A Shrouded World - Whistlers : A Shrouded World

  • by Mark Tufo, John O'Brien
  • Narrated by Sean Runnette
  • Series: A Shrouded World
  • 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When two worlds collide…
Jack Walker and Michael Talbot come from two worlds; the same, yet different. They both find themselves transported into an alien one, where things aren’t as they seem. While it appears similar to the ones they come from, there are some terrifying differences. Is it a dream? Or has reality been somehow warped?
Jack comes from a world filled with nocturnal creatures that were once human, but now seek to destroy the last vestiges of humanity. Mike, living under a constant threat from hordes of the undead, arrives with a companion, John the Tripper. Ripped away from their family members and thrown into the unknown, they find that the nightmares from their worlds have preceded them. Survival becomes moment to moment as they encounter old dangers, and new.
Each wants nothing more than to be reunited with their loved ones. With dangers lurking around every corner, they seek to unravel the mystery that brought them. It may be a long road ahead, but they begin by taking the first step, hoping the next one will be the one that takes them home.


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A zombie apocalypse novel, it’s different

A Shrouded World – Whistlers follows the survival story of Jack Walker and Michael Talbot (with his companion John the Tripper) as they navigate a new zombie apocalypse world, different from each of their own. Trapped in this new world they have to find a way to stay alive as unique types of zombie threaten them.

A zombie apocalypse novel, it’s different from what little I have seen before. Most stories that I’ve read or seen involved one type of zombie creature. However, in this novel, there are multiple unique zombie types with different strengths and weaknesses. The plot itself was pretty simple in the sense that the characters are trying to survive different dangers, but they don’t actually move much distance in the world. And so the story is dependent on the characters’ personalities. Fortunately, all three were well defined and unique, which made their interactions fun to experience. Jack and Michael are military men, and John is a perpetually high hippie. John is clearly the comic relief in the novel, but there are hints to his importance that may come to light in future novels. However, the dependence on one or two characters perspectives in a novel involving three human characters, made my interest lag sometimes. While the inner monologues were often good, I think more dialogue could have made it more dynamic. It’s clear that this is a first novel of many. While the book comes to an end, it’s more like coming to an end of a section of to a novel rather than an entire novel. It’s clear that there is more to come and at the end of the novel, the hanging threads are laid out clearly.

This novel is told from two different points of view, Michael and Jack. One aspect of the novel, which takes a little getting used to, is that the voices of Jack Walker and Michael are different tenses. It’s unusual and doesn’t necessarily distract, but it’s noticeable. It’s an interesting complement to the confused and isolated emotions that the characters are feeling in a new, but still somewhat familiar world.

The narration was nuanced and wonderful. The characters were easily distinguished from one another through the tone of the narrator and that made the novel easy to follow and experience. This was especially great when there are multiple points of view. The voices ascribed to the different characters were also fitting to the individual styles of speech.

This isn’t a genre that I normally choose to read and I enjoyed the novel. However, I think it could’ve been improved with more characters. Female perspectives or characters would have made it more diverse and perhaps a little more dynamic.

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entertaining collaboration!

Any additional comments?

from mike's prospective, the story opens as he and trip are fleeing from trip's house in a van. mike and trip are on their way to ron's house in maine to head off eliza when mike swerves hard to miss a propane truck. in a flash, they find themselves walking down a desolate, wooded highway, jammed with the world's largest exodus of cars.

from jack walker's prospective, he's eating with his team when he notices his periphery close in, and in a flash, he finds himself standing on the same desolate highway mike and trip are on.

the story is told from both mike's and jack's perspectives, with each chapter flipping back and forth between the two. both mike and jack notice something is off, and their first experiences are with the other's nightmare. mike and trip discover a new type of threat, the nightrunners from jack's world, and jack runs into a hoard of zombies.

the pacing of the story is really good. there's a lot of action with downtime for the characters to reflect on their situation. it's exciting when jack and mike and trip eventually meet up. their meeting is timed well and doesn't seem contrived. they are a good match b/c they are similar in a few ways.

trip is definitely a fun and interesting character. he is zany, and his dialogue is funny. at first, i was worried b/c trip is soo out there that i thought his character would be overexposed, and i would tire of his outlandishness. but tufo is a genius in how he uses trip. i truly enjoyed his character in this book. trip shines in this story. i won't spoil anything, but there definitely seems that there's more to trip than meets the eye!

there are interesting implications of having both zombies and nightrunners hunting you, especially when zombie 3.0 shows up- 1.0 being shamblers, and 2.0 being runners.

together, mike and jack try to unveil where they are, how they got there, and possibly who brought them there. by the end of the story, the mystery deepens as they find bodies fused with the land and a new enemy to deal with, the whistlers. i won't spoil what they are, but they are just as horrific as zombies and nightrunners.

sean runnette as always does a fantastic job narrating the 3 characters.

overall, a very entertaining story.

note: i have listened to all of tufo's zombie fallout series, but i haven't listened to mike's other adventures. so, i don't think tufo has overstretched mike's character. i have not listened to the jack walker series, but i might give it a try now even though the reviews have been bad.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-12-2014
  • Publisher: Devil Dog Press