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The Remaining: Aftermath | [D. J. Molles]

The Remaining: Aftermath

To Captain Lee Harden, Project Hometown feels like a distant dream and the completion of his mission seems unattainable. Wounded and weaponless, he has stumbled upon a group of survivors that seems willing to help. But a tragedy in the group causes a deep rift to come to light and forces him into action. In the chaos of the world outside, Lee is pursued by a new threat: someone who will stop at nothing to get what he has.
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Publisher's Summary

Nothing has gone according to plan.

To Captain Lee Harden, Project Hometown feels like a distant dream and the completion of his mission seems unattainable. Wounded and weaponless, he has stumbled upon a group of survivors that seems willing to help. But a tragedy in the group causes a deep rift to come to light and forces him into action. In the chaos of the world outside, Lee is pursued by a new threat: someone who will stop at nothing to get what he has.

The Remaining: Aftermath is the second book in the best-selling The Remaining series.

©2012 D.J. Molles (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 06-17-14
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 06-17-14 Member Since 2012

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

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    "A good listen"

    “The Remaining: Aftermath” picks up and completes the story that “The Remaining” left hanging. It does a good job of mixing action and plot development and also closes the loop on the story from the first book and doesn't leave any big cliffhangers. The story is good and the characters are fun, and while not quite zombies the infected are a good substitute for someone who’s looking for a more realistic horror.

    Mr Runnel does a great job with the story and really brings the story to life!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    mu 07-20-14
    mu 07-20-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Book was amazing I couldn't stop."
    What did you love best about The Remaining: Aftermath?

    The story kept me into it... love this series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Remaining: Aftermath?

    Christian Rummel is a great narrator.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    All of it.


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

    To be human is to survive.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda 05-30-14
    Rhonda 05-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Once again Molles delivers!"

    I started "The Remaining" series having never heard of DJ Molles. WOW!! I now know that I was really missing out. This is a great story with nonstop action and rich characters. The narration was great too. This is WAY bigger than what I expected and couldn't wait to get in the car or on the riding mower to listen to the story. All four books done back to back and now I'm sitting on the edge of my seat hoping the next one comes sooner than later.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 05-12-15
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 05-12-15 Member Since 2012

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Characters acting dumbly ruined the story..."

    I guess tension is needed but... I'm very tired of the "good guy" being railroaded by "otherwise good people" who are angry at the state of the world and need a scapegoat to work it out on. That and... "otherwise good people" doing super bad things because someone else who is even badder "forced" them to do it.

    Personally, at the commencement of zombie hoards wandering around, I'm going to attach myself to the largest, strongest group that has guns and a plan. Not sit around wondering how much my pick-up truck is worth in a zombie world. And, no, I'm not stupid enough to wade into a zombie hoard to prove anything to anyone... you don't want my supplies and ammunition, fine... me and my food and guns and electricity will just go live in my bunker all by my little self.

    So... do you think a man ducked down hiding behind a car blocking the road and a woman shouting for help would be a trap? Yeah, me too. But, apparently, the characters in this story are naive and - contrary to everything they've seen or done since the outbreak - believe it might actually be legit. This is typical of the "scenarios" the main character gets into - all of them are predictable (or ridiculous) and anyone with any sense would avoid them, but for the sake of story-action and an opportunity to show how wonderful the main character is, the entire novel is filled with such scenes. In fact, I don't think there is a single scene that occurred "naturally" and was responded to in a believable way. Characters have to at least pretend to act like normal human beings, making normal human decisions, some of the time... the whole book cannot be based on people acting in abnormal ways for the sole purpose of setting up a scene for the main character to save the day.

    It's actually so annoying to read about characters acting so stupidly that I don't want to finish the book... but I foolishly bought the next in the series before I realized how bad this one is.

    The narration is fine. It is not gory and there isn't any sex. There is some swearing. It's just the characters repeatedly acting in ways that no normal person would act that ruined this book for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Hess 02-28-14
    Jim Hess 02-28-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A lot to like about this apocolypse novel!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Remaining: Aftermath the most enjoyable?

    Strong action and a superb reading.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Remaining: Aftermath?

    The cluster at the hospital, dealing with Milo and crew while also dealing with the infected - intense, good action.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just the first novel in this series - he nails this reading.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very strong series for anyone who likes a spin on zombie apocalypse or good survivalist action novels. The dialogue could use some editing and Lee should have gotten a bit more training on how to make pragmatic decisions under stress, but very little to find fault in with this series thus far.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Magnolia, TX, United States 02-16-14
    Diana Magnolia, TX, United States 02-16-14 Member Since 2008

    Love to read and listen to books. The spoken word is magic for me.

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    "A Depth to the Character and Story I Didnt Expect"
    Would you listen to The Remaining: Aftermath again? Why?

    I'll definitely listen to this story again. I didn't expect to like this series so much. Based on the cover I expected mindless, macho ,gungho ,military rhetoric. Don't get me wrong I am pro military but like some psychological depth in my reading material. I like something that leaves thinking about the book after I'm done listening to it. I was pleasantly surprised. I really want to know more about Lee. Yes, this would make a great movie. I even find myself enjoying learning about military training and customs... amazing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lee of course. I need to know more about him. He is tested again and again. Like many of us he can ask 'why isn't it ever easy?" but he never gives up.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    I love him as Lee. His females seem a little too whiny. Hope this changes in other books


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

    The pace never stops!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K SAINT PETER, MN, United States 12-02-13
    K SAINT PETER, MN, United States 12-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Giving up; can't take the idiocy."

    Had my reservations with the first book and should have saved myself a credit with the sequel. The main character makes idiotic decisions that no one would make in these situations. I'm not giving away any spoilers since anyone who listened to the first book knows that the main character decides to go get supplies from his bunker while everyone in the camp is starving and on their last meal. So what does he do once he gets a truck load of food, medicine and weapons? Any other person would return back to camp but no, not this guy. He decides to drive said truck full of supplies to a city that's known to be infested with zombies and see if anyone is still alive. Really? I won't give away any details but this stupid decision is what leads to all the problems that occurs in the story.

    There were so many times I just wanted the main character to get bitten, shot, stabbed, or just die a quick death so the book would end.

    36 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher San Antonio, TX, United States 01-14-14
    Christopher San Antonio, TX, United States 01-14-14
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    "I really wanted to love it"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    SPOILERS***SPOLIERS***
    The main character, Lee, makes some of the dumbest choices compared to his background. Not even a couch commando would divert from a relatively easy 30 mile return trip, with a truck full of life or death supplies for a starving community, to recon a town and maybe drop off a radio to someone that may or may not be dead. Why didn't the author have him drop off the supplies and return to the town, then things could have gone sideways? Or have them head back and Doc go crazy somewhere on the road? I could get past some of the dumb choices he made in the first book, but this is insanity.


    What could D. J. Molles have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have a more believable scenario that didn't cause me to skip chapters to end the pain of hearing the story play out in an unbelievable way.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, the reading was great.


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    John Virginia Beach, VA, United States 02-17-14
    John Virginia Beach, VA, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2011

    vabeach311

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    "Stupid Decisions......"

    It goes along pretty well until the writer decides to make moron decisions. Moves along well, but of the writer would write with a tad more common sense-- it would be a much better book. I am not reading the third.....

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Gary D 10-29-14
    Gary D 10-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Listen But Frustrating Character"
    If you could sum up The Remaining: Aftermath in three words, what would they be?

    WHY DO THAT?


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

    Let me say right off the bat, this is a good book and worth the listen. The writing is crisp and dialogue is well done....

    But, I have a very hard time believing in the main character. A highly trained soldier who is supposed to bring people together after the plague. But he makes very poor decisions for someone who is supposed to be giving survivors what they need to re-create society. I found myself constantly saying to myself "why would he do THAT?"

    For example:
    1. (book 1) OK. I saved this young kid who is traumatized and unstable. Should I should leave him in my bunker/house playing video games, promise to be back in a few hours and go rescue some people that may or may not be on the roof of their house, on a street that I'm guessing they live on, several miles away. Yes, you should. I mean, what's the worst that could happen?

    2. So-and-so suddenly wants to help you save the camp, despite being weak and ineffective, never used a gun, has nothing to add to the mission and could be more useful back at camp? "Sure come along. After all, what's the worst that could happen?"

    3. So-and-so asks you to check on her sister in a town that something bad happened in. "Sure I will do that, no matter what. Because you were nice to me, despite my having spent all of two minutes with you. I mean, really, what's the worst that could happen?"

    3. I got supplies that will save the entire camp and give us a leg-up on the (known) bad guys. We'll be back to camp in an hour or two. Yay! "But first, I'll just leave them lightly guarded in an unknown town, in a world where people are dying left and right, from infected hordes and bad guys, and go wandering in search of some person that I've never seen, couldn't recognize and is probably dead. What's the worst that could happen?

    It got frustrating.

    Nevertheless, I got book three. So although the main character is unbelievable (to me at least) he is strong and likeable. The secondary characters are mostly awesome. Other reviewers have pointed out that the author likes his men manly and his womenfolk mostly weak and playing a strictly supporting role - you know, cooking, cleaning and nursing. While it didn't really alter my enjoyment it was a noticeable story flaw. Not once did a woman/girl pick up a gun and actually fight.

    Still let me say it one more time: Good book. Worth the listen.
    The narrator is top notch.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    He does a great job of subtly changing his tone/accent/cadence for each character to make it easy to follow along with who is speaking. He truly made this more enjoyable.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Great read"

    Very clever story, great plot, plausible characters. Recommend the series and I look forward to the final instalment in 2015.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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