In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission: Subvenire refectus. To rescue and rebuild.
The Remaining is the first book in the best-selling series, which tells a gritty tale of survival, perseverance and fighting to get back what has been lost.
©2012 D.J. Molles (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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thrilling, creepy, realistic
the infected hoard scene. reminded me of some of the scenes from the movie, world war z, with hard-charging zombies.
this is a great book! definitely in my top 5. the author does things right. w/o divulging too much, lee works for the dept. of homeland security. he is one of the 48 coordinators spread across the lower 48 states. his job is to get into a bunker whenever something big happens. sometimes, he's in for a couple of days, and sometimes he's in for a week or two. when the fury virus hits, frank lee's commander orders him into his bunker. as the story opens, lee is going stir crazy b/c this is the longest he's ever gone being cooped up in the bunker, and the news is not good- people are killing each other. it's july 3rd and all of the news web sites are stuck on news from june 28th. lee is eagerly awaiting his regularly scheduled call from frank, hoping frank will give him the low down. lee's only companion is his trained german shepherd, tango.
the author does a great job portraying the emotions lee goes through, from feeling antsy, anxious, and claustrophobic in his bunker to being jumpy and nervous when leaving his bunker for the first time. the range of emotions lee goes through is totally believable and realistic.you can feel what he is going through.
i found the pacing of the story to be perfect. the author doesn't rush the plot, and the plot keeps moving. there are no slow points, and you won't get bored at all. there's plenty of character development mixed in with the action.
while this is not a traditional zombie book, i really dug the spin the author put on it. the infected are alive, aggressive, and fast, reminiscent of 28 days later. just like in that movie, when the infected show up in this story, it is heart pounding!
christian rummel's narration perfectly fits lee. he was a pleasure to listen.
overall, a truly exceptional and realistic apocylaptic story. if you're into end of the world or zombie stories, you'll definitely want to add this to your library. i highly recommend it!
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When are Zombies not Zombies? In “The Remaining” zombie like people are running amuck through the world and Captain Lee Harden is there to try and help bring civilization back from the brink! The story has a great premise but it lacks direction. The reader gets a pretty good idea of what’s going on, meeting various characters and is entertained with some great action, but the story doesn't go anywhere. The end leaves nothing wrapped up (which is one of my pet peeves) so that you have to read the second book. That being said, I've already picked up the second book and will be starting it soon. It has great writing and big potential; you just have to be prepared to read more than one book to get a complete picture.
Mr. Rummel does a great job in the narration, which really brings the story to life!
Plauge, Survival, Cursing
Definately Lee. He is described very well and is has very realistic relationships especially with is dog.
HE brought the words to life. He did much more than read it. He really PERFORMED it.
I love this series and can't wait for the newest book to come out. My only beef with this series is the cursing. I know that most apocalypse survival novels I have tried have had loads of cursing. I guess everyone in the apocalypse curses like a disgruntled sailor turned construction worker who has just slammed their thumb with a hammer. But I think it can be toned down a bit. I know there are many more words a person can use when they are pissed than the same F and S-Bombs over and over and over.
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I am so glad that I took a chance with The Remaining, turns out it is the first book of a series that I must now complete. D.J. Molles first introduces a secret "super solider" that is tucked away just in case the worst happens, if it does his orders are to eliminate the threat and to aid in the reestablishment of a government. Much of the audiobook is the internal dialog of this solider and the personal struggles of being isolated from the world for over a month to emerge to a different world. Turns out that the plague that ravaged the planet turns people into zombie like creatures that have some intelligence and some talk or communicate or scream which only adds to the soldiers torment of killing them. Filled with pulse pounding suspense, exquisitely engineered action and a truly terrifying take on zombies. I have already bought the second audiobook in the series and cannot wait to be further horrified.
Christian Rummel is by far the best narrator I have heard. He brings the story and all of the many characters to life. In some books this may be an easy task with only a few characters, but in this book and the 3 others in this series there are a multitude of characters that play meaningful roles. Rummel represents each distinctly and brings appropriate emotion into each scene.
