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"It wasn’t supposed to happen like this." 

When Leah and Calvin found out they were expecting, they were over the moon. That day would be one to remember forever… but for more reasons than one. That was the day the world changed. That was the day joy turned to fear. A deadly virus broke out, with many of those infected becoming violent and uncontrollable. And it was spreading fast. Realizing they are no longer safe in their own home, they make a break out of the city to find sanctuary. But when Leah is bitten, Calvin faces the unimaginable struggle of having to take care of their newborn alone. Traveling with the baby and his dead wife in tow, he comes across Hannah, a young girl who lost her family to the virus. They make their way across country together, meeting others trying to find their own sanctuary. They eventually find safety but Calvin soon realizes all is not as it seems and he must make an agonizing choice.

©2017 Jacqueline Druga (P)2017 Jacqueline Druga

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No Man's Land

This has a different take on zombies & the apocalypse. Calvin & his wife Leah are overjoyed with their pregnancy. Nothing would come of this virus everyone was talking about. Not here everybody said. Were they wrong? Of course they were. Very interesting story

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Interesting Zombie story.

Calvin and Leah are thrilled to be pregnant and are looking forward to life as parents. But things don't turn out like that and their world is turned upside down. An outbreak has happened and the people who are infected are turning incredibly vicious, and it's spreading faster than it can be contained. Calvin and Leah soon realise that they are no longer safe in their house and so set about leaving, but Leah is bitten. She goes into labour and the child is born. Leah changes not long after and Calvin can't bring himself to kill her. He takes off with his newborn, Edward, in search of a sanctuary.

This book was such a great read. Calvin isn't military, he isn't a prepper, he is just a normal man trying to survive. He doesn't have a clue what to do or where to go, but he will do his best to keep himself and his newborn alive. I loved his character!! Along the way Calvin meets Hannah. They join forces to get to safety but sometimes it's not the zombies you will have to worry about!!

The plot was well written and developed. Its simply about people trying to survive unsurvivable conditions. There was a lot of emotions running through me while reading this, and that twist at the end just about broke me.

I've read a few books by this author and she always delivers great characters. Calvin, Hannah and Edward will stay with me for a long time!! It's also nice to read a stand alone zombie book and not feel like there was things left unsaid.

Andrew B. Wehrlen did a great job with this. He put real emotion behind his reading and it showed!! He brought the atmosphere of the book to life and brought Calvin alive. Such a great performance.

I was given this free audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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What IF???

This so far is the only ZomPoc book I've read that even touched the issue of trying to care for a baby in the apocalypse. That's one thing I love about Jacqueline Druga's Zombie books, she gives us another side of the what if. There aren't tons of guns and strapping militarily warriors who can get the crap kicked out of them and still keep going. She writes about people, just regular people in an unimaginable horrible situation.

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No Man's Land

Calvin and wife Leah are expecting a baby when a virus hits the USA.Their plan is to get out,but they are running out of time.I loved this story.The ending was heartbreaking.Andrew B.Wehrlen was a terrific narrator.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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  • TU
  • 01-31-18

short but good

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

So, this one left me with some mixed feelings... on one hand, it was gritty and your typical zombie apocalypse story (generally a good thing to me) but on the other hand, it does a bit of it's own thing... (again, generally a good thing to me) with the wife following the main character around. That part was pretty interesting and upped some of the creep-factor for me. Where it lost me was with the Hannah character. I liked her, but she was so completely unrealistic in her sniper-like shooting and soldier-like situational awareness...it just didn't seem to fit for me. Don't get me wrong, the book is well narrated and was very entertaining, but it was kind of short and that one character's abilities just had no source that the author chose to address. My imagination can certainly accept the fantasy in a book, but I want it to be at least marginally explained... again, that's probably just my own personal hang-up, so take that with a grain of salt.

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  • Nolan
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  • 01-18-18

Dark and Vivid

I voluntarily requested a copy of this book, which was provided in return for this review.

The trauma of childbirth can be difficult enough, but what if the child is born after its mother has been infected with a rabies-like condition that zombifies its victims, destroying their minds and enabling them to feed on uninfected humans as well as one another?

That’s the position Calvin and his wife are in when their son is born. For weeks, the two had been working to avoid being bitten and infected—something hard to do, since the zombies travel in packs. They debated whether to leave or stay, and her pregnancy was a major factor in the decision to stay close to home. But days before she went into labor, she was infected. Knowing she would die, she bore the child and gave it to her husband to care for. To his horror, he finds that her body follows him and the child wherever they go. At one point, he straps her rotting carcass into his car and talks to her as he drives to get away from the other infected ones. He stops long enough to let her feed on fellow zombies, somehow convinced that she will never turn on him or the child.

While he wanders in search of a sanctuary for the unbitten, he encounters a pre-teen girl, Hannah, who is street smart beyond her years and good with a gun. That’s a skill that comes in handy as the two travel together with the newborn and Calvin’s dead wife following not far behind.

I have to confess that this was a bit darker than the fiction I would normally take on. Parts of it were pretty disturbing. But the plot twist at the end will leave you reeling, and that makes it worth the credit.

The narration added much to the book. In fact, I think the audio copy has more impact than would the print one.

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Different take on the Zombie Genre

No Man's Land by Jacqueline Druga was a unique take on the popular Zombie Story. Zombie is never used they were called V's for being Virally Animated. Calvin the Father of newborn Edward is the most ill-equipped mentally and physically character written into a post-apocalyptic story that is not killed in the first few chapters. He is lucky to find a young 12-year-old girl named Hannah on his journey to a Sanctuary City. If you are looking for a different take on or are a fan of the genre this one is for you.

The narration is by Andrew B. Wehrlen. He provides excellent work on this story and really does some amazing work with all the different characters.

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom for an unbiased review.
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No Man's Land

For once, a Jacqueline Drugga book that didn't I cry at the end. I like the twist on the zombie genre. I've listened to this narrator before and he did not disappoint. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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loved

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What an ending! I really enjoyed this book and writing style. I listened it it in one sitting! It was compelling and had quite a twist.

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Great zombie story

I received this audio book in exchange for my honest review. I personally love zombie stories and this is a great one. I was riveted throughout. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 01-30-18

What is this world coming to? The end.

A slightly different take on the zombie apocalypse.
When Calvin's retiring work colleague invites him and his wife, Leah, to join him in his newly acquired remote retreat in Montana to escape the ravages of an approaching world wide disaster, Calvin rejects the idea as ridiculous paranoia. But some weeks later, as cities are closed, transport and roads blocked and curfews imposed against the spread of a virulent unknown illness, he realises his mistake and that he and his pregnant wife have left it too late. When Leah dies in childbirth, Calvin desperately tries to get himself and the newborn baby to safety.

An intriguing story, told in the first person by Calvin with occasional flashbacks to the happy time before it all went so very wrong, No Man's Land is quick and easy to read. Characterisation is scanty but sufficient and the ending unexpected. And as with all such books, there are some scenes of a slightly harrowing nature. As always with Andrew Wehrlen's narrations, the reading is well paced and very fitting to the text, with an understanding and clarity without violently emotional outbursts, which serves to add a further dimension to the text. Other characters are also individually well voiced.

Although not totally disimilar to other books of this genre, there are sufficient novelty aspects to the story which makes it worthwhile reading for zombie fans. My thanks to the rights holder who freely gifted me a complimentary copy of No Man's Land, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. It was an enjoyable listen.