With the world now plagued by rotters, it's up to my team and I to take care of the living and take out the dead.
©2016 TJ Weeks (P)2016 TJ Weeks
The Horror Squad is a short serialized book about a group of people trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. It's read in the first person and seems to be an auto-biography because the main character has the same name as the author. Hmmm,,,,,
Because of the genre, there has to be an obligatory comparison to The Walking Dead. There are a lot of similarities to TWD, and I can almost envision this group being in the same timespace as Rick's group and meeting up at some point. What was missing was any sort of conflict in the story. Sure there were zombies, but they were always dispatched with ease by the group. Besides an attempt at sexual assault, nothing bad happened to any of the characters. They seemed too.... safe, if that makes any sense. Granted this changes towards the end of the book. And even this was a sudden, jarring, screech to the finish, accumulating in a cliff-hanger ending. Is there a sequel? I see nothing on the Audible page that this book is part of a series, but the cliffhanger ending would imply a series.
In contrast with other reviews, I believe Mr. Salzman did a great job narrating and his voice suited many of the characters One one hand he has this natural Michigan accent, but can do southern "good 'ole boy" accents perfectly. Kudos to your talent sir! One minor nitpick is the narrator's choice of narrating the "...he said..." and "...she replied..." sections of text after a character speaks. The delivery seems very mechanical and monotone, almost pre-recorded, and there were times it was distracting. If Mr. Salzman could make these transitions out of the character speaking more organic in future performances, he would be a 5-star narrator.
This audio book was gifted to me by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
This is your typical zombie apocalypse book. I really enjoy that genre, so this one was no different. The book has action, zombies, and people. The book is well-written and the narrator did a very good job bringing the characters to life.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a little short. I hope the rest of the series become available on Audible. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.
I got into this book but I felt like nothing pulled me in. I enjoyed the story line but it left me feeling like I wanted more. The narrator was easy to listen to and perfect for this book. “This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobookboom”
Librarian with chronic migraines which cuts into reading a LOT so I listen and it is awesome for me keeps me in the blogging/reviewing game.
The world has changed but there is one group just trying to survive. As part of the group lives in the power plant/school area and keeps it up and running, the other part has to go out frequently and scavenge for food and other supplies that might help during this apocalypse. It is during one of these trips that things go very wrong.
This was a exciting, action filled, suspenseful, story of survival. I totally enjoyed listening to S.W. Salzman narrating this book, he does such a awesome job with all the different characters and expressing their emotions in his voice, it was amazing. I can't wait for more to hear what happens to T.J. and the crew.
This is a fairly good book for all zombie lovers. The narration was great. My only complaint it was too short and leaves you hanging. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom. Thank you
The plot was decent (I love zombies) in this book, the rotters disgusting, as they should be. The back and forth between past and present were pretty cool, once you got used to them. It was the writing style that really got me, though it did break up the flow of the story a bit. The way the dialogue was laid out, mostly. It may not bother others, it may be a completely personal thing, but it really took me out of the story and I was unable to get into the book or connect with any characters. And I really wanted to! I even put it aside for a while, thinking maybe it was just the mood I was in, but when I restarted it, it didn't really change for me and I ended up forcing myself to finish it.
I also was unable to get into the narrator. There was nothing I can specifically name about him that I didn’t enjoy, he simply wasn't my cup of tea. It could also be because I wasn't able to connect with the story that I feel this way, though. Perhaps with another story, written in a style more my speed, I'd like him better?
I AM interested in finding out what happens down the road with this tale, though, and I don't want this review to deter anyone who is intrigued! Please remember that this is just my personal and honest opinion. I hate, hate, hate having to leave low ratings, but I try to be as honest possible.
Overall, I give this 2.5 Platypires
I really hate that even though I was given this audiobook in exchange for an honest review, that I have to leave such a negative accounting of the book. The only reason I was able to eventually finish is because it's only 3 hours and I wanted my review to be accurate for the entire book.
First, what does the cover have to do with this book? Is this a steam punk sci-fi apocalypse? Maybe it has something to do with the later books in the series (that are not on audio.) Just ignore the cover because it has nothing to do with this book. Don't get your hopes up for some bad *ss zombie slaying women, because they're not here.
To put it bluntly, I just didn't like the author. He wrote like a teenage boy. By the pen name "TJ," I didn't know if it was male or female, but it's VERY obvious this is a male writing this. He actually said "that's gay" at one point. VERY teenage boy writing style in every aspect of this book.
There were too many flashbacks and no indication that it's a flashback. We're at a present scene one second, a flashback the next second with no pause, no mention of the new timeline, no mention of which character is speaking, etc. It just ended up being a garbled mess!
Then there's the narrator. What happened to him? I've listened to him before and he was pretty good. It's like he was told to keep this at exactly 3 hours, which made him skip most pauses between sentences, give no indication of chapter change and speak in a monotone, bored out of his mind, manner the entire book. I'm sorry Mr. Salzman, but it was really bad. Maybe you realized there was just no saving this book?
When you must go scavenging take only the best. Great post apocalyptic zombie story. Has action drama zombies and more. All the right elements of a good story. I enjoyed and will be looking for more. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookboom in exchange for an unbiased review
I loved it.
Great story and great narration.
A must buy for any fan of T.J. or S.W.
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