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Banished by bad decisions to spend the summer with his great-grandmother, Liam Peters thinks his life is over. After all, Marty Peters is a tough woman to be around. Maybe she wouldn't be so bad if she'd just take an interest in the modern technology he loves. Sure, she has some insight to her...but the woman is practically "pushing daisies". Not surprisingly, as tornado sirens announce a city-wide emergency, Liam discovers why that term should be avoided...well...like the plague.

When Grandma Marty tries to send him on his way, refusing to abandon her home, Liam sees his situation in a new light. Something deep inside awakens - and he chafes at the thought of leaving his 104-year-old grandmother to die. Armed with two tiny pistols and an arsenal of knowledge from his overwhelming zombie book collection, Liam realizes he could be the hero and accomplish the impossible: rescue her.

With the interstate gridlocked, opportunist criminals looking to take what they can get, law enforcement desperate to keep the peace, and the military declaring St. Louis a war-zone, Liam and Marty find themselves wrapped up in a world of chaos and panic. But when the zombies begin to overshadow everything else, Liam comes to appreciate why there are no atheists in foxholes.

Since the Sirens is the gripping first installment of E. E. Isherwood's hit post-apocalyptic series Sirens of the Zombie Apocalypse. If you like to watch society collapse, zombie hordes bear down on the heroes, and skin-of-teeth escapes, you won't be able to pause this awesome story!

©2015 E.E. Isherwood (P)2016 E.E. Isherwood

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  • Portland, OR USA
  • 10-25-16

Sterile Zombie Apocalypse

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

The story seems a bit antiseptic for a zombie apocalypse. It was missing something gritty and messy. Things were described as being tough, but it somehow seemed removed from the reality of what was going on in the story.

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The story line is a bit hard to believe in that an old woman survives the onset of a zombie infestation. The characters are a bit bumbling and often make poor choices in the face of dire situations. Generally the story is well researched and written, but there seems to be viewed through a bit of sterile gauze. The author promises as many as 10 books in the series. I am not sure that my attention would be sustained or that I care enough about the characters to follow them this far.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Zombie Apocalypse with a spiritual twist.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Young Adult, Apocalyptic with some mild romance, mild religious references, coming of age.

PROFANITY AND SEX: None. This book is appropriate for all ages. It is tasteful, I would be happy to see my teenage and preteen children reading or listening to this book.

STORY LINE: Unique Zombie Apocalypse book. This one has a spiritual spin to it. A young man, who is struggling with his relationship with his parents (sounds like all teenagers), who is stuck in his own world gets stuck with his grandmother for the summer. He quickly grows up realizing that he cannot abandon his granny, but needs to help her to safety. Yet who is saving who? The grandmother or the grandson.

NARRATOR: Loved the narration, really brought the story to life. Excellent job.

OVERALL: I loved this book. It was a terrific read. I was hoping that my son would read it before I posted a review, but alas you can only get my point of view.

“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good story.

Liam is spending the summer with his great- grandma, not by choice, but he is making the best of a bad situation. When the Zombie outbreak happens, he debates with himself what he must do. Does he try to take this 104 yr old lady out of the city or bunker down. In the end he has no choice, and along with a new friend, Victoria, the 3 set out to leave the city to the dead.

This turned out to be a little different than I expected. I'm still not sure what my feelings are on where the author is taking the story. Grandma's visions were very much out there and I'm a little unsure on whether I like that turn of events or not!! I might have to read book 2 to really see what I think.

Anyway, the overall plot was ok. The Zombie apocalypse happens and catches everyone by surprise and Liam and his grandma have to find a safe haven. Nothing really new there but still enjoyable to read. It wasn't exactly a fast paced, intense read but it played out fairly well. I wasn't bored, which is always good and it held my attention till the end!!

Character wise, I liked Liam and thought he was believable. He is a typical teen!! When the Zombie outbreak happens, it takes him a while to believe it and then his first thoughts are for himself till he finally remembers his great grandma. Even then, while he would never leave her behind, he does plan a "what if" situation and a "could I" situation. "What if" the zombies attack, grandma cant run, "could I" leave her? etc. I think most teenagers would think the same.

In all, this was a good story with likable characters. It's not a gory, action packed zombie read, but enjoyable non the less. It's very much a YA Zombie read!!

*I received this for free via Audiobook boom. This in no way affected or influenced my thoughts.*

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Not the target audience but enjoyable

A little slow to start but enjoyable once it gets moving. The book feels like it's targeting a younger audience, i am 52, and like any zombie apocalypse story the listener has to accept some jumps in reality. The story kept me listening beginning to end and I can recommend it to anyone interested in the genre

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Loved the excitement, laughs and thrills

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I loved, loved this story there are so many interesting twists that really keeps you on the edge and holding your breath. Granny was a wonderful lady that keeps you laughing. Even at 104 her mind is sharp, quick, smart and very clever. There are serious scenes that grab you leaving you breathless but at the same time you can’t help but chuckle or laugh. It is a story I could relate to being a teen and not knowing how to talk to the elderly, being bored out of your mind, doing everything you can to relieve that boredom. Zombies are not one of my favorite genre's although I have really enjoyed a few but this one I thought really blow it away from the characters to the story line it was very entertaining.

