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No Easy Hope: Surviving the Dead, Volume 1 | [James N. Cook]

No Easy Hope: Surviving the Dead, Volume 1

Eric Riordan was once a wealthy man leading a comfortable, easy life. Until one day Gabriel, his oldest friend, Marine Corps veteran, and a former mercenary, told him how the world was going to end. He did his best to prepare. He thought he was ready for anything. He was wrong. As the dead rise up to devour the living, one man finds himself struggling to survive in the ruins of a shattered world. Alone, isolated, and facing starvation, his only chance is to flee to the Appalachians and join forces with Gabriel.
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Eric Riordan was once a wealthy man leading a comfortable, easy life. Until one day Gabriel, his oldest friend, Marine Corps veteran, and a former mercenary, told him how the world was going to end.

He did his best to prepare. He thought he was ready for anything.

He was wrong.

As the dead rise up to devour the living, one man finds himself struggling to survive in the ruins of a shattered world. Alone, isolated, and facing starvation, his only chance is to flee to the Appalachians and join forces with Gabriel. But the journey will not be easy, and along the way his humanity, his will to live, and his very soul will be tested.

This is the beginning. This is his story.

©2011 James N Cook (P)2013 James N Cook

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    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 07-08-13
    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Above average in zombie genre"

    This writer does a good job with his material, "shows more than tells". The characters are well developed, likeable and the banter and dialog is nicely done. I have found that as with most 'end of the world as we know it' works the first half of the book is exciting and moves well, then as the situation becomes static, i.e. we are surrounded by zombies, the day to day living becomes boring, as most life is. Anyway this book does suffer a bit from this, although not as much as others. The lead character and how he was led into the prepper world is well done, the crisis of the re-animation outbreak is well done then as we move into the last part of the book the author looses a bit of the momentum he was able to build and when the ending comes you are fine with the book being over. That said it is a good read if you are into zombie stories it is in the upper end of that class.
    Recommended if you like the genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Gloucester, VA, United States 05-22-13
    Debbie Gloucester, VA, United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story and characters. Light on Zombie Gore."

    Im not completely opposed to zombie stories but the gore and mutilation can be a little much for me sometimes. This book offers a good story of survival with good, intriguing characters and a solid plot without an overwhelming "yuck factor". I could'nt stop listening I just had to find out what would happen next.

    Its a great beginning to the series and I look forward to reading more, Ive already downloaded the second. If your sensitive to the hardcore zombie terror of some novels you may like this one for its modest approach to the subject.



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer united states 03-10-13
    Amazon Customer united states 03-10-13
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    "Great Z-poc story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommended to anyone who likes post apocalyptic/zombie stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fast paced, lots of action.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 10-11-13
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 10-11-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Great Story, but Doesn't Offer Anything New"

    I stumbled upon this author through someone's Goodreads review, and recently have been reading a lot of "first published independently" authors. When I discovered the author was a fellow North Carolinian and that the story takes place here in NC, I was fairly excited to try him out!

    The zombie genre is, in a word, overdone these days, but I was hoping for a new twist on the theme. This one is well written, and kept me interested all the way. There were a few minor snags for me, though.

    The prologue started out great. Once we get into chapter 1, however, the story jumps back to the main character's life before the outbreak. Then we get to see the outbreak itself. I don't know about you, but I've seen the zombie "origin story" enough times by now. This one is fairly straightforward, and I could have done without it.

    I kept hoping we would quickly make it back to the timeline in the prologue, featuring the main characters of Eric and Gabriel. Unfortunately, the story gets sidetracked again, and I realized that I wasn't going to like the direction the story was taking. Again, don't get me wrong: the story is pretty good. I just didn't find anything particularly unique about it, nor about the rest of the plot as it unfolds. The book also suffered from a lot of cursing and bad language that I wasn't expecting and frankly could have done without.

    In fact, the entire book itself is backstory, which is a shame, because it is well written and interesting. The problem is, we KNOW that Eric is going to end up with Gabriel, just two of them, holed up in a cabin inside a fence looking out on the world. I wanted to find out what happens AFTER that, and I didn't want to wait until book 2 or 3 to find out.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Waianae, HI, United States 09-04-13
    Chris Waianae, HI, United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "REALLY GOOD LISTEN"

    I AGREE WITH THE REVIEW THAS SAID THIS BOOK IS WHAT SHATTERED HOUR GLASS BY J L BOURNE COULD HAVE BEEN....IT'S A REALLY GOOD LISTEN AND WORTH EVERY PENNY. IT DEVELOPS THE CHARACTERS REALLY WELL, THE CHARACTERS DON'T MAKE THE REALLY DUMB MISTAKES PRESENT IN SO MANY ZOMBIE STORIES, ALTHOUGH THE PART WHERE ERIC LEAVES WEAPONS AT HIS HOUSE FOR SOMEONE THAT MAY NEED THEM MADE ME CRINGE... WHAT A GREAT BOOK!! IT ALSO HAS ALOT OF SCAVENGING...... DEEP DOWN... DON'T ALL OF US WISH WE COULD JUST GO IN A STORE AND EVERYTHING IS THERE FOR THE TAKING??

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 08-22-13
    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Meh...okay zombie book"

    The author can definitely write and tell a story, but for me it was just not that stimulating. The narrator was so-so, there were times I thought he could have used more enthusiasm and vocal inflection especially with the zombie attacks. If part 2 goes on sale I will get it otherwise continuing the series is at the bottom of my list

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony mooresville, IN, United States 07-17-13
    Anthony mooresville, IN, United States 07-17-13
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    "Great listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very interesting, I am always more interested in how people survive during an outbreak by preparation and the early parts of the out break and less interested once the living humans turn out to be the bad guys, this shows Gabriel and Erics prep although more detail would have been great (still good), and Eric meets some good people on the way to Gabe which is not always the case in zombie apocalypse books, I loved it


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eric, Gabe and Ethan were all good


    Which character – as performed by Guy Williams – was your favorite?

    Eric


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    This and the first day by day Armageddon have been my favorite zombie apocalypse books

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dan North Vancouver, BC, Canada 06-06-13
    Dan North Vancouver, BC, Canada 06-06-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A good listen!"
    Where does No Easy Hope rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say this book ranks mid to high for zombie stories for me. 7.5 out of 10


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the credit. The second book is also good. I can't wait for the third book to be released. The only negative thing would be the timeline seems to slow way down at a few points. It could be a long series but that would be cool with me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jim 03-12-13
    Jim 03-12-13
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    "A good tale and action!"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a good story with Eric who is s really easy going character and just happen to plan for the end of the world with his new buddy Gabe. It is a all out interesting story as Eric interacts with people better in a Zombie Apocalypse than before in a normal world. You will not be disappointed in this story.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    loyal fan 01-06-15
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    "the performance was ok"
    Would you consider the audio edition of No Easy Hope to be better than the print version?

    Same


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gabriel because he is mysterious and rugged


    What aspect of Guy Williams’s performance would you have changed?

    It was ok wasn't super impressed with his versatility with character voices


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Maybe


    Any additional comments?

    I bought book 2 to see if I feel differently about the performance

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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