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Dust and Decay | [Jonathan Maberry]

Dust and Decay

A New York Times best-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, Marvel Comics writer Jonathan Maberry continues the story he began in Rot and Ruin. Six months have passed since Benny Imura and Nix Riley learned that flesh-eating zombies aren’t the scariest or most dangerous monsters around. Now, Benny’s brother Tom is training them in the art of zombie whacking. But as they plan to leave and find a better future, a zombie attack puts a crimp in their plans.
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A New York Times best-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, Marvel Comics writer Jonathan Maberry continues the story he began in Rot and Ruin.

Six months have passed since Benny Imura and Nix Riley learned that flesh-eating zombies aren’t the scariest or most dangerous monsters around. Now, Benny’s brother Tom is training them in the art of zombie whacking. But as they plan to leave and find a better future, a zombie attack puts a crimp in their plans. And soon, they discover an old enemy they believed was long-gone may actually still be alive.

©2011 Jonathan Maberry (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Lynn Dayton, Oh, United States 06-11-15
    Lynn Dayton, Oh, United States 06-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    Good book.


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    Hate the ending. Wish it could have been different because it would have added flavor to the story as it unfolds further

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    Sally Ann Columbus OH USA 05-05-15
    Sally Ann Columbus OH USA 05-05-15
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    "Interesting"

    When I started this audible book, my thoughts were it was for a younger listener, but I heard it through. Good narrator and decent story. I may continue with others to see how the story evolves. Not the best I've heard but no way near the worst...

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    Laurenpr601 02-10-15
    Laurenpr601 02-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Pretty darn good!"

    I was amazed at where this story ended up going and I look forward to the next installment. This was a series that I've had on my shelves for quite some time and finally decided to pick up and man am I glad I did!

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    Lee 08-24-14
    Lee 08-24-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Great Sequel"

    This is a fantasticly read sequel to Rot and Ruin and as a whole was better than the first book. It is not a book that would have much meaning if you had not read the first installment so make sure you give that a listen also.

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    Samantha Albany, NY, USA 04-24-14
    Samantha Albany, NY, USA 04-24-14

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    "Great start to a new series"
    Where does Dust and Decay rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series is in my Top 5 and that's saying something... I've been an avid reader of Zom books and this being a YA book this is a great introduction for readers new to the genre.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not real heavy on the sappy stuff and a logical (and sometimes disturbing) step in the aftermath of an apocalypse.


    Which character – as performed by Brian Hutchison – was your favorite?

    Tom - His portrayal of this character makes you want him to be your brother too!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sometimes Zombies aren't the worse things out there


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    LeighAna LONGVIEW, TX, United States 03-05-14
    LeighAna LONGVIEW, TX, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "GREAT start to the series!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! For those whose guilty reading secret is zombie gore, this is a great addition to your library. This is a different story that picks up a decade and a half after the beginning of the zompoc.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tom Imura is a wonderful, mentor-like character who is misjudged by the person who has the most cause to trust him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The defeat of the villain makes you stand up and cheer. I loved the final confrontation scene and the surprise that appears during that scene. Maberry is good at tricking his audience.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end of the novel is tearjerking and completes the novel perfectly. Tears without death are always great moments in any book.


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    Andromeda US 02-15-14
    Andromeda US 02-15-14
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    "Enough with Gameland already"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I really liked Rot and Ruin. Really, really liked it. I expected this one to be even better but instead it was just a continuation of the Gameland story. There is an entire world populated with walking corpses, an unknown jet in the air and a surprising un-risen dead body...but instead it was just hours of listening to the bad guys, with a little 'good guys doing stupid things' thrown in.


    What could Jonathan Maberry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I wanted to hear more about the intriguing parts, not the inherent evil of a family that thrives on the torturing of kids.


    Could you see Dust and Decay being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Possibly. I think finding an audience would be hard because the topic of this book isn't kid-friendly but the characters are children. As a teen series it has possibilites but editing out enough of the gore and violence to make it appropriate for television would take away from the story.


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    Aleena HONOLULU, HI, United States 12-27-13
    Aleena HONOLULU, HI, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome Second Book"
    Any additional comments?

    I ordered the first book in this series on a whim, and it didn't disappoint! I recommend that if you haven't read that one you should start there as this book picks up right where Rot and Ruin left off. There is a lot of history and you may get lost without reading the first book.

    I enjoyed this book more than the first. Tom, Benny and his friends decide to head into the Rot and Ruin in search of the people that were scene flying a jet. Instead they get caught up in a plot against Tom by a specific group that wants revenge for the burning down of Gameland. It was a great story and you get pulled in to the trails and tribulations of the different members in the group. Just as with any good coming of age story this one has a lot of lessons learned by the characters that will make you smile, laugh and break your heart. Great book, I would definitely recommend it!

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    Hunt4Steve Santa Fe, NM United States 12-09-13
    Hunt4Steve Santa Fe, NM United States 12-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "It's not Joe Ledger"
    What did you love best about Dust and Decay?

    There are always two sides to a story, and this story was no different. You have people who want to have a better life, and then there are people who want to rule everybody else on their terms, making themselves gods. I was surprised to learn about how some of the good people were secretly enjoying the bad side of the world, and even making profits from other people's pain. Interesting twist to the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tom, definitely. He as a really good guy who was sincerely interested in the best for people, despite what people did to him and the people he loved.


    What three words best describe Brian Hutchison’s performance?

    ehhh. Brain sounded like he was sorta going through the motions. There didn't seem to be a real interest in the story by Brian. Based on other readers, I think he could have done much better


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Tom's standoff with the dark characters, shaping his hand into a pistol, and shooting one of the bad guys. The looks on the bad guys faces.....priceless


    Any additional comments?

    For me, I think Brian could have done a much better job. It just "sounded" like he was reading a story, not really participating in the story.

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    beth Palm Harbor, FL, United States 12-05-13
    beth Palm Harbor, FL, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Yes it is!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dust and Decay to be better than the print version?

    I prefer the audio version. I enjoy a great narrator that can individualize each character


    What other book might you compare Dust and Decay to and why?

    Patient Zero maybe. Same guideline but different story and meaning all together. Both were amazing reads which kept me wanting more, and I was not disappointed. Also there is more to the story than just zombies, so much more, zombies are secondary in this


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

    Feelings, fear, happiness, anger. His narration was spot on. Characters each had their own voice and I could identify by that. The narrator is as important as the story. If the narrator has no talent to differentiate each character, it can ruin the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, If I could have I would have taken off work and read the complete series in one sitting,,,,maybe take an couple hours for sleep


    Any additional comments?

    Maberry is on target with this one. I am trying to get through the final book, but no time to read and there is no audio version. Disappointing but I just do not have time to sit and read.

    If you enjoyed Pine Deep Series, this will be your next Maberry fav.

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