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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“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!
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)
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.
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.
WHY DO THAT?
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?"
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.
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.
The story kept me into it... love this series.
Christian Rummel is a great narrator.
All of it.
To be human is to survive.
Strong action and a superb reading.
The cluster at the hospital, dealing with Milo and crew while also dealing with the infected - intense, good action.
Just the first novel in this series - he nails this reading.
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.
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.
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.
I love him as Lee. His females seem a little too whiny. Hope this changes in other books
The pace never stops!
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.
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.
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.
Yes, the reading was great.
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so far, the first two books rank really high on my favorite end of the world / zombie stories. this series is definitely in my top 5.
whew! there were a few! but i can't say b/c it'd spoil other listener's experience.
this is an excellent follow-up! no sophomore slump at all!
as the story opens, lee has to prove he is what he says he is- someone who truly wants to help. lee and those volunteering to help him must find some gas so they can make it to one of his bunker. i like how nothing comes easy. once again, i must mention pacing and storytelling. most authors in zombie stories brush off the act of getting gas but not d.j. mollies! he believably and realistically builds tension around the act of looking for cars with gas and siphoning it. you can feel the tension and nervousness the characters feel. i mean i felt myself being really quiet while listening to that part. i would like to thank the editor for helping d.j. know just how much time and description should be spent on the different parts of the story.
as the story progresses, we learn more about milo, and he truly is a vile psychopath. lee and milo are heading into a confrontation, but will lee's mission outweigh his feelings for milo? book 2 further develops some of the characters at camp ryder and introduces new characters. i liked the supporting characters.you know the author does a good job when you actually loathe some of the characters he introduces you to.
i must say most end of the world / zombie have a crazy christian pastor, who is usually an over the top cartoony caricature, but d.j. mollies does it correctly- a man who knows just what to say and when, not preachy at all. realistic while holding an m-4. lol
once again, the pacing of the story is superb! so far, these first two books have some of the best pacing i've listened to, and to be honest, i think that's one of the reasons why these two books have shot up my list of all time favorite end of the world / zombie stories.
talking about zombies, i really like the direction the author is taking. for once, the infected really are something to fear even with machine guns.
there is a shocking moment in this story, and i had to rewind b/c i was like what the heck just happened.
i was extremely satisfied with how this book closed, albeit a little sad, and i am looking forward to see how things progress in the 3rd book.
Very clever story, great plot, plausible characters. Recommend the series and I look forward to the final instalment in 2015.
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