When the apocalypse hits, John and Sara Mason head toward the mountains of Vermont and band together with their friends, family, and fellow survivors to fend off the approaching army of the undead. In this first book of the New Zed Order series, Todd Sprague creates a fascinating scenario that pits zombies against humans, and highlights the importance of community for survival. L. J. Ganser performs with an appealing calm and no-nonsense flair that turns John Mason into an archetypal hero, strong and unflappable in the face of great danger.
The dead have risen, and they are hungry. They are tough, they are lethal, and they are everywhere. Savage packs of the undead wander the world, feeding on the living. And they are getting stronger... In Brattleboro, Vermont, John Mason and his beautiful young wife Sara believe that family can survive anything. When the apocalypse arrives they pack food, clothing, and weapons, then hit the road with their dog seeking refuge in the mountains of John's youth. There John and Sara, together with family, friends, and neighbors, build a stronghold against the encroaching mass of the dead. The mindless walking dead are only the beginning of their troubles in this new, violent world. Something darker still is moving, and John, Sara, and the other survivors must unite and fight together or be torn apart by this New Zed Order.
©2010 Todd Sprague (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
This is fantastic, I saw online that the book had received rave reviews and I can hear why. It is full of action, heroism, terror, near misses, everything a zombie lover would want to experience. Most stories have a few sections that I have to grind through, but every paragraph in this book was gripping. The story is so intense and the narrator so expressive, I listened to the whole 8 hours in one day, then left it a couple of days and listened again. Its brilliant. I saw Todd Sprague was writing a sequel, then everything went quiet, all I can say Todd is one thing, forget the sequel, lets have a whole series. New Zed Order makes the Walking Dead saga sound like a laid back picnic !
"run, flee! save your credit and look elsewhere!"
story goes by way to fast for me. they leave for a destination and two sentences later, they're there. they scope a seemingly empty military base, fight off zombies, and get supplies all in 5 minutes of listening. imho, the author rushes too much. there are a couple of interesting subplots, but they're never followed up on so i guess the author's planning a sequel.
the relationships are not believable. john's father is killed, and he doesn't even give it a second thought. i think it's mentioned one more time in passing. his father's death doesn't affect him in the slightest. in fact, it seems like death doesn't affect any one. characters are one dimensional. the survivors they find don't have any backstories. they're just zombie fodder.
they must be the luckiest survivors ever, in any zombie story. they find a full gun shop, several abandoned military bases that are stocked with food, guns, unlimited ammo, and vehicles.
there are only a few zombie battles. the zombies really never seem to pose a serious threat. there's no tension. yes, a huge hoard that can be seen as far as possible is dispatched. ok. they have tons of ammo, but they don't even tire. the guns don't malfunction. one minute, there's a huge hoard, the next they have it handled. what do they do with all the dead zombies that are piled up as high as a shipping container. the book never says.
there are so many other, better zombie stories out there than this. this is at the bottom of my list. yes, i listened to the whole thing only b/c i paid for it and hated the thought that i had wasted a credit. save yourself and save your credit.
"Actucally Pretty Good!"
I liked the characters and wasnt a bad story line, a little confusing toward the end of the book, I am still wondering about that military presence, but all in all ok
"One of my favorite Zombie/Post-Apocalyptic Books"
I truly enjoyed this book, finally a Zombie/Apocalypse book where the main characters actually make smart decisions and are rational individuals. One of the first Zombie books I've read where I wasn't wincing at the assinine choices made by the group of survivors. From the set up of the camp to the re-supply and running of this new society, it was quite refreshing to read this story and see how things can be done right. It seems like every post-apocalyptic book out there that has a group of survivors as the main story line, always has someone in that group that ruins it for everyone. I would strogly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this genre. From what I read on the authors website this is only the first installment for this series, I eagerly await the next book.
