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.
On one hand, Molles is growing as an author. He was able to flesh out many characters that had been 2 dimensional. He also kept many narratives going on at once. Skipping from character to character very well.
In my mind, book 3 ended with a bang. Molles ratcheted up the suspense and cliff-hangers to a degree where I could NOT stop. Some of the best genre plotting I have come across.
Book 4 'Fractured' kept the suspense going. At least for the first half. But then Molles started tying up loose ends without adding new threads. & the way Molles finished these threads off was with action. The action is good, but what makes these stories work in my mind is the suspense.
I think a good editor would have helped this story out. Someone needed to help Molles cut out the chaff.
Another reviewer said this and I totally agree:
"Christian Rummel is bar none the best narrator"
I thought Scott Brick was pretty good. And a few others as well. But Rummel takes it up a notch.
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.
Yes - any post-apocalyptic/survivalist fan should listen to this series
Some of the characters voices were almost too similar, but that did not impair my enjoyment of this series in any way
Yes, great story and the narrator is one of the best.
I wish all books were narrated by Christian Rummel.
Great overall series, I can't wait till the final book comes out. ;)
Ranks almost at the top
While I like the narrator, it has taken me a while to get used to him. Perhaps because he also narrated the first 3. He has gotten better.
I loved the storyline because there is so much going on between characters and the decisions and choices they make that will affect them and those around them. Angela has grown stronger since Lee found her and her daughter and a bit more confident although trapped and friendless among people she never believed would turn against her. She has become a stronger personality because she has no choice. Lee although betrayed and severely injured refuses to give up on himself and his mission perhaps because now he has a new charge, Deuce, that he feels responsible for. Harper is quite the leader but LaRouche although appearing strong is essentially a very weak personality, fighting against the leadership position he did not want. Jerry has shown his true scumbag colors and is far, far worse than anyone could imagine. Kidnappings, murder, treachery and unbelievable action taking place in the span of 3 maybe 4 days. And once Lee learns of Jerry's coup the fight for Camp Ryder becomes an all out war not just between the people but the infected. That is what kept me interested especially when you do realize all the action took place in such a short amount of time. Listening to it just brought the characters to life and Mr. Rummel appears to be more comfortable with the characters. In all, a great book that I would listen to again and recommend to others.
Emergency physician and fantasy nerd in Chicago.
Harper, Larouche (sp?), and Jim are really believable as they develop. All are trying to do their best and aspects of who they were in their past lives are in tension with who they have to be now. It's actually really excellent character development. Most readers will probably find themselves identifying strongly with one or the other. They are all sort of neither good nor bad exactly, just surviving.
I would have to say Larouche's story.
These books are REALLY violent. Like down to the level of what anatomy is getting severed/destroyed/crushed. Doesn't really bother me but if you are someone who gets queasy some of the fight scenes will turn you off.
I like the way that the strike teams don't automatically become special forces. We are constantly reminded that they are not trained, are disorganized etc.
The fact that the Camp Ryder citizens become like a chorus in a Greek drama starts to strain believability. They almost behave like a part of zombie video game where you have to make sure your camp is fed, watered, satisfied etc.
Jerry is not a very compelling character. The author clearly doesn't like politicians but the idea that Jerry could take over just by modulating his voice and playing to the crowd is kind of thin, see above.
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Not your average "end of the world" book and it definitely keeps your interest - though could do with a little less graphic violence.
Yes, due to the way Christian Rummel reads the story, he has done an excellent job of playing the characters and keeping the voices consistent through the series.
For me, the most memorable moment is when Lee recognizes the value of a good dog. His continued fight to keep his partner, Duece alive, and Duece's commitment to him.
Christian has done an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. The shouting of the fight, the quite whispers of stalking through the forest.....He has done a really amazing job.
Fractured, as the title indicates.
This book had me on the edge of my car seat, literally. I had a very hard time putting it down after my commute. I often found myself listening to the book while i was working in the garage, when I should have been paying more attention to my work. The way this book ended was certainly a twist, and a twist for the good of humanity. I absolutely can't wait for the next book!
Life is a journey, enjoy it......because one day it will all end.
Lee - the main character.
This series is amazing. I am NOT a big zombie horror type of listener. I have been addicted to the entire series and have told several people about it. The narrator is great and brings the characters to life. I found myself excited to drive to work just so I could listen to the book.
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