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  • For Which We Stand: Ian's Road (A Five Roads to Texas Novel)

  • By: Joseph Hansen, Phalanx Press
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

El Paso wasn’t the Promised Land that Ian and his crew had hoped for, but it wasn’t a total bust either. The concept of a safe haven in today’s world was a fool’s errand at best. This was the consensus of their tiny band and to keep moving their only salvation. While others waited in their pens, the four from the private security company moved on, taking on as many they could help, in hopes that they too would join the fight. Their journey was long and arduous, but it was worth it...they hope.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Really Engaged

  • By S A on 11-14-18

A great continuation of Ian's story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-18

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

I have to admit, while I did like the anthology (Book 1) a lot and Sidney's story (After the Roads Book 2), I enjoyed this one the most so far. Maybe because the story stayed focused on Ian or maybe because they were involved more with the part of the narrative involving the people starting the whole thing or what but I did.

We pick up with Ian where the short story in Book 1 ended and while it's a little slow at first, we're given a lot of new information too. There's a bunch of new characters (I love the Toms and the blacksmiths) and you finally get to see the true villains of the overall story. It was also interesting to see that there were still some military people alive and out there fighting, trying to bring some order back to the chaos. Ian is a reluctant hero, he doesn't really want to go around saving people but he can't just leave them to fend for themselves either, so he does what he can to help and when he gets unexpected help from the army, it's that much better.

While we don't find out everything the villains are up to, we do get to see the scope and depth of their evil. Ian finds out just how many supply depots have been set up, how well they're stocked and it's shocking, to say the least. That people, enemies, can do this right under our noses is scary. I did want to smack Ian for being stupid more than once but as he freely admits, he's not the smartest, which is why he surrounds himself with the best, to make up for his shortcomings. But how he couldn't see that the talk at the end of the book wasn't a trap, I have no idea.

Mr. Wehrlen again does a great job at narrating, keeping even the slow spots interesting and ratcheting up the action to the point where you don't want to stop listening. The characters, for the most part, have their own personality and you either end up loving them (Ian and his group) or hating them (the hippies from the stadium/mall). They mostly have distinct voices so it wasn't too hard to follow along on who was talking.

Overall, a great sequel to a good book and I can't wait to see more of Ian's story but more from the other characters too.

  • Ghost Country

  • Catalyst, Book 3
  • By: JK Franks
  • Narrated by: Steven Varnum
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 56

Two years ago, a super solar storm triggered a CME pulse that crippled the country and destroyed the electrical grid. What remains of the country’s leaders are hiding a secret: something that threatens not just the US but the entire world. The Gulf Coast town of Harris Springs, Mississippi has suffered from gang attacks, famine, hurricanes, and has battled a crusading army of religious zealots. Now, they face their greatest challenge: outsmarting a tyrannical president and escaping an approaching pandemic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An awesome end to an awesome series !

  • By D.P. on 09-22-18

Story seems to take a left turn

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-18

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

Ok, I loved the first two stories in this series, including the side story, but this one was a little bit harder to get through. Things have been good for Scott and his friends. They've survived the initial CME, they survived the mass attack by the Saviors and now they're trying to put the pieces back together, to try and live and thrive. Of course, things don't stay that way for long. There's a main villain to the story, though we don't find out just exactly who it is until the end when there's a big twist reveal. The other villains in the story are the Homeland Security forces which are basically Nazis and the President who is orchestrating things but unknown to most, she's being controlled by the main villain.

Where this book seems to struggle is in the middle. A lot of loved characters die, which sucks and actually made me angry. I didn't want them to die and how they die is so pointless. I understand you need to kill characters sometimes but their deaths need to mean something, not just throw-away actions. Also, while Scott is trying to rescue Solo and Bartos, the story really seems to drag. It went on longer than it needed to and I wish the author had shortened that part. I'm also trying to figure out the motives of two of the morally grey characters. What is it they want, what side are they on? Yes, I understand you're supposed to not be sure but they go back and forth so much, it's more frustrating than interesting.

The genetic discussions also bog things down. I understand the author wants us to understand what's going on but there's ways to do that without going into such detail. I also didn't like the twist on who the villain is and their explanation on their reactions to certain actions or how they behaved during certain times. It just didn't seem to match the first two stories, it came out of nowhere and just didn't feel like it was part of the same story as the first two. Maybe if we'd had hints about this in at least the second book, it might not have been so bad but it seemed to come out of left field.

