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Containment: Alaskan Undead Apocalypse, Book 2 | [Sean Schubert]

Containment: Alaskan Undead Apocalypse, Book 2

Running. Hiding. Surviving. Neil Jordan and Dr. Caldwell lead the small band of desperate survivors through the hellish undead maelstrom. With their refuge compromised and behind them, Dr. Caldwell and the others including young Jules and Danny place their faith and their lives squarely in Neil’s hands.
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In Containment: Alaskan Undead Apocalypse, Book 2, narrated by Daniel May with a baritone always bordering on the edge of suspense, the human-flesh-eating zombies have taken over the ruined city of Anchorage and have claimed the surrounding rugged terrain as their own to wreak havoc over every living thing.

A group of gutsy and resourceful survivors, led by Neil Jordan and Dr. Caldwell, must cross deep into the bloody wreckage of death and despair in an all-or-nothing last chance at finding a place free from the horrific reign of the undead.

A solidly entertaining zombie adventure.

Publisher's Summary

Running. Hiding. Surviving. Neil Jordan and Dr. Caldwell lead the small band of desperate survivors through the hellish undead maelstrom. With their refuge compromised and behind them, Dr. Caldwell and the others including young Jules and Danny place their faith and their lives squarely in Neil’s hands.

Anchorage, once Alaska’s largest city, lay in ruins. Now a threatening maze of death, the city is firmly in the chilling grips of a frightening and expanding zombie horde. With life and death hanging on every decision, Neil tries to navigate the perils as best as he is able. Never far from his mind is the hope that this nightmare has been contained and there still exists a sane world free of infection.

First, they must survive and escape...

©2012 Sean Schubert and Permuted Press (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    naelene wanganui, New Zealand 12-20-12
    naelene wanganui, New Zealand 12-20-12

    "evil wins when good men do nothing "quote

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    "why does it end half why through ?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    only if you dont have to wait for the next instalment. I actually enjoyed this zombie story, but it ended like the first one with no real ending.


    What does Daniel May bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    he was a good story teller


    Was Containment worth the listening time?

    no i want a proper ending, I wont get the next one because the author will just do his same old trick to keep the story going then probarly kill everyone off


    Any additional comments?

    no

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Hot Springs, AR, United States 02-16-13
    Tony Hot Springs, AR, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Shallow story + filler = boring"

    The first and last hour were okay but everything between was soooo boring. I kept hoping for a story but it was more like hours of descriptions of things that didn't matter. There was too much conversation and not enough happening for hours and hours. I almost stopped listening but wanted to give an accurate review. This is the worst zombie book I've read.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Naka 03-05-13
    Mike Naka 03-05-13 Member Since 2012

    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

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    "aaarrgghhhh! what happened?!!?"
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    i was excited to pick up this 2nd installment after enjoying the first book. strong start. well the 1st 20 minutes or so. it tells the story of what happened to part of the military. but by the time i finished, yes i finished, i was disappointed.

    where's the editor? did a zombie eat his or her brain. it was like...hmmnn...i think i'll try adding this character for a little while. no, i don't like her. so, i'll make her disappear. hmmnn...let's try adding this plot device. no. i'll end it with a shot.

    this story was all over the place! 1st, there's this wacko christian lady who's overly judgmental. yes, her character was annoying. she and the cop, ivanof, bond over a warped fundamentalist worldview. you get the feeling she's going to do something really bad, but she doesn't. well...not really. then, she's gone for the rest of the book. it was like a hour filler. whew! i though. maybe i can listen w/o cringing so much.

    then, there's this kind of love triangle that forms b/ween neil, megan, and this other guy. ok, kinda interesting. he gets shot by officer ivanof, who's slowly been going insane. boom! that filler ends. neil and megan act pissy toward each other for the rest of the story.

    btw, ivanof's slide into madness isn't dramatic or interesting. he sits alone, imagining his daddy.

    the rest of the story follows the group running through the city being chased by zombies. the 2 kids, danny and jules, are hardly mentioned. they're quietly playing, sleeping in the other room, or keeping up with the adults as they run through the city. it would've been nice to get some commentary from them, but they're mostly an afterthought.

    however, there ws one unique aspect that i haven't come across in any other zombie novels. the group runs across another group of survivors who have been hiding in a bus since the beginning. their story was harrowing! that could be made into an interesting zombie novel by itself. ahhh...i digress. anyway, they are decrepid, stinky, and weak from lack of food, water, and movement. but they can run! sorry, i'm being facetious.

    gore: very little compared to the last story.
    action: light. lots of running and lots of talking.
    sense of dread: non-existent. sooo unlike the 1st book.
    zombies: not that threatening.

    overall...hard to make it through the book. i had high expectations for the 2nd book, but it fell flat.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    coreybeth Cincinnati, OH, United States 04-17-13
    coreybeth Cincinnati, OH, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "What the heck happened?"

