Narrator: Chris Barnes
Published by Horrific Tales Publishing on 17 October 2016
Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
Genres: Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction
Source: Narrator, Submitted
Something has happened to the world.
People are going mad, the very foundations of society are crumbling. Only Adam Keller, testing a prototype environment suit, apparently remains safe - but for how long?
Can anything be done, can any of it be reversed, before everything goes to rot?
The latest post-apocalyptic tale from award-winning and best-selling author Paul Kane (the sellout Hooded Man, The Disease, The End of the End) presents a nightmarish vision of a possible future, blending social commentary with pause-resisting action. This is one that fans of The Road and The Walking Dead will really not want to miss!
©2016 Paul Kane (P)2016 Horrific Tales Publishing
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Adam is a fighter pilot chosen to test a self-sustaining skin suit. It recirculates all his water and waste so the wearer doesn’t need to eat or drink. It was meant only to be worn for one week, but when the world falls apart, it is the only think keeping Adam from the rot that is infecting the world.
Some contagion has entered the world, turning men and women into mindless and ultra-violent mandmen. But it isn’t just the people, it’s all things. Buildings and machines are decaying, even the very ground is disintegrating. Adam may be the only man left untouched, protected by his suit. The cause is unknown and he may be the only one left to find a stop to the destruction, if he can survive.
There is a feeling of I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. The bleak separateness of the landscape and everyone out to kill him. Has the world simply evolved and now Adam is the outsider, trying to hold onto the past. The listener doesn’t know.
One might be tempted to call this a zombie novel, but the infected people are not dead, just maddened by the disease, though they do act like them. The dark hopelessness of the novel is quite compelling and fits a certain genre. It is a quick listen, but feels full, the world well described and Adam well developed as the reluctant last man on Earth.
The novel is performed by Chris Barnes. He does an excellent job, catching Adams moods and intense loneliness. He does more than simply read the book, he acts, and it is well done. There are few other character voices, but they are done well and easily differentiated. Excellent.
The Rot fits into several categories at once: Zombie, Sci-Fi, Horror and Dystopia. It is a dark novel with literary overtones and will appeal to this audience well. An excellent book that leaves the listener thinking about it long after its completion. Recommended.