Five ordinary people must pay the price of survival at the end of the world. A mysterious virus suddenly strikes down millions. Three days later, its victims awake with a single purpose: spread the Infection. As the world lurches toward the apocalypse, some of the Infected continue to change, transforming into horrific monsters.
In one American city, a small group struggles to survive. Sarge, a tank commander hardened by years of fighting in Afghanistan. Wendy, a cop still fighting for law and order in a lawless land. Ethan, a teacher searching for his lost family. Todd, a high-school student who sees second chances in the end of the world. Paul, a minister who wonders why God has forsaken his children. And Anne, their mysterious leader, who holds an almost fanatical hatred for the Infected.
Together, they fight their way to a massive refugee camp where thousands have made a stand. There, what's left of the government will ask them to accept a mission that will determine the survival of them all - a dangerous journey back onto the open road and into the very heart of The Infection.
©2010 Craig DiLouie (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"Gripping... DiLouie carefully recreates our society and our military, populates it with people we want to know, then proceeds to bring the horror, devastation, and heroes we require." (Fangoria)
I am going to buy the book, because I think the author has some good concepts, and I want to read this story. I just couldn't finish listening to this audio book.
The reason I listen to audio books is because I can work with my hands and let the narrator read to me, while I'm doing things around the house and in the yard.. this narrator was so bad, that I literally had to give up trying to listen to it. I just don't have the patience to try to interpret every single sentence for correct inflection and tense. It's as if the narrator didn't even bother to learn what punctuation in a sentence does. I really hate writing negative reviews, but these books are to expensive not to warn the next person.
The author manages to spends HOURS developing almost nothing resembling plot development, character development, tension, timeline or anticipation. The story is so very dry and poorly constructed, I found myself rewinding to ensure i had not entirely missed something important, which would not have surprised me considering I found myself thinking "why am I still listening to this...I should download something new".
Issue 1: The author loves to over explain the simple. Example: I do not need an explanation as to how a generator works. I know that diesel fuel is converted to energy, which is used in combustion to create compression, which turns a crankshaft...you get the idea. This is not a joke, he explains how a generator works. How is this relevant, at all, to plot building? There are a few of these. I even started my own monologue once where i was sure he was going to explain the workings and construction of the gun turret. Thankfully he did not.
Issue 2: Some mechanical research would have been appreciated. Example: no one with any, and i mean ANY, mechanical knowledge would write that deisel fuel would start to spoil after 10 days. What? Are you an....whatever.
issue 3: Who's on first? Whats on second? Very hard to follow who is where. There is no development in who is doing what, where and why. It is like reading a poorly abridged book. People seem to suddenly, without explanation, be alone and then confronted with problems. These problems are supposed to be...scary? Nerve racking? And there are attacks that happen without any explanation. A fellow gets a finger bit off, but there is NO build up to it. They are talking about a "thing" in one of the infected and the next thing you know a guy is running off, and the other character follows him to find out his finger is bitten off. It is so NON-climatic that you do not care.
Issue 4: The characters themselves are husks of people. They are seemingly hollow of any depth. Not a one of these characters draws you in, and there is no one main character developed to give reference point. It is like a Stephen King book if Stephen King did not do his excessive character building. That is the only way a King book works. Note: Maybe the book should have been 3 times as long, it could have been good, really good probably.
......except for my next issue...
Issue 5: This might be the main issue. The narrator. WOW. Wow. It is painful. I am not kidding. It is so, so bad. How in the monkeys-ass did this guy get the job,. I swear he narrated some of the training videos I had to watch as a teenager going to work at Jiffy-Jube. He seems to love his deep vibrating sentence endings, which have no place. It makes the characters all seem like being inside one persons head, without the benefit of the knowledge that would offer. I don't think I can listen to him again, and that is a shame, because there are some books he narrator that I want/wanted to hear. I feel like i listened to him before, but can not place it.
So, no, do not waste your money, serious.
Just now finished the book for a second time since the sequel came out last week; had to go back over the story once more to comprehend the second. I enjoy when the author provides back stories for the characters in order of the reader to understand his or her motivations, behavioral patterns, and emotional conflicts. The details that went into DiLouie's characters are graphic and sad. My heart broke for each character as I felt like a voyeur having unwanted access into each of their lives. Their venerability and loss can be felt through DiLouie's descriptive and creative perceptions.
The story is about zombies but also MONSTERS. MONSTERS who will have you cringing with fear and heart stopping terror. As the survivors try to make sense of what is going on and trying to stay safe they also have to survive each other as well as themselves. The gang of survivors include a teacher, soldier, police officer, and a mother; among a few others who join them over time. Each bring their own skills and talents to the group that helps them stay a head of the violence and gore. BUT can they survive each other, the horrific monsters, AND the zombies? This is a must read for all zombie fans who do not get tired of the creative and talented way these brilliant horror novelist create their own apocalypse.
Yes I read them all
Only the sequel...not the best reader....somewhat monotone.
Dialogue, scarier, story line.
