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The Last Bastion of the Living Audiobook

The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel

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A walled city surrounded by lush land, protected by high mountain summits, and fortified by a massive gate to secure the only pass into the valley, The Bastion remained humanity's last hope against the fearsome undead creatures known as the Inferi Scourge. On one fateful day, the valley gate failed and the Inferi Scourge overran and destroyed the human settlements outside the walls, trapping the remaining survivors inside the city. Now, decades later, the last remaining humans are struggling to survive in a dying city of dwindling resources...and dwindling hope.

Vanguard Maria Martinez has lived her entire life within the towering walls of steel. She yearns for a life away from the overcrowded streets, rolling blackouts, and food shortages, but there is no hope for anyone as long as the Inferi Scourge howl outside the high walls. Her only refuge from the daily grind is in the arms of Dwayne Reichardt, an officer in the Bastion Constabulary. Both are highly-decorated veterans of the last disastrous push against the Inferi Scourge. Their secret affair is her only happiness.

Then one day Maria is summoned to meet with a mysterious representative from the Science Warfare Division and is offered the opportunity to finally destroy the Inferi Scourge in the valley and close the gate, reclaiming the lost lands and energizing the populace with renewed hope for the future. The rewards of success are great, but she will have to sacrifice everything, possibly even her life, to accomplish the ultimate goal of securing the future of humanity and saving it from extinction.

©2012 Lyssa-Noel Rhiannon Frater (P)2012 Lyssa-Noel Rhiannon Frater

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    D'Guerra Houston, TX, United States 01-10-13
    D'Guerra Houston, TX, United States 01-10-13 Member Since 2010

    I born a long time ago and grew up to be who I am today.

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    "Brilliant telling of Zombies in the Future"

    As a whole, this book is outstanding. Character's are clearly defined and both their motives and actions seem to evolve organically though I don't seem to care for all of them as much as I think I should. The action is well paced and doesn't devolve into a boring "play by play". Frater has a strong grasp on her world and there is a very rich back story put in place. This feels it could be the setting for a whole new series of books taking place in the same world. Military. Action. Hard Sci-Fi. Zombies. Political Intrigue. It's all in there so there's something for every genre fan. Ironically this selling point is also it's biggest weakness because problems start to arise when a few of the "big reveal" moments seem cheap or forced. More foreshadow or just a hint earlier on would have probably set up those moments a little better, instead of feeling like seasoning added after the duck was already cooked. It's still a good book and a unique take on the Zombie mythos that has something for everyone, regardless of the type of story you usually get into and stands strong as a sum of it's various parts.

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    Dr Dionne P Joseph Qatar 12-28-12
    Dr Dionne P Joseph Qatar 12-28-12 Member Since 2016

    juldion

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    "great story, AWFUL narration"

    A great re-imagining of the zombie story, set in a technologically advanced future. Very good, but a few loose ends. It would make a great film.

    However the narration is unbelievably bad. It sounds like a female Stephen Hawkins, that is mechanical and strange with odd pausing, stress and pronunciation. I almost gave up. I dont think I have heard anything quite so bad. Nevertheless I am glad I stuck with the story. Hopefully there will be a sequel (read by a different person, please god!)

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    Michelle SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, United States 12-19-12
    Michelle SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Zombie novel with a different type of zombie."

    On the whole, a fairly good zombie book, though I could have done without the mushy stuff, and the one bedroom scene. More time should have been spent on the "mission" and less on romance. In spite of this, I would recommend this book to my fellow zombie fanz.

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    Lynn Tucson, AZ, United States 12-15-12
    Lynn Tucson, AZ, United States 12-15-12 Member Since 2011

    EOD wife and loving mother!!!

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    "Bad Narrator! Okay story. Very unique!"

    I did get use to the narrator after awhile, but it was really hard to get into because of the voice. It was read way to fast and not a pleasant voice. The story was okay. Some of the concepts were a little hard to believe. Some parts were a little frustrating. For example, if you are running out of bullets then why not use a blade instead? Or if there is the technology to create a cure for the new version of the cure then why isn't there a cure for the original?

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Darlene Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 11-20-12
    Darlene Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 11-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I couldn't put it down! Utterly superb!!"

    I received this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own.

    Rhiannon Frater has done it again! She has totally sucked me into her zombie-infested world!!

