Narrator: J. Scott Bennett
Published by Self Published / Indie on 27 June 2016
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
Genres: Zombie Apocalypse
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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
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.