A phone call to his sister leads Flex Sheridan into a nightmare and a quest to save his family from a new, horrifying epidemic that's turning humans into zombies. As he makes his way from Georgia to Gainesville, Florida and back, he picks up old and new friends and survivors. Flex re-connects with perhaps the strongest woman he's ever known, Gem Cardoza, his former girlfriend.
Together they take his six-year-old niece Trina - the only uninfected survivor of his sister's famiy - and his infected sister Jamie, and make a run from central Florida back to his isolated Georgia home. As they head north, they encounter another uninfected, Hemphill "Hemp" Chatsworth. Hemp is British, and extremely smart. He holds a biology degree with a major in Epidemiology, as well as a degree in mechanical engineering, both of which this group will need.
Along with the crossbow-wielding Charlene "Charlie" Sanders and a pregnant Great Pyrenees dog, this small group uses street smarts and technology to defend against the new "Abnormals" that walk the earth. But Hemp is also compelled to learn how they got this way, and if possible, how to reverse the condition and save Flex's sister. So grab your machine gun and take a ride in their fortified vehicles and mobile lab; you're going to want these people on your side when the Dead Hunger... (Please note: This book contains strong language.)
©2012 Eric A. Shelman (P)2013 Eric A. Shelman
The reader, and of course zombies
These characters would never survive a real zompocolypse. The writing contradicted itself multiple times, there were never explanations, like why the lead was carrying a gun to visit his sick sister before he even knew about the zombies, and why would you leave someone at the CDC simply to tell people there was no one there... leave a freaking note for heaven's sake, not to mention how these "everyday joes" knew how to use machine guns in the first place.. And the wanton waste of ammunition made me cringe. That being said, the characters were likable enough... even if a bit wimpy and the reader was great.
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
Quality of the recording is sub par, its not clear like its done with a lousy microphone or maybe in the bathroom. I wanted to return the credit right away because it felt like it was shoddy merchandise (it is!). But I read some of the reviews and persevered because the story seemed good. I got used to it after a while and despite the lousy recording the narrator was pretty good.
The story isn't bad and the twist on the zombies is rather interesting. They are shambling brain eaters, but they have some animal kind of intelligence and have a special coma inducing power.
The only critique is that things seem a bit too easy and there is little strife and problems. They just wander about, casually split up, do some "shopping" and zombies appear only when its appropriate. I don't know why he just wanted to go home and why they told the survivors they rescued to fend for themselves, because they only just cleared out a fully functioning and well supplied CDC facility.
I will probably invest in the sequel.
Much better than World War Z.
how it covered the personal aspect with the storyline
yes, just couldn't
The Zombie apocalypse isn't supposed be this convenient. The hospitals aren't going to be empty, easy to walk in places where you find everything you’re looking for including Katniss Everdeen, or the female version of the Arrow, and no walking dead. The CDC will not contain one living man who rolls out the red carpet for you. As well as no walking dead. The police stations will not be empty except for a man who happens to studies Epidemiology, as well as mechanical engineering and all the guns and ammo you want. Also said man won’t have all the CDC information at his beck and call. You don’t happen to find your lost love who happens to be kick ass. And for gods sake puppies? Puppies during a Zombie apocalypse ? You may find this book cute. But books about the Zombie apocalypse aren’t supposed to be cute and convenient. And the for the lead character to be named Flex? That should of have of have clued me in. You name your kid Flex, you’re either setting his path in life to be a porn star or pro wrestler, or the lead character in a zombie infestation.
I'm going to listen to Day by Day Armageddon again. That's a zombie book.
Neither liked or disliked this narrator. Even the best performer couldn't make this book better.
I did like the zombie hypnosis idea. That was different.
I love zombie books. They aren't supposed to be neat little stories wrapped up in bows at the end. If you are new to the zombie genre I recommend reading (listening) Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End by Manel Loureiro. Day by Day Armageddon by JL Bourne. FEED by Mira Grant, Zombie Fallot Mark Tufo, Among the Living by Timothy W. Long. Rhiannon Frater’s As the World Dies trilogy.
Another great zombie book!! There was a little twist on the abilities of the zombies that I found interesting. Awesome characters that I really connected with and felt for. Also, very intense action scenes. I will definitely be looking for the next in this series and more from this author. The narration was also perfect!!
While I have read the entire series (currently at four books), I wanted to sit back and listen to someone read it to me. I'm a huge fan of Shelman's writing, and I love the way John Perry put his touch on the characters, particularly Hemp Chatsworth. Each time a new book was released, I would re-read the previous books in the series - so now I've read Dead Hunger four times, Dead Hunger II: The Gem Cardoza Chronicles three times, Dead Hunger III: The Chatsworth Chronicles (a favorite!) twice, and Dead Hunger IV: Evolution, once. Now, I can listen to the first one. I read Edward's review and was shocked and appalled, and sincerely hope that he does not influence any one of you. The last thing Shelman's story can be called is unimaginable - his take on the Z-apocalypse is more unique than any I have ever read, and I am what I consider to be a zombie afficionado. So take it for what it's worth, but I found both quality and imagination in the entire series, and will buy each audiobook as it is released. Flex, Gem, Hemp and Charlie - forever! I can't wait for book five, which I understand from his Facebook page that the author is now working on. Bring it on!
I can’t believe I wasted a credit on this. I’m taking advantage of the do over clause on my account. The recording gave the impression that it was done in someone’s basement with second hand recording gear, maybe closeouts from Circuit City. The storyline was poor, unimaginative, and just plain bad. Please do not waist your credits or the seven hours of your time.
I am an avid reader, and love supernatural fiction ...
Yes. This book is part of a six-book series, currently at five books. The narrator has made adjustments to the recording methods of books 2-5, which each carry the story onward. If you enjoyed the story, the minor sound issues have been addressed, therefore listen with confidence.
When Flex must decided the fate of his infected sister.
Finding Chatsworth in the jail cell.
See, "Memorable Moments," above.
All of this series has been optioned for film, and the screenplay for Dead Hunger is under development!
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