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I guess tension is needed but... I'm very tired of the "good guy" being railroaded by "otherwise good people" who are angry at the state of the world and need a scapegoat to work it out on. That and... "otherwise good people" doing super bad things because someone else who is even badder "forced" them to do it.
Personally, at the commencement of zombie hoards wandering around, I'm going to attach myself to the largest, strongest group that has guns and a plan. Not sit around wondering how much my pick-up truck is worth in a zombie world. And, no, I'm not stupid enough to wade into a zombie hoard to prove anything to anyone... you don't want my supplies and ammunition, fine... me and my food and guns and electricity will just go live in my bunker all by my little self.
So... do you think a man ducked down hiding behind a car blocking the road and a woman shouting for help would be a trap? Yeah, me too. But, apparently, the characters in this story are naive and - contrary to everything they've seen or done since the outbreak - believe it might actually be legit. This is typical of the "scenarios" the main character gets into - all of them are predictable (or ridiculous) and anyone with any sense would avoid them, but for the sake of story-action and an opportunity to show how wonderful the main character is, the entire novel is filled with such scenes. In fact, I don't think there is a single scene that occurred "naturally" and was responded to in a believable way. Characters have to at least pretend to act like normal human beings, making normal human decisions, some of the time... the whole book cannot be based on people acting in abnormal ways for the sole purpose of setting up a scene for the main character to save the day.
It's actually so annoying to read about characters acting so stupidly that I don't want to finish the book... but I foolishly bought the next in the series before I realized how bad this one is.
The narration is fine. It is not gory and there isn't any sex. There is some swearing. It's just the characters repeatedly acting in ways that no normal person would act that ruined this book for me.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up The Remaining: Aftermath in three words, what would they be?
WHY DO THAT?
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Let me say right off the bat, this is a good book and worth the listen. The writing is crisp and dialogue is well done....
But, I have a very hard time believing in the main character. A highly trained soldier who is supposed to bring people together after the plague. But he makes very poor decisions for someone who is supposed to be giving survivors what they need to re-create society. I found myself constantly saying to myself "why would he do THAT?"
1. (book 1) OK. I saved this young kid who is traumatized and unstable. Should I should leave him in my bunker/house playing video games, promise to be back in a few hours and go rescue some people that may or may not be on the roof of their house, on a street that I'm guessing they live on, several miles away. Yes, you should. I mean, what's the worst that could happen?
2. So-and-so suddenly wants to help you save the camp, despite being weak and ineffective, never used a gun, has nothing to add to the mission and could be more useful back at camp? "Sure come along. After all, what's the worst that could happen?"
3. So-and-so asks you to check on her sister in a town that something bad happened in. "Sure I will do that, no matter what. Because you were nice to me, despite my having spent all of two minutes with you. I mean, really, what's the worst that could happen?"
3. I got supplies that will save the entire camp and give us a leg-up on the (known) bad guys. We'll be back to camp in an hour or two. Yay! "But first, I'll just leave them lightly guarded in an unknown town, in a world where people are dying left and right, from infected hordes and bad guys, and go wandering in search of some person that I've never seen, couldn't recognize and is probably dead. What's the worst that could happen?
It got frustrating.
Nevertheless, I got book three. So although the main character is unbelievable (to me at least) he is strong and likeable. The secondary characters are mostly awesome. Other reviewers have pointed out that the author likes his men manly and his womenfolk mostly weak and playing a strictly supporting role - you know, cooking, cleaning and nursing. While it didn't really alter my enjoyment it was a noticeable story flaw. Not once did a woman/girl pick up a gun and actually fight.
Still let me say it one more time: Good book. Worth the listen.
The narrator is top notch.
What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?
He does a great job of subtly changing his tone/accent/cadence for each character to make it easy to follow along with who is speaking. He truly made this more enjoyable.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
Very clever story, great plot, plausible characters. Recommend the series and I look forward to the final instalment in 2015.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Dearie, dearie me. I really tried with this series and I can't fault the narration, it's terrific but the books just aren't a patch on the Arisen series. If you're the sort of person who thinks that it's WHITE MEN who're going to save us in the event of an apocalypse (which you may even consider to be imminent) then you might let the cardboard characters and jingoistic sentiments pass and quite enjoy the narration. If however you believe that the world is basically a good place only jeopardised by WHITE MEN then you'll probably notice how awful this series is...even within the whole 'white men' as saviour genre.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful
Exciting and well paced with good character developement. The variation on the typical zombie thing is refreshing and unpredictable. A great light story and worthy part 2