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In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission: Subvenire refectus. To rescue and rebuild.

The Remaining is the first book in the best-selling series, which tells a gritty tale of survival, perseverance and fighting to get back what has been lost.

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

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Die Hard Meets 28 Days Later

This author must have gone to Stephan J. Cannell school. The action is intense, the bad guys are pure evil and protagonist constantly finds himself in situations that go from bad to worse. Unlike Cannell, this is much grittier and apocalyptic in scope.

I gave this series a try since the reviews were so positive, though I don't typically go for zombie type fiction. However, I was very surprised at the quality of writing and narration. I have gone on to listen to several more in this series and they all hold up to the same quality. I wouldn't call this a "zombie" series because the "infected" humans are more capable and enduring than walking corpses. They are relentless though. D.J. Molles does a terrific job of conjuring up a fairly unique story with good character development. The story is action packed and it's hard to pull away from, like getting on a roller coaster!

Be warned that there is a LOT of cursing. As the story advanced it seemed that the author took glee and inserting as many F words as possible. It does add reality to a point but at times it's too gratuitous.

Overall this is a wonderful audiobook to try if you are getting board with your other favorite audiobook series.

48 of 54 people found this review helpful

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THE ONLY EASY DAY WAS YESTERDAY
All the hoopla is well deserved. This is an exceptionally good book. At least three of the people I am following have recommended this. I like this almost as well as Patient Zero by Maberry. This does not have the humor of Maberry, but has the build up and tension, that Patient Zero did not have. The tension builds as the book goes along. If you try to read this in one day, I guarantee it will affect your mind or your mood. There are parts in this book will you will scream in your head, no!, please don't let that happen to so and so. I can't tell you whom or whoms get knocked off or it will ruin the surprise. The third book is on sale today and I have bought it, knowing I will have to pay full price for book 2.

Christian Rummel is in the class of Ray Porter and Dick Hill. Excellent

24 of 28 people found this review helpful

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top notch! highly recommended!

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

thrilling, creepy, realistic

Which scene was your favorite?

the infected hoard scene. reminded me of some of the scenes from the movie, world war z, with hard-charging zombies.

Any additional comments?

this is a great book! definitely in my top 5. the author does things right. w/o divulging too much, lee works for the dept. of homeland security. he is one of the 48 coordinators spread across the lower 48 states. his job is to get into a bunker whenever something big happens. sometimes, he's in for a couple of days, and sometimes he's in for a week or two. when the fury virus hits, frank lee's commander orders him into his bunker. as the story opens, lee is going stir crazy b/c this is the longest he's ever gone being cooped up in the bunker, and the news is not good- people are killing each other. it's july 3rd and all of the news web sites are stuck on news from june 28th. lee is eagerly awaiting his regularly scheduled call from frank, hoping frank will give him the low down. lee's only companion is his trained german shepherd, tango.<br/><br/>the author does a great job portraying the emotions lee goes through, from feeling antsy, anxious, and claustrophobic in his bunker to being jumpy and nervous when leaving his bunker for the first time. the range of emotions lee goes through is totally believable and realistic.you can feel what he is going through.<br/><br/>i found the pacing of the story to be perfect. the author doesn't rush the plot, and the plot keeps moving. there are no slow points, and you won't get bored at all. there's plenty of character development mixed in with the action.<br/><br/>while this is not a traditional zombie book, i really dug the spin the author put on it. the infected are alive, aggressive, and fast, reminiscent of 28 days later. just like in that movie, when the infected show up in this story, it is heart pounding!<br/><br/>christian rummel's narration perfectly fits lee. he was a pleasure to listen.<br/><br/>overall, a truly exceptional and realistic apocylaptic story. if you're into end of the world or zombie stories, you'll definitely want to add this to your library. i highly recommend it!

43 of 52 people found this review helpful

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Have to commit to more than just this book

When are Zombies not Zombies? In “The Remaining” zombie like people are running amuck through the world and Captain Lee Harden is there to try and help bring civilization back from the brink! The story has a great premise but it lacks direction. The reader gets a pretty good idea of what’s going on, meeting various characters and is entertained with some great action, but the story doesn't go anywhere. The end leaves nothing wrapped up (which is one of my pet peeves) so that you have to read the second book. That being said, I've already picked up the second book and will be starting it soon. It has great writing and big potential; you just have to be prepared to read more than one book to get a complete picture.

Mr. Rummel does a great job in the narration, which really brings the story to life!

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WOW......SHOCKINGLY BRILLIANT.

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!!!!!

