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The Scourge | [Roberto Calas]

The Scourge

I have never seen plague bring a man back from the dead. Nor do I know of any sickness, in England or upon the continent, that gives its victims a taste for living flesh. So declares Sir Edward Dallingridge, a noble knight whose years defending England on the battlefield haven't prepared him to face an enemy as chilling - and relentless - as the living dead. But even as his countrymen flee in horror, Sir Edward rides straight into the unholy infestation. For his lady love lies trapped behind a hundred miles of fiendish terror, and nothing will keep him from her.
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Publisher's Summary

I have never seen plague bring a man back from the dead. Nor do I know of any sickness, in England or upon the continent, that gives its victims a taste for living flesh. So declares Sir Edward Dallingridge, a noble knight whose years defending England on the battlefield haven't prepared him to face an enemy as chilling - and relentless - as the living dead. But even as his countrymen flee in horror, Sir Edward rides straight into the unholy infestation. For his lady love lies trapped behind a hundred miles of fiendish terror, and nothing will keep him from her. With little more than the armor on his back, the blade in his hand, and the loyalty of the two fellow warriors at his side, he is willing to spill an ocean of tainted blood to reclaim the country he serves and the bride he worships.

©2013 Roberto Calas (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-26-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-26-15 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "IN THESE TIMES OF MADNESS, ONLY MADNESS WILL SAVE"

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    Can't understand why this does not have higher ratings. Picture Michael Sullivan with Zombies and you have Roberto Calas' The Scourge. There are three great main characters. The interaction between the three is often funny, which helps with the anxiety from all the danger they face. They go from one dangerous situation to another. I have read several Zombie books and I felt they were used in this book a little differently. Some shades of the same, such as using female zombies as whores (Zombie Fallout) or as an army, one Maberry book, Zombie Fallout again and Clines Ex series. One reviewer mentioned this is not the first medieval zombie book, but I did not recognize the author or book and it is not available at audible. In my humble opinion this was better written then those books and is on par with Sullivan. This should appeal to Zombie fans and Fantasy epic fans.

    THE NEW TESTAMENT IS A BEAUTIFUL QUILT THROWN OVER A BED OF NAILS
    The book has a lot of religion talk and at first seems anti-Christian, but may have changed toward the end. I found the discussions about the grumpy old testament god and the loving new testament god to be thought provoking.

    INTENT IS THE TRUE MEASURE OF FAULT
    If you like sarcastic humor, Zombies or fantasy epics, I urge to give this a try, I do not believe you will be disappointed.

    The narrator is very good and makes the book a better listen then a read.

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    Peter United States 02-14-15
    Peter United States 02-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Knights vs Zombies - Epic"

    My new fav author!!!! I honestly didn't think any new zombie books could be written without being "just another" zombie novel. I was mistaken, this book is great.

    I love how the author wrote in quite a bit of humor. I laughed, I cringed and most of all I was spellbound.

    Can't wait to read more from this author and continuing on to more Scourged!!

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    Tracie 11-07-14
    Tracie 11-07-14
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    "An interesting new spin on a zombie apocolypse"
    Which character – as performed by Nico Evers-Swindell – was your favorite?

    Tristan's endless supply of sarcasm and wit is just what this story needs to keep it from being too dismal.


    Any additional comments?

    The end is rather abrupt, so I was very happy to see that Calas continues the story in his next book.

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    Denise saint helens, oregon, United States 10-26-14
    Denise saint helens, oregon, United States 10-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I loved it"

    As a rule I typically don't like zombie fics. I tried this one because it's a historical and referenced to some degree the black plague in the 14th century. The book doesn't really have much to do with the actual history of the plague but by the time I finished the first chapter I didn't care. I had forgotten that for the most part I don't like zombie fics and was enjoying this one to the fullest. It's funny and engaging and I couldn't put it down. I recommend it to anyone who can deal with the sometimes off-color humor. I couldn't stop laughing.

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    Alison Brinston, ONTARIO, Canada 10-13-14
    Alison Brinston, ONTARIO, Canada 10-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Medieval zombies"

    Medieval zombies. That's all you really need to know about this book. If you like zombie genre books, it's a different take, although it uses nearly all the same apocalypse cliches as a book set in the present would just with horses instead of cars. If you don't like zombie books, then what are you doing even reading reviews of the book?

    To be warned though, it ends kind of abruptly, or maybe not really having resolved things. So if you are the type to get really invested in characters, be prepared to buy the next book.

    I was going to give the book a fourth star for plot, but then I got to the last half hour or so of narration. At the end of the plot part of the book, the narrator embarks on a chapter by chapter self-important ego trip about all the historical research he did when he wrote the book. I made it about five minutes in and then called it quits on that front. A short note with some suggested reading for those interested in social/geographical/military aspects of the medieval period would have been sufficient. Reading reviews of the next book, it sounds like the author has switched (or maybe the narration is arranged differently) and these historical notes are read at the end of each chapter instead of the end of the whole book. If this is the case, I won't be getting the next one for sure.

