A rising talent, Robinson is well known in the community of action/adventure fans and has received amazing quotes in the past from big-name authors like James Rollins, Steve Berry, and Scott Sigler. Xom-B is a riveting zombie novel with a great hook that is also an amazing plot twist, and is poised to bring him to the next level.
Freeman is a genius with an uncommon mixture of memory, intelligence, and creativity. He lives in a worldwide utopia, but it was not always so. There was a time known as the Grind - when Freeman's people lived as slaves to another race referred to simply as "Master". They were property. But a civil rights movement emerged. Change seemed near, but the Masters refused to bend. Instead, they declared war.
Now, the freed world is threatened by a virus, spread through bites, sweeping through the population. Those infected change - they are propelled to violence, driven to disperse the virus. Uniquely suited to respond to this new threat, Freeman searches for a cure, but instead finds the source - the Masters, intent on reclaiming the world. Freeman must fight for his life, for his friends and for the truth, which is far more complex and dangerous than he ever imagined.
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At first glance the cover looks pretty tame. What could go on with robots, err, I mean androids? Then I looked closer and noticed the subtle bite wounds around the flesh of arm. What could this mean? Robot zombies? That could be entertaining.
Xom-B takes place in the future, a time were people have developed androids to do their bidding. People could get "upgraded" to look prettier, be smarter, see better, etc. All the while their android slave grind away at the thing that make the society what it is. I almost wish that more was told about the grind and how life came to be like this. More was revealed latter, but I can get impatient. All of a sudden people start dieing, everywhere, even in the middle of conversations.
Now I don't want to delve into the plot and characters too much as most of it would spoil your listening experience. I will say this. Robots and zombies mixed in with a truly satisfying science fiction dystopian society make for a great audiobook. I was fully encapsulated within the story and would fight going to sleep to hear just a bit more.
Even though it is slow starting it becomes full of interesting and complex characters that would evolve from seeming weaklings to self confident heroes. Anti-heroes that start off seeming not so bad transform into almost super villains. And enough plot twists and turns that kept me guessing, except for the ones I figured out.
Are you looking for a zombie story that doesn't have the main focus on the zombies? Maybe you want a great science fiction tale that doesn't focus solely on the technologies of the time. You could just be looking for another great dystopian adventure. Guess what, you get all of that with Xom-B. Yes much of it is so familiar that you would swear to reading it elsewhere, but I assure you that you haven't heard it put together like this. I have couple other Robinson audiobooks in my queue and will continue to look for them in the future.
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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
i have listened to r.c. bray a few times now, and he is becoming one of my favorite narrators. he gives each character their own unique voice. he is easy to listen to, and his narration draws you into the story.
robots and zombies!?! WTF...i thought! it's not normally a combination i'd consider even though i like them individually. BUT before you make a funny face and utter a derogatory remark, let me stop you there. this is a good zombie story, AND it is a great robot story.
great blend of characters. i found all of the characters interesting, unique, well drawn out, and needed. each character is an important building block of the world the author creates.
xom-b has all of the hallmarks of a good story, but i can't say too much b/c i don't want too spoil your listening experience.
i can usually predict how a story will unfold so i get excited when i'm surprised by a really good twist. there are breadcrumbs interspersed throughout the story, and what they finally lead to, i can honestly say i didn't see it coming.
overall, a good addition to your zombie library. if you're a fan of the zombie genre, this is a no-brainer- get it! but if you're not really into zombies, but you are into sci-fi, definitely give it a try b/c it's a good sci-fi book with a unique twist, and that twist be zombies! it's more AND better than you think!
NOTE: the story is a little slow in the beginning, but please give it a chance. it is well worth it!
NOTE 2: please nobody give away the twist of the story. you'll definitely earn my ire! thanks in advance!
Zombies. Robots. Action.
I'm not primarily a science fiction reader but this had elements of the story that I really enjoyed. Jeremy Robinson's writing style drives the story forward and the book gives me wonderful flashbacks to a movie I've seen, without meaning to- and without any distinct, or direct intended imagery (there's nothing in here that tells the reader that he's seen the movie--it's just that feeling, and that imagery that in my head as the story slips forward). I can "see" the movie "9" in the environment that Freeman moves around in and that gives me happy thoughts all around.
