In the post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested wasteland, there is one beacon of safety in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains: The Stronghold.
For decades, the inhabitants have fortified and defended the Stronghold from zombie hordes, building their society and culture on military precision.
And chosen from the best of the best is Denver Team Alpha. DTA is the elite strike force used to rescue survivors and refugees that have made it to the hellish wasteland of Denver below. But because of the unbelievable risks, and high mortality rate, DTA has come to stand for something else: Dead Team Alpha.
Now DTA will be put to the test as something far worse than zombies comes at them out of the wasteland.
©2014 Jake Bible (P)2016 Jake Bible
I am an enormous fan of Jake Bible usually, but found this particular book hard going, mostly because of the vast army of characters introduced, often in groups, who then disappeared. The book was an ambitious project to cover the entire attack on the Citadel, built to defend survivors against the roaming zombie population, and it certainly achieves a sense of overwhelming odds against an additional unexpected enemy, but in so doing left me confused about who was who - or even if it matters. Narrator F.C.McAlister did a sterling job in alleviating some of the confusion with his voicing of the multitude of protagonist. But there were just too many.
As a storyline, Dead Team Alpha was original, action packed and unpredictable as would be expected from Mr. Bible, but the overabundance of players had me constantly rewinding in an attempt to link names from one dramatic scenario to the next. Eventually I gave up and just let the story wash confusingly over me. Perhaps this was, in fact, the book's intention.
My thanks to the rights holder of Dead Team Alpha for gifting me my copy, via Audiobook Boom. I intend to relisten again some time in the future and hope that all will then become more clear. If so, i will revise my rating. Until or unless this happens I can only say that, though potentially a very good read, this book was hard work unless violent death in various aspects is all that the reader requires.
"100 years after the outbreak"
Dead Team Alpha (DTA)a zombie novel, yes it is, but it isn't a cookie cutter zombie novel in the usual way. While it is not a typical zombie novel many aspects of this novel have been done elsewhere and done better. DTA may not be a top of the heap zombie book, it is still enjoyable and I look forward to the next one.
The first thing that I noticed about this book was the narration. Not because it was outstanding but rather that it seemed subpar. F.C. McAllister has a fine voice and reads well but lacks the performance ability of the top notch voice talents have. Many of the voices sound a lot alike, female voices don't sound female. McAllister uses basically three voices, regular white dude, gruff throaty tough guy, and female. All characters seemed to fit into one of the three and following who was who in dialogue. I will admit that I believe a large portion of the problems with the narration may simply be due to lack of experience. In my search, I can only find one other voice credit for McAllister and it was for a non-fiction book. I don't mean to be harsh on the narration, I do think that McAllister may be better suited for non-fiction. The whole issue is the theatrical performance, you don't need that in non-fiction and there's nothing saying that with some experience and work McAllister won't be better. Also, I would like to point out that the narration isn't so bad that it takes enough away from the book to make it less desirable a listen.
The story, on the other hand, is where the book shines. There is a not a lot of new, groundbreaking content in DTA but it does mix two popular niche's: zombies and military fiction. DTA takes place 100 years after the zombie (or "Z") outbreak and the people of Denver are holed up in a stronghold but otherwise defending against zombies and others. The focus of the story is the elite teams including "Dead Team Alpha" who are the best of the best, the Seal Team Six of zombie outbreaks. Dead Team Alpha clashes with an outside group's elites called the "Code Monkeys".The part I liked about the blend is that I love both military and zombies and that DTA doesn't spend much time going on about the weapons and military jargon that can bog down the story. The pacing was great, with plenty of action and at the end, you felt satisfied with the ending but look forward to the next. The DTA world seems to have a wide birth leaving plenty of room to add books to the series. The ending is satisfying but leaves things open, also there are mentions of other hostile groups. D
DTA was enjoyable but had it's problems. First, a large portion of the first third of the book is filled with your already done a million times military bravado/proving grounds. Too much time was spent , in my opinion, on "proving grounds" stuff and not enough expanding on the history/world. Perhaps the biggest annoyance was the author's unimaginative but highly used term for zombies "Z's". I understand that zombies take a prominent role in the book and that this may be the common term of the people in the story. That being the case, I think the narrator's voice might use other terms and the characters would probably have multiple alternate terms for zombie. By the end of the book, it was to the point where I didn't want to hear "Z" again, but this may just be my OCD coming out.
Overall, DTA was a solid listen. There's not a lot new to me this book but I do like that it mashes military and zombies and instead of being in the midst of the outbreak or shortly after , like most zombie books, it is a 100 years in the future.The writing style is not fancy but gets the job done. As noted above the narration could have been better but was good enough to make for a good listening experience.
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"Z level up!"
I find it hard to comprehend a better Z story than Zburbia, but Jake steps up the pace significantly in this book. The pace is quick, the action is dialed up form the previous books ( I don't know how he did it, but he did) and I was on the edge of my seat from the start.
I would suggest this book to anyone who enjoys a great Zombie story and appreciates fast pace action.
If you don read this there will be a signifiant lack in your Z-education!
I'm conflicted with this book and it comes down to 2 different reasons. One being the narrator and the fact that most of his voices sounded the same and the second reason being the characters. There was simply too many and the fact that the narrator wasn't that good, made it all the more harder to follow who was talking at any given time. I honestly couldn't tell you how many characters in total there were nor even can I remember most of their names, I just remember being confused as to how one character could be in one place one second and another pace a second later, it hit me then that it was 2 different characters but the narrator made them sound the same.So confusing!!
