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
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"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.*
"Loved the twists and turns"
I'm a Jake Bible fan and quite frankly, he can do no wrong. He creates such realistic post-apocalyptic worlds with characters and situations that just jump off the page that my sci-fi loving heart is constantly enamored. This listen is up there with the rest.
It starts off with a genuine mystery, lot's of violence (which you expect with a zombie book) but he gave us some light moments too.
I thought the narrator was a good fit for the project. His voice was perfectly snarky and scarily menacing when needed, both male and female. It was a good listen but the narrator kept you in it.
Zombie books are not for everyone but this one was pretty good. Lots of twists and turns and the military angle was a nice switch up.
"Zombies with a twist"
I enjoyed the story but as another reviewer stated it took a bit of time to get used to the narrator. I seem to have troubles remembering which character is which and find a good narrator helps with this. Unfortunately I found it distracting that some female characters seemed to have male sounding voices and vice versa.
Overall I enjoyed the book and look forward to more.
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"Fun but flawed."
I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.
Count me among the masses (or is that hordes, lol) that enjoys a good zombie story. And what we have here is a fairly enjoyable, action packed zombie story. Not just zombies either, but some very cool freaks as well (won't spoil it for you by saying more) but there were some hiccups in this one for. We're dropped in the middle of this world, in the middle of the action, without there ever being any real explanation for what happened. Which is fine, you want to start with a bang, I get that. But even by the end of the book I still had no real understanding of the world in which the characters lived nor the motivation for many of the characters. (again I won't say more because I don't want to post spoilers)Another issue is that way too much stuff seems to have survived. We're told it's been 100 years since the zombie apocalypse has happened and yet from the description of the world and condition of the world, it definitely doesn't feel as if the characters are 100 years removed from the modern world.
One other issue I had is that for some reason for the first 75% of the book whenever certain characters are talked about (whether it be them talking or taking action) the author feels the need to throw in that they are a team leader. TL Jones said this, TL Jones did this.(There is not character named Jones I just can't recall the names at the moment) Now this is something that probably wouldn't have bothered me had I been reading the book rather than listening to it. If I were reading it my brain would have dropped the constant TL references and merely processed it as being Jones did this or Jones said that, but hearing the narrator repeatedly (and I do mean REPEATEDLY) say TL Jones TL Jones TL Jones TL Jones TL Jones drove me nuts. (again not the actual name of the character) I'd rather the author had just used only the character's first name, last name, or callsign, heck even just using TL by itself would have been okay and only confusing in a few scenes where there were multiple team leaders present. Perhaps it's just me, but like I said it drove me up the wall. It kind of felt like the author was constantly using a person's full name. Baron Chesterton Smith went to the story, Baron Chesterton Smith ate a doughnut! It's not like there are 15 people with the same name. Yes, establish that the character is the team leader, but readers aren't stupid, we aren't going to forget it. Thankfully by the last 30% of the book this stopped happening, but dang did it get on my nerves early on.
Okay, now that I got that rant out of the way, like I said at the start, I love zombie stories and actually thought the book was a lot of fun. (I wouldn't have spent so much time writing this review if I hadn't had actual feelings about it) It had some very interesting characters (which I wished had been explored/fleshed out more, especially their motivations...seriously I really really wanted to know more about the freaky code monkeys) and there was plenty of action. This would work well as a SyFy channel movie of the week. If audible allowed for half stars I'd put it at 3.5 rather than only 3. And I will say I enjoyed it enough that I will probably be checking out the sequel in the future.
"Good start to the series"
This was an exciting fast paced, blood and guts kind of listen. Not for the faint of heart or those who are offended by foul language. The narration was good but I had trouble telling male from female by the voices.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
"Not your average zombie story."
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
If you have ever read a zombie-apocalypse survivor story than you'll find quite a bit you recognize here. One thing I think that the author got right is the amount of swearing. If you have survived a zombie outbreak, you probably don't mind dropping the f-bomb. Some themes are introduced that seem to be headed in interesting directions. We'll have to see in the next book.
The narration was good as well. I would try another book by the author or the narrator.
"Military post- apocalyptic"
I thought it was a typical post- apocalyptic book with military aspect. It does hold your interest with the characters and humor undertones. I enjoyed the author’s Z Burbia series more. Do recommend to anyone who enjoys post- apocalyptic books. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. Thank you!
"Not your usual zombie story"
I really loved the plot, the twists and turns and the characters (depth and variety). It was initially hard to get past the "gravely" narration voice (made my throat hurt just listening) but eventually I was able to get used to it and settle into the story.
The narrator did however keep the character voices separate, had good audio quality and sounded like he knew the story he was telling. (Which is more than I could say for some of the big ticket narrations I've heard lately.)
All in all loved the story. Would be interested in reading the next book in the series.
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