There is nothing special about this. If you like zombie books, and have exhausted all the good ones (such as World War Z, Day By Day Armegedon, Beyond Exile, Ex-heroes or the many others too numerous to list all) and are craving a zombie story, this will do. But don't expect a lot. It is just your typical zombie survival story, nothing original or creative or particularly interesting. I sometimes think when I come across yet another of these types, that there is a computer with a formula just churning them out. A group of people during an unexplained outbreak struggle to survive with various dull run ins with zombies, etc, etc...
To be fair, it isn't the worst, and isn't terribly written (though not well written either), but it is just another in a long list of the same old story regurgitated over and over. Every now and then some writer does something in the zombie genre that is really different or interesting or just so well done, with extremely compelling, interesting, well developed characters, or some unique premise, or some scientific exploration, and really well written that it reminds us why zombie stories can be so great. This is not one of those... It is one of the books that is capitalizing on how popular those books have made the zombie genre.
Note to prospective zombie fiction writers: A group of survivors dealing with various zombie run-ins has been done. New names and new setting does not a new story make.
I didn't particularly care about any of the characters or their relationships as they weren't well established or likeable or interesting in any particular way. The dialogue was equally sparse and uninteresting and at times sounded contrived and not well thought out. I found the plot to really drag and mostly just staggers from one zombie conflict to another very predictably with very familiar crisis and problems that are obvious and inevitable and predictable in such a scenario (needing food, someone got a bite, logistics of moving around, etc.) and some dull descriptions of the characters' survival situation and boring interactions in between. I had to force myself to pay attention and almost didn't finish.
Also, it is too easy. They have readily available machine guns, shotguns, pistols and endless ammunition, and any vehicle they want and are all gun loving, end of the world planners... Ok, whatever. It is just easy and dull and disconnected from what most people are like and thus takes a lot of the fun out of the survival dilemma found in such stories. Also, the main character is Mr. Super Tough, in a real stereotypical way and his wife is correspondingly clingy and weak. None of the characters were well founded or likable or anyone you really care about at all and there are too many of them as well so it feels spread thin.
The narrator does a good job, which helps. And as I said, it isn't terrible, just nothing special at all and very familiar and unoriginal. However, it isn't a waste of a credit, particularly if you like zombie stories but are somewhat unfamiliar with them... That said though, I advise you go through some of the real gems out there before this if you haven't read a lot of zombie stories, as your credit can be better spent in the same genre. Hunt around, there are several really great ones.
"Great zombie story"
This is a great story. Good character development and a well rounded story. I am looking forward to the next installment.
"Great Zombie Book!!"
I really enjoyed this book. I have read hundred of zombie books and most of them don't keep my interest. This one had a great story line and I really enjoyed the characters. I will be watching for more from this author!!
"It basically drones on about zombies...snooze"
The comatose or recently brain dead from traumatic injury
just a dull read...overused plot
Not a bad performance
"and the award for worst of all time goes to - NZO!"
Throughout the history of literature there have been numerous true jewels that captivate the imagination and become a part of the reader for all times. There are even more that are so amazingly bad that authors have to go into hiding from the torch and pitchfork wielding readers who have succumbed to insanity from exposing their cognitive functions to such mind altering awfulness. Then there is "New Zed Order: Survive." A literary work that is so profoundly horrible that it somehow transcends the boundaries of lesser "bad novels" and creates a class all of it's own. Like the sideshow freaks of old, NZO glories in it's hideousness; leaving you on the verge of nausea, yet at the same time unable to look away. I would like to thank author Todd Sprague for exposing me to a whole new concept. Fantastic.
"Pretty bad book"
A better story and even better narrator.
No, it has this backwoods story quality.
Annoyance. the summary made it sound interesting, but it really wasn't.
The narrator was quite terrible. The book was okay at best, good for people who have some time to waste. Nothing to really get into or follow. The author is not one I will seek out.
"A bit childish"
I would take out the romance novel style love scenes, and stop the main characters from constantly getting weepy.
No. I did not like the characters enough to be concerned with their future.
This book would be good if written for young adults. It comes across as naive and immature.
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