• by Michael J. Totten
  • Narrated by Steven Roy Grimsley
  • 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Welcome to a world turned to ashes.
Annie Starling is missing her memory of the last eight weeks - the most devastating in history. It started in Russia and went global in a matter of days, the most virulent virus the world has ever known. It's stripping its victims of every last thing that makes them human. And that's just the beginning. The other survivors are no less dangerous than the infected. She meets Lane, who stops at nothing to assert power and control over everybody who's left; Kyle, who dreams of building a new world upon the ruins of the old; Hughes, who lost the ability to feel after burying his family; and Parker, who threatens to tear himself and his companions apart.
And when her memories finally return, Annie discovers a terrifying secret that could change everything - but she can't tell a soul what it is.


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the cover really attracted me

So why I did chose this book to review? actually its because of the cover (I have little experience with zombie novels, I have read three or four only) but the cover really attracted me, the clever look in the eyes of that zombie decided it for me (I thought its kind of “aware zombie novel” something like “Horde”, but it wasn’t like that.)

Basically the story talks about five survivors of the zombie turning world, it focus on the dynamic between them more than what is really happening outside, and their thoughts, and feelings in situations. The group consist of: Hughes: a man who lost his family Parker: a rude man with power issues Kyle: an excited and dreamer young man Annie: a women with a secret and there are Frank and Carol also.

What I liked about the book is the simple psychological aspect of it (we see here the reaction of traumas in human being, ethical issues going in their minds, and the group dynamic between different people in the same situation), the characters were very good made, they were kind of unpredictable and very human, and it had new idea for the plot.

Yet it did suffer from some problems in my point of view, like the simplicity of the plot(climates were ending in a simple way ), and I couldn’t see some emotions that should have been there (the anger, the anguish, and maybe a little of hate ??), and the “theory of cause” also wasn’t convincing and ambiguous.

The narrator was Steven Roy Grimsley, and he did a great job of giving each character of the story a special tone and accent that suits the personality of the character, I liked how he controlled his voice to represent the different emotions and thoughts. as for the plot scenes the narration was very good in the action scenes that you just could feel it happening in front of your eyes.

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Satisfying Zombie Story With Some Good Twists

Excellent audio book, highly recommended! I'm an avid horror reader but usually don't enjoy the zombie genre, however this book had me from the start. Great story with well-developed characters, great action scenes and some really good surprises. Michael J. Totten builds and reveals the story twists very well - some you'll see coming, some you won't. Narrator Steven Roy Grimsley is spot-on - he does an excellent job taking the listener along for each character's ride. Definitely worth a listen, can't wait for the next book in this series!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-20-2014
  • Publisher: Michael Totten