Dark clouds gather... A storm is breaking... With the sanctuary built, there is a respite from the nightly night runner assaults. Jack Walker and the group of survivors have bought themselves a little breathing room. Or have they? A peaceful daytime outing turns into yet another nightmare sweeping Robert and Bri up with it. The world has changed. Another danger has emerged. Ferocious packs of night runners still prowl at night and Jack must now locate and rescue his kids. With vengeance on his mind, he heads into the heart of an armed camp. Night runners own the night and encircle the encampment. Jack must thread his way through this ring of fire to bring his kids to safety. Will his actions bring safety or invite more harm? With Night runners behind and armed men in front, Jack's skills are pushed to the limit. Mistakes were made. Payment is coming...
©2012 John O'Brien (P)2014 John O'Brien
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"NOW WERE TALKING JOHN! GETS BETTER AND BETTER!"
If they were crazy about the Zombfic like me...ABSOLUTELY!!!
When they found MOM!!!!!!
In this series only...but he is the reason I stuck with it through book 3...I like him, and now..I am just addicted to Johns words....lol
Mom...when she found out about he Nicole...I sobbed like a baby!!!
I almost quit this series after book 2, but the reviews convinced me to continue...and I am glad I did, because I am now starting book 5....These books get progressively better as they go on..the characters are getting very well developed and fleshed out now, and there is a bit of mystery going on here...so I am super intrigued....In this one, Jacks kids and a member of red team get kidnapped and it is a search and destroy mission to get them back...in the process the kids find their mom, who seemingly has recovered from this crazy night runner virus...and other night runners are coming back into there human thought process also, as if these people are recovering....
They also rescue a bunch of survivors, and start missions to find others...also Lynn's mom and brother finally make it...and that is a big relief for Lynn...they also are going to start searching for the soldiers families in the group, and taking back the city by clearing small areas 1 step at a time...Jack also is now discovering he can almost communicate with these creatures and his senses are heightened....I knew this from the ASW series, but I see how it happened now...he was scratched and it enhanced him...I think I remember him saying that in ASW1....This was the best installment for me so far...and I am on to book 5....This story just keeps getting more and more intriguing....
"My favorite in the entire series. ."
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!
"Good Story "
Good story and supports the series well but not one to start with so if you haven't heard any of the New World Series don't begin here.
Much better than the last one, less details, more action. Good character development. Loved it. Gonna start listening to the next one right now.
"the most action packed book yet"
Taken picks up after little bit of time has passed since Sanctuary. Their fortress is now secure, yet far from complete, and the night walkers have seemed to have moved on to easier prey.
As the title of this story suggests, somebody is taken. As it always seems, in true zombie apocalypse style, those you need to be worried the most about are the other human survivors. On a routine patrol Jack’s kids are taken prisoner by a group of unknown survivors and taken to an unknown location. If you have listened to the previous audiobooks in this series, you will know that Jack does not take something like this lightly. The search is on. All other tasks are put on hold until his kids are found. Once the location is revealed Jack and his team storm the premises to attempt a rescue. Then of course the night walkers show up.
The rest of the book is setting us up for the next book, as needs to happen with an epic series like A New World. Other survivors are discovered. There is something very strange going on with Jack. He finds that his hearing, for one, is becoming freakishly good. Being able, at times, to hear a vehicle coming from what seems like miles away. Because of this and a few other things that you will have to listen to know about, his group is becoming concerned for his well being.
Again O’Brien teases us with, a larger part of the narrative than previous, the story told from one of the night walkers point of view. I cannot get enough of this aspect. Zombie like creatures getting smarter, forming attack plans and the like. Making me crave for more and more from this point of view. I really hope we get more of this and I hope that it goes somewhere breathtaking.
Compared the prior books Taken is the most action packed book yet. With a majority dedicated to the rescue of Jack’s kids. All of the planing involved. Dispatching the stupid souls that disrupted their “normal” in the apocalypse. The team got themselves in the position to have to deal with a huge horde of the creatures. Combat scenes delivered with military precision and finesse. There was one scene where Jack was sneaking into the fortress where my heart was beating so fast.
Fans of military zombie apocalypse stories will love this book and the rest of the series.
I will be getting the next in the near future. O’Brien has made me care about Jack, his kids, and the other survivors in his group. I am excited to know this story is going as there are so many possibilities.
With each one of the books in this series I’ve been able to enjoy Mark Gagliardi’s performances more and more. Delivering the story with the bravado you would expect from a military man. His characterizations are getting better, every character is much more distinct than in previous audiobooks in the series. O’Brien picked a good one for this project and, so far, has been smart enough to keep Gagliardi on task throughout the series.
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great book loving the series and the story has me hooked and wanting more. yeah
I live this storyline. Great writing. I also have this series on Kindle so I can go back and forth.
"awesome. I can not say enough about this series."
I have enjoyed this series since the first one. I can not wait to buy the next one. Never ending action.
John just plain does no wrong with series, a pleasing and engaging read, a must for any collection
"Above average ZA tale."
The overall believability of the story and the flying sequences.
I really can't pick and therein lies the main problem with this series. While I have greatly enjoyed the writing style and the narrator's rendition, there is simply nowhere near enough character development in my opinion. I read ZA novels consistently and I find these zombies and the outbreak itself, one of the most believable yet. I appreciate that they can be killed like normal humans and that they aren't REALLY the dead walking. I also have enjoyed the action sequences, especially those in the air. I love the concept of being able to fly during a ZA!
Unfortunately, I am not attached enough to the characters and I am certain that it is the result of not enough development. Granted I have spent 6 books listening to the same people and their background stories, but somehow I am not emotionally involved. Were I an author, I could explain it better perhaps, but I'm not... Moreover, one area that is somewhat lacking is interaction with other survivors, specifically the "bad" ones. That is an element of ZA novels that I really enjoy and it is utterly absent here.
Suffice to say that the series is above average on many levels, but it is sub-par to the "Mountain Man" series by Blackmore and "Arisen" by Fuchs et al. If you haven't read those yet, I would suggest it heartily.
"a rush hour classic"
Brilliant, an excellent book to shorten the rush hour trek to work and home. superb
Yes a really good action book that just keeps going
Well book 1 was slow and book 2 had dreadful narration but 3 was good and 4 is great it really just keeps you drawn in with endless action, really enjoyed it very much. The ending was bit weird to be honest but i assume he is setting up another storyline for book 5. Worth buying.
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