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  • gilwilson 1:18 PM on January 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    “Stirring the Pot: My Recipe for Getting What You Want Out of Life” 

    “Stirring the Pot: My Recipe for Getting What You Want Out of Life”
    By: Jenny McCarthyjmcarthy
    Narrated by: Jenny McCarthy
    Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
    Release date: 05-06-14
    Publisher: Random House Audio

    I’m not sure why I wanted to listen to this audiobook, but I did. Maybe it’s that Jenny were at SIU-Carbondale at the same time in the Early 90s. (I actually think I had a General Ed. Class with her.) Whatever the reason I actually enjoyed it more than I would normally think. I do try to read biographies on occasion, but usually they are musicians. This book won’t change your way of life or way of thinking, but it will provide you with a bit of humor. There were several times during the book I would laugh out loud and a couple of times where I had to “rewind” the audiobook to hear what I missed because I laughed.

    Ms. McCarthy reads the book which is great. I think all autobiographies should be read by the author because they can read it with the emotion/sarcasm/humor needed. Another aspect of her doing the reading is that she brings it down to Earth, and even with the crazy celebrity life she is just like us normal people.

    To sum up, entertaining anecdotes, from a down to earth yet stuck in celebritydom celebrity.

  • gilwilson 9:08 PM on September 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: activist, , , book review, john grisham, , richard thomas, theodore boone,   

    Audiobook Review: “Theodore Boone: The Activist” by John Grisham 


    Audiobook Review: “Theodore Boone: The Activist”

    by John Grisham

    Read by Richard Thomas

    Published by Penguin Audio

    Approx. 6 hours



    John Grisham is well known for his attorney novels such as; “The Rainmaker,” “The Pelican Brief,” “The Client” and others and has great success with that genre. Within the last few years Grisham has branched out into the Young Adult market with his Theodore Boone series of books.


    Theodore Boone 13 years old is the son of two lawyers and practices law for the kids his age. I guess practices law is a bit much, he pretty much just passes on legal advice on such things as rescuing impounded animals and, in the case of this story, how to fight the politicians. Basically, Theodore Boone is the “Encyclopedia Brown” in the modern age. This time around the cases are solved in the court system, actually from a former closet-turned-office inside Theodore’s parents’ law office. In this book the big concern is; eminent domain.


    In Theodore’s hometown the politicians have decided to start building a bypass. At first this seems logical in that the bypass will allow a congested area of town to become free of trucks moving through town, but on closer inspection the bypass will take out a good chunk of the town’s soccer fields, displace many residence and allow for the trucks to belch out noxious exhaust fumes within yards of an elementary school, not to mention the traffic hazards so close to the school.


    Along with fighting the system in order to keep his hometown bypass free Theodore Boone is also a normal 13 year-old boy. He still has to be a boy scout, and as a leader of his group he is supposed to keep the boys safe, but an encounter with a copperhead snake threatens that security, Theodore learns what it means to be responsible.


    Politicians and copperhead snakes are what Theodore Boone is up against in this, the fourth novel in the Theodore Boone series by John Grisham. Grisham writes these young adult fiction novels with the same intrigue as any of his other legal novels but with characters and events that will fascinate and captivate readers age nine to ninety. Theodore’s relationship with his parents, friends and community members is very realistic and is the driving force behind this book.


    What also keeps this audiobook worth hearing is that it is read by Richard Thomas. Yes, John Boy from the Waltons delivers this audiobook and does so with so much personality that you’d think this was his life he was talking about. In all actuality, I think Richard Thomas could read the phone book and I’d listen and not be able to stop until the very end. His voice during the narration makes the listener feel at home in the story,and his ability to extend the character’s psyche into the delivery within the dialogue makes this a completely enjoyable audiobook.

