When the end finally occurred, everything about it was cinematic. The dead came back and ate people, civilization collapsed, and no one could do a thing. But Cyrus V. Sinclair couldn’t care less; he’s a sociopath.
Amidst the chaos, Cyrus sits back and contemplates the gore stained streets and screams of his fellow man with little more emotion than one of the walking corpses. With his cache of guns and MREs, he rather likes the idea of hunkering down in his Seattle apartment while the world ends outside.
All is well and good for Cyrus… until he meets up with Gabe, a belligerent annoyance, and the other inconvenient survivors who cramp his style and force him to re-evaluate his outlook on life. It’s Armageddon, and things will definitely get messy.
BONUS SHORT STORY: The Undead Situation includes "Strictly Professional", one of four interlocking stories from The Junkie Quatrain by Peter Clines.
©2010 Eloise J. Knapp (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
I suppose that it was the generally positive reviews that drew me to this story and I have to say I was not disappointed. Unlike many recent post-apocalyptic efforts, this one offers both a new-twist in the form of hero as sociopath, one without compassion or emotion, in a non-stop action thriller. As a fan of the "undead" genre, this one delivers in-your-face snarling, entrails-dragging dead people, some slow, some fast and the violence is up close and personal. But then there's the living to contend with: the twisted redneck evil survivors with guns. And there's lots and lots of violence. My only critique, and this is clearly the intention of the author, is that even though we come to know the primary characters quite well, there's nothing particularly likeable about any of them. If you like bad-ass women with guns, a dysfunctional hero and a world without hope or redemption, this is an outstanding zombie book. Go for it!
From Austen to zombies!
The Undead Situation is not your usual zombie story where a few heroic survivors do heroic stuff and eventually move forward with their lives. Instead, most of these survivors are kind of...well...OK, I'll just say it. They're jerks.
Fortunately, they're funny, clever jerks, which made this book a quick and amusing listen. The main character, Cyrus V. Sinclair, won me over early on just because he knows himself so well--he understands that he's a jerk and he at least tries to work with it instead of letting it hold him back.
A few other reviewers say there's a lack of story, so I'll warn prospective readers: this isn't an epic drama. If you'd prefer a chewier apocalypse with more examination of society and morality, I recommend Stephen King's "Cell" (which by the way I really liked). In other words, you won't find a good-vs.-evil showdown here; it's a fast-moving tale of survival. Seen from that perspective, it definitely did the job, keeping me entertained and leaving me wanting more.
Another warning: like most zombie adventures, this one's got plenty of yuck. Don't do what I did and sit down to eat lunch while listening! Ew. I'd rate it at least PG-13; younger kids might be a little freaked out by the mess (unless they already like zombies and know what to expect).
This narrator was new to me, and for the most part I liked his performance. He could get hammy, but that never lasted long, and he didn't try to do high voices for the female characters, which I always appreciate. Overall, I recommend this for a funny and fast listen.
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No need to... it is just a bit of mindless fun. Perfect to make the daily commute a fun experience!
"The Undead Situation" is similar to "Mountain Man" by Keith C Blackmore. The same sense of twisted sense of humour! The main characters in both books walk the same line between sane and insane, with a wicked sense of sarcasm on the side!
I loved any scene which included "My name is Cyrus V. Sinclair". You understand when you get there! But I can give you a clue... it is always "very funny"... "Verily" I say it is brilliant!
Yes most definitely!
Most of the other reviews will tell you about the story and the main character, in a way much better than me. So I will just add a comment about something which hasn't been mentioned before: The narration is very good but very slow. I tend to listen to most books at 1.25x speed. But it was no problem whatsoever listening to this one at 1.5x speed. This is a pity because it shortened the length considerably!
Overall this is one of those zombie books which will make you smile and well worth the credit to buy!
Joseph's favorite quote: "Say something about yourself!"
This is more of a story of a guy who's life changes in a zombie world. Not a zombie book, as no special focus on zombies was uncovered. Just average zombie interaction with a couple explicit-to-shock gross, but silly, scenes. So what's the focus of this story? The plot? It's about the transition of a so-called sociopath into an empathetic survivor who suffers thru the change. Our main characters sociopathic behavior never really proves itself except thru his own words and confessions. Never really proved he was, just eluded he was. Killing a couple of kids, before you graduate high school, doesn't really swing the sociopath stamp-of-approval. Given the opportunity to prove him a sociopath, the author doesn't show it, he just tell us he is. Or rather, Knapp tells us by having Cyrus tell us that he is a mental deviant. Poor story telling.
The main catch of The Undead Situation, a sociopath in an undead world, runs dry after a couple chapters. Further story development, to continue the arc of 'finding the final home sweet home' to live out life in safety never really develops. It turns into rote character interactions with others survivors, the undead, and the now non-sociopath Cyrus. The remaining story scenes swing between boring and repetitious zombie scene's. I equated it to zombie elevator music. Noise (words) to break the silence while traveling up to the office (prepper's home sweet home).
What sealed the lid on this tomb were multiple obvious fallacies of the few who have survived the horror. They show themselves ridiculously incompetent. Example, the single town where a contingent of army troops travelling thru at the time of the fall, who secured it, just letting a triplet of out-of-the-blue travelers drive on in. All these travellers in a highly infections world had to do was have a ex-marine gal have a few words and give shake. No, let's not find out why there's a bleeder in the back seat of their Mustang. No, let's not have them physically examined before letting them in possibly the last compounds left on earth. Just a handshake is all that's needed to let them in. Yep, just a few words and a handshake are enough to prove the guy bleeding out in the back seat of the car is not bit and infected. That incompetent survivor camp story bit of writing broke it for me. There were several other more minor but similar sloppy story threads before and after, that makes it impossible to recommend this book.
I'm writing this review mainly because I passed over this book so many times because I just didn't think I could care about the main character enough to enjoy the story. Luckily while he is no saint and does some really unforgivable things to he author does a great job at making him interesting and maybe even somewhat like able. So don't judge this book based on the description, give it a try if you like zombies and have been through all the really good ones.
I LOVE haunting, atmospheric writing that plays in your head like a movie. I adore books of a mysterious, suspenseful and creepy nature. I am a big fan of Horror/Zombie/Apocalypse and other genres which center on Mystery and strong character development.
While this book introduced a new and fairly original take on our lead character, it lacked excitement, suspense and action for me. I was right into the idea of a sociopath becoming our ant-hero protagonist but his actions and thoughts were pretty disturbing.
I felt this book was far less a zombie-apocalyse than it was about human nature and the sheer ugliness of people. It came across to me that the author wanted to shed light on the faults in diagnosing oneself and characterizing our own behaviour in broad, general terms. When our anti-hero decides he is evil, he acts out in evil, sick ways.
I can give credit however, to the complexity of his character and his development throughout the book. A transformation of sorts takes place within him and he eventually acts human. Maybe this book was never meant to be about zombies, but the living deadness and anti-social behaviours of people with these types of personality disorders. In this case, the purpose of the un-dead apocalypse was to turn a "dead man" into a living one.
With that being said, the plot itself was STRONGLY centred on this man's thoughts and not much actually happens in this book in terms of action and survival. The zombies feel as more of a back-drop for the characters.
I rated this 3*** stars overall because I did enjoy most of it and it kept me going in order to finish the book. Narration was excellent and writing was superb.
---If the darkness of the human mind interests you, it is likely you will find this worth the credit. If you're looking for a solid zombie tale....not here.
I love zombie books, always searching audible for something new as I've listened to most of their zombie stories. So it surprised me how much I hated this book. The title character is so unlikeable that it made me wish he would die in the first 30 minutes of listening. I think this is what made this story so unbearable, I forced myself to keep listening hoping it would get better but no such luck, just kept getting worse. I highly recommend staying away from this one. If you want a good zombie story checkout Z.A. Recht's "The Morninstar Saga".
Title character is horrible
Performance was ok.
I would throw the whole book in the fire.
The main character being an alleged Sociopath was very appealing. Who wouldn't want to have a complete lack of moral culpability, especially during the Zombie Apocalypse?
Yes with the Caveat that they should expect the typical cliche's and an almost predictable tempo. It was still enjoyable, however.
Cyrus V. Sinclair was the protagonist for the majority of the story so he wins by default. gotta love "Blaze" though being a Devil Dog myself. Semper Fi. She is, in a word, HARDCORE. Everyone in the book seems to be a gun nut, and the author did an excellent job of ACCURATELY detailing the arms and armament, which is rare in the genre.
Zompoc meted out with healthy doses of comic relief and Anti-social behavior makes for an interesting (yet at times predictable) anti-hero development to the main character. If you don't know what to spend your credit on, or have gone through the top picks in the Zom-genre then this is worth a listen. You also get a small segment of another book called "The Junkie Quattrain" at the end of this one. Flat, but ok.
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