Life isn't kind to Lance York. A full-time job has eluded him for years, his wife loathes the sight of him, his bank accounts are empty, and his wealthy father-in-law revels in his failures.
After he lunges in front of a car to save a sick and disoriented woman, Lance awakens in a quarantined hospital. A devastating plague is spreading worldwide, driving those infected with it insane. Their bodies begin to mutate into horrors that have haunted mankind's nightmares for centuries.
The world descends into chaos as death holds sway in the streets.
With the help of an unlikely ally, Lance must navigate through the collapsing city of Pittsburgh, striving to escape the madness of the Apocalypse that unfolds around them.
©2013 Jason Brant (P)2014 Jason Brant
Keep telling yourself: This isn't a zombie apocolypse novel.
Is that a BAD thing? Not at all.
I like twists on a theme. In this case, Brant takes a tried and true concept of infected masses turning into zombies, and make the zombie condition not the final transformation, but a PART of the transformation, more of a cocoon stage, if you will. The infected's FINAL transformation and result is terrifying (Aren't we all a bit weary of the oozing, shambling dripping moaning dead? Just a bit?), and makes for a good listen, and a good beginning to the series.
Pittsburgh serves as the backdrop for the author, and he writes well for the genre. Brant's writing is descriptive without being heavy-handed, flowing without skimming over the important points. Just a bit slow at the beginning, but it paces nicely from there, and has solid action and story lines, good character development and for a "first in the series," is a nice launchpad for what's ahead. You'll be drawn into this world, which is also a great reason to read or listen to a good work such as this - The suspension of disbelief is a writer's chief craft, and without this, it's just words on a page, or noise on an audiobook. It becomes forgeable, and is thrown on today's ocean of such books.
Finally, all of the above strengths reminded me of Clines and a few other modern scifi/horror writers that share these combined skills, and garnish our attention, and justifiably so.
The narrator Wayne June did a good job here, and assisted in the journey - He's a storyteller, and almost sounds as if he's talking to you over a kitchen table. A budding conversationalist. Always a nice touch.
I'll read the next in the series., that's for sure.
So, I recommend that you open that purse or wallet, and pull out that shiny Audible credit, and buy this audiobook. And while you do, keep telling yourself:
This isn't a zombie apocalypse novel... This isn't a zombie apocolypse novel.
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
devoured is a really good initial outbreak story. although it's not a pure zombie novel, zombie enthusiasts will definitely like it!
this story reminded me of 3 of my favorite zombie stories: infection: alaskan undead apocalypse (book 1 only), the remaining, and we're alive.
i thought of infection b/c devoured starts out in a hospital. i thought infection had the best hospital outbreak scenario, but devoured's is better. brant does a really good job building the tension as lance, his wife, liz, and his friend, don, learn the hospital they're in gets quarantined. brant also does a good job racheting up the fear and hysteria as more and more people in and around the hospital become infected and the military shooting starts.
i thought of the remaining and we're alive b/c the infected aren't zombies but something worse, much worse if you can imagine that! as michael aptly puts it, "zombies are only the cocoon stage!" brant adds his own horrifying twists on the infected, giving them a creepy and unique feel.
this is a well-balanced story. there's a lot of action and good character development. i'm not one of those people who talks during movies, but when i'm alone, listening to a good book, i do tend to talk aloud sometimes when i'm riveted by something that's happening. while listening to this story, there were a few times when i found myself talking / yelling / swearing at a character. so you can say i was affected by parts of this story and its characters.
wayne june does a pretty good job narrating. he is able to conjure and portray the different range of emotions and their tones, and he knows when to speed up and slow down.
overall, a very enjoyable story! i highly recommend it to all those who love a good zombie / end of the world story.
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Devoured: The Hunger, Book 1 starts of kind of slow. Before the end of society, we meet Lance who is very down and out. A man that has been jobless for an extended period, who is in the midst of a divorce from a cheating wife. Everything soon changes when he takes a chance to save a woman from being hit by a car and knocking himself unconscious. Waking up to find that the hospital he is in has been quarantined by the CDC. The first of many adventures is his escape from the hospital so he can hide in his home. Soon the news channels stop broadcasting and then starts the real horror. Everyone that has been infected have risen into zombie like creatures that shy away from the sun and ravage at night. My thought was “Zombie vampires?”, but it gets worse. This is my favorite part of Jason Brant’s brainchild, the creatures and how the infected go from flu like symptoms, to fearsome zombie like creatures, to something that lives only in nightmares. Brant was able to create a very unique and refreshing take on a very heavily populated genre. Full of interesting characters, humor, survival, the systematic collapse of society. I will be back for more, I can’t wait to find out what Brant has in store for us.
