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
This book doesn't deserve 2 stars, much less 4 or 5.
Having over 200 books in my library, I'm sad to have this be my first negative review. I love EOTW stories, but this book was horrible. Unfortunately, the narration was just as bad, so there was no saving this stinker. The narrator's choice of voices for the characters was extremely weak, and some of the female characters even seemed to have an OMG "valley girl" accent that made me want to stop listening. I'll be asking Audible for a refund on this one, and I'm definitely not going to waste any time or money on Book 2.
Straight forward zombie story. What makes this good is the character development. I felt like Cook did a good job of creating a dozen unique stories.
I'm looking forward to the next book in this series. Seems like the books just get better from the reviews.
Author of The Hunt Chronicles. jddemers com
I thought this was a good start for a zombie apocalypse series. Of course, it is one of those situations where all the cards happen to fall into the protagonists lap: Inherited money, befriended a former Special Forces Operator, was taught MMA fighting, taught how to use weapons (guns and knives).
One issue I had was the in-depth description of guns (types, use, etc). I'm a gun fanatic myself and a former veteran, however I don’t need constant reminders of what someone is using, or the detail each time someone has a gun. If I wasn’t into guns or served in the military, I would probably find it even more annoying. That’s just a pet peeve of mine though, and the overall story is great with great characters (one being the luckiest man in the world for his situation pre-apocalypse).
I really enjoyed the introduction of the virus. That is always interesting to me when another author comes up with a great way to end the world and turn most of the population into flesh eating Z’s.
The Narrator did well. He definitely did a great job with Garrett’s voice.
A better than average book, but that was about all I can say for it. I don't regret buying it at least
Good story very similar to The Remaining but a slightly different twist. Look forward to listening to the rest of the series.
Gabriel because he is mysterious and rugged
It was ok wasn't super impressed with his versatility with character voices
I bought book 2 to see if I feel differently about the performance
Couldn't say. Only listened to the audio.
Compares to The Remaining, Day By Day Armageddon and other zombie/survivalist stories.
Guy Williams was a good reader whom I found engaging. Not the best with a southern accent, but quite interpretive and enjoyable.
I'd say yes...I didn't find anything about it I disliked.
If you like survivalist/zombie fare, you'll enjoy this one.
Sure. The characters are a little 2d at time and i think the author can sometimes get lost trying to teach us some moral parable but all in all fun.
So it this the spot where you write the spoiler? I found this when I had powered through all the DEAD books.
I can't say I have. I listened to one out of order and it was my first time with Guy.
Yea, it isn't that kind of book. Oh it tries to be but with little success.
I am not done with this book, but i felt the need to put out some much needed information that i seemed to have missed in others reviews. The narrator is terrible. He cant do female voices well, at all. I dont expect perfection when a narrator is doing a womans voice, but this guy makes them sound like Jim Carrey doing Vera Di Milo on In Living Color. Actually, half the men get that same narration as well.
The story is decent, and i eventually can focus on that. But man, if the narrator was good i know id really enjoy this book.
Report Inappropriate Content