This is the destiny of those who stand for others. Their honor will be bought in blood and pain. The Camp Ryder Hub is broken. Lee is nowhere to be found, and his allies are scattered across the state, each of them learning that their missions will not be as easy as they thought. Inside the walls of Camp Ryder, a silent war is brewing, between those few that still support Lee's vision of rebuilding, and the majority that support Jerry's desire for isolation. But this war will not remain silent for long. And in this savage world, everyone will have to make a choice. To keep their morals. Or keep their lives.
©2013 D.J. Molles (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL
after the shocking events at the end of book 3, i HAD to know what happened next! simply put, book 4 is excellent. dj molles takes a turn in the storytelling. books 1-3 focused mostly on lee- what he was going through. book 4 cycles back and forth between the 4 major plot lines: lee's disappearance, camp ryder, harper's journey north to eden, and laroche's journey east to the roanoke river.
don't worry! it is not confusing. actually, i found the transitions addicting! it was really hard to break away from the story. if you listen while commuting, you'll end up taking the long way home. LOL me? i write code for a living (c#, t-sql, linq) and telework 3 days a week so i had a few late nights!
the plot definitely keeps you engaged throughout the entire 18 hours. the icing on the cake is the mental journey the characters go through. dj molles does a superb job of depicting the hell each character is going through. some are bent, some are broken, some are snapped, and some are purified but in unexpected ways.
book 4 nicely wraps up some of the plot lines while others are extended and interesting ones added. book 4 is definitely a roller coaster ride. it's thrilling, and the payoff is rewarding.
this series has the best aspects of all your favorite zombie novels. this is the best end of the world / zombie series i have listened to so far.
If you always have a book with you...
This is definitely my favorite Zombie Apocalypse series, and this, the fourth book does not disappoint. Ending with a fantastic twist I am very much looking forward to book 5.
I started to write a review for each title in the series and then realized that I had to wait for the end of the series to write a review because the story is one long one broken up by separate titles. Each segment is fairly long so actually this works out well. Now for the breakdown, solid writing, great characters, well done dialog and action action action - and a great amount of suspense. This genre has a weakness and that is that as the crisis ramps up the books are exciting and action packed, then the survivors hole up and, well, just kind of survive. This book blasts past that sticking point and never looks back, there are plots and subplots and all of it is exciting, not to mention that the 'infected' are more than just props for lots of gore. I have listened to a lot of books in this genre and this is in the top 1%. The one problem, the last book is not the last book, there is more, which since this is such a good series is good, but Audible does not have it available yet, which means I will have to wait for it, :( -
Need to mention that for this book and the characters in it the narration is fantastic, great match.
28 DAYS + WALKING DEAD + ZOMBIE FALLOUT + DAY BY DAY ARMAGEDDON = THE REMAINING!
AFTER SPENDING THE YEAR WADING THROUGH HORRIBLE ZOMBIE/APOCALYPTIC BOOKS I FINALLY FEEL THE WASTED CREDITS REDEEMED BY D.J. MOLLES THE REAMING SERIES. THOUGHT I WAS NOT GOING TO LIKE THIS SERIES AS MOST BOOKS INVOLVE EX MILITARY TRYING TO SURVIVE DURING A ZOMBIE OUTBREAK BUT WOW WAS I GLAD I TOOK A CHANCE. I HAVE FINISHED ALL FOUR BOOKS IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS. I COULD NOT PUT THE BOOK DOWN.
LEE (MAIN CHARACTER) IS MY HERO. I WOULD LIKE THIS BOOK TO BE MADE INTO A MOVIE OR TELEVISION SERIES.
ZOMBIES IN THE STORY ARE HORRIFYING. SCENARIOS INVOLVING HUMANS ARE HORRIFYING. THIS IS A HORROR BOOK!
NARRATOR WAS EXCELLENT!!!!!
The story is really good. I like the whole progression on the infected and the different types. I believe that such an infection would have varying results, as well. The story really builds the characters in a realistic way. The people change and have internal conflicts that I'm sure we would all have.
The narrator is awesome. I found myself searching for more stories he narrates. I just wish A. American's "Survivalist" stories were narrated by him.
I ended up listening to the entire series. I normally only listen in my car on long drives for work. I listened to these every chance I got. Great listen. You should buy these.
Jacob. Epic heroism.
Lee vs. Hunters. A face-to-face picture of this scene would make an awesome background.
Every moment was captivating.
Fractured is the fourth book of the grand-slam series by DJ Molles, "The Remaining".
I believe this series is by far the best post-apocalyptic series, dealing with humans infected with FURY. FURY turns humans into a violent blood-mongering being. In contrast to zombies, these monsters aren't dead, and they retain their primitive, animal behavior.
Infected humans slowly evolve and become an isotope of humanity, only stronger, faster, cunning, and apparently, more adept to survive than uninfected humans. This posses a threat to survivors. Some of the infected have evolved to become hunters, a much more aggressive version of human ancestors, cavemen if you will.
