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Billions died during the global civil war that followed the outbreak. Anarchy took grip. Chaos ruled. The world collapsed. In Britain, the evacuation failed. Nowhere was safe from the undead.

Four months after the outbreak Bill Wright has found safety in a ruined abbey in southern England, but he is still alone. All he has for company are the files sent to him by his shadowy contact, Sholto. On those, he believes he has found the origins of the undead, and the vast conspiracy in which he discovers he played an unwitting part.

He needs answers, and knows the only place they will be found is at the facility that created the virus. As he journeys through the desolate ruins of a dead civilisation, he meets other survivors. He rescues some, is rescued by others, but ultimately discovers that zombies are not the most deadly threat in an undead wasteland.

©2013 Frank Tayell (P)2015 Frank Tayell

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Better than the first.

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What a great series! I was able to immediately start book 3. The narration is perfect.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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So so

not the best. the storyline is very weak. I will not order the third book.

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Good

I liked this book because the guy gets his leg back and is able to keep away from zombies and has food now and another person

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Better but...

I find myself bothered by how sniveling, weak, and useless most of the characters are. This book contains more action and a little more oomph than the first book. The main character has seemed to grow, though. The plot twists are nice.

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Great story continues

The story continues in the second book it expands into a greater number of characters more interactions and a lot more action worth the read on to book 3

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Story has gone downhill

I suppose it is really hard to write a series. I wonder why so few writers just write a complete, finished novel as the story anymore. This would have been a good idea, I think, for this story.

I really liked the first book. I thought it was well written, and compelling and interesting. The main character, whose plight is the center of the story, was interesting, easy to relate to, believable, and well developed and the plot was well paced and well developed.

This next installment lacks any of that. It has too many scattered, unlikable characters who don't seem to really figure in to the overall story in any important way, and whose back story isn't at all interesting or well developed. It also features something I personally find incredibly boring and too easy in apocalypse or disaster stories, which is almost everyone becomes some crazed, violent insane person, or everyone is some untrustworthy monster and there is all kinds of dull group fighting. I suppose there is the possibility that would happen in a real crisis, but I find it dull, and too easy. I also find giant conspiracies that make zero sense to be dull. The idea that the government would so quickly do something so pointlessly destructive, that wouldn't work, and that was just insane seems hard to believe to me. I suppose the author felt it made for an interesting mystery or something, but I think it is just too implausible as presented to be anything but kind of annoying and silly. As a result of all this, the plot in this book is kind of just a mess, and the new characters are unlikable, and partly unbelievable, even the ones we are supposed to like,

I think the first book would have been better as a stand alone book - and a complete story.

The narration is great, again, and that helped somewhat.

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  • deedeeg
  • gilbert, AZ, United States
  • 03-02-16

I don't like this

The zombie apocalypse taking place in Britain is quite boring. I read the first book and wasn't quite sure if I liked it or not but this one sealed the deal. It's really pretty dull. Pass.

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Good sequel...

So far I find this series to be enjoyable. It can be hard to follow at times as some of the lingo is foreign but you figure it out as it goes along. Reminiscent of Mark Tufo novels somewhat. Very enjoyable.

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Zombies

What did you love best about Surviving the Evacuation, Book 2: Wasteland?

I liked that the author shows flawed characters struggling to survive the downfall of society.

What did you like best about this story?

Frank Tayell includes a backstory about the creation of the Zombie plague.

Which character – as performed by Tim Bruce and Ruth Urquhart – was your favorite?

Sholto's character was fun to listen to and sounded very American while Bills narrarator was distinctly British.

Any additional comments?

I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Samvjones
  • 04-25-16

Book Two - more zombies and people in the UK

Picking up where we left off this is the adventure of the ordinary Bill who is not your normal post apocalyptic survivalist nut but a rather normal civil servant (or so it seems). The character development is a major factor for my 5* rating and the movement from an isolated survivor into a populated world is excellent. If you want a UK version of a zombie novel then this is it - but start from the beginning of the series.

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  • david
  • 05-16-18

Not as good as the first but still good

This chapter continues right from where the first finishes, it starts well and strong and as expected but soon becomes messy and clunky. With the introduction of new characters and voices the diary journal format goes out the window sacrificing the simple story narrative for something that does not quite work well.
The conversational pieces just do not work and it is just unnecessary, a real shame but still a good story and it does manage to keep you wanting more. I am worried about where the story will go as I fear it will be too complex and perhaps suffer the same fate as the walking dead.
Would have been Mitch better to keep it the simple journal format and different from the rest although diary of the dead wins on that format.

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  • Ross Hughes
  • 03-21-18

Awesome

A lot going on for a zombie story, theres friction and action and suspense and intrigue. Too many annoying women arguing all the time but hey, at least thats realistic i spose

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  • Kevin Boone
  • 02-12-18

Good, but not as good as the first one

As contemporary apocalypses go, Surviving the Evacuation remains head-and-shoulders above most of the genre. Tayell's hero (if that's the right word) has to deal with the real problems of living in the end-times; not how much ammunition he can scavenge from a military depot (as if), but how to make tea from lemonade, or how to use a wok as a fire pit.

This installment has more survivors than the last one, and they are all equally screwed up and traumatised, as we should expect. They don't necessarily get on, but there are none of the ridiculous armed stand-offs that we get in many stories of this sort.

For all it's good features, however, I didn't think this book as as good as the first in the series. Some of the situations that the characters get themselves into seem a bit, well, improbable. The ending, which I won't give away, seems _highly_ improbable.

I'm hoping that book 3 will show a return to form; but book 2 is still a pretty decent read.

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  • Jack
  • 01-23-18

Great book well written

Great book well written if you like walking dead then you will like this but listen to the first book first

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  • sarah MacHattie
  • 01-15-18

very confusing book order but awsome

very confused by the messy book ordering in this series causing great frustration at time and purchase of wrong book as a result but after that the book itself is another one of those you can't bare to put down. great plot full of twists and turns especially the ending and characters so very likeable or hateable in some cases of course. well written definitely recommend this series. best book so far.

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  • Paul
  • 06-01-17

Loved it

I'm really enjoying listening to this series of books whilst travelling around New Zealand. I've listened to them hiking, driving even kayaking. Fab!!

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  • James
  • 10-29-15

Great British Zombie Series

If you could sum up Surviving the Evacuation, Book 2: Wasteland in three words, what would they be?

Original, Addictive, satisfying.

What other book might you compare Surviving the Evacuation, Book 2: Wasteland to, and why?

Survivors by Terry Nation but with added zombies.

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

Both Tim Bruce's & Ruth Urquhart's performances were very good.

Any additional comments?

Normally get bored of zombie books but 'Surviving the Evacuation' series is a cut above the rest.

Book 1 is good & book 2 is even better, already bought book 3 and looking forward to new releases in 2016.

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  • James Reynolds
  • 09-20-15

brilliant

As the first one it was hard to stop listening. can't wait for the next

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  • Glitter
  • 08-17-15

Excellent zombies and survival story.

Would you consider the audio edition of Surviving the Evacuation, Book 2: Wasteland to be better than the print version?

I have already read the kindle version of this story, but this audio version brings it all to life. The audiobook continues the story of Bill, a survivour in a zombie apocolypse.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked to follow Bill as he meets other survivours. The emotions he goes through as he struggles after being alone for months come across really well in the naration.

Any additional comments?

I am really enjoying this series (currently the author has written 8 books in this series) and I can't wait for the next part. I love to listen to these books while doing the washing up- for some reason it is a much more enjoyable chore while listening to people slaying zombies!