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Nothing has gone according to plan.

To Captain Lee Harden, Project Hometown feels like a distant dream and the completion of his mission seems unattainable. Wounded and weaponless, he has stumbled upon a group of survivors that seems willing to help. But a tragedy in the group causes a deep rift to come to light and forces him into action. In the chaos of the world outside, Lee is pursued by a new threat: someone who will stop at nothing to get what he has.

The Remaining: Aftermath is the second book in the best-selling The Remaining series.

©2012 D.J. Molles (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Characters acting dumbly ruined the story...

I guess tension is needed but... I'm very tired of the "good guy" being railroaded by "otherwise good people" who are angry at the state of the world and need a scapegoat to work it out on. That and... "otherwise good people" doing super bad things because someone else who is even badder "forced" them to do it.

Personally, at the commencement of zombie hoards wandering around, I'm going to attach myself to the largest, strongest group that has guns and a plan. Not sit around wondering how much my pick-up truck is worth in a zombie world. And, no, I'm not stupid enough to wade into a zombie hoard to prove anything to anyone... you don't want my supplies and ammunition, fine... me and my food and guns and electricity will just go live in my bunker all by my little self.

So... do you think a man ducked down hiding behind a car blocking the road and a woman shouting for help would be a trap? Yeah, me too. But, apparently, the characters in this story are naive and - contrary to everything they've seen or done since the outbreak - believe it might actually be legit. This is typical of the "scenarios" the main character gets into - all of them are predictable (or ridiculous) and anyone with any sense would avoid them, but for the sake of story-action and an opportunity to show how wonderful the main character is, the entire novel is filled with such scenes. In fact, I don't think there is a single scene that occurred "naturally" and was responded to in a believable way. Characters have to at least pretend to act like normal human beings, making normal human decisions, some of the time... the whole book cannot be based on people acting in abnormal ways for the sole purpose of setting up a scene for the main character to save the day.

It's actually so annoying to read about characters acting so stupidly that I don't want to finish the book... but I foolishly bought the next in the series before I realized how bad this one is.

The narration is fine. It is not gory and there isn't any sex. There is some swearing. It's just the characters repeatedly acting in ways that no normal person would act that ruined this book for me.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Great Listen But Frustrating Character

If you could sum up The Remaining: Aftermath in three words, what would they be?

WHY DO THAT?

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Let me say right off the bat, this is a good book and worth the listen. The writing is crisp and dialogue is well done.... <br/><br/>But, I have a very hard time believing in the main character. A highly trained soldier who is supposed to bring people together after the plague. But he makes very poor decisions for someone who is supposed to be giving survivors what they need to re-create society. I found myself constantly saying to myself "why would he do THAT?" <br/><br/>For example: <br/>1. (book 1) OK. I saved this young kid who is traumatized and unstable. Should I should leave him in my bunker/house playing video games, promise to be back in a few hours and go rescue some people that may or may not be on the roof of their house, on a street that I'm guessing they live on, several miles away. Yes, you should. I mean, what's the worst that could happen?<br/><br/>2. So-and-so suddenly wants to help you save the camp, despite being weak and ineffective, never used a gun, has nothing to add to the mission and could be more useful back at camp? "Sure come along. After all, what's the worst that could happen?" <br/><br/>3. So-and-so asks you to check on her sister in a town that something bad happened in. "Sure I will do that, no matter what. Because you were nice to me, despite my having spent all of two minutes with you. I mean, really, what's the worst that could happen?"<br/><br/>3. I got supplies that will save the entire camp and give us a leg-up on the (known) bad guys. We'll be back to camp in an hour or two. Yay! "But first, I'll just leave them lightly guarded in an unknown town, in a world where people are dying left and right, from infected hordes and bad guys, and go wandering in search of some person that I've never seen, couldn't recognize and is probably dead. What's the worst that could happen?<br/><br/>It got frustrating.<br/><br/>Nevertheless, I got book three. So although the main character is unbelievable (to me at least) he is strong and likeable. The secondary characters are mostly awesome. Other reviewers have pointed out that the author likes his men manly and his womenfolk mostly weak and playing a strictly supporting role - you know, cooking, cleaning and nursing. While it didn't really alter my enjoyment it was a noticeable story flaw. Not once did a woman/girl pick up a gun and actually fight.<br/><br/>Still let me say it one more time: Good book. Worth the listen.<br/>The narrator is top notch.

What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

He does a great job of subtly changing his tone/accent/cadence for each character to make it easy to follow along with who is speaking. He truly made this more enjoyable.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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A good listen

“The Remaining: Aftermath” picks up and completes the story that “The Remaining” left hanging. It does a good job of mixing action and plot development and also closes the loop on the story from the first book and doesn't leave any big cliffhangers. The story is good and the characters are fun, and while not quite zombies the infected are a good substitute for someone who’s looking for a more realistic horror.

Mr Runnel does a great job with the story and really brings the story to life!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Might is Right

Or Who Cusses The Most
This book is nothing like the first. First book had a cool concept (The government planned to rebuild society through trained men in bunkers). This book brought no new concepts. In the first book we had people we cared about(the little girl, the little boy, the dog}. No characters of interest in this book. The first book had tense moments, this book was just a shoot-em up.

I got this book because of the 4.5 rating and I got the third book cause of ratings and it was on sell. I am very disappointed. If you like the same old same old Zombie slaughter stuff, then go ahead. If your are looking for creativity or characters, stop at book one.

Rummel is great, but he doesn't write them.

17 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Once again Molles delivers!

