Narrator: Jack Wallen Jr.
Series: The Orphans #1
Published by Self Published / Indie on 03 August 2015
Length: 11 hrs
Genres: Science Fiction, Zombie Apocalypse
Source: Author, Submitted
When one man pushes science past it's breaking point, an unimaginable hell is unleashed on society. This apocalyptic book is brutal and beautifully described. The Orphans: Origins, Volume 1 is a zombie tale like no other before it.
Frank Fox lost his wife to cancer eight years ago. He'd been recruited to work on a classified mission for a cure, which could have saved tens of thousands. On the verge of success, his wife unexpectedly lost her battle. He was sent home to care for his young son, Shaun, who still holds resentment today.
Now, when a second chance at love holds promise, she tells him that she too is dying of cancer. Frank vows to cure her, not knowing of the deadly results and government cover-up that took place almost a decade earlier.
When Frank thinks he has the cure, a new breed of zombies, the likes of which you've never heard about before, is unleashed. They each have the strength of 10 men and speed that can't be matched. Their hunger can never satisfied. When the outbreak happens, Frank wants but one thing: to get his only son, Shaun, and his friends free from town, and he fights a battle against zombies to do so.
Listen to The Orphans to hear who makes it past day one! This story will leave your heart pounding, as this amazingly intense series is only beginning! Look for Surviving the Turned, Volume 2, coming soon.
©2014 Mike Evans (P)2015 Mike Evans
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Shaun, a young high school guy along with his high school girl crush, Ellie are a pair that defies the world. Shaun is angry with his father (Frank) for a host of things – for his mother’s death, his absence due to his workaholic behavior and his lack of parenting skills. Shaun is angry and the anger is deep-seated and in most cases understandable. Ellie is sweet but a little on the wild side. Together, they are best friends but Shaun wants more; Ellie doesn’t know it. Frank is on the clueless side relationship speaking but not so when it comes to protecting his son.
Frank is trying to atone for his wife’s death by creating a cancer cure from the notes he made during his military days working on a special project. Little did he know that where he was going, the military had already gone; what was screwed up by the military is also screwed up by him with the help of an overly ambitious jerk. And thus, the zombie apocalypse happens big time! And the zombies are unique!
Mike Evans gives us the full story – how the apocalypse happens, he adds in the personal touch – small town, everyone knows everyone, and he creates characters that one cannot help but connect with. How many of us have known an angry teenager or even lived with one? How many of us have wished one of our parents were different or more present? Evans brings in the “real world” and weaves it carefully around the zombie apocalypse making it more realistic.
This was the first zombie book in a long time that gives its listeners more than one or two pieces of the story. He builds the story and the characters carefully and fully.
Jack Wallen’s performance is top-notch! He adds enthusiasm and gives each character a voice and presence. When you listen, you can hear and feel the anguish of Frank and Shaun. You can feel the energy of Ellie. Wallen’s voice is even with just the right amount of inflection to induce a strong reaction from his audience.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the Zombie genre.
There were no issues with the quality or production of this audiobook.
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