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When Tom, the son of a powerful senator, becomes stranded in the Plagued States while searching for his lost sister, his only hope of survival rests in the hands of a few grizzled veteran zombie hunters and a mysterious half-breed zombie woman he thinks may know where to find his sister....

In the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse, the humans won by creating a moat surrounding the Plagued States of America. Now zombies roam freely, and only the most fearless of hunters venture in, but they don't hunt to kill. Zombie labor is too valuable a commodity. That's why Tom has come to one of only three sanctioned outposts along the Moaning Coast to check their sales records in the hopes of finding his lost sister. What he finds instead is a mysterious half-breed zombie woman who may know where she is. When the township is overrun by zombies, Tom, the half-breed, and a group of grizzled zombie hunters must fend for themselves in order to survive not only the zombie horde, but the military gunships trying to wipe out the infection.

This debut book by Better Hero Army stands to become the start of one of the best new zombie series with its action-packed story, great characters, and twists that keep you on your toes and breathless to the very end.

©2013 Evan Ramspott (P)2016 Evan Ramspott

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Meh

The concept was good, but the presentation was not. Listen to the sample, that is the most exciting part in the book. A rare few Zombies are only half Zombies. The East Coast does not have Zombies and life is normal. If fleshed out with some interesting characters and a good plot, this could have been good, but I could barely stay awake and since I listen while I drive, that is not good.

I was not impressed with the narrator.

28 of 29 people found this review helpful

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Plagued

An interesting concept in the huge world of zombies. Tom is a young man forced to go with his brother, Gary, to try to find his younger sister, Larissa. Tom blames himself (as does his father) for allowing Larissa to be turned into a zombie 10 years before. While Tom and Gary are in the zombie trading area, havoc breaks loose as the zombies become free.

The idea that the government would "cure" zombies in order for them to be used as slave labor is unique. What better way to get free workers than to use zombies? Of course, when you have slaves, you also have slave traders, who also seem to function as zombie hunters.

Tom meets a young woman who is a half-breed zombie and decides to use her to find his sister. Questions arise: can he trust Penelope to not hurt him? Can he find Larissa? And, most importantly, can Penelope be cured?

The story was entertaining, but left me with a lot of unanswered questions about what made half-breed zombies. I don't know if there are more books in this series that explain things better, but I would like to know more. All in all, an interesting book if you love zombies.

The narration was a little bland. I would have enjoyed it more with more inflection in the narrator's voice. It was basically just reading the book aloud. I was given a copy of this Audible book by the author/narrator/publisher and chose to review it.

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Find a rescue in zombie world

Government is still in existence in this zombie tale. This story was different from most of the zombie stories I have read. I really enjoyed reading this one.

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Interesting and Different!

This is a pretty quick listen. I listened to it while I burned brush, and I'm not sure that was the best idea I ever had haha. It's not exactly a scary or tension filled book, but when it's dark out, there's no moon and only the fire for light, which then lights up random critter's eyes who have come to see what you're doing, it becomes so! LOL just a word of warning!

I really enjoyed it! I liked the characters, and how the brothers interacted with each other. It felt natural in an unnatural setting. The various cast of characters were interesting, and stayed with the personality they were first given. The flow was good, and the different kinds of zombies was really interesting to read. Too often, zombie books will follow one of a few set formulas, and it was refreshing to find something different.

The narrator was really good, too. A pleasant voice and pace, nice tone, and it seemed like he knew the story, which is always a sticking point for me. Very well done.

I thoroughly enjoyed this, and hope to listen to the next.

Bob says:4 Platypires!

*I requested and was granted a promotional code for this audible book to be honestly reviewed*

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Different

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The book started out slow. The story really picks up when the zombies get loose. I found the half-breed zombies interesting. I would like to know more about them. I've listened to this narrator before. I think his performance showed a greater range than some of his other works. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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Good start to a series

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Good start to a series. Very entertaining and enjoyable. It pulled me in and kept my attention. I love all types of zombie books and this one has an interesting little twist on a zombie apocalypse.<br/><br/> Honestly, I wish it had been a little longer. When a story leaves you wanting more you know you enjoyed it. It's a series I would definitely like to hear more of and I'm looking forward to the next installment. It's the start of a series and it does leave you hanging.<br/><br/>Zombies, half-breed zombies, a cure and of coarse the government. What secret is the government hiding? Using zombies as workers and other things though is a risky business. One that definitely has some consequences.<br/><br/>Andrew B. Wehrlen does a great job with the narration as usual. His voice just draws you in and brings the characters and story to life. He has one of those voices that is perfect for narrating books. Really good character voices. Clearly spoken with a smooth even pace. He brings the characters and story to life through his narration. Hopefully he will continue to be the narrator for the rest of the series. Very enjoyable.<br/><br/>I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review <br/>

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Great Action

Was very full of action all characters were great in the parts they played and all came together

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Meh

I loved the concept of the book but it just didn't deliver. Was way to slow for my taste and just didn't hold my internet.

The narrator was ok but not the best.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Cool take on the ZA genre but felt unfinished

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

So, I am a HUGE zombie genre fan. I will often seek out books like this. I thought having zombie halfbreeds was a really cool take on the genre. That being said, I thought this book should have been much longer. It really felt like background and setup for the series and it felt unfinished to me. It had enough, though, to make me want the next book in the series so I can find out more about Penelope and Tom.

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Wish it were longer, excited for book 2

I love zombie books. I mean I LOVE them. I also love it when in given something different, something new. Don't get me wrong I love traditional zombies too but I need a break for the usual at times. This is it! I got it! So glad I was given the opportunity to review this book. I really want more information about Penelope. I want to know what happens next for her. I could even visualize the Duck! I think I need or should I say want a vehicle like that!
If you also love zombies, and love something fresh and new you should give this one a try. You will not regret it.


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  • Norma Miles
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"Welcome to the Wild West, brother."

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Plagued, brings an horrifying new aspect to the zombie genre: the trading and use of them as slaves . The Synopsis given is full so I do not want to further rehearse the story which was exciting and action packed, though fairly short in length. As always, the narration by Mr.Wehrein was impeccable, clear, well paced with just the right dramatic emphasis and clear voicings for the individual characters. His reading most definitely enhances the experience.<br/><br/>I have not previously heard of the author, Better Hero Army, and I have the rights holder of Plagued to thank for introducing his work to me with this book, gifted to me via Audiobook Boom. I will certainly be watching out for more in this new zombie series by him as he has already inserted some intriguing ideas which need to be followed up in future stories: what happened in the original outbreak? How did the whole trader enterprise come about? The real story behind the half breeds? The zombie children, what more of them? The medical programme, what exactly does it do and how was it developed? All these, and more, have really piqued my interest as well as, of course, what happens next with Tom.<br/>I hope to find out more in future books.