Narrator: Andrew McFerrin
Series: Dead #2
Published by May December Publications LLC on 2013
Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
Genres: Horror, Zombie Apocalypse
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The zombies have risen, the world has spiraled into chaos. Small pockets of survivors continue to struggle each day to survive. The best and worst of humanity fight the undead and themselves as they come to grips with a new, violent reality.
See the world through Steve's eyes as he tries to balance the duties of leading a band of survivors while caring for a young, Hispanic orphan girl.
©2011 TW Brown (P)2013 TW Brown
As I have previously stated there some musts to make a really good zombie audiobook, imminent danger, fight for survival, and those couldn’t be truer than in a series. Don’t get me wrong, I am a sucker for sequels and series. But I imagine that it is difficult to maintain a fresh concept when writing a sequel.
The first thing is a realistic outlook on the Zompocolypse; everything can’t be rainbows and unicorns. There needs to be a balance of feel good moments, and the horror that would inevitably follow. I prefer to have a consistent cast, it isn’t really a prerequisite for a good sequel. I love hearing not only humanity triumph ting over the end of the world, but also the worst of us that would survive, as is often the case.
I am excited to rejoin Steve and his survivors, the geeks and their rescued girl Heather. I like the vignettes also, a good snap shot into the worse and the best of humanity.
DEAD: Revelations: DEAD, Book 2 begins with Steve and his group leaving the security of serenity base to find they’re lost friends. While it sounds like a typical scenario, the sequence of events up to and after their leaving makes it not only plausible, but like something I would do. I really enjoy the character building T.W. Brown does here, I find myself rooting for the good guys.
They eventually run into a predicament where Steve’s leadership skills are put to the test, not only in the future but also immediately. He allows another group of survivors join up with them even though there is a child that has been bitten. I know what you’re thinking because I was thinking the same thing, that is the first thing you DON’T do in a zombie apocalypse. But think about it, could you pick between a whole group of survivors starving or telling them they would have to finish off the child first? Steve did what I would’ve done and put it off for later, unfortunately his adopted orphan Talia was caught off guard by the infected child.
There are many vignettes throughout, which are basically mini stories inside of the real story. It is just my opinion but these got a little disturbing, even for me. We also get to meet a band of zombie geeks, who have to leave one their one behind because of a bite, more about them in a little bit.
The two groups meet up in the end and we are left dying to know what they will do with this new immunity information. As I listened to this I found myself really wanting the good guys to come out on top. The switching from group to group and vignettes can be a bit confusing, but a mix of good plot line, good character building, and good narration made it well worth rewinding once in a while.
Then there is Kevin and his group of geeks. They manage to rescue a teen super star, her senator mother, and pregnant sister, only to get robbed at gun point by Shaw and his gang. The three of them escape, and rescue another girl from a sick psychopath. One of them gets bit and they put him down, but in the meantime they are waging a war against Shaw trying to re rescue the females. In the middle of all this the guy who got bit is apparently immune and returns.
The quality of production was outstanding in my opinion, the recording is seamless. The sound is good. I really enjoyed how Andrew McFerrin was able to change his tone, pitch, and speed, so you really got a sense of the individual characters, which is paramount in a book of this size and style. When I got the opportunity to just close my eyes and listen I felt like I could see what was written which I feel is due to great narration.