Billions died during the global civil war that followed the outbreak. Anarchy took grip. Chaos ruled. The world collapsed. In Britain, the evacuation failed. Nowhere was safe from the undead.
Four months after the outbreak Bill Wright has found safety in a ruined abbey in southern England, but he is still alone. All he has for company are the files sent to him by his shadowy contact, Sholto. On those, he believes he has found the origins of the undead, and the vast conspiracy in which he discovers he played an unwitting part.
He needs answers, and knows the only place they will be found is at the facility that created the virus. As he journeys through the desolate ruins of a dead civilisation, he meets other survivors. He rescues some, is rescued by others, but ultimately discovers that zombies are not the most deadly threat in an undead wasteland.
©2013 Frank Tayell (P)2015 Frank Tayell
Picking up where we left off this is the adventure of the ordinary Bill who is not your normal post apocalyptic survivalist nut but a rather normal civil servant (or so it seems). The character development is a major factor for my 5* rating and the movement from an isolated survivor into a populated world is excellent. If you want a UK version of a zombie novel then this is it - but start from the beginning of the series.
Tea, tobacco & a audiobook is what makes a good lunch break :)
Original, Addictive, satisfying.
Survivors by Terry Nation but with added zombies.
Both Tim Bruce's & Ruth Urquhart's performances were very good.
Normally get bored of zombie books but 'Surviving the Evacuation' series is a cut above the rest.
Book 1 is good & book 2 is even better, already bought book 3 and looking forward to new releases in 2016.
I have already read the kindle version of this story, but this audio version brings it all to life. The audiobook continues the story of Bill, a survivour in a zombie apocolypse.
I liked to follow Bill as he meets other survivours. The emotions he goes through as he struggles after being alone for months come across really well in the naration.
I am really enjoying this series (currently the author has written 8 books in this series) and I can't wait for the next part. I love to listen to these books while doing the washing up- for some reason it is a much more enjoyable chore while listening to people slaying zombies!
"Better than the first."
What a great series! I was able to immediately start book 3. The narration is perfect.
not the best. the storyline is very weak. I will not order the third book.
"Story has gone downhill"
I suppose it is really hard to write a series. I wonder why so few writers just write a complete, finished novel as the story anymore. This would have been a good idea, I think, for this story.
I really liked the first book. I thought it was well written, and compelling and interesting. The main character, whose plight is the center of the story, was interesting, easy to relate to, believable, and well developed and the plot was well paced and well developed.
This next installment lacks any of that. It has too many scattered, unlikable characters who don't seem to really figure in to the overall story in any important way, and whose back story isn't at all interesting or well developed. It also features something I personally find incredibly boring and too easy in apocalypse or disaster stories, which is almost everyone becomes some crazed, violent insane person, or everyone is some untrustworthy monster and there is all kinds of dull group fighting. I suppose there is the possibility that would happen in a real crisis, but I find it dull, and too easy. I also find giant conspiracies that make zero sense to be dull. The idea that the government would so quickly do something so pointlessly destructive, that wouldn't work, and that was just insane seems hard to believe to me. I suppose the author felt it made for an interesting mystery or something, but I think it is just too implausible as presented to be anything but kind of annoying and silly. As a result of all this, the plot in this book is kind of just a mess, and the new characters are unlikable, and partly unbelievable, even the ones we are supposed to like,
I think the first book would have been better as a stand alone book - and a complete story.
The narration is great, again, and that helped somewhat.
"I don't like this"
The zombie apocalypse taking place in Britain is quite boring. I read the first book and wasn't quite sure if I liked it or not but this one sealed the deal. It's really pretty dull. Pass.
So far I find this series to be enjoyable. It can be hard to follow at times as some of the lingo is foreign but you figure it out as it goes along. Reminiscent of Mark Tufo novels somewhat. Very enjoyable.
I liked that the author shows flawed characters struggling to survive the downfall of society.
Frank Tayell includes a backstory about the creation of the Zombie plague.
Sholto's character was fun to listen to and sounded very American while Bills narrarator was distinctly British.
I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
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