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Publisher's Summary

The Human Race at the Brink of Extinction

Owen Mercer has battled the voices in his head for far too long. Plagued by debilitating anxiety, he was doing his best just to hold it together for his wife and his children. He wasn’t prepared for what was coming. No one was.

20 days ago - Multiple reports of Intermittent Explosive Disorder Syndrome (IEDS) begin to surface from an undisclosed military installment East of Las Vegas, Nevada.

17 days ago - Angered Florida man enters Miami assisted living facility and kills four elderly residents. He is said to have “eaten the faces and necks” of his victims.

13 days ago - Twenty-eight unrelated cases of cannibalism are report from 13 states. Medical examiners are “attempting to find a connection”.

3 days ago - Death toll attributed to the mysterious outbreak of IEDS nears 5,000. News outlets warn public “not to panic” and that these “random occurrences” were simply “isolated events”.

Today - The world found out just how wrong they’d been.

The Next World - EXISTENCE. Welcome to the end of everything.

©2018 Jeff Olah (P)2018 Jeff Olah

Critic Reviews

"Jeff Olah has become a leading voice in the post-apocalyptic genre by writing spine-snapping action scenes and compelling characters fighting to survive at the end of the world." (Nicholas Sansbury Smith, USA Today best-selling author)

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Same old, same old!

This had such potential, but it fell flat.

The plot was slow to get going and didn't add much to the genre. I felt like I was listening to a generic zombie book, that was till the little twist near the end! I did enjoy that and it did make me eager to get the next one.

I liked most of the characters and enjoyed the fact that the wife and husband were forced to split up. It did add a little extra tension to the story. However, most of the characters didn't have depth to them. They felt one dimensional and it was hard to become truly invested in their lives.

In all, while I did like this, I still felt like it was missing something. I wanted more character development and a little something extra added to the plot!! I do think that I'll continue on with the series and hope that it gets better because there is potential there!

Andrew Tell is a fantastic narrator. He was clear and easy to follow and had plenty of tones and voices for the different characters. I had no trouble following who was talking at any given time.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Marcus
  • East Coast, USA
  • 09-25-18

Somewhat interesting take, but poorly executed

Jeff Olah's take on the zombie apocalypse is not totally unique, but could have been interesting enough. The problem though, is that the story-telling is fairly poor. While there are hints here and there of a larger plot, most of the book is comprised of extended inner monologues, odd descriptions of the scenes and fairly boring "action".

Outside of that, the prose is pretty dull and repetitive too. The first half of the book felt like a car commercial with Mercedes this and Tesla that. Let's not forget about the coveted Hummer H1 which Olah felt needed its own backstory. None of this added any real depth to the characters or fleshed out any of the bland scenes they were peppered in. Mix this with slow pacing, overuse of the same phrases (I think everyone in the book had their "head on a swivel" at one point or another), and it all got old fairly quickly.

Around 4 hours and 30 minutes into the book, a plot began to emerge. However, like everything else, the author dragged it out to the point that when it was more fully revealed, not only had you guessed it all, but you were totally uninterested.

The narrator did a fairly decent job, but I felt he read too slow and was a little on the monotone side. Playing back the audiobook at 1.25x was the sweet spot for me, but unfortunately it did nothing to help the odd inflections and overly exasperated/stressed tones most of the book was read in.

Boring, one-dimensional characters, bland action, "meh" plot. Sorry, although I was given this audiobook for free in exchange for my review, I honestly can not recommend it.

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Well done and interesting

For those who enjoy this genre this Audio Book is well crafted and has interesting characters.



This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • S A
  • Portland, OR USA
  • 11-14-18

A Bit of a Stretch

This book is a bit formulaic and a bit of a stretch to be believable. Its hard to believe a real estate agent takes off on his own, leaving his children to rescue his wife with no real plan or training. Of course the wife is privy to the whole outbreak's cause and thus is in danger from the bad guys.
Overall there is no new ground broken here and the plot bounces around a lot making it a bit hard to follow or make sense of.
The book is well narrated by Andrew Tell.
I was given this free audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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The next world

Maybe the most aggravating apocolypse book out there.There is so much repetition,disillusion and denial going on that the story is lost.Everyone is attached WAY too much t their devices,even texting each other when in the same car.So SOMETHING is going on elsewhere,but it can't be happening here,even though I am watching a pair of men eating another man in front of me.Owen trusts no one.Natalie is odd.Everyone is so touchy and fragile.No one in the book is likable in my opinion.Andrew Tell is the best thing about this book.His narration is great! I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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The Next World - Existence

For the most part, I enjoyed listening to this audio book. Owen was a little annoying. I enjoyed the narrator's performance. I was easily able to distinguish between the different characters. I received this audio book for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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  • TU
  • 10-17-18

all in all, pretty good

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

As a rabid fan of the zombie apocalypse genre, I was quick to give this book a shot. It is a little slow at first, but it does pick up and get itself on track. Andrew Tell was a great choice for the narrator. He does a great job of bringing the story to life and kept me engaged the whole time.

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Unluckiest survivors in the apocalypse

The Next World - EXISTENCE - Book 1 - A bit slow to start, and the most unlucky survivors around. But stick with it book 1 is the base and glue for the series. Anyone who read Jeff Olah's "Dead World" series will know the pace will pick up. I do hope he will use Andrew Tell for all the series, as his narration carried the book.
A pretty good read and entertainment. I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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Zombie apocalypse story - Part 2

I’m not a fan of Zombie stories. If you are, give it a try. I would listen to Book 1 first to get a good back story. I made it halfway through but couldn’t get to the end. The storyline has potential, but I really wanted the author to commit to one side. Either keep it zombie or light hearted family bonding experience. The meshing of the two just didn’t work for me. Andrew Tell does an awesome job of narrating.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my unbiased review.

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Zombie apocalypse story

This is a zombie apocalypse story. I liked the cause of the outbreak. I had a very hard time liking the main characters though. They seemed out of touch with what was happening right in front of them. That made it difficult for me to get into the story like I wanted to and I love zombie apocalypse audiobooks! Speeding up the narration put it at a much easier to listen to and enjoyable speed.