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The Retreat Series

Books 1-3
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (944 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Audiobook one: Pandemic 

The first episode in the acclaimed apocalyptic military thriller series by Craig DiLouie, Joe McKinney, and Stephen Knight! 

As a new disease turns people into sadistic, laughing killers, in Boston, a battalion of light infantry struggles to maintain order. As the number of infected grows, the battalion loses control, and the soldiers find themselves fighting for their lives against the very people they once swore an oath to protect. During the ensuing collapse, the lost battalion learns the Army is still holding out in Florida, which has been cleared of the Infected. Harry Lee, its commander, decides the only hope for his men is to get there. But first they must cross more than a thousand miles of America that has been turned into a war zone, fighting a fearless, implacable, and merciless enemy. 

Audiobook two: Slaughterhouse 

With laughter, comes death....

Emerging from the smoking ruins of Boston, Lieutenant Colonel Harry Lee leads the First Battalion, 55th Infantry Regiment on a perilous trek to its besieged home post of Fort Drum. Along the way, the unit must battle through the legions of diseased killers lying in wait, evading clever ambushes and fighting through terrifying attacks. Lee struggles to hold the battalion together while epitomizing its motto, "Bounding Forward." 

Audiobook three: Die Laughing 

The City of Brotherly Love is currently under the protection of General Anthony Bell, commander of the famed 56th Stryker Brigade, the Independence Brigade. But in a world gone mad, nothing is as it seems. And when Bell has Lee arrested and put up on charges, it's up to Lee's right-hand man, Major Chris Walker, to pick up the pieces. Can he snatch Lee from the hangman's noose, and can he guide his troops and his civilian charges through the gathering horde of maniacal killers? Or will they all die laughing?

©2013, 2014, 2015 The Retreat Series, LLC (P)2018 Blue Heron Audio

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excellent

grest narrator as always the performance was spectacular. fantastic book series, interesting premise. will listen to more!

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Frighteningly Not Funny Clowns

Best variation of the zombie apocalypse tale I've read. Not zombies! Crazed Clowns! No joke! Sounds too far fetched but DiLouie, Knight & McKinney make it real and frightening. Bray brings his gritty voice to the narrative making it all the more dark & serious. The story is true to military protocols and structures with only a few variations that push the plot along. I appreciated that they understood the difference between the roles of civilian authorities, the National Guard and active duty military (too many authors have no idea about these details). One of the interesting running subplots/friction points is that the main character, Harry Lee, starts off as a Captain but when the Battalion Commander dies, the XO (afraid that he doesn't have the right stuff to lead) convinces Lee to pin on the oak leafs and take over as LT COL until they can fight their way back to regular Army authority. Lee excels at this but he and the XO both dread the time when they have to answer for their indiscretion. First however, they have to keep fighting until they find someone alive/uninfected to report to so they can pay for their sins against the UCMJ. If you liked "The Arisen" and "The Remaining" series you will love this!

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Good Story

Enjoyed the story. Did notice some discrepancies, as with any long story. Sandra Rollings in the first book was said to have grown up in "Beantown". Then in book 3, she is from a small-town outside Atlanta. Otherwise, well written and creative.

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waited so long..

but was it worth it!
I hands down love this series! Ever since I read the first book I'd been waiting for the others to be released. Very glad they finally were! The story is top notch though don't expect book 2 and 3 to be as gripping or edge of your seat as the first one. So many things happen it almost becomes a blur. As much as I love the narrator, his real talent shines when he has to cover less characters. Not a dig at the narrator though, he is, hands down, amazing. The second and third books deal with many, many more characters and it can be somewhat confusing at times to tell certain characters apart. Still, with all that said, pick up the first book.. or, go all in for the package deal on audible!

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terrible

The first book was good, terrible ending though. The second and third books could have been combined--their endings were subpar. Honestly, if RC Bray hadn't been the narrator I would have just turned it off completely. The story had fleeting moments of greatness, but overall it was a bunch of radio jargon that just dragged on and on with relatively nothing in between. Character development was all over the place and you feel like you just got a little bit of everyone in the country instead of a lot of one person. I won't be purchasing the rest.

