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The United States of America is falling before the armies of the dead. Leading the sole survivors of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division out of the overrun city of New York, Captain Phil Hastings heads for the safety of Fort Indiantown Gap, a National Guard training facility deep in the woodlands of Pennsylvania.

Joining with other remnants of the military, government, and civilian communities, Hastings and his men must try to keep the tsunami of corpses from taking over the world and plan the resurrection of the nation.

But first, they have to outlast the ravages of the dead...and the living.

©2015 Immolation LLC (P)2017 Immolation LLC

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Wow awesome book

So, my first thought: this story is very similar to the Arisen series by Michael Stephen Fuchs, but with a couple of key differences. 1. This zombie story takes place all in the US. 2. The military character personalities are very realistic and RC Bray does a FANTASTIC job of bringing them to life in a very realistic way. Either one of the authors is prior military or they did extension research and/or had access to some military personnel for reference. There were only a couple of things that bugged me about the overall writing of the book: the formality of radio communication was a little too formal, but towards the very end it did significantly improve. Another thing was that general military assets were not brought up that would certainly be brought up in real life... such as: status of NORAD, ability to use heavier aviation munitions (such as bombs). I mean the authors clearly covered the continuity of government and the succession of POTUS... so why not even mention the status of NORAD and the nuclear assets. The topic could have been brought up as a cliff hanger type deal.... but I digress. Fantastic book nonetheless. I sincerely hope that book 2 is not far in the future.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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From one 10th Mountain guy to another...

This was one of the most enjoyable audio books I've ever listened too. I was attached to the 10th Mountain Division while in the NY Army National Guard and the banter, camaraderie, and humor was spot on. Some reviewers are getting down on the way some of the characters were written but that's because they were never in and don't understand that the depicted humor is out of love and respect, not malice. Watch out for the yogurt joke near the end, you may crash your car! I can't wait for the next book!

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more than a shoot-em-up/eat-them zombie book

These Dead Lands: Immolation by Stephen Knight and Scott Wolf is a definite must-read for those who love the zombie genre.  But it’s so much more than that!  The authors bring in the humanity piece in a vivid and realistic manner.  Ballentine is a soldier who discovers his family has survived and does anything and everything to protect them once they are back in his world.  But in the midst of all his angst and fears, he still has a job to do as do the others.

The main characters are complex but personable; Ballentine, Guerra and Hastings never forget their mission or their humanity.  The others: Diana, the Asian stripper/call girl, Kenny the autistic orphan, and Devil Dog an ex-military old guy add more flare to the story engaging the audience.

I enjoyed the new ways in which Knight and Wolf describe fighting the zombies or "reekers" – makes me want to move next to a lumber mill!  The book was detailed a bit on the military weapons but I didn’t think it was overly so.  I will say, that Knight and Wolf do not go into great detail about some of the action scenes; for instance, what happens to the group of men they track down for their actions against Kenny … that was just missing.  I went back and listened to that passage two times before I realized I hadn’t missed it – they just hadn’t detailed it.  Neither good nor bad, but I think a better transition would have made it easier to follow.

Overall I enjoyed the book, I thought it was written in down to earth language; I never struggled with any of the terms.    This was more than a shoot-em-up/eat-them zombie book.  I appreciated the inner glimpses into humanity.  The bad guys didn’t get away with anything!

R.C. Bray, as usual, provided an excellent performance!  He owned the book using his “military” type voice that has a strength to it that is both riveting and mesmerizing.  His ability to assume different accents is amazing and well done.

There were no issues with the quality or audio production of this book.

Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.

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Unimpressed

The audible narrator is excellent! But that's about where it all stops. We follow a small group of survivors through a story that goes nowhere. At first it seems like the story is off to a good start. The first half is interesting and you get the feel is really going to be good. But then it goes into tangents and unnecessary stereotypes that make finishing the novel a struggle and you wonder why these first world problems are brought to the forefront when it doesn't matter in the face of an apocalypse. On top of that there are long strings of military jargon that makes for dull filler writing. I don't need to know EVERY detail about EVERY thought and EVERY action and EVERY conversation leading to that action. It makes for several long drawn out chapters where nothing is actually happening. So I found myself fast forwarding more and more through parts to where the story became a story again. There's no explanation to the massive zombie hoards and why they're literally "millions" marching toward the base 100 miles away. Big massive herds and groups come at the survivors base in waves but with little rhyme or reason as to why the zombies would focus on attaching it and not wander elsewhere. Why is this tiny spec on a map the target of every zombie in the county? It makes no sense. I keep hoping the story gets better but I'm becoming less impressed to the point I'm searching for something else to read/listen to. I don't think I'm going to finish this one.

