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.
There's never a bright side in the story. No point where you can root for the protagonist.Whatever Cpt. Lee encounters, it will turn out bad for him. At every turn, after every decision, there's more shit to hit the fan.Sure, a lot of shit will happen in a post-apocalyptic world. But in this story it just doesn't end. There's no balance. When he freed himself from one trap, he will stumble into the next.Sometimes the decisions don't look rational and really give the feeling that the only purpose of the non-logical decisions of Cpt. Lee is to give the story the next downward bending.
I would create a better balance and give more depth to the story. I'd stay away from the cliche's as far as possible.Every incident can be anticipated 2 chapters on forehand.
Speak in a more natural voice and less like Don LaFontaine, the 'movie trailer guy'.
I usually don't go for the "zombie" apocalypse books, but this series is different. This really isn't about "zombies" at all...., sure there are "infected" that try and eat the normal humans, but these infected aren't the main focus of the series. It's mostly the integration of different regular people that propels this series, and the infected are just a detail to add intensity to the story.
The narration is the best I've heard, and I've listened to the Game of Thrones series on audiobooks. The narrator reads it with so many different inflections that you can't help but hang on every word, and react to each new situation.
Truly an amazing series with a very talented narrator. I can't recommend it higher.
Captain Lee Harden is committed to the Project Hometown mission: survive, rescue and rebuild. After surviving his first week running and fighting through the plague-infected humans, Lee has stumbled into a community of survivors. Although the leader of Camp Ryder, Bus, is willing to accept Lee’s offer of help, the opposing power-hungry politician, Jerry, doesn’t want more outsiders and challenges Lee’s veracity. Even though Lee is under medication trying to recoup from injuries he becomes the prime suspect when an attack by the infecteds appears to have had inside help. Jerry and his supporters are quick to label Lee as a spy and saboteur with connections to the brutal outside raider group led by Milo. Now Lee is forced to prove that he can fulfill his promise of providing desperately needed supplies.
Lee sets out with a handful of men in a vehicle with limited gas. Harper, an older gruff man who initially tried to turn Lee away, chooses to go just to spite Jerry. Miller, the wiry young man who helped rescue Lee while he was running from Milo's goons is another volunteer as well as a brawny older teen, Josh. Surprisingly, a jittery Doc steps up at the last minute to go with them.
The team has to scavenge gas and fight infecteds and looters just to get to the bunker location. On the return trip Lee insists on stopping in Smithfield to seek Julia, sister to Camp Ryder's cook. The survivors in Smithfield are barricaded inside the hospital. Lee hopes to make allies but instead he faces betrayal and danger. The leaders are being threatened by Milo and Lee doesn’t know who can be trusted and who can’t.
Lee and friends have to fight there way through infecteds and thugs. New characters are added as Lee gets help from another soldier, LaRouche, Julia, and Father Jim.
I was a little distressed by the foul language but I was gripped by the plot and action. D. J. Molles manages to create characters and relationship dynamics that I got invested in. The story and action kept me glued and then I was delighted with some wonderful descriptions.
Audio Notes: Christian Rummel does a terrific job with the narration. Each character gets the right voice and the intensity of the action is conveyed through the narration. It is possible that reading the book might let the reader skim over the bad language easier. Still I am definitely enjoying listening to this series.
If the 33rd book is as good or better than this one I will be in heaven. Very well written, and Fury virus is just a better (and more believable) take on the zombie genres.
I've finished the series and the novella so I'm posting this same review for each of the books. This series is awesome. Really entertaining.
Lee Harden is such a great protagonist. You want to shake some sense into him, you want to stand up and applaud him, you want him to stop being an idiot and then marvel at his genius. Mainly you want to grab a rifle and join his squad.
The story is suspenseful, intriguing and funny (at times). Is it believable.... it's a freaking zombie story, of course it's believable'ish. Great twists, some great wins, terrible losses and a lot of "what would I do".
The narrator is really good. I'm pretty critical of most narrators because you have to be pretty strong to fill my ears for 40, 50, 60 hours without annoying me. He was a perfect choice for the series.
Will there be more books? There have to be. There are too many bad guys to fight, too many bunkers to breach and not enough series out there of this quality. It can't end, we're all geared up and ready to fight. Keep typing DJ, keep typing.
Aftermath starts immediately where the first book was (rather annoyingly) ended on a serious cliffhanger. You're already invested into the characters you know, and there's so much that needed resolution. Oh my, does this book deliver! The mission is simple (and plot) are simple enough in concept, but as we've seen so far, even the best laid plans can go wrong.
The most enjoyable aspect of listening to this book was being thrust through all of these chaotic situations and getting to see how the survivors got through it.
My favorite non-specific thing about this story would have to be the ending. Unlike the first book, you're given a lot of plot resolution. While I may not have liked all that transpires though this novel (and holy crap is this is roller coaster ride), I've felt more than satisfied with what I was given.
Sgt. LaRouche. He reminds me a lot of Sgt. Abraham Ford from The Walking Dead (TV) series. They both might be a bit type cast into the "Sarge" cliche, but they both have their convictions that contribute significantly to their respective series. Hardin and our esteemed "Captain" tie for second.
Absolutely. The first book was fantastic. This book was a roller coaster. It has the tension of the first book, but features much more action and plot development. You really start to feel for these characters.
If you were like me, you were more than a little miffed that the first book was as short as it was, and how it ended. With the events that transpire in Aftermath, I can honestly say that this story is worth the price of paying for two books/audiobooks. This isn't just some run of the mill zombie apocalypse story!
This book wraps you up and drops into it. Excellent sequel to the first. The story is great the narration by Christian Rummel is superb! Highly recommended.
Much more than just a tale about zombies.
Very clever story, great plot, plausible characters. Recommend the series and I look forward to the final instalment in 2015.
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