Jack Walker journeyed halfway around the world and completed his daring rescue. He must now return home, traversing a world filled with endless hordes of night runners; the genetically altered, ferocious species that now inhabit the dark recesses left over from the demise of mankind and now dominate the planet. The only things more dominant are the billions of corpses left to rot where they died. It is through this world that Jack must use his special forces training to lead a small group of survivors back home to where there is the faint hope of sanctuary. His training is pushed to the limits as he is confronted with situation after situation coming face to face with the night runners. He must walk that delicate, fine edge between action and keeping his kids out of harm's way; between taking risks and turning away as he continues his quest for survival. Never having walked away from risky situations, Jack must now carefully weigh his decisions as the stakes are much higher. His kids' very safety hangs in the balance, along with the safety of the few remaining survivors. This gripping, action-packed tale tells Jack's story of survival in a post-apocalyptic world filled with peril. Safety is the dream. Nightmare is the reality. A nightmare where danger lurks around every corner.
©2011 John O'Brien (P)2014 Cherry Hill Publishing, LLC
"Narrator is terrible "
The narrator on this series is horrible which is frustrating brcause the story is good.
"The narrator does a good job"
I read other reviews and almost passed on this group of books because of the reviews about the narrator. The narrator does a good job. If u like the narration of R.C Bray, Chris Rommel u will like this narrator as well. I guess people forget the main character is a ex-special forces soldier, and probably doesn't sound like a wimp.
"Clear your schedule, hard to stop listening to!"
Absolutely one of the best series on audible. Well narrated and keeps you on the edge of your seat all the time. You'll laugh out loud often and you feel as if you are right there with the characters. Every detail is explained and described in great detail. . you can imagine everything so clearly. Which is the mark of a good book in my eyes. Thank You John O'Brein for countless great hours of entertainment!
"Good book but gotta get used to narrator's style"
I'm really starting to get into the story with this 2nd book but I'm still having a hard time with Mark Gagliardi's narration style. I find myself longing to hear it read by Ray Porter, Sean Runnette or Tom Stechschelte. I'm a big Mark Tufo fan and really enjoyed his collab project with John O'Brien, A Shrouded World where the main character from his Zombie Fallout series meets up with Jack from this series in an alternate reality that has both Zombies AND Nightrunners! Could you imagine?! No thanks!
"LOVE THE NARRATOR! HOPE THE 3RD TIMES THE CHARM!"
Maybe...I only listened!
A little less technical...and more character development...more feeling...the writing is good..but it just fell flat for me in some parts...
When Jack rescues the mom and little boy!
This might be really good on film!
I WANT TO LOVE THIS SERIES! But sadly I am not...I like the narrator a whole lot, and I like Jack...and I like his night zombies...its just a bit technical in parts, and military based...and the character development for the other characters, is really slow....I found myself zoning out quite a bit...and a little bored at times...I do like the story concept...and we get more explanation of the virus and monsters in this one....and let me just say, these are scary zombies, they think...and they communicate with each other, and are super fast!!! I am moving on to book 3, the reviews say its the best story line yet...so I am willing to give it another shot...I didn't hate this story at all..its pretty good...I just don't love it...and I like to love my books..especially my zombie fiction!
"New narrator... not much better but new"
Great story but if you are going to go to the trouble of re-recording a whole series you think you would get a good narrator like Chritian Rummel , Sean Runnette or Oliver Wyman. This guy Mark Gagliardi does a slightly better job but he occasionally slips into this bad batman voice when doing the main character. once you get over that its a good book .
"Couldn't get though it"
I had read the first book in the series. It was decent but not spectacular. Unfortunately the second book in the series was even less spectacular. Got halfway through and just couldn't bear the slow pace anymore.
"good book, bad narrator"
the narrator has this forced whisper voice for when the character is thinking. drives me nuts.... just soak normal in a normal voice lowered a little for those parts, and his military jargon is lacking seriously..... example, ACOG is a tactical sight that the military uses... narrator says A-C-O-G... but it's actually pronounced A-Cog......
this series is looking to improve with each new edition, its certainly looking that way
"high tension, action packed apocalypse"
In Chaos, the first book in this series, Jack Walker commandeered an aircraft to rescue his wife from a military base in Kuwait. Now in Return, they must all return home.
O’Brien made me really happy by giving the monster creatures a fantastic name, NightRunners, not zombies. Because they are really not your typical zombies. They really only come out at night or occupy dark building and such. They run fast, can open doors, they even go to the bathroom, err, relieve themselves. I love this simple twist on the classic undead that everyone knows.
On their journey home this group winds up getting the bright idea to try to get more information on what has happened and where the nightrunners came from. Now, where would you go to get such details? The CDC (Center for Disease Control) or course. But along the way they must land every so often for supplies. Because of these two factors they run into hordes, maybe the better term would be several infested buildings. Bringing the action level up to a ten.
Return has so much action and tension early on, it made me want to keep listening for more. So much more than Chaos. One of my favorite parts of the story was the ending, and not because it ended, I know some of you thought I was going to go there. But not at all. What I liked about the ending was, no cliffhanger. Sure there was a great setup for the next book but it didn’t end making me feel like the story was incomplete.
Even though I did not enjoy the huge role that the groups airplane took in the story. The intricacies of flying and all that. I do understand why it was there. It is the first apocalyptic story where the group can actually fly where ever they want, except for maybe Day by Day Armageddon.
If you want a military-ish, high tension, action packed apocalypse story with not so common ghoulish hordes. Look no further than the New World series. I have a feeling that from here on out the story is going to get much more complex.
In the year between the release on the first book and this one Mark Gagliardi has changed his narration style so dramatically that some of the reviewers on Audible think that it is a different guy. Well it is the same narrator and yes Gagliardi has grown much as a narrator. While I think it will still take some getting used to as he is still a bit rough around the edges, I really hope that he continues to grow! There where however some noticeable production issues. In several spots you could really tell that a recording session ended and another began. Volume levels would switch fairly dramatically.
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