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I enjoyed the first half of the book quite a bit: a story about how a well-prepared man faces the development/existence of a zombie horde. Sure, the main character was a bit too prepared for a guy with his background and job, but still, it was believable. And the way information on the initial sickness was shared (or not) felt very realistic. (Oh, I am pretty sure the technical aspects of, say, diving, guns, or solar panels, etc, were creatively interpreted, but I didn't mind, since I don't really care what size bullet goes into what type of gun anyway.)
About halfway through, the story took a little turn from a survivalist story to a "spy-thriller" wannabe. Which might have been okay - if this aspect had been more than a "let's have the main character get caught up in some spy-ops in order to show him facing zombies". This entire thread is sorta wrapped up, but the reader is never given any information as to the point behind these events. Perhaps it is a thread intended to be brought up in the next book in the series, but, as it is here, it is just a huge red herring put into the story for no purpose other than to have an excuse for the main character to meet a sidekick and venture into zombieland.
There were some other weak points that became more noticeable as the story progressed: especially in regards to the main character's cat. Even if you assume that the main character would risk his own life to save that of his cat... why would he take it out of its cage and tie it to a string with the plan that it would walk beside him during a thunderstorm/zombie attack... hey, I can suspend disbelief and accept zombies, and even that silly spy-ops thread, but a) what cat would walk beside you as if it were on a leash and b) what cat would walk beside you in a thunderstorm, leash or not c) and why would anyone think a cat would come to them when they called it (regardless that it is during a thunderstorm/abandoned building/zombie attack)?
The ending left even more to be desired. I think it is intended to set up the next installment of the series, but the way the main character "found" other survivors was just a smidge beyond believable (another installment of wonder-cat adventures here). And I really hope that the "love interest" hinted at in the next book is not the same one hinted at in this one because I am really tired of male authors assuming that 17 year old girls would be as interested in 30 year old men as these men are in teenage girls.
It isn't overly gory, there is no sex, and I don't recall any excessive swearing. The narration is good and I think the translation to English was accurate enough. Overall it is a reasonable/average entry in the zombie genre. I won't, however, be reading the next in the series since the best part of this book was how the virus/information spread, and how the world initially dealt with this spread.
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Fun, a lot of fun, pure story! Very fast paced. It's also bad but in a not so bad way. Have you ever watched Land of the Lost? (1970's television) Chaka is just so cute, you want to pat him on the back and can imagine feeling the costume zipper as you do. Then you wonder if the slesstacks were grumpy by nature or if it was simply the combination of those rubber suits and the hot stage lights.<br/><br/>The show is horrible! But we love it right? Yes sir, every bit. Technical problems and everything, we love it. (Well, at least I did.)<br/><br/>This book felt the same. I think the technical problems were huge. My wife chides me and reminds me that it is TRANSLATED. Well, sorry but translation does not stop me from cringing when I hear about setting the safety on a Glock. (Maybe in Spain they have an external safety? Uh, no.) <br/><br/>I got the feeling this guy was writing about things he really did not know about. (Guns, sail boats, scuba diving, car parts.) The biggest whammy went something like, "The SUV's battery was completely dead. Good thing I had an extra in the bottom of my backpack. We picked it up in the..." What? Was the battery lost between your chapstick and your gum? Did you know that a car batter is just a tiny bit bigger than say a flashlight battery? For those that don't know: Car batteries are large, very heavy and full of lead and acid. It would take a large backpack and a small battery just to get one inside, but don't tip it or it might spill acid all over. Carrying one of these for an average guy means grunting and groaning. Don't tell me you just happen to have an extra in the bottom of your backpack! That would be as logical as suddenly remembering that you had an extra skunk in your back pocket.<br/><br/>Am I being mean? I hope not too mean because I was able to get past all this and enjoy the book despite the problems. I will read the next if comes out here on Audible and in English.<br/><br/>I bought this because I had long drive I had to get up very early for. It kept me engaged and on the edge of my seat. Lots of fun. Zombyriffic!
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A very enjoyable story with lots of interesting elements and plenty of suspense though it has IMO an overly dramatic and at times odd narration. In terms of the writing there are lots of obvious things which could have been corrected with a decent Editor - silly stuff like "the corridor was pitch black" followed by a detailed description of the corridor, "I was paralyzed with fear" then immediately "strangely calm", "I had grown used to the hideous sights" though "bile rose in my throat and I wanted to throw up", he realizes that he needs to be quiet so as not to attract attention yet shouts with joy, fires automatic weapons and kicks steel doors multiple times with gay abandon - these things may have sounded OK with a different narrator. Because the main character apparently has the learning curve of a plank you kind of want him to die but that still didn't stop me enjoying this listen!
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I could not finish listening to this. If a teenager had the determination to write a sci-fi/horror novel, this is what they would come up with. This book takes suspension of disbelief to a whole new level. Not only is the main premise ridiculous, but the details: transformers blow up because the electricity supply has failed, his freezer defrosts almost instantly, he listens to the police on short-wave radio, his car engine fails catastrophically because he drives along a bumpy road....it's just ridiculous. To cap it all, the narrator has a whiny American voice and I lost count of the number of times he said: 'life is a bitch'. Sorry, puerile rubbish.
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