In Canterbury, as the virus rages out of control, one troop of Royal Marine Commandos fights a 360-degree battle for survival while also racing to rescue the Channel Tunnel survivors from a relentless siege, all before Hellfire missile strikes and carpet bombing kill anyone left alive. Across the Atlantic the crew of the USS John F. Kennedy risks a catastrophic reactor meltdown to get out of the path of a 10-mile-wide tide of the dead while onshore, at the naval air base, Wesley's tiny team maintains a lonely vigil that turns horrifyingly dangerous as the edge of the storm hits, pushing desperate civilians ahead of it.
In the air above, Gunnery Sergeant Fick leads a handpicked fireteam of spec-ops marines halfway across North America to take and defend an airfield on a remote island but learns, to his cost, that it is a place with a terrible history and very dangerous secrets. Finally, out on Lake Michigan, Alpha team races toward extraction...but first must fight their most harrowing battle yet, this time against the living, who are both more treacherous and a hell of a lot better armed than the dead.
Who will be left standing at the end? Find out if your heart can take the strain in the biggest and most explosive Arisen book yet: Arisen, book four: Maximum Violence.
©2013 Michael Stephen Fuchs, Glynn James (P)2015 Podium Publishing
The story is good but disappointing at more than a few points. I don't like pawing so much for such a short book. I understand that this is done to increase profits however at some point I will get mad enough to stop buying them. But like the fool I am,I keep buying them.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
If you've never listened to any of the Arisen books you are seriously missing out on true greatness. They are well written with breathless action and nail biting suspense. Once you start listening you won't want to stop, you'll want to finish them in one sitting. They are that good!
The characters are extremely hard core soldiers. They are very compelling without seeming too over the top or coming off as corny (which happens in so many other books of this nature). The story is believable and intense without having elements of the supernatural. These books never get boring.
R. C. Bray is hands down the best audio book narrator in the business since the death of Frank Muller. He is on top of his game with all of the Arisen books. I thought about reading the other books in this series so I wouldn't have to wait on Audible to catch up, but it wouldn't be the same without Mr. Bray's voice. So, I guess I'll preorder part 5.
The Arisen books are the kind of books that make me jealous of people who've never listened to them because they get to hear them for the first time, whereas I can only ever relisten to them.
An interesting story ruined by idiot characters making idiot decisions that will leave u screaming WHY DID I WASTE MY CREDIT ON THIS?? I mean IF u get emotional like that...
The worst is Captain( DQ) Drama Queen. He's supposed to be a Navy Seal commander leading an elite group of hardened veterans, not a Beverly Hills troop of emotioanalgirl scouts
Another Arisen book where the lead characters make stupid decisions unlike any military leader in history. "Let's stop for this boat in the middle of the lake and abandon all sanity regarding our mission to save humanity and while we're at it, let's send our medic down to the depths of said boat without any security and we'll just see how things shake out." There are plenty of ways to add plot depth to a story without causing characters to abandon all common sense.
And for gods sake, why is there still no character development? I don't know anything about these people and somehow we're supposed to be concerned for their well being? To say that these characters are shallow would be a massive understatement.
And for the record, I fast forward during chapters that involve Britain. I couldn't care less about these people that I don't know....there's even less character development here than other parts of the book which is a disaster.
Great narration, horrible story. I'm done buying these books. I don't care what happens to them at this point.
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This fourth installment is the best yet! The first three books were good, but all three combined seem to set up the thrilling story and plot of Maximum Violence. I won't give anything away, but I'm quite excited to start the 5th book, which I am about to do right now! Though the series started a little slower than I would have liked, and it began somewhat disjointed and difficult to follow with all of the different plot lines and characters, I am very satisfied with how the authors have expertly woven the stories together and developed the characters. Maximum Violence was the first book where I began to feel attached to some of the characters. However, there could have been more character development along the way. Some deaths throughout the series thus far felt empty, as if I should have cared more than I did. But, there are just too many characters to dive into each person's backstory and personality. The authors have done a nice job with adding little tidbits here and there about one person or another such that it doesn't seem odd that they've just tossed in random things about a character. Overall, the series has been entertaining and fun. I literally have not been able to stop listening!
nail biting excitement... found myself talking to the player.
even with several stories gong on at the same time.. found it easy to follow.
great Series, great narrator
Cant believe we don't find out what happens with the storm
Loved how " Chucky " was included in the story....
Sci-fi and survival horror are my favorites as long as they are not overly emotion drenched (no love stories!).
It's rare that I start searching for the next book of a series before ending the current book, but I have to say, I wanted the 5th book immediately! This was very good and had me wanting more! Well worth the credit.
I don't have a bunker and I would starve in 2 1/2 days, but I like to listen to people who do and wouldn't.
I will start with the only negative I have, started a little slow. I'm done, EVERYTHING else was as good as it gets. Narration is perfectly done, the characters were brought to life.
The story line continues where it left off, but again it started a little slow then IT TAKES OFF, exciting, new conditions, new characters, awesome piece of work.
ALL OF THEM!
Not enough space to explain how accomplished he is and how perfectly he perfoms.
Ya, get pisssed that I have to wait for the next edition.
There are few series that keep their momentum up throughout the duration, and this series manages to do just that. The narration is spot on, clear enough that I can listen at 3x speed with ease. I am waiting for the future releases with much anticipation.
"A series that just keeps giving . . ."
As this is book four of the series probably the only question that needs answering is . . . is it as good as the first three?
Possibly my shortest ever review :-)
I have to recommend but have to take issue with the non-top tier like decisions of the top tier team. Very frustrating read...
"Another awesome book in the series"
I listened to this book after the omnibus and this one just continues with the excellence of the previous books. It will just keep you on the edge and always wanting more. I became addicted to listening for what would come next. I am a big fan of R.C. Bray, he is an excellent reader and really brings out the characters in the book
"Can't get enough "
I really enjoy the amazing attention to detail and the references to other modern zombie fiction.
excellent continuation from the trilogy. I'm hooked. Will be getting the rest of the series
"More from the great series"
I love these books. I listen to them in the car on long journeys and the distance flies by. Keep them coming.
I can't stop listening to this Series. From book 0.5 to book 4 so far and not a disappointing chapter amongst them. R C Bray performs perfectly yet again.
"One of the best Zombie series available..."
I've listened to very nearly all of the Zombie Apocalypse type books & series.
Some good some not so good,
So I can say with confidence that this series is definitely one of the best out there.
R. C. Bray is perfect for these books too he's one of my favourite narrators.
One important thing though.. These books have to be read in sequence they are not stand alone in any way,
You'll be missing out if you don't start at the beginning.
"Enjoying these :)"
I must admit, I wasn't sure if I should get all the books, but I did, (now up to book 7) and I'm enjoying them through the whole of the series.
I do think there were a few cringe-worthy mistakes here in regards to the character/story, but I also do think that the authors also gave some convincing reasons as to why those happened. I guess no one is totally infallible and that is what the Special Opps guys are supposed to be.
Still, very entertaining series, :) Thanks for bringing this to my ears and keeping me from going insane at work haha
I enjoyed the book and performance however feel it is relatively poor value and anti climactic leaving too many loose ends open across multiple books.
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