I definitely recommend checking this book out. Even if you're not quite sure it's your genre or not, Jeremy Robinson has a way of casting a storytelling spell over you to where you start not to think in 'genres', but in just the story itself. Full of action, adventure, zombies, and adrenaline - I think that you'll enjoy this book as much as I did.
R.C Bray is an excellent narrator and it'll give you 11.5 hours of enjoyment.
Pop the audio on in your car on your way to work--it'll put a smile on your face before your feet hit that well known linoleum.
I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book - robots, zombies and great writing what more does a person need from a book? So much so, that as soon at it arrived and I was greeted with the choice of listening or sleep, I chose to listen and I definitely don't regret that decision.
As always, Jeremy Robinson has written excellent characters that you love or/ and hate in equal measure. I thought Xom-B was fantastic, it incorporates lots of thoughts on what it is to be human, with nasty enemies and a few surprises. I'm waiting for the announcement that it's going to be a movie because this is the sort of book that is crying out to be made. We as an audience need it.
R.C.Bray did such a wonderful job with this narration, he really brought the characters to life and sets the scene extremely well. I enjoy his work a lot.
For all you tired Zombie fans out there that think you've heard 'em all; you haven't, there's one more twist on the "undead" genre. I know there's another book out there called "Zombies vs. Robots" or vice-versa, whatever, this book by 'JR' is head and shoulders above the other book by way of story, character development and definitely narration. R.C. Bray did a fantastic job telling the story. With most above average Zombie books the focus is on the survivors(in this case androids) and how they adapt(good or bad) to the undead situation. You can classify this book as Zombie/Horror but at it's heart it's actually a "coming of age" story about one young android in particular and the choices he makes and the lessons he learns. It's almost, dare I say, touching?
Whether you're a Z-Horror fan or just a sci/fi fan in general this is a unique solid listen that's worth the price.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
I AM GOING TO DIE, OF THAT I HAVE NO DOUBT.
Every other chapter the main character thinks he is going to die. This is original, but it is not presented well and it is not worth your credit. It may be considered YA, but that is not an excuse to write boring stuff. I held on for a long time, thinking it would get better, but it got worse. You want Zombies listen to Maberry's 'Patient Zero". You want YA Zombies listen to Maberry's Rot and Ruin series.
Although it isn't hard to figure out where this story is going once you get into it, there are still some rather unexpected twists. Although truly unique for a Jeremy Robinson book (this was certainly NOT written to a formula), it's an interesting story, well written, and thoroughly plotted. The narrator is superb. At first a little unsettling, he manages to develop all phases of the main character through his voice alone. Well done, and a very unusual and fascinating story.
Zombies and robots in one seamless story?!?!?! Add a little science and BOOM...A nerds dream!
I did laugh at a few parts. Was frustrated at others but mostly just breathless at what was coming next.
I liked this book. Wasn't so much a scary/ suspenseful book zombie book nor a totally techy robot book but it was definitely a different look at both genres.
Xom-B offers a unique combination of zombies and robots inhabiting a world after mankind has been eliminated. Freeman is a new breed of robot designed as the next step in evolution by a splinter group of robots that emerged from the "grind" which represented the emancipation of robot AI's. The tale gradually unfolds with the backstory of mankind's demise and the "rise" (or fall) of the machines along with Freeman's raison d' etre for existence. With fast paced action, filled with robot zombie hordes, the story climaxes with interesting plot twists and a new iteration of intelligent life on Earth.
The sci-fi elements consist mainly of a dystopic future with advanced, humanoid robot AIs fighting zombified robots. Ultimately, this is a tale defining humanity and the indomitable human spirit by focusing on non-humans.
The narration is well executed with a solid range of voices.
I will never get the time back that I spent listening to this book. It started bad, but I kept hoping it would get better. It did not.
The first person writing and narration was painful. It was so rigid and mechanical. It makes sense with the storyline, but that still doesn't make it okay. Speaking of the story...seriously?! SERIOUSLY?
I loves zombies, dystrophy, robots, androids and A.I. stuff...but if you are over the age of 12 this is ridiculous.
This is the first book that I have listened to twice in the same week. I have listened to books multiple times before but not right after finishing it. I love this book, It's not just a 'zombie' story it's more, and the twists are just in the right places. I have enjoyed all of Jeremy Robison's books they are always amazing. This one goes above and beyond. I can't decide who is my favourite, luscious or freeman. I do love the conversation between them. The voice actor is spot on with everyone's voices. Highly Recommend
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