Trapped amidst the horror of the zombie apocalypse, three men hear the sound of a helicopter overhead and know it represents their last desperate hope to survive the terror and reach safety. But survival comes at a cost - and the undead hordes that ravage the world are not the only lurking evil the men must face. But for Mitch Logan; his brother, Jed; and their friend, Clinton Harrigan; there is no choice.They must fight to survive - or Die Trying.
©2014 Nicholas Ryan (P)2014 Podium Publishing
”A heart-stopping zombie thriller!" (D.A. Wearmouth, best-selling author of First Activation)
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I have never been as tense while listening to a zombie apocalypse audiobook as I was while listening to Die Trying: A Zombie Apocalypse. The first part of this story that hooked me immediately taking place during a violent thunder storm in the pitch black of night, where our military guys were trying to track down a mysterious sound in the air, I really thought that was all the story was going to be for awhile and I would have been totally alright with that. Under constant fear the zombies would hear or find them and ruin their day. Nicholas Ryan bring forth a new type of zombie to my ears, the kind that will eat each other, one was wounded and suddenly the horde stops advancing, moaning turning to growling, and then they converged upon the wounded and tore it to shreds in an all out ravenous feeding frenzy. If that wasn't enough for you Ryan was able to create characters that really spoke to me with their complex histories and a certain mystery surrounding a few of them. My only criticism is that this audiobook was way too short, so many other avenues could have been explored. I highly recommend Die Trying: A Zombie Apocalypse, but only if you are looking for a quick listen that is really fast paced, full of action, tons of suspense and different than your usual zombies. As I said earlier I have already purchased Ground Zero: A Zombie Apocalypse an earlier release because Ryan was able to rouse something in me that few other authors have.
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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, 3 weeks have passed since the dead have come back to life and started eating people. mitch, jed, and clinton are holed up in a house, afraid of drawing any attention to them. their food and water are almost gone, and between them, they only have one handgun. a storm is approaching. clinton hushes the guys as he thinks he hears something mechanical approaching. above the wind and pouring rain, they hear a helicopter. as the helicopter approaches their house, clinton notices the helicopter's engine is making a funny noise. clinton tells mitch and jed that he believes the helicopter is going to go down. as they peak out the window to try to find where the helicopter is, the helicopter turns on a spotlight and starts to look for a safe place to land. although they all agree that the helicopter's noise will draw zombies from all over the place, they come to the conclusion that rescuing the survivors may be the only way they can survive. with the storm raging, they head out to follow the failing helicopter.
mitch and jed are brothers, but there's a lot of bad blood between them. mitch was picking up jed the day the zombie apocylapse started. jed had just finished a 7 year stretch in prison. throughout the story, the tensions between jed and mitch build. you'd think that 2 brothers could put the past behind them, especially during a zombie apocylapse, but jed just cannot forgive his brother. the reason behind jed's hatred of his brother is kind of unrealistic, but the author does do a good job of ratcheting up the tension between them.
the author also does a pretty good job building mystery about the helicopter's survivors. you know there's something off about them, but you don't know exactly what it is until it's finally revealed. i've listened to a bunch of zombie novels, but i've never listened to one where the characters were so terrified of zombies. well, maybe if i only had 1 handgun and a crowbar, i'd be just as terrified. but the terror of what they went through causes them to even fear the appearance of a single zombie, and 2 of them are really burly men!
as for the zombies, they're the slow, shambling type. throughout most of the story, the characters try to avoid them as much as possible. most of the interaction happen at the bookends- the beginning and the ending.
after the big reveal, the plot becomes kind of predictable. the whole story takes place over a couple of days. the pacing of the story is kind of slow as the first 2 hours revolve around rescuing the people in the helicopter. this is more of a run and hide zombie story than a zombie battle story.
there's not a lot of character development, but the author is able to develop a palpable atmosphere of tension between the characters.
i think what i liked most about the story was the writing. it's one of the more descriptive zombie stories i've listened to. but that might be too much for some listeners. as a wannabe writer, i valued how the author described actions, situations, and characters.
as a zombie story, it's just ok. there are more entertaining and faster-paced stories out there. but if you're a fan of well-written sentences, scenes, and dialog, then definitely give it a listen. it has given me ideas of what to do and what not to do.
there's definitely an opportunity for the story to continue. i think that if a second book is written, then it would be more interesting b/c of the reveal. i like the author's writing style, and my biggest disappointment is that i think the author left a lot on the table.
overall, nothing in the story really stood out to me, but i did like the writing. the narration is pretty good. rc bray does a good job portraying the male characters. i found him easy to listen to.
54, father of 3, plant manager, love football, golf, reading: action, sci-fi, non-fiction, thrillers, etc.
I cannot tell if the story alone was bad or the narrator added to it, but the overall was definitely bad. I know nothing about the writer and perhaps this is a first attempt to hone his craft, but the story was weak, and the main character's attitude just sounded "off". Maybe he needed medication, but he seemed to get "upset" at everything.
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