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White Flag of the Dead: White Flag of the Dead, Book 1

Zombie Survival Series
Narrated by: Graham Halstead
Series: White Flag of the Dead, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Summary

Millions died when the Enillo Virus swept the earth. Millions more were lost when the victims of the plague refused to stay dead, instead rising to slaughter and feed on those left alive. For survivors like John Talon and his son Jake, they are faced with a choice: Do they submit to the dead, raising the white flag of surrender? Or do they find the will to fight, to try and hang on to the last shreds of humanity?

©2012 Joseph Talluto (P)2016 Tantor

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Really Enjoyed

I found this really interesting and at times made me laugh as the characters are witty.

I went from just going to check out a few mins to listening for 6 hours straight.

I'm definitely going to buy the other books in the series.

Well worth it.

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Characters had no, err character!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I really couldnt get into the characters. There was no connection with them and they were dull

Would you ever listen to anything by Joseph Talluto again?

Definitely not

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Graham Halstead?

The narrators voice irritated me, kind of nasally. I would have preferred someone that gave the characters distinct voices from the others

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  • Tracy P.
  • 12-12-18

'FLAG' White Flag of the Dead as a Must Listen!

When I originally purchased this (White Flag of the Dead, Book 1) first book of Talluto's Zombie Survival Series, I was curious about the title "White Flag." and where the idea for it came about. The answer was provided at the beginning of this book, and made complete sense, reminding me similar methods were used during various times throughout history during plagues, wars, etcetera. For purposes of this series, the method was implemented at the onset of the Zombie Apocalypse, with authorities making a declaration which stated anyone who was bit and/or may be infected is to put a white flag on the front of their doors so everyone will have a heads-up, and know to avoid those occupancies and the occupants of said residencies. These same flags were also supposed to be used as indicators to retrieve the dead quickly, in the hopes this would aid in disease prevention. Obviously, those good intentions were not going to be possible in this situation. . .

The storyline is well written, making it easy to become invested in characters, whom I found relatively believable and relatable. John is a strong, likable lead character, and his adoration for his son is quite endearing. He is a super cool mix of a doting, loving father and a bad a- - zombie slaying, trouble-shooting, rule instilling newly appointed leader to his freshly established group of survivors. Sarah is also a fan favorite of mine (thus far) because she is the perfect balance, having an old soul perception (insight, intuition) which is exactly what John needs at this point to keep him from going off kilter. While on the other side of the coin, Sarah is ALSO a bad a - - Zombie slayer, as well as always standing up for what she believes by saying what is on her mind, and never backing down from any confrontation. Thus far, she appears refreshingly authentic and transparent. Of course, I am interested to see how her character continues to develop independently, and in regards to her budding relationship with John.

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  • KC & Nene
  • 24-01-19

Lame Character. Weak Story

Im pretty much addicted to post apocalyptic books, zombie books especially. I found this one to have a very weak and interesting story with a lame main character. There seems to be a lot of book on here with main characters who have massive gun collections (before the zombie outbreak) and describe every single guns scientific name and model number as well as every different caliber bullet and number. That is very unrealistic to me as I don't know anyone like that, then again I do live in California. There seems to be a hint of right wing politics in it which is very annoying. I should of known when in the beginning the main character says he gets his all of his news from 'Fox News' because its 'honest'. Coupled with the narrator's voice being annoying and painful for me to listen to Im going to have to return this one

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  • RelicKnight
  • 31-05-16

good Ole zombie fiction a great listen

nothing special about the story it follows the tried and true last guy standing gathers followers exacts revenge and makes people's life safe, is it boring? not at all if your going to stick to the formula make you character lockable and that's what the author has done. the narrator is great and really fits the hero. overall it is worth your zombie fix.

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  • scott bowlby
  • 02-05-16

Just Awful

I don't expect astounding literary skills when I buy a zombie-fiction. That being said, this book should have been titled "White Flag of the Author: The Fall of the Thesaurus".
The plot was cookie-cutter. The characters were so shallow that it seemed the even other characters didn't care who lived or who died, much less the author or this reader.
The author pretty much wrote a checklist of stuff he's read in other books, and chucked them into chapters with no buildup or continence. For example, a supporting character is killed. The protagonist is devastated in one sentence, then joking around in the very next.
The character backgrounds (what little was given) were predictable and the big showdown was so cheesy I think an 11 year old actually wrote it.
The writing itself was horrible as well. Sentences like "Chad and I were up planning and came up with a plan" litter the book. I lost count at how many times the same word was used twice in a dialogue sentence. The narrative was filled with a lot of "I can't be bothered to write details" stuff like "[Some character] and I walked to the [place]. We didn't talk because we were each lost in our own thoughts." "We gathered such things as we could find, and such".
The few times the author broke out his thesaurus were completely awkward to the story as well. The protagonist suddenly starts narrating with metaphor and thought provoking prose in the middle of a wrestling match with zombie, for instance. Then relapses back into Neanderthal-speak once the action is over.


All in all, the book was horrible.

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  • Chris Johnston
  • 06-07-17

Great read

Great book great ending if you're a fan of mark tufo's zombie series youll like this as well

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  • Patrice L. Hundstad
  • 23-10-16

It as awsome!

So far my favorite zombie book of all time! Really Loved It! Very limited whining! Full of a get on with it and live attitude! Loved that the zombies were regular old zombies!

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  • tony
  • 04-08-16

can't wait till next credit!!!!

good book ..different characters different voices ...I recommend it ..if zombie fan based book !

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  • nick Stuart
  • 23-07-16

Awesomesause

Love a great book that takes my mind off of work, I go a little crazy when I hear someone refer to a gun magazine as a clip might want to learn more about either before misusing the terms as if they were interchangeable. Other than that great listen

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  • alee
  • 31-05-16

The first book in an awesome Zombie series!

I was so happy to see this series come to audible. I bought all that was avaliable when I saw them. I have dozens of Zombie books and this is one of my very favorites!!

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  • M. Philo
  • 25-03-16

Get busy living or get busy dying

White Flag of the Dead has been one of my favorite z books since it came out originally in what was now the first two books. This narration w a s perfect and I'm thrilled to be able to add it to my favorite collection. Also to introduce this wonderful story to my son who loves z stories. I hope the rest of the stories will soon follow to audible version.

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