When the H1N1 "Swine Flu" virus mutates, it begins to not only kill those who have received the vaccination, but to also bring on the unthinkable: the dead reanimate.
Cole Helman and his friends are not only survival experts, they've spent hours discussing and preparing for just this event and quickly head to the hills before the cities become clogged with looting and riots. But the group knows all too well that the living dead are just the beginning of their problems, and they'll eventually have to deal with the worst qualities of the living - desperation, greed, selfishness, and cruelty - in this new post-apocalyptic world. And a chance encounter at a secret military installation may reveal a conspiracy bigger than any of them had imagined.
Straight out of the apocalypse comes the chronicle of one small group and their experiences with life and death, survival and loss. In a world of the living dead, is one man capable of maintaining not only his community, but his own sanity?
Marc Vietor gives a riveting performance of Tony Faville’s zombie apocalypse novel Kings of the Dead. His sonorous voice is the perfect complement to the story of swine flu vaccine gone wrong. When the undead begin to appear, survival expert Cole Helman and his friends leave the city before disaster strikes. Unfortunately, it’s not just the undead they need to fear. The living are equally as terrifying when the stakes are life and death. As the group fights for survival, they come to the realization that there are nefarious institutional forces at play. Can they make it out alive?
"With Kings of the Dead, Tony Faville blurs the line between our real world and an apocalyptic nightmare world of zombies. And makes that fun. Kings of the Dead is wild and weird, dangerous and delightful!" (Jonathan Maberry, author of Patient Zero and Rot & Ruin)
"For every zombiphile who's ever imagined how it might go down if the living dead came shambling into their world... they're here!" (David Dunwoody, author of Empire and Empire's End)
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meh...only if you're desperate for a zombie fix
journal style zombie story. more of a human interaction story than a battling zombies story. kind of interesting how a group of friends react and change due to loss, betrayal, and a zombie apocalypse.
adds nothing new to the zombie world. zombies are slow and dumb. no hordes to fear.
zombies aren't the real enemy in this story, the living are. the zombie action is boring. zombies are too quickly and easily dispatched. no sense of dread.
almost like 2 stories- barricade and shelter in place vs. being on the road. i never felt the sense of imminent danger like in day by day Armageddon or the infection.
characters weren't really believable. how could they know how to do soo much even if they were military.
i do like authors who aren't afraid to kill of characters. in the end, i ended up liking cole, the main character.
narration was plain. all the characters sounded the same.
overall, i'd definitely pass if you haven't read the series i mentioned above. those are the real meat and potatoes. this is an old corndog. thankfully, i got it while it was on sale. i just kept listening to see how it ended.
- Mike Naka
A relatively quick and good zombie story
Action, danger and friendship
There were a number of memorable moments in this book but if I have to pick one, I'll say it's when two of the characters stumbled across and rescued a young girl.
Cole was my favorite. Likely because most of the story is told through his eyes and I liked him.
I wanted to listen to this book in one sitting because there was so much going on that I wanted to see what would happen next. There was danger at nearly every turn and sticky situations for the characters to dig themselves out of; all of which led to an interesting read and kept me on the edge of my seat. Likewise, most of the characters liked each other and were likeable. They developed strong, believable friendships that were constantly threatened by zombies, raiders and other dangers.
Overall this is a pretty good book. It is filled with triumphs, happy times, sad times and hope. If you're a crier, expect to shed a tear at least once.