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Amazing.

I loved every minute of this book. very similar to the Arisen series and you can't go wrong there.

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great story, excellent flow and very enjoyable

loved this story, book had me from the beginning. this was a great military zombie book. But a Warning, if you commute and listen, pull over when the story gets to the "fruit on the bottom" part of the story. I laughed so hard almost had a accident.

can not wait to book 2

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Great book, can't wait for 2

I liked this book alot, I can't wait for Book 2
I am a Veteran and the humor was spot on.

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ZERT handbook !!! Pretty exciting

This is a great look into the possible future .. If the zombie apocalypse does ever happen this is a great guide to the almost sure route the world would take ! The military acronym’s and verbiage and the exchanges between unit members are spot on .. great listen !

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  • KP
  • 10-23-17

Awesome

this one is up there with any installment of the arisen series. fast, fun and hilarious at times, its a great read.

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freaking awesome

the book was great top notch on the level with the arisen series loved it

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  • Martin Bradley
  • 10-17-17

great story

I really hope there will be another 5 books to read in this series and that they were ready for us to read now. I will look forward to reading more whenever.

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  • Ashley
  • 10-13-17

Awesome

Loved it! R C Bray is outstanding, I was hooked in from the beginning. Can't wait for the next audio book in the series.

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  • zombie reader
  • 10-21-17

Brilliant new series

Had this one for a while finally got round to listening to it. It’s brilliant. I like how it makes fighting the dead hard some books make it seem easy and mundane you get a real feel for a hard battle thought and lost a lot of the time

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  • Niall byrne
  • 10-16-17

Great start.

This book is the first entry into a series that I can see becoming a big hit! I'm a sucker for military/zombie sci-fi and this book has everything you would expect from the genre. There's fun loving grunts, a mysterious virus that turns people into zombies (yet to be explained), a few bad ass leaders and people from almost every branch of the U.S. military! (which is awesome but it's missing an unflappable SAS guy because everyone loves a brit) but I digress, all in all this series has the potential to be a vast lore filled world. I can't wait to see where the authors take it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-02-17

Boring

I like the genre and have listened to many books. RC makes it just about worth a listen but the story is sooo slow and boring. Not for me I'm afraid returning this one. Arisen series is far better IMHO.

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  • Mr Patel
  • 11-25-17

Another great Zombie apocalypse book

I've read a few Zombie apocalypse books now and this one ranks amongst the best one out there, namely the Arisen series. I can see a good series starting and look forward to the next installation. RC bray, as usual (and I'm always repeating this) was amazing and made the book come alive.
To the authors, lay off Stilly!! The guy really gets his fair share of stick! :)
I'm looking forward to the next book, make sure you stick with RC bray reading it!

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  • Danial
  • 11-24-17

awesome gory

i enjoyed the book, RC Brays performance is as awesome as ever. really ramps up the stress levels at the end too

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  • Gary
  • 11-15-17

bloody awesome

as zombie fests go this is up there with the best of them.. fast paced and totally engrossing. . now wheres the next instalment

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  • Chris
  • 11-13-17

Excellent

From the first chapter I was hooked. unfortunately I finished this book way to quick as I needed to know what happened next. RC Bray once again did a quality job as narrator blokes a genius. cannot wait for next instalment.

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  • Danai
  • 11-09-17

Great zompocalypse novel

Totally recommend this. If you are a fan of Arisen this is a must read. Has the gritty military feel set in the zombie apocalypse . Author has a deep understanding of military ways , tactics , weapons, strategies etc. RC Bray is as usual awesome. Must read for fans of the genre