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Editorial 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?
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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.
©2011 Timothy W. Long (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"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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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mike Naka on 07-15-12

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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15 of 17 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Tilo on 12-11-11

Alright, recommended zombie fix

First the narrator is one of those acting ones. I wish they realized that when they pronounce the first consonant so hard and exaggerate all the words its painful to listen to. Stop acting and just read nicely!

But either he calmed down or I got used to it so it was manageable, unlike Patient Zero which I had to stop listening to.

The hero is an ex-special forces dude whose just trying to survive by himself but gets antsy after a few months and goes out to find out whats going on.

An interesting angle in this story are the ghouls, which are infected but living humans controlling the zombies.

I didn't like how he seemed to go and bungle one thing after the next up, seemingly saved by pure luck and keep managing to find rations also by pure luck. He also keeps letting the evil guy go all the time, despite him (and me) just wanting to kill him at first sight. I may have to re listen the end again because I didn't understand how everyone got away except the dumb zombies.

It does have all the elements I'm looking for though, survival horror, action, lulls, women, raiders and survivalist societies.

Over all I'm glad i found this story, because there aren't a lot of zombie tales out there, but it could have been better.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By steve on 01-22-18

enough to keep me engaged but lacking

I found the performance to be very good with a story that lacked a bit of polish and i felt strugglex to flow at certain times. although there was enough there to get me wanting more

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