Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains and dissected by three rivers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is an idyllic city. It's quiet, the traffic is nonexistent, and floating down the Allegheny River on a boat is peaceful and serene.
It's perfect...as long as you can ignore the mindless monstrosities roaming the streets, vampires ruling the night, and the insane, power-hungry human survivors. Mankind has devolved, mutating into mindless horrors. Only weeks ago, they built skyscrapers and traveled to space. Now they attack anything with flesh, driven by the never-ending desire to consume.
Lance York, and his unlikely companion Cass, have survived the apocalypse. Much to their surprise, that was the easy part. They've fled the city, struggling to find food and shelter, fighting against the nightmarish infected and the militant living, willing themselves to endure through each day.
The world has collapsed, but the fight has just begun.
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worthy continuation of the story
as the story opens, lance, cass, and doc brown are ashore, looking for supplies, and highford is manning their boat. lance is in target, trying on some socks while cass and doc brown are scavenging for medical supplies.
as lance leans against a dvd stand to get his balance, he unwittingly knocks it over, and the sound draws some of the day walkers. what follows is a frenetic cat and mouse chase as lance, cass, and doc brown flee the vladys to the perceived safety of their boat.
brant's writing makes me feel like i'm right there, in the middle of the action! wayne june's narration brings the action off the pages and into my room. he knows when to pick up his reading speed and when to slow down. his narration adds another level of enjoyment to the story.
although the story is told from lance's perspective, you really get to know the other characters, especially cass.
i like how nothing comes easy for these survivors, and how none are the super soldier type. it's adds a sense of realism to the story.
our survivors run into an old enemy, ralph, the leader of the minutemen, who tied up lance after lance let him and cronies into his hiding place. although ralph and his group are kind of cliche, i liked the tact the author took to resolve that part of the story.
overall, a good continuation of the story and a good listen.
- Mike Naka
Excellent Addition to the Series!
This story picks up right were the first book, Devoured, left off. If anything, I found this story to be even more of a roller coaster ride chock full of action, suspense, and excitement.
In my review of the first book, Devoured, I noted that I am not a post-apocalyptic story reader/fan. I enjoyed the first book and I enjoyed this second installment in the series even more. Again, I would recommend this audiobook just as I did the previous book.
What makes it good? Overall I would say that the story continues to evolve and develop in new ways - sometimes unexpected. The story makes sense...it drew me in and had me pulling for some characters and hoping that others would meet a terrible end. The story is in no way a character study, but the characters are well-crafted in a world where survival means avoiding monsters at night and monstrous humans during the day.
Wayne June's performance brings a different voice to each character that author Jason Brant has created. I'm still not in love with June's female impersonations, but I also don't know any other way he could perform those parts.
Brandt's take on the post-apocalyptic world is one that is dangerous, suspenseful, harsh, gory, and sometimes funny.
Worth a listen? Absolutely. If you're brave you can listen with the lights off.