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God awful book. The author shows a severe lack of imagination and writing ability. There wasnt a single character development that wasnt severely foreshadowed and predictable. All in all a very boring, unenjoyable, read.
Avid Zombie Fiction listener!!! Bring on the living dead.
Yes, you cant help but love these characters. I found myself laughing out loud and really being able to relate to them.
I have to say at the end of the book I found myself really admiring the growth of Lances character. So for me it would be Lance but Lance from the end of book 1.
I loved his narration. It was great he nailed the sarcasm and humor.
Not an extreme reaction but it made me really start to care about the characters. It made me want to know what was and is going to happen. It kept me completely engaged.
Although this is not a zombie fiction book which is my favorite genre. ..... It is awesome!!!! I completely loved it. The characters are developing as the story goes on the action is great... All in all it is a great listen and I have already purchased and started listening to book #2!!!! What a great series keep it up!
Yes, especially if there is a long wait for the next in the series and I need to refresh.
When Lance breaks through the militia and gets to the stadium with the babe and starts rounding up the rest of the cast.
No, this is the first.
Yes and I very nearly did.
I am eager for the next in series.
I preface this review with three things:
1. I received a copy of this audio book as a prize in a contest.
2. I'm not a post-apocalyptic / zombie / monster reader
3. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I would recommend it.
Looking for a post-apocalyptic story chock full of powerful, flesh-hungry monsters? Listen to this book.
Author Jason Brant crafts a plausible scenario in which mankind faces a terrible extinction. The main characters encounter a series of obstacles as they strive for safety from certain doom and being eaten alive. There are a number of twists to this story, so I am trying to keep plot points to a minimum in this write up.
Brant provides ample description of the gore and unpleasantness of the world he's created. Brant also pays attention to real-life issues like food, water, and shelter for those who are fighting to stay alive. I feel that this attention to detail makes the story much more believable and raises questions like, "What if something similar happened here?"
Plenty of action. Witty dialogue. Flashes of humor. Just a great story that held my interest all the way through. If I have a negative comment it would be that the story ends at a point which is somewhat of a cliffhanger. The book is full length and to make it longer would not work. Moving to a second book in the series makes sense for both author and reader. Brant should be congratulated on leaving a reader/listener wanting more.
Regarding the narration on the audio, I have mixed feelings. I have listened to several audiobooks in the past. The male reader on this audiobook has a good voice and performs well. However, he does put on a "female" voice when women have dialogue. I would have enjoyed the book just as much, if not more, without the female impersonation.
Overall, I enjoyed this book immensely and I would recommend this story to fans of post-apocalyptic, action, or horror books. I plan to listen to/read the next installment in the series.
Devoured is book one of a 3 book series. I had to buy the other 2 on iBook, because Audible has not done them. I wish they would, and that they would have the same narrator do them. These are not traditional zombies in this appocalypse trilogy. They are called vampires, but they are scarier than the traditional vampire by a long way. Also, the protagonists are not gun-toting macho idiots, or military personnel, or life-time survivalists with years of training in preparing for this event. They are ordinary people like you and me. Also, the women are as strong as the men. Cass is perfectly willing and able to pick up her battle axe, bow, gun, or whatever, and fight alongside her husband. She is even a better fighter. I love strong women, and there are not enough of them in most appocalypse stories. This one is a definite must-read.
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!
While this book doesn't really present anything new as far as apocalyptic books go, the main characters are rich and fully developed. In addition instead of including preppers as eccentric side characters, this book explores the nature of the survivalist or prepper mentality. Specifically, this book tries to incorporate how survivalists or preppers might fair in an apocalyptic USA. It is an interesting Naziesque twist. The narrator does a passable job.
To start I'll say that at the time of writing this the Kindle edition of this book is free over on Amazon and if you get that first this audio version in only $1.99. The reason I tell you this is because you better not spend more than $1.99 on this book!
In short...the storyline is the same ol' break out story. Monsters show up, everyone runs, they meet some bad men along the way and at the end the only thing that was accomplished was that the main characters didn't get killed.
What really killed this book for me though was the dialog. It was SOOOOO bad! The only way I got through this book was to throw the playback speed to 1.5x. The narrator was pleasant with a James Earl Jones type voice which almost made the crappy dialog bearable.
in the end, for a $1.99 its worth checking out....but if you waste a credit on this book....
I would consider both to be brilliant!
I haven't read anything similar to this before so cant compare it.
lots of them but I did like it when Lance meets Cass
If I had enough time in one sitting most definately
highly recommended! Brilliant story that keeps you hooked!
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