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Set on the coast of South Carolina, an unknown infection has caused people to die and come back to life as reanimated corpses, attacking any living person.

This is the story of the survival of one man who was the benefactor of a shelter that helped him to live through the onslaught of the infected dead. Beginning with the initial days of the apocalypse, Ed Jackson watches the world die from the safety of his shelter, but there are others who are also trying to stay alive as they seek refuge. He must decide who he will take into his shelter and who he will reject, and those decisions will help him to form the bonds he did not have even before the end of the world. He and his new friends are faced with the dangers of the dead world as they are forced to leave the safest shelter anyone could possibly have in order to do more than simply exist in a zombie-infested world.

©2016 Bob Howard (P)2019 Tantor

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Hmmmm....

I'm always down for a good Zombie book, however.. the act of prepping and survival of any emergency takes a lot of work, The lead character was simply handed everything he needed to survive without having to work for it. learning more about the uncle who was the one who had survival instincts and set up the island, would have been more interesting to me. I Love Graham for the narration, he always does a pretty good job.

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Comfort Zompoc

If you've read a bunch of Zompoc/Apoc literature where the author keeps killing off the characters you've grown fond of (I'm looking at you, Sarah Lyons Fleming!), then think of this as the "comfort food" version of zombie literature.

Sure, bad things happen, and bad people happen, but somehow the characters we've grown fond of seem to get really lucky. This series does require a certain suspension of belief, and there are times you'll think to yourself "Really?!" but still. Think of it as comfort-food. It's yummy and comforting and maybe doesn't challenge you but that's okay sometimes. (If you liked "The Last Tribe" by Brad Manuel, you'll probably like this one, too.)

The characters are likeable, and there's enough action through the series (I'm now on book 4) to keep you going, but if you're really into militaristic shoot-em-up type apoc lit where the action is non-stop, this probably isn't going to be your type of thing.

The narrator is excellent. I always find male narrators difficult for female voices but this one's bearable, and the main male voices are very well distinguished. He has a comfortable voice, too, which helps with the whole comforting feeling of this series.

Really, there's a pandemic on right now, and I'm turning to books that make me feel, well, reassured. Cheered. If you like zombies but are tired of everyone dying all of the time, then give this series a try.

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Completely disappointed

I can appreciate a story where the lead character has a fair share of luck on their side. However, this book is too much! I mean everything was neatly provided for this guy. The lack of conflict at the start of the book definitely sets up a dull story. I do not recommend this book, unless you're in the market for mind numbing boredom.

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How convenient

No real struggle here, nothing unique, and so many moments of "how convenient" happening that this story should be a hard pass to anyone thinking of getting it. Graham's narration is spot on as usual and the only reason I stuck through the whole story. The story itself was lame, seriously, don't bother.

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boring writing

In world where the apocalypse has come to fruition; I introduce you Ed the man who literally has the best luck in all of the world.. what's that your bunker that you inherited literally a few days before the apocalypse fell on humanity has three rooms your unfamiliar with and various motors that need maintenance you dont know how to do. no worries a boat with three people whom all pocess those exact skills is literally floating toward you. The main characters near obsession over video games feels forced and even maybe as an added after thought. I am gonna get a refund on this credit it was a waste. Narrator did a great job tho

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sucked bad. stupid story line and people were bad

hated it could tell what was going to happen though. out the story the end

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A Main Character that you can root For

If you can suspend belief in the logic of some of the MC choices then the adventure has a plot that both entertains, but does not
overwhelm with mean spirited violence much of the genre is subjected with.

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Okay read

Not bad, I've listened to worse! I really liked the relationship and interactions between characters.

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Pointless story decent narrator

I’m a fan of apocalypse tales because there are limitless opportunities for interesting stories. I’m at a loss as to how the author made such a pointless story. The survivors resolved all there basic needs within a few days of the zom-pocalyse then created unnecessary outings and projects. No need to poke holes in their grand plans. There are already crater sized holes in every plan. The story is simultaneously Boring and annoying. Weak.... Bland... blah.
The characters had potential but they ended up as boring as the story.
So much wasted potential...
The narrator does a good job with both gender’s voices.

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Tame

It’s a believable scenario. There will be people lucking into great prepper places. It is not so believable that it’s 2 men and 2 women immediately finding each other and all but the lucky prepper hide out dude have valuable talents. But it’s ok.

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  • 03-29-20

very entertaining

I enjoyed the story and the characters. I want to know what happens next so will definitely be buying the next book in the series. I recommend this one.

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  • glenn longworth
  • 12-16-19

great

yet again another great book really pulled me in ..yes its not the best but loved it all the same