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Endgame

Arisen series, Book 14
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins
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Summary

This is it.

Alpha team goes once more into the breach.

On what will be their final missions ever in the Zulu Alpha - and the fight of their lives — Homer & Ali, and Predator & Juice, launch out into the terminal post-Apocalypse, as London is overrun by the very last rush of death covering the entire planet. Neither mission can fail, but can all four teammates survive? Or will some go down safeguarding the lives of those they love more than life itself?

Handon fights his way back from the dead.

As reinforcements flood into CentCom, ahead of the onslaught of the undead world, one man lies in a coma at the heart of humanity's final fallback position. But will the ghosts of all those who've fallen before, and the love of those who yet remain, be enough to bring him back to life, and back to the fight, in time to lead the final battle?

The last survivors man the Alamo of the Alamo.

As CentCom is overrun, and it all collapses and the screen goes black, the last heroes of humanity have one final chance to save the world. But as they cling to one another in their shrinking circle of life, will they be able pull it off from the mast of the last sinking ship in a world submerged in a sea of death...?

Love. Death. The End of the line. Endgame.

©2017 Michael Stephen Fuchs (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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The Last Hope of Humanity!

They were our last hope, just two men stood between ultimate success or crushing failure. Everything that had gone before from deepest Africa to the coastline of the United States, from Moscow to the biggest cities in Western Europe would have been for nothing if two lone souls did not prevail against the odds. The hopes of thousands rested upon their shoulders, the possibility of humanity achieving one of its pinnacles of achievement stood on the precipice.

Yet these two men had proved themselves tier one operators time and time again. They had honed their skills and survived numerous tight deadlines over years of hard fighting. The deadliest and most evil intents had been thrown against them and they had returned them all with interest. This was no ordinary unit they were the best of the best and they knew it.

The pressure was on though, thousands of eyes and ears turned the spotlight of expectation on them. The weight of what went before, all their achievements would have been for nothing if they failed with this one last battle, this one last Herculean task. They just had to push through this final time . . . Michael Lightning Fuchs and R.C. Thundervoice Bray took up their weapons and faced the Endgame . .

Okay, in the style of this series maybe a little over-dramatic, okay not even maybe! However, if these guys had failed to deliver a brilliant ending to this series, if they'd failed to give these wonderful characters a fitting finale then it would have been such a letdown. In this genre this series stands out delivering almost non-stop action and tension from start to finish. Handon, Ali, Kate, Juice, Pred, Fick, Sarah, Charlotte, Hackworth, Jamieson, Noise and so many others, in fact even the dead demanded an ending that did them justice. Failure to do that would have been enough to bring tears to the eye. Fuchs went for broke giving us the longest Arisen book yet and he delivered all that we've come to expect with high octane tension, violence and gore straight from the off.

Most important of all he gave us that fitting ending, I won't say what it was of course but he did them proud! Thankyou Michael and RC for what is undoubtedly one of the very best series of audiobooks I've ever had the pleasure to listen to.

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NONE STOP ACTION.

A fitting finish to what is in my opinion one of the greatest series of books I've ever read or listened to. All of it brought to life by the greatest narrator out there R.C.Bray.

You live every moment with every character and you feel as exhausted as they must do. ...... I don't know what else to say but EPIC!

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perfect ending to a perfect series

its truly sad to see this series end, eaisly my favorite book series of all time. i envy all those who have never read book 1 and get to experience this whole rollercoaster of a ride from start to finish. action packed and filled with heart stopping moments from start to end this book series is a MUST READ!

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Awesome

Love it. Great story. Great characters. Told well and well believable. Well worth time and investment.

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Terrifying Zombie Thriller!!

One of the best zombie books I have ever come across. Nail biting to the end and totally believable! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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Climax

The final instalment in the best audio book you will ever listen to. Truly outstanding.

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Brilliant book

I have listened to all 14 books and I can honestly say they are ones of the best book I have listen to and to be honest I will all way come back to these books and R.C bray has really done this book well

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Thats it then!

