Narrator: Todd Menesses
Published by Self Published on 22 January 2016
Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
Genres: Contemporary Zombie, Post Apocalyptic, Zombie Apocalypse
Source: Narrator, Submitted
Contains Z-Risen 3: Poisoned Earth and Z-Risen 4: Reavers
Machinist Mate First Class Jackson Creed and Marine Sergeant Joel "Cruze" Kelly have faced hordes of undead, rogue military units and a constant living nightmare as they try to navigate the apocalypse. Now they are close to their goal of reaching Los Angeles where they hope to learn the origin of the plague that has affected the US. Along the way, they've been harried by the shadow mercenary group known only as Bright Star, but that is all about to change.
Also contains the bonus short story "Night of the Living Old Farts".
©2015 Timothy W. Long (P)2016 Timothy W. Long
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Separated from Joel and Anna, Jackson Creed and Christy continue their Zombie adventures in Los Angeles. Starving and desperate, they are forced to take refuge with the Reevers. And they are not what they seem. Safety and food feel good after the long and bitter battles with the endless hordes, but something is wrong. And Jackson is going to find out what it is.
Later in the story we find out about Joel, Anna, Roz and Brightstar. We also learn more about the shufflers and their unique ability to call the other zombies. If fighting zombies wasn’t bad enough, now they have semi-intelligent leaders. If the fighting factions of humans can’t get together, humanity’s chances of survival are looking grim.
In this third and fourth installment of the Z-Risen series, we learn a little more about the surviving humans, various factions and the fallen government. More questions are raised than answered, like how the outbreak started or if it was caused by intention. We are looking at the story from the point of view of Jackson Creed, so if he doesn’t know, we don’t know.
Z-Risen is a wonderful blend of zombie violence, fear and humor. The books don’t take themselves seriously. Humor in the face of extreme violence equals zombie fun. Why not? Zombies are ridiculous – dead humans that keep coming until you smash their heads. Long keeps the action light, and the sarcasm flowing. It makes for a truly fun listen. Science be damned.
The books are performed by Todd Menesses. His deep baritone rumbles in your head as he portrays the male military characters, then goes high enough to give the female characters their due. He has a remarkable range and provides a wonderful performance. The listener gets to enjoy Jackson’s steady sarcasm in face of infinite horror. Excellent.
If you like your zombie adventures equally mixed with horror and humor, you’ll love these stories. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. There is a kind of ending to the story, but it looks very likely there will be more in the series. You’ll want to listen to those when they are released. Recommended.