I did like the ending though and I'm really curious to see where the author goes from here. I want to find out what happens to the AG people and especially what happens to Scott now that things have really turned upside down for him. Mr. Varnum once again does an excellent job narrating the story and he makes the story flow nicely, keeping the action interesting but even the slower parts going at a good pace.

  • After the Roads

  • A Five Roads to Texas Novel
  • By: Brian Parker
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

The Texas Safe Zone is home to four million refugees, trapped behind the walls of Fort Bliss - too many people and not enough food. In a desperate gamble, the Army unit responsible for securing the walls begins to cast its net far and wide for pre-outbreak food storage locations. Not everyone will make it home. For Sidney Bannister, the Safe Zone has become a nightmare she can no longer endure. She must find a way to leave before her baby is born or risk never experiencing freedom again.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story in this new Shared World!

  • By Joe Mahoney on 09-23-18

Sidney's story continued

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-18

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

This is the first full novel in the Five Roads to Texas series and a good one to start it off. In this book, we pick up Sidney's story from where we left her in the first book. Sidney is in a bad place, having started a riot unintentionally just because she needed clothes that fit her pregnant body. The base is too packed with people and she can feel the tension, especially after the riot, building too high. We get to meet some other characters from the anthology and once Sidney and the others escape the base, we seem to follow them more than Sidney. Which is ok, because Sidney isn't in on the fights or anything so her story would be pretty dull if we didn't have the other perspectives.

There's a lot of things that happen and some of it seems a little unbelievable but it still makes for a good story. The two brothers are wonderful disgusting and you feel bad for the sisters and their grandpa. What Jake and Sidney find at the farm is as close to paradise as you can find in a situation like this. I'm curious to see what's going to happen with them next and if Jake is going to somehow end up working with Ian or maybe join the fight against the people trying to take over the country. The only complaint I have is Carmen's portrayal. It seems a little too stereotypical and I wish the author hadn't gone down that route with her and had given us a strong female character instead of a stereotype.

Mr. Wehrlen again does good with reading the story, though I still wish there were a bit more differences in his character voices, but even still it doesn't distract from the story. Mr. Wehrlen keeps the action from being overwhelming but keeps the slower spots moving at a good pace so you don't get bored. He brings life and personality to the characters, helping you connect with them and care about what happens with them.

  • Pilgrimage

  • A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Story
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

Pilgrimage is a stand-alone post-apocalyptic story of survival. It was previously published as three separate novellas: Crossing, Refuge, and Advent. High School teacher James Rockwell is vacationing in Maine with his family, when an earth-changing explosion sends them on a race for their lives. Their first step is escaping an island in the midst of a tsunami, and it only gets more dangerous from there. Can they find their way home as civilization crumbles around them? And if they do, what horrors will they find?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • To survive, decide

  • By Sue on 09-01-18

More end of the world fun

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

I like this story. You can feel the panic of the family, of James trying to safely get his family home. They run into all sorts of creeps and killers on the way and some really nice people too. When the water surge is racing towards them, you wonder if they're going to get home. Even after they survive the initial panic, the rest of the trip isn't very safe either. Things go wrong left and right and even though they struggle, they're strong enough that you're sure they're going to make it. And when they finally do get home, they don't get to relax because there's danger in their own house. You wonder just how bad things are that this poor family can't even get back home without running into the worst people.

And that's where I have a problem with this story. How do things go so bad so fast? We've seen people and communities come together when a hurricane hits and yes, the power goes out too but I can't believe humanity sinks so low so fast. How can people be out there, killing others for their supplies within days of the outage happening? How can there be squatters taking over people's houses within a day or two? It just doesn't make sense. I can understand if there's some looting or some fights but some of the stuff that happens? It just doesn't seem very realistic. If it really happened like that, we'd see it after tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards but we don't. People tend to come together, at least at first, and I would've liked to have seen that more than having people being killed for nothing or their meager supplies before anyone can even understand what happened.

Mr. Pierce did a good job with the narration and I liked how he gave some characters personality. It would've been nice if there had been a bit of a difference in voices but I don't mind it too much either.

