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 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!
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.
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