61 of 81 people found this review helpful

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Holy Crap Action and smart zombies

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I am so glad that I took a chance with The Remaining, turns out it is the first book of a series that I must now complete. D.J. Molles first introduces a secret "super solider" that is tucked away just in case the worst happens, if it does his orders are to eliminate the threat and to aid in the reestablishment of a government. Much of the audiobook is the internal dialog of this solider and the personal struggles of being isolated from the world for over a month to emerge to a different world. Turns out that the plague that ravaged the planet turns people into zombie like creatures that have some intelligence and some talk or communicate or scream which only adds to the soldiers torment of killing them. Filled with pulse pounding suspense, exquisitely engineered action and a truly terrifying take on zombies. I have already bought the second audiobook in the series and cannot wait to be further horrified.

26 of 36 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 10-15-15

Is that all there is?

I have never had any interest in the living dead. I have seen a couple movies which, in the end, seemed rather unimaginative in their approach to generating a reliable adrenaline rush and not much more. Still, though I clearly don't share it, I have always recognized that the topic holds an intrinsic fascination for many people beyond the simple shoot-them-in-the-head-and-don't-get-bitten basics of the genre, and perhaps I was missing something I simply had not connected with as yet. So when I saw "The Remaining" at reduced price, I decided to take the plunge and see if I could get used to the water.

Unfortunately nothing about this book gave me any reason to read another zombie thriller, whether it be the next in this series or one of the others which have been so successful lately. Even these supercharged hordes were not enough to make up for the fact that the scope of the plot and the action is so limited by the basic premise. Even when you add the presence of petty local war lords energized by the loss of societal structure, the possibilities of situation and character are sadly circumscribed. A writer, certainly a run of the mill writer, has very little leeway given the requirements of the genre. It is not a formula which encourages really interesting character development or a finely crafted plot.

I suspect that the real appeal of the genre lies in the question, "What would I do and could I survive," and I might be able to get caught up in that challenging world of the imagination if it were not for the fact that nothing about the story line is believable. Main characters make foolish decisions to provide a path to the next confrontation with the hordes or the thugs. Then the characters we are supposed to care about overcome the swarms in completely unrealistic action sequences because they must in order for the story to go on. And the story going on seems, really, to be the actual point of this particular book. It is short and ends very much in the middle of things in hopes that our curiosity will drive the sale of the next in the series. Is that all there is? No, no, there is much much more to come, but I am reasonably certain that none of it will be anything "more" at all. I'm out.

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Very slow

Very slow plot development, continuous self doubt and lack of acceptance from someone supposedly trained and paid to reunite a broken world.
I Didn't make it all the way through. I just couldn't pay attention any more.

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Mitch Rapp meets World War Z, very engaging!

This series has captured my interest, and is very interesting, possible, and timely. Never is the word "zombie" mentioned, but that's what this is. And like World War Z, it is a bacteria that causes the infection. The Main Character, Lee Harden, is not Mitch Rapp, nor is he Brad Pitt, but he is a well-trained soldier with orders to save survivors, and reestablish order.

Many of us love this collapsed-civilization genre, and it is always interesting to see how authors envision people's reactions to it. They seem to be pretty spot on with the cringers, the whiners, the cowards, the bullies, the helpers, the savers, the defenders, the organizers, etc. We are always interested in the science of the contagion, and its mutations. This story is fascinating in all these areas.

What bothered me was the foolish mistakes that our hero made from the very beginning. He disobeyed orders and contacted one of the other 48 prepared soldiers holed up in their bunkers before protocol permitted, and he also left his bunker more than a week earlier than ordered. I don't understand why he and the other 47 soldiers were expected to act on their own, and not to meet up and join forces to do their job. I don't think it would have made much of a difference in the state of the world if he had waited the full ordered time, but he met with disaster after disaster because of it.

Nevertheless, the story has me captivated, and I will read them all. Christian Rummel is always a good narrator, and adds a lot of depth and reality to the story.

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Good straight shooting apacolyptic thriller

Thank you Mike Naka for suggesting this. (This guy has the best reviews on Audible, worth checking out).

Nothing new here... just a well written end of the world thriller.

Like Walking Dead, the protagonist enters the zombie apocalypse after the world falls. Here the main character has been in an underground bunker for a month before coming out into the open. & like Walking Dead, the main bad guys are not the Zombies but bands of humans preying on one another.

I liked the take Molles had here where the zombies were almost still humans. They have working minds still and have the ability to think through simple problems. They use tools such as knives and hatchets & can still form intelligible thoughts.

I'm hooked for #2 in this series (cliff hanger ending alert).

