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
the way the reader depicts the voices of females and non important characters kind of got annoying. my wife didn't like it and so i finished it without her. story is good if you don't mind that
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?
James Cook hit a home run with this one. The story is about the characters not the Zombies. The two main characters are well developed and totally enjoyable. I thought Guy William's voice was not the right one for the book but I was way wrong. Guys voice perfectly portrays Eric's smart ass attitude.
I love this book! it held my attention from beginning to end and the narration was a fantastic performance beaming life into every chacter! I look forward to the next book in the series and am very excited to start a new series by the author!
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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