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Dead Moon

Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
4 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)
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Summary

Audible number-one best seller Peter Clines returns with a thrilling tale of the creature above - and the deadly threat below. 

In the year 2243, the Moon belongs to the dead. 

The largest graveyard in the solar system, it was the perfect solution to the overcrowding and environmental problems that had plagued mankind for centuries. And the perfect place for Cali Washington to run away from her past. 

But when a mysterious meteor crashes into one of the Moon’s cemeteries, Cali and her fellow Caretakers find themselves surrounded by a terrifying enemy force that outnumbers them more than a thousand to one. An enemy not hindered by the lack of air or warmth or sustenance. 

An enemy that is already dead. 

Now Cali and her compatriots must fight to survive. Because if they don’t, everyone on the Moon may be joining the dead. 

And maybe everyone on Earth, too....

©2019 Peter Clines (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Danger! There be Monsters Here!

Those of us that were drawn into the first book of this series, 14, who were intrigued by the quirky character mystery and the quite outlandish fantasia ending will have been awaiting the followups with considerable anticipation. But my, we have come a long way from there to get here. It's not just that Clines has taken us to the moon but that he's basically delivered a zombie-horror show that is so far removed from that odd tower block we started from we might as well, well be on the moon. This can easily be read as a standalone novel without losing anything.

Those who like a good zombie horror will likely enjoy this as I did. The added dimension that space brings really adds something to the mix. There's plenty of action, tension and hard-edged horror to get stuck into. Those looking for another installment like the first book could well be disappointed.

So, enter at your peril. There really are monsters here!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Rob
  • UK
  • 18-02-19

A missed opportunity

Such a wasted opportunity to bring back the characters we know and loved from the first two in the series. The mystery and intrigue departs as we find ourselves instead in the midst of a zombie horror story set on the moon. The events of the first two books were bizarre and outlandish but relatable context and colourful characters kept the reader curious and hungry. It didn't matter how unbelievable it was because it was happening and you were there. Unfortunately this time the context is gone, the characters feel flat and uninspiring and the whole story just doesn't feel believable, even after 14 and the fold. Events unfold as they do in zombie horror books and if that it what floats your boat then I'm sure you'll love it. For me, threshold aside, this just didn't even feel like I was reading Peter Clines.

I pre ordered this one as I was desperate for the next installment of the threshold series but this just wasn't it. Hopefully there will be another and we can just put this one behind us.

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Walking Dead x Aliens x Cthulhu

Quite different to the previous 2 books in the series but still a lot of fun!
You won't get answers however it's def wide open for a 4th book.
Ray Porter is a joy as always.

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Zombies on the Moon


Wow! Just wow! I loved this book. The storyline is amazing and keeps you guessing! It is set in the same universe as Peter Clines’s 14 and The Fold.
At a pinch you could listen to this one on its own but honestly 14 and The Fold are such great books I’d start there!
Ok back to this book. Zombies on the moon. I know I’m saying the same thing over and over again but this is a new thing for me. There isn’t a prepper or someone with an automatic or semi automatic weapon fighting these creatures. These are every day people who burry people. Who all of a sudden reanimate. I would find the job they do equal parts cool and creepy, before you add zombies into the mix.
Ray Porter does an awesome job with his narration, I can definitely tell the difference between the different characters. He sounds great through my headphones and my Bluetooth speaker. I will be listening to this story again.

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Enjoyed it despite itself

I've enjoyed this one as much as the previous two though like them there is little to connect it to the others. Moon zombies and action are the order of the day with little time for subtlety but nothing's wrong with that!

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  • C. White
  • 14-02-19

Hail Cthulhu.. but just hurry up and end the world

Sigh... Peter, Peter, Peter... How is it you can have such cool ideas, great writing, engaging plot development, and then end so many of your stories on a whimper? Don't get me wrong, I actually really like Peter Clines' works (this is the 10th Clines book in my Audible library), it's just that he has a tendency to drag his stories out a little too long, thus making the ending a bit of a chore to reach, rather than a "page turner" (but that's NOT to say the story is poorly resolved). This tendency has been most pronounced in his Threshold series.

As with the other books in the series, you need not to have read the previous books to enjoy the story. "Dead Moon" is a fairly self contained installment to the story arc. "Dead Moon" continues Clines literary contributions to the Cthulhu mythos. Unlike the previous entries in the series (which I think should also include his reimagining of the tail of Robinson Crusoe), "Dead Moon" does a much better job at capturing that edge of the macabre/horror from the onset. The narration of Ray Porter even adds to the feeling of creepiness inching throughout the story.

