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J. R. Webber
4.0 out of 5 starsLike this genre? Then read this one.
Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2015
If you are looking for a nice read on a casual afternoon in front of the fire this book may be your ticket. If you are looking for some sort of perfection you will not find it here. The characters are the best part of this book and are what redeems it as a good read. The story line is awfully weak in some areas but not totally unbelievable. Unfortunately, the author does not know his/her subject and needs to do research before submitting another book for publication. There are a number of words that simply are the wrong word for the sentence.. words that are used interchangeably that simply are not. I suggest the author find a good editor/reader and maybe put together a small group of readers to make suggestions. Meantime, it'd be a shame not to read this book for the characters, you will find yourself getting attached to them. Give it a try, just don't read it with a critical eye and you will enjoy it.
Okay- I almost did not buy this because of some of the negative reviews, but because of the price, and the length of the book (s) I went for it, and am so glad I did. I wanted something good to read and listen to over the long weekend, and this book has the whisper sync option available. Getting a book with audio of this length and quality is a total score.
My bar was low. I am on an apocalypse/post-apocalypse/disaster/prepper kind of kick right now- I'm pretty much over zombies- went on that kick last year... Despite my proclivity for 'potato chip' books, I do have standards :). I'm not happy unless it's an imaginative storyline with good, well developed characters, intriguing twists, a plot that is not predictable, etc- I like page turners! I also am spoiled as far as audio narrators- I really can't stand a bad narrator- they ruin otherwise good books.
This book has just about all the good things I require. I have not been able to put it down since I got it- it's kept me wonderfully entertained. Yes, I get that it's a new author, most likely self published, or done by a smaller house. It could use a proofreader, etc etc- not all the spelling and grammar is perfect- so what? It's hours of great entertainment for 2.99 including the audio! And if this really is one of the author's first books, he did a bang up job, and I can't wait for the next thing he writes!
As far as the narration goes, I have to say I was pleasantly....shocked. I expected a basic quality narrator. Most of the books I've bought recently fall into that category. This narrator has a great baritone range speaking voice, and is well on his way to being an exceptional narrator. He really reminds me a lot of Ray Porter (Jonathan Mayberry books, patient Zero, Joe ledger), who is my favorite all time narrator. I would go so far as to say I'd seek out books narrated by this guy.
So- if you are on the fence, this is an opportunity to get a great deal. If you like the genre you'll like the book, probably a lot. It's not perfect, but I'd consider it in the top ten percent of the genre, as far as kindle/audio that is available- head and shoulders above a great deal of the books that are out there. It's a wonderfully fun and very suspenseful ride. I hope enough people find this that the author is encouraged to write more- Don't miss out! I'm so glad I got this, and don't listen to the fussy picky reviews- it's a lot of entertainment for a little money. Four stars because 5 is for books like Stephen King, Jonathan Mayberry, Harlan Coben, DJ Molles, Hugh Howey, Peter Kline.. You get the idea. But this is close- if this author keeps at it, he has that potential.
As you know, I am a zombie fan. Fan addict. Fanatic? Obsessed? These Z's aren't the norm. They sometimes eat you, sometimes just shred you to pieces. They're different, a hideous visage and able to open doors, run, and do major, body damage. Contamination, Books 0-3 by T. W. Piperbrook is about those zombies The story is brought to us by our friendly, neighborhood government. They've created something that's so heinous and... well, crazy, that it could just possibly happen. This disease isn't like most zombie infestations. These guys are fast and can do some serious damage- quickly.
The entire box-set is good. It's different and the narrator, Troy Duran is pretty good. He's an excellent reader who doesn't bore you. He gives you voices that make the story worth while and keeps everything spiced just right, from the beginning with Frank in the jail cell to the last word in the series. You will find the 13 hours and about thirty minutes very much worth while. I managed to get this ebook set for a special price: $1.99, from Audible.com, so grab it while you can! It's very entertaining! Grab a few snacks, an iced, cold drink and some headphones. You're in for a ride! For this and more reviews: [...]
Than the Zombie Books every body and there aunt susy seem to be cranking out by the hundreds these days ... The characters are realistic. There are not a bunch of ridiculous sub-plots that make no sense. There's a nice amount of gore and violence, some sorrow and regret, but not pages and pages of indecision before a character takes down a Creature that's about to rip them apart. Is that how one would really react? I don't think so. And theres some beginnings and endings! You get some closure with some of your characters while at the same time I can't wait to see what the author is going to do with some folks we had to leave behind for a while. Also, so often with these Inexpensive kindle box sets the editing is atrocious- Not so with this box set. I'm actually going to sign up to see what this author is up to next, looming forward to it. I'm happy to say I've eaten the tainted meat, drank the contaminated water and am immune! I'm following Sam and Delta thru the desert- oh my! Is that a survivor or a Creature behind that building?
I have enjoyed reading this series of books and look forward to book 4. The characters were believable and made me believe that I could do that! Give me a gun or a knife and I'll help! But that aside, the story was well written and moved at a fast pace. I read all of these in 3 days! I like books that make me want to turn those pages and keep reading into the early hours. They transport me there to be caught up in the horrors and the joys of their daily lives. These books did just that, so thank you Tyler and keep up the good work!
5.0 out of 5 starsthe characters who saw out the series were well conceived even the basic agent plot was quite good I thought it was to good to p
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 3, 2015
I'd never read a zombie book before sticking mainly to military non-fiction but found I was bogged down with fact after fact and with advancing years harder to absorb everything so I decided it was time for a change. Courtesy of the free box set at the age of nearly 60 I ventured into this new ground and found almost immediately I was quite absorbed with the first book, not knowing what to expect I thought this was a hoot, the characters who saw out the series were well conceived even the basic agent plot was quite good I thought it was to good to put down and finally went through the whole series as ending each book left me wanting more. the author had a knack for getting you want characters to survive only to kill them off, some of those who fell along the way you really felt for hoping for their survival but hopes were dashed although the main characters saw it through to the end. This then was a first for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend the whole series and the stand alone book following Ken, Roberta and Isaac. Read it and enjoy it.
I always read reviews before choosing a book and someone commented this was basically "walking dead fan fiction" I disagree with this. The only similarity was they both have a cop as a character. Anyway, found the books enjoyable. I liked the characters but sometimes felt things were a bit rushed. . I'd like the ending to have been a bit 'harder' as everything seemed to come together extremely easily. The character split leaves room for more spin off stories which I'm sure I will read if they are written. Read the full box set in one weekend, more to see how the characters fared than the zombie action which is what I normally read for.
Not a bad book but a couple of things drove me mad. So, can we just clarify that the word 'several' means 'more than six' NOT two, three or four. The second thing is that seeing as though the characters are trying to evade capture and death, I hardly think that every one would be going around yelling their heads off constantly. Stealth would be of utmost importance at ALL times. I wanted to smack the characters and hiss SHUTUP more than a few times.
2.0 out of 5 starsLack of believability let it down
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 27, 2018
*SPOILERS* In the general scheme of things, the book was ok... but a massive glaring plot hole ruined it. One mastermind with a host of military minions taking over the South of the US with plans to take over the remainder (and the rest of the world) once complete in the South. I get the impression the book takes place over at least a week, maybe longer. My problem was that, while a virus is killing people and military types killing survivors, the rest of the world goes on oblivious. It is not even mentioned. No US government trying to figure out what is going on in the south, they seem blissfully unaware that millions of people are dead. Apparently the whole of the population of the South of the US can disappear and the rest of the world can be none the wiser. This fact grated on me the whole book and I could not ignore it.