  • gilwilson 3:51 PM on August 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Audiobook Review: “The Sky Devil” By L. Ron Hubbard 


    Audiobook Review: “The Sky Devil”

    By L. Ron Hubbard

    Multi-cast performance

    Produced by Galaxy Audio

    Approx. 2 Hours

    Anytime you listen to or read a good book it’s a treat.  Sometimes I need to add sprinkles to that treat and make it a bit more fun.  This is just what happens when I get to listen to another classic collection from the pulp-fiction days.  This time around I jumped on the latest release from Galaxy Audio from the master story-teller, L. Ron Hubbard.  These old time stories are from Hubbard’s writing hey-day, the era of the Pulps.  Hubbard wrote a plethora of stories during this period that were published in the many magazines full of stories from many different genres.

    The collection I heard this time was all from the “adventure” genre and take you from the Sahara Desert to an Island in the Pacific and beyond. All three of these stories appeared in the September, 1935 issue of the pulp magazine, “Top Notch.”

    The audio performance from Galaxy Audio is once again first rate.  With the super talented narrator R.F. Daley these adventures come to full color 3D life in this audiobook.  Daley has a way with his voicework to not only keep the listener glued to the book, but to also convey all aspects of the story’s emotions and adventures.

    The first story, “The Sky Devil” tells of the American pilot, Vic Kennedy who exhausted, wounded and almost out of gas, lands his plane at a Sahara oasis, where he uses his cunning, and gasoline, to outwit a dangerous opponent and marry the local king’s daughter.  I know it’s pretty much always going to happen with Hubbard’s stories but each time I end being somewhat surprised as to how the hero gets the girl, or princess in this case.

    The next story, “Buckley Plays a Hunch,” shows how Jim Buckley, looking for members of a lost expedition, finds three madmen on an island in the Pacific.  Buckley is known for playing his hunches and relying on instinct but this time even the listener is surprised at the twists and turns that occur that eventually lead to Buckley’s hunch paying off.

    Finally this collection has the story, “Medals for Mahoney.”  Mahoney and a native medicine man collaborate to thwart a murderous plot to defraud the trading company.

    All three stories make for a treat with sprinkles on top in the form of a two-hour audiobook.  Enjoy.

  • gilwilson 3:44 PM on August 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: alladin, arabian nights, , , , book review, classics, , , sharhzad, sinbad, tales,   

    “Tales from the Arabian Nights” Abridged Compiled by Andrew Lang 


    “Tales from the Arabian Nights” Abridged

    Compiled by Andrew Lang

    Read by Toby Stephens

    Published by Naxos AudioBooks

    Length: 2 hours and 14 minutes


    Once in a while, as you probably know from reading my posts, I have to go back and visit the classics, especially when they appear in audiobook form.  I ran across this version a year ago and planned on giving it a listen during my vacation but that didn’t work out and it sat in my iPod for a year.  I was looking for a short audiobook to fill time between some major novels and decided, it was time.


    This abridged version is a sanitized childrens version of the classic collection. So you won’t be getting the adult-themed aspect of why the stories are being told; the woman telling erotic and exotic stories to the king to entertain him and entice him with wanting to hear more so she may live. Without this element, this merely becomes is a nice collection of fables. While they are cleaned up a bit, by no means are these dumbed-down, sanitized disney versions. The language used is age appropriate for young listeners, but, there is a body count, and there is a scene where somebody dumps boiling oil in the jars with the murdering thieves. This makes the stories digestible for ages nine and up, in my opinion.


    This version also features some really nice music as segues between some of the scenes.  The music and the nice delivery from the narrator make for an entertaining two hours of classic story-telling.


    The premise of the story is that Shahrazad is promised to a King, Shahryar.  Shahryar is notorious for killing his wives on their wedding night.  Shahrazad comes up with the plan that will make Shahryar intrigued enough to keep her alive until the next day.  She does this by telling stories with cliff-hanger endings and has to rest until the next telling.


    The stories themselves are actually a collection of stories collected over thousands of years by various authors, translators and scholars. They are an amalgam of mythology and folk tales from the Indian sub-continent, Persia, and Arabia. Some of the stories date back to around the year 800-900 C.E. Many tales that have become independently famous come from the Book, among them Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Alladin and the lamp and the voyages of Sinbad the Sailor.


