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Just with the first 2 books, I sped through this one. I can't give it high enough reviews. The story was great and narration was perfect. But with how it ended, it makes you think the story line for these characters is over. There is a book 4, but it starts at the beginning of the series and tells a different character's story. I have spoken with Mr. Tayell, via social media, and I'm pretty sure he hinted that Bill will be back in book 8! Knowing that my beloved characters will be back, I'm definitely going to continue with the series. Now, I just have to wait for the remaining books to be made into audiobooks.
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When they get together and start doing things and then some are gone, its totally great!
Frank Tayell's "Evacuation" series seems to be as good as modern apocalyptic fiction gets. It deals with real, ordinary folk in extraordinary situations. The story and the characterisation in the first three books that I've read are reasonably convincing, although I rather suspect that the harsh, unpredictable brutality of The Walking Dead is more realistic. Difficult to tell, though, isn't it? Until the zombies start marching down the High Street. Tayell's world-view allows room for at least limited optimism.
Family has a much larger cast of characters than the previous two books, and this creates more of a challenge for narrator Tim Bruce. He rises to it pretty well, though, keeping all the main voices distinct, and having a good stab at a range of different regional accents.
I'm not sure how convinced I was by the character of the arch-villain in this book -- the character is so outrageous that comes across like a comic bad guy in the early James Bond movies. You can almost imagine him having a bodyguard that uses a steel-lined hat as a weapon.
For all its faults, this series of books remains head-and-shoulders above almost everything else in this genre.
If you could sum up Family in three words, what would they be?
Thrilling detailed characterful
Who was your favorite character and why?
I probably warmed to Kim the most as she is a woman of a certain age who despite a dreadful past still fights for her life and those around her. She is the mother figure at its best. Willing to do nything to save the children and delegates tasks easily.
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Another great book in the series. Nice to have an apocalyptic zombie drama set in familiar locations (in the uk) that have clearly been well researched. The plot development is good and seems like it is really going somewhere but relishing good character development on the way.