    It's like two totally different stories instead of the second book in the series. Good grief. Zombie Apocalypse turned into moral second rate "Left Behind" story. I'm very disappointed. Characters are weak, story is disjointed and I it felt like I was being preached to. Nothing wrong with a strong religious undertone if it is the FIRST book and in keeping with the series. Its like the author decided to turn it over to someone else to write and he put his name on it. Disappointed!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy REXBURG, ID, United States 02-01-14
    Jeremy REXBURG, ID, United States 02-01-14 Listener Since 2009
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    "HORIBBLE NARRATOR!!!!!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Standard, but entertaining Zombie story.


    Any additional comments?

    Do some research on the proper pronunciation of unfamiliar locations! I'm a live long Alaskan and can only assume that the narrator was intentionally trying to mispronounce things as he did on nearly every location name.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rene Henrietta, Tx, United States 01-10-14
    rene Henrietta, Tx, United States 01-10-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm a Registered Nurse. I've been an avid reader all my life. I love Audible books. I'm able to enjoy books and still keep busy!

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    "Another fantastic installment of this series"
    What made the experience of listening to Containment the most enjoyable?

    This book never stops, it's a roller coaster of action!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the action and adventure


    Have you listened to any of Daniel May’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narration is Pitch perfect


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    it's all Good!!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda wasilla, ak, United States 08-16-13
    Amanda wasilla, ak, United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Zombies + Alaska should = AWESOME!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the story had some depth, if the characters weren't cry babies, and if the author had actually travelled outside of anchorage, heck if he learned about the people in the city he lived it.


    What aspect of Daniel May’s performance would you have changed?

    He really needs to learn to pronounce local words better, otherwise he wasn't to bad though I did phase out a couple times.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was set in Alaska? Lol


    Any additional comments?

    Ok, so I love zombie stories, they rock, but this book was so bad.... The story depicted anchorage Alaska in name only, the atmosphere and the types of people you would find we're no where in the story. Any part of the story set outside of anchorage was so bad I found myself talking to the book calling the author an idiot. How did the characters not find another vehicle? Or more guns? The time line is all off and all in all I thought it was generally terrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tilo 01-25-13
    Tilo 01-25-13 Member Since 2011

    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

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    "Second book actually got better"

    Its not too often that a series actually improves on the original but this time it did. The story and characters deepened considerably. Almost the entire first book was a great scene setter for the first stages of the infection, which is usually just the first few chapters of most other books.

    This second book doesn't rush through anything either and plenty of time is devoted to the characters and group dynamics. Even a secondary character gets plenty of depth through the telling of an plot-irrelevant but interesting WW II story.

    Neil is a great leader, although he doesn't take up too much space. Malikai turns out to be a really interesting character. And Kim...oh Kim...I still think about her!

    The book is also unpredictable, nothing turned out as I expected it would.

    The one stupid thing is with the car; I'm with Emma (think it was her) on this and don't know why they didn't try to find another one. Who wants to be out on foot for any reason let alone a zombie apocalypse? Bicycles would be better!

    The ending is, similarly to the first book, kinda weak. I described the ending as a cliff hangar in the first book, but its not really. With both books perhaps its more like a speed bump. Both the books just kinda end with little climax and resolution. Maybe that's just the zombie style ending the author is going for, not everything has to end with a bang and happy feeling.

    All the same, this is definitely one of the better zombie series out there and its now one of my favorites.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 06-18-13
    Michael 06-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Worst Zombie book I have ever read or, listened to"
    What disappointed you about Containment?

