Gnash

Washington, Dead City, Book 1
Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (71 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An ancient fundamentalist organization executes several attacks simultaneously across the globe. A deadly viral compound is unleashed in the Pentagon, and the airborne virus turns the building's population into zombies. A Secret Service agent, coerced by the terrorists to assassinate several heads of state, sends the world into chaos.

Meanwhile, a former army officer stranded in the Midwest is forced to fight for his life while his fiancé is trapped in the Washington, DC quarantine zone and a desperate US Army Delta team searches for a way to end the madness.

They must each fight for their own survival as the nation battles to end the zombie threat before it becomes a global pandemic.

©2019 Brian Parker (P)2019 Muddy Boots Press, LLC

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Solid start.

Gnash is a solid start to what I hope becomes a good Zombie series. The plots' pacing was steady and had some unique elements to it, which is hard to do in this genre, and it was an enjoyable read overall but there was just something missing from it that stopped me from really enjoying this. A terrorist organisation has been waiting for the day it could take down their enemies, and unfortunately for everyone, it has come about. In coordinated attacks, this organisation manages to kill multiple world leaders and unleash a virus that will change everything. With the world in turmoil after the assassinations, it only gets worse when the virus that was unleashed in the Pentagon reanimates the people it killed. The US Government has sealed off the Pentagon in the hopes they can prevent the virus from spreading, but life (or in this case Undead life) will find a way, and before people know what's happening, the dead are rising and the virus is spreading rapidly. One thing I really liked about the plot was that there are two types of zombies. The first ones, type A, are the ones who were reanimated in the Pentagon, these ones are faster, smarter and more lethal than the ones they infected. The ones infected by the first ones, type B, are the typical shambling Zombies and are plentiful. It added a little something unique to the story, though I don't think we got to see enough of the type A Zombies!! But it doesn't just focus on the Zombies, America is also dealing with a nuclear strike from France and different groups trying to benefit from the misery that is happening. What stopped me from enjoying this more was the fact that I didn't connect with the characters. I felt like there wasn't time to connect with them because it seemed to jump from one to the next rather quickly. I also felt like both the characters moved on way too fast. I know they think each other dead, but to move on so quickly felt wrong. Another thing I found was that the plot wasn't expanded upon, and by that I mean, I would have liked more on the terrorist organisation... something happens that felt rushed and was a big let down for me, and the Zombie type A. The author intrigues with the type A ones, but there is very little about them or encounters with them in this one. I can only hope we get more in future books! In all, I enjoyed this and I will continue on with the series to see what happens. Andrew B. Wehrlen was clear, easy to follow and read this well. He has great tones for the females which doesn't sound forced and he was able to bring the story alive. I thoroughly enjoyed his performance. 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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Excellent

A great start to the series More then a zombie novel Brian Wright’s great characters and puts his military knowledge to good work Lots of action and Andrews narration was perfect for this highly recommended I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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Zombie Awesomeness!!!

Another great Zombie book for the genre. This is an action packed story that was a blast to listen. Plus Andrew B. Wehrlen is becoming one of my favorite narrators. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Excellent book

Different from all the rest.... great read and worth the time and money.. Narration was great. Great job in bringing characters to life and dragging you in. Hope there is another book!

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It was alright

Definitely an interesting premise, but it seemed like the whole book was disconnected from any kind of... action or consequences? I mean, there were definitely real life consequences for the characters, It just didn't seem like the characters actually cared much about the crazy world changing events. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Interesting start for a non-zombie guy

I enjoyed listening to this book, even though I tend to shy away from the zombie genre, but I gave this book a chance as I enjoyed another trilogy of this author, A Path of Ashes. I’ll certainly be continuing the series and may delve into other zombie books by author’s I’ve previously read!

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Good story but....

This was a good story, and I enjoyed it for the most part, however it felt like Parker shoehorned in political digs (against gun control, liberals, anti-military, etc.) for no reason other than to put them in and it took me out of the story a couple times even when I agreed with the sentiment he was trying to get across just because they simply didn't need to be present. I would have rated higher without the distraction. The premise of an ancient group responsible for the outbreak, that other groups were fronts for it was unique and enjoyable if under-utilized in my opinion. I enjoyed the book over-all and will likely check for others in the series. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review thanks to Audioboom

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Underdeveloped, and a bit racist. Refund, please.

