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The people that killed the world were fiendishly clever.

After decades of planning, the contagion was unleashed, and overnight hundreds of millions died and came back as rampaging, undead monsters. The living that had been lucky enough to survive the first day of carnage, lucky enough to be in the right place, and lucky enough that some of them had the skills to survive soon found out there was much more to worry about than just zombies.

In the high desert on the outskirts of Reno, there is an old truck stop frequented by a mix of hard caliber truckers, day tourists, musicians, and travelers. They have survived the chaotic first hours of contact with the undead and now must make their way across the country to a location they believe is safe. Zombies are only the beginning of their troubles as they try to cover the thousands of miles of open road with their hastily armored 18-wheelers. Gunny, a long haul trucker doing one of the few jobs available to him as a disgraced soldier, is unwillingly saddled with the job of getting these survivors to the safe zone. With a motley crew of truck drivers, college kids, veterans, a drug dealer, and a rock star, they are racing the clock to make it before time runs out. The last text he had received from his wife before the cell towers went down told him she was trapped in a high-rise in downtown Atlanta and their son was in detention, stranded in the basement of the school he attended. Gunny just wanted to drop the hammer, steal some guns, and blast his way in to rescue them, but duty called. He had to get these people to safety first, then he could recruit the best of this crew to help him save his family. If they survived the journey.

©2017 David Rine (P)2017 David Rine

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  • Scott
  • Wellston, OK, United States
  • 08-12-17

Well that was a suprise!

If you are like me you have a strange addiction to zombie, apocalyptic, and dystopian books. While I make myself leave the genre, I have a wish list full of books. Also if you are like me, you have read the easy titles like all of Mark Tufo (more than once). Often I try a new author and I get a lukewarm book or more infrequently a terrible title that I return. But occasionally a book surprises me. I have to admit the character premise in this book was not that appealing to me and I had left it in my wish list for a while. But after my last two very forgettable reads I said what the heck. What a Great Surprise this book turned out to be. It was fun, believable in a fun fiction kind of way, and I like the characters. I only gave it a 4 on story, because I am a character development junkie (Tufo, Stephen King etc). I am hoping that Mr Simpson fleshes out the personality of his characters more in the next book. He has an excellent base with this book, and touches on some military humor and relationships, but I crave more to really become invested with the characters in a story. But if you like the genre this is a fun romp. Just purchased the next book in the series and I am looking forward to starting it now. On a side note the epilogue made me chuckle.

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WHAT A MINDTRIP

Trucks, terror and tons of undead...im telling all my coworkers about this book. (im a truck driver) Its incredible to hear a new angle on the uprising of dark times but with a ray of hope in the form of a modified badass convoy of peple from all backgrounds. You even have the different have the cultural speech to reflect the characters personalities, without them becoming stereotypes.Narrator did an excellent job of showing the struggle, day to day.Great series! KEEP EM COMING

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  • breanna
  • pueblo, CO, United States
  • 06-14-17

Entertaining but..

It was entertaining, better than some z books, worse than others, but 7/10. The twist of having truckers away from home was nice. I get the impression the authors understanding of truck drivers and their life and job is limited to what he's seen in convoy.
Consistency was a bit hard for the author as well. A zombie is fast enough and strong enough to tackle a motorcycle rider doing 100+ mph, but later a teen is able to kill a few dozen while hanging upside down with a sharp stick. Another point that was difficult to believe was how the virus spread. This isnt a book that sweeps you up with it's believability but it is kinda fun and entertaining. I will buy the next when it comes out.

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Eric A. Shelman nails it!

Would you consider the audio edition of Zombie Road to be better than the print version?

No! But it complements it and brings the characters to life with the different voices.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gunny is my favourite. I love his commitment to his fellow war vet's, truck drivers and family.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene with Long Dawg, when he does his thing with the gun! Awesome!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Vet's v Zombies!

Any additional comments?

This is one of the best Zombie books I've read, it is a MUST READ!

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Not Your Typical Military/Zombie Apocalypse Book

This was an excellent listen! It had the military and zombies, was it's not your typical military vs. zombies apocalypse book. The military guys are retired truck drivers. It's a pretty good book! Much better than most zombie books. It doesn't have an ending. So you'll have to listen to book 2 when it comes out, which I will definitely be doing. I'm anxious to see how the teenagers are doing.
The narrator also did a great job. 5 stars all around!

