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Publisher's Summary

The dead rise....
A doctor returning from the mountains of India unknowingly brings a deadly virus to the western world. The nightmare begins.
Society crumbles....
Alex Harley is hiking with three friends when all media channels shut down to be replaced with the Emergency Broadcast. Civilians are warned to stay in their homes. Isolated and afraid, the four friends begin a fight for survival.
The end of the world is here....
The military sets up Survivor Camps to separate the infected from the uninfected. As a U.N. rescue mission is put into operation to save survivors from the clutches of the zombies, Alex and his friends must deal with the undead and power-crazed soldiers.
But while they fight to survive, the authorities consider drastic measures to rid the world of monsters....
©2014 Shaun Harbinger (P)2014 Adam Wright
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By Kindle Customer on 07-13-14

Mediocre Zombie Outing

I've read and listened to many zombie books. You could say I'm addicted to the genre. That said, Rain was disappointing. The narrator did not fit my auditory picture of a young video gamer turned zombie apocalypse survivor and his attempts to convey excitement or tension seemed shrill and unconvincing to me.

The interaction between the characters was often jarring. The narrator Alex is pathetically grateful to his friend Mike the jock for allowing him to be his friend and Mike usually acts like a jerk and gets away with it. Then we have to hear the horny adolescent fantasies of Alex regarding Lucy (one of two girls he and Mike are on a hike with at the beginning of the book). Lucy and Elena (the two girls) never really emerge as characters; they exist to illustrate the emotional ups and downs of the two boys (we can't really call them men).

The plot follows the usual conventions of the genre. The four main characters exhibit initial disbelief followed by descent into social chaos followed by randomized killing (zombie and otherwise) and the death of a major character or two, and at the end, the set-up for the next book. The characters often behave stupidly but that's much S.O.P. for a zombie novel (and the horror genre as a whole for that matter).

Bottom line: if you're a zombie apocalypse fan and you enjoy reading about geeky, socially awkward young post-adolescents who get the girl in the end, you'll probably like this book.

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By Nathan on 03-08-16

nothing unusual here this book was pretty straight

even though it was not an extraordinary performance for a book I still enjoyed it an easy read and a good zombie book.

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By Ariadne Jones on 06-02-17

OMG it could have been so much better!

It started well but went on a bumpy journey downhill from there. It takes a different stance on the zombie genre by looking at the military and how they behave in the apocalypse.

What surprised me was the American narrator for English speakers most probably living in Wales? There were a lot of Americanism so why set it in Wales?? I won't bother with the other books.

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By Tamaroo on 05-12-17

meh

The story was fine, traditional zombie outbreak, small group of survivors with different ideals and skills, 'humans are the real enemy' with a nice new take on the virus. However I really disliked that this is set in the UK but written and narrated by an American. The writer doesn't seem to have a good grasp of the English and their typical behaviours, uses American words frequently and for me I struggled to believe in the characters. It felt disjointed particularly when you realise the main characters are probably Welsh - there is no understanding of Welsh culture! Perhaps if the narration had at a least been from a Welshman or Englishman it would have added a little credibility a to these characters. I don't understand why this book was based in the UK except as a loose plot device because it rains on and off here frequently. So an enjoyable mindless read (excuse the pun) and I'll probably stick through the others to see how this new idea with the rain develops but not the best in it's genre.

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By Tam on 08-29-17

Gripping story

Great story and plot. Some of the characters very annoying but the main protagonists were characters you could sympathize with. Performance was odd in that they chose an American voice actor for British characters in a story set in Britain...

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