The author might be a Proud Boy or some other closeted, dog-whistling white supremacist. In a story that spans multiple regions of the USA, the only time he explicitly talks about people of Black, Latinx, or Middle Eastern backgrounds is when he needs gangsters, terrorists, looters, and other baddies. There's also a bit much of the whole "damsel in distress" trope, so he's rather chauvinist as well. And he also has DC gets nuked by the French. What? I wanted to like this book, and it did try to be less cliche about the zombies and the geopolitics, but it still falls short on those sides of things. I'll be returning it for a refund, and don't plan on trying any of its sequels.

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disapointing

I've never written a bad review nd I usually just dont write anything . ...but this just drags on n on n on n on n on n on n on ..get my point ?! too much talking not enough story

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Love this book

This is a great book! I really like how it is not the usual Zombie story. I came to care about what happened to the characters as they were well developed. Andrew Wehrlen is as always AMAZING!

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • 06-30-20

Fast-paced, fun

Decent start to a zombie series. I liked the action and different viewpoints. It’s a big mess and I enjoyed watching our heroes fight their different battles. Plus there’s more than one type of zombie, which keeps our heroes guessing. Chief among our characters was Grayson Donnelly, who checks off the main boxes for an all-round American hero. The women are romantic interests and they needed protection and lots of reassurance. Obviously, I wanted more out of the ladies. Emory Perry (Grayson’s fiance) is OK but I would have liked to see her kicking more arse. The zombie bacteria-virus is an interesting idea. Though my biology degree laughed at some of the ‘science’ and also at the way the bio hazard was tackled. Still, it was a fun basis for zombies. I liked that people didn’t know at all how they were created nor exactly how to kill them nor how to prevent the spread of the illness that creates these monsters. Action packed, fast moving. 3/5 stars Narration: Andrew B. Wehrlen has a good voice for the guys. It was OK for the ladies. Mostly clear, distinct voices though sometimes individual words mushed together. Wehrlen sounded like he was enjoying the story too. There were no tech issues. 4/5 stars I received a free copy of this book. My opinions are 100% my own.

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  • Mia Harper
  • 03-12-20

Gore-fest!

This book starts with USA suffering a terrorist attack, but as if thats not enough, a foreign power takes heavy handed steps to contain the problem, causing ever increasing nightmares for the survivors. I really enjoyed this book, there is non-stop action and plenty of gore, with a dash of romance thrown in, book 2 here I come

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  • deafmick
  • 01-16-20

This audio book is very good i have got to give it 5 out of 5

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  • Norma Miles
  • 07-07-19

Let us ... honour Him on the night of power.

Gnash is the first book in a new series by Brian Parker, An ancient and secret organization, the Brotherhood, located on the Afghanistan Parkistan border, sets in motion a planned world wide attack, including the murder of 6 heads of state, including the U.S.President, at the G8 conference and a simultaneous virus and chemical attack on the Pentagon. Everyone trapped inside, bar one person, dies only to be reanimated as zombies. But these are not the usual shambling, mindlessly hungry zombies of most stories: these have purpose and learn from their mistakes. The attempt to contain the creatures within the Pentagon walls fails and the bad situation is made worse by a nuclear detonation on Washington DC. Through the continuing story of military and political attempts to limit the apocalyptic happenings and public unrest and violence which follows, the story concentrates on the adventures of two people, an engaged couple, separated at the time of crisis, each hoping tba the other still somehow miraculously lived, and trying to find their ways back to each other. Well written, and excellently read by narrator Andrew Wehrlen, this is an immersive read, exciting, with good visual description and a feeling of real people battling as well as they can through impossible situations. My thanks to the rights holder of Gnash, from whom I received a freely gifted complimentary copy at my request, via Audiobook Boom. It was much more than a simple zombie story.and, although it did not end with a cliff hanger, I very much look forward to book two, Rend.