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Awakening Audiobook

Awakening: The Hunt Chronicles, Book 1

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After a contagion engulfs humanity, zombies rise to feast on the few survivors that are left. But they are not the worst monsters to come from this plague. There is hope, though: Christian Hunt is immune. But how many lives will it take to bring his gift to what's left of mankind?

©2015 Jacob D. Demers (P)2015 Jacob D. Demers

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    Jim "The Impatient" 04-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I HAD TO TAKE HER HEAD OFF"

    A DUCK IS A DUCK
    I got this because it was on sale and I was told it was different. Demers, changes some of the minor rules involving Zombies, but they are so minor as to not warrant mentioning. The main character is kind of a loser who is set straight by the prepper he meets. He is not a super military expert and he does not travel across the state as in most of these stories, but nothing really happens, it is all the same. If you have read one Zombie book, you have read this one. You want different, get Cattle. It is not a bad book, it just is not unique.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer Estacada, Oregon 06-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I wish I had thought of that!"

    When I sat down and wrote my journal-based zombie book, I was just getting my feet wet. Admittedly, when I look back on it now, I can tell. There are some clumsy bits and awkward moments. I tended to introduce too many "background" characters and such.

    THIS is the book that I wish I had written. It is a fun ride that has you shaking whatever version you have and hoping that more will fall out. (I used the audio book version, so that would be my phone getting throttled.)

    J. D. Demars brings a lot of the standard zombie fare to the table, but then he mixes in some special ingredients and turns the zombie into his own beast. Also, he has the best utilization of a canine companion that I have read in the genre. he makes this pooch into an integral character in the story that you will have real feelings for in a short time.

    Besides the zombies, there is a bit of that evil monster known as "man" that pops in and proves that the zombie might not be the most feared creature out there. Also, Demars makes you hate Fish. The person...not the food. (Although I suppose it is okay to hate both.) The Fish protagonist is an excellent foil for Christian (who I wanted to slap and demand that he kill Fish in his sleep on several occasions.)

    Overall, this is a wonderful introduction to an author I look forward to reading more from. Considering this book only covers a month in the time line of what we are told is a year, I would say we have a lot to look forward to. The audio book is 4.5 stars for me. Honestly, I held back the half a star just because there were a few glitches in the production quality of the audio book. The story was a smash. Did it have a few hiccups? What story doesn't? But not enough for me not to say that I loved and enjoyed this tale.

    20 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Thia 07-13-17
    Thia 07-13-17
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    "Very good first days of the outbreak book!"

    This book is open-ended so of course there is a second one. Over all I enjoyed this book very much. I'm partial to outbreak zombie books rather than 50 years after books so this was up my alley. A canine sidekick is featured which I always enjoy, characters are a mix of retired military and every man, well fleshed out and interesting, and I am definitely in for book two. No huge new zombie ground broken here - attempts at which I am sick of as they rarely go well - but a solid entertaining story with solid writing and characters.
    Great female character I hope to see more of as well!
    Medium gore, mild swearing, no sexism, no animal abuse, no sex (thank you to the author), and no military jargon rants or long equipment descriptions that will annoy civilians.
    Very solid first book in a series. Narrator was invisible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ANGIE 01-31-16
    ANGIE 01-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "It's Pronounced May-Lay."
    Any additional comments?

    I wish book 2 was out so I could immediately start listening to it! I loved this take on zombies. The scabs were something new. There were times when the author could have elaborated more, but didn't......like the zombies eating vegetation.
    The narrator was good, but not the best. I just have to point out, and I hope he reads this, it's pronounced MAY-LAY, not mee-lee. Melee is "may-lay." Also, at one point, Cambell slipped into a Latino accent. It was just a one liner, but I caught it and thought "huh???"
    And last, this book would have been close to perfect if he'd just said, "if you hurt my dog again, we're done." He didn't have to threaten to kill him. Just split up. Don't let someone throw your dog out the window of a moving vehicle and not reprimand them!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 06-17-15
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 06-17-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Not your Father's Zombies"

    A great addition to the Zombie genre, “The Hunt Chronicles” takes readers through one man’s experience at the start of a zombie apocalypse. I’ve read tons of zombie books, and the really great thing about this one is these aren’t your typical zombies. I won’t ruin it for you here, but it’s got two interesting twists that I really like.

    The book is well written and the author does a good job of mixing action, storytelling and setting the scene. The main character is likable and he feels very real in his approach. He’s not a hero right out of the gate which makes him feel very real. The other characters are a motley crew each which their own flaws which again makes it feel as if this could actually be happening in the present.

    The only thing that I didn’t like about this book is that it doesn’t tell the whole story. It sets up the next book in the series nicely but it feels a bit incomplete because there isn’t a resolution to the characters’ situation in the end. That’s a pet peeve of mine, otherwise I would have rated it 5 stars.

    I can't wait to see what happens in the next book!

    Mr Story does a great job with the narration. He differentiates between the characters nicely and really brings them to life.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Tim 05-31-15
    Tim 05-31-15 Member Since 2017
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    "World War Z meets Zombieland meets I am Legend!"

    When this book was recommended to me I wasn't sure but I am REALLY glad I got it! I listened to it in just 2 sittings. This is not just another Zombie book, the storyline is awesome with great character development.
    This is the best fiction book I've read all year, I can't wait to get the next book! awesome reader too! Get it, you won't regret it.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Paulette Kerrott(mrsamrpi) 08-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "awakening"

    I absolutely love this take on the apocalypse. JD is a unique mind send person

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 07-22-17
    Daniel 07-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good Zombie Book."

    book started a little bit slow but after got going was very interesting and kept my attention

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Misty Britton Cocoa beach, fl 07-14-17
    Misty Britton Cocoa beach, fl 07-14-17
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    "Unique and exciting!"

    Zombie stories are generally not my cup of tea, but this one was hard to put down. I really enjoyed the fact that this was not a completely traditional zombie apocalypse story, but it wasn't too far outside of the norm either.

    Definitely a book I would suggest to friends!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Johnson 06-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good read, very well written"

    It is hard to pause from start to finish. This is an all around good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Amazing"

    Great story. Definitely suggest if you are into zombies. I want book 2 now. Amazing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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