The outbreak began in New York. Soon it had spread to the rest of the world. People were attacked and infected, and they died. Then they came back. Nowhere is safe from the undead.
As anarchy and civil war took grip across the globe, Britain was quarantined. The press was nationalized. Martial law, curfews, and rationing were implemented. It wasn't enough. An evacuation was planned.
Bill Wright broke his leg on the day of the outbreak. Unable to join the evacuation, he watched from his window as the streets filled with refugees, he watched as the streets emptied once more. He watched as they filled up again, this time with the undead.
He is trapped. He is alone. He is running out of food and water. He knows that to reach the safety of the enclaves, he will have to venture out into the wasteland that once was England. On that journey he will ultimately discover the horrific truth about the outbreak, a decades-old conspiracy, and his unwitting part in it.
This is the first volume of his journal.
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I really enjoyed the writing style of this Z book. the narrator was perfect (I always listen @ 1.25). This book made me wonder how I would have reacted if all alone in the world... don't think I would have faired as well. He ended up being a lot more resourceful than I first thought he would be and I wondered at times when he would start questioning his role. glad book 2 is on audible and looking forward to the listen. I see there are more of this series on kindle but not on audible as yet.
I have listened to almost all of the other Z books available... Zombie Fallout .. Adrian's Undead Diaries, Extinction Edge, DEAD, Grahams Resolution to name a few. different rhythm and pace to the story but interesting.
Having read the ebook previously this audio version really brought the story to life.
I loved the British accent
I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Frank Tayells books
The book wasn't what I was expecting. It didn't have the the action or gore that is typically associated with a zombie book. The main character was believable. The thoughts that he described are ones I would likely be thinking. The main character developed into someone that was likable. I am glad I stuck through some of the slower parts of the book.
Science Nerd, Army Veteran, Small Business Owner, Happy Wife, Dog Mommy, Horrible Rugby Player. Zombie lit is my guilty pleasure
This book is very different from the average zombie. It was " English Middle Class Bureaucrat meets Zombies". The first thing that struck a cord with me was Bill's broken leg. I broke my leg pretty bad in the Army and one of the hardest things to deal with is the acute sense of being so vulnerable and helpless. Legs are a great tool in ZA. Bill is not a badass operator with a bunker of supplies. He is a policy maker who assumed he would not only help draft a national evacuation, but be rescued as well. Instead he is completly alone and crippled in South London. This book has some very slow parts and no dialogue, but if you like detail and decision making you will enjoy it. I will be giving the next one a listen.
I would highly recommend this audiobook to any friend that enjoys Zombie and Apocalypse stories. It is very different from most of the Zombie books I've heard or read. Starts a little slow but it is very realistically portrayed.
What i liked the best was the fact that the writer infused common sense when writing this story. Very realistic actions that the character displays. Things that are left out of so many Zombie stories. For example, when the character was having to go through empty apartment units utilizing the attic space, this was very realistic and exactly what a thinking person would do. Breaking through sheetrock, checking boilers (water heaters to us Yanks) for water to drink, and going to the gym to find supplies was ingenious. Doing it all with a broken leg in a cast. Genius! The added fact that the character is injured really makes this story interesting. To see how he deals with such a terrible event while layer up and nearly crippled really brings the story home and makes you feel a lot of sympathy and empathy for the character. If I were a writer, this is the way I would like to tell a story. You begin to feel like this really happened.
At first I thought that because this was a story by and about Brits that the narrator would be Britishly Boring, but he absolutely was not boring and I really enjoyed the way he truly makes you feel like he wrote this journal and lived through these experiences. Even the little nuances are interesting and realistic. This is like listening to a play. Can't wait to listen to the other books in this Series.
One Broken Man's Trials to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse.
I enjoyed this story very much. Not too much blood and gore and violence, and just a practical and common sense approach this writer took with dealing with this subject, which can sometimes be boring and corny, but not with this writer.
