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When Roman legions march over the borders of the Empire they meet an enemy greater than any they have ever faced. Emperor Vespasian has ordered a push further into Germania than the legions have ever been, and an enemy army is gathering to meet them. What neither side is prepared for is the darker force that they will both face. Indiscriminate and incapable of mercy, the new enemy will drive the Romans to the very brink of destruction. The Gates of Hades have opened and the Roman Legions must face what has escaped.
©2017 Michael Whitehead (P)2017 Michael Whitehead
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3 out of 5 stars
By christie Harris on 01-04-18

Not what it seems.

While I live the premise, old Rome and zombies and was excited for what I was sure was going to be a new and refreshing twist on the Zombie genre, I was severely disappointed after the first 20 minutes. The narration and dialect is absolutely horrible. By horrible I don't mean that the narrater is hard to listen to, but that the book is written in a very Proper new world English accent, even with words that you would hear today. for instance a Roman commander tells a subordinate to "get cracking" like out of the Sherlock Holmes movies. There is no realistic Old Roman sound or vernacular like from the tv show Rome or the tv show Sspartacus. It's very disconcerting to try and imagine yourself during the Roman times when it sounds as if you are in downtown London. I would really like my credit back as cannot continue tonlistwn to this book butcher what should be one of the more romantic languages of their time. also there is very little mention so far of any of the old Roman God's which during this age they certainly would have associated a plague of this sort to the anger of the gods.
Anyway one persons review hope it helps others.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tony on 12-04-17

A great twist to the Zompoc theme.

I loved how Michael Whitehead set a zombie apocalypse amongst the political intrigue of the once mighty Roman Empire. A great read!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Paddytra on 12-14-17

Brilliantly original story

A fantastic idea for the genre. Excellent writing makes this story flow very well and the pacing of the narrative is well done.

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5 out of 5 stars
By K. Penelerick on 04-08-18

Romans, Battles, Zombies?

Any additional comments?

In Michael Whitehead’s Legion of the Undead we are transported back to ancient Rome. It’s a time of expansion, war, emperors and zombies?

I have to say the premise of this had me cautiously curious right from the get-go. Zombies in ancient Rome? What would that be like? Would it work? Would I care? I dig the history channel and some novels about history, but this isn’t a subject I knew much about, so I feared being lost and maybe not caring. The outcome was a bit surprising to me. I even found myself googling a fact at one point to see if it was accurate. Answer: I’m not entirely sure, but I had to laugh when I realized I was engaged in the story enough to care.

The story opens with hints that something is wrong on the Legion’s front lines in Germania. They are prepared for a big battle that they are almost certain to win. All is going as planned for the well trained legionnaires when the dead start to rise. Not only those of their combatants but their fallen comrades as well. In moments, a sure thing becomes lost in chaos and a retreat is sounded.

From there we follow a dwindling number of survivors as they attempt to reach Rome and warn the emperor.

What did I like about this story?
For the first quarter of the story, I mostly just listened with interest as the main elements were being revealed and we met our main characters Vitus and Lucia. Vitus is an archer in the Roman legion’s and as his fellow soldiers and commanders fall, finds himself rising in both rank and responsibility and before long, he is tasked with escorting a small band of survivors back to Rome to warn the great city about the looming threat.

The zombies, or Risen as they are called, seem to be everywhere, in fact not only are they behind Vitus, they and other threats appear in front of him as well. Vitus is a noble and valiant hero who fights for his friends and the empire. He is swept up in a chain of events that push him along the heroes journey to not only face the threat of the Risen, but a threat from inside the empire itself.

It was this aspect of the story that I didn’t see coming and that by the end had me on the edge of my seat with shock and excitement as the various elements the author had been weaving came together in a rather startling climax. This sets the tone for an exciting series that deals with much more than just the threat of the Risen.

What didn't I like about this story?
There was one major aspect I struggled with during the listen, stemming from something that I suspect was unavoidable, but grated on me at times. That was, -us! Everything and everyone seemed to be named something that ended in -us. Our main character, Vitus, his fellow solider Regulus, their weapons, Gladius. It was a bit much, but like I said it was probably unavoidable as I suspect it was historically accurate. You couldn’t name the characters John and Greg and have it make sense with the period it was placed in, nor were their weapons probably called swords at the time. By the end I mostly got over this peevish irritation, but it was a distraction for me personally during the first half of the book.

Narration:
Many audiobooks can be made or broken by the narration and this is one of those cases where the narration makes the story even better. Terry F. Self does an excellent job of narrating, bringing the characters to life with the proper tone, authority and dignity that you would expect from the way it was written. I can almost imagine him getting caught up in the way of speaking after a narrating session and people trying to figure out what time machine he had just gotten out of. That thought makes me laugh.

Conclusion: (Aka: Would I listen to more by this author?)
Yes. I’m very much looking forward to checking out the next book in the series to find out how the dramatic events of the climax are resolved and what new challenges await our heroes!

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