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When a deadly virus sweeps the country, Vivian Thomas sets out for California in hopes of seeing the daughter she gave up for adoption. Then her car breaks down, and she's faced with a choice. Give up or accept a ride from redneck brothers Angus and Axl, but she's prepared to do whatever it takes to reach her daughter.
The virus is spreading, and by the time the group makes it to California, most of the population has been wiped out. When the dead start coming back, Vivian has to figure out how to be a mother under the most frightening circumstances, cope with Angus' aggressive mood swings, and sort out her growing attraction to his brooding younger brother, Axl.
While searching for a safe place to go, they pick up a pompous billionaire who may be the answer to all their problems. Trusting him means going into the middle of the Mojave Desert and possibly risking their lives, but with the streets overrun and nowhere else to turn, it seems he might be their only chance for survival....
©2014 Kate L. Mary (P)2015 Tantor
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By Tilo on 04-30-15

Great story and narration

A virus has hit major cities like New York; a small percentage proves to be immune, but most people are dying in the streets and the cities are quarantined. Travel is restricted with military check points on the road, but most of the country continues to semi function. But despite the quarantine the virus is spreading. Vivian is a stripper trying to make it to her daughter and has to rough it with brothers Angus, Axel and others she meets on her way. Her daughter, Emily, is the only kid I ever liked in a zombie story and I was a bit surprised about what happened.

Unlike other stories, the apocalypse doesn't just happen in one day, this felt a bit more realistic. I liked this beginning of the apocalypse tale. Some things weren't realistic though, like how they didn't know the dead were turning into zombies becuase they burned the bodies. Millions of people suddenly die and not one body is missed and not burned? Not going to happen. We've seen those pictures of FEMA camps with all those black coffins where bodies will be stored.

More importantly though is the bizarre relationships between Vivian and the two brothers. I think the friction between them was way over played. I mean Angus slapped her and yet she still crawls into the tent to sleep next to him. Yeah, she is in a desperate situation, but I don't think I'd ever accept being slapped. And the difficult "romance" between her and Axel? Weird. A man isn't going to treat a woman he likes like that, and she accepts it? I have to just throw my hands in the air and exclaim that I don't understand women.

Narration was just amazing. There were plenty of characters and Hillary handled them all perfectly.

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By M. Bowles on 06-22-15

WAY too much 'How I feel right now" story lines.

The GREAT story line had so much potential and kept me listining to the end. The main problem I had was the ongoing, and going, and going development of the main character. At a certain point early on I felt like I knew who she was so lets move on and kill dead things and survive. The story could have been hours shorter with not so much filler and easily been another four star selection. That said, I will buy the next selection to see what happens after the door opens (see I did listen all the way to the end), but I'm affraid it's going to a predictable bad good guy controls the fate of previously established strong characters who wouldn't take any crap.

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