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Humanity's Edge

The Complete Trilogy
Narrated by: Wayne Mitchell
Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The Crazed are flesh-hungry monsters. Can civilization survive...and escape from the edge of humanity?

Three books of non-stop zombie action that audiences are calling "fresh" with "dollops of violence" to satisfy even the most discriminating post-apocalyptic fan. From an Amazon best-selling author.

Book 1: Turn - A town on the run...The Crazed wants their flesh.

Will they make it out alive? 

When a meteorite crashes to earth it catapults a small utopian town into an archaic nightmare. It's up to one man to protect them, not only from the flesh-eating monsters but also from the maniacal colonel who storms in, barking orders for immediate evacuation. Clay Dobbs is the small-town sheriff about to, unknowingly, take on the end of the world. 

When the Crazed come for your flesh, how will you survive? 

Book 2: Detour - Their escape was certain...or so they thought. 

Their survival is, and forever will be, in question. 

With the nanite epidemic out of control, Clay leads his skeleton crew head first into the aftermath. The nightmare continues as he battles both the Crazed and the rouge, as well as his own inner demons. The once small town sheriff must find order where there is no law until he encounters his near-equal at the end of the world. But, is she all that she seems? Will Clay unravel all the clues before it's too late? 

The road is a dark and chilling place. There is no time to rest if you want to survive. 

Book 3: Reversion - At the end of the world...never dismiss the unexpected. 

A surprise reunion. A forgotten friend. 

Long odds and determination reward Sheriff Clay Dobbs with a bit of what he wants most. But, he won't rest - he can't rest - not until he's dead. And he has no plans for that until he defeats the insane military general that has caused so much hardship. But, it's not as easy as he thinks, not when there's an even more neurotic psychopath standing in his way. Can Clay learn to control himself, and the undead around him? 

When the Crazed come for you, where will you hide?

©2018 Paul B. Kohler (P)2018 Paul B. Kohler

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An honest review

This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. I genuinely hate giving bad reviews ideally do. I don't want to get too much into detail, because I don't want to spoil anything later in the story. If the things I had issues with are things that your fine with then its not a horrid book. But this seemingly hit on about 3/4 of my pet peeves. With that said here's my honest review.

Positives

The author does explain some of the things I disliked happened.

It has good pacing.

The narrator did a pretty decent job.


Cons
So at the beginning I had to force myself to keep the book going. From the author saying that military hair cuts are Nazi cuts to a fist sized meteor not turning everything in an area to paste. The author at the end of book 1 and beginning of book 2 tries to explain a bit of it. But there was just so much to not like. By the time I got to that point I was barely able to keep the book going. And that sums up a lot of my feelings about the book. There was just so many little things that made me go wait what. More than once I had to skip back because I thought I had missed something because the sheriff would go from average guy to rage monster. Again it was sort of explained at the beginning of the second book why this happens. But by that point I was of the opinion that the author had such horrible characterization that none of the characters were redeemable.

One character is a lesbian and it doesn’t seem natural. I know lesbians, I know gays. In general they are normal people who just happen to be attracted to the same sex. I don’t know if the author has never been around someone who is gay. But it just constantly came across as stilted.

Every single interaction with the military seems like the author is trying to beat you over the head with every member of the military is a sociopath that barely controls himself. And never has any interaction with females that doesn’t come across as they are about to physically maul them. There are bad apples and there are also really bright shining stars of human integrity. Pretty much like they are normal people. Because they are.

On the military... in this small town that everyone knows everyone, that also somehow has a nightlife, 4 bars and a hospital. Everyone hates the military, which isn't common. In small towns generally, you know someone or are related to someone who is or was military. And everyone in this town actively hates the military, with gusto. Even the older people who would have had like a father that was in WW2 and brothers in Vietnam.



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Top class post apoc

Humanity's Edge: The Complete Trilogy ' Great "zombie" entertainment. A real good read.
Lots of blood and gore, corrupt politicians & military.
As a trilogy in one audio book it is long but that also makes it exceedingly good value.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • S A
  • Portland, OR USA
  • 01-28-19

I Tried...

I tried to make it through this trilogy, but I just couldn't do it. The characters are not believable, engage it too much introspection and then act irrationally. Lesbian characters seem to spontaneously switch sides with alcohol or pressure as well.
The plot is disjointed as is the dialogue. I just couldn't care about the characters and by the second book, I couldn't really care what happened. I quit at about chapter 105 and don't really have any interest in what happens to the characters or story.
Narration is OK, but some of the voices are distracting.
I was given this free audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Humanity's Edge

I didn't hate this book series.I also didn't really like it.It is middle of the road sort of zombie apocolypse.The characters never grew on me. Narration by Wayne Mitchell was ok. Ralph and Brandon sounded like stoners. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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End of the world with zombies, sort of

Overall I though the story was pretty good, but there were some holes that left me wondering if I missed something. Too much was left unsaid or answers appear to have been pulled out of a magic hat. There were great elements which should have been fleshed out more but were stitched together leaving it feel like a rushed project. The narrator did a decent job except that almost every female had a bit of a nasally "Oh my God" sound to her voice that was not only irritating but made it had to determine who was speaking at times.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Original Zombie Apocalypse Ideas but Rough

