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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 10-24-13
    Mike Naka 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!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 10-11-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 10-11-14 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "THE DAY SCRAPPED BY"

    You get the perspective of a Zombie, of a military grunt (way in the future, once the military and society in general have pretty much broken down.) and you get the perspective of a seventh grader. I was real disappointed in the Zombie, he had no control and was really just an observer of what his body was doing. If they could have made the Zombie more in control of his body, but have strong urges and the willingness to eat people this would have been so much better, something like Tufo's "Timothy". Although some gore was thrown in, for the most part, this sounded like a seventh grader wrote it. I got impatient after 8 chapters. I have been learning lately that just because a story has Zombies in it, does not make it exciting or interesting. You still need good writers.

    COLD AS BALLS

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Brown 05-30-14
    Jason Brown 05-30-14

    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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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 11-03-14
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 11-03-14 Member Since 2009

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "Good within the series or on its own"

    “The Passenger” is a great bridge story as part of the “Surviving the Dead” series. It doesn’t move the plot along, but it allows the reader to see some extra world in which this series takes place (and a few of the people who live in it). It’s told form a variety of viewpoints one of which is (implied by the title) a zombie. If you’re looking for a short-ish zombie novel this fun stand alone or with the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 12-08-14
    Daniel 12-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Zombie 1 -humans well it might be a little more"
    If you could sum up The Passenger in three words, what would they be?

    Stunning, page turner, great story. This was a well written book that could be its own series from the other books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Passenger?

    It was great to get the view of a zombie. This make you think differently about zombies. I don't mean to get close to one or keep it as a pet but to think it could still be alive and not able to control its self.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is one where if you have not read any of the others you will not be lost.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ed 10-17-14
    Ed 10-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The Weak Link"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The series is great, but this felt a little disjointed. The story follows a side character from and a zombie through their views of the same set of events, while the story on its own was alright it didn't add to the series and felt like a wasted credit.


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

    At this point in the series the book could have just been left out, and the change of narrator took away from things even more.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jordan Leigh?

    Guy Williams, was great for the first books, and the change just added to the break in the story line.


    Do you think The Passenger needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Maybe later in the series this part of the story would be justified, but for now the secondary story line should be dropped.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trent 10-11-14
    Trent 10-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Short and Sweet"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Passenger to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the narrator was the most talented that I have ever heard.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Passenger?

    When the two stories came together. The story had a nice structure to it.


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

    You can always tell who is doing the talking. I actually thought that it was narrated by a few different people.


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

    The whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a great buy. It is a well thought out book. The colors and textures created an intense world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 09-22-14
    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 09-22-14 Member Since 2010

    deedeeg

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    "Pretty good"

    Another story to add to the small group of books that tell the zombie tale from a different perspective and that's why I liked it. Not overwhelmingly good but if you need a little change from the typical stuff you've read in the genre give it a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Antigo, WI, United States 09-18-14
    Mark Antigo, WI, United States 09-18-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Different Angle for sure!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Passenger the most enjoyable?

    it was different, hearing the world from the side of a Z, but after the initial start, it got more interesting.


    What other book might you compare The Passenger to and why?

    None that I know of....


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

    the end, when he waved to the shooter before he was terminated.


    Any additional comments?

    Get back to Gabe and Eric!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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