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When the black rain began to fall, it was a worldwide phenomenon that mystified everyone. Unfortunately, there was little time to ponder the cause.

Most animals died at the onset. Others in the reptilian category merely changed. While some humans were unaffected, others experienced a half-death of sorts, morphing into blood and flesh-crazed creatures with a desire only to hunt the living and consume them.

Climbing Fox Wattana of the Henomawi Nation claims responsibility for the black rain and its effects; he says it is his revenge against the United States government for robbing his people of their land, ensuring their ultimate extinction.

Cole "CB" Baxter isn't taking this lying down. He, his sister, Lilly, and Dr. Georgina Lake will flee the airboat-tour business in the Florida Everglades and attempt to rescue what family they can. If that all works out, they plan to follow the ham radio broadcasts of a classic rock DJ named Micky Rode, as he guides the survivors to a gathering spot somewhere in Kansas.

That's the plan, anyway.

But you know what they say: People make plans.... God laughs.

©2018 Eric A. Shelman (P)2018 Eric A. Shelman

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-Almost passed this one up

I nearly passed this book up because the premise (Zombie gators) seemed very 'B-Movie-ish' and I felt it would either be extremely silly or just plain stupid- Filled with one liners and tropes and just not something for me. I love Zombie fiction but am a 'purist' and usually find when authors tamper with the formula to try and be clever or unique it falls short.

After looking over the reviews and seeing who handled the narration was I decided to give it a chance and I'm so glad I did.

This characters in this tale are likable, believable and very 'three dimensional'- Not the cardboard cut outs many zombie books use to give cannon fodder to the zeds. I very much enjoyed the characters, their backstory, their occupation etc...It just really worked and didnt feel forced.

The premise- Yes , its a bit silly. Voodoo, black rain an Indian curse, zombie gators etc... But it also worked. There wasnt any third wall breaking or jokes being thrown around or trying to be cute but it was taken seriously- And I'll be damned if it somehow worked out really well.

Believe me when I tell you, that premise almost kept me from trying this out and man, I would have missed out big time. This was a 'classic' zombie tale that we've all come to expect but with the added bonus of the adventure and danger one could imagine in horror tales of Everglades with highly aggressive alligators, dark waters and endless mangrove swamp.... It worked- It worked so well I was sucked in after a short time and ended up staying up and almost listening to the entire book in a single night- And now I'll be restarting it so I can enjoy listening to this again with my wife.

I'll be looking out for the next book in this series even if sounds like 'Shark-nado' or something lol- The author really pulled this one off and it was hell of an enjoyable listen- This could end up being one of my favorite zombie series.

-So dont let the 'zombie gator' thing put you off if you just want a classic zombie tale and are tired of authors trying to creatively twist the genre and falling short- This time it didnt fall short.

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Zombie Gators!!!

Wow, this was an awesome book. The characters are well written. The dialogue was intense. The story just kept pulling you in. I have seen zombie animals before just never zombie gators! Shelman did it again with awesome narration! Whenever he narrates a story it comes to life! I can't wait for the sequel!

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Need More!!!!

What other book might you compare Onslaught to and why?

'CB" reminded me of the main character from Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo - Michael Talbot. They both spoke there mind and always had something funny to say after seeing something horrible.

Any additional comments?

I had blast listening to this book. I normally don"t like short books but I have come across several books based in Florida and they have been awesome to listen to. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a great zombie story. I can't wait for the next book to arrive on audible!!

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  • M. Philo
  • Pacific Northwest, USA
  • 04-11-18

excillent

This story is great. the way Eric reads it is ever more lol fun than the written. Characters are solid and story is cravible, leaving you wanting more. highly recommended.

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Pure fun!

Damon Novak, thank you for writing this! I thoroughly enjoyed it! I've already been spreading the goodness around! Eric Shelman, you made a great story come to life!! Thank you both, and I look forward to more!♡♡♡

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WOW !

What a great start to a new zombie series! It's hard to believe this is a new writer. Do not be put off by the cover - when you find out the story behind it you'll be very impressed. This book had the right amount of everything for the zombie lover - new ideas, and some parts down right gory! Glorious!!

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Good Story !

Interesting and different plot on how the zombie apocalypse began. Although I have to agree with another reader about CB he does the dumbest things and always getting rescued by the women which is the only reason he is not dead. Other than those annoying parts it was a good story.

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  • Shaina
  • TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States
  • 03-29-18

Different

This was definitely a different avenue than the zombie books I have listened to recently.

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Fantastic book

A great first book from Damon Novak. Eric A. Shelman does a brilliant job of narrating as always. I would definitely recommend this book.

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Black Rain...Alligators......Zombies

First off let me say I have listened to Damon Novak's Onslaught for the last two weeks, which means about 6 times, so far. Yup that's how much I love this story and the narrator. Once the last word is read I just restart to listen again. I love the animal aspect of this book and not just the alligators. I like the characters and their relationships they have and develop. Thrown together CB, sister Lilly, Dr. Lake and Sonya are just trying to survive and need to get to Dr. Lake's daughter but the road there is paved with death and lots of zombies. Onslaught is a great read and with Narrator Eric A. Shelman giving "life" to Damon Novak's debut novel this can only be a 5 star book. Hoping to see more of this story and anything else Mr. Novak decides to grace us with.