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I thought that the book had everything a Zombie Apocalyptic book needs: heart stopping action, twists, shallow relationships, and gore, nothing was off limits in this book. Yes there are other books that are better but there are also many that are worse. If you are looking for a mind numbing read and are a Zombie fan do not let the negative reviews stop you from listening to Domain of the Dead. The only thing I wish would have been different was a broader description of human kind’s suffering at the beginning of the apocalypse. This would have added to the reasoning behind emotional decisions that were made in the book.
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decent zombie apocylapse story. takes place several years after the outbreak. the story focuses on a group of survivors at a warehouse who see a chopper and escape. half are taken away on the chopper to a research vessel on the ocean while the other half are left in the city, waiting for the chopper to return. from this point on, the story revolves around those survivors taken to the research vessel. the second book, remains of the dead, revolves around the survivors left by the chopper. i'm just starting that book now. so, i obviously liked it enough to pick up the second book after finishing the first.
i thought domain of the dead was well worth the credit. it is a pure zombie book- no supernatural slant to it. i found it entertaining AND well-written:
"the wind changed abruptly bringing with it the stench of the corpses with it. it was a mixture of fresh dog$h!T and rotting beef. nathan looked down on the foul creatures and involuntarily flared his nostrils against the stench. the reanimated corpses jostled and pushed trying blindly to negotiate their way around the fences that encircled the warehouse. the stronger less damaged less weathered barging their more wretched companions out of the way. it formed an unending conveyor belt of festering corpses."
i actually liked the characters. there are a few civilians and a few military types. i say military types b/c the surviving militaries have grouped up. you get glimpses of why and what has happened to the rest of the world. i found it to be a realistic and believable scenario.
the book has a slow boil. you can see the plot developing and the web forming. you see things happening that the characters don't notice, which does a pretty good job of building suspense until things start to boil over.
overall, i enjoyed the book and am looking forward to listening to the second. More of a story than a pure zombie shoot ‘em up.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Although im a massive fan of Zombie movies,it is only in the past month i have discovered the genre in audiobook form! I started with this book,Domain of the Dead as it nodded towards the films i hold most dear! I really enjoyed every second of this book all the way to the end. A good story with solid characters....When it ended i wanted it to carry on for just another 15mins so i could find out what happens next! If you are a fan of the genre then i suggest you add this to your audio collection!
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This is a fairly enjoyable piece of undead fiction let down by a few classic mistakes.
It's hard to go into detail without giving too much away however one particular scenario is played out several times to bump up the tension. After the umpteenth time you start to think the author had run out of ideas. You'll know what I mean if you buy it.
There's also a bit of a nod to the mad scientist/unreasonable soldier tension made famous in much undead fiction and you get the distinct impression the author has developed his opinions of science/the military based on similar stories.
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