• The Wretched

  • Book 1 of The Wretched Series
  • By: E.G. Michaels
  • Narrated by: Brian Callanan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (91 ratings)

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The Wretched

By: E.G. Michaels
Narrated by: Brian Callanan
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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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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
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Ok story.

This was just OK. It took me way longer than I would have liked to finish listening because it just didn't capture my attention like I hoped.

The plot was slow enough to start, and then when it did get going, the pacing was all over the place. There were parts I had to re-read because the pacing slowed way down and my attention started wandering. I liked the different "reapers", yet I felt like we didn't get enough information about how the virus worked or why there was two different types. Also the way the virus spread was not well thought out, and by that I mean, how did it spread so quickly?? One second it said it was only in one place, then all of a sudden we find out it's in other places too. Maybe I missed something about how that happened but I don't think so.

I also didn't particularly care about any of the characters. Malcolm was ok but the rest felt like run of the mill ones that I found hard to connect to. There was also no character development to speak of. It's hard to read a story when you don't care if any of the characters die!

In all, this was readable. I hope that the author can put it all together in the next book and spends time on the character and world development.

The only reason I actually finished the book was because of Brian Callanan. His narration was faultless and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him. He has a clear voice that's easy to listen to, he had plenty of different voices for the characters and he read this really well. I must check out more narrated by him!!

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The stage is set!

Research project gone wrong, resulting in reptilian-like monsters known as Reapers set loose on Philadelphia. Police officer Malcolm Foster is bound and determined to save as many people as possible to make tracks out of the city. In an unexpected twist, one of the researchers called Poc discovers he can communicate and control the Reapers. It doesn’t take long for world domination dreams to form in Poc’s head. The stage is set for the series; Philadelphia is over-run, the heroes and villains are identified, and the virus spreads across the country. Three.point.five for a decent start to a new series. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have 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 would 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.

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Soooo good

I’ve had this for a month or two but I just wasn’t sure if I’d like it. I didn’t, I loved it! Action packed, relatable characters and a total new take on things apocalyptic. Think maybe it’s a werewolf strain but super cool concept and idea. I’m starting book two tonight.
Brian did an excellent job narrating. I think this is the first book I’ve listen to by him.

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The Wretched

Similar story to them all.Scientist creates the drug,someone tries to steal it and things go awry creating 'monsters'.It does not get interesting until the end. Narration by Brian Callanan was a fine narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.'

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For Post apocalyptic Zombie Fans!

If you like World War Z then.you will probably like this book. It is fast paced with lots of different characters! The wretched sometimes seem to be hard to get into at the start but after a few chapters it keeps you interested. Overall it os a pretty good read especially if you are into the Reaper aka zombie type stories.

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When Espionage Goes Wrong

I LOVED this book. The action starts immediately and just does not stop. Thank you Mr. Michaels for for an amazing plot.

Brian Callanan does a fantastic job as well...although I did have a slightly difficult time differentiating the voices of Watkins and Walker.

The only problem...now I am craving a Tastycake Butterscotch Krimpet - loved those things as a kid, but not available where I live now :-)

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Well worth the time.

The Wretched. . Took a bit to get into the world. But when you do - the book is great and the story and dual plot do hold you. If you like a bit of post apoc then tis book is sure to suit you.
Great job of the narration.
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Reapers!!!

I enjoyed the different types of reapers there were in this book. Especially how there is an Alpha whom directs them and drive them towards a task. The narrator did a great job with the difference tones for each character.

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