Narrator: R. C. Bray
Series: Arisen #0
Published by Podium Publishing on 11 July 2014
Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
Genres: Horror, Military, Post Apocalyptic, Zombie Apocalypse
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Tucked away in a high-tech Tactical Operations Center, inside an isolated safehouse in the Horn of Africa, sits Agency analyst Zack Altringham. He is Kenyan-born, Princeton-educated, badly burnt-out - and condemned by his language and cultural skills to a lifetime of fighting America's shadow counter-terror wars. But when another mystery epidemic breaks out, terrifyingly quickly it reaches a tipping point and chaos descends - and Zack and his team (including two former Team Six SEALs) are trapped between the millstones of the sick and the dying on one side, and heavily armed militias on the other. Soon their "safe" house is in flames, and their only remaining option is to get in their up-armored SUV and try to escape the imploding gravity well of the city, to the safety of the American military base in Djibouti. But by then, will there be anywhere safe left on Earth to escape to?
©2012 Michael Stephen Fuchs (P)2014 Podium Publishing
When I was first notified about Arisen: Genesis, by R.C. Bray, I was pretty excited. What could be better than a great narrator performing a new title in your favorite genre?
Then I read the summary and realized that, even though it was a zombie outbreak, it might not be for me. Because I have found it difficult in the past to get into stories that take place in foreign countries in the past. Call it whatever you want, closed minded, xenophobia, what have you.
The cover depicts a huge horde of walking dead and a single drone aircraft. This makes me think that there is going to be huge military style action. Lots of zombies terrorizing the soldiers. Meaning, to me, gun fights and remote controlled hellfire everywhere.
I devoured Arisen: Genesis like there was no tomorrow.
But not at first. Not sure what I was expecting the beginning to contain. The first third of the story was the only place where my attention was swayed. Characters have to be built up in the listeners mind for anything to make sense, I get that. Things have to be put into motion for the impeding apocalypse to being, I get that too.
But I hung in with it and once the action started it didn’t stop and I was all in. Slowly the soldiers began to realize that they were dealing with the undead and not simple civil riots or a rebel invasion. Political and civil unrest surrounded a small CIA outpost in Africa. Strange reports of sicknesses started coming in. Zack Altringham, an analyst, didn’t think much of it. Until a horde as at his doorstep.
Suddenly he and a small band of SEALs, thank God for them or he wouldn’t have stood a chance, are fight for their lives against zombies and rebels. The thrill ride continues from here on out. Commandeering and armed drone and with all of the supplies and ammo they can carry. They make their way to safety.
Even though I have never been in a battle nor in the military Michael Stephen Fuchs was able to bring me into the band of brothers. Making me feel as if I were there experiencing everything happening around me. He was able to create dynamic military men not the simple minded stereotypical grunts. I was able to connect with them on a level that only a really good writer can create.
I was stunned by the performance of R.C Bray. This is a narrator that I really enjoy listening to. Who, in past audiobooks, wasn’t the greatest at pulling off a large character base. Yet in Arisen: Genesis he was able to pull off not only several characters interacting. But other languages, and different African accents. Helping Fuchs develop his characters even faster.
Once again Bray shows what he is made of and delivers a spot on performance. Full of high intensity emotional outbursts and action sequences that kept glue in my ears. Every word clear as day, no clicks, hums, buzzes or anything distracting.
I will continue to devour Bray’s future and past performances with gusto and delight. It brings me comfort knowing that I have many more of his works in my queue just waiting for me to get to them.
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