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Heavy on action

Military detail seemed good and lots of action, but was mostly action and light on plot.

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I Knew The Clowns Were Out To Get Us

I've read a few Apocalyptic series and this one has the creepiest villains I've ever heard of. Creepy....Stephen King creepy. RC Bray is a genius narrator. I knew he was excellent at military type apocalypse stories(Arisen) but hearing him portray the "clowns" literally made my flesh crawl even without the clown makeup. I had to stop listening for an hour or so to get rid of the nerves. Its a good story. Well written. Well worth one of my valuable credits.

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Could have been better.

Even RC Bray couldn't save this series. Hours and hours of play by play battlefield description. The dialogue was good....when there was dialogue. Too much of the same play by play over and over.

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Never really went anywhere

Story really never goes anywhere.. things happen, people are crazy, fighting, more crazy people, more fighting, more fighting, more crazy people, the end.
Probably would have been an ok show.. but as books go.. you just keep waiting for the story to go somewhere.
This is more like juvenile military porn.. lots of things going boom in great detail. No story.
R.C.Bray is of course excellent.

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  • Robert
  • Southfield, MI, United States
  • 08-25-18

Giant Waste of Time Downer

I downloaded this book because I am a big fan of RC Bray as a narrator. That is just about the only redeeming feature of this shallow downer of a book. It is based on a plague where effected people are compelled into senseless violence while constantly laughing. A strange and peculiar premise to be sure but there is no real effort to explore the origin of this strange affliction. Lots of time is spent describing horrifically violent acts and little time is spent in character development. The lack of a definitive protagonist is a fundamental flaw. While you struggle to find characters you can care about these character's stories end quickly in the mayhem leaving you to grasp for someone else to root for. One after another these minor characters are engulfed in the visceral mayhem leaving the listener empty and unfulfilled. The author seems to think action is characterized by questionable military strategy and an over dependence on military jargon. The disclaimers that precede the narrative also makes call into question the veracity the jargon which makes the entire exercise pointless.

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  • duncan miller
  • 07-09-18

very average,

Firstly Rc Bray puts in another fine performance, unfortunately the material is a little lacking.
After listening through the first 3 books in 4 sittings I could not tell you one characters name, they're all quite shallow, I just could not get a feel for any of them.

Every time any character has any sort of back story (the ex ranger police officer for example) it's a indication that they are going to die whereas the main protagonists (Lee I think and the woman with broken teeth) have about as much back story as a star trek red shirt.

The books come across as if they've been abridged, it really feels like chapters have been missed out, when the first book ended I had to check to see if I had only downloaded half the book

Going to give the rest of the series a miss

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 03-01-19

Books 1 to 3 errr 1 to chapter 1 of book 3 more like

I think RC Bray narration is awesome, the story grew on me so I will likely buy the rest. VERY disappointed in Audible claiming this is Book 1 to 3 when the so called 3rd book is so short compared to others it CAN’T be considered a full book... really! Fans deserve better than being short changed like that!

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  • Mr P J Lightfoot
  • 09-28-18

definitely worth a listen

engaging and enjoyable for a book of this type, as always R C Bray delivers on point.

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  • pkej
  • 03-11-19

Too much radio chatter

Bray is a great narrator and I selected this title partially because he's reading it. Unfortunately he can't save the story. A lot of the story is radio chatter between units, and at one point I just broke down and thought I'm not going to finish this.

The story itself has a good premise, a new take on the zombie trope, but the execution isn't that good, killing off characters works well on The Walking Dead and A Song of Ice and Fire, but not in this series.

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  • Anthony Mellon
  • 09-23-18

good story

a really goog story and i cannot wait till the final nook is available on audio.

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  • zombie reader
  • 07-24-18

Crazy fun

A nice twist on the zombies. Reminds gravely of the movie the crazies ha ha ha ha

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  • John
  • 08-04-18

The Retreat Awesome

I love this book from start to finish the characters a well written and informative the narrator did a great job with the narration and the author did a great job with the story 5 stars