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The Last Bastion of the Living Audiobook

The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel

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A walled city surrounded by lush land, protected by high mountain summits, and fortified by a massive gate to secure the only pass into the valley, The Bastion remained humanity's last hope against the fearsome undead creatures known as the Inferi Scourge. On one fateful day, the valley gate failed and the Inferi Scourge overran and destroyed the human settlements outside the walls, trapping the remaining survivors inside the city. Now, decades later, the last remaining humans are struggling to survive in a dying city of dwindling resources...and dwindling hope.

Vanguard Maria Martinez has lived her entire life within the towering walls of steel. She yearns for a life away from the overcrowded streets, rolling blackouts, and food shortages, but there is no hope for anyone as long as the Inferi Scourge howl outside the high walls. Her only refuge from the daily grind is in the arms of Dwayne Reichardt, an officer in the Bastion Constabulary. Both are highly-decorated veterans of the last disastrous push against the Inferi Scourge. Their secret affair is her only happiness.

Then one day Maria is summoned to meet with a mysterious representative from the Science Warfare Division and is offered the opportunity to finally destroy the Inferi Scourge in the valley and close the gate, reclaiming the lost lands and energizing the populace with renewed hope for the future. The rewards of success are great, but she will have to sacrifice everything, possibly even her life, to accomplish the ultimate goal of securing the future of humanity and saving it from extinction.

©2012 Lyssa-Noel Rhiannon Frater (P)2012 Lyssa-Noel Rhiannon Frater

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    "great story but a bit robotic reading"

    the story of this novel was pretty well thought out with enough twists to make it interesting and enough character development to make you care about them. the reading was a bit robotic as though i was listening to siri.

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    Nunya Bidnes 03-30-17
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    "Surprisingly good"

    Creative and a bit different from myriad of zombie stories out there. Dialogue is better than the elementary school junk that is so prevalent. Doesnt rely heavily on extreme violence, sex, macho crap of cursing. Overall, a pretty decent book.

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    maggie 03-12-17
    maggie 03-12-17
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    "decent action, sappy romance."

    I enjoyed the novel action sequences. I was not a fan of the overly sappy love story/ending. seems like more could be done with this story. look forward to a true sequel

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    JQ 12-20-16
    JQ 12-20-16
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    "Unlike any zombie novel..."
    What did you love best about The Last Bastion of the Living?

    The complexity of the story, it was well thought out and I pictured every scene. it got right to the action and actually explained how the virus came to be.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked all of the surprises in the story. The author wasn't afraid to throw the kitchen sink at you. She just went for it and it worked.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was an unfortunate choice. It was the only negative for me. Her voice was very clipped and robotic and lacked inflection. The good thing was I eventually got used to it, and stopped thinking about it so I could just enjoy the book.


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

    This book was 12 hours long! I don't even sleep that long. No. Great book, but I really can't imagine doing anything for 12 hours. No matter how much I enjoy it.


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    Daniel 11-20-15
    Daniel 11-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Another brick in the wall."

    Narrated by a Siri impersonator.
    The story was literally some people going on a mission with enough details added to make it 11 hours. No inventiveness. Nothing unique or profound. Just soldiers living in zombieland.

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    John West Morgan Hill, CA USA 08-02-15
    John West Morgan Hill, CA USA 08-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story"
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    The story is a different take to the apocalypse. It is in the future and people are surviving. The female protagonist is strong and fierce. She faces a different challenge than I expected. Great tale. I listened to the book, finished, and immediately purchased the next book. The Mission of the Living was just as fun. Highly recommend both books. I have listened to all of Rhiannon Frater.'s story lines. She is a great story teller and I highly recommend her as an author.

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    Jason Carson, CA, United States 07-27-15
    Jason Carson, CA, United States 07-27-15 Member Since 2006

    Books are like air: I need them to live.

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    "Wonderfully rich and exciting"

    The world created in this story (our world but in the distant future) is so rich and vivid I really felt as though I was there. The characters are engaging and fresh. The way everything unfolds keeps you on the edge and wanting more. This was one of the best reads (listens) I've had in a while. I am so excited to have learned recently this author has created more stories from this universe. I am going to be all over it.

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    Charles S. 04-23-15
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    "the ending totally ruined it for me."

    since I hate when people spoil a book or show for me I'll leave it at this.....at the end I said WTF and wanted my credit back

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    Gia 04-17-14
    Gia 04-17-14
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    "Here's a zombie novel I could sink my teeth into."

    Really good zombie novel here. Steady build and intense. Neat spin at the end too... Didn't see it coming. Surprised! Narrator was good. Glad I listened.

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    Kris Australia 03-16-14
    Kris Australia 03-16-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Endure the narration for a great story."

    I found the narration to be very wooden, but I persevered with it and was so drawn into the story that I didn't even notice the narration in the end.

    The story is an excellent take on the zombie genre. Unlike most novels in the genre, it's set long after the outbreak, but the search for understanding and the fight for life is just as vivid.

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