As a post-apocalyptic story, this isn't too bad if you really like those kinds of stories, give this one a try. Even though it could've been stronger, it's still interesting.

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  • Five Roads to Texas

  • A Phalanx Press Collaboration
  • By: W.J. Lundy, Brian Parker, Rich Baker, and others
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 128

It spread fast - no time to understand it - let alone learn how to fight it. Once it reached you, it was too late. All you could do is run. Rumored safe zones and potential for a cure drifted across the populace, forcing tough decisions to be made. They say only the strong survive. Well, they forgot about the smart, the inventive, and the lucky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great story, can't wait for the next round!

  • By Julie Loeb on 07-24-18

Better than I expected.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-18

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

This wasn't quite what I expected, it was even better! I thought it would be more of an anthology book, considering there were five different authors involved, so there would be five individual stories but that's not what I got. While each author had their own storyline, they were also connected and felt more like a single author showing a story from different POVs. It really made the story that much more enjoyable and kept me interested. I got to see how different people handled the situation, how they survived and how they handled the aftermath of the event.

I'm not even sure which characters I liked more. They each had their good parts and bad but I found myself either liking a character through the whole thing or not liking them at first and then having them grow on me as their story continued. I found myself really angry at the true villains of the story and their reasoning for what they did both a surprise and not a surprise at the same time. Some of the actions the characters take doesn't always make sense (did you have to kill the doctor? He could've told you so much information! And the army people are complete bastards) but for the most part, I can see normal people doing what the characters do. I don't want to get into too much detail as it could take away from the story but I found that I wanted to keep reading the rest of the series so I could find out what happens to everyone and how they're going to stop the villains. I can't wait for the rest of the books to come out!

Of course, Mr. Wehrlen did a marvelous job at keeping the story going, ramping up the action when it calls for it and slowing things down after to give us a chance to recover. He does a good job at keeping the characters voices separate enough that you're not completely lost on who's talking and giving them each their own personality.

If you love End of the World stories with intrigue and captivating characters, make sure you give this one a listen!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Lit

  • The Alt Apocalypse, Book 2
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

In Lit, Abrahams tells the story of a couple on a camping trip to the Angeles National Forest, a Los Angeles firefighter, a lonely fry cook, and a group of college students who struggle to escape and survive in Southern California after an unprecedented outbreak of wild and urban fires. Can they escape the flames? Will they become heroes or run from danger? What will it take to end a fiery hell on earth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting premise

  • By KS on 07-22-18

Same characters, new story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-18

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

This is the second in Abrahams Alt Apocalypse series and it was a pretty wild ride. Even if you haven't read the first one, you can enjoy this one since each book in the series is a stand-alone, just with recurring characters. But what I found interesting and a fun Easter egg, is that some of the characters remember the alternate stories they've gone through. That actually helps tie the stories together even more.

Once again, we're not given a lot of background for each character but for some reason, that seems to work. We're introduced to a few new characters, making you wonder if they'll show up in later stories or not. Abrahams does a good job of making the reader feel the tension in the scenes. The terror of literally out running a forest fire, being brave enough to rescue someone even if you're not sure it's possible, keeping friends and family safe. When one character dies by smoke inhalation, I could almost feel my lungs and throat seize up with them. Abrahams does a good job of painting what it would be like dealing with the fires, being in the middle of them and how brave the EMTs and firefighters are in trying to stop them.

Of course, no story is perfect and there were a few times that the story stuttered and stumbled a bit but they were few and far between. This was like riding a roller coaster, you're never quite sure where the next turn or loop is going to be and when you've made it through the ride, you are both relieved and excited. I'm excited about the next book in the series, to see what Abrahams does with the characters and to see if the ones I like make it through this time or not.

Once again, Mr. Pierce does a good job on keeping the tension tight when it needs to be but helping the reader relax during the parts in between. Each character has enough personality to make them interesting and to keep me listening and a distinct enough voice that, while I had some trouble figuring out who was who sometiems, I could tell if someone else was talking if there were multiple characters talking at the same time.

Overall, this was a great second book and I cared about the characters. I both want to see what Abrahams does to everyone in the next one while dreading what he's going to put them through.

