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Twilight of the Dead | [Travis Adkins]

Twilight of the Dead

Courtney Colvin was nearing the end of her teenage years when the undead apocalypse began. She survived, forsaking her youth and innocence, and five years later she continues to exist--albeit lonely--in the fortified town of Eastpointe. Nightmares and the unwelcome advances of Leon Wolfe are the worst things she's dealing with now in her otherwise mundane life.
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Publisher's Summary

Courtney Colvin was nearing the end of her teenage years when the undead apocalypse began. She survived, forsaking her youth and innocence, and five years later she continues to exist - albeit lonely - in the fortified town of Eastpointe. Nightmares and the unwelcome advances of Leon Wolfe are the worst things she's dealing with now in her otherwise mundane life. But when a newcomer arrives in town and claims to know the location of the antidote to the zombie plague, it sends Eastpointe into an uproar. To retrieve this cure, she and a group of other survivors must venture outside the relative safety of the compound's walls and into a world ruled and dominated by the flesh-eating undead.

Twilight of the Dead puts a new spin on the zombie genre, yet remains true to the classic rules that have already been set forth. A sure-fire reading pleasure for anyone who loves character-driven horror.

©2004, 2006 Travis Adkins (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    Michael Westport, CT, United States 05-13-11
    Michael Westport, CT, United States 05-13-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Loved it!"

    Aside from the narrators having great voices, the story is fast moving and imaginative. I think this is the frst time I actually spoke out loud to the characters in the book about what was going on. Read this book! I hope more of these are written by him, I'm a follower.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    05-27-11
    05-27-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Romance Novel"

    Good book; although more of a young adult romance novel than a Zombie book. not for the hard core zombie lover.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret wurtsboro, NY, United States 02-03-12
    Margaret wurtsboro, NY, United States 02-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome Story"

    Love the story - very cool and what a crazy turn it has :) It has the blood, gore and real zombie action in it - some is kinda a little feely.... but all in all a great read :) or listen

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Naka 08-11-12
    Mike Naka 08-11-12 Member Since 2012

    Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL

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    "YA meets zombies"
    Any additional comments?

    i've been on a zombie kick lately and have been listening to a bunch of different authors and stories. this is the first i've listened to from a girl's perspective-courtney a 17 year old girl at the time of the outbreak. the story revolves around a 5 year time period in her life. the story mostly focuses on the time 5 years after the outbreak with flashbacks to the beginning and intervening years. most of the story focuses on how people interact with each other. most of the characters are hollow, but many of the characters in the zombie novels i've read are hollow. however, i did want to know what happens to certain characters. i guess i'd have to buy the sequel to see.

    i'm in my 30's, and i've read a few so-called "ya" books, e.g. hunger games, divergent. this is the first ya zombie book i've ever listened to. i can get into and enjoy a ya book every once in a while so i don't mind ya-themed books so the ya nature didn't throw me. it was different, and i like different, especially since a lot of the zombie books i've read lately have been male dominated. so, i didn't mind the ya aspect. i can say i enjoyed the novel until the end. spoiler alert. the ending seemed rushed to me. from escaping to catching up with the bad guy was way too easy and unbelievable. i was into it until then. plus, i thought the zombies with armor and weapons at the end was stupid.

    however, the end of the book did make up for it. what do i mean? the main story ended, and that is followed by 3 separate stories. these stories are not ya-themed. they are refreshing especially after how the main story ended.

    overall, the book was ok. i like my zombie novels with more action and with a sense of dread. both were missing for me. Will I buy the sequel? Yes. So you can draw a conclusion from that. Well maybe…because right now, there’s really nothing better at the theaters or on the boob tube.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pedro 800 NW 13 Ave Miami Florida 33125 10-29-11
    Pedro 800 NW 13 Ave Miami Florida 33125 10-29-11
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    "Great story"

    I enjoyed this book from beginning to ending. The story was well told and full of suspense. I recommend this book. The series should be read in this order:
    First: Twilight of the Dead
    Second: After Twilight: Walking with the Dead

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michele 11-09-13
    Michele 11-09-13
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    "It was ok"

    It didn't really go anywhere. I wanted to like the characters and I did for a split second here and there but it felt like it started to be good and then changed direction.

