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Z-Risen 1: Outbreak and Z-Risen 2: Outcasts

Narrated by: Todd Menesses
Series: Z-Risen, Book 1-2
Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
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When the USS McClusky (FFG-41) was overrun by the dead, Machinist Mate First Class Jackson Creed, and Marine Sergeant Joel "Cruze" Kelly, were forced to abandon the ship and take their chances in San Diego.

Now they are stuck in a city that has been completely overrun with zombies, and as the days go by, they must range farther and farther away from "fortress" in their search for supplies.

Relying on military training, guts, and pure force of will, the two of them will face a nightmare world that is intent on killing them one bite at a time.

Contains books 1 and 2 of the Z-RISEN series.

©2014 Timothy W. Long (P)2014 Timothy W. Long

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Z-Risen: Books 1 & 2. . . Rises to the Occasion!

So good! Lots of Zombie action, relatable characters, witty humor, and (love when this happens) action-packed right out of the gate!

The ending was incredible, and just when I thought it could not get anymore exciting. . . SURPRISE!

Highly recommend! On a side note, it is so nice get 2-3 books on several volumes of this series. #Bonus!

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Great book

Enjoyed this book :) If you like zombies then I recommend it. Now book 3 and 4:)

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As a U.S. Navy vet I f***ing love this story.

Watching the story unfold in the ship then the base is very well done. Then seeing how simple common sense failures is why a Zombie apocalypse is possible makes me love this series even more. The teaming of squid and the jarhead is only natural.Just 2 enlisted schmoes surviving the end of the world. Any chance of getting a mini story for where the dog came from?

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Great book !

I really liked this books! I listened to it and finished book of them in 2 days. Very good story line and great details.

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Ama-Z-ing

Buckle up because there's no slowing down with this story! Navy machinist Jackson Creed has been floating through his Navy career doing the bare minimum, that comes to an abrupt end when a virus quickly overtakes the crew onboard the USS McClusky. Jackson has the good fortune to run across Marine Sergeant Joel Kelly and together they manage to make it off the ship only to discover San Diego hasn't been spared the outbreak either.

Their only mission is to find supplies and stay alive, and try to make it north, they meet many characters good and bad along the way, this book has it all humor, heartbreak, suspense, in other words, it's perfect!

Todd Menesses narrates and I'm still in awe of his ability to voice so many different characters. He definitely has a part in making this a 5-star read!

This audiobook was gifted to me exchange for an unbiased review!


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Its movie guy!

That was my first thought of the narration. It's cool, but really? The entire book? But it was actually really good. The character voices were also very distinct, although sometimes the lead character seemed to change voices. I think he must have the best female voice by a male narrator I ever heard. I wouldn't have thought he could do that sounding the way he does.

The main thing with this book is the sarcastic ribbing Joel and Jackson give each other. The rude humor fits me very well and its the best I've heard. Its not at all like the Mark Tufo books. I found that humor just silly.

I found the characters had depth and story compelling with plenty of action. Not a lot of intricate plot lines, but developments with the dubious mercenaries/soldiers and shuffler zombies are intrigueing. Well, I loved the story so far and already on the next book.

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awesome

I loved it! I found the story hilarious, action packed and filled with drama. A refreshing take on a genre which typically involves people barricading themselves in a location trying to ride out the disaster.

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Jackpot

I've just hit the jackpot! Three in a row! Three great zombie stories in a row. First there was "Dark Recollections: Adrian's Undead Diary, Volume 1" then there was "The Undead Situation" and now "Z-Risen:Outbreak". All three were a return to the boyhood enjoyment of reading batman and Robin comics’ books... you know the "bam zap boff whack" sort of stuff. Now I know I'm older and more mature… but wow! I loved the mindless action. These sorts of stories make me feel young again!

If you like to get a longer listening time per credit, then please take into consideration the narrator of this story speaks slowly. This story is easily listened to at 1.5x speed without any complaints!

The only negative I have with the story is that it didn’t end the way I was hoping. Don’t worry I won’t spoil it for you.

In conclusion, this is the type of book you listen to if you want to be entertained while taking the long commute to work without getting over involved with complex plots or intense emotional feelings. It is the type of story every stressed out not going anywhere type person (me) can enjoy to forget about everything.

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Love this series

The story grows and improves with the characters leading the way. Lots of survivalist lessons buried in the plot. Talented narrator with many voices.

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a unique view on a zombie apocalypse

First thoughts about the cover of Z-Risen Outbreak? A man in an Army uniform and gun in front of a Navy ship with buildings smoking in the background. War story? Huge catastrophe? Some type of apocalypse? Please let it be an apocalypse! After reading the exert – Zombie apocalyptic story, yay!

The main character is Machinist Mate First Class Jackson Creed. He’s big, he’s burly, and he prefers to take out the zombies with a really BIG red wrench. He’s six feet three inches and has a great sarcastic wit he uses to help him cope with the new changes in his daily world. In a mental fight or a physical fight, he’s a great asset to have on your side.

The secondary main character is Marine Sergeant Joel Cruze Kelly. He’s a great sniper and rocks the hand to hand combat skills as well. In this new zombie filled world, Joel is Creed‘s best friend. Not only does Creed and Joel work well together at fighting for survival, their funny banter between each other helps to keep the horrors of this new world from becoming to overwhelming. Without each other, they probably would not have survived the first initial days of the apocalypse.

The Narrator is Todd Menesses. Todd has a very unique way of bringing the voices to life. Each character has a rich voice for his or her character. He is very talented and does a great job of bringing this book to life. The Author is Timothy W. Long. This book is 12 hours long. It is a combination of the first and second series of the Z-Risen series. Z-Risen: Outbreak Book One and Z-Risen: Outcast Book Two.

This book offers a unique view on a zombie apocalypse. It shows what military training could do to help keep a person or persons alive during a cataclysmic event. Mixed into that was witty humor and lots of jam packed action. It has a lot of blood and gore within. Not recommended for a younger audience. There were a few spots in this book that had playback issues. Luckily, even with these issues, the story and narration held attention to the story.

This book left me thinking about things that could and would help in an emergency. The things we take for granted on a daily bases. Should people plan for the worst and hope for the best? Should people set aside things here and there to help keep themselves and others alive in the worst case scenario? Or is it better to simply not worry about things that might not ever happen? I think it would be wisest to plan a little now rather than hurt a lot later. The safety of yourself and those you care about should always play an important role for your future.

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  • Bert
  • 08-06-18

Good story, nice humour

Good characters, good story. Good narrator. One of my favourites, just listened to it again. Want a 4th book because I want more of the characters :D Really well put together, my cup of tea.

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  • C J Attwood
  • 05-04-15

better series out there

The book was ok, I love the zombie genre but wont be continuing with this series just didnt hold my attention and found the style of writting bored me. There are far better zombie series to listen to