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 like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I will start by mentioning the thing that bothered me the most about this book: it just stops. Reading along and... suddenly it is over. There was no real indication that there was an end coming up. Doesn't mean that it was not a logical place to stop, just that there was no real build up and denoument that lead me to think the end of the book was coming.
Other than that, it was a reasonably well-written zombie novel. Yes, it works with the standard clichés and the characters are pretty run-of-the-mill. But there is some satisfying vigilante action, some zombie action, and some militant faction action.
What more do you want from a short and quick read? It ain't literature folks, it's a zombie book. And a relatively well written one for that. I will read more in the series.
The narration is good, there is some swearing, no sex and the violence isn't graphic.
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.
I have not even finished the 1st book yet but it is very good. I like how the infection is Zombie like but the infected still have some intelligence. Cheracters have good development and the story flows very well; keeps you on the edge of your seat.
I don't think I have heard Christain Rummel before but he did very well.
The book has a lot of suspense and keeps you wondering what's going to happen next. I particular moment in the book that really got things moving was when Lee decided to leave the bunker.
Post Apocalyptic fanatic!
I'm an AVID listener to this genre. This series is one of the best. Great narration and overall great experience. Can't wait for #5....
I'm obsessed with audible
Mild spoilers but I couldn't finish.
I don't understand the high rating. There were continuity issues. Lee is not believable as a military officer, nor is the premise itself believable.
We meet Lee in his underground bunker waiting to hear from a government official. He doesn't, and 48hrs after not hearing he has to open a secret file that describes the situation that got him sent underground until further notice. It's a virus that has spread. If he's reading this then the government is gone/infected and he's supposed to emerge from his bunker in 30 days and restore order and help survivors.
LEE IS STUPID: First of all. Lee is all scared and anxious about not hearing from his contact. Then after he reads the file, he thinks it can't be that bad. He doesn't obey the order to wait 30 days to exit his bunker and goes out to explore only to get stabbed in the leg right on his front door step by a crazed infected teen aged girl. Stupidity alert!!! The first of many. Why would a highly trained officer get so antsy and not obey orders and then bumble immediately into danger.
INCONSISTENCY IN STORY: The next day he decides to check on his neighbors. Through a window he sees their teen age daughter laying on the couch. He takes of his mask to knock on the window to get her attention. Then the father appears, crazed and infected, and he has to shoot him several times and then he mentioned breathing harshly through his mask. HELLO! He took it off! Which was soooo stupid in the first place. He knows the virus is highly contagious.
I didn't buy that this one dude was supposed to come out of his bunker and restore order to the chaos. I didn't buy that his underground bunker wouldn't include cameras to monitor the house and the perimeter. There are evidently other guys like him in bunkers because he emails a guy to ask "is this real" before he leaves the bunker, but there'e no other coordination or anything. If him or other guys like him were our last hope at restoring order, then I assume they are screwed.
Christian Rummer is great as narrator though. As usual.
Excellent story and narration. Compels me to keep listening.
The main character, Lee, is the guy I'd like to be: Competent, but not perfect. Morally sound, but confused by overwhelming events.
Lee's initial exit, but I don't want to spoil things.
I roll through audible books, and have heard lots of narrators. This one is superb. He can effect lots of voices, including womens' and girls', and it's like listening to a play.
Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.
I know this will sound crazy to "non zombie lovers" but this is the first zombie book that I could actually believe. I do like end of world novels and they are all good in their own way, but this author has added a twist to the zombie scenario that makes this a "could happen" saga. If you have any interest in end of world and/or zombie novels I would highly recommend this series. I ended up listening to all four novels on audible in a little over a week, I found it very difficult to shut off, that to me is a good indication of a great story line. The only thing I really didn't like.....book 5 is not out there yet. You won't be sorry you tried this book out. Caution - rated R
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!
Some apocalypse books spend (I feel) too much time dealing with the emotions of the survivors. D. J. Molles does that but with a careful hand. He stays well on the side of action/zombies/thriller but still gives us characters to root for and some to hate.
Christian Rummell does, I feel, a really excellent job. I've read other books he narrated and, actually, he's the reason I chose this series.
How the World Ends, Again.
Jerry's coup is definitely, I feel, another end of the world - an end of the world Lee and the survivors had created.
Very happy with the series and look forward to more.
The narrator does an excellent job setting up the characters.
A little slow at the outset, but give it some time. You don't want to miss this series.
This is the typical start to a zombie apocalypse book.
Even though they are technically not zombies.
The book is short and lays the foundation for the rest of the series.
You will want to read this book because it sets ou good books to come.
He is great!
Get ready for the rest of the series!
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