Although the basic premise that the moon has been turned into a graveyard doesn't seem to make economic sense to me (and is never adequately explained in the story), "Dead Moon" works far better as a straightforward zombie horror thriller than a work of science-fiction. Taken in that context, I felt that "Dead Moon" had a much different tone than the previous Threshold books. Although the writing was still on par with the rest of the series, the character development was very flat and the stupidity of those in denial is often too difficult to ignore (but isn't that often the point in zombie stories? So I don't know if I can fault Peter too much for that particular plot point). I preferred the main protagonist in "The Folder" (Mike) better than Cali Washington... I found Cali a bit too ineffectual as a protagonist. "Dead Moon" still suffers from the needlessly protracted narrative resolution indicative to the previous books in the series. As such, the protracted story did somewhat impact my enjoyment of the story (you need to wade through the first 7 1/2hrs before it gets interesting and begins to tie into the other books in the Threshold series). This is the weakest of the three Threshold books... BUT if you don't think of it as part of the Threshold series, and look at it as a straight up zombie story, it's actually not bad. The relentless zombie bashing pacing gives it a much different feel than its two predecessors. Ultimately I did enjoy the book... it just took a while.

[On a side note for any of you Peter Clines aficionados out there... I was struck by the notion that he might have hinted at the outcome to "Dead Moon" in a fleeting future vision seen in his unrelated book "Paradox Bound".]

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  • Michael R Lynch
  • 14-02-19

Characters

Huge Peter Clines fan here. Loved all his previous books but this one was at times unbearable. It was the characters. For most of the book you wanted to kill them yourself because of how stupid they constantly acted. Even after the main group saw thousands of zombies, they still are doubting and walking around way to calmly. Sooooo freaking aggravating.

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  • Brigandier
  • 16-02-19

I expected more, there is almost nothing of value.

I am 5+ hours in and do not think I can finish this. I was really excited to find out it was coming out soon, I am a fan of the first two books. I will try to finish it and update this later if I do not end up returning it. But so far... Roughly half way in...

The characters are bland and forgettable. I find it near impossible to tell the characters apart because they have almost no individuality.

The setting is cool but the story is ruined by impractical world building that is not sufficiently explained ie How is it even cost effective to bury bodies on the moon? Along with horrendous decision making by political leaders that is explained away by corporate greed, ignoring the fact that losing the dome and getting everyone killed would have far greater repercussions. The characters often do things that are so mind numbingly stupid that it boggles the mind. And I do mean often.

The worst part is there is no mystery here. I can already guess who/what the culprit is even if I don't know how exactly it plays out. So the writer has done his own story a dis-service by not making the ride worth taking, and not giving us characters we could care about losing. I read the Fold knowing what the big bads were going to be, but the ride was WORTH taking because of the characters and the world. That simply isn't the case here.

Again if i can finish the book and it somehow surprises me, I'll edit this. But you shouldn't have to slog through 5 hours of terrible to get to some place decent.

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  • Don
  • 17-02-19

Skip this one

I am a huge fan the universes Mr.Clines has created.

But this book was just not good.
The characters we wanted are no where to be seen. The world we wanted to explore is just a Macguffin. It was painful.

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  • Robert
  • 14-02-19

I was expecting much better from this book

I've been a big Peter Clines fan since "The Junkie Quatrain" and I've listened to the first 2 books in the "Threshold" series several times. for some reason I've had to struggle to get interested in "Dead Moon"and I'm just not feeling it. However I am the first to admit that with audio books, I can be really hard to please. so if you're a fan I still suggest that you get the book and give it a try.

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  • Cassandra
  • 15-02-19

I’m not finishing this book.

I love the other books in this series (14 and The Fold) and have listened to them each twice. Sadly, this book is all action and no plot or character development. I don’t think I can stand to listen to another 7 hours of this... “this” being but nothing but descriptions of random zombie attacks... Which makes me sad, because I normally love the Peter Clines / Ray Porter duo.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-02-19

Why?!?!

All the character development of 14 and The Fold thrown away for Moon Zombies. I love Peter Clines and Ray Porter and I really wanted to like this book but I’m struggling to get past the choices Peter made here. There’s a million zombie novels and a million space novels, I liked this series because it wasn’t either and now it’s both. Really disappointing.

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  • Rob
  • 16-02-19

Not up to my expectations compared to 14/The Fold

I really likes Peter's other books. This one isn't a bad read, but does not live up to the standard set by the other two books. It has a very loose if any real connection to 14 and The Fold. The Fold was loosely connected with 14 in that it had all new characters, location and plot topics. However, they did have connections to the same phenomena, just from different directions. This book did not have the same writing style, character development or plots as the other two. More of an all action, run for you life standalone zombie book.

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  • Clyde
  • 14-02-19

What the hell?

What the hell happened to Nate, Veek, Xela, and Mike? After Mike joined the group I was looking forward to the next book in the series so much. These have been some of my favorite characters that I just clicked pre-order and grudgingly waited for it to release. I spent that time thinking how "Dead Moon" will try in with the mysteries that go along with the previous two books. Year 2243?, the only thing more literarily disappointing then this book is the release date of "Doors of Stone".

26 of 36 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-02-19

Couldn’t even finish

Zombies? The moon? Loved the first two in this series, loved them. But this one should be a take back and do over. Sorry, but it just wasn’t what I was hoping for or expected. Maybe when I finish it I will edit this review.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful