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.
While I loved the performance by Mr. Collins, the story itself had a few loose ends. I'm assuming the author is setting things up for a sequel (which I hope is the case) because the way some of the characters' actions were described it left me wondering what would happen next without an explanation. I won't go into too many details but the way a couple characters "disappeared" from the story made no sense. Also, some of the back story of Cyrus didn't gel. It may just be me, but I felt as if this guy was made to be able to do anything and everything and it was a little far fetched. But the story is enjoyable and if readers don't over analyze the way I do then TUS is a fun ride from start to finish.
Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!
I know how hard it is to write a novel...and especially how hard it is to write a UNIQUE, WELL-CRAFTED, SUSPENSEFUL zombie novel. Let's just say this book was lacking. I don't want to point out the flaws of this book in a review, because I'll probably be typing for the next hour. I think the rating speaks for itself, and is adequate punishment for wasting my time/money. What I will do, is steer you towards other books: Day by Day Armagedon, WWZ, Walking Dead: Governor. Now go buy those.
Lacked plot, dialogue, characters
narration was slow, but acceptable.
This book was thrown together by a ten year old.
I so wanted to like this from the description; big fan of Zombie books. But minimal character development and oh the tired retread encounters of groups of survivors. I could barely finish. I usually don't want my books to end but with this one I increased the playback speed just to get through it.
I purchased this book because the premise sounded fascinating -- a sociopath in a zombie world. But Cyrus was not much of a sociopath. He was terribly boring, childish, and surprisingly normal. I found Blaze way more interesting than Cyrus. I thought Cyrus would be this killing machine with absolutely no conscience or remorse, but, well, sadly that was not the case. Blaze was the real sociopath here, not Cyrus. The other thing that I found annoying was that the situations kept repeating themselves. The group makes a stupid decision, comes upon danger, fights their way out, moves on, makes a stupid decision, comes upon danger, fights their way out, moves on, rinse and repeat. The only saving grace of this book was that the author is a very good writer and the reader was also very good. The story was fun enough. The character of Blaze was also pretty fascinating - I would love to read a book about her backstory.
Cyrus's transformation from a sociopath to a somewhat caring person during the Zombie Apocalypse! The action and pace of the story.
Eloise Knapps take on what a Zombie Apocalypse would be like.
Cyrus V. Sinclair
I'm what some folks call, "extremely average."
People who enjoy books sympathetic to sociopaths.
The story didn't pull me in and make me understand why Cyrus felt the way he did. I'm not sure if the idea behind the story was to make the reader hope the main character dies a horrible death or to create sympathy for him, but I kind of wanted him dead. I wasn't sure who to root for. I think the emphasis was too heavy establishing Cyrus was 'different'.
I decided to pick this book up after reading the reviews, and listening to the sample. It sounded like a unique perspective on the zombie genre, and I was excited to give it a try.
Unfortunately, it seemed right away that I had made a mistake. Shortly after beginning to listen, I got the impression that this story was written by someone who an amateur. I forced myself to go on, but the story was basically about some psychotic guy setting in his apartment thinking weird and crazy thoughts as the zombies walked around outside. When finally another character shows up in the story, the guy sits around and ignores her until after awhile he decides to beat her up and torture her.
At this point I decided to give up on this book. The zombies aren't even really a part of the story, and listening to a book about a crazy guy thinking to himself for hours on end became extremely boring.
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