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In this tale of adventure, murder, snakes, revenge, and zombies, the Royal Governor of Jamaica sends an S.O.S. to London, asking urgently for help in putting down a burgeoning slave rebellion. London replies by sending Lieutenant-Colonel Lord John Grey, with half a battalion of infantry, a company of artillery, and his trusty valet, Tom Byrd.

©2011 Diana Gabaldon (P)2013 Recorded Books

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  • Bonnie
  • 28-03-2013

Interesting story very different

What did you like best about Lord John and the Plague of Zombies? What did you like least?

It was not what I was expecting from Diana Gabaldon, It had the horror paranormal quirkiness. If You're not into zombies, and para-normal you won't like this story. I have enjoyed all of the "Highlander" and "Lord John" series....This is just very different and has is not for everyone who likes Ms Gabaldon's books

What did you like best about this story?

It showed that Ms Gabaldon can stretch her writing to go to the bizarre. I found it really interesting, also how Lord John handled himself under very stressful situations.

What does Jeff Woodman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think he did the narration very well the accents of the Jamaicans, British, and Scots were done very well. He was also able to express emotion in his voice which is important.

Was Lord John and the Plague of Zombies worth the listening time?

I enjoyed it because I enjoy paranormal, horror, vampire, zombie, werewolf, etc type stories. I love Jim Butcher, Simon Green, C. Harris, etc. great writers of paranormal fantasy.

Any additional comments?

If you're looking for the dashing romantic Lord John he's still the man but in a very difficult circumstance, and there is sexual innuendo, but not the romantic trysts of other stories. He has a mission to get a problem solved in Jamaica. Solve a murder, and get his soldiers back, from a group who they think are making zombies. There is a twist here and the ultimate bottom line is the British were the ones doing wrong. If you don't like para-normal stay away from this one. otherwise give it a try.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 28-10-2016

These are not the Zombies you are looking for.

HER TOUCH LINGERED A LITTLE TOO LONG
HER HAND WAS WARM
SHE LOOKED TO SEE IF SHE HAD SHOCKED HIM AGAIN
D.G. is a fine writer, but if your looking for Zombie thrills, this is not the right place. In the first hour and a half only one Zombie appears and he is not a real Zombie. Sticking to historical fact, Gabaldon points out that through drugs the witch doctors, make people believe they are zombies.

AWARE OF HOW FAST GOSSIP SPREADS IN A RURAL AREA
Gabaldon fans should enjoy this, as it is distinctly her writing, but thrill seekers would be disappointed.

HE KNEW WHAT A GRAVE SMELLED LIKE AND ROTTING FLESH

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  • Nicole Mohr
  • 23-04-2018

Fairly typical Lord John Book

If you've read other Lord John Grey books, this one's fairly similar. The Length is preferable to the others though. Story wraps up fairly tidily within not too long.

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  • Curly's Ramblings
  • 27-07-2017

Novella

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Interesting concept, but not well executed. The books in the Lord John series have beeneither a hit or miss....and this one is a miss. The story feels half finished. I found myself fast forwarding through the dialogue because the descriptive text was to lengthy. The dialogue between characters is good, and the character development is fairly decent as well.

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  • shopper48
  • 24-01-2017

Zombies

Quite well. done. A good addition to the core story. Another look at Gilles Duncan.

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  • Megan Harris
  • 26-04-2016

I only wish it were longer

Another great Lord John book. Interesting, humorous, and fast-paced, the novellas about Lord John are always a treat. L.J. has become one of my favorite characters. I look forward to more!

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  • Julie
  • 13-10-2015

Yeah, but not really.

What did you love best about A Plague of Zombies?

It was easy to follow after reading Voyager. I'm not sure how it would have felt had I read it before Voyager

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Much better than I thought. I was about Zombies, but not really. It was LJG handling a very strange but surprisingly possible, situation.

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  • Narayani
  • 01-03-2015

muntu -The religion-Zombies

this book held an accuracy of the Ancient African religion of Muntu. I have studied this with much interest and accuracy. I am pleased that Diana c. Upheld her research for such accuracy. again sad to say I was left yearning to hear mor about "The Witch" and her do,aim on the local Natives.But that's another story. :)

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  • Rena
  • 10-02-2021

Different feel than other books

It was a fine book, but for Gabaldon books it wasn't my favorite. Not a bad read though.

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  • Angela
  • 08-11-2019

A great little story

These are the stories that make Diana's world richer. John Grey is not easily liked in the big books right off. These stories make him more rounded and likeable.

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  • David J James
  • 23-10-2020

If you are worried that this is one of those

silly zombified books like Jane Austen with zombies, worry not. The continuing saga of Lord John Grey and Tom Byrd delves into the science and history behind a certain Caribbean superstition.

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  • Anne
  • 04-05-2020

Another excellent Lord John story

Another excellent Lord John story, gives a fuller richer back story for one of the Outlander characters. Wish it was a bit longer. Brilliantly performed

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  • Anastasia E.
  • 20-10-2019

Abrupt, peculiar ending. LJ has been let down by sub-par narration. OK

It’s been very disappointing that the LJ novels/novellas/side-stories haven’t been narrated by Davina Porter. When you’ve listened to her excellent portrayal of Jamie & Claire over such a long period and so much material from the Outlander universe, you get used to a particular voice associated with a character, so to suddenly have Jamie read by a) a man (well men), and b) with completely different Scottish dialects, it totally throws you.

This narration was the worst so far though. None of it was particularly convincing, but supposed tribal African slipping into the awful Scottish accent again was a low point.

I can’t decide if the story ending abruptly shortly after the voodoodunfermline was a good thing or not.
I had been enjoying the story up until about a chapter or two before (I’m having to guess at the chapters as Audible have lumped the whole book into one chapter), and it was a really interesting twist to all of the LJ side-story which I’ve really been enjoying through all of the other books.
It just got strange though, and the events didn’t seem to be linked to the theme of the story, it’s more like Ms. Gabaldon couldn’t think of how to get to her ending so just rushed something out. It would have been great to have had much more interaction and plot with Geillis Duncan/Mrs. Abernathy, but that too seemed stilted with just one conversation.

I’m hesitant to say skip this one altogether - although it is only 3 hours of book - there’s no guarantee I’ve got them all and in the correct order, as whilst Diana’s timeline isn’t too difficult to follow, the actual availability of all the LJ books/stories with Audible is. It’s not as simple as book 1-7 as it was with Outlander.

Perhaps leave this one for a long drive when you’ve immediately got to be somewhere and distracted by something else. Otherwise, you’ll just be left wondering why.

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