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Nations collapsed. The undead rose. Some people survived.

Three months after escaping from London, Bill discovers the true extent of the global war that followed the outbreak. Most of the world has been destroyed, but though ruined farmland and abandoned cities are filled with zombies, there are other survivors and there is a safe haven - so he is told - in a small village on the Irish coast.

Before he can go there, he must find and rescue the children. Then he'll have to battle his way through the infected wastelands of England and Wales in hopes that there really is a boat waiting for them. Even then, his journey won't be over.

When he's told of the sanctuary awaiting them, he also discovers that the scientist who created the virus escaped from New York. In order for any of them to ever truly be safe, Bill will have to head north to confront the man, discover the truth behind the outbreak, and finally choose between his old family and his new one.

©2014 Frank Tayell (P)2015 Frank Tayell

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Just with the first 2 books, I sped through this one. I can't give it high enough reviews. The story was great and narration was perfect. But with how it ended, it makes you think the story line for these characters is over. There is a book 4, but it starts at the beginning of the series and tells a different character's story. I have spoken with Mr. Tayell, via social media, and I'm pretty sure he hinted that Bill will be back in book 8! Knowing that my beloved characters will be back, I'm definitely going to continue with the series. Now, I just have to wait for the remaining books to be made into audiobooks.

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WOW!!

When they get together and start doing things and then some are gone, its totally great!

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Improving!

This was the best of the series thus far. The plot thickens and the addition of some interesting characters really help.

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Continuation of A great story

This book continues and wraps up this chapter of the story adds more characters a lot more action answers a lot of your questions and ties book one book to book 3 and book 0.5 together and wraps up all the endings. Highly recommend and I will be getting look 4 and above

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Great book!!

This is actually a really good series. I enjoyed it even though as an american I didn't understand some of the lingo. However, it was a great read and kept my interest all the way through the three books. Looking forward to continuing the series.

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Zombilicious

What did you love best about Family?

I really enjoyed that the author brought more insight into Bills past and family connections.

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The narrarater Tim Bruce did an amazing job and I found him quite pleasing to listen to.The author is quite talented at world building and creating characters I feel connected with.I always reccomend this author to all my fellow fans of the zombie & post apocalyptic genres.I received a copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Lynn
  • Massachusetts, United States
  • 10-04-15

A good read

If you enjoyed the other books in this series then this one will not disappoint. I was unsure about the series but it grew on me.

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  • Kevin Boone
  • 02-19-18

More pesky zombies

Frank Tayell's "Evacuation" series seems to be as good as modern apocalyptic fiction gets. It deals with real, ordinary folk in extraordinary situations. The story and the characterisation in the first three books that I've read are reasonably convincing, although I rather suspect that the harsh, unpredictable brutality of The Walking Dead is more realistic. Difficult to tell, though, isn't it? Until the zombies start marching down the High Street. Tayell's world-view allows room for at least limited optimism.

Family has a much larger cast of characters than the previous two books, and this creates more of a challenge for narrator Tim Bruce. He rises to it pretty well, though, keeping all the main voices distinct, and having a good stab at a range of different regional accents.

I'm not sure how convinced I was by the character of the arch-villain in this book -- the character is so outrageous that comes across like a comic bad guy in the early James Bond movies. You can almost imagine him having a bodyguard that uses a steel-lined hat as a weapon.

For all its faults, this series of books remains head-and-shoulders above almost everything else in this genre.

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  • JoMo
  • 09-20-17

Great detail that makes sense of outbreak

If you could sum up Family in three words, what would they be?

Thrilling detailed characterful

Who was your favorite character and why?

I probably warmed to Kim the most as she is a woman of a certain age who despite a dreadful past still fights for her life and those around her. She is the mother figure at its best. Willing to do nything to save the children and delegates tasks easily.

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Another great book in the series. Nice to have an apocalyptic zombie drama set in familiar locations (in the uk) that have clearly been well researched. The plot development is good and seems like it is really going somewhere but relishing good character development on the way.

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  • Samvjones
  • 04-25-16

With Answers Come More Questions - Gripping!

Where does Family rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of my top reads and cannot tell you how nice it is to have a realistic character in a zombie apocalypse plus it's based in the UK.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Family?

The best part of this is the answering of many of the stories questions so far and then the fact these answers bring on more questions!

Have you listened to any of Tim Bruce’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I do enjoy his narrating and the other books in the series have been narrated by him and these are just as good!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! It is hard to put down!

Any additional comments?

I reached out to the author and he was so kind to reply and have chatted a few times since. I have paid for these books (although he sent me a code for the novella Zombies vs The Living Dead) but the fact he took the time to answer my questions about the story and engages with fans of the book also makes the whole experience 5*