In the gripping conclusion to the action-packed "standard bearer" of zombie series, the threat of death is given new life. Benny Imura and his friends have found the jet and Sanctuary - but neither is what they expected. Instead of a refuge, Sanctuary is a hospice, and the soldiers who flew the plane seem to be little more than bureaucrats who have given up hope for humanity's future. With Chong hovering between life and death, clinging to his humanity by a thread, Benny makes a startling discovery: a scientist may have discovered a cure for the zombie plague. Desperate to save Chong, Benny and his friends mount a search and rescue mission. But they're not the only ones on the hunt. The reapers are after the cure too, and they want to use it turn all the zombies into superfast shock troops - and wipe humanity off the face of the earth. In this riveting conclusion to the Rot & Ruin series, the battle to end all battles is just beginning.
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Read from March 14 to 23, 2015
Read/Listened for Fun (Audible/Library)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Oh Benny so sad to see you go! Fire and Ash by Jonathan Maberry was a good ending to a great series!
1: Why did it have to end! I am going to miss little Benny Imura who ended up not so little and really a good man!
2: When a certain character is in the book--I get giddy. Which is awesome cause I was worried when reading another book then remember yeah he makes it!
3: The gals really kicked ass and have to say they were the true saviors of the day.
4: Those kids from book 1 are more grounded, well-thought, and observant than many of the adults. I could live in a world where they were our future.
5: Jonathan Maberry simply knows how to write a good story. *hat off to you sir*
Narrated by: Brian Hutchison /Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins / Publisher: Recorded Books
Brian really does a great job with this series. Through no fault of his own (blame Ray Porter) there was just one voice I was like---nooooooo! However, he still did a great job with it. I highly recommend this on audio!
Part of my Read It, File It, Done Reviews
I stumbled upon Jonathan Mayberry sometime last year and instantly clung to the books in the joe ledger series.
I have since purchased all his books both hard copy and audiobook and have become a huge fan.
This novel is a wonderful finish to a great series I enjoyed all of the books and its a toss up as to which was my favourite but I loved how he incorporated other characters from his other books into the story and gave a shout out to the walking dead as well all around great ending to a great series
If this is your first Mayberry series I would highly recommend listening to the joe ledger books
Jonathan Maberry books are a must!!!if you enjoy zombie books then you Have to know his name. I'd start with the Ledger Books, then hit the Dez Fox Night books THEN read this series. Trust me on this. It's sooo worth it..You'll appreciate how [he] weaves characters from other series together to give you a feeling of having a unique perspective that only few could have
Bravo for the tip of the hat to a much loved Zombie show..."Quick draw Carl...son of the famous Sherriff Rick 😉"
The narrator is excellent (although no one beats R C Bray) but this guy is great
While all of the books in this series are entertaining, this one demonstrates the best storytelling. I highly recommend it.
Benny, the protagonist, holds the spotlight in this novel, with his growth as a person and a warrior coming to logical fruition.
As with the other books in this series, Hutchinson's performance was excellent.
Death comes for us all.
I've got a long trip coming up and it'll be tough to decide between the Joe Ledger Series and the Benny Imura Series, but I WILL listen to both again
Personally I like seeing Morgan Mitchell back in the series, His involvement during the Battle at Mountainside probably had much more psychological influence than people realize
I laughed a good bit. The term "Monkey Banger" while seemed childish during the first few books in the series became comical.
I've recommended this series to a number of my friends and having listened to the final book, I have no issues standing by my recommendations again. Jonathan Maberry has gotten me interested in Zombie Novels all over again.
The narration was well done. He gave life to each character in this book. Every triumph and disparaging moment was accurately performed.
I was in love with the idea of the children of the apocalypse. The point of view of that first generation after everything went to hell. There is no love lost for Starbucks and wi fi and electricity. Its just everyday life with the undead the way its always been.
The final battle for their hometown.
*spoiler* Such an effort to find the cure for the zombie disease to save their friend. The lost girls devotion to protection her "town boy" even after he turned.
I am sad that I'm done with this series. Hopefully there will be more to come so I can share this world with these amazing characters again.
I gave it 3 instead of 4 stars because for some reason the teenage angst bled through more in this book than in the last book. It was understandable but it made it difficult for me to get through at times.
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