It was a long haul with some great moments, though this final offering was a slight let down in its predictability. I still think the best of the bunch was the prequel. Maximum Bob, now thats a character name!

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OMG

What a series of books.
Could not stop listening and a great way to end. Might even make me a BOB (Bug Out Bag) just incase the zombie apocalypse does happen. Lol

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At last....it’s done!!!

It’s a huge commitment in time and money to finish this series. I wouldn’t advise anyone to start but if you are reading this review...you probably already have. Like me you felt the need to complete.
The author’s strength is in creative action and military storytelling. The weakness is in being repetitive and limited in prose. Character building is woeful. After 150 + hours of listening I realised I hardly cared about any of the characters. They all remained detached from the listener and horribly stereotypical.
It’s 4 stars because it’s the end. It’s done....I’m done! :)

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  • Edward
  • 29-05-18

..and then..

This has been one of the most frustrating series I have ever read. It is a great story, well read and with good characters.. but the author totally over uses the 'anything that will go wrong, will go wrong'.. every single half step forward is met with something going wrong and 3 steps backwards.. followed by 20 pages dealing with the issue that went wrong. It makes for an incredible frustrating read. The entire series would have been one of the best series ever had it been 9 or 10 books only. In many places, it just drags on and on and on..

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  • Rochambeaux
  • 08-07-18

Just Stop at Book 13 - This Nearly Ruins The Serie

I loved the first 13. Yes, some were slower and "builder" books but "Endgame" feels like a chapter massively drawn out to a whole book.

I'm also harboring a suspicion that this one was ghost written by someone else. There are too many stylistic changes from the previous books: a marked increase the in the "Girl Powah!" awesomeness/dominance of the women characters, way WAY too many "skin of the teeth" escapes and and ending that was never in doubt.

I also took exception to the negative portrayal of the "Texas Colonel". Pretty much the only negative portrayal of anyone (outside the Russians) in the entire series.

I ended up forcing myself to finish this one, on the outside chance something interesting/unexpected would happen.

If you like the series, quit at 13 - you can figure out pretty much 95% of what's going to happen without touching Book 14.

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  • Cory Brown
  • 07-07-18

Wtf

SPOILERS

In a series filled to the brim with outstanding cabinets and severe bad luck, this one ruins the whole experience for me. Mainly the circumstances surrounding Handon and Sarah.

Up until the moment Handon orders her to die, all of Alpha had been making compromises just like the ones they had admonished her for. Just like the ones Handon got crap for.

More than half the book he talks about alpha’s humanity and fighting for their souls and in the eleventh hour he sacrifices his pregnant girlfriend, instead of, like Ali and Homer did for each other or Predator did for those random people and juice for him, Handon doesn’t even make the attempt to save her. That’s crap.
Impossibly stupid bad things happen in these books, but this one he writes as happening by design. Lots of deus ex crap happens but there’s none in sight for this.

Ruins it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-05-18

Alright chaps let's leave the armory unguarded

I have two main problems with this book and the series as a whole.

1. I get it it is the Zpoc, but not everything needs to go wrong. We all have heard of Murphy's law but this book imagines it as Robocop himself kicking them in the shins. if there is a tiny crack in a wall better bet your sweet British butt that eight zombies, a terrorist, and the devil himself is coming through that in a chapter or two. Trying to show a slippery slope of panic and haste leading to disaster builds tension, but when everyone is having Murphy personally giving them the shaft it stops becoming tense and starts becoming a Benny Hill comedy hour. Honestly I wouldn't be surprised if while aiming at a zombie a man's gun jams then a grenade that he hastily attached to his rig pops off armed while his pants drop the ground in this book.