    For the most part I remember the old Popeye meets Sinbad cartoons that actually placed some of these tales in the world of Popeye the Sailor.  This made for a nice reminiscing moment for me.



  • gilwilson 4:01 PM on July 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , audio works, , , book review, , hard case crime, , joyland, michael kelly, murder mystery, ,   

    Audiobook Review: “Joyland” By Stephen King 


    Audiobook Review: “Joyland”

    By Stephen King

    Read by Michael Kelly

    Published by AudioWorks / Simon & Schuster

    Running time: Approx 7.5 hours


    So, all I knew was that Stephen King had a new book out.  I have been a fan of King’s ever since his book “Christine” came out back in 1983.  That was the first Stephen King novel I read, and I was hooked ever since.  I have read every book published and as soon as a new one  comes out I HAVE to have it.  Anymore I don’t bother reading what the book is about I just read it, or in this case, listen to it.


    Looking back at the wide variety of Stephen King books you never really know what you are getting into.  Sometimes it is a murder mystery, sometimes a fantasy about dragons, or an alternate world.  King is known as the master of horror and that could lead to a really nice horror novel.  Putting together clues from the cover of the book I deduced that this book must be some sort of murder mystery.


    The book cover features a picture which closely resembles the art work on the covers from the Pulp-fiction / Crime Drama magazines from the middle of the 20th century.  The book was originally published in paperback through “Hard Case Crime” which is an American imprint of hardboiled crime novels, just like the novel “The Colorado Kid.”  So putting these together I deduced that it was going to be a crime novel that features that extra Stephen King twist, and it was.


    Before I talk more about the book I have to praise Michael Kelly on his narration of the book.  The book is presented as a first person point of view.  That point of view comes from Devin Jones, a University of New Hampshire student who takes a summer job at Joyland in 1973.  Michael Kelly perfectly captures the mood and psyche of Devin Jones as he starts out at the amusement park as a greenie and eventually attempts to solve a murder and brightens the life of a dying child.  Kelly’s voice fits the voice of Devin Jones like a glove and makes this character come to life in this audiobook version.


    As I stated, Devin Jones takes on a summer job at Joyland amusement park in North Carolina working with the “carnies” and “wearing the fur” Joyland talk for portraying Howie the Happy Hound, Joyland’s mascot.   Devin soon learns of the local urban legend of the ghost in the haunted haunted house in Joyland.  A few years past a young girl was murdered in the horror house and the killer was never caught.  Every so often the ghost of the girl appears to someone in the park.


    Devin also learns from the park’s fortune teller that he will meet two children that summer. One is a girl with a red hat. The other is a boy with a dog. One of them has The Sight.  So with a little bit of “The Shining” mixed in with a little bit of “The Colorado Kid,” Stephen King weaves a tale of murder, mystery and psychic powers in a way that only he can tell a story.  This is a coming of age, human interest, horror, murder mystery that will have you laughing, crying and leaving the lights on at night.

  • gilwilson 8:56 PM on April 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , audioboks, , , book review, , , early 20th century, germans, hollywood, isaac bell, justin scott, , , , van dorn, world war I   

    Audiobook Review: “The Thief” (An Isaac Bell Adventure) by Clive Cussler & Justin Scott 


    “The Thief” (An Isaac Bell Adventure)
    by Clive Cussler & Justin Scott
    read by Scott Brick
    published by Penguin Audio
    Approx. 10 hours

    I have only recently discovered the adventure novels from Clive Cussler and am sampling each of the different lead characters. Cussler writes a few different adventure types revolving around different lead characters. While most of these take place in the present, the stories with Isaac Bell take place in the early 20th century.

