First time novelist, Patrick D'Orazio, takes us on a journey that follows the path of the everyman, Jeff Blaine, in the days after the end of the world. Six weeks have passed since the virus ravaged the world's population and in that time most of humanity has passed into shadow, turning into corrupt, rotting flesh eaters that known only pain and hunger as they attempt to destroy the remaining members of the human race. Jeff has lost everything, including much of his desire to continue surviving in this hell on earth. The idea of lashing out at the monsters who took his life away is the only remaining pleasure left, so Jeff decides to leave his house and destroy as many of the creatures as he can before he is annihilated by them. It doesn't take long for Jeff to discover that he is not alone. Other survivors like Megan, George, and Jason that he finds along his path of self-destruction force him to rethink his plan. They aren't willing to give up just yet-they not only want to survive, they want to live. So as the darkness threatens to consume him, Jeff has to decide if he is willing to keep fighting for himself and the others, or let the bitterness wrapped around his soul destroy him.
What is there to live for when you have seen the gruesome details of all you love destroyed? That question sets the first of Patrick D’Orazio’s "Dark Trilogy" in motion as former "soccer dad" Jeff Blaine discovers his will to carry on in the darkness of taking revenge on the monsters who bit his wife and children to death. Jim Cooper provides the rough-edged performance as Blaine discovers other survivors, who, together, band and travel an apocalyptic, bleak, and frightening landscape in pursuit of tiny shreds of hope.
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- Amanda H.
my neighbors are zombies! can i? do i kill 'em?
as jeff makes it back home from a night time trip scouting for food, he notices his door is unlocked. when he opens it, he discovers his worst nightmare- his neighbor eating his wife, but that's not his worst discovery.
the author does a good job portraying jeff's reaction and subsequent range of emotions. he also does a good job with the dialogue b/ween the characters- nothing is forced and it's believable.
this is an action packed zombie story. the action starts the 1st minute of the story. jeff is an everyday man. he's not a survivalist with a bunker full of guns so he has to use his brain to outwit the zombies. jeff does have a gun, but you get the feeling it'll only be used in a special occasion.
as jeff tries to escape his neighborhood, he comes across another survivor, megan. she wants to get as far away as possible. in their search for a safe area to spend the night, they come across george and jeff, who have an interesting related backstory.
the author does a good job describing the power and fear of a hoard of zombies.
the narration is pretty good. the narrator does a good job narrating the different characters and voicing their emotions.
overall, an enjoyable listen, and a good addition to any zombie fan's bookshelf.
the story is short enough and exciting enough to listen to in one sitting. of course as a trilogy, the story ends in a cliffhanger. i've listened to the 2nd book, and my biggest complaint is that it's going to cost me 3 credits for a story that should probably be one book. i can understand that the author is a 1st time author and may want to make as much $ as possible to keep writing, but i think he may turn some readers and/or listeners off by splitting the story into 3 books. some people hate cliffhangers so they won't pick up book 2. book 2 also has a cliffhanger and is mostly about group dynamics, which is another reason why some readers may give up on the story there. if the author combined all 3 short books into one longer book, he'd probably have more people reading his entire story instead of losing some along the way.
just my 2 cents. LOL
- Mike Naka "Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL"