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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.
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Where does Into the Dark rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
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
Who was your favorite character and why?
I like Jeff, he is a reluctant leader that makes me think about issues of responsibility and consequences
What does Jim Cooper bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He does well, differentiating between voices and emotions
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Great storyline and the author puts characters in realistic situations. The story is fast paced and seems like a much shorter book
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