  • Currency of Souls

  • By: Kealan Patrick Burke
  • Narrated by: Rich Miller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

Welcome to Eddie's Tavern, the only functioning waterhole in a near-dead town. Among the people you'll meet tonight are: Tom, Milestone's haunted lawman, who walks in the shadow of death; Gracie, the barmaid, a wannabe actress, doomed to spend her hours tending bar in a purgatory of her father's making; Flo, the town seductress, who may or may not have murdered her husband; Cobb, a nudist awaiting an apology from the commune who cast him out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WHOA! NOW THAT'S INTERESTING!

  • By Victoria Haugen on 08-19-18

Great writing, story got confusing though

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-18

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

I was really looking forward to listening to this story, it sounded really interesting and for the most part, it was. The characters were varied and intriguing and I wanted to know what was going on with them, what the deal with the bar, town, and preacher was about. But that's where things started to run into trouble. We're not given any backstory, not at first, so I had no idea who these characters were, their connection to each other or why they were letting the preacher control their lives and forcing them into doing what he wanted. You do eventually get backstory but it's almost too late. A few characters you don't find out what their deal was until it was too late and some never even got a backstory. It would've helped me care about these characters more if I'd known why they were stuck in the town.

The first half of the story was good and pretty straightforward but about half-way through, things got confusing. You're introduced to new characters, things happen but aren't fully explained. I wish I had understood things better and maybe if I had read the book, and could've gone back to figure things out easier, it would've helped but just hearing things play out I got lost. It's too bad because I found the twist at the end really good and I wish what happened before it wasn't so confusing. The narrator, Rich Miller, did a good job of trying to keep me engaged in the story, though I wish there'd been a bit more variety in the voices to help keep it straight on who was talking if there weren't any indicators.

The author, for the most part, did a great job writing, I just wish the second act hadn't become muddled and confusing. But I'm willing to give this author another try, I did enjoy most of the story.

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  • Frostbitten

  • One Nation Under Zombies, Book 2
  • By: Raymond Lee
  • Narrated by: Mark Westfield
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

The group of survivors must go up against their deadliest opponent yet: Winter. The survivors must bounce back from their losses and push through a harsh winter. Again, the humans they cross are far more dangerous than the undead scrambling for their flesh. They must overcome battles within their own group to help one another survive the elements as they find themselves once again on the run with zombies and their own demons chomping at their heels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of twisted action.

  • By cosmitron on 06-11-18

Interesting book, needed some work

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-18

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

This book was pretty decent, though I wish I had read/heard the first book it would make more sense. The author does a pretty good job of writing zombies but it needed a bit more work. The characters needed more work and while you don't need a lot of character development for a zombie book, you do need some. The same goes for world building. Maybe some people enjoyed this more but I like more "bite" to my stories and this needed it. It did have an interesting premise though and I am curious enough to check into the books and see if I'd like to read them or not. It's hard to give up on a good zombie story.

Also, I had a lot of trouble with Mr. Westfield's narration. He has a strange dip in his tone which was less noticeable (but still there) when he would do voices for the characters but when he was just reading non-speaking parts it was very noticeable and really bothered me. Enough where I wish I had read the book instead of listened to it. It made it hard to get into the story because the odd inflection in his voice kept taking me right out. He did do well with giving each character their own voice though, I wish I could've gotten over the odd tone.

Overall, it's not a bad story that has a lot of promise. Not sure I'd listen to more of the series but I may check the books out. I would strongly suggest listening to the sample before buying, to see if Westfield's inflection bothers you or not.

  • Paradox Slaughter

  • A Roak: Galactic Bounty Hunter Novel
  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 48

Robbed of his chits and betrayed by one of his oldest contacts, Roak is now on a rampage across the galaxy to hunt the duplicitous scumbag down and exact some serious payback. Bishop is on the run, and Roak is right behind him. System by system, planet by planet, contact by contact, Roak leaves no rock unturned and no lead unchecked. He beats answers out of those that dare help Bishop. He kills those that refuse to answer. Roak is waging war on the criminal grapevine, and no one is safe from his wrath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Galactic manhunt.

  • By cosmitron on 06-08-18

A great addition to the series!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-18

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

I'm a big fan of Mr. Bible's Z-Burbia series and I now have another of his series that I love. Roak's past has been a mystery up until now but we're finally starting to see what made him the way he is, why he's so different than most of the humans. Roak is his usual sarcastic self only this time, he's not after a bounty, he's after someone he considered a friend (though I'm not sure Roak really has any friends) that betrayed him and stole all his money. Only things aren't what they seem and there's more going on then meets the eye.