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  • Mr. A. J. H. Jackson
  • 09-30-13

Books 1-4 are some of the best work in the genre!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I am giving this review for books 1 - 4 as I listened to them back-to-back. I would HIGHLY recommend all 4 books written so far - I am so glad that 4 had been written before I found them as this has enabled me to immerse myself in this world for the past few weeks without a break. Incredibly well written, the fear is palpable and you will find your heart beating and adrenaline pumping as you read. I love the characters I am meant to love, hate the characters I am meant to hate. The books seem realistic, you are already in a world where a major situation has happen and you are not expected to suspend your disbelief any further, they flow, everything asked is answered. Exciting, engrossing, scary, nail-biting, interesting - the smells, the decay, the evil characters, the military hardware...

What other book might you compare The Remaining to, and why?

Comparable to Robert McCammon's - Swan Song, V. M. Zito's - The Return Man, David Brin's - The Postman (ignore the film, read the book), Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga's - Walking Dead books, think J. L. Bourne, Craig DiLouie, Z. A. Recht - all for the world's which they create, the believable characters and situations, the horror...

What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

Well paced, calm, no silly voices, no hysterical action sequences, no unwarranted tempo changes - the voice and the character match.

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

Without question.

Any additional comments?

Download 1-4, listen, love... then wait for number 5 - it's in the pipeline...

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Melissa Elenes
  • 02-11-15

Zombie Virus tale - Well written - Gulity Pleasure

While books (graphic novels) by Robert Kirkman & Max Brooks are the best in the Genre), The Remaining is Zombie Virus tale that is well written and engaging.
The story is thorough in painting the details of a special forces warrior (and his craft) and how he might engage a post apocalyptic world and think through the many horror this new world presents.

A guilty pleasure, but an enjoyable one for fans of the genre or horror fans.

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  • Simon C.
  • 01-16-15

A must read for any zombie/apocalypse enthusiast

I was recommended this book by a family member, the story, characters and events are all brilliantly written and everything that happenes is believable and tense. I even caught myself holding my breath at some points

would recommend to everyone that loves this genre of books

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  • Robert
  • 04-23-14

I think I could do better

Would you try another book written by D. J. Molles or narrated by Christian Rummel?

Definitely not the author. This is poor. Earth Abides, Swan Song, Lucifer's Hammer are all examples that this guy needs to learn from.<br/><br/>The narrator was ok, nothing special.

What was most disappointing about D. J. Molles’s story?

Character interactions are cheesy. You would not talk they way they do in a zombie apocalypse. Having a cheesy laugh and joke just wouldn't happen.<br/>The decision making it stupid as well.<br/>Turns the whole thing into an unbelievable mess. If you like this you will be so much more impressed by one of the aforementioned books.

How could the performance have been better?

The voices could've been more tapered, less sharp.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It did start getting exciting towards the end and I wanted him to reach a big cache of weapons... need to wait until the second book for that. I don't think so! In fact I think I will be asking for a refund on this one. It's not exactly a book, just a quarter of a book.

Any additional comments?

The older apocalypse books are SO SO much better.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen
  • 05-11-14

Promising start but!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I wouldn't discourage them from reading it but I'd warn them of the inconsistencies in the story.

Would you ever listen to anything by D. J. Molles again?

Possibly,if I get curious/bored I liked the idea of the story he had some nice ideas, just thought it was badly thought through and if he sorts out the inconsistencies in the plot in later series I may consider.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I liked that the narrator wasn't too annoying, his female voices sucked.

Did The Remaining inspire you to do anything?

Not waste my credits on the next book in this series just yet,will wait till I'm really curious/bored

Any additional comments?

Overall a nice idea, spoilt by the inconsistencies in the writing, and the stupidity of the main character. <br/>At one point a character's eyes change from brown to blue, complaints of dehydration while standing in a stream washing!, Would we run out of food and basic supplies so quickly after only a month. <br/>Would we forget we can drink water from a stream?<br/>Surely bacterias can be controlled with anti'bs.<br/>Why just one man and a dog per state surely a small squad would of been more feasible.<br/><br/>But hell super fast zombies, with prey drive and a modicum of intelligence that I liked.<br/><br/>I think the high ratings for this book are more reflective on how hard it is to find a well written book in this genre, and yeah I guess it is one of the better ones.

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  • GadgetNut
  • 05-17-15

Excellent enjoyable read with a consistent theme

What did you like most about The Remaining?

The scenario is developed in a consistent and plausible manner. The characters are believable and human. The story moves a long at a good pace and keeps you intrigued. The balance of background detail to main story line is just right. The single mindedness of the "Special Forces" main character feels accurate.

