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Aidan "Scratch" Sullivan is a former army ranger and Afghanistan War vet trying to achieve some semblance of normalcy while he deals with the psychological aftereffects of two combat tours in the 'Stan.

But when the bombs fall and the dead walk, Scratch is forced to risk life and limb to rescue his aging parents before zombies overrun their quiet community. And to do it, he'll need to traverse half the state of Texas while dealing with out-of-control military units, violent redneck looters, and all manner of evil things that go bump in the night.

©2016 M.D. Massey (P)2016 M.D. Massey

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 03-12-2016

DEADERS

Tourists are idiots, liberals are idiots, everybody is an idiot except the know it all main character. He is a prepper and like most preppers, he is a god. It is too weird to call Zombies, Zombies, but it is great to call them DEADERS. l did not make it to the aliens, I didn't care for the main character.

The narrator is different, listen to sample.

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 24-07-2017

Hmmmm.

I honestly don't really know what to say about this. It's pretty short and is a prequel (I think) to the series. Maybe I should have red book 2 first because this was sorta weird! This focuses on Aidan Sullivan. He was alone when the initial outbreak took place so didn't know about it. Now what bothered me about this bit was Aidan somehow got pneumonia and that's the explanation on why he was out of it for 2 weeks. It's easy happen of course, but felt a little too convenient.

Plus the whole way through, he said he was called Sully, then at the very end he said he was called Scratch. I know he evolved as a character, but at no other time did he mention Scratch!! I'm still scratching my head too on where the Aliens came from?? One second he is killing Zombies but then this thing comes and he is battling Aliens!!

In all, I just felt like I missed a lot of the plot and I didn't really connect to any of the characters. I might continue on with the series but I'm not sure yet. It just didn't grab me.

S.W. Salzman was really good, though I did feel that some of the sound effects were unnecessary. If you are doing sound effects, you either do it throughout or not at all, not throw them in every so often!! Other than that. I thoroughly enjoyed his performance as he had plenty of tones and voices and read it well.

I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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  • AudioBook Reviewer
  • 06-04-2017

This is not your average zombie apocalypse

I read the Scratch Sullivan episodes 1-4 quite a while ago so I was excited to see Invasion which is Scratch starting at day one. The zombie getting the jump on him from the beginning is exactly how it would feel if we were to ever have a zombie apocalypse. They've seen George Romero films in this world but still you're not just going to shoot someone in the head because they look odd, even if you do live in Texas.

Although I do not really remember the beginning of the episodes, I wish I would have started with this one. The episodes took me a lot to get into and the narrators drawl was driving me crazy. Now, I find it synonymous with who Scratch is and I couldn't wait to start this up!

Invasion is only 199 pages so it is a great beginning book. I have to admit to being thrilled from the beginning all the way through to the end. There's just something about this one that the episodes could not do. Plus the fact that I already know Scratch, listening to his and the apocalypse beginnings was right up my alley.

This is not your average zombie apocalypse either. Everything that could hit the fan, did. There's not a lot of explanation as it is written from Scratch's point of view, so we only know what he knows and he doesn't know a lot. Although he was fortified in his bunker it made sense as to why he was there, unlike many stories of survivors that just get really lucky. The weird thing about this is that there are more than just zombies. As if they are not enough to deal with. Scratch is learning how to kill all sorts of crap but he's ready for the job!

I'm pretty sure it's the same narrator, S.W. Salzman, and I was so glad to hear him. The narration was spot on. What I enjoy the most was that many narrators tend to go overboard with emphasis when reading apocalypse stories. S.W. Salzman gets it right. He sounds freaked, surprised, or downright annoyed at times. S.W. Salzman makes this sound easy! The rest of the audio was just as fantastic. All the effects and zombie sounds really add to the story. I was excited to hear that it was another production.

Great starter book. I immediately picked up book two!

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  • MrLycanthropy
  • 22-08-2016

Great concept, a few pieces missing

I loved this story. It's missing a bit in the story about the greater creatures. I'm sure we will get more as the series goes on, and I intend to listen on for sure. The narrator is great, and the characters are a lot of fun. I just wish we were given a bit more depth to some parts of the story. Like the little town, the boy, raiden, and the creatures.

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  • Tim Huebner
  • 26-09-2017

salzman is terrible.

I couldn't finish. Salzman might be a good reader but he phoned this one in. sound effects and music are distracting at best.

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  • Foy
  • 15-08-2016

1+1+1=Too Much!

Loved the beginning of this book and the main character is very relatable. Nuclear war storyline. Love them. But wait! Zombie storyline begins. Love them. Then the cherry on top is aliens (I think, I was pretty bored by then). Nope. I'm finished.

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  • Jon Spielman
  • 30-04-2017

Excellent Audible

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A most excellent story, and well read, and very very nice to listen to as an audio book!

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  • B00kL0ver
  • 25-04-2017

Love this different take on the Apocalypse!

What made the experience of listening to THEM the most enjoyable?

I love this genre! And listening to a great narrator who gives life to the characters and the story is what makes this story so enjoyable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Aiden of course!! He is such a great character! One other reviewer (amazon kindle) Don Kidwell was spot on describing him, he said:"I really enjoyed the ex-Army Ranger protagonist in this horror book for the small things that made him all the more human like occasional panic attacks, honoring the deceased when crossing their paths and for those occasional moments of having the wool pulled over his eyes - added some depth/realism in my opinion. Not to say he wasn't a kickass character and could definitely deal it out when necessary as survival of himself and those that matter was his ultimate goal."I agree with him wholeheartedly !!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There so many! When Aiden meets the first zombie, when he meets the dog! When he meets the character that is worse than the zombies... there is many can't pick one out!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I cried at the scene when Aiden met his dad, very moving!

Any additional comments?

Really good book, and S.W. Salzman is a superb narrator!