    This story, “The Thief,” takes place in 1910, as the world is moving toward war. Several Van Dorn detectives, lead by Isaac Bell, are on the ocean liner Mauretania escorting a prisoner from Europe to New York. By accident Bell interrupts the attempted kidnapping of two scientists, who, it turns out, has invented a completely functional talking picture machine. A group of Germans desperately want this machine for use in their propaganda efforts, and their leader will stop at nothing to seize it, including killing one of the scientists while aboard the Mauretania.

    The only working machine is destroyed in a fire aboard the Mauretania. Bell’s new wife (they marry onboard the Mauritania) sees the potential for this invention and with Isaac’s help manages to convince the Van Dorn detective to invest in the invention and the surviving scientist. The rest of the book covers the Bell and the scientist trying to break the Edison trust and create a talking pictures machine as an independent. The problem is the Germans follow and the murder and mayhem ensue. Bell spends his time uncovering the plot to steal the machine.

    Through the many twists and turns in the plot and discovering who the real spies this book will keep you involved in this book. At times I would think I wasn’t interested too much in the story and was going to stop listening, but then something would happen and I just had to keep listening to find out what happens. While at first the subject matter didn’t interest me the writing would be enough to keep me hooked.

    What also helped was the outstanding performance by Scott Brick. Brick’s ability to narrate an audiobook goes beyond description. His vocal gymnastics are enough to give each character a voice that would reflect all the goings on in the story and their psyche. Brick is an award winning audiobook reader and every time I hear his voice I can hear why. His voice alone was a reason to listen to this audiobook, but teamed up the Cussler’s skills at writing a story that keeps you hooked makes the audiobook of “The Thief” worth putting on your to-read list and soon.

  • gilwilson 9:26 PM on April 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Audiobook Review: “Twenty Fathoms Down” by L. Ron Hubbard 


    “Twenty Fathoms Down”
    by L. Ron Hubbard
    Multi-cast performance
    produced by Galaxy Audio
    Approx 2 hours

    I recently came to the realization that eventually I will have read all of the “Stories from the Golden Age” written by L. Ron Hubbard since there are a finite number of these old stories written for the old pulp-fiction magazines. What will I do then? Luckily I have a year or so to go before they are all released, but still there will come a time. I’m guessing I will go back and reread or rather re-listen to my favorite genre (the one that got me addicted to these audiobooks from Galaxy Audio in the first place), science-fiction.

    It was the science-fiction genre that attracted me to these releases, but it was the excellent production and professionalism that made me want to hear every single audiobook. Galaxy Audio turns these short stories into full blown audio dramas complete with incidental music, realistic sound-effects and some of the best voice actors available. With the great voice actors, most of the books are narrated by R.F. Daley. Daley’s voice work in the narration is the perfect match for creating what could also be ol’ timey radio shows. His voice guides the listener through the story fully expressing the emotions, ambiance and action which runs through all of these stories.

    Hopefully they will begin releasing all of Hubbard’s books as well, keeping this same formula. Like I said, though, there are still more releases, at least for a year or so, so I will keep listening to these awesome adventures.

    This time around was a bit of a sea-adventure with “Twenty Fathoms Down.” This story was originally published in the September, 1934 issue of “Five Novels” and takes the listener on an undersea treasure hunting adventure full of gold, emeralds and murder.

    Deep-sea diver, Hawk Ridley, has the information on a sunken Spanish galleon with a cache of gold bullion. The problem is that a rival wants that treasure and will do anything to keep it out of Hawk’s hands, including murder. Hawk locates the wreck and discovers not only a fortune in gold but a cache of sparkling emeralds, as well.

    To make for a great mystery, Hawk and his crew discover a stowaway onboard his ship. That stowaway, a beautiful woman wearing a wedding dress, happens to be the daughter of the rival that wants to steal the gold out from under Hawk. When one of Hawk’s divers is pulled out of the water dead in his suit, the woman becomes suspect of sabotage. Then when Hawk is left for dead on a dive and his ship is torpedoed, the battle for the gold begins.

    The excellent acting and superb sound-effects will have you holding your breath while the divers struggle for life under the sea.

