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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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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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    Tilo CHITTENANGO, NY, United States 08-29-14
    Tilo CHITTENANGO, NY, United States 08-29-14 Member Since 2011

    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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    PattiC2 maine 08-22-14
    PattiC2 maine 08-22-14 Member Since 2010

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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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    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
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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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    David Redding Ontario 07-30-14
    David Redding Ontario 07-30-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Same ol' story"

    The last 20 minutes of the audiobook the author goes on about what was historically correct and stuff like that...I'm thinking maybe Mr Calas should have spent the time he was research his european history learning how to write an interesting book instead.

    It's the exact same story you've read many times before; Zombie outbreak starts, man gets stuck far away from his family, man has to fight his way to said family. Setting Zombies in with knights isn't even new...If you want a fresh zombie book set in medieval times I suggest reading J.P. Moore's Toothless.

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    Patricia Toronto, ON, Canada 06-24-14
    Patricia Toronto, ON, Canada 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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    Dennis SCHAUMBURG, ILLINOIS, United States 06-07-14
    Dennis SCHAUMBURG, ILLINOIS, United States 06-07-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Great series, nice change in the zombi environment"

    Fun to see a very different setting for the zombie problem. In this same vein, the problems they encounter are defiantly a sign of the times.

    Action packed, great characters and some pretty good humor to boot. I highly recommend this series.

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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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