The Mesmerized by Rhiannon Frater

Posted September 19, 2015 by oladar in Reviews / 2 Comments

The Mesmerized by Rhiannon FraterThe Mesmerized by Rhiannon Frater
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Published by Audible Studios on 26 May 2015
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
Genres: Horror, Post Apocalyptic
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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It is silence, not screams of terror, which proclaims the end of the world...Minji Nordim is vacationing in Las Vegas with her small family when she witnesses the beginning of a terrifying apocalypse. When humanity is transformed into mindless drones by a terrifying supernatural event only Minji appears to be immune. Thousands die instantly, but the other affected people are drawn to the Nevada desert.

Nothing stands in the way of the mesmerized. Not fire, not heights, not rubble. As the bodies pile in the streets and the relentless wave of the mesmerized plods into the deadly desert, Minji is trapped in a burning city attempting to rescue her family. When Minji encounters other unaffected survivors, they band together to survive in a city that is crumbling all around them. With no hope of rescue and the event slowly spreading across the world, Minji and the others must decide who to save among the mesmerized and where to go before the city is in ashes. Even more unsettling is that Minji senses that the force behind the event is observing them...Can one woman save her family and the world?

©2014 Rhiannon Frater (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The Mesmerized is a unique horror story that is scary as hell." (Lori Parker, Contagious Reads)

"The Mesmerized is a must-read for any fan of post-apocalyptic literature!" (Jessica Meigs)

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It all started from Las Vegas, wave after wave killing some, making others walking zombies – Minji didn’t know what to do, all she wanted was to save her husband, and their two daughters. In order to do that she has to discover what is causing this apocalypse in the first place and with the help of other survivors she will fight to save all.

The Mesmerized is one stand book written by Rhiannon Frater, published in September 2nd 2014 by Permuted Press narrated by Cassandra Campbell, this novel is considered to be under the genres of action and adventures and post-Apocalyptic.

I liked the originality in the style, we have people who stopped functioning and start walking toward a certain direction in a zombie like state, but they aren’t attacking people. This gave the novel a dimension of mystery that zombie novels often times lose. The setting was in current day Las Vegas. The setting plays an important role in the plot, and it had the reality feeling to it which led me to the question “how logical is the plot?”  The answer depends on each reader, for me it’s yes to some extent, but that is for you to decide.

What I really liked about the characters is that there was no stereotyping at all for any character (except the military man in the last couple of chapters who is portrayed as the usual asshole). This is refreshing and interesting; let’s take an example with the protagonist: Minji a Korean mother who lives and works as a tattoo artist in the USA with her family, (isn’t this refreshing and different from the usual chosen teenage girl with emotional outbursts?). To summarize, the characters were real, likable, and different from usual. The events were told mostly from Minji’s perspective; her thoughts, and emotions. The great thing about using her perspective only is you are in the dark just as much as she is with a lot of questions, suspicions, and some plot twists. Generally speaking the events weren’t very predictable, and it was fast moving.

Cassandra Campbell was the narrator. She performed wonderfully; her voice really held the angst, the sorrow that Minji felt, and yet she delivered the other characters emotions and thoughts greatly too. Her voice really gave the novel a film quality that I enjoyed a lot.

About Cassandra Campbell

Read the ABR Narrator Interview

I was a theatre actress for many years, everything from Shakespeare to the styled work of Tadashi Suzuki. When I first moved to Los Angeles, I taught at the LA County High School for the Arts. I started doing audiobook work because fellow teacher and dear friend, Paul Boehmer, recommended me to Dan Musselman at Books on Tape. I’ve since recorded nearly 450 books and have won dozens of Earphones from Audiofile Magazine and been nominated for 12 Audies, of which I’ve won two.

About Rhiannon Frater

Rhiannon Frater was born and raised a Texan. Though she has lived in various towns all over the state, she finally settled in Austin, Texas where she met her husband and worked as a governmental consultant.
During her travels for her job, she was inspired to write the story of two women fleeing into the Texas Hill Country in an attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse. Originally published as a serial online under the title AS THE WORLD DIES, she later self-published the series in three novels to satisfy the many fans of the story. The first novel in the series, THE FIRST DAYS, won the 2008 Dead Letter Award for Best Book (Fiction). The second book, FIGHTING TO SURVIVE won the 2009 Dead Letter Award in the same category.

The AS THE WORLD DIES books were purchased by Tor in 2010.The first book, THE FIRST DAYS, was released in July 2011 and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. The second, FIGHTING TO SURVIVE, was released on November 8, 2011. The third book, SIEGE, will be released in April 2012.

She is also the author of THE LIVING DEAD BOY AND THE ZOMBIE HUNTERS, PRETTY WHEN SHE DIES: A Vampire Novel and two novels in the Vampire Bride Series (THE TALE OF THE VAMPIRE BRIDE and THE VENGEANCE OF THE VAMPIRE BRIDE). All her works have been optioned for either TV or film.

Rhiannon continues to live in Austin, Texas with her husband and is now a full-time writer.
She is represented by Hannah Gordon of the Foundry Literary + Media agency.

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