A world fallen under a plague of seven billion walking dead. A tiny island nation the last refuge of the living. One team of the world's most elite special operators. The dead, these heroes, humanity's last hope, all have...Arisen.
When the Zombie Apocalypse came, one country had shut down its borders in response to a major terrorist attack. Now Fortress Britain is the last bastion of the living with 50 million beleaguered survivors facing down a world of 7 billion animated corpses. And when civilization fell, one international team of supremely elite special operators was being assembled for a nearly impossible mission, deployed out of the SAS barracks at Hereford. Supremely trained and armed, always the most skilled, resolved, and unstoppable amongst us, now the commandos of Alpha team are humanity's last best hope for survival. Searching through the detritus of fallen Europe, scavenging pharmaceutical labs for clues to a vaccine that might bring humanity back from the brink, now they are tasked with one last desperate operation. They must cross the Atlantic aboard the world's only remaining supercarrier, insert by air into the very middle of a dead continent, and then fight their way on foot through a city of 3 million ravening dead guys. But these Zulus will not be like any zombies they have ever fought before....
©2013 Michael Stephen Fuchs, Glynn James (P)2014 Podium Publishing
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"Why Half A Book?"
I'd like at least 10 hours out of a book. Combine 3 of Fuchs books and you'd feel like you're getting your money's worth. The story is great, but I don't like burning a full credit for a novella.
"Spec Ops VS the Dead"
This entire series is excellent! I listened to all of them within a few days and found it hard to turn off. Very well written and performed. The main characters are military Spec Ops types and Fuchs' has either been there or done his research well. One of the great things about the story is that even though these guys (and girls) are tough, trained and well armed they are still almost outmatched by the undead. Nobody is safe as they struggle to stay a half step ahead of the zombie hoardes, not to mention all the other pitfalls of post apocalypse civilization (supplies running low, fuel & ammo scarce, equipment failing, buildings structurally unsound). The anxiety and intensity level is off the chart and it is a non stop fight for survival. If these Spec Ops types are getting their asses kicked like this none of us regular Joe's would have a chance!
Tom Clancy could not write a better Military vs Zombie series. The only downside will be for readers with no military background. There are a lot of acronymns and references that only military types will get. But, even then, Fuchs explains what needs to be understood without boring the those of us who get it.
Last note - if you like "The Remaining" series you will love this.
"Must Have More"
Every book I have ever purchased narrated by RC Bray has been a winner!
This one is a cracker! I gave the zombie genre a break for a couple of purchases and I was looking for a good old fashion action bash'em crash'em style story, and boy did I hit the jackpot with this one.
The narration is excellent. The perfect speed to listen to for me was 1.25x speed. Which leads me to my biggest gripe with this one. It was too short, just over 5 hours in length, and even though I think Bray is one of the best narrators around, he is not exactly fast. So when you speed it up just a tad, the listening time is even shorter! This next book in the series should have been combined with this one! So in reality this one has been one of the most expensive in the genre per minute to listen too. I'm not so sure I am happy with that fact.
Ok with my gripes aside. I can honestly say this is one of the best in this genre
"One Bad Ass Zombie book!"
I love zombie books and RC Bray makes every character sound like he could rip off your head.
That the special forces troops were in search of the cure.
R.C. Bray is my Favorite narrator. I listen to everything he reads and he makes the characters come to life and does such a wonderful job!
Yes! finished it in 3 days.
If you like this book listen to the Mountain Man series by Keith C. Blackmore. It is also narrated by R.C. Bray.
"Story Fragment, No Depth"
Don't expect a novel. If you do, you will be disappointed.
Expect, instead, an extended set-up piece for some future novel. Here, you will face a bit of plot background (which is told, not shown) as well as lots of fawning praise for special forces troops and highly detailed reverence for military equipment. Character development is obviously low priority; we learn very little about any character and, as a result, have a hard time caring about them.
This book does a masterful job of demonstrating why plot alone is not enough to create a good novel. If we care about the people, we will naturally care about the plot. The reverse isn't necessarily true and is certainly not true in Fortress Britain.
The only good news here? At least this novel fragment is brief; you won't need to spend too long with this testosterone-mad paean to soldiers and their weapons to conclude that it is not worth your time.
"Great Military Zombie Story"
Good story and narration. I've listened to a lot of zombie books and this one ranks right up there with the best - I really like the military point of view as well. The only problem I have is that the books are really short. However, I can't wait for the 3rd book to drop on the 19th.
"good zombie story"
well I can listen to RC Bray all day. he is a storyteller extraordinaire. and this is a good story
"No depth. Very one dimensional."
Just want you to buy other books. Not even a good story for book one.
Loved it. My only critique is that the book wasn't longer. I couldn't stop listening!
"Kind of a teaser, can't wait to listen to the next"
Very good book. I was going to give it lower points for being so short and letting me hanging, but I got over it and expect the next one to be awesome.
its got everything, finished super quick, get the omnibus edition
perfection. world war z meets morning star trillogy meets monsterplanet
One of the best, totally awesome some of the best voice acting and some really high production values.
When pred and juice turn up at a barracks room brawl with there weapons, night vision and very little else.
All of alpha team, the reader really makes the characters live and breath.
Yes, I have read the novel previously and did read that in one sitting. Being an audio book adds a little extra Magic to the whole thing.
Initially was worried about how this would work as a audiobook but it rocks.
Reading the reviews I had high hopes for this... the author must have a lot of friends. it's half a story??
Fortress Britain is just another thank God the Americans are going to save the world again story, just this time with a few plummy plucky Brits thrown in for good measure. and set in Britain. the story ends just as it's picking up, yet I feel disinclined to get the next one to see how uncle Sam saves the world.
"this should be a film it's that good ******"
what can I say I could not stop listening to it it's that good I'd highly recommend this book and can't wait to listen to the next one for me it's it was mid blowing good *
"Gripping and unusual"
I received a free copy of this audiobook from one of the authors, but this is my unbiased opinion.
I found this story very easy to get into. I was grabbed by the military setting, and the geographical location - Britain became a character in its own right. I often struggle with a large cast of characters, but I found this much easier to follow than I expected. There is an excellent range of character types, and their emotions and reactions to their apparently unwinnable situation are extremely plausible. Although I received this volume for free, I will happily buy the others in the series.
My only real problem with the book was with the American narrator. His English accents were wobbly and tended to distract me from the story, and he mispronounced several words, notably 'Premier Inn', which needed the English pronunciation for Premier, and 'forecastle', which he pronounced phonetically instead of 'fohksl'.
At the very top end
A novel take on the zombie apoc. Good to see how the elite soldiers may fair compared to the usual regular Joe's
Absolutely awesome. A must read and RC Bray is masterful as usual
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