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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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    Dew 04-13-15
    Dew 04-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome! Listened to it over and over"

    Huge thumbs up! Great survival zombie series. Great story with realistic characters. Story line is great and easy to follow even with multiple characters being introduced through out. It's a must have series!!!

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    Amazon Customer 03-09-15 Member Since 2010
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    "excellent from start to finish."

    I enjoyed the story and performance from start to finish... even the surfer dude voice LOL.

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    Amazon Customer 02-19-15 Member Since 2014

    Prolific reader, who always wished I could find a way to read and drive. Then, I found Audible. Wish granted!

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    "Fantastic PA zombie book"
    If you could sum up No Easy Hope in three words, what would they be?

    Post Apocalyptic Awesome


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The fireman. He only had a bit part, but stood out as a guy that you'd definitely want to have on your side if the SHTF.


    What about Guy Williams’s performance did you like?

    He did this perfectly. His voice was easy to listen to, the characters were distinct, and he never slogged or horribly mispronounced words.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Dude, its a zombie book.Not really reading it for the feels.


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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

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    CombatCat 12-25-14
    CombatCat 12-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great listen..."

    It kept my interest throughout the entire story. Looking forward to getting the next book In the series.

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    KC 12-01-14
    KC 12-01-14
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    "Not too original, but well done and fun"
    Would you consider the audio edition of No Easy Hope to be better than the print version?

    Couldn't say. Only listened to the audio.


    What other book might you compare No Easy Hope to and why?

    Compares to The Remaining, Day By Day Armageddon and other zombie/survivalist stories.


    What about Guy Williams’s performance did you like?

    Guy Williams was a good reader whom I found engaging. Not the best with a southern accent, but quite interpretive and enjoyable.


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

    I'd say yes...I didn't find anything about it I disliked.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like survivalist/zombie fare, you'll enjoy this one.

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    Kenneth Nelson Montana 09-29-14
    Kenneth Nelson Montana 09-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Fine for the diehard."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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

    So it this the spot where you write the spoiler? I found this when I had powered through all the DEAD books.


    Have you listened to any of Guy Williams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I can't say I have. I listened to one out of order and it was my first time with Guy.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yea, it isn't that kind of book. Oh it tries to be but with little success.


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    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 09-22-14
    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 09-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A narrator can make or break a book."

    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.

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    Mark Antigo, WI, United States 09-18-14
    Mark Antigo, WI, United States 09-18-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Awesome Series! Great narrator!"
    What did you love best about No Easy Hope?

    Narrator Guy Williams is Fantastic and the characters of Eric and Gabe are veryreal and believable. Second favorite Z series next to my all time favorite Joe Ledger series. A VERY CLOSE SECOND TOO!


    Any additional comments?

    Get the series from Beginning to End. You will not be disappointed!

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    J. Gordon 09-15-14
    J. Gordon 09-15-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Tied for best Zombie Series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of No Easy Hope to be better than the print version?

    N/A. Uh, who does this???


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that I read / listen to many of these types of series. Before this, by far my favorite was Day by Day Armageddon. I think it still may be but I think this one may tie it given this first book. It was great. The reader was excellent - not to slow, not too fast. The story was excellent - as if I was the main character (maybe that's why I liked it). Regardless...I'm moving on to the second book now. So many other series have been disappointments compared to Day by Day so I am thrilled that I have found one that competes.


    Any additional comments?

    Why does the review form have to be in all these sections? This is the first review I've written and this format is dumb. Makes me not want to write another review.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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