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.
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From the dog to the hero, very poor characters. I'm sure the author has never worked with a dog or watched professional training. Maybe not even read much about it. I guess the dog was just a throw away character from the beginning. And a man with as much training as Lee supposedly had, surely could have done better. I thought at first he would develop into the situation. But from leaving the bunker early to leaving a young boy alone in it with no instruction --- not very smart!
I usually don't go for the "zombie" apocalypse books, but this series is different. This really isn't about "zombies" at all...., sure there are "infected" that try and eat the normal humans, but these infected aren't the main focus of the series. It's mostly the integration of different regular people that propels this series, and the infected are just a detail to add intensity to the story.
The narration is the best I've heard, and I've listened to the Game of Thrones series on audiobooks. The narrator reads it with so many different inflections that you can't help but hang on every word, and react to each new situation.
Truly an amazing series with a very talented narrator. I can't recommend it higher.
The author couldn't seem to decide if the main character should be the luckiest or unluckiest person left. Every bad thing that could happen did happen, but he would manage to survive anyway.
This book started out drawing me in. Much quicker than some of the other books I have listened to recently. The main character was developed nicely and by the end of the first chapter I was a fan. Good Book and I am starting to listen to the second one today.
Post-apocalyptia apparently has only good guys and bad guys, and mostly bad. The archetypes are a little too "Mad Max", especially when it's only been **small spoiler**
One month since collapse. But - that's really the only negative, the other aspects are well thought out and the story is not your typical zombie plague.
I liked the reality that dehydration would probably be more deadly than infection.
My best guage for this genre is whether or not I am able to finish the story. I did manage to finish this one, although it had the one thing I really hate in these kinds of books. The main character starts out with an arsenal of weapons, a safe house, electric, water, food, transportation, medical supplies but within a few pages he is naked, dehydrated, running around with a pen knife, a stick and a candle in the dark. OK, not really, but almost. That setup just really annoys me every time I see it. But the author made up for it somewhat by doing a relatively good job of setting up the "technical" aspects of the story. To me, the author mostly blows it on the "big" things. The premise of the story, that a few dozen highly trained, isolated "special agents" have been set up to rebuild society without providing for any infrastructure, backups, communications, plans for coordination, is a stretch. The main character's actions from his initial impulsive violation of his orders because his "cabin fever" broke him in just a couple of weeks, to ignoring his mission to go chasing around after one or two people in trouble, are just not believable actions for who and what this character is supposed to be. The author seems to do a pretty good job on the "technical" things. He does not have his characters shoving magazines into revolvers or anything majorly stupid, and that is a plus for me.
All in all, if you like this genre, this series might be a good selection. For me, its starting out ok, and I may take a look at book two when I have a chance.
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.
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