Narrator: Nigel Patterson
Published by Self Published / Indie on 24 April 2014
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
Genres: Horror, Zombie Apocalypse
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First people got sick. Then they got very sick…
Nick Adams is just a normal guy. He loves his family, appreciates his home, and covets his car. But he absolutely hates his job. Which is what makes it so difficult when not a single customer comes by his store that day. It seems as though there's a bug going around, something that has come out of nowhere and is keeping people at home. Still, it's probably nothing to worry about. People get sick all the time. And besides, things are finally starting to look up. Nick's first customer of the day has just stumbled through the door…
His day is about to get worse…
It won't be long before Nick's entire life is turned upside down, sending him on a frantic journey through a ravaged world that will ultimately lead him 500 feet upwards to a hilltop amusement park. Is it the last safe place on Earth, or are the monsters at the top of the hill even worse than the ones below?
Welcome to Ripley Heights. Where the fun never starts.
©2013 Iain Rob Wright (P)2014 Iain Rob Wright
I like the dissolute Ferris Wheel in the background on the cover. The lighting is dark and spooky with a feel of innocence about to be lost. I think it is a nice play on helping visually foreshadow the reader for what is to come.
This book is kind of a different take on the usual zombie genre. The sick people remind me of rabid animals before they die and start their zombie afterlife. People just seem to be getting sick with flu like symptoms, then they start going berserk, then biting and eating others. Iain Rob Wright has the story from the point of view of two people, Nick and Annaliese.
There is an error in the synopsis overview though. It says, “Nick’s first customer of the day has just stumbled through the door…” In the story Nick has had a few other customers before the fateful one, not many, but a few.
I loved Nigel Patterson’s accent. He really helped bring the story to life. The only issue I had is when the story switched point of views between Nick and another main character named Annaliese. Usually I wouldn’t have any problems with this, but there were a few times Nigel’s voice didn’t really have a tone change between the two to help differentiate when they are speaking to each other.
I noticed one scene where he stumbled a little while reading. It was only a slight hesitation, but it is actually the author’s fault for making an error in spelling a name wrong. It is in chapter 15. The name is Charlotte, but the author misspells it to Charlie. If you are reading along it is at page 202. On the audio it is at 5:17:49.
I greatly enjoyed this story. I think Iain Rob Wright did a great job of painting out the scenes. The visual details were perfect for me. I am a firm believer that a horror zombie genre should have plenty of gore and blood. This book delivers the gore and more with a dash of senses overload. Warning – Do not read/listen to this story while eating if you have a weak stomach.
I loved how you get to feel the anxiety, hopelessness, loneliness, fear, anger, love, and hope from both Nick and Annaliese. Overall, this story leaves you with the idea of knowing that even when one life is over others must live on. Life does not stop just because something bad happens. Those left alive must learn to not only survive, they must live. You never know when life will end. Enjoy it.