Trudge : Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

  • by Shawn Chesser
  • Narrated by Chris Patton
  • Series: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse
  • 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For Cade Grayson, husband, father, and former Delta Force operator, that one warm sunny Saturday in July - to be labeled Z-Day by some anonymous person probably long dead - began like all the others before and none since.
With his daughter, Raven, and wife, Brook, away visiting her parents in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Cade hopes his immediate future holds nothing but an easy chair, Mariners on the tube, and paring down a honey-do list a mile long. But those hopes were quickly dashed and his life forever changed when news broke of a clash in downtown Portland between soldiers from the Oregon National Guard and hundreds of anarchist protesters suddenly turned violent and, by one anchor's account, blood-thirsty and cannibalistic.
As the first waves of injured bystanders, guardsmen, and rioters arrived at hospitals, it became apparent that a deadly new disease had been unleashed on the population. Whether the virus was naturally occurring or an escaped lab experiment, Cade hadn't a clue and wasn't especially concerned until he learned of its unprecedented virulence, unusual method of transference, and the fact that, according to the news, it brought the newly dead back to life, semi-mindless, and with an insatiable desire to feed on the flesh of the living.
Armed with this new information and now seeing the bigger cities such as Washington, D.C., New York, and Los Angeles rocked by the rapidly spreading scourge, Cade ignores the volley of contradictory edicts drawn up by the White House and set into motion by FEMA and DHS, dusts off his tools of war, and loads his truck with supplies.
Unable to get ahold of Brook and Raven, and unwilling to leave them at the mercy of some distant politician's inability to hold the nation together, he begins an impossible 3,000-mile journey across a reeling United States with presumably millions of infected in his path and only one acceptable outcome: find Brook and Raven alive - or die trying.


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But this whole Zombie look just doesn't agree with her. Cade, the main character used to be in the army and he was all fired up after 9/11, but than a Liberal president with a name which sounds very similar to Obama, got elected, so Cade quit. Cade's wife, Brooke is a good woman, who knows her husband is always right, so she does what he says. It takes a Zombie outbreak to finally get this Liberal President to do something about the border with Mexico. "CAN YOU TEACH US HOW TO SHOOT", the neighbor kids ask Cade.

I have no problem with conservatives using Zombie books to advance their propaganda, lord knows the liberals do. I just want to enjoy a well written Zombie book, which this is not. It is the same old boring stuff. Cade is separated from his family when the outbreak happens and he needs to get back to them, cause they need their man. This is a snoozer, if you have read one Zombie book in your life, than you have read this book.

The narrator might be good, when he gets through puberty, but he has a very child like voice. He is not yet a R.C. Bray or Ray Porter. One reviewer says they auditioned 50 people to find this guy. Next time they should not hold their auditions in a middle school.

PS ,Why are some Zombie books, considered Horror, while others are Sci-Fi. I think it is time Horror got it's own category. Sub categories, could be zombies, ghosts, anthologies, westerns, lovecraftian, classic, haunted houses, gory, etc...
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- Jim "The Impatient" "My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books."

It might seem like you've been here before, but no

Cade Grayson has seen tough times in his life when he was in “the Sandbox” as they called it. Little did he know that what he saw then couldn’t begin to prepare him for what happens when a virus is unleashed upon the US and its citizens. Follow Cade on his journey to safety for both him and his wife and child (who are not with him when everything goes down)

The narration in Trudge was done by Chris Patton. I liked his style and it really fit the book. I think that Cade was a “manly man” for sure, and I think that Patton did him justice in that aspect. My only complaint (and it’s not even a complaint, it made me chuckle a few times throughout listening) was when Patton would say something with a WH in it. He would say “Hoowhat” instead of “what”, which reminded me of a Family Guy skit about how to say Cool Whip. (Is it Cool Whip or Cool Hoowip?) Like I said, it doesn’t take away from the audiobook, just a personal thing I noticed. The quality in production was also great. No issues at all.

Trudge was one of those books where I felt like I’d been there before, but I won’t lie – you haven’t. The story followed a similar character to the book I read RIGHT before this one (Max from Tomorrow War). But, the storyline was totally different and was full of unique and different characters.

I can tell that the author either has military training or is extremely familiar or close with someone who has. Chesser uses a lot of military terms and for the most part he tries to explain what they are. There are still a few that slipped through, either because he didn’t want to explain what it meant or he just assumed Civs aka civilians would know what it meant.

Another book that falls short with me based on the fact that it doesn’t have a proper ending. Yes, there was some closure, but not nearly enough for me. The book just felt incomplete because it is missing what I think is at least half of the story. Damn sequels and trilogies! Other than that, it was a quick read and an enjoyable one at that.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-09-2015
  • Publisher: Morbid Press LLC