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The Colony: Genesis | [Michaelbrent Collings]

The Colony: Genesis

In under 10 minutes, 99.9% of the world's population will be dead... or changed. Conversion is instant. Headshots just make them angry. And they're getting smarter. Ken Strickland has made it through the first moments. But his family is still out there. Can he survive? Can he find them? Or will he become one more of the creatures that now rule our world?
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Publisher's Summary

Forget everything you know about zombies

In under 10 minutes, 99.9% of the world's population will be dead... or changed. Conversion is instant. Headshots just make them angry. And they're getting smarter.

Ken Strickland has made it through the first moments. But his family is still out there. Can he survive? Can he find them? Or will he become one more of the creatures that now rule our world?

©2013 Michaelbrent Collings (P)2014 Michaelbrent Collings

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    Mike Naka 03-01-14
    Mike Naka 03-01-14 Member Since 2012

    Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL

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    "INTENSE thrill ride"
    If you could sum up The Colony: Genesis in three words, what would they be?

    run and hide!


    Any additional comments?


    as the story opens, ken's history class is taking a test. one of his students gets distracted by something weird. one of the window panes is swarming with thousands of bugs. unnerved at the strange sight, ken tries to shoo the bugs away by pounding on the window. all of the sudden, a familiar noise and sight causes the students rush to the windows and look out. as ken raises his head, he quickly notices something else wrong with the sight. the plane coming in to land at boise airport is coming in too low. and if that's not bad enough, one of his students falls to the floor, seemingly having seizures.

    what follows is an intense, edge of your seat, thrill ride. the story starts out fast and doesn't let up. the pacing and narration of the story combine exquisitely for a wonderful, heart-pounding listen. the narrator's tone conveys what is happening- the fear, the panic, the disbelief... i was totally engrossed in the first 10 minutes and couldn't stop listening.

    while there's not a lot of character development, you do a get sense of the characters. i'm sure there'll be more character development in the subsequent books, but i understand you really can't do much when your characters are running for their lives. but i was satisfied with the characters; however, one character has an awful name, dorkus. but don't let that put you off!

    the zombies in this story are the fast, aggressive type. the author does differentiate his zombies a little by giving them a hive kind of mind, where they act as a group, like a swarm of flesh hungry ants. the author had some really good, horrifying hoard scenes. there is kind of a supernatural twist to the zombies, which adds another layer of fear to them. i won't spoil what it is, but it's an interesting twist.

    my biggest disappointment is how the story ended with a major cliffhanger. i wanted to know what happens next, and i wanted to know now! LOL i guess that's not too bad of a thing to be disappointed about.

    coming in at just over 4 and a 1/2 hours, it is kind of expensive, but it's definitely better than anything at the movies right now. so, i think it's worth the $$$. just make sure your schedule is wide open b/c you'll want to listen to the story in one sitting!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer POCATELLO, ID, United States 03-06-14
    Amazon Customer POCATELLO, ID, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Gripping, fast, moving"
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    Basically, I want an audiobook to sweep me away. The more it engages me, the less I think about the boring drive I'm making, the room I'm cleaning, the makeup I'm putting on. Colony SO delivered. There were no dead spots, no slow introspection. Just bam. End of the world. Then bam. Action and adventure. Then bam. Suspense. I loved it.

    The characters are likable and hopeful. Mysterious and secretive and a little weird, certainly, but decent. Sometimes you read post-Apocalpytic fiction, and you think, "Humans are the worst. Why have we not already died en masse like the wretched swarm of cockroaches that we are?" But this book shows humans at their best, or at least at their most decent. I appreciated that. The zombies are freaky-weird (I need to grab the second one and find out wth is going on with this whole uber-bizarre zombie situation), but the humans are still acting like humans, not monsters.

    All in all, if you're looking for a quick-paced, high-action, zombie read that won't make you despair of all hope for mankind, this is the one for you. Or even if you don't mind despairing of all hope for mankind and you just want a good zombie read, this is the one for you as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Provo, UT, United States 02-22-14
    Scott Provo, UT, United States 02-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The best survival horror I have ever read- Zombies"
    What made the experience of listening to The Colony: Genesis the most enjoyable?

