Elisabeth Rodgers gives an engaging performance of Murphy's Law, the second book in C. Dulaney's Roads Less Traveled series. She has a silvery voice and a remarkable ability to inhabit different characters and imbue each one with a distinctive speech pattern and tone. Protagonist Kasey's Zombie Plan has been keeping her alive. She and a group of survivors knew exactly when to do when chaos reigned, but when a slight bit of order is restored, somehow everything goes to pieces. New threats appear. Can they make sense of their present situation and continue to survive?
Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
Kasey and the gang were held together by a set of rules, their Zombie Plan. It kept them alive through the beginning of the End. But when the chaos faded, they became careless, and Murphy's Law decided to pay a long-overdue visit.
"We had all made it through those first days of the zombie uprising, fought and bled over hundreds of miles to find each other...scratching and clawing just to keep our heads above water when our Z-Plan went to hell."
Now the group is broken and scattered with no refuge in sight. Those remaining must make their way across West Virginia in search of those who were stolen from them, fighting not only merciless terrain, but hordes of newly-thawed and ravenous deadheads as well.
A new home is found. New alliances are formed. Then an alarming development presents itself in severe and bloodthirsty fashion. A situation Kasey and the gang never planned for. When the stakes are raised even higher, when many more lives are at risk, can the group re-evaluate everything they thought they knew and survive the unknown?
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"excellent 2nd book! surpassed my expectations!"
kc, jake, and mila charging into a swarm of shambling zombies being chased by the fast zombies. awesome. just awesome.
i must say this title sat in my library for over a month, mostly b/c the 1st book was kind of lackluster. i wasn't thrilled by the direction of the story. i listened to a few other titles then thought that the 3rd book in this series is coming out at the end of the month- 6/25/13. so, i thought it was about time i listened to this book in order to decide if i'd pick up the 3rd book. plus, i was craving for a good zombie story! now, there's no question! i can't wait for the 3rd book to come out.
yes! this 2nd book was that good! i liked it much, much more than the 1st book! now, i'm really hungry for brains...i mean the next part of this story!
the story picks up 4 months after the end of the 1st book. kc, jake, zack, mia, and granny are on the trail of the convicts. at 1st, i wasn't that enthused about them chasing after the convicts, but they quickly run into another group of survivors. after a tense confrontation, this other group of survivors lets kc's group spend the night at their safe house- a prison. yes, it's like the walking dead, but that's a nice comparison, right? oh come on! don't tell me you weren't glued to your t.v. every sunday night at 9 pm when the walking dead was on! i was! and i love me some nfl! ok. i digress...
kc and her group end up at a prison with another group of survivors. the cast of survivors at the prison is a good one. while there are a lot of survivors, the author does a good job managing and juggling them so you know who's who. you don't get lost in the crowd. there's another twist in the story- fast zombies. while not a new idea,
the author uses the concept well, really well! these fast zombies add a new dimension of terror and tension, and the author unleashes them at the right time. i was holding on to my seat and couldn't stop listening! for once in a long time, i wondered how the heck are they gonna get out of this?
the author does a really good job displaying the fear and power of the hoard. there's a lot more violence in this book. there's growth in the main characters, and the new characters are a good addition.
overall, i'm a happy camper after listening to an excellent zombie story since most i've listened to lately have been mediocre. i would've given this 5 stars except for the narration. yes, i still don't like how she does guys, but for once, that's my only caveat!
if you're a zombie fan, listened to the 1st, and wasn't that impressed, then i'd tell you to definitely give this a try. it'll more than make up for that book. if you liked the 1st book, you'll really like this one. if you haven't listened to the 1st book, then you could pick up
this one w/o missing too much.
"One of my favorite series"
I think this is one of the best zombie stories and the narrator has become one of my favorites. She is so soothing while talking about bloody bits of zombies.
The story isn't over the top and silly like many other zombie stories and sticks pretty much to a classic kind of zombie genre. The author just handles the regular stuff really well and doesn't have to awe us with silly spectacular stuff, which tells of the quality of the work. This book introduces a mutation. You guessed it, fast zombies. I groaned and became a bit worried, but like I said, regular zombie stuff, just done well! Just stop there Dulaney, no smokers and boomers in the next book please.
It has a great feeling of survival about it, human conflicts and well developed characters. There is more action in this book than the first, maybe to garner more readers. There is goriness and tragedy and a smidgen of romance.
Kasey is the leader of the group and the story is told from a female perspective which is great. She's plays like a tough and smart male lead character but we skip the machismo which is a relief. She's vulnerable and sure gets beat up often enough.
Her and her team are hunting for crazy bandits from the first book that kidnapped their friends. Along the way they meet up with a large new group of survivors which I am thankful didn't live up to Kacey's and my prediction it would be like in the other cheap zombie books about crazy hill billies or sects.
I think that this book actually should have been two because the action part really could have been expanded and developed more. Not that it needed more action, but rather the story around it. A lot of people died and it seemed to have been brushed off, there was more story to be told for such a big disaster.
The shocking tragedy in the whole Shannon and Kyra part is well told but I wasn't too impressed with how one of the important characters died there. Maybe my only, "That's not realistic!" moment.
This is why I preferred the first book, there was a lot more work done on every page while these action chapters in this book seemed to go by a bit fast.
I enjoyed the slower pace of the last few chapters because this author really knows how to work those moments but wish they were blended in more in the earlier action part. More than was done that is. We could have gotten two books out of this!
In the end the military shows up, I am so looking forward to the next book!
"a good saga continues"
a nice sequel to the first book. keeps you interested and caring about the main characters. I will get book 3 once my credits arrive.
"Weak follow up to Promising Start"
UGH! After a great start in the first novel Dulaney falls dead in this follow up. High points are the narration by E Rodgers and the fact that Dulaney is actually a very good writer. Her writing quality provides cover for the fact that this seems like a jumble of scenes tossed together for no particular reason. There doesnt seem to be any effort to be creative as everything is old and predictable. Much of the story takes place in a prison (very similar to the WD series) but she makes no effort to make the stay there very interesting or different from the series. Except that there seem to be endless supplies that no one is making any effort to ration. Also, the bad guys are bad for no reason other than thats how they are written. I found myself many times saying "what? - no way." There are huge gaps in the logic of why the characters go from one place to the next. Also, even though they know that noise attracts the zombies they fire off rounds like they live in an ammo factory. The answer always seems to be to waste ammo and make noise when simpler tactics would be much more practical - like how about we create a distraction so the zombie hoard turns before they get to the hide out? And how the heck (spoiler) despite the fact that everyone is on high alert, does the main bad guy steal a horse, cut through two fences and escape right into the zombie hoard without anyone noticing?! There are a few good scenes but overall I found myself drifting and wondering how much longer it was going to go on.
"A leader greatly lacking"
Its a decent zombie story, with ok supporting characters. I problem was the main character not only was she the most frustrating lead character of any zombie novel I have yet listened too.
The worst was she thought she was a badass, I can forgive a lot zombie related stupidity but not Kasey's and i found her even more superficial. I became more and more disconnected from her as the book progressed.
To be up front, I thought the first book was entertaining, but I have listened to better audio books. None the less it kept me engaged enough to continue the series. Well that ends with the second book. I am amazed I made it to the end and several time thought of stopping the book as the word painful comes to mind. But it would pick up a little and I would keep going. The story line itself is nothing new and just normal.The real problem is the characters, I just did not care if they lived or died. Their stories did not capture my interest and they were not developed in a may that kept my attention. For this reason I will not be continuing the story and will seek out some other Zombie books, ones where my credits provide more enjoyment.
"an okay zombie story"
It's okay. Better than some, worse than others. The storyline is pretty good. The narrator is okay, but she has too much of a southern accent to make a good zombie book narrator.
How can you change a writer's story? It is what it is.
I can't think of one.
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