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This author must have gone to Stephan J. Cannell school. The action is intense, the bad guys are pure evil and protagonist constantly finds himself in situations that go from bad to worse. Unlike Cannell, this is much grittier and apocalyptic in scope.
I gave this series a try since the reviews were so positive, though I don't typically go for zombie type fiction. However, I was very surprised at the quality of writing and narration. I have gone on to listen to several more in this series and they all hold up to the same quality. I wouldn't call this a "zombie" series because the "infected" humans are more capable and enduring than walking corpses. They are relentless though. D.J. Molles does a terrific job of conjuring up a fairly unique story with good character development. The story is action packed and it's hard to pull away from, like getting on a roller coaster!
Be warned that there is a LOT of cursing. As the story advanced it seemed that the author took glee and inserting as many F words as possible. It does add reality to a point but at times it's too gratuitous.
Overall this is a wonderful audiobook to try if you are getting board with your other favorite audiobook series.
28 DAYS + WALKING DEAD + ZOMBIE FALLOUT + DAY BY DAY ARMAGEDDON = THE REMAINING!
AFTER SPENDING THE YEAR WADING THROUGH HORRIBLE ZOMBIE/APOCALYPTIC BOOKS I FINALLY FEEL THE WASTED CREDITS REDEEMED BY D.J. MOLLES THE REAMING SERIES. THOUGHT I WAS NOT GOING TO LIKE THIS SERIES AS MOST BOOKS INVOLVE EX MILITARY TRYING TO SURVIVE DURING A ZOMBIE OUTBREAK BUT WOW WAS I GLAD I TOOK A CHANCE. I HAVE FINISHED ALL FOUR BOOKS IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS. I COULD NOT PUT THE BOOK DOWN.
LEE (MAIN CHARACTER) IS MY HERO. I WOULD LIKE THIS BOOK TO BE MADE INTO A MOVIE OR TELEVISION SERIES.
ZOMBIES IN THE STORY ARE HORRIFYING. SCENARIOS INVOLVING HUMANS ARE HORRIFYING. THIS IS A HORROR BOOK!
NARRATOR WAS EXCELLENT!!!!!
This was a pretty good listen. The story is pretty interesting and kept my attention. My only complaint would be that all of the male voices sounded the same to me, which I found annoying after a while. Other than that this is a pretty engaging survival story. I appreciated that "The Infected" are not zombies. As usual, I struggled with some of the characters that are a bit thick headed, but that's to be expected. I'm planning to give the sequel a listen.
Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout
I really had my doubts about this series and only the excellent reviews led me to listen to the first book.
The premise is that the government has this secret end of the world military group which individually bunkers down for a month and come out to rebuild society. They've never had to try to fulfill their mission, until now. I could almost buy that, but they only have one man for each state? And who bunkers down for a month with a dog? It just didn't seem plausible.
Right off the bat I pegged this was a macho military special forces bang bang splatter book with nothing else to offer, the worst kind of zombie story. And I think the protagonist thought it would be like that too. Well, things didn't turn out that way. Our hero isn't perfect and makes an almost fatal mistake right away. Nothing is easy. The story and the difficulties that he and his group had to over come is gripping and compelling. They are constantly on the run, hunted with no supplies and barely making it the few hours. The only easy day was yesterday.
And my pet peeve are stupid kids messing everything up, but the author read my mind in this case with Sam! Lee is just as angry at the kid as me, almost word for word, lol.
The narrator also changed. I thought it would be like listening to the voice of those movie trailers for 8 hrs through the book, every word and sentence had to be so darn dramatic and interesting when there was nothing going on. But he dropped the over acting later. Hes very good.
In some ways this story reminds me of Day by Day. I think this is a must read if you like zombie books. Get "The Remaining" now!