    The action. The tense, intense, action. I was raked over the coals, and then back, and now I want the next book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I began reading it expecting a typical survival horror book- unintelligent characters, poorly thought out monsters, and a plot that involves more screaming and running around than anything. None of those thoughts where correct, and I am so glad of it. The monsters make sense (to a certain extent- you can only do so much to make zombies that make sense), but these are actually scary, worrysome, I-would-be-scared-as-all-get-out Zombies that actually makes as much sense as any I have ever seen, and they actually got my heart to beating whenever I listened to them (or about them) in the story.


    Which character – as performed by John Alexander Brancy – was your favorite?

    The non hipster (Aaron). Read the book and find out.


    Any additional comments?

    I do not read survival horror as a rule. Most of it isn't very well done. This was recommended, and I'm glad I read it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B. Turner 04-13-14
    B. Turner 04-13-14 Member Since 2009
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    "May not be the worst but can't think of another"

    Loved the idea and was really looking forward to this one, but then . . yeeesh. Way, way too much navel gazing during what was supposed to be the most terrifying and stressful situation possible, and way, way, way, way too repetitive, "must get to my family. Are they still alive? They couldn't be. Must not give up. Death would be a relief, but must get to my family. Gosh, I really love my family. Must find my family." Not kidding, first 30 minutes of this dog is pretty much that mixed with internal dialogue that doesn't reflect panic nor determined struggle or any other reasonable reaction. The story had potential but needed a decent writer, i.e. one not determined to use as many analogies as possible or show off his descriptive prose abilities. Perhaps it got dramatically better, but I quit after an hour . . . an hour whose loss I mourn.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Chicago, Israel 03-18-14
    Mary Chicago, Israel 03-18-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Not just another zombie story!"
    What did you love best about The Colony: Genesis?

    Ken Strickland walking around in a near constant state of mental fog from concussions. I thought that his disjointed and meandering thoughts really brought the character's personality to life, as well as giving the story some really great humor.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Colony: Genesis?

    Some of the thoughts Ken had about students in his class throughout the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were actually quite a few of them. I really want to know what's causing all of this! What's up with the bees?! Are other critters involved, as well? I want to know!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed quite a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    Michaelbrent Collings is turning into one of my favorite authors. I think he has a real talent for bringing his books to life. They are palpable in all respects.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Feligno Shortsville, NY United States 02-28-14
    Judith Feligno Shortsville, NY United States 02-28-14
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    "The Colony part 1"
    If you could sum up The Colony: Genesis in three words, what would they be?

    Zombies, exciting, action


    Any additional comments?

    Wow!! The book starts out with a bang and never let's up. Not your shuffling zombies of old-school. These zombies are fast and there are hints of a collective consciousness starting. And there is the intrepid band of survivors, and everyone of them is a great character so far. This is the first in a series and I must get the rest. Also, the reader is very, very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mercedes 08-06-15
    Mercedes 08-06-15
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    "Absolutely Enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was an interesting take on the popular zombie genre. I enjoyed the author's writing as well as the narrator. The characters were easy to differentiate and they caught my attention. I was also especially intrigued by the concept of the zombies emitting a sense of hopelessness and despair that made the main characters weary. That was a very cool detail.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. McGue Charleston, SC USA 01-12-15
    J. McGue Charleston, SC USA 01-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "not worth your time"

    I struggled to finish. This is just one long boring gory chase scene. No real plot. The story time covered in the book is only about 4 hours, but it felt MUCH longer. On top of that, this is only the first part of a serial installment, it stops abuptly, like a TV show going to a commercial break.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CJ LUCAS, TX, United States 09-27-14
    CJ LUCAS, TX, United States 09-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "EH"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    NA


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not the sequel


    Have you listened to any of John Alexander Brancy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did The Colony: Genesis inspire you to do anything?

    Move on


    Any additional comments?

    Na, I think it was suppose to be "exciting"? Wasn't. Sorry it just was not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    victoria Washington, DC, United States 07-18-14
    victoria Washington, DC, United States 07-18-14 Member Since 2003
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    "No Story"

    Sure, it's a roller coaster. Vaguely experienced running, jumping, various acrobatics forced by zombies. But completely lacks a story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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