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Editorial Reviews

When the apocalypse hits, John and Sara Mason head toward the mountains of Vermont and band together with their friends, family, and fellow survivors to fend off the approaching army of the undead. In this first book of the New Zed Order series, Todd Sprague creates a fascinating scenario that pits zombies against humans, and highlights the importance of community for survival. L. J. Ganser performs with an appealing calm and no-nonsense flair that turns John Mason into an archetypal hero, strong and unflappable in the face of great danger.
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Publisher's Summary

The dead have risen, and they are hungry. They are tough, they are lethal, and they are everywhere. Savage packs of the undead wander the world, feeding on the living. And they are getting stronger... In Brattleboro, Vermont, John Mason and his beautiful young wife Sara believe that family can survive anything. When the apocalypse arrives they pack food, clothing, and weapons, then hit the road with their dog seeking refuge in the mountains of John's youth. There John and Sara, together with family, friends, and neighbors, build a stronghold against the encroaching mass of the dead. The mindless walking dead are only the beginning of their troubles in this new, violent world. Something darker still is moving, and John, Sara, and the other survivors must unite and fight together or be torn apart by this New Zed Order.
©2010 Todd Sprague (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Margaret on 02-06-12

Actucally Pretty Good!

I liked the characters and wasnt a bad story line, a little confusing toward the end of the book, I am still wondering about that military presence, but all in all ok

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1 out of 5 stars
By Mike Naka on 07-21-12

run, flee! save your credit and look elsewhere!

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story goes by way to fast for me. they leave for a destination and two sentences later, they're there. they scope a seemingly empty military base, fight off zombies, and get supplies all in 5 minutes of listening. imho, the author rushes too much. there are a couple of interesting subplots, but they're never followed up on so i guess the author's planning a sequel.

the relationships are not believable. john's father is killed, and he doesn't even give it a second thought. i think it's mentioned one more time in passing. his father's death doesn't affect him in the slightest. in fact, it seems like death doesn't affect any one. characters are one dimensional. the survivors they find don't have any backstories. they're just zombie fodder.

they must be the luckiest survivors ever, in any zombie story. they find a full gun shop, several abandoned military bases that are stocked with food, guns, unlimited ammo, and vehicles.

there are only a few zombie battles. the zombies really never seem to pose a serious threat. there's no tension. yes, a huge hoard that can be seen as far as possible is dispatched. ok. they have tons of ammo, but they don't even tire. the guns don't malfunction. one minute, there's a huge hoard, the next they have it handled. what do they do with all the dead zombies that are piled up as high as a shipping container. the book never says.

there are so many other, better zombie stories out there than this. this is at the bottom of my list. yes, i listened to the whole thing only b/c i paid for it and hated the thought that i had wasted a credit. save yourself and save your credit.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Brian B. on 05-10-13

Best Zombie Book Written

This is fantastic, I saw online that the book had received rave reviews and I can hear why. It is full of action, heroism, terror, near misses, everything a zombie lover would want to experience. Most stories have a few sections that I have to grind through, but every paragraph in this book was gripping. The story is so intense and the narrator so expressive, I listened to the whole 8 hours in one day, then left it a couple of days and listened again. Its brilliant. I saw Todd Sprague was writing a sequel, then everything went quiet, all I can say Todd is one thing, forget the sequel, lets have a whole series. New Zed Order makes the Walking Dead saga sound like a laid back picnic !

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