    I spent 4 years in the Army in Alaska. I was up in Fairbanks stationed at Fort Wainwright so, I know Alaska. They have to go to Burlington coat factory for coats; really? There are specialty outdoor shops everywhere. It's Alaska for gods sake! Never mind the vast quantity and assortment of camping/ outdoor rations stocked at these stores!Next, the best buggy they can come up with is a freekin mini van and they strap crap to the roof, even though there is no roof rack. Really??!! Everyone is either dead or a Z but there is not one drivable vehicle in a city of 300,000; really? They go onto Fort Rich / Elmedorf AFB and can't find on vehicle to drive. How about a damn MWRAP you idiot. Let's see a bunch of zombies stop that! By the way, it's Alaska; do you think they might have a snow plow or tow tucked away?Oh yea, we can never shoot Zs unless we have too. They might hear us and come flocking. How about an elevated position, A truck load of ammo, a couple cases of cold ones and a great day shooting the undead? When you get bored or, run out of beer, you jump in your not minivan, and knock any left over Zs out of your way.This book is all about these survivors whining about their lot in life. Boo Hoo. I am doubting my self booo frickin hooo. They get to the docs house and decide they can't stay there because; wait for it, there is no food!! Really? It is Alaska! The last frontier. They actually run across a moose in the woods. They have a ton of guns. I guess they only work on Zombies!In a nut shell, almost all of the characters suck. I hated almost all of them and was so happy when the inept Doc got munched on but wait, he was too heroic to shoot himself. I guess he figured it would be better to turn into a Z and later, chow down on his ex-compadres. WOW, what a brave, selfless soul.Oh by the way, there's a bible beater that is so transparent in her treacherous nature but; no one can see it. Of course she incapacitates the coveted minivan, leaves the doors open for the Zs and flees, but she is never seen again. No payback at all! I kept hoping it would get better but alas, it did not. Firs Zombie book I really hated.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not this guys next book, that's for sure


    What three words best describe Daniel May’s voice?

    Aggravating, pretentious, grating


    What character would you cut from Containment?

    Better question, which one wouldn't I cut.


    Any additional comments?

    Do some research my friend. Your setting was Alaska. A fishing trip one summer is not research.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    10-24-13
    10-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Anti-Christian projections"
    Any additional comments?

    I get it, you don't like Christianity, or religion in general. But enough already. Every Christian character in the book is a deranged Sociopath. The story was well written, but every couple of minutes he had to interject how that particular (or other Christian character) has some hidden ill intent, or lashes out at the group for some perceived harm done to them.

    I hate to write bad reviews, but enough already with the twisted characters in zombie books. He obviously doesn't like Christianity, and he obviously has some issues he projects onto Christian characters in his book. I should have stopped with his first one, as that was bad enough, but this one was worse.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Too many annoyances for me."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it because it does have some good points, but I'd also have to point out that it does have a lot of annoying little flaws that make it less believable.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was quite good, and a little sad, but also one of those moments that wasn't quite possible. Without giving away the plot it is hard to say what was good and bad about it, but I will say if you read it look at it for more than five seconds and you'll see my problem with it. Something happens to one of the characters while he is doing something at the same time. And both things could not happen at the same moment.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I do think the final scene was the most memorable, and so most likely the one I enjoyed most in the book.


    Do you think Containment needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, it does really. Too many things yet unresolved.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll post here my reasons for why the book annoyed me a little.

    At one point they are draining gas and can hear something coming, but just ignore it and carry on draining gas. I don't believe anyone is this stupid, let alone three people.The group keep saying Neil is a good leader. He is not. He makes mistake after mistake and never learns from them. He splits up his group repeatedly, and more often than not when he does so he takes his strong members and leaves the weak. Combined with never learning to protect his rear. Sure he isn't military but even a fool should realise that not having someone cover your back is not wise in a world where stuff can jump you from so many places.

    When they were draining gas for their van they found loads of cars with keys in, and yet when they lose the ability to use their van later rather than go and get a replacement for it they leave a safe location as a group on foot carrying packs. In a group with children this seems utterly foolish, and yet no-one points it out.

    They let someone join their group that they have reasons to believe is not trustable, and have someone in their group already they believe is not stable and needs watching. And yet with both these facts they don't watch either of them. Heck, in both books I don't think they set a watch at night EVER! Again they are not military, but this is simple and basic common sense, and certainly when two of their group are supposed to be zombie experts that have seen all the movies and read the books etc.

    At one point a character runs from grass to pavement and his feet get confused and he falls flat on his face. And that is how it was written. Not a slip, not a trip, but his feet got confused. I mean what the heck does that even mean.

    I wonder if the writer is single, or really just has no idea about flirting, or women. I only say this because at one point one of the characters just comes out and says to one of the girls she has a great body, then looks her up and down like a bit of meat, and she smiles about it even though she doesn't really like the guy. Seriously try this in real life and see how it works out for you. Or you can just assume the more likely outcome of a frosty stare, or a sharp pain suddenly appearing on one part of your body or other.

    This is just a few of the things that bugged me in the book, and when I get too many of them it soon lowers my overall view of the book, even if there are good aspects as well. Hence why I can't give it more than an average rating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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