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Publisher's Summary

Greed, terrorism, and simple bad luck conspire to bring mankind to its knees as a viral infection spreads out of control, reducing those infected to undead horrors that feed upon the rest. It's a time of misery and death for most, however there are some who are lucky, some who are fast, and some who are just too damned tough to go down without a fight. This is their story.

©2013 Peter Meredith (P)2014 Peter Meredith

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ATE HIS FACE

KISS A@@ UNTIL YOU SMELL OF SH@T
After reading the other reviews, I feel a strong urge to defend the book. This is life as it would mostly be like during an apocalypse. The characters are real people with real faults. The characters are very well developed, but all are not lovable. Some are lovable and if you don't see that you probably didn't finish the book. It takes a while for the characters to develop, but like a George RR Martin book, they don't always do what you expect. That is an example, I am not saying Meredith is as good as Martin, but who is?

Pros
The characters: At first I thought oh no, another He Man Conservative propaganda novel. The novel starts out stressing, might means right and peace loving liberals who recycle will not survive. One main character is a short slim Jewish man in his 30's, who has manners. In the beginning of the novel he is made fun of and you are lead to believe that he will die early. It turns out he is a survivor. A teenager (who is the cut up of the group and provides comic relief). The black girl from the hood is the most controversial character. She is a racist herself and has a huge chip on her shoulder. She is the cause of much grief. These people do bad things and good things. They react the way most of us would in the same situation.
The zombies: they are slow and are basically the background for the story. You really don't have to worry about them that much unless, you are badly hurt, surprised or trapped. One zombie is seen to drink from a stream.
The Sex: I get tired of reading stories involving males and females and sex is hardly referred to. Unless you are very young or very old, sex is hopefully a big part of your life. Sex is a stress releaser and fighting Zombies causes stress, it also brings people closer and it is fun. Males think about sex all the time. There is one time when the sex in my opinion was gratuitous. The rest of the time if fit perfectly into the story. There is even one character, you will be hoping does get laid.
Plot: Might be a little thin, the story is mostly the development of the characters, but there is one, although like most Zombie books, it involves going across country.
Realistic: No heroes, no supermen, no serendipity, it's seems to be what would happen in real life. (if zombies attacked!)

HIS INSIDES FELT GREASY
Cons: The Military does not respond the way I believe they would, especially the top brass. PM says he used to serve in the military and that he knows what he is talking about. I don't see a general or admiral shooting the liberal president. I don't see a colonel setting up his own Fiefdom with platoon whores and his own harem. Maybe after several years, but not within hours. I don't see the military going through towns and robbing the civilians. The top brass would not be that macho, they are sons of rich dads who went to big schools and they had to play politics to get the top spots. I could be wrong, but I hope I'm not.
The Sex: There is an in depth girl on girl scene, which did not feel practical. It was almost a side story, put in just to have a sex scene.
Forward: Until the afterword, I figured this was just a come on to get the reader interested. When I grew up, movies would advertise being banned in foreign countries, knowing that portraying themselves as super bad, would draw a large crowd. PM puts down the works of other writers. I too get tired of the military zombie books, that provide bunkers full of food, but that is because of the amount of books that repeat that scenario, not the original concept. I too, am tired of characters who are trained killers, but somebody likes it, cause they sell.
Afterword: I thought it was unprofessional and not worthy. This is not the place for that.

Summary
I liked the book and gave it five stars. I have the second book in my wish list along with the first book in another series PM started. This probably ranks fourth among my favorite Zombie books. Those being Cattle, Cell and the Mountain Man series.

The narrator is okay, he did not take away from or add to.

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  • Gregory
  • DRYDEN, NY, United States
  • 12-28-14

Decent story at heart, cluttered by author issues

I had a really hard time coming up with a complete and coherent review to this one. The core story is a decent example of the Zombie genre, more reminiscent of "The Walking Dead" and "28 Days" than some of the more mystical approaches. Nice usage of contemporary political and terrorist elements in the creation of an apocalypse scenario.

But, the story is bogged down by the author's personal issues. The actual narrative is laden with latent sexual frustration, assumptions of gender issues, and a racial sub-plot which could be an effective side-story, if not for the author's decision to include both a forward and afterward note. These notes are so angry and defensive, it colors the entire production, and one has to wade through the chips on the author's shoulders to reach the story. Rather than simply standing by what he's written, or even taking some input for future stories, the author lashes out at readers (listeners) before they've even started the tale.

Basil Sands provides a solid, if somewhat un-nuanced narration of this one. I found him excellently matched to the backstory and general narrative, but stilted and awkward as a love scene narrator. To be fair, I didn't find the love scenes particularly well written, and thought they should have been alluded to, and then skipped past.

