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Today is the day that Evan Berry's life will change forever. His days working construction are about to end; he is finally going to be a high school music teacher. Stephanie, his bride-to-be, even has a surprise planned for him when he gets home from work that first night. None of that matters. For several days, the news has been hinting at reports of a strange illness that appears to be global. Unfortunately, this is no regular sickness. The dead are returning to life and attacking the living. Evan is at his new job for less than 10 minutes when he gets a call from Stephanie. There is a man in their house and he is trying to attack her.

Set in the world of the Amazon best-selling series Dead, there is a new story to tell. See the world die through the eyes of one man in Dead: Onset.

©2016 TW Brown (P)2016 TW Brown

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The Dog Is Good

I have been wanting to get a TW book for sometime. His stuff never goes on sale. I went ahead and wasted a credit. Brown seems to write exclusively in the Zombie genre and I like good zombie books. I was also impressed that he is a reviewer. A reviewer that does not always give five stars to his writing buddies. Card is a reviewer, but he only gives five stars. So, I that this guy must be gutsy.

I only got through close to five hours. I thought the story was weak and had too many unbelievable things happen. In no particular order, 1. A music teacher who was a construction worker? I have never meet a music teacher who could lift a hammer. 2. The main character goes out of his way to not watch the news, even after weird stuff starts happening? 3. Why are all these people running around in a pick up truck? In a Zombie apocalypse, there are lots of abandoned cars. Any town with a school has a least one car lot. Didn't these other teachers have cars? Why put all your eggs in one basket?

Other annoying things
Get a professional narrator. The majority of your men sound like women. Too much introspective thinking. That is not they way it happens in the movies. If I heard that once I heard it ten times. First, it is very cliché and second, who cares. Why don't you say this is not the way it happens in books? Writers seem to think it adds authenticity to their writing to say that. There is zero science in this. One of the great things about a Zombie book, is the writer coming up with a unique or clever way this happened. Was it a government conspiracy? An experiment gone wrong, a mad scientist, some virus from South America, an alien invasion, What? How do your zombies differ from other zombies?

The book cover
Based on the Tim Burton style cover of the book, I thought maybe our main characters would be zombies themselves. The girlfriend became one early on, but was quickly forgotten. Tufo's Timothy series is cool, because it comes from the perspective of the zombie.

My favorite Zombie books are Cell, by King. These zombies gather together and form a sort of community, plus you become a zombie by using your phone. Joseph Duncan's Cattle, has zombies who are smart and they breed humans for food. Scott Sigler's Pandemic, has zombies that are part of an alien invasion theme.

Hey Audible
Why are there only 15 books in the zombie category and you can't browse to get there. You have to find a book that is specifically categorized as Zombie in order to go through the back door. It has been like three months.

44 of 51 people found this review helpful

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Volume 1

Any additional comments?

Great start to a new series! But this is a cliffhanger. If you like zombie, this audiobook is for you

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Find out how it begins

Onset Dead feels more like Fear the Walking Dead than The Walking Dead, only there's a quirky sense of humor in the main character. It's the beginning of the zombie apocalypse and people are running around trying to get help for their dying loved ones/or undying loved ones would probably be the better statement. I'm saddened by the loss of Evan's true love, which happens right at the beginning and teaches Evan a lot about the symptoms of tuning. The author does a good job with his narration, with a clear voice and good production quality. I love Chewie and hope to see more of him. There's a nice little group forming that doesn't always agree and tend to have a love/hate relationship. At least they try to watch each other's backs. If you listen to this book, you'd better plan to stay around for book 2!

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Onset: Dead Volume 1

So excited for a new zombie series, and super excited it's written by TW Brown....(Chris Philbrook and Mark Tufo are the only other "zombie" authors I also get this excited for!)

I enjoyed "Onset" and am really pleased this series is going to be focusing on one main character (and his group?) Evan is a relatable decent guy trying to survive a world full of zombies, and I felt myself really routing for him by the end of this book. Can't wait to see what the future holds for him!

The narrator.... none other than the author himself! Great job!

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Welcomed slightly different take zombie apoc

Evan Berry loves music and is looking forward to his first day as a music teacher at the local school.  Too bad it is the day the world devolves into zombie chaos.  He is the ordinary man in an impossible situation, forced to accept the death/turning of his fiancé and loss of everything and everything he knows.  He has to rise to the situation or be eaten alive with everyone else.

Carl, the shop teacher is more than ready for the breakdown of civilization and helps Evan through his denial.  Together they protect an unlikely group, a cranky middle-aged teacher and two children against the hungry hordes of zombies and the evil living.

