Awareness grows... The gathering commences.... The world has changed. Jack Walker and the other survivors must adjust with it if they are to have a chance. They've managed to stay one step ahead so far but the gap is narrowing. The night runners are growing and adapting. The rules are changing. Winter is coming and the survivors must ready themselves for the long season. With Robert and Bri rescued from captivity, Jack focuses on the days ahead. His mind weighs on ensuring their supplies will see them through and clearing the night runners away from their sanctuary. There are changes in the air that threaten not only the safety of the small band of survivors, but perhaps the entire remnants of mankind. The deadliest threats Are those that build unseen...Book I - A New World:Chaos, Book II - A New World: Return, Book III - A New World: Sanctuary, Book IV - A New World: Taken, Book V - A New World: Awakening, Book VI - A New World: Dissension, Book VII - A New World: Takedown, Book VIII - A New World: Conspiracy Book IX - A New World: Reckoning
©2012 John O'Brien (P)2014 John O'Brien
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"This is the best book in the series so far"
For me, there has been time in between Taken and Awakening. For Jack and the crew, very little time has passed.
Right form the get go O’Brien explores the area I wanted so much more if in the pervious books. I wanted more of the “thinking” zombie-like night runners. I wanted to know more about the strange connection that Jack now has to these creatures. While nothing was truly explained, much was revealed about both areas. Such as the night runners do not necessarily need to eat flesh to survive. And they are getting smarter and smarter. I have a feeling that there will be mush more revealed about Jack’s connection as well. Then there is the issue of the unexpected discovery of a mystery survivor right at the end.
O’Brien was able to make his characters so much more. By exploring their backstories, revealing what makes hen who they are. Sure, sometimes this approach can be a tad drab and uninteresting. This. Is. Not. So. The depth of the characters that he is able to create, simply make the book so much more. Also it helps get me vested in their survival.
Because of all of the character development, the action that I became accustomed to was there but mostly near the end of this story. It was worth the wait! Jack and the crew decide to invade a secure facility. You will want to know how they did it, all I will say is that it involves an airplane, as so much of these stories do. Vicious action sequences and very descriptive gore.
I always love it when a crazy cultish group is found in these types of books. Ever reminding me that humans are quite capable of going completely loony tunes within a short period of time. And with that they tend to become so much easier to manipulate.
If I wasn’t hooked yet, I would be after listening to Awakening. I feel utterly invested in the survival of all of the individuals in the group. Needing to know more about how they survive and rebuild a semblance of society.
I may have said this before but. This is the best book in the series so far. Leaves me wanting to get into the next book as soon as possible.
Mark Gagliardi continues, through this series, to grow and polish his narration skills. He has been able to accomplish something that I would think many narrators strive for. To make the story their’s. He has made this a reality. I could imagine no one else making the night runners and Jack and his crew come alive. His characterizations are getting better and better. Pacing changes are spot on. Very hard to find a flaw.
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"JACK IS MY HERO!!!!"
if they liked the Zombie genre...yep!!! :)
Its more of a military based zombfic...I am going to kind of compare it to Day by Day Armageddon...another really interesting zombfic...its kinda of in journal form though like Adrian's diary..Anyway this is Jack's story...and I like how he tells it!!
This series...but i like him very much!
The rescue's of his soldiers families!!! Jack is a true hero!
This series gets better and better each book...in this one Jack and the crew go on more of a search and rescue kind of mission looking for survivors....and start to learn that the Night Runners are becoming smarter, and some may even be recovering! Jack also admits he can sense and communicate with the Night Runners..and they discover more and more that humanity is fading fast..and people are becoming ore and more of a threat! On to book 6!!
"just hate waiting on the next one..
Great series. He has done his research and the continuity is flawless. The narrator does a great job.
Absolutely enthralling series that gets more addictive with each new addition, you wont be disappointed!
"My Book 3 Review was meant for this Book."
Hearing the Night Runners side of the story, It takes away from the Survival Horror element.
Yes, overall good story and character building just some things make you shake your head
Yes, if the director took away the Night runners Mental ability and turn them back to the scary mindless predators they started out as
The Author needs to know when he has a good story and work this that but adding mental abilities to the Night Runners (talking and sending pictures with their mind) stocking up on Supermarket supplies, and two night runners all of a sudden becoming more intelligent and aware and controlling other night runners is plain silly. and is taking away from the good story he built. Night Runners coming with no thought no reason but just to devour you is way scarier.
"They just get better and better. A must read!"
Absolutely one of the best series on audible. Well narrated and keeps you on the edge of your seat all the time. You'll laugh out loud often and you feel as if you are right there with the characters. Every detail is explained and described in great detail. . you can imagine everything so clearly. Which is the mark of a good book in my eyes. Thank You John O'Brein for countless great hours of entertainment!
I really like the story. At first, I felt the narrator was over doing it a bit but his performance has grown on me.
"Can't wait for the next one"
On the money slowly adding new additions to the storyline without over saturating the story.
Truly an original storyline amazing
"Each new book seems to get better"
This story seems to get better with each new book as does the reader. This is a whole new concept in "zombie" stories but it is even more believable. The author has defiantly done his research as it comes out in the story and makes it seem more real. I was not expressed with the reading of the first two books but maybe the reader has improved or the story just hides the so so job that was apparent in the earlier books. Can't wait for this series to continue.
Brilliant, well read and performed totally enjoying the story looking forward to starting the next book.
"Overall an enjoyable book."
Listened to this book in one day so can't be bad, i find this funny as only got these because he is doing a collaboration with Mark Tufo but so glad i did, very enjoyable books, maybe not the best of 5 and sameish to others but hey a zombie book where can you go? overall a very good book :)
"more of the same"
Half and half. I want to know what happens but there seams to be quite a bit of filling like repeating the same scene from different peoples points of view (when there doesnt seam to be any real reason for it other that to make up the words).
Progress the story more with each book. Its all just getting the same thing over and over again. They go somewhere to pick some people up. Then they have to free said people from humans or they have to get supplies and get attacked by night runners while doing it
I think it needs to speed up a bit. i already know there are more books
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