I started "The Remaining" series having never heard of DJ Molles. WOW!! I now know that I was really missing out. This is a great story with nonstop action and rich characters. The narration was great too. This is WAY bigger than what I expected and couldn't wait to get in the car or on the riding mower to listen to the story. All four books done back to back and now I'm sitting on the edge of my seat hoping the next one comes sooner than later.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • K
  • SAINT PETER, MN, United States
  • 12-02-13

Giving up; can't take the idiocy.

Had my reservations with the first book and should have saved myself a credit with the sequel. The main character makes idiotic decisions that no one would make in these situations. I'm not giving away any spoilers since anyone who listened to the first book knows that the main character decides to go get supplies from his bunker while everyone in the camp is starving and on their last meal. So what does he do once he gets a truck load of food, medicine and weapons? Any other person would return back to camp but no, not this guy. He decides to drive said truck full of supplies to a city that's known to be infested with zombies and see if anyone is still alive. Really? I won't give away any details but this stupid decision is what leads to all the problems that occurs in the story.

There were so many times I just wanted the main character to get bitten, shot, stabbed, or just die a quick death so the book would end.

42 of 57 people found this review helpful

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I really wanted to love it

Is there anything you would change about this book?

SPOILERS***SPOLIERS***<br/>The main character, Lee, makes some of the dumbest choices compared to his background. Not even a couch commando would divert from a relatively easy 30 mile return trip, with a truck full of life or death supplies for a starving community, to recon a town and maybe drop off a radio to someone that may or may not be dead. Why didn't the author have him drop off the supplies and return to the town, then things could have gone sideways? Or have them head back and Doc go crazy somewhere on the road? I could get past some of the dumb choices he made in the first book, but this is insanity.

What could D. J. Molles have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Have a more believable scenario that didn't cause me to skip chapters to end the pain of hearing the story play out in an unbelievable way.

Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, the reading was great.

14 of 20 people found this review helpful

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EDGE OF YOUR SEAT ACTION PACKED HORROR

28 DAYS + WALKING DEAD + ZOMBIE FALLOUT + DAY BY DAY ARMAGEDDON = THE REMAINING!

AFTER SPENDING THE YEAR WADING THROUGH HORRIBLE ZOMBIE/APOCALYPTIC BOOKS I FINALLY FEEL THE WASTED CREDITS REDEEMED BY D.J. MOLLES THE REAMING SERIES. THOUGHT I WAS NOT GOING TO LIKE THIS SERIES AS MOST BOOKS INVOLVE EX MILITARY TRYING TO SURVIVE DURING A ZOMBIE OUTBREAK BUT WOW WAS I GLAD I TOOK A CHANCE. I HAVE FINISHED ALL FOUR BOOKS IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS. I COULD NOT PUT THE BOOK DOWN.

LEE (MAIN CHARACTER) IS MY HERO. I WOULD LIKE THIS BOOK TO BE MADE INTO A MOVIE OR TELEVISION SERIES.

ZOMBIES IN THE STORY ARE HORRIFYING. SCENARIOS INVOLVING HUMANS ARE HORRIFYING. THIS IS A HORROR BOOK!

NARRATOR WAS EXCELLENT!!!!!

29 of 42 people found this review helpful

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this continuation is better than the first book

The first book was annoying for all the stupid errors the "hero" made. And I still maintain that he broke protocol and left the bunker nearly 2 weeks before he was supposed to. And why, for sanity's sake were those 48 guys not emailing each other about this situation? Were they all just supposed to meet up with each other without communication and without plan? That's no way to run the salvation of civilization.

But this series is very captivating. In this book, some mysteries will be solved, some bad guys taken down, and some good guys sacrificed. We cannot know our reactions to such situations until we are in them. We should all hope to perform so well. There's lots of action, and human drama, so it works out to be a very human story. I am so glad that the word Zombie has never been mentioned. I steer clear of those!

I wish the editors would correct grammar and word choice, but editors don't seem to do that anymore. Sigh.

Christian Rummel is a great narrator. He makes a few mistakes here, and you can't always tell who's a female, but in all he does a fine job, and adds a lot to the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Guns & Ammo....

OK, I have listen to the first book and I've tried to listen to the second book. There is very little "infected action" in either book as compared to all the trials and tribulations of finally getting there. The story is very tedious and slow moving and I feel like this must be what it is like to read a guns and ammo magazine. Lots of manly macho stuff and yelling. Lee, the so called bonding element of the story, doesn't really seem to have a personality that you can attach yourself to. The only character in the whole series that I even felt compelled to have feelings toward was Tango, his dog, and you know what happens to the character you end up liking…

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Daniela
  • 04-25-14

Great read

Very clever story, great plot, plausible characters. Recommend the series and I look forward to the final instalment in 2015.

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  • Allison
  • 03-03-17

Ugh

Dearie, dearie me. I really tried with this series and I can't fault the narration, it's terrific but the books just aren't a patch on the Arisen series. If you're the sort of person who thinks that it's WHITE MEN who're going to save us in the event of an apocalypse (which you may even consider to be imminent) then you might let the cardboard characters and jingoistic sentiments pass and quite enjoy the narration. If however you believe that the world is basically a good place only jeopardised by WHITE MEN then you'll probably notice how awful this series is...even within the whole 'white men' as saviour genre.

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  • Ian
  • 10-12-16

a great take on the post apocalyptic zombie thing

Exciting and well paced with good character developement. The variation on the typical zombie thing is refreshing and unpredictable. A great light story and worthy part 2