The slightly different take on the overcrowded zombie genre is welcome, though Even quickly evolves into the standard kill or be killed apocalypse hero.  Evan often thinks about and refers to the many zombie movies and how his zombie reality is so different.  The thing is, it isn’t that different, or at least not different enough to be noteworthy.  The story does keep a backdrop of humor and a doesn’t take-itself-too-seriously tone that is very welcome.  It softens the gruesome parts but also dulls the poignant scenes.  It may not ground breaking, but it is fun and entertaining.

The story is performed by the author.  His voice is pleasant enough, but is difficult at first to get into the story as he stumbles over phrases and doesn’t always differentiate the characters well.  His female and male characters sometimes morph into each other.  On the other hand, he lends a personal tone to the story.  No one knows a story better than the author and the listener gets just a little more depth from certain characters for it.  It is a personal taste and one can’t really say if his reading is a positive or negative, adding in some ways and detracting in others.

Onset Dead is a fun zombie story with enough humor and flawed humanity to give us just a little bit different take on the many zombie stories.  There is plenty of gruesome chomping and hapless, dirty survivors fighting for their lives.  If you are zombie lover, you will probably never get enough, so give this one a go.

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  • saysydy
  • coffee springs, al
  • 07-22-17

Exciting new adventure

I really love ALL of T.W.Brown's works that I have come in contact with. And now you can hear this amazing author narrate his work to you.....what else could you want?! This storyline is different than his other DEAD series, but you'll come in contact with some familiar characters. I really do like this Evan character, and I'm anxious to see what kinds of situations he will find himself involved in. I am a dog lover myself, and often prefer canine companionship to that of human.....so I truly understand where he is coming from on that front. just give this series a try and you'll be hooked!

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Love the tw brown dead books

So glad brown is writing a new dead series my only complaint is that while he is a great author not to big on him as a narrator. Not sure why maybe it's because I liked the cast of the last series so much but makes it a little harder to get into

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a+++

this is an excellent series of books that keeps getting better . top shelf story and narration

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Great Start!

What does TW Brown bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

TW Brown brings the voices of the characters to life in a way that I couldn't do for myself.

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

The start of it all....

Any additional comments?

I am not a huge fan of the post notes

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Dead series is AWESOME

I think this book is great. I always enjoy listening to this series. These books can draw me in as I listen I can see it happening in my head like a movie or as if someone is telling me a story of something that actually happened to them. I also love how characters from his other Dead books randomly show up. I love all of TW Browns books. Todd, I think you are an amazing author. Thank you for all of the hours of enjoyment while listening and reading your work.

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  • MsRanPan
  • 01-30-18

Glad its not all over

I'm enjoying this new book, I like that he’s not as heroic as some of the other characters as being a single character story there is time to go into a lot of depth.

One star was lost as there is A LOT of talk about how it isn’t like the movies etc. etc. etc., that was Kevin’s thing, it worked for Keven, he was a geek, a thinker, a movie lover and I appreciate many people would probably have these thoughts but we cover this thoroughly in the first 12 book series and its just a bit boring to keep hearing it again from Evan, and it was regular enough for it to lose a star. The story in general is very enjoyable I just found those little comments really hard to listen to (plus I have been running/ driving a lot lately and so have binged the last 4 Dead books then these two new ones so possible I’m a bit more sensitive to it!)
Otherwise I've enjoyed the beginning again! I was just starting to get a little bored of the 'beginning' every time with the 'Snapshot' series so this was needed and it’s good to know we can follow the story as far as it goes, and enjoyed the little crossovers like meeting Steve at Book 1 of original Dead series point!

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  • andrew from llangollen
  • 03-11-17

the beginning of the zombie apocalypse

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

Onset is the first audiobook i have listened to so far, but i already own the kindle version and wanted to upgrade

What other book might you compare Onset to, and why?

i would compare it to all the other books in the dead series

Which scene did you most enjoy?

i enjoyed the scene where Evan killed Brandon the most

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

i never listen to a book in one sitting, although i would love to

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  • Sugah
  • 03-14-17

Amazing!!

Firstly, Im not the greatest at leaving reviews but here goes....Im so happy you have created more books in this zombie world of yours, I loved the first series (and if anyone reading this hasn't read the first Dead series please do,it is awesome) I'm so glad to be drawn back in to this zombie apocalypse with a whole new bunch of characters to love and hate. And the fact that Mr TW Brown himself is narrating is a massive bonus! You've already drawn me in again with book one and I cannot wait for more!
P.S Evans commentary on the zombie race had me in tears 😂