You're walking down the street in the early hours of the morning, in one of the most densely populated cities in the world, when you see something that makes the rational side of your brain itch. It has mortal wounds and shouldn't be walking, but it is, and if you hang around for too long, it will be heading towards you. How would you react? You survive the initial throes of civil unrest and the collapse of law and order. The world has become your playground. What kind of person do you become? You have never lived for anyone else except yourself. You are selfish. You like being alive. But you do have a conscience, and a soul. Who do you save first?
Warren is not a likeable man. Warren doesn't even like himself. But he does like existing, and he wants to continue doing it, no matter what hell is emerging around him. Being pragmatic and a bit of a git to boot, he doesn't find making the hard decisions difficult. What he does find out, is that the hard decisions are not necessarily the right ones. And being a bastard in life does not prepare you for the clashes that will ensue once the edges of society begin to blur and fade out. It isn't just the infected and the resurrected that Warren needs to be wary of, as he negotiates his way around the post-infection south coast in a haphazard attempt to keep himself and his family alive.
©2013 Permuted Press (P)2016 Dawn Peers
A great, tense listen (audio version) that was well written and plausible. My only tiny criticism would be the seemingly endless references to Zombie movies which in a few years may make the story sound very dated. Other than that, top marks! I thoroughly enjoyed it.
A man with a child in his ears - @shutterspin.
Another day another zombie series, and a good one at that. Bitten looks like being another enjoyable tale that seeks to tell a story within the existing "rules" of a zombie apocalypse. It’s very contemporary involving social media as a means for the characters to advance the story and thankfully for current day characters they immediately recognise the zombies for what they are! No messing around, the first appearance of a zombie and we’re off rather than pretending that someone in 2015 wouldn’t at least guess what they were.
The book is fast-paced, the prologue opens and pretty much lets you know what you are in for in terms of the sardonic humour and the rather flawed but impressive main character Warren. However, while I like fast-paced books and welcome the fact that a modern populace has heard of zombies some of the plot’s developments occurred just a bit too quickly. The main large group that Warren meets have formed relationships, knowledge and habits as if they have been together for weeks rather than just hours.
That said it has all the elements you would expect of gore, panic, the implacable inhumanity of the recently deceased plus of course the dangers from those still living. The narration is delivered in crisp, clipped tones which suits the story’s pace. Occasionally though it seemed as if the voices of the characters were mixed up with males talking in a female voice.
In all, this is a pretty decent effort and the author seems to know a bit about the local geography and population. If you like a good zombie apocalypse then this should suit you just fine. It’s not one that builds up the dread and the tension, it’s oriented more towards action and visceral horror but finds time for some low-key humour through Warren’s internal musings .
"A Big Bite of Snarky Survivor"
All in all a pretty good effort in a very overly crowded and well chewed genre. Zombies in the UK introduce a different level of challenges for survivors as evidenced here. The challenges of survival in a relatively gun free environment introduce new twists and difficulties. I think some of the choices made and mental blocks encountered are cultural and gives the story a different take that one sees in US based apocalyptic fiction.
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"Zombies across the pond"
Entertaining, enjoyable and interesting. The zombie apocalypse unfolding in Great Britain.
During a zombie outbreak would you really turn over a weapon you had, even if the government ordered it? That's a no. Any government that would make the request is out of their mind.
When the story begins it's 40 months after the zombie apocalypse has started. Warren a former journalist is writing a journal recounting the events that have happened to his group up to the present. He states right at the start he is going to recount the events in the minutest detail he can. There is not a lot of action until the last half of the story.
Warren Fielding his sister Carla and his brother-in-law Rick are trying to survive the best way they can.
Warren is full of sarcasm and snark, he tends to speak before he thinks at times. He's doing the best he can to keep them all safe. It's a learn as you go scenario(obviously) which adds to the different situations they find themselves in. Warren and his family are in no way "preppers" so they use what they have to survive. In the search for safety they end up in a situation they never could have imagined.
While there is humor and sarcasm through out the story, for me it was not the laugh out loud sarcasm/humor that fills the Zombie Fallout series by Mark Tufo. Warren may however be the British distant cousin version of that series MC Mike Talbot. There is a distinct difference between British and American humor, as well as the phrases they use. I think this effects how well each person enjoys the story.
Some things that didn't make sense to me. Why did they wait so long to board up their house? Where is any kind of authority? Things like electricity, internet etc. seemed to last longer than you would think.
Ian Gordon did a pretty good job with the narration. Pleasant voice. Smooth even pace. Not much difference between male character voices. His female voices were believable. I think a little more difference in the character voices would have really helped the sarcasm come through better. While he was able to convey the different emotions of the characters he needed more emotion in the action parts of the story.
The audio has a bit of a "hollow" sound to me in the beginning. I got used to it easily and it had no effect the overall enjoyment of the story. This just may be the difference in studio styles.
Dawn Peers aka Warren Fielding has written a pretty darn good offering in the zombie genre. It was good enough that it kept me listening in one sitting and I will continue with the series to find out what happens next.
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"Zombie mayhem in the U.K."
It was an enjoyable story.
I liked that the characters had a bit of an absurdist sense of humor as the world caved in around them. It made a serious story not so serious at times which I enjoyed. It may simply have been British humor, but the way it was written reminded me a bit of Douglas Adams Hitchhikers Guide series.
The ending left me wanting more.
"Zombies take over the UK"
well written story with a good take on the zombie apocalypse striking the UK. Good character and story development. Sticks to the standard zombie types and was a good listen. The narrator delivers on the voices, accents and lends life to the characters. Will look for the rest of the series as it comes out. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookboom in exchange for an unbiased review
"Terribly mundane first person"
I am fairly picky with first person narratives, because sometimes the narrative gets lost in boring and useless details that have little to no relevancy to the greater story line. Unfortunately, that is precisely what happens in this book.
I only listened to half of the book, because I just couldn't bare it any longer. There was a chapter in the book where Warren, the protagonist, describes scrolling through facebook while stating his banal thoughts opinions on the contents of his newsfeed. To me, that is just not interesting at all, especially in first person perspective, zombie apocalypse or not.
As for the narration, it's not bad, but it is rather lackluster. In the 3 hours that I listened to this book, there were a few intense action scenes that came across as super uninteresting, and totally missing their mark because of the lifeless narration.
However, this book might be a lot of fun for fans of the movie Shaun of the Dead!
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"Overall, I enjoyed listening to this book"
Yes, to those that enjoy zombie books.
The protagonist was kind of an A-hole. It was a little refreshing from all the "I must save everyone" protagonist. I look forward to the next book in the series. The narrator did an okay job. I think he could have done a better job with differentiating the characters. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.
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