This series has a lot of original seeming takes on the zombie apocalypse by adding mystery and sci-fi elements in it's plot that were great in adding substance to the more predictable aspects of surviving a zombie apocalypse but there were also some parts difficult to keep listing through. Some parts just aren't believable like the negative opinion of the military that is a theme throughout the books. Some character's actions seem counter to the character the author created and the actions they take seem to only be taken to create drama throughout the book that doesn't make sense. The narrator did a great job with male characters, especially in fast pace action scenes, but not as great of a job with female characters throughout much of the book. Overtime I became more interested in the sci-fi elements, which is where the series strength in originality lies, than the characters and their goals.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • TU
  • 01-28-19

Pretty good for the most part, but torn

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

So, I find myself a bit torn on this one. I generally liked the story. The characters were developed fairly well. The piece that has me torn is how the author describes the military. He really seems to have a problem with soldiers in general. He describes their haircuts as nazi like and pretty much paints them all like emotionless killers. As a veteran, this really bugged me. So much so, that I actually turned it off at one point. I eventually went back to finish the book because I felt I should. The narration, for the most part, is decent. The voices are good for men but I didn't think they were that great for the female characters. That being said, I was still able to enjoy the book and think any fan of the zombie apocalypse genre can find things to enjoy in this series.

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A zombie story with a diferent kind of zombies

After seeing most of the first seasons of "The Waliking Dead" this trilogy mostly doesn't add nothing totally new. It's well told and full of action but I failed to feel the characters trully engaging. The fact that the narrator is male and there is a lot of important female characters probably didn't help. Though the narrator is great in the action scenes, and we are able to understant everything in the fast speed reading, he totally sucks when impersonating the female heroins... Too bad...
Still for fans of the genre this is a very good thriller and I found the ending climax, when most of the revelations are made, the most interesting part. The way this zombies are made, and what for is the top mark for me, and where the originality lies.
Goog listening everyone.

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Humanity's Edge

First, let me say that I didn't hate the books. There were a lot of positive and fun parts and there was good chemistry with some of the characters. The idea of what caused the event and the escalation of the plot was interesting if not completely original. I liked the main protagonists with their flaws and their drive to survive. I even liked the antagonists (the ones behind the curtain) and their vicious manner.
I had a hard time with some of the story where it seemed disjointed and the end which seemed forced. It was a long ride and there were a lot of moving parts, but at times I felt kind of lost. It might have been me, but it didn't gel for me completely. The narration was also something that I didn't really connect with. Some of the characters were done to perfection, but most everyone outside of the main couple of characters didn't work for me. I sped up the narration and that helped a bit.

This story was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

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an okay book

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This book was okay. I did I really enjoy the end though. I also liked the variety of character personalities.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 03-26-19

An artist painting in lead and gore.

The three books which comprise the Humanity's Edge trilogy: Turn, Detour, and Reversion.
A meteorite crashes into a farm barn, killing a young teenager and burning both the barn and the house. After going out to investigate, Marshall Clay Dobbs returns to Carterville Stationhouse in time to see a couple of last night's drunks being released. One started vomitting blood, them convulsing, attacking a deputy, Kyle, and Clay was forced to shoot the manic man. He'd never shot anyone before, Carterville was just a quiet small town. When a military convoy drives in shortly after, it becomes clear that something very strange is happening. Colonel Wallace wants to forcibly evacuate the whole town...

It is the end of the world apocalypse. A handful of survivors, led by Clay, his one aim besides keeping his people safe, is to find his wife and daughter. But Clay is also conflicted, his lifelong sense of morality conflicted by the circumstances. Quite cleverly written and seen mostly from the Sheriff's point of view, the group face zombie-like hordes and other dangers in the weeks following the initial transformation. Characterisation is good, relationships at times intriguing (although the book two constant recollections of his daughter by Clay does get intrusive) and the battle gory, inventive and exciting. Although predictable at times, and showing occasional glitches, the emotional tension is good throughout, the personality development good, and the ending well worth waiting for. Just don't get too attached to any of the characters.

All is enhanced by the excellent narration of Wayne Mitchell. His phrasing and timing is spot on, the reading emotionally tracking the text and giving it increased emphasis. The characters are individually and appropriately voiced, also. A fine performance.

My thanks to the rights holder who, at my requesr, freely gifted me a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. A very enjoyable and different take on the zombie apocalypse which benefits from being read sequentially without having to wait for the next installment. Humanity's Edge should appeal to all who enjoy this genre.

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  • Tony Bough
  • 01-22-19

A great zombie packed book

I really liked the characters in the book. We obviously have a lot going on as its the zombie apocalypse after all. The action comes thick and fast and the pace is unrelenting. I certainly became invested in the characters and what's going on with them as they try to both survive and find loved ones. I really enjoyed it from start to finish.

The narration also gives it a sense of tension and pace that I enjoyed.

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