great together. Excellence shows.
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Avid Zombie Fiction listener!!! Bring on the living dead.
Yes!!! I enjoy listening to a good story more then once, to get anything I might have missed the 1st time.
I really enjoyed these characters. The relationship between casd and lance is great.
He does a really good job keeping the pace and changing the tones to match the story.
It took the world dying and filling up with vampires for me to live, that and a girl named Cass she saved my ass and everyday has been an adventure since.
I really enjoy this series. It is well written and keeps you engaged. Keep it up!!!!
Book 2 picks up about 1 week after Book 1 ended. Our heroes, Lance York and Cass of the War Axe, are on a boat in the Allegheny River outside of Pittsburgh. Dr. Emmett Brown and soldier Meghan Iverson are still with the duo, providing cover fire and medical treatment as needed. The world continues to devolve in to mutated monsters that roam night and day and militant, power-hungry humans. Yet, the river seems the safest….at least until they lose their boat.
If you read my review of Devoured, Book 1, then you know I really enjoyed the start to this series. Book 2 does not disappoint in continuing the tale. In fact, I will say it is even better because Lance worked through a lot of his issues with his e-wife in Book 1 and we don’t have that slowing down the story line of Book 2. Our main characters are a unit, swiftly reacting to each other. Our plot is moving forward at a good clip. The scenery continues to devolve, creating more traps for our heroes. All the elements are present for a great zombie story, which this is. I enjoyed this book all in one day, coming up with additional chores to keep me in the kitchen or folding laundry, just so I would have a bit more listening time.
Cass continues to be my hero. I want to grow up to be her and do shots with her. She’s very practical in how she tackles this new world, taking axe to monsters and human threats as needed. Plus, I like the way she dresses, even if many of the side characters think it strange. I expect as the world continues to circle the toilet, we’ll see more and more folks dressing as they like instead of according to supposed societal norms.
As Lance spends more time with her, he comes to realize that he isn’t nearly as adept at dispatching foes as Cass is, and this bothers him a little bit. I loved that he was aware of his feelings of inadequacy, and how silly that was with the world as we know it ending and all, and yet he struggled with it. It created some humor and made Lance very human.
Brown and Iverson become more prominent in the story and we get some back story to each of them. Of course, the Back to the Future jokes continue with Dr. Brown’s name, but they are sprinkled throughout the tale and don’t become annoying. Also, we learn the source of the Xavier Virus name – which I won’t spoil here. It is a little joke for geeks and nerds. It made me chuckle.
All in all, this was an excellent continuation of the The Hunger series. Book 2 closed off a few smaller story arcs while opening a larger one. I am very much looking forward to Book 3!
Narration: Wayne June is a great voice for Lance, who is a pretty average guy. Wayne brings Lance to life with his emotions and his humor. I can’t imagine another narrator portraying Lance. Wayne also has a variety of voices for the ladies and other men. He does a great gruff old geezer and a crazy radio codger.
Plenty of situations where you think character X is in one of those 'how you gonna get out of this one' scenarios - and when they do, it's unexpected.
I rather like this series - the characters are believable, and the plot/pacing of the books keep you interested and entertained. Wayne June is a terrific narrator, as well, providing the story with a lot of dynamics and life to the characters. Great narration/Great book = excellent entertainment!
I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!
I love this series for one very similar reason. This series takes eccentric secondary characters and repositions them as the primary characters of this apocalyptic novel. I always love the eccentric secondary characters; so, I was thrilled to find a series that stars them. While Brant narrative isn't as brilliant as Shaun of the Dead, it is still a fun and short listen. The narrator is passable but runs out of believable new voices toward the middle of the novel.
Wayne June and the great story written by Jason Brant
Lance, the main character. He's a likable character
All of it really. Too many to mention
That's such a tough question for me, I really haven't thought about it and don't know.
I love this series and have been thinking about re-listening to it. (Which I never do)
I am a book addict! I get a rush beyond belief when I get to absorb myself into a new world. The creativity is boundless.
This is a fun series. The main character is an unlikely hero before it's all said and done. I rushed right out and read the whole series back to back. Nice addition to my apocalyptic/plague/zombie collection. The narration was spot on for this book. Well worth a credit!
Yes! This is a great fast paced story which keeps you hooked the whole way through.
Cass! Shes a brilliant kick ass heroine
Yes I listened to the first story in the hunger series Devoured, and both has been brilliant.
"quality isn't the best"
I enjoyed the story but there was a lot of static while the narrator read the story. It spoilt it for me. I hope the next book isn't the same
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