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Awesome

This is a great series, loved all four. I cannot wait for number 5 to come out.

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Fun, Fast, Politically Incorrect Goodness

The narrator here is new to me and I will say that I it took me a while to get used to his cadence and patterns. He's a little slow moving for genre, but as the book moves forward, things settle into a reasonable rythm.

I love a good Zombie outbreak tale and the early days survival struggles as things get going. This book has a few things that are different from the usual Zombie story right from the start that make it interesting. We're dealing with cross country truckers and their equipment. Very nice change of pace. These aren't a bunch of preppers with arsenals stashed in the secret basement room just waiting on the apocalypse - they're just a group of folks at work when it happens. Additionally I liked the idea of the bad guys causing the apocalypse being portrayed as this generation's current bad guys in real life. Folks focused on whether or not the book is politically correct or not have missed the entire point. It's about the element that's declared and literally acted out war upon us in a variety of ways for over a decade being portrayed as the bad guys in a fictional story about.... ZOMBIES. I am ok with this.

However, I will say that I could have done with fewer over the top, silly nicknames for a lot of the characters - Stabby, Firecracker, etc etc etc. Come on. I know a number of actual truckers and most are legit former military vets, but none use CB handle type nicknames in real life. There are a few other plot issues that bothered me a bit, but I'm assuming they will be addressed in book two. Which I started listening to this morning.

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  • bebe
  • South Carolina
  • 08-03-18

Thoroughly enjoyable exciting zombie book

This book has great characters and an intriguing explanation for the cause of the zombie outbreak. I love the truck drivers, many with military backgrounds. They are hard charging fearless men and women. There are also non truck drivers, including a rock star, deputy sheriffs, bikers, drug dealer and others. The author is adept at spinning a great story and writing good dialog. He also does a great job creating vivid characters. I was immersed in the story and was really pulling for the people from three Flags Truck Stop (near Reno NV) as well as other survivors. I wanted them to be able to escape and find a safer place.

There are two other situations that play a big part in the plot. A truck driver, former Army Sgt named Gunny (the main male lead) knows that his wife and son are in Atlanta (wife in her office and the son in the school basement) and are still alive. He wants to go get them but is pulled between his love for them and his responsibility for the survivors at Three Flags Truck Stop. The story flits back and forth between Gunny's situation and the story of his wife and son.

Great book with fantastic narration. I want to continue with this series because the characters are so likable and the story is compelling.

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Zombie Road is good drive thru fare

Told with a straight face but silly, funny, and VERY politically incorrect Zombie Road is good drive thru fare. Its like a double cheeseburger with large fries. You know you shouldn't be enjoying it but as long as no one is looking, what the heck! An engaging and entertaining listen if you don't expect deep meaning and it doesn't bother you to have our current western boogie men (Islam) blamed for ending the world with a zombie plague. Its like an episode of BJ and the Bear, but with zombies. The characters are cartoonish but in a good natured way, like the Dukes of Hazard, and the story has enough twists and turns to keep the plot moving and fun. I listened to all three in the series. If you like the genre you will like this.

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I really enjoyed the book <br />

the story was great performance take a second to get used to but then I really enjoyed it

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  • ben
  • 09-07-18

idiotic Racism

Some what surprised this has been published as it is rather racist towards Muslims. Not sure if its an attempt at satire but come over a racist, ignorant and stupid.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-01-17

Surprisingly good.

The title of this nearly put me off but as a die hard zombie fiction fan I gave it a go and actually really enjoyed it.Likeable characters you actually care about,the whole how the virus came about is not one I have come across before either.Give it a go.

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  • david knight
  • 02-15-17

WOW!!!

This is one of the best zombie books I've had the pleasure to listen to. It's up there with Mountain man and Dead drunk. Great characters and narration and super fast zombies arghhh scary!!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-22-18

Great read .

loved this take onthe end of the world. Characters are engaging and Top and Gunny are favorites.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-18

Pretty good

Get rid of the narrator. He spoilt what could have been a great book to listen to. I’m sure someone else will like him, but he is sooo flat. Otherwise a good storyline.

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  • John
  • 04-04-18

Awesome

I love it great characters and story the narrator did a awesome job with the story hope there more books