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 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.
situational and intense narrative that makes your crawl with realism within an apocalyptic world trying to come to grips with loss , survival and rebuilding.
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!
"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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