Texas has been battered by five cataclysmic hurricanes in three weeks. And mid the wreckage, something unimaginable is happening: a deadly virus has broken out, returning the dead to life....
The Rising is the story of Jim Thurmond, a determined father battling his way across a post-apocalyptic zombie landscape, to find his young son....
Small pockets of humanity hide in the shadows: some scared, some mad, all dangerous. This is the New World. If the explorers want it, they'll have to take it. Dead or alive....
After decades of planning, the contagion was unleashed, and overnight hundreds of millions died and came back as rampaging, undead monsters....
Gunny and his band of survivors continue their journey along the Zombie Road, saving as many as they can along the way....
The United States of America is falling before the armies of the dead. Leading the sole survivors of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division out of the overrun city of New York....
As a prepper, Grayson Rowan was prepared for almost anything...anything other than being totally alone when the sh*t hits the fan....
After a horrific accident Mike wakes to find himself blind in one eye. He now sees things that others can't, and nobody will listen to him....
For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages....
Those who would seek a new world order have unleashed the most devastating virus onto mankind, and even they do not know the secrets hidden in their weapon....
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...
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....
What would happen if a viral agent was released on American soil? How would local agencies react? How would the military respond? What if it was one of their own....
Coral survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her....
In an apocalypse, there is definitely a beginning where mistakes are made and the seeds of evil are allowed to sprout and take shape. However, an end is not so certain....
Sylvie has the loner thing down pat, with the exception of her best friend, Grace. But when the two are trapped in a hospital during the last gasp of a dying city, alone time is no longer an option....
Rick, an aging Vietnam veteran, alcoholic, and prepper, convinces Zach Gunderson that the apocalypse is on the horizon. The two of them take refuge at a remote farm....
Captain Dominic Holland leads a crew of skilled covert operatives and talented scientific personnel. He's taken them to all corners of the Earth to protect the United States....
And the dead shall rise... Two hellish years. That's how long it's been since the hurricanes flooded the Gulf Coast, and the dead rose up from the ruins. The cities were quarantined; the infected, contained. Any unlucky survivors were left to fend for themselves. A feast for the dead. And the living shall gather... One boatload of refugees manages to make it out alive - but one passenger carries the virus. Within weeks, the zombie epidemic spreads across the globe.
Now, retired U.S. Marshal Ed Moore must lead a group of strangers to safety, searching for sanctuary from the dead. A last chance for the living. Let the battle begin.
In the North Dakota grasslands, bands of survivors converge upon a single outpost. Run by a self-appointed preacher of fierce conviction - and frightening beliefs - it may be humanity's only hope. But Ed Moore and the others refuse to enter a suicide pact. They'd rather stand and fight in the final battle against the zombies. An apocalypse of the dead.
What would have made Apocalypse of the Dead better?
The ending was so ridiculous, way too Jonestown, and really? when does freakin' pervy pedofile behavior fit into a zombie book?.....NEVER...Felt like the author was reaching and not grasping.
Has Apocalypse of the Dead turned you off from other books in this genre?
Oh heck no, I love good zombie stories....trouble is they are few and far between.
Which scene was your favorite?
didn't really have one.
What character would you cut from Apocalypse of the Dead?
They were all pretty pathetic and predictable
Any additional comments?
Don't waste your credit.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I was kind of disappointed with this book, maybe I expected a better outcome. This is your typical "zombie story" nothing out of the ordinary, except at times I truly though this story had the same layout as "The Stand" from Stephen King. I felt frustrated time and time again when listening to the monotonous story. The preacher with its followers and their promise of a better live is almost the same as the "walking dude" in Las Vegas extracted from The Stand. I hope I'm wrong, but I think Mr. McKinney read "The Stand" once too many times. Not worth your credit.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
I really wanted to like this story, but at the halfway mark I was so confused about who was who and who was where. The story also seemed to really not be going anywhere in particular. I usually enjoy a good zombie story, but this one just didn't hit with me.
7 of 11 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to Apocalypse of the Dead again? Why?
I would. Ed Moore and Michael Barnes are two of the strongest characters.
What did you like best about this story?
The realism and adventure.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
At the end I was upset because of the Jonestown replication. It was a good book (excluding that).
Any additional comments?
Very good book, scary as well. Had some very strong characters. I liked how the different groups (five in all) adapted and survived through all the chaos. I listened to the story and could envision events unfolding like the story. Michael Barnes was my favorite character at first, but you'll find out why that changed (it's at the end). Ed Harris added another quality and dimension to the story. Strong leader.<br/><br/>The book was adventurous and gripping. I liked that it didn't take place in one location or state (like Texas, from other zombie books). The landscape is throughout America and you listen as different groups of people of very different backgrounds survive in this environment.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Really enjoyed this book, very well narrated. The only thing that was off, but not bad, was the plot changed away from the main story line of a Zombie book.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
As a writer I am reluctant to dish out overly harsh criticism. I know what it takes to write a novel. Even so, every page felt like mile 22 on a marathon. The characters reminded me of transplants from my least favorite 1970's TV shows. The story is choppy and difficult to follow and I had zero empathy for anyone in this book. One of the lead characters, a retired US Marshall, reminded me of a bad impression of Clint Eastwood. Furthermore, the world suffered several years of catastrophe yet electricity still flows? I never bought into his world and felt like a bored spectator at a cheesy amusement park.
11 of 18 people found this review helpful
This is an great book and zombie fans will really enjoy it. It???s scary and graphic with lots of action and killing. Great characters!
This is part of a series called ???Dead World???. I???ve read 3 of them and highly recommend.
7 of 13 people found this review helpful
Is there anything you would change about this book?
More character development?
What do you think your next listen will be?
Not Joe McKinney
What does Todd McLaren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
A much better read of the book than the voice actor for Dead City.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
What disappointed you about Apocalypse of the Dead?
Halfway through the story, I realized I already knew the ending, since I was very familiar with the Jonestown tragedy in Guyana. Same exact outcome, different delivery system for the sacrifice.
What was most disappointing about Joe McKinney’s story?
Lacked originality. Too similar to Jim Jones cult.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
A lot of his characters sounded the same, but at different parts of the book, so they were easy to follow.
Any additional comments?
As one of the other people commented this story was very hard to follow. I didn't know who was where or who was doing what. Overall it wasn't bad but I think the abridged version would have been the way to go. It skipped around so much that I didn't care about many of the characters yet all of the sudden I'm learning about the past of these people that really didn't add to the story. Overall not bad but I had to skip a few chapters to get through it.