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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
Such an unexpected awesome story. Hissers is heavily indebted to Stephen King. I've read almost every one of King's books. The story telling is fashioned in vintage 70's King style. And the characters could exist in any King novel. But this is a step beyond anything King ever wrote.
The story drags at a couple of points but only for a short while. The character development is very strong, though I felt that some of what the youngsters were internalizing was beyond the age Ryan Thomas set for them. & lastly, I have a little beef with the Hissers themselves, the story played with the abilities of the creatures in a way that made them seem too convenient depending on the plot needs.
in the end, this is a book you HAVE TO PICK UP AND READ. Or should I say, LISTEN TO.
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.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
The main characters are 14. They face several problems in normal everyday life. Due to the characters and subject matter involving them you would think this to be young adult, but the gore element is tremendous. Yet to be an adult book the gore element lacked intensity. The author would be like, the guy's tongue was hanging out of the slit in his throat. I believe a better author would have made you cringe, where as here it was more matter of fact.
I liked the characters, they grew on me. They all had problems and most of them did not have perfect parents. Yet the parents were not total bad guys. In real life parents make mistakes and it is nice to see them not demonized for it.
I found myself thinking looking back 40 years to when I was 14 and about my friends then.
The author did a good job, not great, I will listen to more of his if on sale, but it is not worth full price.
You want good adult Zombies, get "Patient Zero" by Jonathan Maberry.
I listen to approximately 25 hours per week and have downloaded over 400 books on Audible. Mostly I like mysteries, fantasy and scifi.
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.
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.
bibliophile with varied taste ;)
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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