100 Days in Deadland : Deadland

  • by Rachel Aukes
  • Narrated by Hollie Jackson
  • Series: Deadland
  • 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A journey through Dante's Inferno with a shambling twist.
In one day, the world succumbed to a pestilence that decimated the living. In its place rose a new species: vicious, gruesome, wandering zombies with an insatiable hunger for the living. There is no government. No shelter. No hope.
Still in her twenties, Cash has watched her friends die, only to walk again. An office worker with few survival skills, she joins up with Clutch, a grizzled Army veteran with PTSD. Together, they flee the city and struggle through the nine circles of hell, with nothing but Clutch's military experience and Cash's determination to live. As they fight to survive in the zombie inferno, they quickly discover that nowhere is safe from the undead...or the living.
This is the beginning after the end.
100 Days in Deadland is a journey through the first poem in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, the classic tale on the horrors of hell...zombie apocalypse style!


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pretty good zombie fix

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100 days in deadland has a quick start. in the first 5 minutes, the main character, mia, is in the thick of a zombie apocylapse. as she attempts to flee des moines, iowa, she encounters clutch, a truck driver, who just happens to be a survivalist. although this seems cliche, the story is pretty good. it reminded me of no easy hope: surviving the dead. for those who haven't read/listened to it, there's a good mentor-apprentice relationship and storyline.

the zombies are the romero style shamblers, and there's a good amount of zombie action as mia(cash) and clutch scavenge for supplies. however, zombbies aren't their only concern. mia(cash) and clutch must also contend with a local militia and what's left of the military. so, the second half of the book is kind of predictable.

100 days in deadland is told in the first person by mia(cash). the narrator's voice is easy to listen to. her inflection matches what's happening in the story.

100 days in deadland has all the storylines you'd expect in a zombie apocylapse story. while this is good, it is also bad. well, at least for me. i've listened to a bunch of zombie stories, and i'm always on the lookout for a story to surprise me. nothing in this story surprised me or added to the zombie genre. i'm not saying it's a bad, but it's just a story i've heard before.

as far as the dante's inferno connection is concerned, the author broke the story up so that each circle of hell matched what was happening in the story. i did not buy this story b/c of that, but i loosely paid attention to the connection between the two. after the end of the story, the author provides an exposition of how each section of the story represents a different circle of hell. i only listened to part of it before i moved on to the next book.

so if you're pretty new to the zombie genre, then this is a pretty good story to start off with. it's a full story in one book and not a series, where the story sometimes comes to an abrupt end. if you're a gray hair like me and need a good, predictable zombie fix, then give it listen.

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- Mike Naka "Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL"

Well done. Very gritty and real.

The first thing I will, say is that this book was very entertaining. Additionally, it presents a solid female lead which is always a refreshing and welcome addition to the zombie apocalypse genre. Cash grows throughout the story and changes due to her ongoing experiences. This book does have the sub-tag about being tied to Dante's "Inferno". While nods to the classic piece can be found, I do think it best to simply take this tale as a good zombie story with very good character development. Perhaps there would be less flak about the Dante tie in if it had been mentioned as an inspiration in the preface.

I do take issue with some of the criticism saying this book had no characters worth rooting for, and that even the leads were horrible people. I saw this as a fantastic example of how real people might act in such extreme situations. If you disagree, then you have not paid attention to global situations where law and order have been supplanted. The author does a fabulous job of creating realism.

As for the narrator of the audio version, I found her to be a perfect fit and enjoyed her work. The sound was clean and easy to understand. Nice pace and excellent diction. She added emotion without trying to go over the top.
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- TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer "Todd W. Brown"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-17-2013
  • Publisher: Rachel Aukes