Narrator: John Alexander Brancy
Series: The Colony #1
Published by Self Published / Indie on 2014
Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
Genres: Horror, Zombie Apocalypse
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Forget everything you know about zombies
In under 10 minutes, 99.9% of the world's population will be dead... or changed. Conversion is instant. Headshots just make them angry. And they're getting smarter.
Ken Strickland has made it through the first moments. But his family is still out there. Can he survive? Can he find them? Or will he become one more of the creatures that now rule our world?
©2013 Michaelbrent Collings (P)2014 Michaelbrent Collings
Always a sucker for a good zombie apocalypse story. Maybe it is because I think my life is boring and I get to live out situations and circumstances that I never could though listening to a good adventure. Maybe it is because I know I would be one of the first to go if any kind of apocalypse situation were to actually happen. Maybe I just want to escape reality and be transformed to a world that is insane, yet makes sense to me. Whatever the real reason is I cannot seem to get enough blood and gore, horrific conditions, seeing the true brutality of human nature and what it can be twisted into.
The Colony: Genesis is the first book, novella or whatever you want to call it, in a huge undertaking by Michaelbrent Collings. He says himself that the series is panning out to be half a million (500,000) words, which could be translated to approximately 50 hours in audiobook. The Colony: Genesis starts off with a bang. All of a sudden everyone is going, what looks like, insane. Attacking each other, running around madly, or that’s what it seems like to Ken Strickland, a mild mannered school teacher. Who’s first mission is to escape his school. Then throughout he meets up with others like him. With the use vivid descriptions of gore and madness, very short chapters, of which each seems to end with a cliff hanger. I was kept at the edge of my seat, full of anticipation of what is about to happen. Collings also states, in the afterword from the author, that he wanted a create a zombie story that focuses more on the zombies then on the heinous monsters that humans can turn into in apocalyptic situations. This was made very apparent When something strange happens to the zombies, they all, at the same time stop moving or attacking and just stand there. As if they are in a trance of some sort. While the secondary characters had little development. I felt Ken was explained very well. He could be any normal person that is searching for his family, hoping that they too have survived as long as he has. While it is never explained what happens to “turn” almost everyone into mindless, or are they, walking corpses. I felt like I didn’t need the explanation as I am sure more will be revealed in future installments. If you are looking for an very fast paced action packed, tension filled, zombie assault, with a little more that in “normal” for this genre, you have to check out this audiobook.
John Alexander Brancy was cast perfectly for this production. Nothing done in an over the top manner that some narrators seem to need to do for the zombie genre. Smooth, clear and crisp, everything that I want. With the added excitement and emotional range and variation that I crave from this genre. Surprisingly Brancy was able to keep the pace of the story going fast without seeming to try very hard. Sometimes narrators can hinder the speed by either going too fast or too slow for what the story dictates. Not the case here. I really hope that he is kept for the remainder of this zombie audio saga. I will be looking for more from Brancy.
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