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Gnash

Washington, Dead City, Book 1
Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
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An ancient fundamentalist organization executes several attacks simultaneously across the globe. A deadly viral compound is unleashed in the Pentagon, and the airborne virus turns the building's population into zombies. A Secret Service agent, coerced by the terrorists to assassinate several heads of state, sends the world into chaos.

Meanwhile, a former army officer stranded in the Midwest is forced to fight for his life while his fiancé is trapped in the Washington, DC quarantine zone and a desperate US Army Delta team searches for a way to end the madness.

They must each fight for their own survival as the nation battles to end the zombie threat before it becomes a global pandemic.

©2019 Brian Parker (P)2019 Muddy Boots Press, LLC

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Let us ... honour Him on the night of power.

Gnash is the first book in a new series by Brian Parker, An ancient and secret organization, the Brotherhood, located on the Afghanistan Parkistan border, sets in motion a planned world wide attack, including the murder of 6 heads of state, including the U.S.President, at the G8 conference and a simultaneous virus and chemical attack on the Pentagon. Everyone trapped inside, bar one person, dies only to be reanimated as zombies. But these are not the usual shambling, mindlessly hungry zombies of most stories: these have purpose and learn from their mistakes. The attempt to contain the creatures within the Pentagon walls fails and the bad situation is made worse by a nuclear detonation on Washington DC.

Through the continuing story of military and political attempts to limit the apocalyptic happenings and public unrest and violence which follows, the story concentrates on the adventures of two people, an engaged couple, separated at the time of crisis, each hoping tba the other still somehow miraculously lived, and trying to find their ways back to each other. Well written, and excellently read by narrator Andrew Wehrlen, this is an immersive read, exciting, with good visual description and a feeling of real people battling as well as they can through impossible situations.

My thanks to the rights holder of Gnash, from whom I received a freely gifted complimentary copy at my request, via Audiobook Boom. It was much more than a simple zombie story.and, although it did not end with a cliff hanger, I very much look forward to book two, Rend.

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  • timj26
  • 10-06-19

Excellent

A great start to the series
More then a zombie novel Brian Wright’s great characters and puts his military knowledge to good work
Lots of action and Andrews narration was perfect for this highly recommended
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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 05-07-19

Solid start.

Gnash is a solid start to what I hope becomes a good Zombie series. The plots' pacing was steady and had some unique elements to it, which is hard to do in this genre, and it was an enjoyable read overall but there was just something missing from it that stopped me from really enjoying this.

A terrorist organisation has been waiting for the day it could take down their enemies, and unfortunately for everyone, it has come about. In coordinated attacks, this organisation manages to kill multiple world leaders and unleash a virus that will change everything. With the world in turmoil after the assassinations, it only gets worse when the virus that was unleashed in the Pentagon reanimates the people it killed. The US Government has sealed off the Pentagon in the hopes they can prevent the virus from spreading, but life (or in this case Undead life) will find a way, and before people know what's happening, the dead are rising and the virus is spreading rapidly.

One thing I really liked about the plot was that there are two types of zombies. The first ones, type A, are the ones who were reanimated in the Pentagon, these ones are faster, smarter and more lethal than the ones they infected. The ones infected by the first ones, type B, are the typical shambling Zombies and are plentiful. It added a little something unique to the story, though I don't think we got to see enough of the type A Zombies!! But it doesn't just focus on the Zombies, America is also dealing with a nuclear strike from France and different groups trying to benefit from the misery that is happening.

What stopped me from enjoying this more was the fact that I didn't connect with the characters. I felt like there wasn't time to connect with them because it seemed to jump from one to the next rather quickly. I also felt like both the characters moved on way too fast. I know they think each other dead, but to move on so quickly felt wrong. Another thing I found was that the plot wasn't expanded upon, and by that I mean, I would have liked more on the terrorist organisation... something happens that felt rushed and was a big let down for me, and the Zombie type A. The author intrigues with the type A ones, but there is very little about them or encounters with them in this one. I can only hope we get more in future books!

