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The Passenger: A Surviving the Dead Novel | [James N. Cook, Joshua Guess]

The Passenger: A Surviving the Dead Novel

During the Outbreak, like billions of others, a man finds himself infected with the Phage. Desperate to spare his family from watching him become a walking nightmare, he flees. Soon after, he is dead. Two years later, he wakes up. Not in the afterlife, but in his own body. Trapped, unable to control the monster that carries him, and forced to witness the horror of its existence.
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Publisher's Summary

A single bite is all it takes.

During the Outbreak, like billions of others, a man finds himself infected with the Phage. Desperate to spare his family from watching him become a walking nightmare, he flees. Soon after, he is dead.

Two years later, he wakes up.

Not in the afterlife, but in his own body. Trapped, unable to control the monster that carries him, and forced to witness the horror of its existence.

A hundred miles away, Sergeant Ethan Thompson thinks he has seen the worst the apocalypse has to offer.

He is wrong. Following the trail of a dying madman, he will embark on a journey of vengeance that will test the limits of his sanity. Along the way, he will learn that there is no justice at the end of the world. There is only the living and the dead, and in between, there is The Passenger.

©2013 JN Cook Entertainment LLC and Joshua Guess (P)2013 JN Cook Entertainment LLC and Joshua Guess

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    Mike Naka VA 10-24-13
    Mike Naka VA 10-24-13 Member Since 2012

    Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL

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    "much better than expected!"
    Which scene was your favorite?

    without spoiling anything...a particular "eating" scene! that may sound gross, but i bet you by the time you finish listening to the story, you'll agree with me!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    again...without spoiling anything...the moment after the "eating" scene. again, i'll bet you'll agree with me!


    Any additional comments?


    two really good stories in one! as the book opens, a family is fleeing a zombie horde. just as they reach the safety of the safe area's chain link fence, an accidental misplacement of a hand leads to the fingers being bitten off of the man's hand! after a few quick words to his family, he runs away, back into the oncoming horde, filled with the courage only a dying man can muster. jump ahead 2 years, and our unamed man's mind comes back to consciousness as he is eating his latest victim.

    as our unamed zombie is recoiling mentally at what he can't stop doing, we meet ethan. he is the staff sergeant of delta team. delta team is one of the teams getting ready to board a train-like vehicle in order to take the fight to the insurgents. ethan's story tells us the state of the government and its fight against both the zombies and insurgents. our unamed zombie's story tells us what it's like to be a zombie and part of a horde.

    individually, both stories are strong and could stand alone. as the overall story progresses, the stories begin to overlap and meld in an exciting, yet believable, way. for such a short story, the authors do a good job of building interesting characters.

    the narration is excellent! each character's voice is varied and unique.

    overall, an excellent zombie story!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Brown 05-30-14
    Jason Brown 05-30-14 Member Since 2013

    I have something like 216 books in my library at this time, I always mean to be more active but I go nowhere without a book in my earphones

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    "it will grab and hold your attention"
    What did you love best about The Passenger?

    I enjoyed the view of life from a dead man's eyes. it was well written one would think there is only so much to be said about what a zombie does with its time but the authors pulled it off nicely.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    again I would have to go with the zombie the other characters were well written and narrated but it was the zombie that held my attention the most


    Which scene was your favorite?

    that would be a spoiler but it was when the zombie finally got what he wanted.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no. it was a good book but for me it was really just a palate cleanser between bigger books I enjoyed it and will look up the authors for further work but it did not move me to tears. and its a zombie world there was not much to laugh at.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Rynick 05-21-14 Member Since 2008
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    "clever idea, entertaining story"
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Fun to have a zombie apocalypse from the perspective of the zombie. Nothing special, but entertaining.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thia 08-16-14
    Thia 08-16-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Not usually a fan of sentient zombies..."
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    This one is good. I've read the rest of this series by Cook and almost skipped this one because I really usually hate thinking talking etc zombies. I like my zombies shambling, brainless, and hungry. However, this one can be read as a stand alone - you need not have read the rest of the series to enjoy this one - or it can be skipped and you will not miss anything you need for the rest of the series. I would not skip it though. I thought it was great!

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    Mark Zeta Phoenix, AZ 07-08-14
    Mark Zeta Phoenix, AZ 07-08-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Boring start, predictable end, good after the midd"
    If you could sum up The Passenger in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining but slow


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Have a shorter part for the trapped mind in zombie body perspective, half of it was boring. Alternating perspectives from chapter to chapter is annoying at times since I want to know what happens next without waiting to read one more chapter, but this doesn't apply by the end since that's when stories start overlapping. The different sides of the story should have overlapped sooner.


    What does Jordan Leigh bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voice brings the characters to life. I wouldn't be able to picture the voices from different diversities the same way. I can't even imitate half of them.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    In an era of zombies, sometimes they are not the real enemies


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janis L. De Jesus Shokan, NY 05-29-14
    Janis L. De Jesus Shokan, NY 05-29-14
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    "Pretty Gross"

    I have to say that the storyline in this audiobook was very graffic and gross. Lots of blood and sick plot. No thanks!

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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