The Michaluk Virus is loose.
In the heart of Atlanta, the virus has escaped the CDC, and its effects are widespread and devastating. The virus infects nearly everyone in its path, turning much of the population of the southeastern United States into homicidal cannibals. As society rapidly crumbles under the hordes of infected, three people - Ethan Bennett, a Memphis police officer; Cade Alton, his best friend and former IDF sharpshooter; and Brandt Evans, a lieutenant in the US Marines - band together against the oncoming crush of death and terror sweeping across the world.
As Cade, Brandt, and Ethan hole up in safe houses, others begin to join them in their bid for survival. When the infected attack and they’re forced to flee, one departs to Memphis in search of answers while the others escape south to Biloxi, where they encounter more danger than they bargained for. And in Memphis, the answers that one man finds are the last answers he wanted, answers that herald a horrific possibility that there may be more to this virus than first suspected.
©2011 Jessica Meigs (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
If you love zombie novels then this is a quick listen. Its pretty fast paced and has interesting characters. I almost wished that there was a tad more interaction with Theo and his brother. Overall I would recommend. If there is a sequel you can sign me up. Now that I know the characters I'm ready to get to more into the story.
I love the outdoors and the warm weather!! And I never leave home with out my I-Nano. It should be surgically placed into my ear. I live and breath for books.
If you like Zombies you'll like the becoming. I'm hoping for a sequel to this book. It does leave you hanging at the end.
I'm a horror nut! Zombies in particular! Epidemics, end of all things! Also enjoyed Game of thrones very much!
People who are Very Desperate to be friends with the author!
Unsure as ive gone through all quality Zombie genre Novels out there which is why I gambled and Lost on this garbage.
I would say Chris did what he could with what he had! Put a tux on a Pig & it's still a pig! He has to read the rediculous conversations characters have with zOmbies breaking through doors or windows, "so joe What's the plan?? They are almost so maybe it's good that we talk out our entire thought process.! Hmmm you think it may rain? I'm gonna sit down and when you have idea let me know because first zombies are cracking the glass as we speak they are looking right at me,I'm perfectly calm though and they will not get me flustered.. ( punches partner inShoulder kiddingly). This was the type of garbage you find you will hear! No concept of the emotion the characters should be feeling! Any of us would be panicked and freaking out.! Even Chuck Norris couldn't have been as calm and collective through the situation in this book! But these characters are..
All conversations between characters during zombie attacks or any stressfully moment! The dialog was completely unbelievable.
Ending?? Isn't there something in writing a
Book called.. I dunno, Giving the story a ending??
Sorry to be harsh! Author shouldn't give up' I say go listen yourself and picture yourself in that Rv for instance and tell me the dialog is believable!
I also would have given it a ending??
The best part about this story was how easily the reader(listener) could follow along. Although predictable at times, it kept you interested.
I did not care for the voices he used for the characters - especially those of the females.
I am 50/50 on this. It kept my interest but not with the level of enthusiasm I usually have.
The only thing that would have made this a more enjoyable experience was a different narrator.
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
sure if they're avid zombie fans. if you're new to the zombie genre, there are a lot of other books you should read before this.
i've been eating my way through the zombie novels on audible, and i came across this one, the becoming. i was skeptical at 1st b/c of the cover art, but i gave the sample a try. being an avid zombie fan, i decided to download the book b/c of the fast start to the story.
the story starts out with brandt running, hiding, and fighting through the streets of atllanta. apparently, he was part of a marine contingent at the cdc (center for disease control) when a virus went air born and started infecting people. he abandoned his post as soon as he realized the red line was crossed.
the story then breaks to memphis, tn. it's the morning after ethan has been promoted. he's hung over. he manages to join his wife, anna, and best friend, cabe, out back for some grilled food. when ethan asks cabe about her boyfriend, drew, she tells him that he came back from his business trip to atlanta with a cold. later in the day, they get the news that there's rioting in memphis. anna is called into the hospital to help. as night falls, all H-E-Double Hockey Sticks starts to break loose.
the 1st part of the becoming covers the initial outbreak of the michaluk virus. then there is a time skip of about 3 months. this is done pretty well.
the book is paced well. there's zombie action in the beginning, followed by some down time, and then there's more zombie action action that leads to the ending.
