Tankbread by Paul Mannering

Posted November 23, 2015 by Brian in Reviews / 2 Comments

Tankbread by Paul ManneringTankbread by Paul Mannering
Narrator: Rupert Degas
Series: Tankbread #1
Published by Audible Studios, Permuted Press on 30 October 2013
Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction, Zombie Apocalypse
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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Ten years ago humanity lost the war for survival.

Now intelligent zombies rule the world. Feeding the undead of a steady diet of cloned people called Tankbread, the survivors live in a dangerous world on the brink of final extinction.

One outlaw courier must go on a journey through the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Australia. Fighting his way into the very heart of the apocalypse in the desperate search for a way to save the last humans and destroy the undead threat. His only companion is a girl with an extraordinary secret. Her name is Else, and she's Tankbread.

©2011 Paul Mannering (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Audible Editor Reviews

Zombies have long since overrun the world, but these zombies are organized, talking, intelligent creatures. They've even devised a way to keep their insatiable hungers fed by cloning people called Tankbread. One outlaw human must survive in this post-apocalyptic nightmare that is Australia looking for a possible way to strike back with a girl who is herself not quite human. Ruper Degas performs the audiobook with his Aussie twang setting the moody environment for this thrilling ride, a unique take on the zombie apocalypse genre.

ABR received this audiobook for free from the Purchased in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the audiobook or the content of our review.

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Zombies are everywhere EVLO’s – extremely violent lucid organisms (or evols) as they are called in this book. They are kept at bay by being fed “Tankbread”. One man is hired to deliver something and ends up getting in way over his head into a world he didn’t even know existed.

The narration in this, done by Rupert Degas was good. His narration really helped this story. The slight Australian accent was a wonderful touch without being hard to understand. I genuinely believe that his narration helped me enjoy this book more.

Tankbread was one of those books that meandered seeming to go on without a plot (much like the characters in the book). Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the book. But I think that this could have used some more direction.

I like to check reviews out to see what others think of something, especially when I like it (when I absolutely love something I write my review, post it and then read other reviews). This one surprised me. Yes, the book is violent. Yes, it’s vulgar. No, it didn’t need to be – but to leave a bad review based solely on that is insulting to the author.

Now, with that said, this book is extremely graphic. With both violence and sex (rape and consensual). There is vulgar language, and I actually found it as comic relief throughout this downer of a book.  Else was wonderful. Her usage of foul language never ceased to make me laugh.

Needless to say, this book was interesting. It was a new take on a zombie book. The zombies wet different. The story was different (if a bit random). I want to compare this to a movie but it will give away a pretty big part of the story (so I won’t).

With what I said earlier. If violence, sex, and extremely bad language isn’t your cup of tea – you probably won’t enjoy this. If you don’t mind these things it was a great read.

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About Paul Mannering

Paul Mannering is an award winning writer living in Wellington, New Zealand, where he lives with his wife Damaris and their two cats.

The Tankbread series is published by Permuted Press
The Drakeforth Trilogy, including book 1 “Engines of Empathy” are published by Paper Road Press

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