Up till now another fact sets this series apart from other post-apocalyptic stories involving infected humans--the infected actually reproduce. They aren't the concoction of the devil, or some evil awoken by dark priests; no, these are infected mammals that gained superiority to survive the perils of the world. As animals, these infected humans actually reproduce. This impedes survivors to merely "live out the disease" as the dead dry out. No, these infected humans are making of humanity a different superior species.
In the fourth book, Captain Lee Harden manages to regain contact with several of the survivors from Camp Rider. Sadly, the camp is taken by Jerry and his minions, destroying what little ground the group had gained with Lee. Much bigger fish are being fried by the recon groups of LaRouche and Harper, who soon learn that Professor Jacob was right about his suspicions. The infected are in fact migrating.
In the end, we are introduced to new characters who have become important to the storyline. Captain Abe and another one of Lee's comrades decide to prevent the catastrophic linking of Lee's GPS to the grid created by the now President of the remaining pieces of the USA. This leaves us agape and expecting what will be a fantastic fifth (final?) book.
As always, Molles delivers an impressive story, with vivid, real characters. Chris Rummel's narration helps listeners to connect both emotionally and empathetically with each of the characters as they evolve, change, and become a harder, ruthless version of their former self.
This is a series you can not stop listening to. Each book left me wanting more and more. I can not wait for book 5.
Want more, please.
There are writers who work on stories and write them down for us to read, and then there are authors who create stories and know how to mold and develop them and then communicate them to us in such a way that we are enveloped into their craft. I believe that D.J. Molles is in that latter category. I wouldn't put him in the category of a 'master," where only a select few reside (Stephen King comes immediately to mind), but Molles really knows how to craft a story, pace it well, and deliver.
This was an excellent series, with each book getting better that the one prior.
I've listened to other books narrated by Mr. Rummel--in fact, I'm listening to another one right now. In the book I'm listening to now, I would give him three stars. Probably in "The Remaining" series more than any other, I found that oftentimes a narrator, who may be very talented, is much better when he has better material to work with, and just mediocre when he doesn't. He gets a solid four stars from me on "The Remaining" series, maybe a four-and-a-half.
Yes. Couldn't get enough. I would like at least a dozen more books in this series. Right now, please.
Two areas of disappointment:
-Using the word "zombie" in a zombie book is okay. It irritates me when it's not used. Molles likes to use the term "the infected," rather than "zombie." That's okay, but, given the circumstances of what is happening in the books, do you really think none of the characters would call them "zombies"???
-The books would be just as good if the foul language was toned down. IMHO.
Molles tells a great story and does not overly dramatize the post-apocalyptic setting with Hollywood scenes and one-liner moments. His descriptions paint a picture, his characters have personalities, and his story is riveting. I listen to many audiobooks, and this series makes me sorry that the drive is over and psyched for when I next get to listen.
The Remaining series sits at the head of the table of the elite zombie/post apocalyptic novels with Bourne's DBDA, Brooks' WWZ, Recht's Morningstar Strain, and Dilouie's Tooth and Nail (and his Infection series). The aforementioned are all good in their own right, and The Remaining deserves its spot when discussing them.
Rummel is excellent at voicing the mood of the narrative. When the situation is grave, he's dark; when the situation is comical, he's light; when the situation is mundane...he's bored. He uses pace very well too. The sense that a character is panicked is very well read by the pace of their thoughts and actions sped up in the narrative
I actually found myself prioritizing things that I needed to get done during the day better while reading this series. Something about immersing oneself into the world of necessity makes you think about what you need to handle for the day and tick things off like a checklist.
Looking forward to the fifth book in the series and other entries by Molles. I also will be looking for other stories that Rummel narrates. I hope that both of these artist find success because I have immensely enjoyed the sampling of their work that I have heard.
Unafraid to read from any genre.
I love this series. I feel like Molles keeps deepening the characters as they continue to advance into this unknown and hostile world. Christian Rummel continues his blood-and-guts assortment of voices - he does guys really well, but the girls come off a bit one note.
"Refreshing read, heads above the compeition"
Loved this series of book, just feels very fresh and very real. The narration is first class and I was hooked from day one. Cannot wait for book five next year.
"Gripping story, superb narration."
Without doubt probably one of the most gripping series of this genre. The main character is both believable and down to earth. The story twists and turns throughout building to a crescendo which leaves you gasping for more.
The story centres around a soldier tasked with carrying out the ultimate contingency plan should disaster befall the country. However, he finds "plan B" is shrouded in betrayal and hindered with danger coming in the form of an infection which has seized the nation.
In book 4, not only are flesh eating hunters on the loose, but within his haven of "Camp Ryder", a power struggle is about to ensue.
We'll read, and brilliantly written.
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