Reflected on his writing and how to appeal to his audience. Maybe refer to some zombie movies or other zombie books for guidance; try to identify what the audience really needs.
For the most part he was good, though in the beginning I was concerned. Gets better in part II. But, by then you continue listening because you've paid for the book.
Surprisingly, the characters were okay.
I like the character development, it gives context to the actions of the characters. I see why Ann is driven, what happened to her family was her fault. She's so gun-ho she sent her family to their deaths and she blames the zombie for her ignorance.
This book was okay, very SCI-FI. This wasn't as scary as I was hoping. But, good for someone breaking into the genre. If you're someone breaking into the zombie genre this is a good book to start with. This is not as developed as some others like the Morning Star Strain or Day by Day Armageddon. This is why it's good for beginning listeners of the zombie genre. Build yourself up to books that will keep you awake, and make you wish you'd only listen when there was light out.
Just a fun loving family guy! Obviously I am a zombie genre fan as well as post apocolyptic genre.
For me it was not time well spent. I just couldn't get into the flow of the book. I was never drawn into the story.
Being written in the present tense just did nothing for me. It also seemed to jump around and I had a hard time staying interested because of that. I guess I am a good old fashioned past tense kind of story guy. lol
For me he did not. It just seemed to meld from one to the other and I had trouble recalling who was who and what their back story was.
For me it was not. Again, I am no judge of what makes up a good story. I can only go by what I can or can not get into. As I stated above, I could never get drawn into this book. I don't know if it was the narrator, who has an amazing voice but it just didn't seem to work well for me in this instance for some reason, or if it was the present tense writing or what it was.
I will give this book another shot down the rode and see if I can get into it then.
Really enjoyed the added twist to the Infection story. Craig is a friendly and accessible author that is truly starting to mature. The stories of the Survivors are touching, horrifying, and realistic. No amount of constructive criticism should keep you from buying this book, so I will keep it to myself. Buy it, enjoy it, and wait for the next one.
Was a bit slow at the beginning, however; unfolded nicely, well written, nicely narrated. I really enjoyed the plot, for an instant I though the ending was going to be predictable to the letter, needless to say I was in for a big surprise. My only negative feedback, if you can call it negative, is that the existence of those "creatures",was poorly explained, kind of a mystery to me.
I thought just because other people didn't like this book didn't mean I wouldn't so I bought it while it was on sale. I do like the idea of the book, infected people running around biting and spreading the infection. They die just like anyone else does but the numbers are overwhelming within days. What's not to like about that? I'm not a very good writer so it's hard to explain what my problem is exactly but the author never brings these characters to life. It's not painful to listen to but I'm not sure I'll finish simply because I don't really care what happens.
Todd W. Brown
This is a fantastic story that grips you from the very start.
As for the narrator, I just did not like him. I felt he sounded like he was made from cardboard. He would break into a character voice (which is good, makes it entertaining) but then revert to his "Spock tells bedtime stories" voice. It was especially bad when he had to read lists.
Overall, DiLouie is a fantastic creator. Reading his books are a must for zombie fans. This title really hooked me with the addition of creatures that were very reminiscent of Stephen King's "The Mist" which I found to be especially thrilling. Read the book. As for the audio version, it is very subjective, but I did not care for the voice talent on this title.
If it held together a little more, sometimes you didn't realize when he changed characters.
Present the character better, get into them better.
His droning voice, no enthusiasm
Nope, pass on this one.
This book is really well read, the story line is gripping and keeps the listener hooked from the first 5 mins, I couldn't put it down!
"A good one"
I was hesitant about this book after reading a previous review "Not for me", but I am very glad I was not put off. I think this is a well written story with an interesting take on the zombie apocalypse. I found getting to know the characters through flash back very comfortable, after all that is how we get to know people. We meet strangers then find out more about them as we spend time with them. The style of Peter Ganim did seem a bit odd at first but I soon got used to it and eventually came to like it - so much so I went straight on to listen to the second book in this series with the same narrator. I disagree with the previous reviewer but then, different people, different tastes. Thank you to the author and narrator - I am glad I used my credit on this book.
"Not for me"
I hated this book; well, I hated the first eight chapters which is as far as I could go. I found the narration really annoying (Mr Ganim shouted and seemed to put emphasis on all the wrong words, like Miranda' mother!) I found the story lacked character development, I couldn't engage with any of them; there was no gripping plot development, the story dives into the main action so you don't get a sense of looming dread, the author seems to have wanted to grab us from the start in guts and action, only dealing with the lead up to this in flashback, and to my mind that doesn't work as I want to go on the full journey with these people, not join them half way through. The characters were stereotypes and the language too full-on American gung-ho, and absolutely littered with cliches - this story has been told before only better (I Am Legend can't be bettered). It will suit some people but I regret using my credit on this one.
"Content is average and the voice over is terrible."
If you like the guys from the "Twilight Zone' then you may be able to listen to this... the content is average (distinctly) and the narrators voice is so monotone it kills the emotion, drive, anticipation and fear from the story... sorry guys, I may have enjoyed this more if it were a different narrator.
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