Narrator: Neil Hellegers
Series: Jack Zombie Series #1
on 31 October 2017
Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
Genres: Science Fiction, Zombie Apocalypse
Source: Publisher, Submitted
Jack Jupiter knows zombies. He's written about them for years. So when Jack's mother passes away in a freak car accident involving a half-eaten deer and a pack of cigarettes, he also knows something's up. Now, Jack and his fiancé, Darlene, are forced to go back to the dreadful town of Woodhaven, Ohio, for his mom's funeral.
But what he doesn't know is it might be their funeral, too.
A few months before Jack and Darlene's arrival, a mysterious flu-like virus swept through the town, infecting nearly every citizen. Now, like ticking time-bombs ready to explode, everyone is dropping dead. But they aren't staying dead. No, they're coming back as flesh-eating zombies.
Not only will Jack Jupiter have to bury his mother, confront high school bullies, and save Darlene, but he'll have to fight the dead in order to stay alive. And these aren't like the zombies from his books.
These walking corpses are real.
©2017 Flint Maxwell (P)2017 Tantor
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Jack Jupiter, a semi-famous zombie author has to go back to the dreaded town of Woodhaven for his mother’s funeral. Faced with memories of bullying and a difficult childhood, he just wants to get this over with. A flu-like plague turns most of the inhabitants into zombies and all his fictional writing becomes reality.
Jack, trapped in a rec-center with a handful of others, must fight to stay alive, then escape to hopefully find and save his fiancée. If that weren’t bad enough, the father of his childhood enemy is one of the survivors. Even though Jack has written and thought about zombies for years, he is wholly unprepared for the disaster. Only the desire to save his fiancée can drag up his long-buried courage.
There isn’t really anything new here, zombies tearing people to shreds, smash their brains to kill them, people fighting among themselves when they should be cooperating. It’s Jack’s story and he’s interesting enough, but a whole lot of the book is spent with him lamenting his flaws. There’s plenty of action and zombie killing mayhem, but a little too familiar in a really crowded field to stand apart.
Neil Hellegers performs the story in his slow ominous delivery. He’s well known in the field and pleasure to listen to. His character voices are good and each character easily discernible. He’s a pro and one of the best in the business, it is very likely you’ve heard him before. Sound quality is excellent as you would expect.
An entertaining zombie story that doesn’t get too far in the plot, basically one night of zombie killing. It is the set up for a series of unknown length. The book doesn’t wrap up as much as it ends a chapter in a much longer story. The characters seem to trip over themselves a lot more than you’d like, making incredibly dumb mistakes, like trying to be quiet and backing into an empty garbage can. If you can’t get enough zombie action, you might give this a try, just don’t expect anything groundbreaking or an unusual plot.
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