2. The absolute total incompetence of British forces baring the royal marines. So I get it we are having a power fantasy with alpha team and the royal marines and of course Wesley and his rag tag group. So how do we show how amazing they are? Let's dumb down the rest of the forces. Now I am a civilian I never went into any military branch , but even my over fed, MT.V. riddled mind knows that maybe just maybe we should place armed guard in the one place that has all our ammo and weapons I don't know maybe I'm the Steven Hawkins of military minds. This is not the first time this series pulled this. A few books back when they were working on the spirit bomb to stop the zombies it was unguarded. I mean completely unguarded no fat security guard asking if the person entering was undead or alive not even a broom propped up against the door as a low tech locking mechanism. Look I'm American I'm down with grabbing tea and slam dunking it into the nearest body of water, but when you downgrade not only the British soldiers but their officers to the point that I'm not sure if they can breathe without swallowing their tongues it becomes offensive.

Alright so if you have read this far congrats you received an audible award +25p listened to a rant but let's have some fun and talk about some tropes that are super worn out not only in this book but just in Zpoc books in general ready?

BONUS ROUND! SUPER FUN TIME ZOMBIE TROPES

if there are marines in your book better bet your sweet American big Mac loving ass one of them is gunnery sargent I eat nails and pis s freedom harker.

and the race is off who will win? the shuffling horde of zombies or Dr. James the last doctor on earth who accidently farted in the DNA sequencer and may have found a cure.

Ok this one is from the book guilty I am Russian strong as bear we need scientist for evil world plan comrade. seriously Russians? dude it's not the 1980's lay off the red scare

This is a g 36 with a 16 inch barrel 50 round drum magazine 4 times acog combi sight with underslung grenade launcher, master key, and sword laser sight and does your taxes while telling your ex wife to take a leap firing 5.56 NATO rounds manufactured in Nevada where the guy making the bullet is suffering from chronic heartburn who doesn't make enough to support his gun buying habits. Look it's ok to describe a weapon it is not ok to jerk off on it gums up the action.

This is top of the line military armored tank it has 120mm cannon 8 light machine guns coaxile tow missle system and a line to Jesus himself to bring the wrath of God down on any that approach. "sir that zombie can move at the speed of a medium sized cat!" "Well gentlemen we are dead"

left for read: we got shambling zombies and we got runners but we NEED our special one of a kind only in this book zombie variant be it smart zombies, vampire zombies (looking at you mark tufo) zombies that fly, faster than a speeding bullet can jump over a building in a single bound!


overall super played out should of ended the series four books ago and all these problems would of been way better but after what thirteen books of this I'm done didn't finish this story know how it's going to end crap gets bad the cure is going to almost be used but like parks trips over a broom or a cat attacks him and one of the main characters will die to make sure it's done huzah.

P.S R.C Bray keep at it you sexy man you can describe how to carve a wood figure and I'd listen to it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-18

Can't read another book after this series !

RC Bray is incredible. the book is just perfect ! the military details, the story line.. everything. I would like to reset my brain and read it again.

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  • Steven
  • 08-05-18

Hours of chaos!!!

An outstanding series with a truly great conclusion. Hours of chaos and destruction of the living and dead. This is a must read for zombie horror fans and military fans as well.
Hands down my favorite book series of all time.

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  • Danielle Neal
  • 10-12-18

woo hoo great series

this is an amazing series of books that I am glad I saw through to the end. I'm sad it's over, but it's worth the time to read.

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  • Ed
  • 07-12-18

awesome but sad

love the story but sad to see it end. hopefully its not the end and the author will write more on the aftermath of the ZA

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  • Brett
  • 04-12-18

Almost great story

I loved just about everything, with the exception of the continual repeating of how great special forces are. Yes we know they are the best of the best, never quit blah blah blah. We got it the first 10 times you wrote it PER book.

I really loved fick, pred and juice and that crazy Russian dude. I would recommend this series highly.

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  • Arash
  • 29-11-18

Such an excellent series, will miss all the characters

Man, what a rollercoaster Arisen has been. I feel like I’ve been listening to this series for months now, and am going to miss a lot of these characters. This was an excellent ending to an excellent book. Could not have asked for more. Thank you Michael, and thank you R.C. for bringing the story and characters to life.