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