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The world has fallen to a relentless enemy beyond reason or mercy. With no remorse they rend the planet with tooth and nail. One man stands against the scourge of death that consumes all. Teamed with a genius survivalist and a teenage girl, he must flee the teeming dead, the evils of humans left unchecked, and those that would seek to use him. His best weapon to stave off the horrors of this new world? His wit.

©2015 Rich Restucci (P)2016 Tantor

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I hate Zombies. So this book was great.

As I said I hate Zombies. The combination of the humor in all that zombie horror and things going right and wrong for the main character and the great narration by Michael Kramer it's a hit. Love both books and am ready for book number three.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Good but too much penis talk.

The author talks about his penis way, way too much. When you read that, imagine a number of times you imagine as too many. Double that. Then double that number.

But once you get over rolling your eyes every time you hear a mention of the characters junk, there is actually some pretty good main character development and the book does avoid a lot of the cliches associated with zombie books (I didn't know this was a zombie book when I got it, had I known I might have passed). The supporting characters are stale, but initially interesting. The plot does keep moving and the main character is never some super well prepared individual, which is refreshing. The author didn't live out some tired fantasy of being the only guy who is prepared and ready for the zombie apocalypse.

The voice acting is superb and that is what kept me listening. Michael Kramer brought a 1940s radio play attitude to the narration and no matter what other flaws the book may have, he makes up for them.

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No surprises but entertaining zombie series.

Would you consider the audio edition of Chaos Theory to be better than the print version?

I don't know, I didn't read the print version. But I am a big Zombie/post apocalyptic/EOTWAWKI fan and this one came up on my Audible recommend feed.

What did you like best about this story?

I love supense/gore/scary monsters interspersed with humor. I liked the lead characters slightly sarcastic sense of humor and obvious observations. Made the story more entertaining for me personally.

Which scene was your favorite?

I am writing this review for both book 1 Chaos Theory and book 2 Conspiracy Theory.
I liked both equally, and am hopeful that book 3, which I know exists will also make it to audio. I don't know that I had a favorite scene, but I particularly enjoyed any scene's with Lynch, Shipp or Remo. I found them to be the best secondary characters so far.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, no extreme reactions, but I did smile a few times at the protaganist's wry sarcastic observations of various occurences. There weren't really any tense super scary moments in this series for me. Some gory descriptions, and a few narrow escapes, none that were edge of the seat.

Any additional comments?

Not my top favorite of the genre, but I did enjoy it very much and I hope that book 3 is available soon. The narration was also very good. My first time to listen to any narration by Micheal Kramer and I thought he was pretty good.

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  • RJ
  • Cottage Grove, MN, United States
  • 11-13-16

a wonderful blend of horror and humor

Restucci weaves a wonderful blend of horror and humor. The story is interesting to listen to, although I don’t find a point or goal to the plot. It is simply a likeable group of survivors evading the undead. Michael Kramer as narrator did an excellent job. He fit the theme and tempo of this story so well; I don’t believe another could have done better. Three.point.five for the effort.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Fun story

A fun zombie tale that focuses on the characters rather than a ton a zombie gore (ok it as a bit of that too). The voice in which this story is told in his journal is great with a bit of humor mixed in. The story moves along at a good clip and keeps the reader wanting more. Overall the book was fun and I can’t wait to move along in the series.

The narration is good although it's mostly just reading.

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Wicked Witty!

Would you listen to Chaos Theory again? Why?

Can't right now - getting ready to start book 2! But absolutely I plan on listening to it again. Read some of the previous reviews and didn't have the highest expectations - boy was I pleased. Loved it. Rich Restucci combine the right amount of Zompoc to humor and the main characters are easy to get behind so you want to hear more...

Which scene was your favorite?

Couldn't really pick one favorite scene because they all had something that made you eager to hear the next chapter.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Wicked Witty!

Any additional comments?

I'm a West Coast girl but Michael Kramer was amazing narating this one - Enough of the New Englander accent to bring almost a 1940's detective story feel but in a Zompoc story... It brings all the characters to life and ups the humor level dramatically. Don't miss this one!

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  • JC
  • 01-27-18

Z Nation-ish Matrim Cauthon crossed with Kelsier!

Would you listen to Chaos Theory again? Why?

To start, thank god! The main isn't a bodybuilder and doomsday prepper with 27 billion survival skills. It's not written by your typical chauvinist Pig who believes that one man can solve all problems with some insight and a little luck. Not a man who defies all odds and knows the right choice in all situations every time.

( By the way ladies, Chauvinism is a form of extreme patriotism and a belief in national superiority and glory. Whereas patriotism and nationalism may represent temperate pride, chauvinism is intemperate. It can be also defined as "an irrational belief in the superiority or dominance of one's own group or people".[1] Moreover, the chauvinist's own people are seen as unique and special while the rest of the people are considered weak or inferior. So don't just refer to men this way it can be applied to you also. )

Anyways, Michael Kramer excels in the character narration. Matrim Cauthon mixed with Kelsier! Similar and I must say a bit superior to the Golden Age of radio in his storytelling!

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Surprisingly good.

I picked this up not expecting to much but to my surprise and delight I was wrong. I truly laughed out loud and found myself trying to keep busy so l could keep listening. Worth the time and price. Will get the sequel.

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Not a happy camper.

I have to admit I was very excited to start this story, and honestly time flew by. However before I knew it was over. No ending if I want to see what happens. You have to buy the next book. I feel the story line was great and was drawn into the story very fast and moved very fast. The the end of the book. It was like tune in next week for the conclusion. Authors who do this does not care about the readers only their own pocket book. I will not not buy any others, from this author. Will never know will the book end or will people have to buy a 3 for a ending.

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Tries hard to be funny, but it's not clever at all

This is my opinion, so take it or leave it as you will:
The sense of humor that this novel is known for? I didn't laugh very much.
The plot? Very predictable.
I should've trusted the dissenting reviews.

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  • kev
  • 12-29-17

Amazing<br />

Loved it
Funny well written and a good time will be getting the outher 2 books

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  • Jenny
  • 03-30-18

Terrible book

The story wasn’t too bad. But the constant stupid humour and pointed comments to the reader was annoying, just plain frustrating and not the slightest bit funny .. but even a smile broke through the whole book and I could barely finish listening to the book.