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
I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)
I like the twist on the typical zombie story, but this would have benefited from more action and less romance. The book was an interesting diversion, but I didn't find myself staying up to listen to the ending like I do especially gripping stories. This is a good choice if you want a volume to which to exercise or multi-task, as this doesn't make you want to stop what you are doing to listen to any passages.
A great reading can make a good book into something amazing!
I think this is one book that can be read rather than listened to -- the narrator is not my favorite. I prefer narrators that add some flavor to the reading.
That said, the book is worth the listen (or the read ... if you're that worried, I suggest getting the e-book instead).
I'm trying to avoid spoilers here, but there is a pretty reasonable reason for why the narrator uses less warmth and emotion in the reading ... the main character is a weary soldier, after all. The city everyone inhabits is repeatedly descried as drab and dreary, so it is quite possible the main character is simply weary.
There is one other reason for the less emotional voice, but I don't want to spoil anything ...
I enjoy sci-fi books and I've been on a heck of a zombie book tear of late, so this was a great 'peanut butter & chocolate' combo.
More warmth and a less clinical delivery would have helped ... nothing as over-the-top as the narrator for Frater's other zombie books, but a bit more would have been good.
Seriously, don't let the narration comments put you off--there is a very good zombie story you'd be missing otherwise!
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!)
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.
The story is a very interesting take on the usually zombie genre The narration is absolutely awful
I listened to all three of her books in her series and loved them great story great characters and wonderful narration
Hell no if this is any indication of how she narrates monotone emotionless and no passion my gps sounds more human
yes and no it was really hard to get over how bad the narration was
if you liked Fraters series The First Days/Fighting to survive/ Siege then get the actually book and read it yourself or if we are lucky they will have Cassandra Campbell narrate this
Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!
As a BIG fan of great Zombie stories (see WWZ and Day by Day Armageddon series), I expected quite a bit. To say I was disappointed would be the year's biggest understatement. First the good; this book DOES have an original story. The setting, backstory, and technology are all somewhat new for the zombie genre.
Now for the bad; The vocabulary used in this book is on a 7th grade level. It never reaches "adult level" words, and doesn't even pretend to try. In fact, if I didn't know any better, I'd say this book WAS actually written by someone in middle school. If that IS the case, then BRAVO little one! The dialogue is beyond ridiculous, and boring ALL THE TIME. The description ALWAYS re-states the dialogue; a big NO NO. The book had more of a romance novel feel to it, than an actual zombie novel. Since it claims IN THE TITLE to be a "zombie novel", I do feel incredibly misled. Had it said in the title, "A Romance novel, somewhat similar to Twilight, yet much less entertaining", then I would only have myself to blame for spending a credit on this.
This book is clearly meant for little girls. Maybe pre-teen girls. There's WAY TOO MUCH sappy romantic banter throughout, which has virtually no payoff. There is no possible way that ANYONE; the publisher, the author, audible, would consider this to be an adult zombie book, or a zombie book intended for a male audience. Just no way. The best way I can describe this book is "A soap opera PRETENDING to be a zombie story".
Narrator is good. As other reviewers point out, she does mispronounce a few words.
all books horror. especially zombie
As an obsessed Zombie fiction fan I will read/listen to anything Zombie. Lately they all have the same basic storyline. The dead rise , a group of well armed people try to survive.
This book is different!! I couldn't stop listening.
What an excellent ' engrosing story matched perfectly with the narrator
EOD wife and loving mother!!!
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?
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.
I liked this book.
Well written, nice naration.
Future apocalypse type zombie story with a little surprise twist.
"A good idea spoiled by a sat nav narration"
I might try another book by Rhiannon Frater as the idea and plot were very interesting, however it is let down by some fairly basic writing which is made worse by a narration that sometimes sounds like my Tom Tom going through a list of directions.
What a pleasure to read a self contained book like the good old days before we had book 1, book 2, 3, 4 ad infinitum.
This is a good book well written with fleshed out characters, ok, so I sort of worked out the ending a while before I got there but I was so interested in the characters that I was more than happy to carry on.
The narrator took a little getting used to (maybe she was just in character) but after a short while I was hooked.
This is a proper book with a beginning a middle and an end, if this genre rocks your boat, and I love them, then give this a go.
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