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No Easy Hope Audiobook

No Easy Hope: Surviving the Dead, Volume 1

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Publisher's Summary

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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    James 04-29-16
    James 04-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "very interesting book."

    I like this book and plan to get the next one in the series. I'm sure it will be as good as the first one.

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    JLM Oakland, CA, United States 04-28-16
    JLM Oakland, CA, United States 04-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Meh"

    Well a little on the how to side and a little stilted in the writing. But got better as it went along. It was worth the sale price.

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    bookouri 04-14-16
    bookouri 04-14-16
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    "Pretty Standard Post-Apocolypse Novel"
    Any additional comments?

    I was not able to finish this book. It is not that it was THAT bad as books of this genre go, but the main character was just such a tiresome jerk, I lost interest. Maybe it wasn't even just that the guy was a jerk, but that one minute he would be saving strangers, petting puppies or softly ooooing over a baby and the next he would be up bumping chests with some other character who apparently dared "hold his gaze" for too many seconds, or just in general being an obnoxious, insensitive, jerk to the people around him, who were usually just guilty of being nice to him. Other than that, the book did not present anything that was particularly stupid or impossible. I know it's a "zombie" book, but you have to have some regard for space, time, physics and other realities, and this book does not too a bad job of that. Some of the book's "gun lore" doesn't make sense and is inaccurate, but not to the point that it made the book intolerable. Other reviewers often complain about this book's basic setup, where the characters are sitting on an arsenal, have underground bunkers, and just happen to be well trained killing machines, but it's also tiresome to follow some guy around for half a book rooting through garbage carrying a stick with a knife taped on the end. So although this book does fall into that former category, I don't particularly mind that in this genre.

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    Broco 04-11-16
    Broco 04-11-16
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    "Ok..."

    Dialog doesn't flow naturally - weakest part of the written story. Also a bit cumbersome in the "how to" sections of which there are way too many. Narrator has a great feel for the main character, but his choice of voice and delivery for the females in the story can make the reader dislike every one of them. Wish I had just bought the book. Could have skimmed the unnecessary dialog and the long extraneous explanations. Otherwise ok. But certainly not great.

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    omar conger 04-08-16
    omar conger 04-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Another Zombie Tale"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The story covers a good amount of time. Its not drastic, but logical and easy to follow. The author ensures that for any amount of time that passes, he covers general events that have happen or occurred which is nice cause a lot of authors will just skip over it.


    Did Guy Williams do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The only thing I didn't like were the female voices. At first the female voices were laughable... then they just became irritating.


    Any additional comments?

    The overall story was good, I enjoyed it. I like that fact that the story included vulgarity, but it wasn't over bearing. The author tells and builds the story of each of the major characters with simplicity that isn't overrated. The only thing that I didn't like was the narrator's attempt at female voices, that was horrible.

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    Kindle Customer 12-06-15
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    "Good Story, Good Narration (with Caveat)"

    Overall this is a promising storyline, and I look forward to listening to or reading more in this series. Narration was actually better than "good," but I rated it a little lower because some of the characters were voiced in a very unlikable manner. A character who is supposedly quite intelligent for his age and uses words like "albeit" in casual conversation should not be voiced as though he just got off riding a killer mondo wave...dude.

    Despite some unfortunate character voices, I like the book and the narrator's overall performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Conrad 10-29-15
    Mr. Conrad 10-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A bit bland"
    What did you like best about No Easy Hope? What did you like least?

    I like the way the author engaged the concept of survival.
    I disliked the interhuman communication. It seemed staged and unrealistic.
    The story is too clean; it lacks grit.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of No Easy Hope?

    Nothing stands out.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Guy Williams’s performances?

    Sure.


    Do you think No Easy Hope needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the book as a pastime, but was not engaged.
    The narration was lacking. Every other male character sounded like a surfer-dude-stoner, and every other female like a valley-girl.
    The story is almost good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Grapple 10-26-15
    Grapple 10-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good nuff said"

    Well apparently that was not enough.

    The story is solid, the characters are believable (mostly), and you care about them (mostly). I would recommend this to others. This book deals more with the story of the main characters and less describing the dead over and over and over like some other authors in this genre.

    Is it Dostoyevsky, or Tolstoy? No, but it's a zombie book what are you expecting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimmy A Paradise Valley, AZ United States 10-16-15
    Kimmy A Paradise Valley, AZ United States 10-16-15 Member Since 2014

    Insert witty remark here...

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    "For Those Who Love Series--A Great Lead-In!"
    Where does No Easy Hope rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is only my first book in the series, so I do not want to pass judgment just yet on the ranking amongst other books/series I have listened to, but it was a nice easy listen.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Just because world has ended, you don't have to be an a**hole.


    Any additional comments?

    This book felt real. It was something that I felt that I could actually see myself doing, should I find myself rolling in extra money. Eric is just a regular guy, but he was lucky to count himself in the few who were prepared for the end. I can take some kickboxing lessons. I can learn about firearms and melee weapons. I can stockpile essentials. All of the things Eric did, he did with the help of his buddy, but everything seems pretty self-explanatory to those of us who love this genre. It was a refreshing listen, as I feel like I could be Eric. I am looking forward to where the author takes us next!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Heinitz 10-09-15
    C. Heinitz 10-09-15 Member Since 2015

    Kansas Guy

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    "home on the Prairie characters"

    characters were just clichéd version of real people. the good guys said sir and ma'am and the bad ones wherd thugish. just easy to see where the story was going before it happened.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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