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.
Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving or riding my bike.
I have never had any interest in the living dead. I have seen a couple movies which, in the end, seemed rather unimaginative in their approach to generating a reliable adrenaline rush and not much more. Still, though I clearly don't share it, I have always recognized that the topic holds an intrinsic fascination for many people beyond the simple shoot-them-in-the-head-and-don't-get-bitten basics of the genre, and perhaps I was missing something I simply had not connected with as yet. So when I saw "The Remaining" at reduced price, I decided to take the plunge and see if I could get used to the water.
Unfortunately nothing about this book gave me any reason to read another zombie thriller, whether it be the next in this series or one of the others which have been so successful lately. Even these supercharged hordes were not enough to make up for the fact that the scope of the plot and the action is so limited by the basic premise. Even when you add the presence of petty local war lords energized by the loss of societal structure, the possibilities of situation and character are sadly circumscribed. A writer, certainly a run of the mill writer, has very little leeway given the requirements of the genre. It is not a formula which encourages really interesting character development or a finely crafted plot.
I suspect that the real appeal of the genre lies in the question, "What would I do and could I survive," and I might be able to get caught up in that challenging world of the imagination if it were not for the fact that nothing about the story line is believable. Main characters make foolish decisions to provide a path to the next confrontation with the hordes or the thugs. Then the characters we are supposed to care about overcome the swarms in completely unrealistic action sequences because they must in order for the story to go on. And the story going on seems, really, to be the actual point of this particular book. It is short and ends very much in the middle of things in hopes that our curiosity will drive the sale of the next in the series. Is that all there is? No, no, there is much much more to come, but I am reasonably certain that none of it will be anything "more" at all. I'm out.
I did before I finished it...but should not have. Same old story, nothing new.
I got the first audio book with my monthly credit from audible and was so hooked I ended up buying the rest of the series the following few days.
This is hard to stop listening to. There is just the right balance of action and drama in this series. It's never all about shooting zombies which can get old fast. Characters and storyline are well thought out and that will keep me coming back till the last book in its series.
If you like day by day Armageddon by j l Bourne you will love this series.
Kudos to the author, great work.
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.
Molles is a good writer and I found the book engaging, but ultimately not very satisfying. It's like he wrote a book and the editor arbitrarily picked a chapter in the middle and tore off the pages that followed. Save those for part two. While many of these kinds of series have volumes that end at a relatively arbitrary point, you often get a lot to chew on. There are some great deals in the fantasy/sci-fi genres from authors like Martin, Sanderson, etc. where you get a lot of bang for your credit. But this book seemed more like a promotional teaser (which I got it for a reduced price) to pull you in to the series. Indeed, today I got an email inviting me to buy part two. I think Amazon/Audible is looking to generate more sales and profits from series and part of that might include offering more bite-sized books. That said, I might read part two at some point.
This is a fun series, as the genre goes there are quite a few poorly written books out there, finding a book that is well written goes a long way in this category, and this is one of them. The action is tight, the pandemic that causes the 'plague' interesting and the cast of characters well done, developed, believable. Dialog is actually good dialog and not something comic book like. The main character seems to loose his weapon a lot for a special forces guy but then nothing is perfect, he is great character and does the right thing when the chips are down. I like this book and am already into the 3rd book in the series as a result, Highly recommended.
Mother of teenaged bear, Wife to chaos, Warrior
I wouldn't know I assume they are the same
All of them! I don't have a favorite they were so individualalized I felt like I knew them.
Uh mmm, how do I pick one. I guess when (spoiler) jack gets bit
(Spoiler)when he had to kill his dog.
I couldn't put this book down. I was looking for every single second to listen.
Not much forethought put into this book. For example. A perfectly usable, well stocked bunker is considered a total loss and abandoned because a few feet of burned 2x4's are stacked over the man-hole entrance. I've happily cleared worse than this simply for minimum wage. Yet peoples lives are on the line and no attempt is made to gain entrance to life saving supplies.
The actual writing and performance are not bad. The story lacks imagination and is very weak and very lazy.
The scenario has potential and the book starts off great. It falls completely flat after about an hour. It's missing so much of what I wanted to see in a survivalist book. ie: details and realistic solutions to problems.
It ends very abruptly in a "to be continued" manner. Persuading the listener to buy the next in the series.
I will not be pursuing this series. Book 1 was enough.
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.
No. I rarely read a book more than once.
To some friends but not to all.
The worst has happened but help has arrived.
Story is a little corny and trite. When he says his "I'm here to help" I picture him with his hands on his hips with his chest thrust out like a comic book hero.
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