Book zero starts and the reader is looking into the life of Dan, a police officer, who wants nothing more than to get home to his family. Little does ..Show More »he know that he and the rest of the town are in for a really big ordeal.
The audio for book one was amazing. The narrator was perfect and paced his words with enough pauses so my mind could wrap around the imagery. As I listened to Dan discovering his wife, just sitting in a chair, neither talking or averting her eyes, I knew something serious was going to happen, I just didn’t know when. Fortunately for Dan, he had his spidey skills working and knew something was amiss. Unfortunately for Dan he did not know his wife was about to go all crazy up in their dining room. She did have the presence of mind to lock their daughter into her bedroom before she went all crazy zombie (not zombie though, just crazy). The narration was seriously spot on for this. There was enough intensity but enough curiosity in Troy Duran’s voice that it was like watching a movie. You know something is going to happen by all the dang clues but you don’t know how or when!
What’s weird is I really do not know what these people are. We do find out that it’s an experiment on the town and how it is happening but not why. Book one ends on a massive cliff hanger, but not before lots of people get their guts ripped out. I only know that the people behind this “experiment” must be sadistic bastards because this was intense!
Book two starts with some new characters. Same great narration and audio. Story lacks a bit of something that book one had. Maybe the intensity and the introduction is now over so it’s missing something. Still fantastic. I’m curious if the characters from book one are going to show up somewhere later in the series. I’m really hoping readers aren’t introduced to characters that mean nothing to the overall story, but this is horror so it would not surprise me. Overall this one didn’t have enough oomph but still solid for a beginning to the story.
Definitely do not read book three, Crossroads, without the others. You need the beginning character set ups to understand what is going on. Not much set up is in this because the characters are already explained in the previous books, in detail. The overall pacing has picked up, and there were already parts where it was crazy! There are some slower portions where the characters catch their breath before they have yet another issue to deal with!
Overall the stories are amazing. I’m very glad I got to listen to the first few one after another. Made for a great read.
If you don’t like “zombies” that run, this may not be for you. I pictured this like that Crazies movie. Again, narration and audio was spot on!
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Story is decent but I cant say anything really drew me in. Just went along kinda hum dee dum dum. So the story starts off at the junk yard again and, ..Show More »sure enough, they gotta split. I don't know why the "agents" are still around with their leader dead. Their entire existence seems so pointless. So Dan and Quinn figure a good destination would be his wife's sister, Meredith, at some isolated farm somewhere.
The book tells two stories, about Dan and his daughter Quinn and Meredith. Meredith plays the "this can't be happening" type of role and drives around like Mr. Magoo with zombies everywhere and I can't fathom how zombies can kill anyone at all if they can't kill her.
There are a few holes here and there, like the science of the zombies. How a bite doesn't seem to infect, their behavior seems sometimes smart in the old books, but otherwise dumb. How can their be survivors if the food is infected; what have they been eating?
Now there is one "bad guy" who steals their car but this part feels disappointingly unresolved. Reason to buy the next book in the series it seems, this story is unfinished! I want to meet up with those characters again.
This is the latest (possibly the final?) book in the Contamination series, and one that ties up many of the loose ends from the Dan, Quinn, Meredith, ..Show More »and John story arc from previous books. The book could be read in isolation but reading the other stories in the story arc or even the series sets it up for the ending (0-3 and 4 for this story arc).
The book starts off slow with the characters hiding out in a house but it soon starts to heat up when a newcomer joins the group. The adventure sees the group attempting to travel to a nearby town where they believe they can be helped.
The story evolves with plenty of twists and turns from internally within the group, and externally. It's a good change for the series to see the first truly evil character. I quite enjoyed the story of the newcomer, and his background. It brings a new spin on the series. But I must warn you he's not saint but his character is portrayed rather well.
The narrator does a fine job with each of the voices and I will look to more of his books in the future. A good read for the end of a great series.