I think if the story had a good thorough editing to clean up some of the baggage, it would score a solid 3.5 - 4 stars, as it stands the clutter left me feeling like I heard the entire thing from a literary arm's distance.

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The Undead: A New Appreciation for Of what Living is supposed to be about

As gruesome as zombie fighting and the loss of life of both the “good” and “bad” people alike (in this first book in the series) gives a new insight into the things we take assume will always be part of our everyday lives. Things such as taking daily clean baths, eating healthy food, and having a clean, safe home to sleep in. These stories ( as fictitious as they are ) bring a real authenticity to not taking the little things of everyday living for granted.Accepting people’s differences, and getting to know them can be life changing. The group of survivors, as different as they are all from each other, managed to form a group of trust and faith in each other for survival. This book brought new meaning to the term: “United we stand and divided we fall”
Weed out the bad apples early ( unfortunately, thid group gave their bad apple too many chances) because the repercussions (as proven in the first book of this series) can have long term devastating effects.
Onward to book #2!

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Was Hoping the Zombies Would Win

The characters in this book were so unlikable I was hoping the zombies would win...

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Really enjoyed the story.

This story was well written and well narrated. I found myself lost in the story.

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very good I love it, great storyline.<br />

this book is not for pussies so if you are offended easily do not purchase this book. now that is out the way very good story line definitely going to get the second book now.

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great book

I stumbled across this book it was in my recommended reading so I bought it an have it a,listen in my option this is a very good book my only complaint is an this is just me is the way it jumps from character to character but as I said this is just me never read or listen to a book that told a story in this form but I still say this is a great book can't wait to listen to book two

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Kept me enthralled for days.

The characters are well rounded, by the end of the book I wouldn't want to lose any of them. The random assortment of survivors thrown into life or death situations, having to rely on strangers they would have never known before the end of the world is perfect. This book captures the ruthlessness and kindness of humanity, and for the most part presents it in an unbiased way.

The story mixes action, desperation, sadness, and just enough lust to get you hooked. I can't wait to 'read' the next book. I do however have one complaint, and this is probably because this is the first audio book I've ever listened to. The narrator did an overall great job, but I found the flowery voice he used to speak for the women unnerving. It was almost as if the men and the black women had different accents, but when he spoke most of the white women's part they all had this drawn out flowery voice that really clashed with the characters portrayal.
I read most stories in monotone in my head, unless they say something that really paints a picture, so this wasnt a make or break flaw for me.

I wouldn't let this one criticism deter any zombie genre enthusiast from purchasing this, the narrator did a great job overall. Most of the accents were spot on (I especially loved the elderly lady in the janky truck). I ended up listening for hours and even rewinding parts I glossed over, so I wouldn't miss any details. I've seen all the zombie movies and tv shows. The movies lack the depth I crave, and the tv shows often do as well. This book is perfect. I figured I wouldn't have time to read, but I can listen to an audio book while I'm driving or working out. It reminded me how special books can be. So thank you to both the author and narrator for creating exactly what I was looking for.

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great book

very good read/listen the author is now in my top 5
the narrator did a very good job and looking forward to book number two I'm ordering it tonight

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covers social areas unseen in zombie books

very good , 30 years of reading these it is a first to see social areas in beginning but when event happens this just how it would be! would a person alive be a danger whom constantly pisses you off you bet! being a child early teens you think but risking your life would you eliminate being moral rules changed in a flash well he covers it here in this book so give it a chance. the narrator could use slower tone where other areas are ok, did I like it yes I did so series is worth listening it is detailed nor over done so author makes you use your mind. try it out you won't regret it

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  • Wolffe A N Mason
  • 11-06-17

A triumph in Apocalyptic Fiction

A true exploration of the end of the world and the people who are left to populate it. This is not a book of triumph where the good guys win and the bad guys lose, where the world is saved and everyone lives happily ever after. This is a book about people. The characters in this book are not simply two sides of a coin, they do not do what they do for justice or a sense of moral code, nor do they do what they do because they are truly evil. They simply do it to survive. I applaud the author for not shying away from the true behaviour of humanity in times of crisis. Any critiscism levelled towards Meredith about the portrayal of characters in this book is completely unfounded, as there have been many examples in history of how quickly our species discards its humanity in order to survive. There are certain parts of the book that are uncomfortable to read, and many of the motivations of the characters seem difficult to understand on the surface. But this book taps into the very essence of humanity. This is a very real apocalypse. It's dark and terrifying and at times downright twisted yet there are moments of light, where people choose the right path, not the easiest.

