Caldera Book 1

Narrated by: Johnny Mack
Series: Caldera, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
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For years, the biggest threat that Yellowstone was thought to offer was in the form of its semi-dormant super volcano. Little did anyone realize the threat was real and slowly working its way to the surface, but not in the form of magma. Lying deep within the bowels of the Earth itself, an ancient virus waited. Recently credited with the extinction of Neanderthal man, the virus erupts into a crowded Yellowstone. The park is packed with sight seers and party goers during a benefit concert who are all now fodder for the ancient rage virus.

Follow along as park rangers and local sheriffs find themselves overwhelmed with a park full of infected human cannibals.

©2017 Devil Dog Press (P)2018 Heath Stallcup

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Wait till this warms up.

Would you listen to Caldera Book 1 again? Why?

Yes it is a well written story, but you have to enjoy this genre.

Who was your favorite character and why?

N/A

What does Johnny Mack bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He makes the story come alive.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes it is an interesting read.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Pretty good start to the series.

Bob and his family are in Yellowstone to get away from everything and enjoy the peace and quite, but they didn't realise that there is a benefit concert on at the same time. Never the less, they decide to stay. While there, his daughter and son are messing in the water when they smell an awful smell. They quickly get out of the water. Later that night, the daughter starts to feel ill. She deteriorates rapidly and attacks her mother. Bob knows something isn't right because of her eyes and wrestles her down and ties her up. Bobs wife starts to feel ill soon after and disappears. Bob and his son go looking for her, but things take a horrible turn when it becomes obvious that she is heading to the benefit concert! Hundreds of people have no idea what is about to happen.

This was a solid start, to what I hope will be a great Zombie series. The book doesn't just focus on Bob and his family. We also meet the park rangers tasked with keeping the concert under control and a few other characters, all of whom converge at some point. I liked pretty much all the characters and found them easy to connect with. They were well written and developed and easy to like.

The plot was relatively fast paced. I liked that the author spent time on setting the scene and introducing the characters, before the zombies really start. I also liked how the virus came to be. It was a change from the normal, human error or intention that we see all the time. The virus was always there, it wiped out the Neanderthals and a simple shift in earth has caused it to resurface! It was a refreshing change!!

In all, this was a good read. On finishing it, I wanted to read the next one to see what happens the characters!! Hopefully the rest of them come to audio.

Johnny Mack read this well. He had plenty of tones and voices for the characters, and was clear and easy to listen to. The one complaint I had was that he didn't put enough into the performance to truly bring the story to life. I wanted a little more put into bringing the tenseness etc to life!!

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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Crazy and graphic fun!!!

What a start to a great series. Volcanos, zombies and metal. The premise was excellent. The action was fun and the horror was graphic and creepy.
The “zombies” were cool and vicious, as they should be. All in all, the story was well crafted and enjoyable.

The narration was done well. A little rough starting out but leveled out and was very easy to listen to.

I requested a free review copy of this audiobook and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review.

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Good zombie story

I like a good zombie story and being that they weren't created by the typical government cover-up majes it even better. Did NOT like the end. Kind of abrupt.

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Could be not as bad, in my opinion

Decent enough setting for a cool outbreak. Not the biggest fan of the character stories but they’re not the worst. Cool idea about where the virus became active but the narration sounded like he was speaking in comic sans which made the book sounds kind of silly and comical. I feel like i could get in to it if the narration was better fitting. Just my opinion, get a sample if possible and choose for yourself.

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Great Concept / Disappointing Execution

This story is driven entirely by stupid people making the same stupid mistakes over and over again.
The audio book is also overpriced for a 5.5hr incomplete story with an abruptly ending. I'm not taking the hook to buy the next couple chapters in book two.

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A start

I've read all books and am now listening to the audio books futon quarantine. Plenty of time to enjoy this series all over again.

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Yellowstone and Zombies

This story is based on if there was a virus in the hot water in the Yellowstone and this virus caused the death of early primitive man now could it activate again and cause death of modern man.
The story starts when people go to Yellowstone to vacation, camp and go to watch a concert that is raising money for buying trees to plant in the park. One family is having there first vacation in the park but things start to go wrong as soon as they arrive first while in the hot springs there is slight earthquake and the hot spring starts to boil and release fumes that contains the virus and the daughter is infected and matters of seconds she starts to turn and attacking her mother and infect her. You read of the Park Rangers, Local Cops and the visitors of the park are effected and start to kill each other and the military being called for help. You read the story about a family of four the daughter and mother being the first victims, the family that is made up the rangers,police and sheriff and finally a man who came to camp and meets a local resident. Their stories tells of the horrors they faced, the death of friends and family and finally the death of the people at the concert in trying to escape to get away from the zombies and so many died in trying.
I recommend this audible it is quite different from the story of zombies we see or read about but I would say listen to all the audiobooks first before writing reviews the books stop and start with no delay in the story.


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Caldera

A virus is released from an earthquake shaking up hot springs.Zombies result from the virus.Ok characters,okstory.Johnny Mack was a good narrator.Some repetition of lines in the beginning.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Good old campy horror fun.

Story: Typical virus story that was fun and had interesting characters.

Structure: I found nothing wrong with the style or way it was written. Easy to follow.

Narrator: Was fine and did not hear any errors. He had enough range where I could tell the characters about. Can work on his female characters a bit though.


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  • Ostfeld
  • 05-24-18

Ok, i was wrong !

Truthfully I’m so tired of Zombies that if I took my time and read what this book is about I wouldn’t have gotten it.
But to my surprise the author Heath Stallcup have done such an amazing job with this book that every character in it feels so true, really beautiful writing and the narrator Johnny Mack perfectly completed the job, together they created a masterpiece which I’m happy to say that I enjoyed every moment of it, and I can’t wait for the next audiobook of this series to come out !

I fully recommend this book for All !!!



For an honest review I’ve accepted a free copy of this audiobook.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 05-01-18

One can't second guess crazy people.

"One can't second guess crazy people."

Whilst in Europe, two scientists puzzle over why the samples of Neanderthal DNA are showing identical, and seemingly impossible, readings, a fund raising rock concert is is getting ready to explode music in Yellowstone Park. There, not for music but to enjoy quiet and the joys of nature, are Bill Martin, with his fishing gear and tent, and seperately, Bob, with his not-so-happy family in a giant camper van, loaned to him by his brother.
Both are going to experience far more than hot springs and bears.

Caldera is a great start to a new series with good, humourous dialogue and a well established basis of normality before everything starts to go wrong. But when it does, it does so big time, with established characters being swept away unexpectedly even as others struggle to survive.

The performance by Johnny Mack captures it all with a warm, well crafted reading, including individualized character voicings, and a pace closely matched to the text. The whole, narration and writing, make for a very human, exciting beginning to the apocalyptic series, one which this reader is looking forward to continuing.

My thanks to the rights holder of Camera 1, for freely gifting me with a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. I often enjoy books of this genre but this one exceeded my expectations with it's warmth, good humour and, yes, a terrifying feeling of reality. Recommended.

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  • PotsnPans
  • 07-24-19

Solid but not outstanding.

I found this one a bit simple, the premise is new yes, but then it becomes same old, same old. Yes, rip roaring zombies but they've probably been done a little more originally with stronger writing. Felt like we had to cram in some bad language, cram in some lewdness just to tick the boxes. Characters were simplistic. Take it or leave it for me, probably wont be following the series forward for now. Felt a little like maybe this is the first book for the author?? Not sure, just a little amateurish amongst what is out there in the genre. Narration didnt bring anything much to the table but didnt detract either.