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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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    Tilo CHITTENANGO, NY, United States 05-24-13
    Tilo CHITTENANGO, NY, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2011

    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

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    "Great for kids, so so for adults"

    A plane with the zombie virus on board crashes and rapidly infects the town of castor, with new zombies rising seconds after death. These are fast zombies and the twist here is that the zombies can attach limbs of their victims on themselves. Thats not as silly as it sounds and there is a background reason to why and neither does it play a large part in the story.

    The story plays out from the perspective of 4 14 year olds, Connor, his fat side kick Seth, Nicole and her slutty friend Amanita. If you are around that age, this is the zombie book for you and you can add on two extra stars to this review.

    For adults, there isn't much to relate to since they are kids and the few adults in the book are otherwise disconnected from the reality of the unreal situation and very brief in appearance. The slow parts in the story are like the slow parts in regular stories but the character development segments can be difficult to bear when it deals with teen age anxiety or even awkward when you listen in on their sexual thought processes. All the same, the kids are fairly mature and make just a few stupid decisions.

    Being kids they first try to get home to their parents, then they try to drive out this way, then that way then the military wants to firebomb the place. The story is a lot of trying to escape and not about scavenging or planning other ways to survive.

    Its a great book, but I would rather have had adult characters. The end is set up to continue although I couldn't google any indication it will. Should it do so I would be tempted to pick it up as the "kids" have so matured I don't think of them as such anymore although being a certain age will set limits on what they can do.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Somedude Milwaukee, WI United States 01-24-13
    Somedude Milwaukee, WI United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Narrator Weak Story"
    What disappointed you about Hissers?

    I didn't care for the falling action and resolution of the story. It left me questioning what the author wanted me to take away from the story. Was this a teenage angst novel or a horror story or a comedy or zombie apocalypse? Pick one and stick with it.

    There were several plot holes that I couldn't get over. Early in the story the main character's leg is injured pretty badly and in the rest of the story he is running around with no impediment. At one point a police officer basically just abandons a group of minors, with a really weak explanation.

    The author gives us a lot of information about some of the characters, which in the end was apparently for little or no reason.

    The chapters were broken up in a way that felt like we were going to change points of view or change between story lines but then the main story line would just continue.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ryan C. Thomas again?

    No.


    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job sticking with his voice imitations of each character and making the dialog sound legitimate.


    What character would you cut from Hissers?

    In this case, it's more about what characters would you keep. Or what background information was irrelevant for characters.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Springfield, MO, United States 09-22-12
    James Springfield, MO, United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2010

    New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.

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    "Y.A. ?"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Truth T. MARINA DEL REY, CA, United States 05-31-12
    Truth T. MARINA DEL REY, CA, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2001
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    "A goofy gory read that eventually bores"
    Would you try another book from Ryan C. Thomas and/or Macleod Andrews?

    No, the writing is pedestrian, perhaps aimed at teens, but over the top gore makes it slightly too graphic for that age group.


    Has Hissers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just this author.


    What three words best describe Macleod Andrews???s performance?

    waste of talent


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    this book was a great reminder not to squander credits


    Any additional comments?

    I love a good zombie tale, this unfortunately was not one... the overly simplistic writing and plot never made me care or feel anything for the protagonists, who seemed cardboard cutouts of teen cliches. I have certainly downloaded worse, thus the 2 stars, but I encourage you to listen to a sample before buying.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Garland, TX, United States 05-15-12
    Dana Garland, TX, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "It ok for book that just cost $4.95"

    I bought this one on sell a few months back and stocked pilled for when I got low on credits. And for that reason only I gave it 3 stars. It is a predictable book with nothing innovative coming out for me. I love zombies but this came up a little short me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marla Chambersburg, PA, United States 04-30-12
    Marla Chambersburg, PA, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2010

    I grew up with books....not television.

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    "A cool and crazy twist to the Zombie genre"

    I thought this book had everything a zombie enthusiast enjoys - desperation, hopelessness and the mad fight to stay alive against ridiculous odds. Although our main characters are teens, it's a thoroughly enjoyable read for adults. The whole spin on how the zombies "transform" in this story is wickedly gruesome and just plain cool. The ending is surprising and not your typical closing to a zombie apocalypse. Anyone loving this genre will enjoy this story. Worth a credit imo.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret wurtsboro, NY, United States 02-06-12
    Margaret wurtsboro, NY, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not too bad.... but......"

    Teenagers in the zombie apocolyps?? Nope - Teenagers with a bio-chemical not real zombie apololyps is more like it - this book was pretty decent but its not like the morning star strain etc, not my favorite but its ok -

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    Jeanne GRANBURY, TX, United States 12-26-11
    Jeanne GRANBURY, TX, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2011

    Rajun Cajun

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    "This is a SciFi book"
    Would you try another book from Ryan C. Thomas and/or Macleod Andrews?

    I didn't realize it was and therefore it does not entertain me. However, the reader was very good. The content was very grafic.


    Would you recommend Hissers to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you like SciFI and to be scared, go for it.


    What didn’t you like about Macleod Andrews’s performance?

    Andrews was great.


    Was Hissers worth the listening time?

    Not for me, but it was personal taste


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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