A single bite is all it takes.
During the Outbreak, like billions of others, a man finds himself infected with the Phage. Desperate to spare his family from watching him become a walking nightmare, he flees. Soon after, he is dead.
Two years later, he wakes up.
Not in the afterlife, but in his own body. Trapped, unable to control the monster that carries him, and forced to witness the horror of its existence.
A hundred miles away, Sergeant Ethan Thompson thinks he has seen the worst the apocalypse has to offer.
He is wrong. Following the trail of a dying madman, he will embark on a journey of vengeance that will test the limits of his sanity. Along the way, he will learn that there is no justice at the end of the world. There is only the living and the dead, and in between, there is The Passenger.
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much better than expected!
without spoiling anything...a particular "eating" scene! that may sound gross, but i bet you by the time you finish listening to the story, you'll agree with me!
again...without spoiling anything...the moment after the "eating" scene. again, i'll bet you'll agree with me!
two really good stories in one! as the book opens, a family is fleeing a zombie horde. just as they reach the safety of the safe area's chain link fence, an accidental misplacement of a hand leads to the fingers being bitten off of the man's hand! after a few quick words to his family, he runs away, back into the oncoming horde, filled with the courage only a dying man can muster. jump ahead 2 years, and our unamed man's mind comes back to consciousness as he is eating his latest victim.
as our unamed zombie is recoiling mentally at what he can't stop doing, we meet ethan. he is the staff sergeant of delta team. delta team is one of the teams getting ready to board a train-like vehicle in order to take the fight to the insurgents. ethan's story tells us the state of the government and its fight against both the zombies and insurgents. our unamed zombie's story tells us what it's like to be a zombie and part of a horde.
individually, both stories are strong and could stand alone. as the overall story progresses, the stories begin to overlap and meld in an exciting, yet believable, way. for such a short story, the authors do a good job of building interesting characters.
the narration is excellent! each character's voice is varied and unique.
overall, an excellent zombie story!
- Mike Naka
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- Jim "The Impatient"