Ms. Peterson really impressed me with her many different characters and their voices that really fit not only the story line but the characters. She really brings this story to life with her very talented voice you forget you are listening to an audio as she gives very vivid scenes that takes you to another level in your mind as you picture the scenes before your eyes. There is no repeat of wording, no background noise or any place there was a volume change. If any breaks were taken I could not tell. The audio is very crisp, clean with lots of emotion delivered in a way you feel each characters emotion, knowing just what they are going through and what they are feeling. She gives you a smooth listen with a rich voice that leaves you lost in the plot as she takes you away to another time and place. I have listened to a few of her audios and I think I like this one the best. I really hope she does the next book in this series and it will not be long before it is out. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

I found this story to be believable, rich and exciting. The author gives a wonderful plot that pulls you in, with a little spiritual in the mix giving you a meaningful listen but isn’t over powering. It was a wonderful clean read with a little romance mixed in. This is a story that would be for all ages and one a family can listen to together and really enjoy discussing it as they go along. It would be great for a long family trip with long hours of driving. Liam is your normal teen but when it comes down to what is important he learns fast and steps up to the plate putting his grandmother first trying his best to get her to safety. There are many paths and road blocks they must get through along with a few lives lost that you feel to your bones. There is a play on the government and what they are willing to do and not do to help the people. So much unknown, excitement and thrills will come your way as you take a wild ride on a train with the zombies on the hunt never far behind and sometimes ahead. Bottom line I was hooked almost from the first page to the last. It was a very enjoyable listen from the plot to the narration.

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Exciting, Action Packed, Unique twists

What did you love best about Since the Sirens?

I loved how Liam was so worried about his grandmother. The constant battle never stopped him from keeping her safe.

What does Nancy Peterson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I feel that she brought the emotion that was needed to help keep the story moving. She made it enlightening even more.

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This audio book was good with the extra twist of the gramma. I enjoyed the battles and constant action. I would recommend this audio or book to anyone that enjoys zombies.

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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Outstanding

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This is a very good zombie book!! Zombie's are one of my favorite genre's and this one is a new favorite! The book is well written and unique. The narrator did a very good job. She brought the characters to life and made the story even better.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining and Enjoyable

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3.5 stars
Overall really enjoyable, entertaining, engaging and story. Started off a bit slow, but it slowly pulls you in a little at a time and before you know it the book is over. It is a bit less violent than many of the Zombie Apocalypse books out there. Not to say it doesn't have it's fair share of action, suspense and death. It does. It's just not an over the top, non stop gruesome, bloody, torturous death filled kind of action. It's nice to have a story that still had all of the suspense and action without an excess of violence for a change. Not that I don't also enjoy those zombie books, it was just a nice change.

Great characters. Really interesting putting these two age groups together in this type of story. You can't help but root for Liam and Granny (Marty). Never underestimate the power of a Granny no matter what the age. Really liked seeing Liam evolve throughout the story.

Who's foot was in the car?

I will definitely continue with the series and see where the story goes from here. Even though the story may seem to be geared toward YA readers, if you enjoy Zombie Apocalypse books this story is an entertaining addition to the genre no matter what your age.

Nancy Peterson did a fantastic job with the narration. Pleasant voice. Clearly spoken. Nice even delivery. Really good character voices. Male and female. There were so many characters and each one was easily recognizable. She really made the characters come to life. Very enjoyable.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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Interesting start to a zombie apocalypse series

Since the Sirens is an interesting start to a new zombie apocalypse series. There were several original concepts in the story that made it stand apart from the rest. The characters are definitely interesting, especially because the main character is 104 years old. It seems like the other main character, Liam, is constantly getting in over his head and doesn’t have the wisest sense of survival. It certainly makes for an interesting combination. The narrator does a fantastic job in this story. She does a great job with all the different characters and voices, especially with Marty’s voice. I look forward to joining Marty and Liam in their adventures in book two.

This audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Great zombie book for those who like less gore!

Really enjoyed listening to this book. I've read and watched a lot of zombie books and shows. One theme used throughout most of them is gore, blood, horror and gruesome/graphic violence. Though this book doesn't completely disregard the violence, it's a much diluted version. Most of the book spends more time talking about the situation, the main characters, and describing the surroundings. There are guns, blood-soaked zombies, biting and gnashing, and some violence. But mainly this book stays a bit further away from the more revolting descriptions.

I liked the interaction between Marty (104 year old great-grandmother) and her great-grandson, Liam. It sounded rather plausible and I would imagine most people get closer through tragedy. I also liked the introduction of Liam's love interest, VIctoria. I think the build up of tension and the thoughts going through Liam's mind were very real and gave a good indication of how the mind of a teenage boy operates. The dialogue was good and there weren't a lot of issues with syntax. Overall, pretty well written in my opinion.

The narration was wonderful. Nancy did a great job pulling you through the book. Her voice is smooth and unencumbered. She transitioned nicely during the dialogue. Very nicely done!

This book has a little religious tension. It describes scenes that ascribe some type of heavenly interference. For me, that was a bit of a stretch. I understand why it had to be in there for the purposes of advancing the story, but it really took quite a stretch to reach the point of believing this would be a plausible scenario. However, it worked for this story, and I suppose if you're reading/listening to a book about the zombie apocalypse, you probably aren't really expecting too much plausibility from the outset!

Overall, I really liked the story, and think you will too!

I received a free copy of this audio book for an honest review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful