Narrator: R. C. Bray, R.C. Bray
Series: These Dead Lands #1
Published by Self Published / Indie on 15 September 2017
Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
Genres: Science Fiction, Zombie Apocalypse
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The United States of America is falling before the armies of the dead. Leading the sole survivors of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division out of the overrun city of New York, Captain Phil Hastings heads for the safety of Fort Indiantown Gap, a National Guard training facility deep in the woodlands of Pennsylvania.
Joining with other remnants of the military, government, and civilian communities, Hastings and his men must try to keep the tsunami of corpses from taking over the world and plan the resurrection of the nation.
But first, they have to outlast the ravages of the dead...and the living.
©2015 Immolation LLC (P)2017 Immolation LLC
These Dead Lands: Immolation by Stephen Knight and Scott Wolf is a definite must-read for those who love the zombie genre. But it’s so much more than that! The authors bring in the humanity piece in a vivid and realistic manner. Ballentine is a soldier who discovers his family has survived and does anything and everything to protect them once they are back in his world. But in the midst of all his angst and fears, he still has a job to do as do the others.
The main characters are complex but personable; Ballentine, Guerra and Hastings never forget their mission or their humanity. The others: Diana, the Asian stripper/call girl, Kenny the autistic orphan, and Devil Dog an ex-military old guy add more flare to the story engaging the audience.
I enjoyed the new ways in which Knight and Wolf describe fighting the zombies or “reekers” – makes me want to move next to a lumber mill! The book was detailed a bit on the military weapons but I didn’t think it was overly so. I will say, that Knight and Wolf do not go into great detail about some of the action scenes; for instance, what happens to the group of men they track down for their actions against Kenny … that was just missing. I went back and listened to that passage two times before I realized I hadn’t missed it – they just hadn’t detailed it. Neither good nor bad, but I think a better transition would have made it easier to follow.
Overall I enjoyed the book, I thought it was written in down to earth language; I never struggled with any of the terms. This was more than a shoot-em-up/eat-them zombie book. I appreciated the inner glimpses into humanity. The bad guys didn’t get away with anything!
R.C. Bray, as usual, provided an excellent performance! He owned the book using his “military” type voice that has a strength to it that is both riveting and mesmerizing. His ability to assume different accents is amazing and well done.
There were no issues with the quality or audio production of this book.