Narrator: Jay Wohlert
Series: Survivors of the Dead #1
Published by Self Published / Indie on 16 January 2014
Length: 7 hours 35 minutes
Genres: Dystopian, Horror, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Zombie Apocalypse
Follow Harold Lancaster, a retired San Francisco police officer, as he witnesses the devastation of humanity after a worldwide viral terrorist attack that will change the course of history forever!
Harry learns that he and his family, as well as a portion of what remains of the population, is immune to the mutated virus that has been unleashed. During forced relocation, his young nephew is separated from his parents and left in a world now ruled by anarchy and filled with horrors beyond comprehension. Harry's unshakable resolve, his only reason to exist, is to reach his nephew and reunite with the rest of his family. Along with a small band of friends who refuse to leave his side, and after assisting in establishing a safe haven on Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay, Harry embarks on an arduous 2,300-mile trek across a ravaged country.
Although Harry faces the infected and unspeakable horrors, he also discovers incredible acts of courage and resolve by those who remain among the Survivors of the Dead!
From the Ashes begins Harry's journey with at least two more books in the series forthcoming. Book Two, The Road Unknown, coming fall of 2014!
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Tony Baker’s Survivors of the Dead: From the Ashes was excellent. Mr. Baker very easily and vividly painted the journey taken by Harry Lancaster, Derick, and Frank in an exciting and detailed manner. From the moment Harry stepped from the apartment complex in San Francisco, he managed since retiring from active police duty and shooting his first zombies, it was a thrilling ride a mile a minute!
Struggling to reach the police department where he volunteered was intensely described so much so that I felt I was making the journey with him! The relationships that are built or already there are solidly built and powerful. Torn from wanting – needing – to help others, Harry reminds himself he’s “just too old for this sh*t.” 2.5 decades of service teaches Harry to be observant and he realizes the weakness of some of the zombies and uses it to his advantage.
The Clint Eastwood connection is strikingly strong – not only are there similarities between Harry and Clint (Harry loves the Clint Eastwood movies) but the narrator makes sure you “hear” Clint Eastwood whenever Harry speaks. Excellently executed!
Not only is the book seriously written (as is the case with most zombie books) the humor and connection between the characters is not forced but flows naturally. The dialog is easy and realistic and even though the “just too old for this sh*t” is repeated often, it is realistic – many of us have a relative who is often times repeating something – it’s their catch phrase. For Harry this one is appropriate and helps listeners to connect more easily.
It was evident from the beginning that Mr. Baker did his research and it shows in the details of the characters using the guns, descriptions and other activities performed by the three lead characters. Powerful to the end, rich with description and brilliantly written – this book is a “must listen to!”
This audiobook is one that will grab you and won’t let go until you hear “the end”; and even then, you will be more than ready to learn what happens with Harry’s nephew and family in Indiana and the difficult and deadly journey of Harry, Frank and Derrick to reach them.
The audio production was well done – especially the sound effects made it even more vivid for the listener – towards the end the sounds of gunfire are effective in making it realistic. The sound was very good – no issues. Audible does an excellent job of producing this audio book.
The narrator – Jay Wohlert, does an effective reading. His voice for Harry is clearly identified as it sounds like Clint Eastwood; his voice is easy to listen to as he clearly enunciates the words and fluctuates his voice according to the action.
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