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No Easy Hope Audiobook

No Easy Hope: Surviving the Dead, Volume 1

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Eric Riordan was once a wealthy man leading a comfortable, easy life. Until one day Gabriel, his oldest friend, Marine Corps veteran, and a former mercenary, told him how the world was going to end.

He did his best to prepare. He thought he was ready for anything.

He was wrong.

As the dead rise up to devour the living, one man finds himself struggling to survive in the ruins of a shattered world. Alone, isolated, and facing starvation, his only chance is to flee to the Appalachians and join forces with Gabriel. But the journey will not be easy, and along the way his humanity, his will to live, and his very soul will be tested.

This is the beginning. This is his story.

©2011 James N Cook (P)2013 James N Cook

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    Anthony mooresville, IN, United States 07-17-13
    Anthony mooresville, IN, United States 07-17-13
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    "Great listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very interesting, I am always more interested in how people survive during an outbreak by preparation and the early parts of the out break and less interested once the living humans turn out to be the bad guys, this shows Gabriel and Erics prep although more detail would have been great (still good), and Eric meets some good people on the way to Gabe which is not always the case in zombie apocalypse books, I loved it


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eric, Gabe and Ethan were all good


    Which character – as performed by Guy Williams – was your favorite?

    Eric


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    This and the first day by day Armageddon have been my favorite zombie apocalypse books

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dan North Vancouver, BC, Canada 06-06-13
    Dan North Vancouver, BC, Canada 06-06-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A good listen!"
    Where does No Easy Hope rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say this book ranks mid to high for zombie stories for me. 7.5 out of 10


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the credit. The second book is also good. I can't wait for the third book to be released. The only negative thing would be the timeline seems to slow way down at a few points. It could be a long series but that would be cool with me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jim 03-12-13
    Jim 03-12-13
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    "A good tale and action!"
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    This is a good story with Eric who is s really easy going character and just happen to plan for the end of the world with his new buddy Gabe. It is a all out interesting story as Eric interacts with people better in a Zombie Apocalypse than before in a normal world. You will not be disappointed in this story.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer united states 03-10-13
    Amazon Customer united states 03-10-13
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    "Great Z-poc story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommended to anyone who likes post apocalyptic/zombie stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fast paced, lots of action.


    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    mrs99mrs99 11-26-13
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    "Great Book!!!"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed the characters or Eric and Gabriel and their struggles. I hope there are more to come.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    billy ALTOONA, PA, United States 07-22-13
    billy ALTOONA, PA, United States 07-22-13
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    "Pretty good zombie book."
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    I've listened to most of the popular zombie books in the past year and its been hard finding good ones now. This one I never heard of in anyone's list of favorites but it was one of the better ones I've listened to in a while. I'm going to get the second one now.

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    kyle Oceanside, CA, United States 03-21-13
    kyle Oceanside, CA, United States 03-21-13
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    "Narrator Ruined It"
    How could the performance have been better?

    If the Narrator actually knew how native North Carolinian talked. The 'valley girl' voice for the teenagers and women was really distracting.


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    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 10-11-13
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 10-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story, but Doesn't Offer Anything New"

    I stumbled upon this author through someone's Goodreads review, and recently have been reading a lot of "first published independently" authors. When I discovered the author was a fellow North Carolinian and that the story takes place here in NC, I was fairly excited to try him out!

    The zombie genre is, in a word, overdone these days, but I was hoping for a new twist on the theme. This one is well written, and kept me interested all the way. There were a few minor snags for me, though.

    The prologue started out great. Once we get into chapter 1, however, the story jumps back to the main character's life before the outbreak. Then we get to see the outbreak itself. I don't know about you, but I've seen the zombie "origin story" enough times by now. This one is fairly straightforward, and I could have done without it.

    I kept hoping we would quickly make it back to the timeline in the prologue, featuring the main characters of Eric and Gabriel. Unfortunately, the story gets sidetracked again, and I realized that I wasn't going to like the direction the story was taking. Again, don't get me wrong: the story is pretty good. I just didn't find anything particularly unique about it, nor about the rest of the plot as it unfolds. The book also suffered from a lot of cursing and bad language that I wasn't expecting and frankly could have done without.

    In fact, the entire book itself is backstory, which is a shame, because it is well written and interesting. The problem is, we KNOW that Eric is going to end up with Gabriel, just two of them, holed up in a cabin inside a fence looking out on the world. I wanted to find out what happens AFTER that, and I didn't want to wait until book 2 or 3 to find out.

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    Amazon Customer 10-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "good tractor book"

    Not the greatest writing but just fine escapism while cutting hay! I recommend it heartily

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    MSEreads Marianna, FL 09-06-17
    MSEreads Marianna, FL 09-06-17 Member Since 2001
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    "Solid EOTW, biochemical (zombie) story."

    This is a solid EOTW, biochemical (zombie) story with a strong lead character and good action. My rating 4.25.

    Eric is a wealthy man, not a military man. He and Gabriel, Gabe, became friends during the sale of land between them. Sometime later, Gabe warns Eric to prepare for a chaotic collapse of the world. Gabe is a former Marine and former mercenary who has reason to know of biological secrets that could endanger society.

    Eric had the money to prepare a bunker and stock it with food and weapons. He thought he was ready – but who can really prepare for the bloody rising of the dead? After staying alone in his own bunker for a time, Eric sets to meet up with Gabe who is hunkered down in a cabin in the mountains.

    Along the way Eric faces danger and rescues a young man from an attack of the undead and returns with him to a compound of survivors. Some of the survivors are thankful but some are resentful and untrusting. Eric remains and proves his good intent as he helps the group clearing local communities of infected so they can gather more supplies. Sadly, the undead are not the only enemy that the survivors must face. There are rival survivor groups who are lawless and brutal.

    I really liked Eric’s strong, well developed character. The survivor group he works with is well developed also. Mr. Cook does a good job of creating an engaging story with a good balance of human elements and action. There is gore and bad language but it is not the focus of the story but rather part of the situation.

    There are also grammatical errors which might be attributable to the nature of the characters… otherwise it is just inadequate editing. I let them slide. There are a few slower segments but for the most part the story pacing moves along well. I did not realize that this series is already up to 8 books. I will likely continue to read at some point, although not immediately. I recommend this to readers who like well written, catastrophic, end of the world (EOTW), scenarios.

    Audio Notes: Guy Williams does a good job with the narration. I found it is easy to listen and follow the characters. There did not seem excessive emotion but adequate to convey the scenes of the story. The narration added to my enjoyment of the story.

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