I could not do that
It is a decent performance of dry material
I have to put this into the "just another apocalypse survival story". Some books just never really get off the ground, like this one. From beginning to end I felt it was 2 dimensional, I didn't know much about the characters and cared less. Simply put, it just had no reason for being written. Neither funny nor tense, not thought provoking or heart warming, it just sort of plods along.
"I think I could do better"
Definitely not the author. This is poor. Earth Abides, Swan Song, Lucifer's Hammer are all examples that this guy needs to learn from.
The narrator was ok, nothing special.
Character interactions are cheesy. You would not talk they way they do in a zombie apocalypse. Having a cheesy laugh and joke just wouldn't happen.
The decision making it stupid as well.
Turns the whole thing into an unbelievable mess. If you like this you will be so much more impressed by one of the aforementioned books.
The voices could've been more tapered, less sharp.
It did start getting exciting towards the end and I wanted him to reach a big cache of weapons... need to wait until the second book for that. I don't think so! In fact I think I will be asking for a refund on this one. It's not exactly a book, just a quarter of a book.
The older apocalypse books are SO SO much better.
"Books 1-4 are some of the best work in the genre!"
I am giving this review for books 1 - 4 as I listened to them back-to-back. I would HIGHLY recommend all 4 books written so far - I am so glad that 4 had been written before I found them as this has enabled me to immerse myself in this world for the past few weeks without a break. Incredibly well written, the fear is palpable and you will find your heart beating and adrenaline pumping as you read. I love the characters I am meant to love, hate the characters I am meant to hate. The books seem realistic, you are already in a world where a major situation has happen and you are not expected to suspend your disbelief any further, they flow, everything asked is answered. Exciting, engrossing, scary, nail-biting, interesting - the smells, the decay, the evil characters, the military hardware...
Comparable to Robert McCammon's - Swan Song, V. M. Zito's - The Return Man, David Brin's - The Postman (ignore the film, read the book), Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga's - Walking Dead books, think J. L. Bourne, Craig DiLouie, Z. A. Recht - all for the world's which they create, the believable characters and situations, the horror...
Well paced, calm, no silly voices, no hysterical action sequences, no unwarranted tempo changes - the voice and the character match.
Download 1-4, listen, love... then wait for number 5 - it's in the pipeline...
"Average. I wont be buying the others in the series"
This is not a bad book, the plot was pretty good and there are way worse books in the genre however there were some writing quirks that were pretty annoying. In Audiobooks, far more than on the written page, repetition of words in quick succession is really obvious. In some sections of the book I found myself thinking "he has used the same word half a dozen times in just a couple of sentences. Buy a thesaurus or something!" There was also a rather laboured repetition of the state our protagonist finds himself in.
Hmmm - not really. Characterization was not a strong point in the book, most of the players seemed rather two dimensional.
I listened to the whole book and was not bored. So yes, but I did not enjoy the book enough to buy the next few in the series, mainly because I never found myself caring what happened to any of the characters really.
"Promising start but!"
I wouldn't discourage them from reading it but I'd warn them of the inconsistencies in the story.
Possibly,if I get curious/bored I liked the idea of the story he had some nice ideas, just thought it was badly thought through and if he sorts out the inconsistencies in the plot in later series I may consider.
I liked that the narrator wasn't too annoying, his female voices sucked.
Not waste my credits on the next book in this series just yet,will wait till I'm really curious/bored
Overall a nice idea, spoilt by the inconsistencies in the writing, and the stupidity of the main character.
At one point a character's eyes change from brown to blue, complaints of dehydration while standing in a stream washing!, Would we run out of food and basic supplies so quickly after only a month.
Would we forget we can drink water from a stream?
Surely bacterias can be controlled with anti'bs.
Why just one man and a dog per state surely a small squad would of been more feasible.
But hell super fast zombies, with prey drive and a modicum of intelligence that I liked.
I think the high ratings for this book are more reflective on how hard it is to find a well written book in this genre, and yeah I guess it is one of the better ones.
Very clever story, great plot, plausible characters. Recommend the series and I look forward to the final instalment in 2015.
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