A sinister darkness has finally cast its long shadow across the world, and Adrian Ring now suspects he's at the center of the maelstrom. And he's not alone. Even overseas, his friend Kevin is somehow standing at his side.
At Auburn Lake, Adrian and his adopted family finally understand that the dreams they have suffered since the end of the world are far more than restless imaginings. When a thousand mindless dead arrive holding books, can it be anything but a message from beyond the grave? Soon they will learn that what the dead say can be far worse than what the dead have done.
In The Failed Coward, the fourth installment in the epic Adrian's Undead Diary series, Adrian realizes the scope of humanity's struggle, and just what's at stake. Despite all the dangers posed by the world around him, Adrian pushes out more aggressively, reclaiming more and more territory from the clutches of the treasonous survivors and the walking dead.
Adrian’s world is also expanded with more short stories. New questions are raised, and new characters introduced. And they will need all the help they can get to stay alive.
In the end, everyone may need Adrian's help.
©2011 Chris Philbrook (P)2014 Chris Philbrook
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"Transitional Book, has to happen"
This is a review of the fourth book in a series, please check out the first three before reading this. As it could contain spoilers for those books.
For three books I have raved about how much I love this series. It is the depth to the characters, particularly Adrian, that makes it such a wonderful story. Typically I want zombie gore and more actions scenes than you can shake a stick at. This is not what you get from Philbrook in Adrian’s Undead Diary. What you get is a heart wrenching, tense and adrenaline pumping chronicle of how one band of survivors eek out their day to day lives that just happens to involve zombies wandering about.
The Failed Coward seemed to suffer from what often happens in a series, you know the transitional book that has to written and read. Pretty much all character development. But if it were up to me, I might have skipped this fourth book and jump to the fifth.
With the way the third book ended I expected a long drawn out defense of the school right of the bat. This was cut short with very little drama. Then right in to continuing to build their surplus of supplies.
The best part, again it seemed to have been cut short and I hope it is revisited, was Adrian’s feeling of failure to protect the ones that he loved the most, when he found his military buddy. Adrian is clearly damaged goods and I await the moment where this takes center stage.
Even though this book was not the best in the series, I will not let it sway me from continuing on with the rest of the books. I am all in a this point and I need to know how this series will wrap up as I am sure bad thing are to come for out lovable survivors.
I cannot think of anything new to say about James Foster’s performance. He has been able to keep the exact same tone and feeling to every single audiobook so far. If your main enjoyment from audiobooks come from a solid, unwavering performance, than he is a great go to narrator to choose from.
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"THINGS ARE GETTING WONKY!!!"
Oh this series is going on my re-listen list....I dig Adrian hardcore...lol
When Adrian gets hurt near the end...and also there is some supernatural stuff going on here other then zombies....I just don't know what yet!!!
I really just liked it all! :)
How Adrian saved Patty without a second thought..I am telling ya..I dig Adrian...I kinda got a little crush on him! :)
I like how these diaries start right where the other ends off...I totally just bought book 5 and 6....I am addicted!!!
"I Love AUD"
Yes, because this is one of my favorite series
Not really, the story progresses so well that it's all entertaining
I didn't have one
yes but life gets in the way
"Good Zombie Fun"
I've powered through the first 4 books in a few days. While the pace is slowish, I've found that I enjoy the author's voice enough that I can't put them down. Also, the pacing did pick up after the first book. I love that they are absolutely, completely realistic. If a manchild with combat training awoke in the middle of the zombie apocalypse, I'm sure it would go down just like this.
A previous reviewer mentioned the excessive cursing. This is true, and there is also some fairly horrid visual imagery. This is not the book to take on a drive with the kids. During the interludes, where other people's perspectives come forward, the language and visuals are clean. So, whether we like it or not, Adrian has army vernacular and a fairly nasty mind. What the character thinks goes down in his journal, too. This is my long winded way of saying that I don't find the smut gratuitous.
As an aside, I suspect the author games, and I was amused to note Adrian pwning and kiting zombies. Too funny.
The only part I found unrealistic to the point of eyerolling is how every. single. character who meets Adrian sees him as some menacing demigod. Really? The interludes sound like they were written by the actual Adrian character.
Still, this is a highly enjoyable listen, and the narrator is...simply the best. I'll be adding Mr. Philbrook to the list of narrators I follow. I'm not sure I could read these books, but the audio version is just good, dirty fun. :D
"You Just Know Something Bad is Going to Happen"
Yes, as long as they are a fan of the genre and they have read or listened to the first 3 books
Adrian's injury and Abby's taking over as the Scribe
If you've gotten this far into the series, you already know it's a great story so I don't really need to try and sell you on it. Great writing and narrating - it's just a fun series, waiting to see what Adrian does next.
This is a transitional book in the series and it also sets up the rest of the books in the series. It might not be the best in the series, but it was still very good and I can't wait to start book 5!
This is the fourth book in the Adrian's Undead Diary series. You will need to have read the others to enjoy this one. As soon as I finish one book, I immediately want to pick up the next. It is so good. This book has the journal format of the other books as well as vignettes like those featured in the last book. I was initially wary of the journal format, but Philbrook handles this format nicely. This book still has action and survival, but as the series progresses, each book really settles into character and story development. These are not just gory zombie fare.
I have listened to this entire series (more than once). I have loved every book. The story line is great. Each book has small daily plots as well as an overarching plot making each book a complex mixture of ideas and emotions. The character development is fantastic. It is the apocalypse story that has a little something for everyone. Gun porn - check. Tactical discussion - check. Actual daily survival - check. Emotional and personal interactions - check. Zombie killing - check. Funny stuff - check. NotTooOverTheTop spiritual elements - check. you get the idea.
This book and the rest of the series is all good stuff. Seriously.
The narrator is great. Perfect.
This is a very good series it is very well written and the narration is excellent
At times I feel I'm right alongside Adrian and the team when clearing a house
This book is one of my favorites in this series. So many things happen and Adrian and the other characters really grow into something bigger and better than what they were at the start of the series.
James, really brings the whole AUD universe to life. He has become one of my favorite readers.
"A Series that Gets You Hooked"
I started with book one and had a lil bit of a challenge with the style both of the journal type narrative and the narrators voice in comparison to the main character's build and background. By book two there's a rhythm and there's more focus on the side stories written in third person which are fascinating. Now by this book I am hooked! The ending seems a little abrupt and I think I could have had more but I guess that's what the next story is for :)
"still interested in characters, less so inventorie"
Narrator makes it feels like an actual conversation with Adrian. Detailed inventories get tedious. Lots of good info for the Apocalypse, though!
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