Five ordinary people must pay the price of survival at the end of the world. A mysterious virus suddenly strikes down millions. Three days later, its victims awake with a single purpose: spread the Infection. As the world lurches toward the apocalypse, some of the Infected continue to change, transforming into horrific monsters.
In one American city, a small group struggles to survive. Sarge, a tank commander hardened by years of fighting in Afghanistan. Wendy, a cop still fighting for law and order in a lawless land. Ethan, a teacher searching for his lost family. Todd, a high-school student who sees second chances in the end of the world. Paul, a minister who wonders why God has forsaken his children. And Anne, their mysterious leader, who holds an almost fanatical hatred for the Infected.
Together, they fight their way to a massive refugee camp where thousands have made a stand. There, what's left of the government will ask them to accept a mission that will determine the survival of them all - a dangerous journey back onto the open road and into the very heart of The Infection.
©2010 Craig DiLouie (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"Gripping... DiLouie carefully recreates our society and our military, populates it with people we want to know, then proceeds to bring the horror, devastation, and heroes we require." (Fangoria)
This book is really well read, the story line is gripping and keeps the listener hooked from the first 5 mins, I couldn't put it down!
"A good one"
I was hesitant about this book after reading a previous review "Not for me", but I am very glad I was not put off. I think this is a well written story with an interesting take on the zombie apocalypse. I found getting to know the characters through flash back very comfortable, after all that is how we get to know people. We meet strangers then find out more about them as we spend time with them. The style of Peter Ganim did seem a bit odd at first but I soon got used to it and eventually came to like it - so much so I went straight on to listen to the second book in this series with the same narrator. I disagree with the previous reviewer but then, different people, different tastes. Thank you to the author and narrator - I am glad I used my credit on this book.
"Content is average and the voice over is terrible."
If you like the guys from the "Twilight Zone' then you may be able to listen to this... the content is average (distinctly) and the narrators voice is so monotone it kills the emotion, drive, anticipation and fear from the story... sorry guys, I may have enjoyed this more if it were a different narrator.
"Not for me"
I hated this book; well, I hated the first eight chapters which is as far as I could go. I found the narration really annoying (Mr Ganim shouted and seemed to put emphasis on all the wrong words, like Miranda' mother!) I found the story lacked character development, I couldn't engage with any of them; there was no gripping plot development, the story dives into the main action so you don't get a sense of looming dread, the author seems to have wanted to grab us from the start in guts and action, only dealing with the lead up to this in flashback, and to my mind that doesn't work as I want to go on the full journey with these people, not join them half way through. The characters were stereotypes and the language too full-on American gung-ho, and absolutely littered with cliches - this story has been told before only better (I Am Legend can't be bettered). It will suit some people but I regret using my credit on this one.
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