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Hissers | [Ryan C. Thomas]

Hissers

It's the last weekend of summer break in the small town of Castor, and four teenage friends are about to attend the most popular end-of-summer high-school party in town… with a massive wave of mutated undead about to crash the party. It's The Breakfast Club meets Resident Evil as the teens of Castor fight to stay alive.
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Publisher's Summary

It's the last weekend of summer break in the small town of Castor, and four teenage friends are about to attend the most popular end-of-summer high-school party in town… with a massive wave of mutated undead about to crash the party. It's The Breakfast Club meets Resident Evil as the teens of Castor fight to stay alive.

BONUS SHORT STORY: Hissers includes "Confidentiality", one of four interlocking stories from The Junkie Quatrain by Peter Clines.

©2010 Ryan C. Thomas (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    Arnold Akron, OH, United States 11-27-11
    Arnold Akron, OH, United States 11-27-11 Member Since 2007
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    "WOW! Immediately captivating"

    I am only 2 hours into this story but I had to write a quick review. Quite often I will start another audio book within hours after finishing the previous one. This makes my brain take a while to adjust to a whole new set of characters and world settings (sometimes space setttings). Not so with this book.
    As soon as the story starts Mr Thomas makes the characters believable and the story flows smoothly. The high school students interaction with each other and their parents are in sync.
    I have to admit that I am a believer that men are better narrators, they can make female voices better than females can make male voices. That said Mr. Andrews is very good and he doesn't have an English accent which would seriously marr an American setting.
    I bought this book in the $5 special that Audible had. I am going to look for more Thomas/Andrews combinations in future purchases.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 10-27-11
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 10-27-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Fun & Fast-Paced"

    Ryan C. Thomas' entry into the world of zombie fiction is an inventive one. Taking the now almost routine "zombie armogeddon" theme and marrying it to a highly-relatable story about teenagers adds an additional level of familiarity to the story.
    I was initially turned off by the disclaimer mentioning "The Breakfast Club" as I took that to mean the story would be childish and silly (beyond the zombie premise, I mean). With the exception of a few regrettable developments, the story is fairly smart and enjoyable for adult fans of this kind of fiction. The story occasionally gets angsty, but never overly sentimental.
    The scenes involving the military (particularly the beginning and the end) are the weakest elements of the story, but don't overly detract from what largely a quick, enjoyable read.
    I liked the new twists offered on the living dead.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    oscar tranas, Sweden 08-18-11
    oscar tranas, Sweden 08-18-11
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    "Best book ever!"

    This is by far the best book i have ever listened too. Granted, i'm somewhat of new in the book universe, but non the less, i think most people will enjoy this one. I find myself really getting emotionally involved with the characters in this story.

    A must for zombie lovers!

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    Dana Anderson, SC, United States 03-28-12
    Dana Anderson, SC, United States 03-28-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Bland, contrived, humorless Zombie-Teen B-movie"

    This is a cliche 60's style B-movie overly stretched to novel length. 4 teens in a Dawn of the Dead scenario. The Breakfast Club set-up unfortunately falls flat from artificial, witless and humorless dialogue. If you can overlook this, there is a little coming-of-age redemption going on thru the long middle 3/4s of the story. The drawn-out action and conversations follow smoothly enough but the prose is formulaic or calculated rather than artful or insightful.
    If you love the genre, maybe you'll endure it. For improved near-human metaphysics, consider a Christopher Moore book instead ("Lamb" if you want some adolescent characters, all the others involve mostly young adults).

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lyndenia New York, USA 05-26-13
    Lyndenia New York, USA 05-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "zombie fun"

    just so u no, these zombies r more than just ur average zombie. U will be pleasantly surprised or grossed out by them but all in all a great read.

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    David ROANOKE, VA, United States 07-11-12
    David ROANOKE, VA, United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2010

    I listen to approximately 25 hours per week and have downloaded over 400 books on Audible. Mostly I like mysteries, fantasy and scifi.

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    "Great exciting book from start to finish"

    I had held off listening to this book because I thought I would have to struggle to listen to it. Well, I was wrong! This book was thrilling all the way through and I was sad when it ended. It's a great take on the zombie formula and I could easily see this become a movie.

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    Michelle SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, United States 06-29-12
    Michelle SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, United States 06-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Well planned characters and non-stop action."

    Excellent zombie book, though they don't use the Z word very much. Unlike your usual zombies, the hissers can actually run, and are coordinated. The book ends leaving us uncertain of whether we will have a world-wide appocalypse or not. I hope Ryan Thomas does a sequel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mom of 2 MCKINLEYVILLE, CA, United States 06-25-12
    Mom of 2 MCKINLEYVILLE, CA, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2011

    bibliophile with varied taste ;)

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    "shockingly good"

    I bought this on a whim. It was cheap, and I had some credit that needed spending. I do like a good horror story, but have found so many "stinkers" in that genre lately that I have all but given up. This one was really fun, and even though not anything really new, it was a different take on the whole "canibal/zombie" kind-of monster. The characters were believable, and well developed, with great backstory points that didn't seem forced. I would recommend it to any horror fan, even if you usually stay away from YA fiction (which I assume this falls into only because the main characters are 14).

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    Madena Detroit, Michigan, United States 06-02-12
    Madena Detroit, Michigan, United States 06-02-12 Member Since 2012

    My name is Madena Williams, I'm an author of nonfiction publications. I write mostly inspirational advice that will impact people's lives.

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    "OMG!"
    Would you listen to Hissers again? Why?

    It is the perfect horror story to listen to. It has good story lines, and it keeps your imagination going. You can actually see the terror in your mind as it is being told.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hissers?

    When the plane crashed and those things were going after the living.


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

    Explicit definition of horror as it unfolds. He brings the excitement that enhances each scene.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The tag line would be when the teens were forced to make adult decisions on how to survive.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing I hated about the beginning, was all the cussing. I could have done without that. The beginning was good without all the cussing he had the teens doing. But over all, the story was a good terrifying fiction.

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    Brian Huntington Beach, CA, United States 05-08-12
    Brian Huntington Beach, CA, United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2005
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    "great listen, and moves fairly quickly"

    The style is light and fast, and has a fresh new idea for the zombie question.
    We follow 4 young teens through an outbreak in their home town. It's got the feeling of a pre-teen TV show, but with lots of death and sexuality added in.
    The only part I would change is about 2/3rds the way through, when they have this group therapy session, and get out all their inner demons. Skip that, and you don't loose anything, but you gain some time back in your life.
    Other then that, it's a great book, and well worth the listen.
    Another book to add to my favorites.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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