Zombies have long since overrun the world, but these zombies are organized, talking, intelligent creatures. They've even devised a way to keep their insatiable hungers fed by cloning people called Tankbread. One outlaw human must survive in this post-apocalyptic nightmare that is Australia looking for a possible way to strike back with a girl who is herself not quite human. Ruper Degas performs the audiobook with his Aussie twang setting the moody environment for this thrilling ride, a unique take on the zombie apocalypse genre.
Ten years ago humanity lost the war for survival.
Now intelligent zombies rule the world. Feeding the undead of a steady diet of cloned people called Tankbread, the survivors live in a dangerous world on the brink of final extinction.
One outlaw courier must go on a journey through the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Australia. Fighting his way into the very heart of the apocalypse in the desperate search for a way to save the last humans and destroy the undead threat. His only companion is a girl with an extraordinary secret. Her name is Else, and she's Tankbread.
©2011 Paul Mannering (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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as the story opens, our unnamed protagonist is sitting across the table from su young, who is eating a girl. she is tankbread- a human grown in a tank as food for zombies. su young is an "evol," a thinking zombie. while not as smart or quick-thinking as a normal human, evols rule. there is a peace treaty between evols and humans b/c of the tankbread. tankbread gives the evols a little civility and intelligence so normal humans can live side by side with evols.
su young hires our unamed protagonist to journey to the sydney opera house, where the geeks create the tankbread, to bring back his latest shipment of tankbread. it's a dangerous journey b/c of all the feral dead, the dead outside the cities that don't eat tankbread.
while at the sydney opera house, a huge hoard of zombies attack. while fleeing our unnamed protagonist runs into a young tankbread girl, who is more than she seems, and he has been lead to believe. what ensues is their journey to discover what she truly is.
this story has a few twists. it is mostly action as they travel across parts of australia, trying to unravel the mystery of this girl. the story is kind of predictable as it is a mash-up of different stories you've heard before: an outlaw who slowly realizes he's in love with a mysterious beautiful girl with unlimited potential, set in a world where mad max meets zombies meets soylent green.
what stands out most is the narration. it is really good. rupert degas reads with a believable aussie accent. his voice is easy to listen to.
Mannering's Tankbread offers an interesting twist on a zombie theme: having originated from a military / organ growth program, some zombies (if they died peacefully) are reanimated semi-intelligent. As a result, there's an uneasy truce provided the humans can supply, cloned human flesh (tankbread). What follows is an adventure/quest tale of one man (to be played by Hugh Jackman) making his way to a remote military outpost where tankbread research is ongoing in an attempt to "cure" the zombie infection.
Unfortunately, the tale falls short in that there's only one intelligent zombie around while the rest behave as typical zombies. Most of the escapades are simply traveling to different locations in this post-apocalyptic wasteland only to be overrun by zombie hordes with lots of fighting. The little twist at the end of the tale is not so much unexpected as completely out of place. The zombie origin is never satisfactorily explained, nor is the basis for the cure.
The narration is well done with a great Aussie accent that provides for a realistic feel for Australia. The Sean Connery errant knight character is also excellently rendered and by that time in the story seems quite plausible.
Rupert has taken a book I'm very proud of and brought it to life with a fantastic narration. Natural Australian accents and great characterisation.
I liked the fresh spin on feeding zombies. I would have liked that & Adam explored a little more. I liked how the nun changed but I wish there was a chapter that bridged the two sides of her personality, it was implied and briefly mentioned but I would like to have gotten a glimpse into what happened to create such a change. A great performance! A good solid interesting zombie book.
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