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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The main character's choices lacked any semblance of skill that would be indicated by the position he was assigned to. This results in a series of plot points that continued to reveal his ineptness and only the writer through still more unbelievable plot points can save him.
The first book is just the beginning of a larger tale, and I'm hooked.
Narration is top notch.
A very plausible story brings it home, how delicate civil society exists.
This is a survivalist must read.
This book was a little too gory for me but my no 1 criteria in rating a book is "couldn't put it down" - in that sense this book was great. The reader made the women sound like ditzes - maybe they are supposed to be ditzes but if they develop into more than that in future installments it won't work for me. This book ends rather abruptly - nothing substantial happens in the first book which is kinda sad. The last 30+ minutes of this book is advertisement for next book. Sigh.
This was neither a bad or a great book! it simply was very much a very average zombie book. it felt like someone checked off boxes on a spreadsheet in order to make it. fortunately for the book the main character is marginally interesting. if I catch the second book one sale I will probably buy it. but until that point I probably would not spend a credit to get it.
Great story and the narrator was absolutely amazing. Loved every piece of it, had me buying the next book way before finishing this one.
He was full of emotion in each character, loved, loved loved it
This was a really good book and great narration. I don't like R rated language though. I wish there was a rating system for books to help avoid subject material and language that doesn't fit your style. But, I think I'm the last person with that style as only 2 of the last 12+ books I've listened to had decent language...so I don't see that happening. Anyways, it's a fun book with lots of FWords.
I don't know if I would have bought this if I had known it was a series (the ending leaves you hanging.) I really liked his twists on the zombie epidemic, but there were pieces to this story that made me shake my head no.
Glad I read it, yet I won't be reading the next one.
This really was exceptionally poor. From a certain point I listened just to hear how a single super soldier was going to resolve the plot and save America from the zombies. And... this turns out to be the first episode of a series. A story purposefully stretched to fill more than one book.
If you want dystopia, read: The Road. If you want an interesting zombie tale, read: The Girl With All The Gifts or even World War Z. If you want a dark character, read: Shovel Ready; The Killer Inside Me or one of a thousand others.
There was not one single redeeming feature.
The narrator's husky voice was relentless and unvaried. Too much drama = no drama.
I have no-one but myself to blame for not binning it early but I want 8 hours of my life back!
The narrator does his damndest to make this story thrilling, to the point that he even reads the chapter numbers with an intensity as if he were trying to give birth to excitement in the flesh. It gets annoying pretty soon.
'The Remaining' is well written, but plotwise it's just another one of those jump'n'run Zombie flicks - people getting from A to B, being attacked enroute either by Zombies or by Evil Humans, and every time they thought they'd finally have some luck, some new sh*t happens i.e. Zombies or Evil Humans attack.
It's alright, entertainment wise, up until the point at which you have to accept the fact that 'that's basically it' and that nothing innovative is going to happen. Unless, that is, the second novel will actually be about rebuilding a society. But the blurb text isn't very promising, and the fact that the last two books in the series don't even have a dedicated blurb makes me not want to continue even more.
If you want just another one of those Zombie flicks, this is another one of those Zombie flicks for you. If you're still holding out hope for innovation in the genre, look elsewhere.
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