I also felt like we are thrown into their world with no explanation as to how it happened or why. I thought that being book 1, we would have some world building but nope, we are thrown into the story straight away and I felt lost.
I do think that it had a few things going for it though. I liked the addition of the blind fanatics! They were crazy!!! It was also action packed and kept you on the edge of your seat and I definitely wanted to see what would happen to the DTA and the Stronghold. I just wished I read it instead of listened to it!!
F.C. McAllister didn't do a great job with this. He has the makings of a good narrator, but I think he needs more practice. Nearly every tone he used was the same, apart from a gravelly one he did, but he seemed to use that for multiple characters, including for some reason, a woman!! At least I think she was a woman!! His female voices were awful and totally felt forced and unnatural. I felt like he didn't really try to differentiate the characters and just read the story. He didn't really make me interested in the plot nor world!
*I received a free copy of this but voluntarily reviewed it. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.*
"Interesting work from an interesting author"
The loyalty to the team and the stronghold
The plot was good.
His voice was easy to listen to.
Cole Wright. He seemed to be the most interesting and different from the rest.
I received this audiobook in exchange for a review. This was an interesting book, but I think the codemonkies could have been explained better. Maybe a prequel to explain them.
Good to know what the future holds for the Z-Burbia descendants. Not a fan of the narrator though. He made the story go from great to good.
"Dead Team Alpha"
This turned out to be another entertaining, engaging and enjoyable book by Jake Bible. The story pulled me in immediately, kept my attention until the end and left me wanting to start the next book as soon as I was done. So far all of his books that I have read have been entertaining.
This is a Jake Bible story so if you don't like a little crude humor this is not the book for you. He is definitely not afraid to kill off characters. This is not a fluffy zombie apocalypse book. It's full of crude humor, death, action and gore. Just what you expect the zombie apocalypse to be.
Zombies are still going strong after 100 years. The story throws you right into the middle of the action. On mission with Silent Team Alpha. This mission has taken place in the past. Then after the first chapter you are reintroduced to another cast of characters in the present time period of the Stronghold. With a large cast of characters it does get confusing at times in the beginning until you get familiar with all the names and who everyone is.
They thought the worst thing they had to fight was zombies. They were wrong.
The Stronghold decided on a drastic coarse of action years earlier. An action they thought would secure their future and keep them safe. They made a mistake. They did not finish the mission. A mistake that has waited, trained and seethed. They are ready now and are coming for The Stronghold.
Dead Team Alpha is the best of the best. They are The Strongholds elite fighting group. They are put to the test like never before on their latest mission. They encounter an enemy none of them have ever seen before. One that has a unique, unusual and self chosen advantage. The Team makes a critical mistake, they underestimate their enemy on first encounter. Now they are in a race to get back to The Stronghold before it is completely destroyed.
Creative and interesting way of putting/using the code with Code Monkeys.
F.C.McAllister did a good job with the narration. He has a nice voice that easy to listen to for long periods of time. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. He has a great voice for narrating audiobooks. He does need to alter his character voices. They all sound the same basically. With this many characters that might be difficult but it takes away from some of the enjoyment of the story when most the characters sound the same. At the same time I am really happy he didn't try to do a high pitched girl voice for his female characters. That drives me crazy. His voice fits the story and his narration did not take away from my overall enjoyment of the story. With more practice he could be a really good narrator. I would listen to him narrate other books.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.
"haha Denvers dead"
I received this book free of charge for an honest review... I think.. I'm sorry I know the point of a zombie book is to root for the survivors but I've never liked Denver personally so I enjoyed the idea of it being over run with the dead instead of the stoned, even so it was a good book and you had to like the main characters
"A decent zombie book but needs something more"
I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator. This falls somewhere in the middle of the books I've listened to. The story has potential and as I've already read/listened to the Z-Burbia books, I at least know the world. But it also has its problems. The narrator doesn't make the characters unique enough to tell them apart and if you didn't know the world already, you might be lost on what's going on.
The zombie killing is always fun and the action is intriguing and does keep you engaged in the story. The blind fanatics are an interesting change and I wanted to find out more about them and what they were up to but it wasn't enough. When the action wasn't taking place, the story seemed to lag some and it was hard to keep all the characters straight.
F.C. McAllister does a decent job with the narration but he needs some more practice on making his voices unique to make it easier for the listener to figure out who is talking. Granted, part of this is the author throwing a lot of characters at us at once but McAllister could work a bit more on a way to make them different.
I don't think I'd take any of them out to dinner. They're a very rough group and the things they seem to talk about seems a bit...boring. They argue about buffalo vs. bison and fixing their hair among other things. I know they need down time and things to talk about but it seems a bit too mundane for the book.
While I really like the Z-Burbia books, I'm not sure if I like this series too well. It's too slow in some spots and there are too many characters to keep track of. Not only that but we don't get a very good connection with any of them either. I may give the next book a try but only because I tend to collect authors I like, even I don't always like some of their books.
"Hooked from start to finish"
Love Jake Bible. I'll real anything of his I can get my hands on. This was a real nail biter. Hooked from start to finish.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
"Zombie apocalypse story at its best"
Welcome to a few generations
After the zombie apocalypse. Multiple factions exist, humans, zombies, crazies, cults, some mysterious rival group and code monkeys. The most crazed and feared group out there. They could even be enough to take down DTA, dead team alpha. In a society where openness and honesty is the rule, secrets can kill. What will the secret of the code monkeys cost DTA and their society? Will
They survive? Tune in and find out. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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