while i liked the story, there were parts that were unbelievable. according to my myers briggs personality type, i'm an intp (introversion, intuition, thinking, perception). whle i'm sure i'd be freaking out and half hysterical at 1st, i'd like to think i'd get my s#!t together within 72 hours. at least, that's what i think! lol anyway, i KNOW i wouldn't be screaming, throwing temper tangents, and breaking stuff. ethan and cabe are both hot heads, who at times let their emotions get the better of them. he's been a cop for 20 years, and she was an idf (israeli defense force) soldier for 7 years. so, it is kind of unbelievable when they lose control of their emotions when they're supposed to be keeping it low key, hiding in their safe house. my best friend is very loud. it's even a joke among our friends. i don't think he'd lose it like ethan and cabe do at times.
anyway, that's my major complaint.
the zombie action is pretty good. there is a nice twist on the zombies. they aren't your pure romero type slow, dumb, walkers. since this is the 1st in a series, i hope the author fleshes out why some of the infected are smarter than others. well, i may have just answered my own question. in this story, there are people who are infected but aren't yet zombies- they haven't been killed. maybe the infected but not dead are the smart ones? well, it is a twist that's kind of a mystery, and i'm a sucker for mysteries.
the narrator is ok. be ready for a bunch of southern drawl. i'm from virginia and don't think i have an accent even though my yankee friends think i do. lol i tell them if they want accent, then i can introduce them to some of my friends who're from georgia. lol
overall, it was what i wanted. a pretty good zombie story. yes, there are some problems and annoyances, but i'm not looking to solve any deep conundrums. i wanted to be entertained, and i was. the becoming isn't in my top 15, but it was entertaining enough for me to download book 2.
The people of these books feel real. They do stupid things because they care about each other and for the most part it works out for them.
These two books which are her first make book three worth the wait.
Cade and Grey are my favorite. I would like to know these people but not in the situation they are in which they are living in the books.
The car wreck in which Nicola was killed made me sad and then angry. To live through so much and then to be killed in a traffic accident is something for which no one can prepare.
The book of synonms I mentioned is for the word SMERK( used at least !00 times in the stories) and the use of the phrase eye rolling( I'd say at least 65 times) but even at that I can honestly say that I am enjoing the ride on which these guys are taking me.
Whole it was a great book, the reader doing a womens voice had something to be improved on.
I love a book thats just left of normal. I believe the greatest books have plot lines that intersect and eventually connect.
The characters are unintelligent, the story isn't well developed and there are contradictions at so many points. This group of survivors does not deserve to continue to survive. I say Jessica should just open the front door and allow the survivors to become the infected, then never attempt to author another zombie novel ever again.
Probably not. Most zombie books I've read a background of actual knowledge and experience with combat situations. This novel feels like an "armchair observation" of combat. "I saw this happen on the news, I can turn it into a zombie novel!" Nope. Wrong. Don't even bother to finish the series.
I like the idea of all the characters but they all have so many fatal flaws - mostly being so damn moody and whiny. I'd start not by cutting anyone but by rewriting EVERYONE. Well everyone except for Nicola, but then again, its hard to mess up writing a 14 year old girl.
DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!! If you want a well written, well devised and flat out amazing zombie novel skip this and go for "Day by Day Armageddon" by J L Bourne. That series is unputdownable in every sense of the (non)word!
Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!
I'm going to be as nice about this as possible. This is a very good zombie tale, IF you are 8 years old, and have never read a zombie book EVER, or seen a zombie movie EVER. If you have the intellect of anyone over 8, this is not for you. The vocabulary is blisteringly uninspired. The story line and characters are so boring that it's hard to focus. They respond and react in ways that are so boring and dull in the most pressure-filled situations, and then they throw in dialogue that is just insulting to the reader-- stuff that even a high school English teacher would roll her eyes at.
The narrarator is horrible, which is hard for me to say, because I'm usually happy with anyone reading a book to me -- saves me the time to have to read it! I gave the story 3 stars, because at least there's so sort of an original story in there, just not a very interesting one. Like I said, if you're a kid, you'd probably like this book (but be warned, there is adult language in it). In fact, I had originally thought I'd made a mistake and downloaded a children's book, until I heard the adult language.
Read WWZ, Day By Day Armageddon, or Walking Dead on Audible for better Zombie fare. I'm sorry, but I can't even recommend this for a needed "Zombie Fix".
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