I am a big fan of apocalyptic fiction and have read and seen quite a lot since its resurgence in popularity over the last decade, but not one (in my opinion) has captured the true meaning of 'the end of the world' quite like this one. If i wore a cap, it would be doffed to Peter Meredith. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series!

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  • Maxine
  • 10-27-15

Zombie porn Anx !

Too much sex and not enough virus . Most of the characters were really irritating This book is about Sex and feelings of inadequacy on and cringe worthy on! I like my apocalypse novels to be more like the fab Arisen series.

the Narrator pleasant to listen to so wouldn't be adverse to listening to something else narrated by him.

I wish I'd have had the opportunity to listen to the authors foreword before I had purchased he did try to warn his readers to be fair .

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  • Terry
  • 04-17-15

Great read

I really enjoyed the layout of the story and also the characters. I listen to quite a few audiobooks in this genre but thought the way the story was set out this has been the best cant wait for the rest of the series

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  • R
  • 07-01-15

Reality bites

unlike most talking books I stayed awake mostly due to the narrators voice not being boring. the author isnt afraid to kill off the week and I found myself agreeing with the survivors choices,
overall a great start to a series of books that I will buy more of

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  • Jack
  • 05-13-15

Good but but somthing was lacking

A good standard zombie novel if you can't get enough. The characters are real and for that it makes a nice change of pace but it just feels like something is lacking from the over all style. A fee more main characters surprise dying may have helped

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  • E. Robinson
  • 04-12-15

shame....

Like many things in life the begining promised much. By around half way the story which till then had been well crafted began to loose both edge and direction and started to unravel. The characters which were again in the begining were well crafted started to come apart at their seams. It was as though the author had been influenced by too many second rate movies. Rather that staying on course with the original plan or concept this second wave influence steered the whole thing off course. The last 15 chapters or so, were pretty poor and very stereotypical, containing some terrible dialogue, that was an injustice to an otherwise exciting listen. Basil Sands I though did an excellent job and I will look out for him in future.

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  • BabyAbyss
  • 05-01-18

Zombie porn

I was loving the book until I got to the lesbian sex. Over the top sex like full on porn. Is it horror? Or should it be described as ‘horror erotica’. Ruined a good book by genre hoping throughout the novel.

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  • Mr. D. J. Robertson
  • 03-22-18

Gripping story

I'm a big fan of the zombie genre and with the latest series of 'The Walking Dead' being so boring I'm glad someone recommended this book. The story really draws you in and the characters mean that you care what happens. I was disappointed when it ended and I'm glad there are more in the series, I just hope there as good.

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  • The Reader and Listener
  • 01-03-18

Honest<br />

Loved it from the outset, with people being warned, well those people with an axe to grind, great story throughout

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  • Blue
  • 12-01-17

Heartbreakingly wonderful!

I wish for one more book, maybe set 10 years later to show how the survivors have grown, a fantastic series of books, well written, great characters and the narrator has the best voice of a child from a grown man that I've ever heard, will definitely listen to them again!

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  • Vicki Edgley
  • 04-13-16

Very good. certainly one of the better zombie book

there have been a shambling swarm of zombie books recently and this is easily one of the better ones. looking forward to the next book.

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  • Rani
  • 11-24-15

Great Zombie Apocalyse Story

What made the experience of listening to The Apocalypse: The Undead World Novel 1 (Volume 1) the most enjoyable?

I really loved the characters and how human they are. They made mistakes, a lot of mistakes and were really relatable. The Narration is very good as well.

Have you listened to any of Basil Sands’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, first time

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

Yes, couldn't put it down

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book. it is harsh and brutal at times, but I could easily imagine this happening to society in the event of an apocalypse. This book always kept me guessing and definitely surprised me more than once.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-11-18

Human nature at its best and worst.

I have listened to many books in this genre. This book is a gritty sometimes confronting account of societal breakdown brushed over by other authors. Interesting perspective.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-28-18

fantastic

fantastis book. lkstened every night. cannot wait to startthethe second book. the narration was great and the story line was easy to follow

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  • nigel
  • 11-26-17

outstanding

really enjoyed this one, being a big fan of apocalyptic zombie novels I have to say this one sticks out for it's depth of characters and general flow. I really appreciated the author going into detail about how the "virus" became the deadly threat to humanity and the way the characters developed was quite different from previous zombie stories. The break down of society was particularly well thought out.

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  • Pa Pritchard.
  • 03-21-17

A great read

Good narrative, very enjoyable and believable story. I can't wait to get started on the next in the series.