    The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel is a post-apocalyptic story, where zombies (now named “Inferi Scourge” because they were infected by the Inferi Scourge Plague Virus or “ISPV”) have taken over the world. About 40 years prior to the current setting of the story, a walled city was established and Earth’s remaining survivors were flown there. The bastion was capable of housing 2,000,000 people and included a valley for cultivation so that the residents could be self-sustaining. The valley also included the city’s water and power sources. An immense 10-story wall, which was 12-feet thick, encompassed the fortress to protect the city from the Inferi Scourge (aka “scrags”). Due to what was believed to be a mechanical malfunction, the gate to the wall in the valley was opened and the scrags overtook the valley.

    The residents of the bastion are prisoners. Because they no longer have access to the resources in the valley, their supplies are dwindling. To conserve power, there are nightly black-outs. There are some people, like Special Sergeant Maria Martinez, who have never known life outside of the walled city. She is a constabulary officer, and she is a part of the army that is responsible for protecting the city from the scrags. They keep watch atop the walls for any breaches in the perimeter. She had participated in a previous mission into the valley to try to rid the valley of scrags, but the attempt failed. She sustained critical injuries, but she survived. She dreams of life outside the walls, but she fears that it is an unattainable fantasy.

    When Maria is summoned by the Science Warfare Division of the government to a top secret meeting, she is informed that the Division has developed a serum that will enable her to walk among the scrags undetected so that she can neutralize them. Desperate to make her dream a reality, she agrees to the assignment. Maria soon discovers, however, that she has not been told the entire truth.

    Frater’s sci-fi element adds something different to the typical zombie story. I was worried that the story might be too similar to her other zombie series, As The World Ends trilogy, but the futuristic components gave this book a fresh feel. Maria is a totally kick-ass heroine, and I loved her right from the get-go. Her strength and bravery are limitless, and I love her devotion to her family notwithstanding being shunned by her mother because she fears for her daughter’s safety. Frater makes us sympathetic even to Maria’s mother, whose husband was also a constabulary officer who was killed by scrags. She cannot bear to lose her daughter as well. The romance between Maria and Dwayne, an officer who is nearly twice her age, had the right combination of passion, vulnerability, and sweetness.

    Narrator Kristin Allison is new to me, and I quite liked her portrayal of Maria. Her pace was excellent, and I found her reading to be enjoyable. You could hear the different ranges of emotion in Maria’s voice, and Allison held my attention.

    I have to add that the cover is totally hot! Whoever designed it did Maria justice! She manages to look both kick-ass and wickedly hot at the same time!

    I have no idea if this is a stand-alone or if there are plans to continue he series, but I want more! Frater is my favourite author that I have discovered this year, and I can't wait to read more of her work!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Denis G. Dimick Los Alamos, NM USA 11-05-12
    Denis G. Dimick Los Alamos, NM USA 11-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not your normal Zombie story"

    how to you really survive after the out break? How is your life going to be? This will give you an idea if how things may be in 200 years

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    reena Bywong, Australia 10-06-12
    reena Bywong, Australia 10-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Lots of gore..."

    Kept me interested. Lots of gore and technical battle stuff. If that appeals to you it will probably keep you interested. I did have a vested interest in what happened to the characters and that, to me, is what keeps you wanting to continue with a book. Not your typical scary zombie offering but the behaviour of the 'powers that be' (military and political) is disturbing... The narrator does a great job. Well set up for a sequel.

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    Dale DE RUYTER, NY, United States 10-02-12
    Dale DE RUYTER, NY, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Worth the credit"

    I liked this book.
    Well written, nice naration.
    Future apocalypse type zombie story with a little surprise twist.

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    naelene wanganui, New Zealand 06-11-13
    naelene wanganui, New Zealand 06-11-13

    "evil wins when good men do nothing "quote

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    "I actually enjoyed this book!"

    A different take on the zombie tale.Prehaps its because im from new Zealand but I liked the narrator, so give the lady a break. I was a bit skeptical after reading some reviews, but the story is original and it keeped me listening and I didnt get bored.The ending was what I want in a book. Not all doom and gloom.

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    Chris United States 06-05-13
    Chris United States 06-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "An Exciting Listen"
    If you could sum up The Last Bastion of the Living in three words, what would they be?

    Different - Thrilling - Exciting


    Any additional comments?

    The story is great and the idea quite different from anything I have read or listened to. My only complaint is the orator was not that good. She improved as the book went on however it was painful to listen to when it starts.

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