While Roak would rather do things alone, he's somehow accrued a group of people willing to fight for and with him. Hessa is of course great and I wonder if she's going to get a body at some point where she can join Roak on his missions, but I'm not sure if I'd like that. I like her on the ship and keeping an eye on Roak, trying to keep him from getting killed. My favorite new character has to be Yellow Eyes. I want to learn more about him and since secondary characters around Roak seem to die, I was very happy to see him still alive at the end of this book and even becoming part of Roak's crew. Reek is as much a mystery as Roak and I really want to find out what their backgrounds are together, what happened to them before.

I don't want to give away who the villain is, that's something you need to read but he sounds monstrous and I hope Roak and his new crew can overcome him in later books. The new mission Roak gets at the end of the book is intriguing and I definitely want to read more. There are so much action and intrigue going on in the story, you're going to find yourself having to re-listen to parts just to make sure you got it all.

Mr. Wehrlen does a wonderful job, as usual. He brings life to the characters and does a very good female voice (not a lot of narrators can pull that off) and he makes the action even more thrilling. I don't think anyone else could do Roak justice.

There are a few rough spots, there always are in books, but they're pretty minor and don't detract from the story. If you want to hear about someone with a mysterious past, killing people that deserve it, trying to survive just one more day and a lot of action, this book, and series, are a must read.

  • Zombie Annihilation: A Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Survival

  • Last Man Standing, Book 2
  • By: Max Lockwood
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Matthew, Carl, and Sergio brave the toughest obstacles on the road in this new world. Nothing could have prepared them for what they would encounter. After coming across a well-defended base, they desperately try to make allies. But some of the members of the group have other ideas. The zombies are everywhere. It’s more dangerous than ever to survive. The new members of their group want to help them survive. But when tensions rise, and one of the members gets lost to the zombies, will they be able to stand by their ethics?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Are there Zombies in the White House ?

  • By cosmitron on 06-08-18

Not bad but could've been better

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-18

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

This wasn't a bad story but it could've been a lot better. Matthew is a former soldier and while he has PTSD, a lot of the things he and the others do just seem stupid. They take stupid risks and don't seem to always think things through when they do plan. They drive around the city without any plan on where to go and they don't bother trying to look up a way to get to where they want. Granted there aren't phone books or anything anymore but there are maps. All they had to do was stop at a gas station or a library and grab some.

The zombies in this story don't seem like zombies either. They are infected, they do try to chase people down and try to eat them, but you can kill them the same way you can a normal human. Slit their throats, stab them in the chest or head. They just didn't seem like the normal zombies I'm used to and while that isn't necessarily a bad thing, it did make it harder to understand why they were having such a hard time surviving. There was a mother with a baby wandering the streets with just a knife, how hard could it really be? And where are the police and military? This is supposed to take place in New York but it didn't feel like New York. There were hardly any people, alive or zombies, and there just seemed to be convenient buildings nearby all the time. An office building, a bodega, a grocery store and a hotel and they all seemed to be in the same few blocks. Just seemed odd to me. Maybe it's possible but it didn't feel right as I read it. Also, Matthew, Surge, and Carl seemed way too trusting when they run into the girls and even when they're at the gated community. It all seemed too easy when they were in the community and why on God's green Earth would the mayor tell them what she did! That really made no sense!

Also, how convenient was it that Ellie was the one that created the virus? How did she and Matthew even run into each other? I can't see how a scientist, doing what she was doing, would be in New York. There just seemed to be a lot of things that didn't fit right, especially the timeline. Everything seemed to have been going on for a long while but the way everyone was talking it sounded like it was actually just a matter of a few weeks, months at the most.

I was happy to hear Mr. Wehrlen's voice though. He narrates a few of my favorite zombie series and hearing him is always a treat. He manages to bring life to the characters and make me interested in them and what happens to them. I like hearing his unique take on things.

Overall, this isn't a bad book or even a bad story but I wish it had been written a little bit better and the problems with it had been straightened out and tweaked so they made the story stronger. If you love zombie series, there are better ones out there but this isn't too bad if you're looking for something to add to your collection.