Six weeks ago, the mysterious virus came out of nowhere and engulfed the world. Everyone infected seemed to die...then rise again. Jeff Blaine did his best to hold his family together and to protect them from the horrors scratching at their door, but in the end, they were ripped away from him like everything else that ever mattered. Lost and alone, Jeff decided his only option was to destroy as many of the monsters that stole his life away before they destroy him as well. But when he discovers Megan, George, and Jason, three other survivors not interested in giving up just yet, he reluctantly accepts that there might still be a reason to fight and live to see another day.
Traveling through the blasted landscape their world has become, the quartet discovers that the living dead aren't the only danger with which they must cope. Even other survivors who promise safety and security from the hordes of ghouls roaming the wastelands will test loyalties and their faith in humankind. Jeff and his small band of newfound friends must forge a semblance of life in the newly blighted world. And they will have only the light of their own humanity by which to navigate as everything around them descends into the dark.
The second book of the Dark Trilogy finds Jeff and his band of survivors making their way through a dangerous wasteland mostly populated by the living dead. Narrator Jim Cooper gives a steady and expressive performance, capturing the fear, exhaustion, and resignation of the characters as they encounter other survivors and learn that safety and security are never guaranteed in this new world. Cooper's characters are precisely drawn, and his voices for his female characters are particularly superb. Cooper gives them a feminine inflection that is credible and never veers into camp.
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tension filled inter-group conflict among zombies
book 2 picks up where book 1 ended- jeff, megan, george, and jason are held at gun point by another group of survivors. just as they think they're surrounded b rednecks, a calm, cool, and collected voice calls them off, and michael appears. he's the leader of another group of survivors. michael takes their guns, supplies, and munivan in one swoop and forces/invites them to join his group of survivors.
michael's compound is an interesting setup. i won't give it away, but i haven't seen that done before in any of the other zombie books. actually, it's a pretty good concept AND IF there's ever a real zombie outbreak, i'd consider employing that tactic. LOL
this book is mostly about group dynamics and interpersonal conflict. as such, it is well done!
michael's group is pretty small. he's got 2 redneck henchman, a psychopathic girlfriend, 2 teen boys who haven't seen any real action, lydia, an older yet wise woman, who looks after the 2 kids, and ben. ben is an interesting character. he doesn't speak much, but when he does, even michael listens. ben is michael's finder- the only one who lave the compound to find things.
the author does a good job building tension b/ween the 2 groups and then stretching it until it breaks. although there's not as much zombie action as in the 1st book, there's still a lot of passive aggression b/ween the characters to keep you listening.
actually, this is one of the better zombie books i've listened to when it comes to group dynamics and personal scheming. the conflicts are believable. they don't seemed to be forced for conflict sake.
the zombie action picks back up about 1/2 through the book when a group of mixed survivors heads into town on a supply hunt.
one thing i forgot to mention in my 1st review is that there "seems" to be something else going on. in the 1st book and in this book, some of the survivors seem to see a shadow running around. they write it off as a trick of the eye. somehow, the zombies always seem to find where the survivors are. there are a couple of hints at what the shadow might be in this book, but we still don't know. i hope it is flushed out in the 3rd book. yes, i plan on downloading it when it comes out on 4/30/13.
overall, a good 2nd book. i enjoyed it. however, i wish all 3 books were combined into one full story. if you're interested in why i say that, please head over to my review of the 1st book.
- Mike Naka
Fast paced for zombies
That is a tough question, I listened to alot of books. I like the series and will get the next book as soon as I can
I like Jeff, he is a reluctant leader that makes me think about issues of responsibility and consequences
He does well, differentiating between voices and emotions
Great storyline and the author puts characters in realistic situations. The story is fast paced and seems like a much shorter book
- Jason Daniel