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Publisher's Summary

For Cade Grayson, husband, father, and former Delta Force operator, that one warm sunny Saturday in July - to be labeled Z-Day by some anonymous person probably long dead - began like all the others before and none since.

With his daughter, Raven, and wife, Brook, away visiting her parents in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Cade hopes his immediate future holds nothing but an easy chair, Mariners on the tube, and paring down a honey-do list a mile long. But those hopes were quickly dashed and his life forever changed when news broke of a clash in downtown Portland between soldiers from the Oregon National Guard and hundreds of anarchist protesters suddenly turned violent and, by one anchor's account, blood-thirsty and cannibalistic.

As the first waves of injured bystanders, guardsmen, and rioters arrived at hospitals, it became apparent that a deadly new disease had been unleashed on the population. Whether the virus was naturally occurring or an escaped lab experiment, Cade hadn't a clue and wasn't especially concerned until he learned of its unprecedented virulence, unusual method of transference, and the fact that, according to the news, it brought the newly dead back to life, semi-mindless, and with an insatiable desire to feed on the flesh of the living.

Armed with this new information and now seeing the bigger cities such as Washington, D.C., New York, and Los Angeles rocked by the rapidly spreading scourge, Cade ignores the volley of contradictory edicts drawn up by the White House and set into motion by FEMA and DHS, dusts off his tools of war, and loads his truck with supplies.

Unable to get ahold of Brook and Raven, and unwilling to leave them at the mercy of some distant politician's inability to hold the nation together, he begins an impossible 3,000-mile journey across a reeling United States with presumably millions of infected in his path and only one acceptable outcome: find Brook and Raven alive - or die trying.

©2011 Shawn Chesser (P)2015 Shawn Chesser

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Chaos

This has a good premise. The story jumps around without letting the reader know where they are. It was hard to keep up or keep track of the story. I had to go back and re read chapters multiple times. This is very frustrating for a reader.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I can't believe I wasted my money on this

This guy ruins a good zombie book by beating you over the head with his politics. I'm reading zombie books to not think about the politics. I read some of this to my son in sf. He laughed with me. No one talks like he thinks sf guys do. Work on character development more bc cliche and stereotypical characters are boring.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Very disappointing. <br />

Same old zombie scenarios, nothing new or creative here. I can't imagine anyone paying and listening to this entire series. The narrator sounds like a 9th grader and is impossible to listen to. I don't understand where these good reviews come from. I'm finding it harder all the time to trust the customer reviews. I'll definitely be sending this one back.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Bland, Blah.

Lame attempt at a zombie novel. Boring. Nothing exciting, or really original. I could handle low excitement and originality if the writing had been compelling, but it just wasn't.

I noticed that this book had four stars, so I thought it'd be worth a listen. After hearing for myself, it makes me wonder if the reviews are starting to become rigged, as some of the Amazon reviews are. I found myself zoning out, and then rewinding to catch what I missed. Then I gave up on rewinding, as it wasn't worth it.

I could go into more detail, but I don't want to go on and rip into the book in any more depth. I've spent enough time with this book already.

Narrator was neither awful nor good. He at least didn't detract or distract much.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • RJ
  • Cottage Grove, MN, United States
  • 05-01-17

Looks to be a long, hopefully interesting series.

Pretty good zombie tale. Decent characters with good development of our main character Cade. Our hero starts out the book wanting to reunite with his family, but by the end of the book he still hasn't accomplished this. Not that he didn't want to find out if his family was still alive, but he was constantly pulled in multiple other directions to perform this mission or that. Looks to be a long, hopefully interesting series with nine books total according to Goodreads. Audible of course only has the first book; get with it Audible! Three.point.five to start.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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I can't tell if it's the narrator

I can't tell if it's the narrators incredibly dramatic delivery or if this book is incredibly cheesy. Either way, I can't listen to it. I gave 3 stars in case it's the narrator, but I assume if the book didn't give him so much cheese it wouldn't sound cheesy. Wish I liked it. I love this genre of books and have read/listened to most series of similar type and was hoping to have found another one to love.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Yikes

This is some really cheesy, clichéd writing. Hard to listen to all the way through.

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overwrought

if you like a narrator who is overbearing your love Chris Patton. he needs to take it down a ton every last syllable isn't life and death story is pretty good although there are some holes

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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nothing new

Typical zombie survival story. nothing new and exciting here. I am still undecided if i am going to continue with the final books. Narrator performance was pretty awesome.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't Trudge My Way Through

I LOVE zombie books. I listen or read (gasp yes read) every book I can get my hands on. This book I couldn't get into. I didn't feel any emotion for the characters. There weren't any exciting plot twists.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Rothers
  • 01-17-16

Couldn't get into the story

Would you try another book written by Shawn Chesser or narrated by Chris Patton?

No

What will your next listen be?

No sure, don't want to waste more money

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Chris Patton?

mark gagliardi

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

I love Zombie books, I couldn't put down Mark Tufo's or John O'Brians booked, but I couldn't get into this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Gary
  • 12-28-15

sorry but i hated it....

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Before I continue let me add that I love the zombie genre, books, films TV series, even the crappy ones.... I don't know how many books I have read but its in the dozens... long winded doccu types like z nation, and belt along "arisen" and "mountain man" series...I am really easy going .. but this was just. well, boring and nasty, boring because it felt as if it had been written with the help of a couple of books for reference.. and nasty in as much as you expect to have a bunch of zombies chomping on people, but c'mon..' what have you got against pre 7yr olds, the glee with which you slaughter 4 to 7 year olds left me feeling REALLY uncomfortable, what was the ratio.... 15 to 1 adult per page?? I have a policy, if someone can take the time to pen a novel then I will take the time to finish it... but not this time, 30 or 40 pages was more than enough....

What was most disappointing about Shawn Chesser’s story?

The story

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Not the best but considering what he had to work with....

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Trudge?

Enough said already

Any additional comments?

Couldn't find the option to return this book, probably went to far in hoping it would improve

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  • Steve
  • 02-12-17

Well worth a listen

Now on book 7 and hooked. Thought it was lazy to listen instead of read but am really enjoying it.