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I have been wanting to get a TW book for sometime. His stuff never goes on sale. I went ahead and wasted a credit. Brown seems to write exclusively in the Zombie genre and I like good zombie books. I was also impressed that he is a reviewer. A reviewer that does not always give five stars to his writing buddies. Card is a reviewer, but he only gives five stars. So, I that this guy must be gutsy.
I only got through close to five hours. I thought the story was weak and had too many unbelievable things happen. In no particular order, 1. A music teacher who was a construction worker? I have never meet a music teacher who could lift a hammer. 2. The main character goes out of his way to not watch the news, even after weird stuff starts happening? 3. Why are all these people running around in a pick up truck? In a Zombie apocalypse, there are lots of abandoned cars. Any town with a school has a least one car lot. Didn't these other teachers have cars? Why put all your eggs in one basket?
Other annoying things
Get a professional narrator. The majority of your men sound like women. Too much introspective thinking. That is not they way it happens in the movies. If I heard that once I heard it ten times. First, it is very cliché and second, who cares. Why don't you say this is not the way it happens in books? Writers seem to think it adds authenticity to their writing to say that. There is zero science in this. One of the great things about a Zombie book, is the writer coming up with a unique or clever way this happened. Was it a government conspiracy? An experiment gone wrong, a mad scientist, some virus from South America, an alien invasion, What? How do your zombies differ from other zombies?
The book cover
Based on the Tim Burton style cover of the book, I thought maybe our main characters would be zombies themselves. The girlfriend became one early on, but was quickly forgotten. Tufo's Timothy series is cool, because it comes from the perspective of the zombie.
My favorite Zombie books are Cell, by King. These zombies gather together and form a sort of community, plus you become a zombie by using your phone. Joseph Duncan's Cattle, has zombies who are smart and they breed humans for food. Scott Sigler's Pandemic, has zombies that are part of an alien invasion theme.
Why are there only 15 books in the zombie category and you can't browse to get there. You have to find a book that is specifically categorized as Zombie in order to go through the back door. It has been like three months.
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Any additional comments?
Great start to a new series! But this is a cliffhanger. If you like zombie, this audiobook is for you
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I'm enjoying this new book, I like that he’s not as heroic as some of the other characters as being a single character story there is time to go into a lot of depth.
One star was lost as there is A LOT of talk about how it isn’t like the movies etc. etc. etc., that was Kevin’s thing, it worked for Keven, he was a geek, a thinker, a movie lover and I appreciate many people would probably have these thoughts but we cover this thoroughly in the first 12 book series and its just a bit boring to keep hearing it again from Evan, and it was regular enough for it to lose a star. The story in general is very enjoyable I just found those little comments really hard to listen to (plus I have been running/ driving a lot lately and so have binged the last 4 Dead books then these two new ones so possible I’m a bit more sensitive to it!)
Otherwise I've enjoyed the beginning again! I was just starting to get a little bored of the 'beginning' every time with the 'Snapshot' series so this was needed and it’s good to know we can follow the story as far as it goes, and enjoyed the little crossovers like meeting Steve at Book 1 of original Dead series point!
Where does Onset rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Onset is the first audiobook i have listened to so far, but i already own the kindle version and wanted to upgrade
What other book might you compare Onset to, and why?
i would compare it to all the other books in the dead series
Which scene did you most enjoy?
i enjoyed the scene where Evan killed Brandon the most
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
i never listen to a book in one sitting, although i would love to
Firstly, Im not the greatest at leaving reviews but here goes....Im so happy you have created more books in this zombie world of yours, I loved the first series (and if anyone reading this hasn't read the first Dead series please do,it is awesome) I'm so glad to be drawn back in to this zombie apocalypse with a whole new bunch of characters to love and hate. And the fact that Mr TW Brown himself is narrating is a massive bonus! You've already drawn me in again with book one and I cannot wait for more!
P.S Evans commentary on the zombie race had me in tears 😂