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 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.
My interests include good books of any sort but I specialize in theology and classical religious apologist works
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) .
a humble, seeking, loudmouth, Jesus lover, and sometimes heretic explores his questions, concerns, and varied interests through books.
Ok, I loved this book and I love the premise. So without giving everything away here is a short summery: Lee works for the federal government in a special department whose sole purpose is to prepare for the end of the world. Underneath Lee's home is a secure bunker with mega stockpiles of supplies. Every time the government fears a disease could become pandemic or there is a serious terrorist threat Lee seals himself inside the bunker waiting for the day when one of these predictions comes true. When the plague called Fury infects 90%+ of the US population, killing most of the infected and leaving the rest as violent animals (not quite zombies though) Lee heads out to search for and help survivors. His sole mission is to organize people into communities in hopes that whatever is left of society can rebuild.
On a side note I hope there really are people like Lee out there to help in the case of apocalypse...if any government officials are reading this get on it ;)
This novel is surprisingly realistic, thought provoking, and overall very well done. The narrator is great too! I will buy book 2 soon!
The narration is well done and thats the saving grace in this story. The concept is good, however the delivery often lacks punch and reads like an ad for a sporting goods/survivalist store.
The amount of realism in the world made this a compelling listen, however there were some parts that had me scratching my head (such as why soldiers like Lee weren't placed into cells, and why someone as trained as Lee didn't mention the pads for Tango)
I listened to this in my commute to and from work and when I was running, as such, I found it an enjoyable way to spend my commute/time on the treadmill. Over all though, I don't know if the story compelled me enough to want to continue the series.
42 from east Texas. Married with 2 beautiful children. Life is good.
I enjoyed the story. The ending of the first book is rather abrupt. The narrator seem to use his inflection at the wrong times, similar to William Shatner. Either that or he breaks up the sentence at an awkward spot. Once you get used to it the story is quite good. I enjoyed that the writer got right to the point without long drawn out explanations into the emotions.
Take every cliche in any zombie story you can think of and put them into one book. Now add a dog that dies (sorry for the spoiler, but I feel like it's not spoiling much) to win over your sympathy.
The one thing I liked about this telling of zombie apocalypse was the fact that the zombies aren't dead. They aren't walking dead (although they are called 'walkers' in one passage, which is totally stealing from 'The Walking Dead'), they are infected living humans, which makes killing them harder on the psyche. In this universe, killing an infected person means shutting the lights off for them, where in most other zombie epics the lights are out before the head bashing happens. This is a pretty cool idea, and is a good opportunity for Molles to play on the humanity of the situation. If he were more subtle in his description of it and if the characters were less cold in their reaction to it, it would have worked. It didn't.
Also, this book reads like a word problem you'd get in your middle school math class. That's good when it describes the science behind everything going on. It reminds me of 'The Martian' in that way. It differs from 'The Martian' in that there's no subtlety. When the drama starts, it's all tell, no show.
I'd recommend this book to fans of the zombie genre looking to find a variation on the apocalypse narrative. For all it's faults, 'The Remaining' is interesting. However, it's not interesting enough for me to use next month's Audible Membership token on the sequel.
I'd rank this one kind of in the middle.
I liked the idea of the bunker under the house. Most of the time the survivors are heading home or at some remote base, but the idea of waiting for all hell to break out and then it happens is pretty cool.
First time I've listened to his performance. He was really good. I'm going to have to listen to some of the other books in this series or new ones to get a better idea of his range.
No crying. I did laugh at a few spots. This story was very sad and depressing at times, but I didn't mist up.
"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...
"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.
"Zombie Virus tale - Well written - Gulity Pleasure"
While books (graphic novels) by Robert Kirkman & Max Brooks are the best in the Genre), The Remaining is Zombie Virus tale that is well written and engaging.
The story is thorough in painting the details of a special forces warrior (and his craft) and how he might engage a post apocalyptic world and think through the many horror this new world presents.
A guilty pleasure, but an enjoyable one for fans of the genre or horror fans.
"A must read for any zombie/apocalypse enthusiast"
I was recommended this book by a family member, the story, characters and events are all brilliantly written and everything that happenes is believable and tense. I even caught myself holding my breath at some points
would recommend to everyone that loves this genre of books
"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.
"Excellent enjoyable read with a consistent theme"
The scenario is developed in a consistent and plausible manner. The characters are believable and human. The story moves a long at a good pace and keeps you intrigued. The balance of background detail to main story line is just right. The single mindedness of the "Special Forces" main character feels accurate.
The only small criticism I have is his range of voices, which is always a problem for a single narrator. I prefer the "Wheel of time" narration where they use a male and female narrator
Yes it certainly was.
I really enjoyed this book and will we read/listen to the rest of the series. It has some new twists to this type of story, so it doesn't seem like just another Zombie/Post Apocalypse series. I enjoy the narrator and don't think about his permanence much, which is the way it should be for me.
"Not Bad, have spare credits why not get it."
These books are ok, if i was busy and had little time spare i would not get but had 2 weeks with time to fill travelling all over the place so got through all 4 books
It is a zombie twist book which is enjoyable, plots twists are a bit flat and disappointing really, for such a super solider he is a bit dim at times but it is humanity i suppose but really for such a job he has he is always lacking control..... but overall i enjoyed the book even if a bit weaker than other zombie books
Very clever story, great plot, plausible characters. Recommend the series and I look forward to the final instalment in 2015.
I will probably get the next book and read it. Wasn't happy with where/how it ended and would like to see what happens next. Found it very hard to settle into the narration - it was jerky, over dramatic and irritating.
I would have actually had an ending, so that it could be a stand alone novel and people could have a choice about reading the next book, rather than feeling that they paid for a whole book but only got half a book. Feel pressed into reading the next book.
Because of the irritating narration, and the frustrating "ending" I'm actually not sure. I finished the book feeling irritated and cheated.
"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.
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