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.
I really enjoy listening to post apocalyptic series. This one was difficult to get through. If all of the soldiers left in the bunkers are as bad as Lee Hardin the world will never be rebuilt. Special ops should be beyond bad ass. Lee is very incompetent. He loses his bunker after saving one boy in less than two days? Bad decision after decision. The worst decision was when I used a credit on this book. I won't be listening to the rest of this series.
Captain Lee Harden has had standing orders to wait in a “hole” in the event of a country disaster. He has always received instructions to resurface before but this time the communication from his superior doesn’t come. The last news that Lee heard was that a plague had infected 90% of the population leaving them brutal predators, spreading the decease by biting others. After a time of silence Lee opens his Orders telling him that is one of a select group of soldiers who are to surface to rescue and gather survivors to rebuild.
Lee emerges from his safe fortress and begins to look for other healthy survivors. Initially he finds horrible evidence of the infected hordes. He also discovers that some uninfected stragglers have already succored to evil becoming wicked men preying on the weak, ransacking homes and threatening the few remaining humans. Lee loses friends and new acquaintances while he tries to find a group that he can help and that will accept his help.
I really like Lee’s character -- he is strong and smart but not invincible. He copes by reminding himself that "the only easy day was yesterday". He has a basic sense of honor that allows him to talk before shooting even though that can be risky. There is plenty of action in the story along with an interesting picture of how society might break down in a plague infested environment.
This is not really "zombie" as these are plague infected beings who are aggressive but do not come back to life when killed. I am glad that this has more story beyond the "infected" hordes. This first book sets up the situation and leaves the ending open to continue in the next book. This might annoy some people. Since I already had book three I did get book two so I could see how the series progresses. Zombie fans should definitely try this but I also think those who like end of the world, military action would like it too.
Audio notes: Christian Rummel provides a very solid narration. He really nails Lee’s personality and manages to convey the other characters with appropriate voices and nuances. The narration enhanced the story for me and I will be listening to the next books too.
Absolutely, The story seemed a bit thin at first but hell isn't most fiction?! The almost impossible Possible! Those scary dreams we fear but secretly covet and kinda wish would happen so we can just go freaking nuts and live life on the edge with no rules other then saving our asses.Molles brings you a strong lead character that you just want to grab your M4 and follow into battle by God just because he seems like he is on the right side!
I recently listened to Mark Tufo's Zombie Fallout I would say it reminds me somewhat of that book as it is a continuing saga of a group brought together by a strong lead character. In both books you find yourself both wanting to love and hate the characters at times, The "oh damn! why are you doing that moment"!
This was my first time listening to Christian but I enjoyed his performance thoroughly. It is so tough finding a narrator that I enjoy. I will be honest I do not read books, there I said it!I admit it! I am an Audible Addict! A narrator can end a purchase of a book for me but quickly!Mr Rummel gives a great range of characters and defines each to great extent.Thus bringingthe best foot forward for the authors work. I have enjoyed Dick Hills work, Joe Barrett of course! , the great Kevin Pierce, and The "Duke" Fontaine LEts keep Mr Rummel busy!
Yes buy more Audible credits and download the rest of Mr Molles books, he has a new fan!
I will say this about Captain Lee Hardin, he is one tough SOB! Love the book, already downloaded the rest of the series, cant wait for more of Molles work.
I found this to just leave you hanging, forcing you to the next in the series. For me its not cost effective. It would be cheaper just to buy the paperbacks. If I'm spending over $2/hr to listen, I like the story to be more complete, so if I chose not to go on I don't feel like I put a book down half way through the story.
This series does not play out like most books. This book drew me in and made me feel like I was right along side them. DJ Molles does a good job of making you really want to read the next book as soon as you are done with this one.
After hearing the first book I really hoped that Rummel would narrate the whole series. He did a very good job.
This book has very high highs and very dark lows.
I have mixed feelings. The story doesn't have much happening a great deal of the time. I am not sure why I stayed with the story the whole way other than it was well written and the narration was really good.
For one thing, when he left his bunker I would have told the boy don't leave at least for a week. There was food. I would have stressed you will be eaten. I wouldn't have had the bunker totally destroyed. They still would have had to go out to make the world civilized.
The main character was done well. He was likable and developed.
I think it could have been done in one. Two books would have been fine if this one had a good ending or any ending at all. For that reason I won't buy the next one.
I got this book on sale. It had potential.
Books are the file which remove the edges we all accumulate from day to day collisions with life. Lt. Gen. Marcus T. Leaf
ok so the premise is basically solid if not boringly textbook ZA. I appreciate the explanation of how this character escaped the initial outbreak and subsequent collapse of civil society but technically speaking this is also the plots biggest weakness.
Maybe I mean not enough payoff. It felt like a 2 hour TV pilot, and a good one, but I thought this book was gonna be the whole season.
Enjoyable, nice premise (different than the usual zombie fare) .
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