Surviving the Dead

9 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 6,258 ratings

No Easy Hope Publisher's Summary

Eric Riordan was once a wealthy man leading a comfortable, easy life. Until one day Gabriel, his oldest friend, Marine Corps veteran, and a former mercenary, told him how the world was going to end.

He did his best to prepare. He thought he was ready for anything.

He was wrong.

As the dead rise up to devour the living, one man finds himself struggling to survive in the ruins of a shattered world. Alone, isolated, and facing starvation, his only chance is to flee to the Appalachians and join forces with Gabriel. But the journey will not be easy, and along the way his humanity, his will to live, and his very soul will be tested.

This is the beginning. This is his story.

©2011 James N Cook (P)2013 James N Cook
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  • Book 1

    • No Easy Hope

    • Surviving the Dead, Volume 1
    • By: James N. Cook
    • Narrated by: Guy Williams
    • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,268
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,186
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,186

    Eric Riordan was once a wealthy man leading a comfortable, easy life. Until one day Gabriel, his oldest friend, Marine Corps veteran, and a former mercenary, told him how the world was going to end. He did his best to prepare. He thought he was ready for anything. He was wrong. As the dead rise up to devour the living, one man finds himself struggling to survive in the ruins of a shattered world. Alone, isolated, and facing starvation, his only chance is to flee to the Appalachians and join forces with Gabriel.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not bad, Not unique, but well written!

    • By Amanda H. on 07-26-13

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2

    • This Shattered Land

    • Surviving the Dead, Volume 2
    • By: James N. Cook
    • Narrated by: Guy Williams
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 995
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 924
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 929

    Eric Riordan doesn't look for trouble, but trouble has a way of finding him. Two years have passed since the Outbreak, and after joining forces with his friend Gabriel, he has managed to stay alive by fleeing to the peaks of the Appalachian Mountains. With supplies running low, and enemies gathering, the two survivors are forced to begin their journey west to Colorado. Along the way they will find unexpected allies, reunite with old friends, and make deadly new enemies.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Thing About Zombies and Physics

    • By Thaddeus on 05-06-14

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 3

    • Warrior Within

    • Surviving the Dead, Volume 3
    • By: James N. Cook
    • Narrated by: Jordan Leigh
    • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 872
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 811
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 808

    There are many who do not wish for peace. As the Free Legion declares war on the survivors of Hollow Rock, Gabriel and Eric find themselves drawn ever deeper into the growing conflict. Aided by a fledgling militia, and a small contingent of federal operatives, the two warriors must find a way to defeat an unyielding enemy that threatens to destroy all they have grown to love.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Why change?

    • By Dave on 08-28-13

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 3.5

    • The Passenger

    • A Surviving the Dead Novel
    • By: James N. Cook, Joshua Guess
    • Narrated by: Jordan Leigh
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 564
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 516
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 515

    During the Outbreak, like billions of others, a man finds himself infected with the Phage. Desperate to spare his family from watching him become a walking nightmare, he flees. Soon after, he is dead. Two years later, he wakes up. Not in the afterlife, but in his own body. Trapped, unable to control the monster that carries him, and forced to witness the horror of its existence.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • much better than expected!

    • By Mike Naka on 10-24-13

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 4

    • Fire in Winter

    • Surviving the Dead, Volume 4
    • By: James N. Cook
    • Narrated by: Guy Williams
    • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 706
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 651
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 650

    With the dark cloud of civil war gathering on the horizon, Gabriel Garrett struggles to protect his new home and the new life he has just begun. But as he soon learns, a man's past has a way of catching up with him, and Gabriel has more than his share of dark secrets. When his world is shattered, he will walk a path of vengeance across a land where the dead hold sway, and the living count their lives in seconds. His enemy is the deadliest he has ever faced, and in this battle, there is no justice, no redemption, and no mercy. There is only revenge.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Where did the zombies go?

    • By Thia on 08-16-14

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 5

    • The Darkest Place

    • Surviving the Dead, Book 5
    • By: James Cook
    • Narrated by: Guy Williams
    • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 606
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 560
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 562

    For Caleb Hicks, survival means hiding in plain sight. Trained from a young age to be a super-soldier, he has worked hard to keep his abilities hidden. But after a disastrous mistake forces him into military service, hiding his skills becomes increasingly difficult. To maintain his cover, he isolates himself, rarely speaking and discussing his past with no one.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great series! A

    • By Scarlet Stark on 06-04-15

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 6

    • Savages

    • A Surviving the Dead Novel
    • By: James Cook
    • Narrated by: Guy Williams
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 465
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 439
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 440

    As the Midwest Alliance puts plans in motion to touch off a civil war, Eric and a group of elite warriors are recruited to stop them. To prevent disaster, they will venture into the heart of enemy territory on an assassination mission. To survive, Eric will have to call on all his training, willpower, and strength - because this fight will determine not only his future, but the fate of an entire nation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • If you like the series she will like the book

    • By Ken Phillips on 05-10-18
    • A Surviving the Dead Novel
    • By: James Cook
    • Narrated by: Guy Williams
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Release date: 11-16-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 465 ratings

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 7

    • The Killing Line

    • Surviving the Dead, Book 7
    • By: James Cook
    • Narrated by: Guy Williams
    • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 472
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 440
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 439

    The battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, the CIA, several years as a mercenary, and the end of the world among them. But now he faces a challenge none of his training, expertise, or combat experience have prepared him for - fatherhood. With a new family and new responsibilities, Gabriel decides to leave Hollow Rock and start over in the growing city of Colorado Springs. It is here he believes he can finally leave behind the violence that has always followed him and begin a new chapter in his life.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Marauders

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-20-16

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 8

    • Storm of Ghosts

    • Surviving the Dead, Book 8
    • By: James Cook
    • Narrated by: Guy Williams
    • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 310
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 289
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 287

    For years, exiles from North Korea, China, and Russia have terrorized the Western Seaboard of post-Outbreak America. And, for years, the remnants of the US military have struggled to defeat them. No more. After US forces cripple the enemy's ability to wage war, the North Koreans and their allies make a last-ditch effort to save themselves by building internment camps where thousands of Americans are held hostage. The enemy thinks they are invulnerable. They think they have the ultimate leverage. They are wrong.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it. Another great sequel.

    • By Cheyrl on 12-07-17

    Regular price: $24.95