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    AS 10-31-13
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    "Written by someone who loathes the military."
    Would you try another book from Travis Adkins and/or the narrators?

    Book was bad, narrations was good.


    What could Travis Adkins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Leave his personal views out of his story line.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nothing, but it was good narration.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration, the author has a complete and total lack of understanding for, and knowledge of, the military.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have any respect or appreciation for the Military, remove this book from your list. The author has an obvious low regard for our military and used this story to highlight it. The heroine’s father refers to the National Guard and Army Soldiers as kids too dumb to get scholarships into college and not competent enough to get real jobs (he himself is government employ… go figure). Also noting that because their officers are promoted from within, they are no better (You get the feeling that he thinks the Officer Corps should be drawn from college professors.) This would be fine if this was just a characters point of view, but then the author carries it out by having the soldiers go up and down the streets “just shooting off their weapons”, talking about how their uniforms are good for picking up girls, and of course beating up the elderly. Eventually the military kills a variety of their commanders then forces all the women and children to leave town with them, though they aren’t going anywhere, they just think they are safer if they keep moving. Everyone in the heroine’s vehicle is downbeat accept for her two lesbian neighbors who are very positive.

    During the moved they are attacked and the military is not smart enough to kill the zombies with head shots, so of course they get over run. The heroine is saved by a military member because she is attractive, the author again noting that the soldier saved her and abandoned his brother in arms who was next to her on one side, and an uninjured overweight girl on the other side.

    Then they wind up in a military compound where after only a few weeks it’s evident that all the military members want to rape the few girls there for providing protection.

    All of the sudden a “Black Beret” is dropped into the mix in military fashion by a Chinook helicopter. He says the Black Berets are civilians and have no rank (can we say Comrade) and goes on to offer all the people (military included) cool Black Beret uniforms and swords if they pass his training. Then the military shows complete disbelief and disregard for the use of a sword in killing the zombies and one of the Captains comments on the Black Beret, highlighting the Black part since the gentlemen is black.

    You get the distinct feeling that the author believes that our military is filled with uneducated, back water, white supremacist without a shred of common sense of discipline. I can only come to the conclusion that common sense must be rare among the authors contemporizes, so he feels it must be that way throughout society as well.

    After an hour and a half into the audio reading of this book, I could take no more and turned it off. If you know anything about the military, just skip this book for the frustration it will cause you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott frisco, TX, United States 09-23-11
    Scott frisco, TX, United States 09-23-11
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    "Think Twice Before You Buy This"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book should be re-classified under young adult romance.

    I was expecting action and instead I got the story of a young woman coming of age…that happens to be set in a zombie apocalypse. The writing was predictable and there were several times that I pushed stop and had to walk away.

    The narration was flat and at times it seemed like they were reading the book for the first time.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Travis Adkins again?

    Maybe


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    Voice, Inflection


    What character would you cut from Twilight of the Dead?

    Courtney....The main character!!!


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Waianae, HI, United States 07-30-11
    Chris Waianae, HI, United States 07-30-11 Member Since 2011
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    "THIS BOOK IS SO BAD ON SO MANY LEVELS"

    I CAN'T BELIEVE I PAID MONEY FOR THIS CRAP......THIS THING WAS A TOTAL RIP-OFF. I ENDURED ABOUT AN HOUR OF IT AND TOOK IT OFF MY IPOD........... CAN'T BELIEVE THE SAME GUY WROTE AFTER TWILIGHT, WITCH WAS A PRITTY FAIR ZOMBIE STORY...

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    "Predictable and cliche' ridden"

    Basicly, imagine your basic, unoriginal zombie/horror novel. Now imagine adding what can only be described as tedious teen angst to it. That is this story.

    The characters are two dimensional cardboard cut outs, the plot if you can truly call it that is basic and uninspired and the lead character is about as interesting as paint drying. Avoid this, it's all I can truly suggest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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