Beyond the Barriers

  • by Timothy W. Long
  • Narrated by Christian Rummel
  • 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The day the world ended, Erik Tragger escaped to the mountains. Cut off from civilization for five months, he returned to find a ruined city now ruled by the living dead. Tragger joins a group of survivors with a plan: make it to Portland where humanity is carving out a stronghold. But along the way, they face opposition at every turn - the dead, rogue military forces, looters - and a new enemy more dangerous than any they have yet encountered.
Among the stumbling, mindless zombies are ghouls. The ghouls are living dead creatures that not only strategize and plan, but control their shambling brothers. Using their powers, the ghouls are building a living dead army to eliminate the last of the living.


Audible Editor Reviews

Christian Rummel gives a thrilling performance of Timothy W. Long’s end-of-the-world novel Beyond the Barriers. His resonant voice is the perfect fit for protagonist Erik Tragger, and he is able to inhabit other characters with a delightful ease. Tragger’s world is filled with danger: zombies, ghouls, and looters all pose a threat. After months in the mountains, he joins other survivors who want to journey to Portland, where humans are attempting to regroup amidst the chaos. Will they make it? Will humanity survive the onslaught of the undead?


What the Critics Say

"Ups the ante on the traditional zombie novel." (Patrick D'Orazio, author of Comes the Dark)
"Clever, engaging and above all terrifying." (David Dunwoody, author of Empire and Empire's End)
"You'll walk away satisfied and craving more." (Jonathan Moon, author of Heinous)


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much better than expected

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one of the better zombie books i've listened to. the writing places you in the middle of the action, and there’s a lot of action. the action is intense, and the battle scenes are terrifically described and realistic. the action had me on the edge of my seat. this is one zombie book, where you can feel the onslaught of the hoard!

the book opens as the infection starts. after hitting up a walmart, eric heads for the hills! how long could you survive alone before the loneliness drives you back into the city? on his way back to walmart, eric meets a group of survivors that fill him on what's been happening during the 4 months he was alone. there's a new twist, ghouls. they seem to be able to influence the zombies. who are they? where did they come from? it's a new zombie slant, and a gross one at that.

there are groups of survivors holed up across the area. whose strategy is best? will any of them stand? not only does eric have to fight with zombies, but he has to contend with another human he's made enemies with. lee is a well-drawn out antagonist, and he's more than a bastard, but he's human. he's killing zombies. is that enough to keep eric from killing him?

eric meets and joins up with a good cast of characters. how long is he able to stay with them before his actions cost him?

the book is fast-paced, but you never feel like the author is rushing the story. i really enjoyed this story and hope the author continues the series. the story ended at a good point but cries for a sequel.

i'd rate this book fourth in my favorite zombie/infection books:

patient zero
zombie fallout series
the infection & killing floor
day by day armageddon & beyond exile
the junkie quatrains
world war z
morningstar strain series
as the world dies


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No one plans on the end of the world

“No one plans on the end of the world” no truer words spoken!

Recognizing signs that the end of the word is coming to an end, Erir Tragger, flips off the CNN News and heads off to the local Wal-mart to shop for supplies before heading off to a friends cabin in the mountains. Relying on his special forces training, Tragger feels confident he can survive the impending change.

Tragger connects with a group of survivors wanting to travel to Portland and thus begins his journey into a brief love relationship with a woman abused and nearly broken by life, a strong friendship with another special forces member and an arch rival named Lee.

Tragger finds that his special training instincts are rusty but given time he’s confident they will come back. After stopping at Walmart to gather supplies, Trigger escapes to the mountains removing himself from the end. However, his supplies dwindle driving him towards his home where more supplies are hidden.

Connecting with a group of survivors who plan to move to Portland, Tragger finds himself falling for a woman who is strong yet broken by life. He also connects with Scott another military member.

One would think that looters and zombies would be all the survivors would need to contend with but no … a new twist on the zombie genre generates green-eyed ghouls who use telepathic skills to control the zombies.

Forced to move on by another horde attack after his girlfriend is injured, he connects with others … including the snake-skin boots owned by Lee. A fierce looter with little regard to others and only out to be the biggest, baddest man around who takes what he wants.

Escaping from a ghoul camp, and another encounter with Lee has Tragger questioning his humanity – can he kill a ghoul who is nearly human or even kill his arch rival? The fate of his arch enemy who was left near deaths door in the ghoul camp is unknown but there are suspicions … an end to an excellent book! An excellent start to the next one – where is Lee??? And will his loyalty and faith in humanity get him killed – it has already blinded him, putting his and others lives in jeopardy.

During Traggers struggles, readers are naturally connected to the story and characters because of their down to earthiness and a general shared feeling of right vs wrong.

The author uses rich vocabulary to pain details for every event capturing the reader.

The audio book production was flawless. Audio Studies did an excellent job of producing this audiobook.

The narrator, Christian Rummel was excellent! He made listening to the book nail biting – he ability to project anxiety, fear, terror, and other feelings was amazing. Also his pronunciation was clear and concise.

I highly recommend this book – it captures and holds the reader mesmerized from beginning to end. The down-to-earthiness makes it more real leaving one rooted in the story. While there are common zombie behaviors, the twists in this plot makes it exciting and engrossing.

I can’t wait to read the next one!

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-22-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios