Today is the day that Evan Berry's life will change forever. His days working construction are about to end; he is finally going to be a high school music teacher. Stephanie, his bride-to-be, even has a surprise planned for him when he gets home from work that first night. None of that matters. For several days, the news has been hinting at reports of a strange illness that appears to be global. Unfortunately, this is no regular sickness. The dead are returning to life and attacking the living. Evan is at his new job for less than 10 minutes when he gets a call from Stephanie. There is a man in their house and he is trying to attack her.
Set in the world of the Amazon best-selling series Dead, there is a new story to tell. See the world die through the eyes of one man in Dead: Onset.
©2016 TW Brown (P)2016 TW Brown
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
I have been wanting to get a TW book for sometime. His stuff never goes on sale. I went ahead and wasted a credit. Brown seems to write exclusively in the Zombie genre and I like good zombie books. I was also impressed that he is a reviewer. A reviewer that does not always give five stars to his writing buddies. Card is a reviewer, but he only gives five stars. So, I that this guy must be gutsy.
I only got through close to five hours. I thought the story was weak and had too many unbelievable things happen. In no particular order, 1. A music teacher who was a construction worker? I have never meet a music teacher who could lift a hammer. 2. The main character goes out of his way to not watch the news, even after weird stuff starts happening? 3. Why are all these people running around in a pick up truck? In a Zombie apocalypse, there are lots of abandoned cars. Any town with a school has a least one car lot. Didn't these other teachers have cars? Why put all your eggs in one basket?
Other annoying things
Get a professional narrator. The majority of your men sound like women. Too much introspective thinking. That is not they way it happens in the movies. If I heard that once I heard it ten times. First, it is very cliché and second, who cares. Why don't you say this is not the way it happens in books? Writers seem to think it adds authenticity to their writing to say that. There is zero science in this. One of the great things about a Zombie book, is the writer coming up with a unique or clever way this happened. Was it a government conspiracy? An experiment gone wrong, a mad scientist, some virus from South America, an alien invasion, What? How do your zombies differ from other zombies?
The book cover
Based on the Tim Burton style cover of the book, I thought maybe our main characters would be zombies themselves. The girlfriend became one early on, but was quickly forgotten. Tufo's Timothy series is cool, because it comes from the perspective of the zombie.
My favorite Zombie books are Cell, by King. These zombies gather together and form a sort of community, plus you become a zombie by using your phone. Joseph Duncan's Cattle, has zombies who are smart and they breed humans for food. Scott Sigler's Pandemic, has zombies that are part of an alien invasion theme.
Why are there only 15 books in the zombie category and you can't browse to get there. You have to find a book that is specifically categorized as Zombie in order to go through the back door. It has been like three months.
Love me some creepy, scarey, suspenseful, thrilling reading - when discovered I could hear some of my favorites read TO me...Audible had me!
So excited for a new zombie series, and super excited it's written by TW Brown....(Chris Philbrook and Mark Tufo are the only other "zombie" authors I also get this excited for!)
I enjoyed "Onset" and am really pleased this series is going to be focusing on one main character (and his group?) Evan is a relatable decent guy trying to survive a world full of zombies, and I felt myself really routing for him by the end of this book. Can't wait to see what the future holds for him!
The narrator.... none other than the author himself! Great job!
Yes, i love all of the Dead series and have recommended them to quite a few people
The Main Character was my favorite. Evan is a likable guy who we can all relate to and could be any one of us freshly out of school and ready to start the next phase of out lives when disaster strikes
"I'm the Music Teacher Dammit!"
Love that you get a glimpse of Characters that you love from the original Dead series without it influencing the story of the new.
The Bad man....
Enjoyed the little extra at the end
I want to know what happens next with Evan.... i wasn't expecting it to end that way and i want to know more about him and his group! :)
I was so excited to hear the author was going back and starting another line in their world, back from the beginning! The original series really drew me in, and the one-shots that have been released since the first series ended have been fun, they always feel a bit fast, and leave me wanting more depth, development, and continuance for characters involved... stuff that was there a ton in the original series. Enter the new series!! What a cool concept... same world, same events, but entirely new characters we get to experience, long-term, right from the start!! AWESOME!
Narration is quite a bit different from the previous series, as it's done by the author here, like with the one-shot location-based releases. It was an adjustment, as I had grown used to the original narrator in the first series, which I absolutely loved. I've grown to enjoy the charm of narration by the author, though, as it really feels authentically presented as it was intended when written.
The biggest departure here, from the original series, is the lack of jumping between the multiple storylines. That structure I really felt was somewhat a unique, and after adapting to it, I really liked what it came to offer, and kind of miss it here in this series. What is lost, though, has more than been made up for with the extra time spent with the new main character, and not having multiple storylines to track separately. So... an even trade, I feel.
Great experience all around! Thanks!!
A good listen makes for an amazing day!
Loved every minute. The plot, scene, cast of characters made for an exciting, edge of the seat, thrilling ride. Can't wait for more from the series.
The unique characters and story.
Great narration. I loved the cadence and strong voice which added depth to the story.
"This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."
I thought the story was awesome. I
Loved Chewy I know where she came from. Glad she got to live so far. I thought it was well written an well narrated all characters fit there parts very well. If a book 2 comes out can't wait to find out what happens. Great job Todd.
It's a great start or restart however you may look at your return to the dead world. and you're right I like the fact that you're focusing on 1 or 2 main characters instead of a whole lotta stories here and there. I loved all of your characters and ,"tight like a tiga" is one of my fav. phrases. However I felt like a pup sometimes in a room full of fire hydrants not knowing which way to go. Anyhooo good on ya. Also awesome naration as always. looking forward tohearing more
"the beginning of the zombie apocalypse"
Onset is the first audiobook i have listened to so far, but i already own the kindle version and wanted to upgrade
i would compare it to all the other books in the dead series
i enjoyed the scene where Evan killed Brandon the most
i never listen to a book in one sitting, although i would love to
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