When one man pushes science past it's breaking point, an unimaginable hell is unleashed on society. This apocalyptic book is brutal and beautifully described. The Orphans: Origins, Volume 1 is a zombie tale like no other before it.
Frank Fox lost his wife to cancer eight years ago. He'd been recruited to work on a classified mission for a cure, which could have saved tens of thousands. On the verge of success, his wife unexpectedly lost her battle. He was sent home to care for his young son, Shaun, who still holds resentment today.
Now, when a second chance at love holds promise, she tells him that she too is dying of cancer. Frank vows to cure her, not knowing of the deadly results and government cover-up that took place almost a decade earlier.
When Frank thinks he has the cure, a new breed of zombies, the likes of which you've never heard about before, is unleashed. They each have the strength of 10 men and speed that can't be matched. Their hunger can never satisfied. When the outbreak happens, Frank wants but one thing: to get his only son, Shaun, and his friends free from town, and he fights a battle against zombies to do so.
Listen to The Orphans to hear who makes it past day one! This story will leave your heart pounding, as this amazingly intense series is only beginning! Look for Surviving the Turned, Volume 2, coming soon.
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The Orphans Origins Volume 1 is a story about the beginning of a hate. It is a story about the beginning of something awful. And it is a story about what one man will do to survive.
The narration was done by Jack Wallen, Jr. does a wonderful job with this. He is easy to follow along with and progresses the story nicely. Basically he felt like everything that Evans was looking for in a narrator. He definitely brought The Orphans to life.
Comparing a book to one of my favorite movies: 28 Day Later is rough for me. I will be constantly comparing the two and seeing if the book lives up to the movie. This one did. It was more Romero based, the zombies were scary and the main character was out for vengence.
After I found myself being surprised by the horror aspects, I stopped looking at it as a single genre and I found myself enjoying it a lot more. This book is really well written. The story is incredibly scary and believable. The characters are well designed and felt like real people who would be going through the story. Even though we are not living through a Zombie apocalypse right now, this book gave me a sense of what that might feel like.
Mike Evans is someone to watch out for, he will scare your pants off but give you a wonderful story to back the horror back up.
I haven't laughed this hard while reading a book in many, many moons. At least during the first part of the book. Then it gets a bit more serious with bodies and zombies. Hard to be funny when you got all of that going on.
The initial few chapters with dialogue between Ellie and Sean (hope I spelled those right...never saw their names, just heard them) were hilarious and gut busting, for me anyways! I could probably read endless chapters just listening to them go through life even if nothing else happened. Brilliant!
The rest of the book I thought was very good as well. After the infection, it reminded me a lot of The Walking Dead (which I'm addicted to), except these zombies were much stronger and faster, hence, much more dangerous.
I really enjoyed getting the backstory and hearing the progression of events that led to the outbreak. Lots of these apocalypse stories get into the meat too quickly and leave you wondering how all of this happened to begin with. It was put together very well and I thought it interesting to see the story being told through a bit of a back and forth timeline.
Narrator (Jack Wallen, Jr.) definitely did the dialogue justice. He was spot on with the sarcasm and really did a great job with timing and execution of the punchlines. Outstanding job reading this book. I was very impressed and I'm going to look for more books read by him just because I thought he did such a good job.
I'm very much looking forward to the next installment of this series to see how it progresses.
I received a free copy of this audio book for an honest review.
I listen to loads of books and zombies are my fav. I read this in exchange for review but thought it had to be a winner. It's zombies for gosh sakes! Ther story was very draggy until the actual outbreak more than halfway into the book but then it went very quickly. Narration was terrible with continuous pauses throughout, possibly a editing issue? I would def listen to the next, I usually find they get better after the first book.
I don't add a lot of reviews . But when I do ..... you know its good enough for me to take time to say wow .
this book take the zombie outbreak and gives a new view . and it gives a native Iowans a chill . I liked it and will be. buying the next book
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The narrator. I would love to listen to more from Mike Evans but he uses this same narrator a lot!
Have someone else with more personality less emotion reading. I liked his voices for each character but his regular voice was to excited throughout the book. He made it hard to take the story serious. I could not get into it at all
Not sure I couldn't get to know any of them well enough because I didn't feel like the narrator was representing the characters as they were suppose to be.
There was some emotional parts but they were lost on me because of the yes you guessed it "Narrator".
I wish he could have them reread.
It seemed like it's a good story but I could not focus on listening.
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.
Frank Fox a scientist still broken from loosing his wife eight years ago, he will do anything to save the new love of his life. So when his lab partner tells him his new prototype drug works, he takes his word for it and uses some on his fiancée, who only has hours left in her fight with bone cancer. But really, what have the two scientist unleashed?
This is not your typical zombie story - it is way better and really, maybe it could happen. This is such an awesome start to a action packed series. Book one Origins is just that, the start, and I can't wait until I can get book two and more. I had the audio narrated by Jack Wallen Jr. who was awesome! He made each character come alive with a voice of his or her own, and that really made the book great, I will continue on with the audios.
I love audiobooks!!!
A scientifically plausible zombie apocalypse, with all of the back-story included. You will love and hate these characters, and cheer when some of them get chewed on. It took me almost a week to finish, because at heart I'm kind of a chicken. Couldn't listen alone, or before bed. Great story, and looking forward to the rest of it!
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