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
I would say this book ranks mid to high for zombie stories for me. 7.5 out of 10
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.
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.
Highly recommended to anyone who likes post apocalyptic/zombie stories.
Fast paced, lots of action.
I've listened to most of the popular zombie books in the past year and its been hard finding good ones now. This one I never heard of in anyone's list of favorites but it was one of the better ones I've listened to in a while. I'm going to get the second one now.
If the Narrator actually knew how native North Carolinian talked. The 'valley girl' voice for the teenagers and women was really distracting.
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.
Lover of books with a good plot, strong characters, lots of action, no whiners allowed, and only a small amount of well placed cheese
This is an example of a really good story not translating well to audio due to the narrator. I'm not saying he's a bad narrator, I'm just saying he wasn't right for this book.
He got better as the book progressed. Any way, the story is very good, I like his inner turmoil and that he's hanging on to his humanity.
I will definitely get the rest of the series
The end of the world isn't so bad when you have weapons, ammo, food, access to underground bunkers... plus, throw in fellow survivors who happen to include ex Green-beret and SWAT team members.... overall, our hero has a relatively easy time of things.
This is not to say the book is terrible. James Cook is obviously a talented author.. the story has great character development, our hero is very likable and there are interesting settings, fantastic descriptive detail, and that alone is enough to keep things entertaining. It's just that an end of the world zombie novel should include (at least some) edge of your seat/nail biting tension and the belief that our hero could buy the farm at any moment.
I guess the fact that our hero had no major character flaws or problems, inherited great wealth, and could pretty much do whatever he wanted in the pre-zombie world - should have tipped us off that this guy leads an overly charmed life.. why should something like a little ol' apocalypse change any of that?
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