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Publisher's Summary

Sooner or later, you have to trust someone.

There are no reported outbreaks in the UK or Ireland. That's what the government broadcasted. Nilda didn't believe it. Not trusting the authorities, she, and her son, Jay, stay behind when Penrith is evacuated. After weeks of rationing, there is little food left in the small town and many other survivors competing for it. Choosing diplomacy over violence, she attempts to forge a community out of a disparate group. As zombies gather outside their walls, she realizes that they will have to seek sanctuary elsewhere. Nilda travels north into Scotland, but death follows, and she is forced to leave once more.

Joining with others who have survived the evacuation, she finds not all of them have the same motives. Some, like Tuck, Sebastian, and the Abbot of Brazely only want to help. Others, like Harper and Rob, only want to help themselves. Whilst Chester and the new Mayor of Anglesey have their own agenda, one at odds with Nilda's quest; to find a safe haven for her son.

Set in Northern England and Scotland, this novel returns to the beginning of the outbreak and features some new characters (and a few familiar ones).

©2014 Frank Tayell (P)2016 Frank Tayell

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loved it

I loved the way they have wove all the first books I read together. I am looking forward to the next in the series.

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Great!

When Nilda and Jay stay behind, things start to happen and then they get out when things start going bad. Zombies are getting thick!

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Awesome addition to the series

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I really enjoyed this book.I like that the author created new characters and showed the different choices they made at the beginning of the collapse.I disliked Nilda who has a abrasive personality,however I was able to connect with the other characters and care about their stories.It was nice to see how their lives intersect and influence the characters
in the previous books.The narrator did an excellent job.I purchased the e-book,but received an audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Sara England
  • 01-23-17

Wasn't sure about a change in narrator but ended up loving it

I wasn't at all sure about a change in narrator but it's worked so well. I'm really enjoying the story from a different perspective, hearing how someone else chooses to deal with the outbreak and the consequences of their decisions. The style, whilst similar in some ways to the first three books seems sometimes as if it's written by a different author. I nearly gave up on the first book. So glad I stuck with it as I'm hooked now!

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  • kaylz_622
  • 08-22-16

Change of narrator

Listening to the previous books in this series it's weird to now hear a female narrating this, I enjoyed The previous narrator

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  • Mr. S. Baines
  • 07-14-18

Great series

A nice addition to the story. I have always liked tales that bring another characters point if view and how they link to the original story line.
Nicely read by Fiona as well.
On to the next book.

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  • Kevin Boone
  • 04-29-18

A solid addition to the series, but...

...it's getting harder to sustain the pace. The great things about this series are that (a) it's set in Britain and (b) it features unremarkable, believable people. This book continues the story, but told from a different point of view, and expanding some of the earlier events. The events surrounding the zombie outbreak are pretty shocking, but they don't really get any more shocking when told again, or by somebody else. To maintain the pace, the story really needs to move on. Perhaps it will, in the next book.

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  • JoMo
  • 09-20-17

Same setting with new characters

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely would recommend to anyone loving the apocalyptic genre. Characters re very realistic and like a good plot the fate of characters central to the story is truly unknown. It is not a good verses evil scenario but instead one which allows characters to develop and play out self interest. Has good detail but doesn't bore you with it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like Nilda and Jay. Mother and son. Jay is very believable and often puts his foot in it as a teenager would.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes in parts this brought a tear to my eye.

Any additional comments?

Another good book on a great series. New female reader that does a good job of portraying a female storyline.

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  • Glitter
  • 07-10-16

Love this zombie story!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The story is so well written. The characters are all believable and act in ways a normal person would. Unlike most Zombie books the main characters are not all gun slinging heroes. They are normal people who are just trying to survive.

What did you like best about this story?

I like that this story is realistic. Nilda just wants to keep her son safe, and tries her best to do this, even if it means living on dog food.
I like the fact that the story is not just about killing zombies. There are plenty of zombie scenes, but they are part of the story, not the whole focus of it.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed the time Nilda spent on the island. The isolation and desperation felt very real.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I didn't wan to stop listening. Even though I have already read the book and knew what was going to happen, I just wanted to keep listening to the end.

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This whole series by Frank Tayell is wonderful, both in book and audiobook form. I highly recommend them to all fans on zombie and apocalyptic fiction.

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  • Veronika
  • 05-13-16

Solid zombie book

Where does Unsafe Haven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I’d put this book in my top 40%. It is nothing ground breaking but the story was good and the narrator did a fine job.

What did you like best about this story?

The story moved at the right pace and it was without any excessive story padding. The 8 hours audio book did not overstay its welcome.

But just like the other reviewer, I was also not crazy about Nilda, the main character. She constantly hovers between self-righteousness and self-pity.