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Dead State: Survival Road

Dead State, Book 2
Narrated by: B.C. Archer
Series: Dead State, Book 2
Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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He survived the first wave. But the road ahead swarms with corpses hungry for flesh...

Fifteen-year-old James remains haunted by what he's had to do to stay alive. His one glimmer of hope remains the idea of reuniting with his mother and sister. But with the chasers spilling blood at every turn, he fears making it to the safe zone in Portland could be impossible.

When a fellow survivor arrives with a working vehicle, James persuades him to arm up and take the long journey westward. Hunted by the ravenous undead, they must rely on dubious allies to keep the quest alive. And each step toward safety seems more dangerous and deadly.

Can James survive to find his family on the other side of an infected wasteland?

Survival Road is the second book in a thrilling post-apocalyptic series. If you like three-dimensional characters, relentless zombies, and gritty action, then you'll love Derek Shupert's survivalist tale. Buy Survival Road to tag along on an undead road trip today!

©2019 Derek Shupert (P)2019 Derek Shupert

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What do I know? I’m just a kid, after all.

Dead State: Survival Road (Dead State, Book 2) by Derek Shupert and narrated by B.C. Archer is a great second book to the series. Recommend for those who enjoy YA zompoc stories. 4 ½ stars for story and narration.

The story picks up where the first book left off and fairly quickly picks up the pace. James, his dog Duke, and new friend Lucas are making their way to a safe zone where James’s sister and mom are said to be. Only Lucas has heard it’s not safe anymore, but nevertheless, they are off to find them. Along the way, they meet Cassie and Mack, the former a potential love interest. There is of course some chaser action throughout. How would I sum up the book? It’s a combo of zombie apocalypse 101 and life lessons. And James, chasers are twenty points...

So why only 4 ½ stars? While it’s an improvement from the first book, there’s still some unneeded dialogue (stating the obvious/repeats). It’s a good YA zombie book and you should def check it out. I appreciate it’s not all rainbows and sunshine.

The narrator, B.C. Archer, did a good job. Better voices this time around, but occasionally too monotone. I asked my BIL (who’s a YA and doesn’t like audiobooks) what his thoughts were on the narrator- he said he’s was good, hence why I’m writing this.

Overall I enjoyed the book and look forward to the third. I do recommend. A little note to Derek: Please don’t Old Yeller Duke or we’re gonna throwdown ;)

A couple of quotes from the book:
“I have now come full circle to what this world wants me to be.”
“But hey, what do I know? I’m just a kid, after all.”

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: it’s a zompoc so themes related to that- death, killing of zombies.
language used: s x1, damn x7, piss/ed x5, hell x14, bastard x3

“I was given this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.”

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  • Sal
  • New York City
  • 10-02-19

Just wonderful Zombie Apocalypse Series - LOVED IT

I have already listened twice - and I can't wait to see what develops with James (and his new female companion) in the next book. This story has everything I like in a Zombie apocalypse tale - Great Characters you can really fall in love with - Great Action and Suspense - and fighting for survival at every turn. Oh and DUKE the wonder dog!! I highly recommend the second book and the Series!!!

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Love this series!

The story continues from where if left off. Loved the book, overall a great series. Narrator did a great job.
Hoping book 3 will be released soon as well.

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Dead State: Survival Road

Second book in this series. YA zombie apocalypse series with a young man and his dog trying to meet up with his mother and younger sister. Story line was interesting and kept me entertained til the end. Narrator did a good job. I received this for free for an honest review.

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  • Joey
  • New Mexico
  • 09-25-19

Even better than the first - Loved it!

You know what’s better than a great Audiobook? A sequel that’s even better,! I’m really loving this series. I’ll listen to both again from the beginning. Can’t wait for the 3rd,

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Great Story - Perfect Narration - Super Audiobook!

This is a great story about James and His Dog. James meets a girl in the second book and she is a really lovable character too. The Narrator did such a good job on this one and I am more than happy with my purchase. Can't wait for the next one :)

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I am really loving this Series - Great Story!

I am so please with this Story and Series. I thought the Second book was even better than the first. I was so disappointed when it ended - but I will just listen again and patiently wait for number 3.

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Sometimes it’s best not to know!

B. C. Archer is the narrator once again. This series just keeps getting better. The characters are on a roller coaster of emotions, sad, hope, devastation, and heart break. James can not catch a break. James and Duke are now being helped by Lucas, Cassie, and Mack. Really can’t wait to listen to the next book.

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James and His Dog - WOW - Loved it!!

I am such a big dog lover and a huge SHTF story Fan. There is nothing about this series that i have not liked so far. The second book is even better than the second! I really think you will enjoy this audiobook and anxiously await the next in the series.

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Extremely Well Written and Narrated !

I am an Avid Zombie Apocalypse or TEOTWAWKI tales - and this one is exceptional. It's sad, happy, tragic, suspenseful, action-packed, and now I"m waiting for number 3. Keep them coming!

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  • Sara B
  • 11-08-19

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

Dead State: Survival Road, the second book in the series picked up where the first book left off. This was a great followup story. James' survival instincts have improved and Duke remains loyal as ever. The pace was a bit faster with the introduction of new characters. The zombies, AKA Chasers remain relentless and on the pursuit. There were some intense Chaser scenes.

Derek Shupert's writing was better in this book, especially the dialogue. He both demonstrated the pain of loss and the need for human connection. I really liked the new characters, especially Lucas. B.C. Archer's narration was better in this book. I was very satisfied with the various voices of the characters.

Considering that the book is geared more to a younger audience, it's a bit tamed but still very good. Personally, I enjoyed this audiobook and look forward to the third.

*I was given this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Michelle Sewell
  • 11-05-19

Excellent sequel

I have listened to book his series and I really enjoyed this one much more. The narration really improved in terms of the conversations between characters~just seemed more fluid. The narrator really captures the emotions of the main character.

The storyline has bucket loads of “nail biting” moments and the ending has a great cliff hanger so I definitely will be listening to the next book.

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  • Nat 87
  • 10-11-19

Some good ideas

An enjoyable listen, I hadn't realised that this was book 2 in the series when I listened, but actually there is enough information about previous events that I didn't feel I couldn't get into the story.
As a YA zompoc it delivers a good story line with some interesting characters.

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  • J. Caddick
  • 09-30-19

Great narration.

Read the books but enjoyed listening to it again. Just as exciting the second time.