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If you're looking for character depth, maybe you should stay away as this all about tough as nails disciplined special forces men and the obligatory just as tough female sniper. The beginning spends quite some time on the characters, but I actually fast forwarded twice, because they were all the same and their "depth" of how tough they were got tiresome. All the soldiers were the same to me. Except Predator because he is the toughest of them all. There are alot of acronyms, descriptive weaponry and tactics as you would expect In a military focused book. At this time the book was worth three stars.
A positive is that becuase they are tough and professional killers, there is no whingeing, whining, moral delimmas or doing of dumb things.
Halfway through, the story got me hooked and it's pretty interesting and well written. The SEAL team scavenges Europe for supplies and search research centres for the cure, the trail leading to an over run United States. The virus has mutated and there are a few fast and powerful zombies (Zulu Foxtrots) that will just slash people just to spread the virus, not to feed. Englishman Wesley is the most relatable character, being a civilian security guard. He got drafted and how that happened made me laugh. The story switches between Wesley and the gung-Ho special operators.
There are no raiders, cannibal sects or government conspiracies but there is a stupid kid which messes everything up, which is sadly so essential in many zombie stories.
I read this omnibus first because it was labeled 1-3, but there's another marked as 0.5 that I've just started and it's a totally different story, with new characters occurring before the apocalypse. I wish I read that one first, because right now I want to continue with the story I'm on. Two of the characters did something stupid and unexpected in the end.
The narrators rough voice fits the book but he's just great with all the voices.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
First thing to note is that this is an omnibus edition, which means that there are 3 "books" in here which were originally published (and presumably sold) separately. If you were to get book 1 only, you'd be very annoyed at where it stopped and where book 2 started as it just ends in the middle of the story (i.e. the transition to book 2 in this omnibus is invisible - if you weren't told it was a new book, you'd never know from the story itself). The transition from book 2 to book 3 is a little more noticeable (the tone of the story changes a bit too) so I could see how book 3 is legitimately separate from 1+2.
Now, to the story... it's actually an above average pseudo-military post-apocalyptic zombie novel. It's not an action novel - there are too many characters for that - but it's a decently fleshed-out zombie apocalypse with just enough shooting, zombie gore, and people being killed to keep you reading. No, there is no big twist here, no unexpected source of or behaviour by the zombies, but for a standardly plotted zombie novel, it's at least a 4 star... mainly due to the characters behaving normally and the scenarios being realistic. I've given it 5 stars because women are present and real, and they aren't only there to be raped and rescued (and vice versa).
I will be reading more by this author since it's nice to have a decent quality zombie novel minus the gun porn and women as mere rape objects. I might wait until they are packaged in another omnibus however, as I don't know that the stories are "separate" enough to justify being sold independently.
The narration is very good. There is a lot of swearing, some non-graphic but fairly gore-y zombie details and no sex.
45 of 51 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Arisen Omnibus Edition: Books 1-3 in three words, what would they be?
Very Good Read
Have you listened to any of R.C. Bray’s other performances? How does this one compare?
This was a good narration
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These 3 books were very good indeed and as a group of 3 it was great value but as single books at an average of 5hrs i would not think they are good value at all but at 15hrs and well written 100% worth buying or using a credit :)
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
This is an omnibus of the first three books in the Arisen series, of which there are now 8 in total. To say it is a zombie apocalypse story doesn't really do it justice. This is a well thought out, plausible and realistic story, covering the actions of the military (UK and US), rather than small bunches of non-military survivors.
Although the American narrator occasionally mispronounces words, the story is absorbing and moves at a good pace. Highly recommended if you like your zombie apocalypse gritty and realistic.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
Starts a bit slow, but really kicks into gear after a few chapters. I'm at book six, and have stayed up late just to see what happens next. No one is safe, and the technical jargon is spot on and adds to the depth of the story. The reader is excellent, and that really makes it work. A definite must, if you are a fan of the Zombie Apocalypse!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
They could make a TV series out of it. There are some parts where the authors stretch it out a bit, but then again, it is the Zombie Apocalypse we're talking about.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful