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Adrian forgave himself. The undead have been banished and he's accepted the love of friends, family, and some strangers. He's started a better life. 

Bastion grows day after day as pilgrims come to put down roots near the vaunted Trinity. Crops are growing, babies are being born, supplies are being salvaged, restful dreams are being had, and there's even talk that the government is surfacing to reform. 

All his problems should be getting better now, right? 

But some battles start after the last shot is fired. 

They call themselves The Northern Valley Cooperative. 

Adrian's known about them for years. Always on his fringe, never in his face, they built a fortress out of a ski resort, and brought everyone near them to heel. And now, with winter bearing down on Adrian's world, the NVC is marching south. 

Are they friends, or are they foes? 

Either way, Adrian's got a loaded gun on his hip, and he's surrounded by people he'd die for. 

He just might. 

The Dealer of Hope contains Adrian's journal entries from September 21, 2013 through November 30, 2013. It also contains the side fictions "Desperation", "Junkyard Dogs", "Strange Bedfellows", "No One's Home", "A City Laid Asunder", and "One Last Hurrah".

“Mr. Philbrook has come back with a fresh voice and story, without abandoning everything his fans loved about the series. It’s like a homecoming where all the warm feelings of familiarity drain out in dread as the front door opens.... Welcome home.” (Jeffrey Clare, author, All Things Zombie

©2018 Chris Philbrook (P)2018 Chris Philbrook

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Fantastic Listen

Once again, James Foster knocks it out of the park with his voice acting. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Chris Philbrook has created an impressive universe, and I look forward to more of his stories.

Good job Chris, and good job James!

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Back for more

Like I said in my review of the book, it's awesome to see Adrian and the gang back and to see what they've been up to since Adrian saved the world. Adding the returning voice talents of James Foster and it's like going back home again to visit old friends.

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When surviving becomes living

What does our Adrian, the zombies worst enemy, do when the Zombie disappears from the Zombie Apocolypse? He starts to live and to plan how to take care of his people. Living may be harder than surviving. Added bonus, the reader gets to meet another Ring family member. As always James Foster's narration is perfect. He is the voice of Adrian and I cannot imagine an AUD book without him.

#Suspenseful #Funny #Gritty #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • JK
  • 07-26-18

Philbrook just turned the dial all the way to 11

Masterfully written addition to the AUD world, filled with characters you love and those you love to hate. The post-Cassie world is proving to be as interesting and compelling as the time before it and this book sets up the potential for an epic fight to come.

This series delivers.

A word on the Voice Talent - Foster is just spectacular. He gives life to the words in a way that transcends a plain read - this dude performs.

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My GO TO zombie series.

Let me start by saying....I hate reading. I'm a lazy reader and I very infrequently finish a book I start let alone a series. I probably won't even proof read this review as I write it or after.

In February, I wandered through my local comic book store and came across the "Local Authors" section and was drawn to Chris Philbrooks books. An author who writes about Zombies and Dragons?!?! I bought Dark Recollections and couldn't put it down. After that I renewed my Audible subscription and finished the AUD series within a few months.

I love the way Philbrook writes, his attention to detail stands out to me. I love how Adrian is brought to life through his journal entries. I felt like I was part of the series. There were times I cheered out loud and times I cursed Philbrook......one twist made me take a day or two break from listening, out of pure anger. No other book (or movie) has drawn me in quite like AUD has.

So, now Philbrook and Adrian are back with the newest installment of AUD with The Dealer of Hope. Hearing James Foster voicing Adrian again was like catching up with a distant relative. Like the previous entries, it is a story that will pull you in from start to finish.

Things are going well at Bastian and there is tons of catching up to do with all of your favorite characters. Long gone are the days of scouring for ammo, now finding and developing resources to maintain life is the new craze. Adrian has always been able to outsmart and outmaneuver his foes......now he is met with a comparable enemy. I won't spoil the story for you, pick up this book and this series!

When I described this series to my brother and good friend, I told them that it had the unpredictability you wish The Walking Dead had mixed with the plot twists of A Game of Thrones. I found this to remain true with AUD:TDOH.

I'm "patiently" awaiting Philbrooks next release in the AUD series, until then it's off to Dragons roaming New England.

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can't wait until the next book

the only complaint is that I have to wait for the next book to come out . The story was everything I would expect from Chris Philbrook and the Narration was perfect .

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  • David
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  • 07-25-18

Great story

This book is just what the series needed. It caught everyone up to date, and mentioned some loose ends that were left from the previous book. I can’t wait for the next story!

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Adrian's Undead Diary is back!

Adrian's Undead Diary is back! I know there have been the fanfictions and all, but those just didn't quite have the same flavor as Philbrook has. I have to say that this series really solidified my love of the zombie and post apocalypse genres. So when I heard about this next installment coming out, I had to get my hands, I mean ears on this as soon as possible.

If you have not listened to any of the Adrian's Undead Diary series, you're in luck as this is the start of a new chapter in the adventure. Sure you might miss out of a few tidbits. But Philbrook made this as easily approachable for new readers and listeners as I think he could. Fans of this series will not be disappointed and noobs will not be scared off.

Now that there are no more zombies what in the world are Adrian and his encampment to do? Well, as in most apocalyptica, the people are the ones to fear the most. Faced with a new group of survivors, The Northern Valley Cooperative (NVC), that are well organized and very possibly better armed. As always, Adrian proves to be smarter than your average bear and has been training the survivors at Bastion very well. Just what will happen to our favorite toe pusher?

I really appreciated, as always, the side fictions included. Not only do they help build the full scope of the apocalypse from different points of view. But it also helps to break up and enhance the Adrian storyline.

If you are an AUD fan. This is a no-brainer. Get it now, why are you reading this and not listening?!? If you have been waiting for the right time to delve into a wonderfully entertaining zombie post-apoc series, now if your time.

Listening to James Anderson Foster voice Adrian was like putting on your favorite piece of clothing. There was a sense of ease and comfort that came over me. Maybe that makes me a little biased but this performance was flawless. I even tried to find something negative to say and here is the best I could do. Foster has a unique conversational narration style, where it is just him telling a story. Because of his style, Foster need not have a completely unique character voice of every character. Simply he changes up the tone and cadence and you just know who is speaking or playing "narrator". Fully interpreting and expressing Philbrook's embedded emotional states and pulling me in hook, line, and sinker.

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so glad the gangs all back!

This book, like the others is absolutely spectacular! Otis is my home boy. It was absolutely wonderful to walk into a familiar cast, with a new story. Chris brought his A game again with Adrien.

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Awesome

Awesome start to a very interesting story. Excited that Adrian and gang are back and very interested in how Thomas reunites with Adrian and how or if he is tied to the NVC. Great read. Thanks

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