• A Time to Die

  • Turning Point, Book 1
  • By: Mark Wandrey
  • Narrated by: Craig Good
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (249 ratings)

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A Time to Die

By: Mark Wandrey
Narrated by: Craig Good
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They came from the night sky, lighting the heavens like the promise of salvation. But they didn't bring deliverance.... They brought something far, far worse. Something that turns people into mindless, cannibalistic monsters. And it's spreading.

A reporter follows her story of unspeakable horror south of the border and finds it's worse than she imagined.

A wounded fighter pilot finally gets his chance to return to duty but is faced with a mission that could cost him his wings, or his country its chance.

A billionaire with dreams of space finds a crashed alien spacecraft unlike anything mankind has ever seen.

A brilliant geneticist conducting outlawed research comes face-to-face with the nightmare consuming the world faster than anyone can comprehend...or stop in time.

The government can't contain it. The military can't fight it. This is A Time to Die.

©2017 Mark Wandrey (P)2018 Mark Wandrey

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  • RJ
  • 06-02-18

Alien virus twist to the ZA.

A virus is rapidly spreading across the country; its origin and composition are a complete mystery. Researchers and scientists alike are baffled with the test results as they struggle to discover what this virus is, where it came from, and why it acts as it does. What they do know is that both animal and human are transformed into raging, flesh-eating monsters, aka zombies when exposed to the virus. The story rotates through several sub-plots of survivors dealing with the infection according to their background and specialty. We follow Lt. Andrew “Switchblade” Tobin the fighter pilot asked to perform an illegal mission that may forfeit his career, Dr. Leesha Breda the geneticist overseeing an illegal biomedical project on an abandoned oil rig in international waters, Cathy Clifford the independent reporter who follows an unbelievable story, and Jeremiah Osborn the wealthy entrepreneur who, while looking for meteor fragments for NASA, comes face-to-face with the virus and its mysterious host. The characters are well-developed and each contributes to the advancement of the storyline. The brief relationship between Cobb and Cathy was a breath of fresh air and reinvigorated the story. I enjoyed this tale quite a bit and look forward to more from Mr. Wandrey.

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Addictive

I'm a working mum with two small kids and my guilty secret is an addiction to listening to zombie apocalypse books on my phone. Listening to them makes the ho hum mundane tedium of chores around the house a little easier. I've read so many and nearly didn't purchase this based on some of the reviews. I'm super glad i did, i found it a refreshing story line in a genre now filled with tired cliches. I also loved that there isn't excessive gratuitous gore and violence - enough to keep it realistic. And characters also don't make repeated dumb decisions and actions. As soon as i finished this i purchased extra credits for book number 2.

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Average Zombie Trip

There are a few unique twists in this Zombie book. These twists and the good character development make this a barely above average zombie book. There is plenty of action which helps propel the book along. However, the book seems somewhat choppy, bouncing from one situation and setting to the next. Also, some of the dialogue was poor and not very realistic. And even though the characters were somewhat well developed, i didn’t care for any of them that much.

The narrator was good, but nothing awesome.

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Underwhelming

Standard predictable characters, predictable plot, no new ideas, narrator makes ever character sound like a 70 year old man. Skip this one.

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Standard zombie tale, narrated by Mr. Rogers

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend only to hard-core zombie fans, with a high tolerance for right-wing paranoia. I am such a person. But that's what it takes to like this thing.

What did you like best about this story?

Decent character development, interesting little twists (zombies brought by aliens, subplot trying to figure out the alien technology.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Craig Good?

Anyone, including my 5 year old grand-daughter. He's just terrible--stilted, irritating, the works. Sounded like Mr. Rogers, describing the zombie apocalypse in his neighborhood. Blecchhh.

Was A Time to Die worth the listening time?

Barely. But I did plow through it.

Any additional comments?

It is what it is, and had it's good points. So overall, three stars. But.

Do all zombie authors have to insist the that government would have nothing better to do than try to suppress "the truth" during an apocalypse? Do we have to have the gun fetish displayed so prominently? Does this author really think that "net neutrality" is a secret plot to allow the government to control the internet? I could go on. I'll keep listening to these things though. I may be infected...

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Awesome twist on the ZA

Cant wait for the next book. Loved the story and narration. Definitely worth the money and time.

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Nombies I tell you

Great twist on a ZA enjoyed it a great deal. A view of how the government might try to protect us from the truth.

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I liked it....

I have never read Mark Wandry before. but I have to say it is always a treat when somebody comes up with an original idea in the zombie genre. ca my wait for book 2!

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Good story ruined by bad narrator

This book didn't have a bad storyline but the narrator was so monotone it was hard to get through. With a different narrator I'd have probably rated this book a four. It should be kept in the "there really is nothing else on audible I want to listen to but need something to occupy my time" list.

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Time to die

Loved it! The first book is totally absorbing, can’t wait for the second.
I’ll try one of the authors other books while I wait.

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