Millions died when the Enillo Virus swept the earth. Millions more were lost when the victims of the plague refused to stay dead, instead rising to slaughter and feed on those left alive. For survivors like John Talon and his son Jake, they are faced with a choice: Do they submit to the dead, raising the white flag of surrender? Or do they find the will to fight, to try and hang on to the last shreds of humanity?
©2012 Joseph Talluto (P)2016 Tantor
I don't expect astounding literary skills when I buy a zombie-fiction. That being said, this book should have been titled "White Flag of the Author: The Fall of the Thesaurus".
The plot was cookie-cutter. The characters were so shallow that it seemed the even other characters didn't care who lived or who died, much less the author or this reader.
The author pretty much wrote a checklist of stuff he's read in other books, and chucked them into chapters with no buildup or continence. For example, a supporting character is killed. The protagonist is devastated in one sentence, then joking around in the very next.
The character backgrounds (what little was given) were predictable and the big showdown was so cheesy I think an 11 year old actually wrote it.
The writing itself was horrible as well. Sentences like "Chad and I were up planning and came up with a plan" litter the book. I lost count at how many times the same word was used twice in a dialogue sentence. The narrative was filled with a lot of "I can't be bothered to write details" stuff like "[Some character] and I walked to the [place]. We didn't talk because we were each lost in our own thoughts." "We gathered such things as we could find, and such".
The few times the author broke out his thesaurus were completely awkward to the story as well. The protagonist suddenly starts narrating with metaphor and thought provoking prose in the middle of a wrestling match with zombie, for instance. Then relapses back into Neanderthal-speak once the action is over.
All in all, the book was horrible.
"good Ole zombie fiction a great listen"
nothing special about the story it follows the tried and true last guy standing gathers followers exacts revenge and makes people's life safe, is it boring? not at all if your going to stick to the formula make you character lockable and that's what the author has done. the narrator is great and really fits the hero. overall it is worth your zombie fix.
"can't wait till next credit!!!!"
good book ..different characters different voices ...I recommend it ..if zombie fan based book !
"Standard ZA story"
Pretty standard ZA story, but still entertaining. Interesting enough that I pre-order the next one.
"It as awsome!"
So far my favorite zombie book of all time! Really Loved It! Very limited whining! Full of a get on with it and live attitude! Loved that the zombies were regular old zombies!
Love a great book that takes my mind off of work, I go a little crazy when I hear someone refer to a gun magazine as a clip might want to learn more about either before misusing the terms as if they were interchangeable. Other than that great listen
"The first book in an awesome Zombie series!"
I was so happy to see this series come to audible. I bought all that was avaliable when I saw them. I have dozens of Zombie books and this is one of my very favorites!!
"Mediocre, still entertaining, easy to listen to"
John Talon is a school principle/administrator turned super duper soldier when the apocalypse strikes and he digs up his arsenal of guns in his secret cache at home. He can do everything.
The author dispenses with the details, everything is straight forward, cliche, expected etc..
Sometimes its hard following whats going on because it just skips past all the boring bits. Like explaining how he is doing that when he was just doing something else. There is no transition! I've listened to the second book, and I think it gets worse. Sometimes things are just seemingly inexplicable. Like, really, he is going to let the "evil over lord" make a speech? We know that cant be good. And it wasnt! John Talon is so perfect and does stupid things at the same time. It's also kinda weird that zombies are afraid of water in the next book, but this one, one is in it. Just not well thought through! Theres also smart zombies, but then the author doesnt do anything with them.
Nonetheless, I'm a sucker for the standard zombie fare and this is what that is. Survive, find others, make a survivalist camp etc.. Narrator was pretty good too, saved this book.
"Sucks me in from the beginning"
I loved this book and can't wait for the next one. The characters are well developed and you find yourself rooting them on or crying with them. loved all the great Zombie action. Great book!
found that the book was extremely predictable. i was also bothered by the fact that most of the book was focused of micromanagement of other characters and unnecessary details of ammunition and gun. book read like the crazy guy down the street wrote it, you know the guy that all he ever wants to do it talk about guns and no matter the situation he can somehow bring up the new gun he bought last week
I found this really interesting and at times made me laugh as the characters are witty.
I went from just going to check out a few mins to listening for 6 hours straight.
I'm definitely going to buy the other books in the series.
Well worth it.
"Characters had no, err character!"
I really couldnt get into the characters. There was no connection with them and they were dull
The narrators voice irritated me, kind of nasally. I would have preferred someone that gave the characters distinct voices from the others
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