Floodwater: A Zombie Novel by Sean Thomas Fisher

Posted February 15, 2017 by Nia in Reviews / 0 Comments

Floodwater: A Zombie Novel by Sean Thomas FisherFloodwater by Sean Thomas Fisher
Narrator: J. Scott Bennett
Published by Self Published / Indie on 27 June 2016
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
Genres: Zombie Apocalypse
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Rating Report
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Attention Holding
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Overall: One StarOne StarHalf a Star

Something dark has been brewing in the small town of Minot, North Dakota.

Something waiting for the perfect storm to free it from its shackles.

Something that only comes out when it rains.

After a night of camping turns deadly for Rory and his friends, the town sheriff finds no trace of wrongdoing. No bodies. No blood. No nada. Sheriff Hooper scoffs at their story about the dead people who came out of the lake. The moss-covered ones that allegedly dragged their friends, kicking and screaming, back into the water with them. It doesn't take long for the dwindling group of survivors to uncover who is responsible for the uprising, and what follows is a tidal wave of bloodshed and horror that will leave the listener afraid to go near the water, let alone leave the house when it rains.

©2016 Sean Thomas Fisher (P)2016 Sean Thomas Fisher

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I wasn’t inspired by this audiobook. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t enjoy it either.

The story concept was unoriginal and had some fairly gaping plot holes, but it could have been elevated into something much better if it had been paired up with the right narrator for the job. Unfortunately, I don’t think J. Scott Bennett was the right narrator – he didn’t incorporate any emotion into the characters or add to the suspense, the audio itself was slow and wasn’t able to hold my attention or interest.
The production quality was good and I wondered if it was just me being fussy that was getting in the way of my enjoying this book but the more I think about it, the more I think that it really was the lack of any emotion and intonation that made it hard to latch on to.

Rory is back in his hometown and goes on a lakeside camping trip with his old high school buddies, and you know what that means in any zombie novel! After most of his friends have been devoured, he joins up with a ragtag bunch of survivors and tries to get out of the danger zone before it’s too late.

I never did pick up on the finer points of the whys and wherefores of this zombie outbreak, but the local undertaker has been dumping bodies in the lake which was contaminated with toxic waste a decade ago.
This can obviously mean only one thing… Waterborne zombies.
This idea was actually pretty novel and could have been fascinating, but the story focused more on the survivors rather than the cause of the outbreak.

The story plods on predictably once the zombies have taken their first lumbering steps above the water, though this could be more of a statement on how many zombie novels and films I’ve devoured.

This is one of those rare moments when I highly recommend reading the print edition of this book rather than listening to the audio, I found my attention wandering throughout the story and think that I would have got on much better by reading the book myself.

About J. Scott Bennett

Scott was raised in Nashville, TN. Served in the U.S. Air Force as a Spanish translator. He is a middle school teacher. Has been narrating audio books since summer 2015 (various genres). He is married to his wife Donna who is a nurse. He has two sons and a granddaughter whom he adores. When he’s not behind the mic, he enjoys riding his Vespa scooter!

About Sean Thomas Fisher

Upon graduating from The University of Iowa, Sean spent the next several years leading his own radio show on Lazer 103.3 in Des Moines, Lazer 103 in Milwaukee, and finally Lazer 99.3 in Springfield, Mass.

In 2010, he traded the mic for the pen. After a few less than impressive forays into horror – and beneath the heavy persistence of his wife – he sold his soul to the dark side and began writing under a female pen name. In less than six months time, he inked two New York Times/USA Today Bestselling novels, affording him the amazing opportunity to write full-time for a living. Like his Facebook page to find out who! Sean is now back for the attack in the genre he grew up loving, bringing a darker twist to his stories already resulting in the Amazon chart-topping A Little More Dead series.

When not writing, he likes biking, grilling, reading the first two or three comments on an article, and cleaning up apple juice his two year-old daughter dumped on the floor before the ants come and eat them alive.

About Nia

I'm a prolific reader, especially of the horror and fantasy genres. I have a weakness for funny zombies, sexy vampires and talented narrators!

I read books in my spare time and listen to audio every other second of the day.

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