The Darkness

The Invasion Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
Series: Invasion Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
4 out of 5 stars (342 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Darkness is a fast-paced story of survival that brings the apocalypse to Main Street USA. While the world falls apart, Jacob Anderson barricades his family behind locked doors. News reports tell of civil unrest in the streets, murders, and disappearances; citizens are warned to remain behind locked doors. When Jacob becomes witness to horrible events and the alarming actions of his neighbors, he and his family realize everything is far worse than being reported. Every father's nightmare comes true as Jacob's normal life - and a promise to protect his family - is torn apart.

©2014 W. J. Lundy (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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  • KS
  • 05-11-18

Original post-Apocalyptic book

This is a great first book in The Invasion Trilogy, with a very original storyline. In it, you’ll find characters in the military, some romantic-type drama, antagonists with mysterious qualities, and a whole lot of action! I love our main military characters, as well as Jacob, an ordinary civilian who needs to learn how to survive while being knee-deep in the “fire”. If you’re looking for a post-apocalyptic book that is different from ones you’ve read, you need to check out this book. Kevin T. Collins does a good job with the narration. We can hear corresponding emotions in his words, which adds to the suspense of the story.

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  • RB
  • 09-28-15

Great...now I have to go buy the NEXT one!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I liked the pace at which it moved, I liked the characters and the action. I was seeing it play like a movie in my head and that only happens when I REALLY get into a story. Great stuff from WJ Lundy! Can't wait to get the next one!

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It was fast-paced but steady

Jacob Anderson and family are fighting a battle they don’t quite understand. They heard news stories of riots and issues in the city, but they weren’t sure what was happening. They decided to leave their quiet neighborhood for somewhere safer when they were plowed into by another car. The people in the car were not… there anymore, they were replaced, or something else. The book starts off quick and just gets quicker as you follow Jacob on his attempt to figure out what is happening to these people, and tries to keep his family safe.

The narration of this is very well done. Professional and emotional. I like hearing what I feel like the author is trying to write out in a narrators voice. Kevin T Collins does a great job. His pacing and emotion made my heart race numerous times during this book. The pacing of the novel helps but Collins’ narration made it even better.

This is one of those books where it feels like everything is working against the main characters. Seriously, there were moments that I felt like the book was just going to end at any minute where everything comes crashing down. Without giving anything away, this book really had numerous times where I thought that the main characters were done and gone.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was fast-paced but steady — like a marathon runner. This book kept my attention very well, because I really didn’t know what was going to happen next.

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Fast pace action

Got hooked on the WTF series . This book has me wanting to move into the next.

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New to the whole zombie thing...

Would you listen to The Darkness again? Why?

This guy is great! Its obvious he is of a military background. It adds so much imagery its crazy. Such a cool take on zombies!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Darkness?

Jacob coming into the whole thing. (main character) Hes unsure of himself but never stops!

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

M>U>R>P>H>Y!!

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

IT was a cliff hanger. I listened all night long I just couldn't stop!

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couldn't get past the over annunciation, painful

this is a typical zombie story even though the monsters are not strictly zombies. I've read this plot before. But it's not the story that is so bad; I actually spent the whole book saying stop the panic narration and if I hear him hit that 't' again like a brass symbol I'm going to scream. I would like to know how this story turns out but I just can't handle the narration. Try pronouncing a 't' as hard and loud as you can and you'll get a sense of what you will have to endure. Every syllable is sounded out so completely, it drove me nuts.

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Narrarator is AWFUL

The narrator is awful. His glare for the dramatic is overdone and I'm so focused on how he speaks I can't get into the story. Don't do it!

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Terrible narration

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

I should have put more stock in the other reviews. The narration is truly horrible and ruined the book for me. The story is not bad, unfolding a bit too slow for my taste.

Skip this one.

How could the performance have been better?

Different narrator

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyance due to narration

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The Darkness

Another Zombie book? Well, not exactly. The book starts off with an average guy named Jacob, along with his wife and young daughter, trying to get out of Chicago because "something" is happening to people all around them. The little girl, Katie, is very sick and needs medical attention, but where can they find help? The family becomes separated when the military arrives and there is only room for 2 of them. Jacob becomes part of the military in order to reunite with his loved ones. If you have read a lot of Zompoc books, you won't find much new in this one. Plenty of firefights, plenty of action and gore, and lots of "zombie" encounters. The story does have a different take on what has caused the problem and the actions of the ones they call the Darkness. The narrator does a pretty good job, but I did find the constant yelling of the characters to be a little bit grating. Also, I would have liked a little more story and a little less continuous action, but that is just my preference. All in all, a good way to spend a few hours if you enjoy Zompoc books.

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Different Take but Great

I enjoyed this story. It very much has a different take on the "Zombie" Apocalypse. I spent most of the book trying to figure out the origins of the outbreak.....Well I was wrong....Very Wrong. Lets just say this book would be a conspiracy theorist dream, The characters are well developed if not a little annoying at times but that is easy to over look. I also enjoy how the characters are not overly lucky. They get hurt, they get caught ect. The narrator brings a lot to the story as well. So overall if you like military dramas, TEOWAKI stories or a good old monster story this book is for you.