OK first off forget that I said zombie in my title review. Yes there are zombies in the book but it's more about one man's struggle to survive and overcoming obstacles including solitude.
Total Averaged Score: 5.0
Would I recommend this book to a friend? Yes Definitely.
Would I read this again in the future? Yes Definitely.
Would I pre-order the next book without waiting for reviews? Most likely.
Readability- 5.0 Well written. Good to excellent word usage. Good wordsmithing. Characters come alive.
Editing 5.0 stars. Several areas are good but could be used to expand the characters and make the story great.
Intended audience Adult
Worth the price? yes I would pay $3.99 to $5.99 for kindle and $2.99 for the audible.
Good start and looking forward to the next book in the series.
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The first thing you should know is that this book is slow. If you want lots of zombie action, you won't find it here. It is a good zombie book if you are looking for a different view of the zombie apocalypse situation. There is not some magically special guy that gathers a group of survivors that kill thousand of zoms without dying themselves or a marine special ops dude or anything you are used to reading. It is simply about a man with a broken leg seeing the end through his upstairs window until he realizes he has to leave or he will die of dehydration/starvation. This book is worth listening to if you have the patience and are tired of the same ol' zom drama/action.
"London, Zombies and the start of great series"
This is not for everyone, if you need to have your zombie apocalypse books list every make of gun and ammunition each time a shot is fired, or you need to have a lead character who's been preparing for the end of the world all their life and happens to have a bunker in their garden then move on. If you fancy a book that shows the end of the world from the perspective of a normal guy in a flat in London and how he copes with the end of the world and what to do next. It is faced paced and you will finish it in no time as it was hard to put down until the end!
"Buy this book, you won't be disappointed!"
I loved this book. As a total zombie fan who is currently morning the season end of The Walking Dead, I saw this book on an ad on Facebook and thought I would give it a go. It's a book written in journal form from someone making his way through the zombie apocalypse and the narration is great. I couldn't wait to listen to it at every opportunity. I can't wait to buy the next book in the series.
was a interesting view on a zombie apocalypse narrated very well.
looking forward to the next 2 books
There is no way this story could be made better, unless the author scrapped it and started again. I kept waiting for it to get started, then waiting, waiting, waiting... I listened to over half of it and gave up.
I think I was spoilt after listening to 'The undead' by RR Haywood. Nothing compares to that series, so I havent been put off by this genre. I just need to keep searching!
The narrator have the most awful voice. Think of the guy that sang 'Monster Mash' and you'll get the idea.
"Different in every way"
At first glance this was just another same old zombie apocalypse book. But I was soon hooked and enjoyed it's different stance on the subject. Very good and would recommend this book
I'm a fan of dystopian books but this one failed to set my world alight.
The rather clichéd 'missed the end of the world due to hospitalisation' is present here. As per the precedent set by John Wyndham in his classic Day of The Triffids. In fact if one were to map it out, this is virtually just an modernised version of it.
The poor story is rescued somewhat by good narration.
Do yourself a favour and get Day of The Triffids. Yes it's quaint but it's better than this poor attempt at rewriting it.
"Great book, interesting content and well read."
Great book, interesting content and well read. look forward to the next book in the series.
A zombie story told from the perspective of an ordinary Englishman,
A must listen for anyone who has ever wondered. 'What would I do?'
Not to bad. I'm going to give it 5 stars in the hope that the rest of the books in the series are more zombie surviving and killing classics. Although I can see that there is an underlying storyline of how humans are really the biggest threat. Some good apocalyptic survival techniques in there... The story continues....
"Slow burner but really enjoyable"
Is a slow starter but really worth sticking with. Really enjoyed it and left me wanting to get straight onto the next book,
Like the fact it is set in the UK. too many ZA stories center around USA. As goods as they are loved the fact I could relate with places in the story bringing it to life more.
Tim Bruce is easy to listen to and really brings the action to life and makes you feel part of the story.
The way it is done as a diary you go on an emotional journey with Bill.
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