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The story mechanic of switching back and forth between past and present is a tried and true one, and I appreciate the author attempting to use this tool to provide an entertaining and suspenseful listen. But the choice the author made *where* to start the book and then continue forward is confusing at best. We are dropped into the start of what appears to be a major quest for the main character, Alex. But *why* Alex is on this quest we only learn in tiny bits and pieces that extend the length of the book. In fact, the exact reason why isn't revealed until 90% into the book.
This leaves the listener wondering the entire length of the book why they are listening. Yes, Alex needs to get into Jackson. But why? Until we know, all the trials and tribulations Alex goes through to get there are less important to why he is going and therefore not as appreciated. When it was finally revealed I mentally let out a relieved sigh, but the book was almost over by then. In my opinion, knowing why Alex needed to get there from the outset would have greatly elevated the stress and thrill of the journey for the listener.
I also didn't get a huge "end-of-the world" vibe anywhere in this book. Apparently the night was filled with zombies, but never was I instilled with a sense of dread or foreboding about them. They were a paper backdrop in the story, a means to provide characters in the book with drugs, and that's it.
Rhett Samual Price has a wonderful deep, resonant baritone - perfect for audio books. I did have some minor nitpicks with this performance though (sorry Rhett!). He needs to figure out a better voice for children and most of the women in his story and stay away from the screeching high falsettos he currently uses. They made me physically cringe at times and are blemishes in an otherwise spectacular performance. Also, Craig, the son of the main baddie, has a weird, changing accent: is it Irish? Brooklyn? South African? It seemed to change and was different at the end of the book compared to the beginning. And where did he get his accent from if his father didn't have one at all?
This audio book was gifted to me by the narrator in exchange for a unbiased review.
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I was really looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, I had a really hard time with it. The story started off strong then I lost interest with all the jumping back and forth between past and present. It was like reading 2 different books.
The story is told through the past and present of Alex's life.
The parts dealing with Alex's present were full of action, intrigue and suspense. Then the next chapter was Alex's past and while it added detail to the story-line it wasn't always interesting. Some of the "past" parts could have been left out. I realize it was setting up the backstory for the current actions but the constant back and forth every other chapter just threw the story off and affected the flow for me.
Overall the story was entertaining and enjoyable. I was much more interested in what was happening in the present vs the past. I was interested enough to want to know how it was all going to play out and what exactly would happen in the end.
After an outbreak of a mutated flu, cities and territories are quarantined in an attempt to contain the spread of the disease. Alex's wife is inside Jackson a quarantined area. He left her there in a moment of anger. Alex is going to try and get her out. Alex is joined on his quest by Justice and ex Sheriff from a nearby county. They are both being pursed by a relentless enemy who will not stop until they are both dead.
Interesting and creative twist on an apocalyptic virus. A virus that it is the catalyst for the new drug of choice 7. Seven is a by- product of the H5 mutated flu vaccination. Contaminated victims are being used to gain a key ingredient for the drug.
I am somewhat confused to what exactly Alex and his father did. They weren't engineers, but there is never an explanation of what they actually did. Sounded covert/secretive/government though. That could have been a really interesting story-line.
Rhett Samuel Price does a really good job with the narration. Nice voice. Easy to listen to for long periods of time. Smooth even pace to his narration. Some really good character voices. Of coarse the guys voices were great. There were a lot of male characters and each one was distinct. The deep voice for Justice was perfect. I know he was trying to convey her emotion, which he did but during the parts when Katie was screaming it was hard to listen to (like nails on a chalkboard) when it was just Katie's normal voice it was okay. He was able to make you feel the emotions of the characters and what they were going through as well as bring the story to life. Overall very enjoyable.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.
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It is hard to find a 'Zombie Apocalypse' book with a difference. This is one. Yes, there is a 'flu pandemic which mutates the sufferers into something other, but these are not the flesh eating mindless monsters more usually seen but sick people who might even be treatable in the earliest of stages, who become, not cannibals as such but filled with violence and anger, given to unprovoked attack - especially when left to starve. In an attempt to block the spread of the infection, outbreak cities are closed for both entry and exit and those locked inside, sick and untouched, adapt to coexist to a certain extent.
One such city is Jackson. Alex needs to get there, get in and out again. It is a rescue mission and far from easy with dangerous terrain to cover between Alex's home in Angel's Ferry and the prison-like Jackson. Plus, he's made an enemy who, with a ferocious and drug fuelled gang, will stop at nothing to hurt him in everyway possible. This is the story of Alex's journey, with a friend, into Jackson.
The book is interestingly written, with the past sliding effortlessly into the present events to both flesh out the characterisations and motivations of Alex and others, and give a broader understanding of the state into which the country has fallen, infecting even those free of the disease. Visual and visceral, the full picture slowly emerges and it is certainly not the usual them and us of most zombie stories.
With numerous protagonists, this was an epic task for any narrator. Although not totally perfect with occasional odd word pronunciations, Rhett Samuel Price , definitely gave a five star performance, with his excellent voicing of all characters, male and female, each distinctive and clearly differentiated (even if someone named TJ did have a strangely suspect accent). Mr.Price's reading is slow, steady and constant, his warm, slightly gruff voice mirroring the text beautifully, conveying emotions encountered and speeding to fit the frequent action. Listening to his storytelling most certainly enhanced the overall story experience.
I was fortunate in being gifted my copy of Into Jackson by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for that. It was one of the most enjoyable of it's type that i have read. Although the story is complete in itself, there is still the potential for a further book set in this world: as one of the characters says along the way, "Maybe our stories still ain't over ..." I truly hope that this is the case and that the author, Jaxon King, soon returns with more tales of Justice, with or without Alex. I, for one, will certainly want to read, or better yet, listen to them as recounted by Mr. Price.