For Cade Grayson, father, husband, and former Delta Force operator, life has changed drastically over the course of 48 hours. He's watched the dead inexplicably return to life before his very eyes. He's lost many people near and dear to him, most dying unfathomably horrible deaths at the hands of the dead who have seemingly overnight taken over the big metropolis - their numbers and hunger for human flesh growing exponentially with each passing hour.
After having been forced to kill his reanimated neighbors in self-defense and then surviving the perilous overland journey from his home in Portland, Oregon, Cade finds temporary refuge inside the wire of a Special Forces garrison on the outskirts of Salt Lake City, Utah.
But his stay is short and he decides to strike out alone, resuming the search for his missing wife, Brook, and 11-year-old daughter, Raven, the only way he knows how - with a laser-like focus and full speed ahead.
So in the early morning hours on day four of what might be the United States and perhaps the entire globe's extinction-level event, he slips out Camp Williams' back gate riding a specially modified off-road motorcycle.
Armed and resupplied and with only a satellite phone connecting him to the crumbling world, Cade soldiers on eastbound - locked and loaded - with Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, his small family's last known whereabouts, dead set in his sights.
Meanwhile, 400 miles away in Colorado Springs, Colorado - the new capital of the United States, President-by-succession Valerie Clay works round the clock with what's left of the military to gather together the resources and scientific know-how necessary to stop the Omega Virus' rapid spread and, starting with Colorado Springs, rid the country of the multitudes of walking dead.
Will the 1900 miles and the millions of dead in Cade's path succeed in keeping him separated from his family?
Will mankind find a foothold against the dead and turn the tide of war?
Cade Grayson, locked and loaded, is determined to find out.
©2011 Shawn Chesser (P)2015 Shawn Chesser
This is better than the first book. The women are getting some spunk and are much more realistic, and there are many new and interesting characters that are fleshing out well. One big butt - and that is the main character Cade. First, dumb annoying name. Second, he's a jerk. One character in particular seems to bring on his wrath and his crime? Being fat and a civilian. I'm former military and from a military family and I don't know a single soldier that thinks about civilians so negatively. Particularly special forces guys - they die and kill so that civilians can BE civilians. They stand between the worst the world (and undead ;) have to offer and the civilians they protect. I don't know any who would be so resentful and nasty just because a civilian acted like a civilian - scared s***less, confused, and not in top physical shape. Cade is just a mean jerk and not a good soldier. Other than that, good addition to the series.
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Cade Grayson is a former Delta Force (Special Ops) soldier who is thrown into the middle of a zombie apocalypse when the “Omega” virus is unleashed on the human population. He continues to survive and search for his wife and daughter whom he can only hope are still alive.
Narration for this was done by Chris Patton. Right now, since listening to Trudge and Soldier on, Chris Patton IS Cade Grayson. I love when an author can get the same narrator to continue a story. It helps with the feeling of completeness. Patton does a great job narrating Grayson, who is former Delta Force. Patton mixes in the right amount of “manliness” and intelligence to give Cade the perfect performance. Chesser should be extremely happy with the work Chris Patton has done for these novels.
This book literally picks up with the next sentence from Trudge. And I’m happy that I got to listen to them in quick succession. Chesser is a wonderful author who is incredibly good at painting the scene without overdoing it.
Soldier on is a story of survival against all odds. It’s a story that had me at the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. Chesser throws in some teasers so that you aren’t sure what will happen next. All the while, you’re wondering what is going on with the other people in the world.
In Soldier On the reader is given slightly more back story and even more information about what is going on. I really enjoyed this part of it because I love hearing where things came from and the backstory of how we got to the post part of post-apocalyptic. He sprinkles in some conspiracy theories too, which I really enjoyed. It gave the book a different edge than I was originally expecting.
Overall, Soldier on was better than Trudge, and I loved Trudge. I’ve heard that these stories get better and better as they progress. Well, sign me up. I’m on board and want to continue following Cade and see what happens next.
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Ok this series is getting good. The guy reading it also does a great job. I have a few zombie book purchases from Audible and this one is the best so far. Great job. On to book three now!!
Chris's tone is very good.
I enjoyed this book as much as the first. I think I noticed some hurried portions in the writing, but overall it was on par with book 1 of the series. Book 1 & 2 of this series are written with the same goal/plot. Book 3 will have a plot change... could be good or bad.
I loved the first book!
This one felt rushed, and the story line just jumped around to much.
It was hard to keep up with the story line. I'm confident the next one will be better.
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