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Apocalypse

Toy Soldiers Series, Book 1
Narrated by: John Lee
Series: Toy Soldiers Series, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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The only thing worse than death is living in hell on Earth. 

Disorder and chaos ravage London when thousands are contaminated by the accidental discharge of an experimental bio-weapon. The disease robs its hosts of rational thought, giving them a singular desire - find more living flesh to infect. 

Cut off from information and senior leadership, one squadron of soldiers under the command of their senior NCO, Sergeant Major Johnson, finds itself forced to operate independently until the remnants of military and government command re-establish themselves safely at sea in the English Channel. 

The infected, however, have a different agenda. They gather into massive hordes, sweeping the countryside and leaving nothing alive in their wake. 

Don't miss this heart-stopping intro to a zombie thriller series about survival against all odds! You've never experienced the undead like this before.

©2018 DHP Publishing (P)2019 Tantor

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Loved it from the beginning

I loved this book when I read. The performance was amazing. Highly recommend on that alone.

Devon C. Ford has an amazing grasp of how to write a character that makes you care about them. I admit this quality and a stellar style keeps me reading. The stories creep up on you with DCF. One second you are wandering alone and scared, the next, you are facing a new challenge that makes you realize just how deeply you care about the character. DCF draws you in. You become one of the cast. Excellent reading/listening experience. Highly recommended for story and characters. One of the best zombie apocalypse books I have read lately.

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Great story, relate able characters.

Well thought out story line containing characters you sincerely root for. Cannot wait for the next book.

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Such A Fine Brogue... But not a good book

The narrator does a good job, in fact, he alone is the brightspot in what is essentially a DOA, no pun intended, dropping with a thud—supremely dull and underwhelming story—in the Z-genre.

The author writes in platitudes, cliches, and stock characters vacuumed out of any WWII movie of the week drama or some you could even imagine were borrowed out of Dad’s Army.

Palmer (no worries, no spoilers) is as predictable as he is boring.

To convince myself I might be too harsh, I listened to passages of this book, then I listened to Wool.

I was right, which does me no favour, since I already bought this audiobook.

Wool takes (let’s be honest) relatively mundane events, but makes them exciting and interesting to discover where the plot will lead.

Apoc— does the opposite. It takes what should be a very interesting story and leadens it under the burden of stock sentences, characters, and beyond predictable moments, thus killing any suspense and enjoyment.

Apo— is like the kid trying to be cool around the campfire, holding the torch and making scary faces and a few howling noises, but lacking the wit and skill of a Stephen King or a Dean Koontz, or the power to suspend disbelief like a Max Brooks in the telling of a good story.

The narrator is top notch and extremely professional. There was one sentence and passage in particular where I could sense the narrator and me were simpatico and of one shared opinion.

I could sense he knew what he was reading was lame and weak, but he dramatised it with gusto. He never gave up on this story, and I admire his tenacity and gumption.

The prologue and some of the encounters with the Z’s are well-written and crafted. They were my favourite bits.

Unfortunately, the overall story was not remarkable or rememberable in any way, and especially not, when there are so many other much better books in this genre.

Sorry, I cannot recommend this book for the story, but I can give a thumbs up of approval to the narrator for a job well done.

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Another fantastic work from Devon C Ford.

There was quite a bit to like about this audio book. Narration was top notch. The story had me remembering how I grew up in the 1980's, so the emotional connection was there. Overall pacing was great as well. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of apocalyptic fiction.

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Looking for books 2, 3 & 4

I enjoy TEOTWAWKI books & zombie thrillers.
I have listened to many of this author's other series as well and was excited to see this release.
Off to a great start, just not sure why when 4 books are available in print the entire series isn't presented but I will wait and buy them one at a time :)

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  • Nat 87
  • 06-06-19

Absolutely brilliant

I have previously read and enjoyed very much this book, and now to listen to it come to life in audio is brilliant.

The story (series) which I have thoroughly enjoyed due to its superb writing (as expected from DCF) and well written and believable characters has been brought to life by John Lee's narration.

I cannot wait until the next book is out on audible!!

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  • Pauline Ennis
  • 07-29-19

Even better listening to it.

I buy everything Devon C Ford writes without even knowing the synopsis. Why? because i know i will never be disappointed
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I cant recommend this version of the Zombie Apocalypse more. Try it and you will be hooked. If Zombies are not your thing try his After it Happened series.

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  • Rickie Callus
  • 07-06-19

Another stunner from Ford.

absolutely class. Read the book and was dying for the audio. Great voice work. Very much another favourite.

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  • Mark
  • 06-28-19

Great book!

A fantastic read, Devon does write some good stories!
Can’t wait for the next few to come out on audible!

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  • Dave
  • 06-11-19

The 80's Army meets the Apocalypse

This was my first ever audio book, never really fancied them before, I was wrong.

The story, I've read before I'll add, was brought to life by the narrator in a really good way.

I love Devon C Ford's books, this is an excellent enhancement to them.

Can't wait for the rest of the Toy Soldiers series to be released in this format.

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  • daniel
  • 06-06-19

Zompoc Perfection

From start to finish this audiobook kept me hooked. John Lee’s original voice acting talent enriched Devon c Ford’s genius writing style. The story is so realistic that had a virus actually spread, this is what would have happened. This book has heart and I cannot wait for the next instalment. 20/10 if that were possible

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  • Mr M W Fluke
  • 09-13-19

Very good

Really enjoyed this book and looking forward to the 2nd in the series. Very well narrated.

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  • MAD FOX FPV
  • 09-02-19

credit drain train

love a good apocalyptic story but this just feels like another one of these ongoing story lines that could be easily condensed down into 1 or 2 books. rather they release 4 at this point and still no end in sight.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-28-19

Narrator not the best

I feel like the story was going to be good, but the narrator had the most boring voice, this resulted in me not caring about the characters in the slightest and I was simply left bored. It's a shame as I normally enjoy the author's work, but after 2 hours of listening I returned the title for a refund, I was that fed up.

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  • Doll
  • 08-18-19

brilliant

loved it 👍will listen to this one again. great book. can wait to get the next book

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  • Alexandra
  • 06-18-19

Toy soldiers

I’m so glad this made it to audible, I can assure you the wait was worth it. Once again Devon has captured me as he did in the After it happened series and I will wait impatiently for the next instalment.