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Summary

Billions died during the global civil war that followed the outbreak. Anarchy took grip. Chaos ruled. The world collapsed. In Britain, the evacuation failed. Nowhere was safe from the undead.

Four months after the outbreak Bill Wright has found safety in a ruined abbey in southern England, but he is still alone. All he has for company are the files sent to him by his shadowy contact, Sholto. On those, he believes he has found the origins of the undead, and the vast conspiracy in which he discovers he played an unwitting part.

He needs answers, and knows the only place they will be found is at the facility that created the virus. As he journeys through the desolate ruins of a dead civilisation, he meets other survivors. He rescues some, is rescued by others, but ultimately discovers that zombies are not the most deadly threat in an undead wasteland.

©2013 Frank Tayell (P)2015 Frank Tayell

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Book Two - more zombies and people in the UK

Picking up where we left off this is the adventure of the ordinary Bill who is not your normal post apocalyptic survivalist nut but a rather normal civil servant (or so it seems). The character development is a major factor for my 5* rating and the movement from an isolated survivor into a populated world is excellent. If you want a UK version of a zombie novel then this is it - but start from the beginning of the series.

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Wasteland book two

Very good book enjoying listening it very engrossed in the story and voice is very interesting to listen to

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Well constructed read

enjoyed the read and intend finishing the series. Well narrated and a good story, awesome.

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Hurrah it's set in Britain!

Nice to see a story set in that little known island nation. I like this series so far, it's like I'm sat on the shoulder of the main character cheering him on. The narrator is a cheery guy, easy to listen to. And he is reading a good story too. Though with all vaccination/virus/plague type things there is the risk of breaking the universe (in my eyes at least). Either in this book or the first one - might be the end of the first one, I don't recall. Plot armour. It makes my teeth hurt. Sure he isn't immortal, but come ooooon

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  • david
  • portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • 16-05-18

Not as good as the first but still good

This chapter continues right from where the first finishes, it starts well and strong and as expected but soon becomes messy and clunky. With the introduction of new characters and voices the diary journal format goes out the window sacrificing the simple story narrative for something that does not quite work well.
The conversational pieces just do not work and it is just unnecessary, a real shame but still a good story and it does manage to keep you wanting more. I am worried about where the story will go as I fear it will be too complex and perhaps suffer the same fate as the walking dead.
Would have been Mitch better to keep it the simple journal format and different from the rest although diary of the dead wins on that format.

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Awesome

A lot going on for a zombie story, theres friction and action and suspense and intrigue. Too many annoying women arguing all the time but hey, at least thats realistic i spose

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Good, but not as good as the first one

As contemporary apocalypses go, Surviving the Evacuation remains head-and-shoulders above most of the genre. Tayell's hero (if that's the right word) has to deal with the real problems of living in the end-times; not how much ammunition he can scavenge from a military depot (as if), but how to make tea from lemonade, or how to use a wok as a fire pit.

This installment has more survivors than the last one, and they are all equally screwed up and traumatised, as we should expect. They don't necessarily get on, but there are none of the ridiculous armed stand-offs that we get in many stories of this sort.

For all it's good features, however, I didn't think this book as as good as the first in the series. Some of the situations that the characters get themselves into seem a bit, well, improbable. The ending, which I won't give away, seems _highly_ improbable.

I'm hoping that book 3 will show a return to form; but book 2 is still a pretty decent read.

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Great book well written

Great book well written if you like walking dead then you will like this but listen to the first book first

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very confusing book order but awsome

very confused by the messy book ordering in this series causing great frustration at time and purchase of wrong book as a result but after that the book itself is another one of those you can't bare to put down. great plot full of twists and turns especially the ending and characters so very likeable or hateable in some cases of course. well written definitely recommend this series. best book so far.

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  • Paul
  • Sunderland
  • 01-06-17

Loved it

I'm really enjoying listening to this series of books whilst travelling around New Zealand. I've listened to them hiking, driving even kayaking. Fab!!

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  • ANGIE
  • 26-01-16

Better than the first.

Any additional comments?

What a great series! I was able to immediately start book 3. The narration is perfect.

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  • CJKB1993
  • 09-11-15

So so

not the best. the storyline is very weak. I will not order the third book.

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  • alfred maldonado jr.
  • 23-09-18

Very Interesting

WELL written the whole scenario was very realistic and believable. The use of characters was very realistic aT to portray them

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  • corey
  • 18-07-18

wierd audio changes?

Like the story over all. sometimes sounds like 2-3 different people reading the same character. This story is a nice change from the grizzled super commandos that usually fight the ZA. It shows that people in crisis are pretty much useless, whiney, and selfish. There will be some good people but they will suffer. like the turn at the end. I want to see what happens next. Not every ZA story needs to have gore in it. The stories are never really about the Zombies. They are about people living it in.

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  • Just Jim
  • 29-09-17

Good

I liked this book because the guy gets his leg back and is able to keep away from zombies and has food now and another person

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  • nehifamily
  • 04-05-17

Better but...

I find myself bothered by how sniveling, weak, and useless most of the characters are. This book contains more action and a little more oomph than the first book. The main character has seemed to grow, though. The plot twists are nice.

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  • Michael Lewis
  • 13-04-17

Great story continues

The story continues in the second book it expands into a greater number of characters more interactions and a lot more action worth the read on to book 3

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  • DeeDee
  • 02-03-16

I don't like this

The zombie apocalypse taking place in Britain is quite boring. I read the first book and wasn't quite sure if I liked it or not but this one sealed the deal. It's really pretty dull. Pass.

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  • BriMan73
  • 28-10-15

Good sequel...

So far I find this series to be enjoyable. It can be hard to follow at times as some of the lingo is foreign but you figure it out as it goes along. Reminiscent of Mark Tufo novels somewhat. Very enjoyable.

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  • Karen Reese
  • 02-09-15

Zombies

What did you love best about Surviving the Evacuation, Book 2: Wasteland?

I liked that the author shows flawed characters struggling to survive the downfall of society.

What did you like best about this story?

Frank Tayell includes a backstory about the creation of the Zombie plague.

Which character – as performed by Tim Bruce and Ruth Urquhart – was your favorite?

Sholto's character was fun to listen to and sounded very American while Bills narrarator was distinctly British.

Any additional comments?

I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful