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The Wretched

Book 1 of The Wretched Series
Narrated by: Brian Callanan
Series: The Wretched Series, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
3 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The human race just got bumped from the top of the food chain....

Early fall. A top-secret research project goes terribly wrong. A new species, the Reapers, are unleashed onto the unsuspecting citizens of Philadelphia and soon the rest of the country. The Reapers are stronger, faster, and have no mercy for any humans who have the misfortune of crossing their paths. 

Philadelphia cop Malcolm Foster quickly discovers a routine disturbance call is anything but ordinary. Foster soon finds himself scrambling to survive, gather together a rag-tag group of survivors, and get them out of the city. As Foster and his group fight to escape the city and find a Reaper-free sanctuary, a looming question prevails. 

Can anyone stop the Reapers from taking over the world? This is the story of the Wretched, a rag-tag group of survivors who may be the only ones that can keep the human race from becoming extinct.

©2018, 2019 E.G. Michaels (P)2019 E.G. Michaels

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  • timj26
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  • 06-11-19

Good story

Fans of fast paced survival horror will enjoy this
I liked that the reapers weren’t your standard zombie
Brian’s narration was great looking forward to book 2
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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Cool concept ... horrible execution

I really dislike leaving negative reviews, but a cool concept and a talented narrator weren't enough to save this one. E.G. Michaels came up with a cool/unique take on the zombie genre. Instead of standard zombies he crafted a kind of werewolf/zombie hybrid. They almost came across as terminator-esque zombies. Unfortunately there were just too many problems to give the story any more than 2 stars. The story was riddled with inconsistencies, painful dialogue, and flat cardboard caricatures that act in incredibly unrealistic ways (the absolute worst being the horrifically unrealistic depiction of governor). Some of the story issues I had were the speed at which the disease spread. Someone we go from one person being infected and to a few hours later so many people have been infected that almost every police station has been overrun? And yet If there are so many people infected, why isn't that really reflected in what we see outside? Philly is a massive city and there are people out at all times, and yet we barely see anyone out and about. If it's so bad, where is all the chaos in the street? If they've all been infected, why aren't the streets overflowing with these creatures? The only people we do come across are a trio of stereotyped street thugs? Now besides all that I have to address the actual writing itself. Normally when I am listening to a book, as apposed to reading, there are some things that I just won't notice, but that's not the case here. I couldn't help but notice Mr. Michaels' writing style. He writes in a extremely passive voice, doesn't seem to understand the concept of show don't tell, and at times seems to have an unnatural love of adverbs. I don't tend to give up on books, but I was really tempted. But I didn't. I forced myself to power through to the end on this one.

The one definite bright spot, however, was Brian Callanan's narration. I thought he did a very good job. And I would definitely listen to him again.

I was given a review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.