Zombie Maelstrom : Chad Halverson

  • by Bryan Cassiday
  • Narrated by D.G. Chichester
  • Series: Chad Halverson
  • 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Virulent pockets of plague, first reported in China, break out worldwide and spread with mind-boggling speed. CIA black ops agent Chad Halverson flies to Los Angeles to visit his brother after receiving a call that his brother has been hospitalized after a car accident. Halverson's Boeing 737 crash-lands in an eerie Los Angeles shrouded with an impenetrable haze of smog. But that is only the tip of the iceberg of Halverson's nightmare. Lurking in this mist are legions of plague-infected living dead who are driven by an all-consuming lust for human flesh. Halverson's reunion with his brother must take second place to his own struggle to stay alive.
As civilization crumbles into chaos, it will take all the skills and wits Halverson and his fellow passengers possess for their hunted party to survive in a world overrun with hordes of flesh-craving zombies. Which will pose a bigger threat to Halverson and his ever-dwindling band - their own bickering as they try to organize and defend themselves, their enemies - the living dead, or the new "civilization" of men that is superseding the old?


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some new and different aspects to add

What would you do if your plane did an emergency landing at LAX in dense fog? What if when you landed everyone was gone? The passengers of this plane were faced with these and many much more gruesome questions after their plane lands at a seemingly deserterede LAX. Passengers start to go missing and people are crashing out of high windows and falling with no screams. What is going on?

The narration for Zombie Maelstrom was done by D.G. Chichester and it was done well. Chichester used different voices for different characters, which was really nice until it was confusing. I know the main characters were Halverson and Tom but there were times I couldn’t tell them apart other than who they were talking to. I’m not sure if this was a problem that just I had, or if others would have the same issue too. The production value is great; I didn’t have any issues with this audiobook — it sounded perfect.

I’ve read many different zombie books, and a lot of them even start out with the main characters not knowing what was going on. Some of them have unsuspecting survivors, while others have brute force military men. This book sort of had both. The passengers were not prepared for this, but one man was… sort of.

I don’t like when I can’t put my finger on why a book falls slightly flat to me. I think in Zombie Maelstrom the issue was just my confusion with the characters. In this confusion I don’t feel like I learned enough back story about some of them I understand that doing backstory makes the book longer and some people just want to jump into the action, but I think a little more could have been done.

The turn towards the end of the story (not trying to give anything away) was probably the best and most thought out part of this book. They could have spent slightly less time trying to figure out what to do, and more time in and around the camp.

The camp’s leader felt like the most explained character in the book, but maybe because he was easily hated. But not as easily hated as the main antagonist, Leamans, who is with the survivors the whole time (seriously I haven’t hated a character in a book that much in a long time). Writing a character who is that much of an a-hole couldn’t have been easy.

Overall, the book felt like it had some new and different aspects to add to the zombie fiction/post-apocalyptic genre. And it had some other aspects that felt very “been there, done that.” I don’t regret listening to this book, just wish it had slightly more uniqueness to it.

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Really Enjoyed!

After reading some pretty bad reviews regarding this book, I went into it with no expectations, and you know what, I really enjoyed it!! Shocker ;) Don't let the bad reviews sway you, this was an enjoyable listen!

When a flight has to land with no communication between the plane and LAX, the passengers don't know what to expect. They don't expect a place shrouded in fog and seemingly empty though. They can barely see a few feet in front of themselves, but some of the passengers break off, while some head to the airport to see what's happening. While on their way there, they hear moans and screams, just what is going on?? As they arrive at the place, a person seems to jump from the tower, screaming. Their initial thoughts are terrorists in he building, but what they get is something worse.

Who would have thought that a book based in an airport a lot, would grab my attention so much, yet this one did! The plot was relatively fast paced and quite eerie! Anything taking place in a fog is eerie, but add in an abandoned airport, Zombies and an awful camp, and you have a decent read!

All the characters are well written and developed. I liked Halverson a lot. He is capable, smart and a take no prisoner kind of guy. He does his best for his fellow passengers and tries to keep them all alive! There isn't many books out there that make me despise a character as much as this one did, but despise Leamans I did! The man tried his best to become leader and was so arrogant and a down right despicable man! He seemed to do his best to get on the wrong side of every character!

Anyway, this was a really quick read for me, and I look forward to checking out the rest soon. Give these books a go, you won't regret it!

I really enjoyed the narration done by D.G. Chichester. With the amount of characters in this, he did a great job distinguishing each. I hope he is narrating the rest of the series!

*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affects my thoughts.*
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- Natalie @ BookLoversLife

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-29-2015
  • Publisher: Bryan Cassiday