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When the end finally occurred, everything about it was cinematic. The dead came back and ate people, civilization collapsed, and no one could do a thing. But Cyrus V. Sinclair couldn’t care less; he’s a sociopath.

Amidst the chaos, Cyrus sits back and contemplates the gore stained streets and screams of his fellow man with little more emotion than one of the walking corpses. With his cache of guns and MREs, he rather likes the idea of hunkering down in his Seattle apartment while the world ends outside.

All is well and good for Cyrus… until he meets up with Gabe, a belligerent annoyance, and the other inconvenient survivors who cramp his style and force him to re-evaluate his outlook on life. It’s Armageddon, and things will definitely get messy.

BONUS SHORT STORY: The Undead Situation includes "Strictly Professional", one of four interlocking stories from The Junkie Quatrain by Peter Clines.

©2010 Eloise J. Knapp (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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An interesting take on zombies

What did you love best about The Undead Situation?

In a small way it reminded me of the Showtime series Dexter. Mainly in the main character. He feels nothing, but at times he seems to be developing the ability to feel. I found myself pulling for him to "become normal". That helped add to the zombie part of the story.

What did you like best about this story?

It kept me entertained.

Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to Kevin's performances before so I can not compare. I did enjoy his performance in this book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No one moment moved me. As I stated earlier, the continued "almost" emotional growth of the main character kept me tied to him.

Any additional comments?

This book is definitely worth a listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A different method of Zombie story telling....

I really enjoyed this book. The main character was wickedly fascinating and you just don't know whether to love or hate him. All the components for a good zombie apocalypse story are here....but for a change, the main character isn't a selfless superman wannabe. If it's not in my top 5 - it's close! Worth a credit!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • merle
  • United States
  • 03-26-12

Interesting Zombie Take

What did you like best about The Undead Situation? What did you like least?

The characters were not overdone, they were ordinary people with ordinary issues. You weren't made to

What did you like best about this story?

How the main character was developed. He didn't remain the same and became more complex.

Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to Kevin Collins before but it was a great performance. I would definitely buy something to hear how he performs it.

Was The Undead Situation worth the listening time?

Yes it was. The ony things, as I mentioned before, that was a little frustrating was the characters developed that just dropped out of sight. I wanted to know their endings.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Nice little gem. Not bad for a first zombie book.

Would you listen to The Undead Situation again? Why?

At some point, most likely.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Undead Situation?

Unusual main character, Not farfetched though. I guess when the main character bared his fangs, it was an early warning to everyone that the character and situations will be unexpected.

Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Cant say with certainty, and too lazy to check.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I refuse to cry listening to an audio book. That's chick stuff. I do recall saying 'Daaang

Any additional comments?

This is my introduction into the horror thing. If half the books are as good as that one, then i think ill have something else in the rotation.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • dylan
  • Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
  • 01-25-12

The Best Blind Purchase I've Made Here

A must read.. if you're looking around going ho hum.. there is nothing on Audible I want to read. Narrators might suck.. stories sound un interesting. No werewolve books or vampire books worth a crap and it seems everything right now is Zombies.. I happened to just say what the heck and purchased this.. I couldnt stop listening to it. Its totally different than the usual Zombie story.. well not really.. but the main character is not what your normal hero. I love the fact the book seems to not have a point.. no love story.. no cookie cutter crap..

By no means is this award winning.. but its the perfect saturday afternoon Zombie flick. I will recommend this to all my Audible friends.


PLEASE bring on a sequel!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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An Enjoyable 'Situation'

What did you love best about The Undead Situation?

The book has a pulp-style sensibility, with broadly drawn characters and plenty of action. At some point it hit me: this is like a John Carpenter story (director of

What did you like best about this story?

Knapp does some very nice, surprisingly subtle work with the main character, Cyrus. Also, the story takes a few noir-ish turns, totally driven by character, that I didn't see coming and enjoyed quite a bit.

Which character ??? as performed by Kevin T. Collins ??? was your favorite?

Collins brought the main character, Cyrus, to life perfectly. Sardonic, but not quite as smart as he thinks he is. (Meaning Cyrus, not Collins.)

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

In this crazy, mixed-up world, all you need is love.And a lot of ammo.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining, but not much more.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This was a good book for listening to while doing other things. There just wasn't much to the plot so if you missed something it wasn't that hard to get the thread of the story back. The one part of the story I did enjoy was the transformation from the begginning of the book to the end of the book of the main character. Another thing that kept me listening despite my overall disipointment in the story was the very good narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Overall - a decent zombie book

The story is a typical zombie book - a guy sets out for a destination and is thwarted by various zombie attacks and people doing bad things while en route. No big world-domination plots being uncovered here (check out Grant's Newsflesh series if you like these wide-scope type of plots).

What isn't typical is that it's actually quite well-written. There's not much moralizing in it, and while there are lots of stereotypes (why must so many post-apocalypses include men herding women for rape?), the main characters actually stand out. They don't try to save the world, just themselves, and don't have a woe-is-me outlook. Of course, they aren't nice people, but at least they're not really trying to hurt anyone while they make their way from point A to point B.

The ending was a bit odd. I guess it fit the story and was probably the only way to end this novel (it couldn't very well have been all sunshine and roses, now could it). Overall, it was a decent zombie book with very good narration and a good (unrelated) short-story added on at the end.

If you're looking for read-a-likes: similar in plotting (but not as violent) is Reapers are the Angels and similar in tone would be the Day by Day Armageddon series.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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I highly recommend this audiobook

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

Most zombie audio book that I have listened to are from the point of view of some military or ex-military or some super macho testosterone filled guy. The Undead Situation is told from the point of view of Cyrus V. Sinclair, a complete sociopath that really only has 2 cares in the world.

What did you like best about this story?

While I could not relate to Cyrus what-so-ever, I did fully enjoy witnessing the discoveries that Cyrus made about himself along his journey. Be warned that nothing in this book is fluffy little bunnies and four-leaf clovers. This story is raw, real and sometimes a touch disturbing.

What does Kevin T. Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narration done by Kevin T. Collins was perfect, he made me think that I was really listening to a crazy sociopath. I will admit that when the audio book first started I did not like the voice of the narrator, but as the book went on I found that very few people could have done this book any justice.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys straight-up zombie apocalypse survival novels; it has everything in it you could want.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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This is one to skip, idiotic even for a ZA novel.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different writer. This is such a poor attempt it makes me think that it was written by an 8 year old trailer park orphan.

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

Let someone else write it for her. This is the worst ZA book that I have ever read. It may be the worst book period. I hated it within the first half hour but suffered to chapter 5 to give it a chance.

What does Kevin T. Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The story is so bad that this could have been ready by anyone and it would not have had any affect.

Any additional comments?

As soon as i heard "silenced revolver" I knew the writer was an idiot. Protagonist thinks he can 'evade bullets' (matrix?) and glorifies strangling bullies in high school, but that was his second 'kill', his first being at 8 years old. The writing is sophomoric to say the least. I have only returned one out of a hundred plus books on audible. This book will be taking the honor of the second, it deserves it.