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Reeling from the devastation of Dust & Decay, Benny Imura and his friends plunge deep into the zombie-infested wastelands of the great Rot & Ruin. Benny, Nix, Lilah, and Chong journey through a fierce wilderness that was once America, searching for the jet they saw in the skies months ago. If that jet exists, then humanity itself must have survived somewhere.

Finding it is their best hope for having a future and a life worth living.But the Ruin is far more dangerous than any of them can imagine. Fierce animals hunt them. They come face to face with a death cult. And then there' s the zombies - swarms of them coming from the east, devouring everything in their paths. And these zoms are different.

Faster, smarter, and infinitely more dangerous. Has the zombie plague mutated, or is there something far more sinister behind this new invasion of the living dead? One thing Benny and his companions can' t afford to forget: In the great Rot & Ruin, everything wants to kill you.

©2012 Jonathan Maberry (P)2013 Recorded Books

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  • Lynn
  • Dayton, Oh, United States
  • 07-18-15

Good 3rd in the series

The only thing I wish was different was Ray Porter doing the Joe Ledger portions.

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  • Chris
  • Powell, WY, United States
  • 11-29-13

About time!

I was waiting forever for the audio release. I even wrote Jonathan Maberry to find out when it was coming out and told me it wasn't, my hopes were dashed in ever finishing the story. Well, it was a welcomed surprise to see it one day sitting in the pre-order section.

This story fills outs the questions from the first two books, but opens more up at what will happen in next book. In this book we find a death cult group and learn about new types of zombies. Not to spoil anything, but if you have read other Maberry books, a certain character pops up in the middle of this one. That put a big ol' smile on my face.

From the sounds of it, the next book will be the last one.

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Love this series!

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Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 4.00

Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: Dang that epilogue--Flesh and Bone by Jonathan Maberry made me cry---AGAIN!

Overall Thoughts:Jonathan Maberry is one of those writers that I adore. He writes stories that make you scream, laugh, and cry. Even though this is a YA series, the teenagers seem to have a better world view than the adults. There is a little angst but overall this is a world where you have people to root for. I would never survive the Zombie Apocalypse.

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Narrated By Brian Hutchinson / Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins


I really enjoy Brian's narration of this series. He is great at hitting all the different emotions and character moments.

Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE!

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Excellent!

Couldn't stop listening! Exciting interesting . Unpredictable. The reader made each person come alive. MORE!

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loved it

haven't read a lemon yet! I have listened to the joe ledger books over and over which to me is a great book there is no higher praise I can give.

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  • KC
  • 05-17-16

Better and better.

If you're looking at this book, you've probably already read the first 2 in the Benny Imura series. As such, you already know the series is good. Flesh and Bone is no exception. if anything, this series just gets better and better. You won't be disappointed spending a credit on this one.

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amazing.

love this series even third time... wish they would make this a movie. lots of action.

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Awesome as always.

Maberry does it again. Fantastic writing. A wonderfully unexpected crossover character from another of Maberry's series. Beautiful performance. Needs to be a movie.

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Great series!

love this series, legit and believable , great characters. also recommend the Joe ledger series!

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Decent, but doesn't stand alone.

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

In almost every series that's longer than a trilogy, one novel acts as a connector. Not as exciting as the others in the series, it serves to set things up for the dramatic conclusion. "Flesh and Bone" serves that purpose in the "Rot and Ruin" series. If you're a fan of the series, you'll enjoy and appreciate it even more after reading book 4.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

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The (re)introduction of Joe Ledger was the most interesting aspect of this novel.

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

Excellent.

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

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When Chong gets infected.