When Victor Tookes went to work that beautiful spring day, he never expected to see a man eaten alive in the street in front of his office. After convincing himself that they really were zombies, he makes a trip from his house in Pennsylvania to his family home in Virginia, battling zombies all the way. His three and a half year old son was bitten on the leg, but doesn't turn into a zombie. Instead, he turns into something more than human.
Victor quickly discovers that everything he knew about zombies was wrong. Not all of them were mindless, uncoordinated, rotting ghouls; some of them were bigger, faster, stronger or smarter than when they were human.
A small percentage of humans are genetically immune to the parasite. Instead of turning these humans into mindless shamblers, they gain enhanced abilities. These new abilities will be pushed to their limits in their quest to carve out a safe haven to call home.
How will he keep his son safe when the world crumbles around him?
©2013 Kirk Allmond (P)2014 Audible Inc.
Far to many issues to pick something that would have made it better to be frank.
No, not at all. There are some good authors in this genre, though sadly not as many as I would like.
Anyone that can do accents. This guy was horrific, and I have no idea why he was picked to narrate it. It's like he listened to an Australian accent and then tried to butcher it as much as humanly possible.
Too many sadly, and too few that were good.
I don't like to slam authors first books, but this one really doesn't work. If it had been well-written that would have helped, but it wasn't. The dialogue is painfully unnatural, character actions and reactions are just fantasy and that is just the beginning of the issues.
You have occasions where the MC saves three hundred peoples lives and suddenly they will all give their lives for him. Sorry, that just isn't human nature. Sure, some may, but others will cause you grief, or want to leave and so on.
The MC is supposed to be some office pencil pusher but then is coming over like he has military training. Crack shot, builds thermite grenades and pushes battlefield tactics. Some of which is stupid, but I suspect that is unintentional rather than the author wanting the MC to be making poor choices.
The biggest issue though, over all of the other stuff, is the superpowers angle. I'm all for trying new things with fiction, or we would just be reading one book over and over, but this is way too far. I'm not a huge fan of zombie books where the zombies somehow get super hearing or sight, as lets face it they are rotting corpses, but I'll let that go by.
The problem is that in this book their are normal zombies, which are the type you'd normal read about, or see on TV etc. Then there are the smart ones, which walk normally, look human, talk, use weapons and lastly but not least, have super powers. They fly, teleport, move ultrafast and are strong.
When you add in that the main character his direct family and two others are "immune", but get super powers themselves you really end up with zombies being rather irrelevant. Honestly I don't see these two genres working well, or at least not for me. It just seemed like a hot mess in general.
The characters never question it either. There is just no reflection over getting these powers, no worry as to what it might mean to them. Will they become one of the smart zombies in time? They just all act like they were born that way, and it is not realistic. And the super powers they have you can tell which superheroes he used as his templates, which is really dull and unimaginative.
"Wow zombies and super powers oh my"
YES, it is an exciting take on the zombie story
Victor and his son, I also like Marshall his brother.
I love a reader that you forget your actually listening to a story, and feel like your there.
Yes I laughed and cried I haven't been so sucked into a series like this since Tufos fallout series.
"Avoid This If You Like Good Writing"
This book was a true slog, and I feel cheated of a credit. It's flat and episodic with no real character or story development. The dialog was awful, especially when a character recounted something that happened to them. It read like a diary entry, rather than a conversation. No one actually tells people "blood blossomed" under a dead body, or someone "leaped" at them, especially if English is their second language. It was entirely distracting from a story that was difficult to pay attention to in the first place.
The story in general was an interesting premise, but badly handled by the author. People bitten by zombies develop strange powers that aren't explored or contemplated by the main character in depth. It's just so strange. It seems like the author himself wasn't very interested in this book.
It may have been an additional letdown because of its poor comparison to the "Adrian's Undead Diary" series, which I've just finished reading. If you're looking for a zombie apocalypse series, go for that one first. It's like French champagne compared to this Boone's Farm.
"Awesome combination of Zombies and Superpowers."
I usually go back and re-listen to a good book series.
When Leo and John killed the super zombie, showing their powers for the first time.
John, he had a good Ausie accent.
"You thought zombies were bad... Try FLYING zombies."
"Give it a try."
I would recommend this book. It definitely draws you in right away, and is a new and interesting take on zombies. I'm interested in listening to the rest.
I guess I will if I want to listen to the rest of the series. But Except for the narrator, it was a fun book. He kind of sounded to "happy" in some places that i thought should have been more serious.
"Does a bite make you a zombie or a superhero?"
There was no one thing...Is this a zombie novel? or a completely unbelievable superhero novel. You could insert "The Flash, Hulk, Bulls-eye, Thor, etc in for the heroes names and it would have flown better, Hated the large holes in the plot, jumps from desk jockey to strategic tactician, weak characters - it goes on.... I did not like the concept very much, walking dead, almost human dead, and super zombies - I don't know....Talking zombies????? Then they are not zombies.... Maybe INFECTED would have been a better word...The author tried to bring something 'original' to the zombie template as a whole but it felt like a rip off of many single ideas from other books - zombie, vampire, werewolf, alien....and in the end it was a bit too much to swallow.When a character retells their part of a story it should read like dialogue, not like they had hours to reflect, review video, and then recant their experience in vivid and exacting detail, something NO ONE would do in real conversation....
NO. There are many equally bad and even more much better (Mark Tufo). One has to go into a book like this with a lowered expectation and be surprised when it is properly delivered and the voice talent is great. Sorry to the author but it was poorly written with too many holes in plot, weak character development, horrible dialogue, and too many leaps of faith to follow along and enjoy without those distractions...
The accents were horrible, again sorry to the voice talent, but you could not really tell who in the book was talking by the voice.
I may have made max a bit older to start -
unfortunately I am driven by unknown forces which compel me to complete the series.... thank goodness they are only 6 hrs each...
"Horrible writing, save your credit."
I gave this series two separate tries and just couldn't get past the terrible writing and non-existent character development. The story had premise but the author had a better time recounting zombie apocalypse preparedness scenarios (lengthy descriptions about fences, fortifications etc) when some time fleshing out the characters would have been better spent.
If you can make it past the first hour or so in, you're a more determined listener than I.
"Zombie Powers Activate"
I know zombies are not real, but some zombie stories are more believable than others. I am used to "zombie powers", I mean Zombie Fallout is my favorite, but now everyone seems to have powers. It was not what I expected. Perhaps if not most of the people we met on our was to grandma's house became special I would have been happier. This doesn't mean that I wont keep reading the series. I still want to find out what happens, so in the long run the book isn't bad enough to quite reading.
"Refreshing take on the Zombie genre"
I would be skeptical about a book that combines aliens, zombies and super powers however Kirk Allmond managed to pull off and create a great series. I highly recommend this series. All the books were just as good as each other, so I'm only giving a review for the first book as there is no need to give a review of the others. I really don't have any criticisms for this series it's well paced and the character development is excellent over the 6 books. You will not be disappointed buying this book.
The story was hard enough to believe superpowers and all but having to listen to flashbacks poorly written did it in for me.
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