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.
This book is so good, I've listened to it twice. Not only is the story tight with action and suspense, the narrator is absolutely the best. Christian Rummel deserves an Audi for his performance on the series!
First of all, I've never seen reviews so high for a book that's so poor. This book isn't the first in a series, it literally stops in the middle. Sure, it's good mindless entertainment but that's all it is. The main character makes some really stupid choices at the beginning which cost him dearly. I truthfully couldn't get past that.
Not in this series.
The narrator is fine. He just didn't have much to work with.
Give this a try at your local library first. If you happen to like it, then maybe get the 2nd book (2nd half of first book) on audio.
Action-packed story telling. The ending of the book seemed arbitrary and abrupt. It seems like this book could easily have been combined with the next one in the series, and I'm not sure why it wasn't (other than to make people buy two books rather than one).
I don't read a lot of zombie apolocolypse books, but this one gives a very realistic view of what might occur if one were to happen. The realism is the most notable part of this story, done very well by the author. It starts off very slow for a while, but eventually gets into some more intriguing situations. It's not really my kind of book, so I can't give it a truly objective critique. It's pretty well written, and the characters seem realistic. No romance or any frills with this one. It's straight to the point survival all the way. I wish it were my kind of book so I could give it a better rating since it's well written.
Story line, production and narration hits the gut like any apocalyptic story or movie. If you are in to the whole Zombie/ Plague apocalypse genre this is a must read/ listen.
Book feels very amateurish in its writing. I found it very difficult to finish and the worst part is that the author didn't even finish the story, you have to pay to get the rest! There is a beginning, middle and no ending. He introduces characters and leaves you hanging with no resolution.
Very disappointed in this book.
Absolutely i would and have, it's a great book and now that i'm further on in the series it just keeps getting better. It has me on the edge of my seat, it's so well written that i feel like i'm right there with the characters and start freaking out for them when they're in danger etc it's great.
i think the performance is fantastic, good voicing to the characters and the emotion of each pulls you into the story and makes you connect with them it's really really great.
give it a listen you won't regret it. I don't even like "zombie" type movies or tv shows but this this book i tried based on other reviews and it knocked by socks off. I finished this one 2 weeks ago and am already on book 4 because i couldn't stop listening!
This book was off with a bang. It grew a bit predictable later but that brought with it a sense of familiarity. It took my mind off of life and that is enough for me to think of this fondly.
The narrator did a pretty good job. He did not annoy me and these days that is a major plus
"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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