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

The only small criticism I have is his range of voices, which is always a problem for a single narrator. I prefer the "Wheel of time" narration where they use a male and female narrator

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

Yes it certainly was.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book and will we read/listen to the rest of the series. It has some new twists to this type of story, so it doesn't seem like just another Zombie/Post Apocalypse series. I enjoy the narrator and don't think about his permanence much, which is the way it should be for me.

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  • Daniela
  • 04-25-14

Awesome

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

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  • Simon
  • 09-04-17

Embers of a Good Story but no Fire

Knowing that my favourite post-Apocalyptic thriller series (Arisen) is soon to end I'm keen to find another with the same bite. The Remaining has many of the elements required but doesn't quite fire the imagination in the same ways. I did enjoy some of it but the premise seemed to be a fairly weak excuse to put a special forces soldier in the midst of a minor location in America. Other than that there is nothing hugely wrong with the book but equally there wasn't anything outstanding about it either. It's mostly fairly standard zombie fayre though I do think that leaving the zombies a little more intelligence and a herd mentality offered some promise.

I can see why people are enjoying the series but to me it doesn't stand out as anything special.

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  • kate
  • 02-15-15

Cliffhanger alert

Would you try another book written by D. J. Molles or narrated by Christian Rummel?

I will probably get the next book and read it. Wasn't happy with where/how it ended and would like to see what happens next. Found it very hard to settle into the narration - it was jerky, over dramatic and irritating.

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

I would have actually had an ending, so that it could be a stand alone novel and people could have a choice about reading the next book, rather than feeling that they paid for a whole book but only got half a book. Feel pressed into reading the next book.

Would you be willing to try another one of Christian Rummel’s performances?

Absolutely not.

Was The Remaining worth the listening time?

Because of the irritating narration, and the frustrating "ending" I'm actually not sure. I finished the book feeling irritated and cheated.

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  • Trevor
  • 10-18-14

Not Bad, have spare credits why not get it.

Where does The Remaining rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

These books are ok, if i was busy and had little time spare i would not get but had 2 weeks with time to fill travelling all over the place so got through all 4 books

Any additional comments?

It is a zombie twist book which is enjoyable, plots twists are a bit flat and disappointing really, for such a super solider he is a bit dim at times but it is humanity i suppose but really for such a job he has he is always lacking control..... but overall i enjoyed the book even if a bit weaker than other zombie books

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  • Andy
  • 11-16-15

Don't start, it will get you hooked.

What made the experience of listening to The Remaining the most enjoyable?

The fast storyline plot. Lee is always in a new situation, and mostly bad ones, but he manages to come out in one piece. Near death in many battles, and all the surrounding cast around him has unique characters that made sense. The baddies, you get it, has all the right traits that made you hate them, and somehow that made the murders by Lee more understandable. It's kill or be killed. Christian Rummels is AMAZING by the way. He can narrate in a comfortable pace, voice as male and female, and managed to impersonate 2 different people talking with their own unique way of speech and tone. Just AMAZING.

What other book might you compare The Remaining to, and why?

I've started on the Mountain Man. And frankly speaking, deciding to stop soon.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I would say the whole book,

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

Totally. If I have the time. But I normally only listen when I'm driving. The scenes are not hard to remember as Christian narration can quickly get you back into the storyline in no time.

Any additional comments?

None.

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  • Ken
  • 10-25-17

Best Fiction I've heard in ages.

Hardly ever bother with fiction any more. I am very glad I made an exception for this. it's just a great story, that doesn't get bogged down, but still really delivers.

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  • Hannah
  • 08-14-17

So much potential

Very well written however some frustrating elements of the story line made some of the characters decision making somewhat questionable.

Great introduction and premise for the storyline and protagonists introduction, just some of the story line left me wanting more. Great performance by the narrator. Overall, quite enjoyable.

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  • Jefferson
  • 04-03-15

Great first book

Great take on the Zombie Apocalypse.
Interesting characters. A bit slow to pick up but eventually went all out swinging.

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  • christopher
  • 03-16-15

Simply Amazing.

This same review has been posted on the first 5 books of this series of 6 since all were listened to in a short span of time.

I'm not going to write a full review for this title/s as I honestly feel I won't be able to do it justice. To write a lacking review for this series that could potentially show it in a poor perspective is worse than not writing one at all.

The story is amazing, the characters and their development is amazing and the narration, Jesus Christ. Christian Rummel absolutely crushed it.

I listened to the first 5 books one after another in a very short span of time. I now unfortunately have a wait ahead of me for the final book (book 6) which is due out towards the second half of this year. I will be buying this day one. On top of that, I'll be buying the set in physical copy's as well as soon as the last book is released.

It's that good.

Do yourself a favor and get these books as soon as possible. You won't regret it.

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