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Digging up this once-in-a-lifetime story could have lethal consequences....

Jess Carmichael longs to break a news feature that will change the world. But the TV reporter never expects a mysterious telephone call from her ex to be the source. Rushing to a shady government facility, Jess struggles to believe the outrageous reports....

With her loyal camera crew by her side, the intrepid journalist arrives in Cornwall at her partner’s last known location. But when Jess pushes for access, she gets more than she bargained for. Still kept in the dark, she’s about to play a starring role in a twisted and grisly exclusive....

Can Jess expose a sinister cover up before millions fall prey to a zombie outbreak?

Before The End is the second and standalone book in the thrilling post-apocalyptic series In The End. If you like dark horror, fast-paced action, and bloodthirsty zombies, then you’ll love GJ Stevens’ high-stakes tale.

Buy Before The End watch a reporter break a flesh-eating story today!

©2019 Gareth J Stevens (P)2020 Gareth J Stevens

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Total Game Changer!

So, in book one, we mostly follow Logan, who has come into the zombie apocalypse while on vacation in southern England. In this book, we start at the beginning with Jessica, who is a reporter, trying to figure out a cryptic phone call from her ex. Same timeline as book one, but from a completely different viewpoint. At the end of book one, you see the moment Logan first sees Jess and the news van. I never expected her misadventures would be even crazier than his! And SOOO much darker. I've already started book three, which takes it up ANOTHER notch. So far, they might still get containment, or at least a vaccine or cure, which sort of makes our current pandemic seem mild by comparison. I mean, hey, we aren't trying to eat each other... Yet...

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Excellent Story

I loved this story. The characters are great. We find out how the virus started, and why. It is all tangled up in a relationship that our main character has tried to avoid, but when here ex calls her, she runs to the rescue. Then everything falls apart and our main character tries to warn others about what is going on. I was glued to my seat and sucking in my breath at every turn. The narrator does an excellent job at bring the book to life. I would recommend listening to this book.

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did two different authors write these books?

I tried to like it. I loved the first audio book and was eager to get into the second. I feel like the author decided to write an entirely different style book.
Not sure why the series decided to make a turn in a different direction? This was more about two ex lovers as the navigate their past relationship and how toxic it was; and oh by the way there were zombies too?
I tried to get into it; actually got about 4 hours into the 12 hour book and kinda lost interest in them. I returned it.
I guess I wanted more zombies and less bad relationship drama. It wasn't bad, just not for me.

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On the edge of my seat

a great story. I was completely invested in this story. I needed and wanted to know what would happen next. not your typical zombie book. no special bunkers, go bags, or amazing find of stash of weapons. an absolute must read.

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Really good take on how it all began

I enjoyed the story for the most part. GJ Stevens description of how it all started is a new one for me. At times it seemed to be a story of a dysfunctional relationship more than the beginning of the Zombie pandemic. Sarah Kempton did a good job but it was like she put such emphasis on the first word of every sentence and then read normal. Like JESS thought to herself, "IF only I had known what Toni was doing. THEN I could have done something about it. BUT how was I to know?"s Other than that, she did great. Very pleasant voice. I will be sure to pick up Book 3.

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Great story! Long Story!

This was overall a good storyline..it just seemed to drag on a bit. I think it was SO descriptive it was too descriptive..Like by the time Jess was through describing someone's features...or what the doorway looked like...or how the van looked on the outside...I was ready to move on long before then. I love the storyline and premise...just a bit drawn out for me. The narration is quite perfect!

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Nice start to this series

I enjoyed this book overall, some spots here and there I had to back up and register for it to make sense but all in all, good book, I will get the next to see where it goes.

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very good

Loved the narrator def more emotion in her voice when telling the story. Enjoyed the direction this story is taking, different take from alot of the Zombie books I have read. Cant wait for book 3!

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great listen

I want to say that's it's a page turner, however that doesn't apply with the audios, but what I can say is that when listening in the car I was disappointed when I arrived at my destination!! The narrator did an excellent job with the read.

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Top notch!

I really enjoyed the first book but I must say that this one captured my interest straight from the start. I also appreciated the narrator more on this book as well.
the back story was extremely interesting and I can't wait for the next book to discover more about the way this virus acts and the vaccine/mutation that Toni created. great book and am loving this series.

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  • 09-07-20

Another great story

This is a great fresh zombie story in the series fromGL Stevens, I really enjoyed this book, and it is set in the UK.

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  • spudkid
  • 10-11-21

Great series

fast paced great audio book highly recommend can't wait to listen to more 5 stars from me

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  • Wayne Pickrell
  • 06-13-21

just as good as book 1

Continuing from where book 1 finished, but, from another characters perspective. Still a great series.

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  • tony mann
  • 03-17-21

Fantastic book

Just like the first book this story was brilliant. Kept me gripped the whole time. Extremely well written and brilliantly narrated. Can’t wait for the next one. But this book now!!!

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  • Mia Harper
  • 10-11-20

Zombie hybrids

The story continues with the addition of reporter Jess chasing the story of a lifetime, only to discover betrayal at the heart of it. An interesting and action packed read with great narration. I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • The-Scarlet-Finch
  • 10-07-20

A Compelling Read!

I received this book via a promo code and this is my honest voluntary review.

Answering seasonal Christmas phone calls from your Ex never ends well but for prize winning journalist Jessica, this is more than just a regret-fuelled hangover. There's limited information that I can share regarding how that distressed call from Toni ended without giving out spoilers but I can assure you that this book can be enjoyed as a standalone as it follows a different set of survivors and runs parallel to the events happening with Logan, Cassie and their group in book one.

If I had been impressed with this saga in book one, then book two has completely blown it out of the zombie infested waters.

I am now eagerly awaiting the release of Book 3- After the End to see what next becomes of Jessica and Alex after successfully completing their mission to get the news out as we observed from Logan's POV at the end of book one.

November 27th can't come soon enough!

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  • Bookish Barbi
  • 10-02-20

The Truth Must Be Told Whatever The Cost

I really enjoyed how the story was written in the POV of a reporter and took us back to "Before The End".

Although the story is book 2, it's actually a prequel and can be read as a stand alone.

Jess is a great character, she's hardcore with heart. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to punch her partner in the throat!!

Thank you for writing a book that pulled me in from the first page and wouldn't let go until the very last word. Descriptive without being too wordy, I love a book I can imagine in my head as I read and this one played like a movie!

Free audiobook provided for honest review.

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  • Gaea
  • 07-10-20

Don’t waste your credit

Crap! Self indulgent, no excitement no thrill. Quite boring! I wasted my time on this

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  • T Loader
  • 06-07-20

Before the End

Great book, I really enjoyed this. This book goes into greater detail on the different characters. This gives a good insight into the different ways people could respond to a zombie apocalypse.
Great read!!

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  • Anne Marie Weller
  • 03-14-20

A cracker

Loved this book as I did with In the End. A real page turner from start to finish. Meaty characters with twists & turns all through. What will their journey be?!? I can’t wait to hear what comes next.