Narrator Luke Daniels has a strong voice that manages to convey all manner of emotions, and his expressive performance adds to the addictiveness of this story about the rise of a zombie horde. 16-year-old Xander, must fight his way to Port Hueneme, where he hopes to find his brother. He is accompanied by a 12-year-old comic book geek, as well as a moody child celebrity, and Daniels gives lots of humor and personality to each voice. Listeners will find their interactions truly entertaining.
When 16-year-old Xander's older brother, Moto, left him at Vandenberg Airforce Base he only had one request - don't leave, no matter what. But there was no way he could have known that zombies would gather in groups big enough to knock down walls, and take out entire buildings full of people. That was before the rise of the horde! Now Xander is on the run, fleeing south to Port Hueneme to locate his brother, with nothing but his martial arts training and the katana blade left to him. Along the way, he'll have to fight for his life against other survivors, neo-Nazi's, outlaw bikers, gang bangers, cannibals, cult members, and a seemingly endless sea of flesh hungry zombies.
But Xander is far from alone. Traveling with him are Benji, a 12 year old comic book geek, and Felicity Jane, a childhood celebrity with wild mood swings. Will they make it in one piece to the safe zone - or will they become the next meal for a hungry horde of wild zombies? Zombie Attack! Rise of the Horde is filled with pulse-pounding, undead action, from the very first chapter until the bitter end. From rock stars and celebrities, to false prophets and miracle workers, this audiobook has it all! The story takes off like a bullet and doesn't slow down until the very last sentence.
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This was rated as four stars by someone so i was expecting a decent book. This is not it. It is unoriginal and boring. It seems to have copied most pieces of dialog and plot from other books. If there's an original thought I didn't find it.
The main character is arrogant and self centered which the story is told through his eyes. The kid spends most of the time complaining about people taking his katana and the other half about a celebrity girl he likes but struggles to talk to but she likes him anyway. Still this 16 year old travels with a comic book geek kid who's only purpose show he doesn't just care about himself.
The start was not to bad though like most zombie books was vague and simply there to start the journey. It was also only real spot in the book with Zombies. They would then run into a group and despite being really well off the leader wanted to make a 16 year old his number 2 guy. Really... but they are Natzies so they fight there way out. This is really the theme of the book whether it's a bikers gang that sets up a toll road or a cult who takes them in and despite constant mocking puts up with our hero just so we can listen about constant diolog about nothing important between events.
The narrator is really the best thing about this book. Who actually does a good job. Still unless a teen who like other over glorified teens stay away from this one.
First off let me say that Luke Daniels does a great job narrating as always. However, this book was not among the good zombie books that I've come across, unless your a teenager perhaps. The characters keep finding crazy ways out of fixes that they get in and behave in strange ways. Start your zombie loving teen on this, mature readers steer clear.
This is the first book of the Zombie attack series. There are two books in the series. I have read a lot of zombie appocalypse books, so giving reviews for them all would be repetative. I only do it for books that have something unusual. What is special about this series is that compassion is displayed for the zombies. They still have to be put down when they pose a danger, but there are reminders all through both books, (particularly the second book) that they are still people. They are victims as much as are the people they attack. This leads to an ending that I found very satisfying.
Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout
Its a pretty well written book and good narration, I just had difficulty with the story. I had some difficulty with the "hero" because he has anger issues and doesn't seem to be very thoughtful, but that's because hes just a kid. I don't like kids in stories, but they weren't terribly annoying.
As you read in the blurb, his base got run over and he's trying to find his brother, along with an even younger side kick he feels obligated to protect. So typically, on his way there, he meets up with one group after the other...
Soon after the fall of the base, two brothers save his life and rather than being thankful this silly alpha dominance struggle ensues. I don't think he said thanks, just got all angry, literally the second after they shot the zombies about to eat him. Same thing happens later on, he gets "caught" twice by quirky groups. They have their "issues", but its not like they want to put him in a pot and eat him. They give him a safe place to sleep, eat and rest and he just gets all up in their face. Amazingly they try to placate him, except the one time where one in their group ran off and got himself killed and they were all put in "jail". I was like uh? They didn't do anything, the one who did something stupid died, why jail the rest?
I can't think of any "twist" in this book, kinda standard fare, but thats ok, most "twists" are pretty dumb.
I liked the narrator for the most part, but two of the characters were similar, sounding kinda dopey and one was the voice of Xanders brother but didn't sound like family at all.
Still, the actual writing is pretty good and I'll invest in the next book in the series. Maybe Xander will grow up and use his anger only when he needs to. And the authors already jammed all the zombie cliches in this book, so maybe he can focus more on just one good story.
I really like Luke Daniels as a narrator. I think his narration for The Iron Druid series is among my favorite listens but, it just didn't work with Rise of the Horde. He has such a smooth, ultra cool voice and demeanor that there was just no way I could buy into him being a 16 year old kid. Not enough about Xander's relationship with Moto was explained, I thought I had missed some important details so I went back to the beginning to take another listen. I didn't miss anything, it just isn't there, not could I figure out anything about his parents. Luke is good at doing a range of character voices which is nice when there are a lot of characters to keep track of. My biggest issue was accepting Luke as a typical teen even if he is skilled with a sword. As for the story, it's pretty typical zombie stuff. Overall, just not a favorite among what I have listened to in this genre.
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Rise of the Horde: Zombie Attack!, Book One started very strong with the impending doom of the impossible zombie horde. Action, violence, gore all the essential ingredients to a good zombie story, with the added in necessary juvenility that a young adult novel requires. Imagine if you will being sixteen at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse and the only thing that really sets you apart from all the other teenagers is your wits and your samurai sword. I was happy with the base storyline that Devan Sagliani created until the zombies left the story and it was all about, for lack of better adjectives, the former drug addict girl. This is where I found it to get a bit dull and slow. However it does pick back up when they run into the crazy cultists, they always creep me out and Sagliani nailed that part. Over all I got my zombie fix and was happy that I took the time for this one. I am looking forward to the second book of the series, I really hope that it goes audio.
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Yes because the Narrator gave all the characters their own voice and personality
I actually looked for the second book in this series because it says Book 1 but I didn't see it. I would totally listen if it's by the same narrator.
Personally, in my mind - the characters all have the same voice (mine) and unless I read it out loud - that is all the story is going to get. So to actually hear it from someone else that puts more into it than just reading the page, well that is the whole reason that I love audio books.
I want to listen to all the books in one sitting but unfortunately my life doesn't allow that
I will definitely be looking for more by this narrator!
Impatiently awaiting book 2. Well written, good narration and a true non-stop pace. This has the makings of a good series, right up there with Mark Tufo's. If you like his series, you'll def. like this one.
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