In all, I enjoyed this and I will continue on with the series to see what happens.

Andrew B. Wehrlen was clear, easy to follow and read this well. He has great tones for the females which doesn't sound forced and he was able to bring the story alive. I thoroughly enjoyed his performance.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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  • Maly C
  • 10-06-19

Excellent book

Different from all the rest.... great read and worth the time and money.. Narration was great. Great job in bringing characters to life and dragging you in. Hope there is another book!

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  • Cyphers Fallen
  • 05-07-19

Zombie Awesomeness!!!

Another great Zombie book for the genre. This is an action packed story that was a blast to listen. Plus Andrew B. Wehrlen is becoming one of my favorite narrators.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • CyberCowboy
  • 10-06-19

Good story but....

This was a good story, and I enjoyed it for the most part, however it felt like Parker shoehorned in political digs (against gun control, liberals, anti-military, etc.) for no reason other than to put them in and it took me out of the story a couple times even when I agreed with the sentiment he was trying to get across just because they simply didn't need to be present. I would have rated higher without the distraction.

The premise of an ancient group responsible for the outbreak, that other groups were fronts for it was unique and enjoyable if under-utilized in my opinion. I enjoyed the book over-all and will likely check for others in the series.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review thanks to Audioboom

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  • Courtney Odor
  • 15-07-19

First book! Great job, some creative thinking.

As always, I have to state that this book was given to me for free in exchange for a review.
I always like to state that this does not impact my review or my opinion of the book. My reviews are honest and my own opinion of the story, performance, and overall thoughts on the book.

I have been reading a lot of end of the world Zombie books. This writer did a great job of spinning his Zombie tale to have some unique attributes. I give him 5 stars for that alone since that's getting harder to do. Of course, he has a great military background which I am admittedly no expert, but it sure reads well! It is somewhat sanitized where thankfully I didn't have to go through the gruesome description of children being infected, etc. I appreciate that since I find details like that somewhat disturbing. I mean, we the reader gets it. And Brian seems to work those boundaries well. It also has an ending which is somewhat unique as there doesn't seem to any lose ends. So, if you are like me and appreciate these story characteristics, I highly recommend this book.

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  • Malcomhawk
  • 04-07-19

Wooden dialogue and cardboard characters.

The idea isn't bad, zombie horde overruns DC. But the characters are 2 dimensional, sort of like a 7th grader wrote them. The dialogue between characters is stilted and unrealistic. I got through it, but I can't say I enjoyed it.

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  • William
  • 24-06-19

Gone But Not Forgotten

This story was well done. It brought together a lot of what I feel it would be like to have an zombie apocalypse happen but at the same time not happen as it was a limited spread of the zombies without the hardcore military point of view only that a lot of stories use. In particular I liked the idea of having zombies that still retained some of their intellect and could direct others as a plot point, I just wish there was more of that that happened in the book. I am looking forward to next book in the series and would recommend it to other fans of the genre.

I received this title free as a reviewers copy in exchange for an unbiased voluntary review.

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  • RJ
  • 14-06-19

Those darn fundamentalists!

Those darn fundamentalists are at it again. This time they’ve orchestrated widespread terror across the globe executing several events on the anniversary of something or another. The worst cases involve executing several heads of state at a G8 meeting while setting a virus loose in the Pentagon. The virus gets out of hand creating thousands of zombie-like beings that escape into the city. A misguided attempt at controlling the situation involves a nuclear warhead. The over-reaction doesn’t finish the job and only makes matters worse. We have one character trapped in the fallout path making the best of a bad situation, while his fiancée is stuck in a refugee camp outside of Washington doing the same thing. The story feels a bit long-winded in the beginning, but it gets much better as Delta moves into the city to clear out the infected. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • willee
  • 09-06-19

New Zombie

I really enjoyed The Five Roads to Texas Series by author and thought this may be too political and military for me but found I enjoyed it due to the characters, the zombies and narration cannot wait for next book. Recommend for zombie lovers. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you

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