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    Tilo 08-29-14
    Tilo 08-29-14 Member Since 2012

    Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout

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    "Something different, pretty good"

    So Sir Edward and his two pals, Morgan and Tristan ride to the north in search of...you guessed it, Edwards wife! So the typical zombie story and elements are intact; we follow them as they encounter one weird and crazy group after the other until they get to his wife.

    The difference is the setting, its medieval England which is done really quite well. The zombiesm in this story is kinda ill defined, being treated more like what they know of from before, the plague. They don't seem to make huge hordes and chase humanity around forever, they can in fact get distracted and lose interest if you keep galloping away from them.

    But they're still zombies, need to chop at the head and all that. An advantage these knights have compared to modern stories is that they do in fact have amour! They eventually lose their chain mail, war horses and swords, but still...

    Religion is always part of a good zombie story, but here its even bigger since its the middle ages. Morgan I think was a monk and is deeply religious while Tristan seems atheist and plays the comedic side kick.

    Lack of any major female character kept the story on track, if you find lovey dovey stuff distracting. I don't and would have preferred some deeper relational aspects in the story. Other than that, its a good read, and look! There is a book 2! Think I'll pick that up, although I think the story could have just ended the way it was. We know there is no cure...don't we?

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    MaineOne maine 08-22-14
    MaineOne maine 08-22-14

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    "Slightly . . . . weird"

    Three knights in the time of the plague trying to reach Sir Edward's wife. What trials and tribulations befall the Knights on their journey to save Elizabeth. The book had a little science fiction to it regarding those with the plague. Part of me liked the book, part of me didn't. Plus it should have a different ending.

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    Tundrabeast Grand Forks, ND United States 08-02-14
    Tundrabeast Grand Forks, ND United States 08-02-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Extremely Dark Ages"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a very interesting twist on the Zombie genre. In this series zombies attack more as a plague some time after the plague we know from history. I actually like the idea that maybe the so called zombies aren't actually zombies at all, but infected with a plague that makes them tough to kill.

    This book has a lot of very exciting parts to it. It really helped me chew up a lot of highway while keeping me wide awake in my semi. The kind of book that makes you dissapointed that you've ran out of time and have to shut down for 10 hours.

    All in all a very well written and very well performed book. The author did a section by section "Historic Reference" at the end of this book which was interesting, but a bit teadous....In book two he did them at the end of each section, and that seemed much better. This reader/performer really did the parts well enough that it seemed like a cast of characters instead of the same reader....

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    Gillian 08-02-14
    Gillian 08-02-14 Member Since 2014

    Librarian, working at an Academic University in Australia. Love reading most genres but professionally fond of Young Adult and Kid's Lit.

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    "Clever, based loosely on well grounded history."
    Would you listen to The Scourge again? Why?

    Nico Evers-Swindell's British accent is incredible and his tone sophoric. I want him to read more with this accent!!! Coupled with a good story ( zombie fan here !) I can definitely recommend this and the second one and I am waiting patiently for the rest of the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sir Tristan for sure - his wit, sarcasm work as a fabulous counter weight to some of the human tragedy. Sir Edmund - well what is not to like about this principled man.


    What does Nico Evers-Swindell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nico is expressive and I LOVE this version of his accent. Give him more work. He brings this story to life. I will listen to his other titles now but long for the British accent.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "pulling 36 inches of medicine from it's sheath - be healed Sister"


    Any additional comments?

    Witty, enchanting and historically very accurate. Good work Calas and Nico!

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    Patricia 06-24-14
    Patricia 06-24-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Pleasantly surprised"
    What made the experience of listening to The Scourge the most enjoyable?

    I think I bought this book on one of the $4.99 specials and was not sure what to expect. It is written with grit, humpur and amazing attention to history. The narrator is very good. It is about vampires ( or something similar) so not for the faint of heart.


    What does Nico Evers-Swindell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His English accent is impeccable and the voices he uses for different characters. I had not hard him before but hope to hear him more in the future.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes. When one of the main characters had to be left behind. I won't say more because it would be a spoiler.


    Any additional comments?

    Try this book. I think the author could do a lot more than write books about the plague and I am looking forward to seeing more of his work.

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    "Excellent take on a tired trope"

    This is a beautifully detailed dark quest through a broken and twisted medieval England. The characters are strongly written and Evers-Swindell does an excellent job making them stand out as individuals.

    I would have loved a sequel - and now I see that one has been published since I read this. I will buy it and listen with great pleasure, I have no doubt.

    If this book has a flaw (and it is very fine indeed), it is that it is, if anything, too action packed. The main protagonist never gets a moment but is always running to or from something. It was a little exhausting for the reader and must have been even more so for poor Sir Edward.

    A damn fine read, well worth the time.

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