  • gilwilson 8:51 PM on February 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , book review, christopher j. priest, , , , , , ,   

    “Green Lantern: Sleepers (Volume 2)” by Christopher J. Priest & Michael Ahn 


    “Green Lantern: Sleepers (Volume 2)”
    by Christopher J. Priest & Michael Ahn
    Multi-cast performance
    Produced by GraphicAudio
    Approx. 6 Hours

    Yes I will fully accept the fact that I am a nerd, I love my comic books. I used to be such a die hard fan of comic books that I even picked a side. I was the hardcore Marvel comics fan, so much so that I wouldn’t even look at a DC comic. Later in life I learned, it was okay to like all the comics. I began reading some of the other publishers like; Image, Dark Horse, et. al, but when it came to DC I just felt like I was cheating for some reason. I liked to read The Flash, and Batman, but for the other heroes I just couldn’t make myself do it.

    In comes my love for audiobooks and what lead me to where I am now. I used to make monthly road trips that would last about 8 hours and I would pass the time with audiobooks, on top of that my work commute was 30 – 45 minutes depending on Kansas City traffic, so there was more time for audiobook absorption. So I had more time for comics than audiobooks. Then to my amazement a few years ago I was introduced to GraphicAudio because of their production of some comic book novelizations into audiobooks. GraphicAudio was taking some DC comics novels and turning them into audiobooks, but not just an audiobook rather, “A movie for your mind.”

    GraphicAudio uses a highly skilled team of voice actors, out of this world sound effects and ready-for-theatrical-release music and mixes it all in to make the superheroes come to life in full 3d sound and mental imagery. GraphicAudio has a great library of DC comics based audiobooks and I understand will be working on some Marvel collections soon (I can hardly wait for those productions). These productions are nothing short of amazing. When you think of comics you think of the great artwork that steers the story. GraphicAudio is able to take the comic artwork and bring it to your mind through sound. Their sound effects sound just as though they are leaping out of the pages of a comic, not the funny “kapows” and “blams” but with Earth shattering explosions, and the sound of Green Lantern’s aura that sounds as though it is surrounding you as the listener. GraphicAudio has created the perfect way to listen to comic books.

    This audiobook is the second in a series written by Christopher J. Priest and each book is linked in a very cool way that makes it so as a fan you have to read or, in this case, listen to, all the books. I won’t give away how they are linked because it is a bit of a spoiler, and I don’t like to give out too many spoilers. This book covers the Golden Age Green Lantern, Alan Scott.

    “Sleepers Book Two” tells the origin story of how Alan Scott and how he came to fight crime as the Green Lantern. The other aspect of this story that makes it unique is that the Golden Age of comics occurred during World War II, and while nations were at war this super hero was fighting bank robbers not Nazis. With that aspect a question is formed, “Why doesn’t he go wipe out the Nazis, with all that power he yields?” Well eventually the Green Lantern, Alan Scott, does go overseas but once he does he meets up with Malvolio, a Green Lantern (at least at first appearance to Alan) who can help Alan discover what it means to hold the power of the Green Lantern. The beginning of this book explains the origin of Malvolio and the nice part of this is that the reader/listener knows that Malvolio is not a good guy and only the worst can be expected.

    In the beginning of the book it is revealed that Malvolio is a 17th-century supervillain, actually an anti-Green Lantern who wants to take over the world. The Guardians imprison Malvolio, but he escapes and makes it back to Earth just in time for WWII. Malvolio decides to cut a deal with Hitler that endangers the entire Allied campaign in Europe and the Pacific. Not one to think small, he is determined to eliminate the entire Green Lantern Corps, destroy Earth, and decimate all other worlds that have ever had the protection of a Green Lantern.

    Great origin story, great production and great super-powered battles make this a must hear audio book from GraphicAudio.

  • gilwilson 9:28 PM on February 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , book review, , , miami, misadventures, , python, strippers, wedding   

    “Insane City” written and read by Dave Barry 


    “Insane City”
    written and read by Dave Barry
    Published by Penguin Audio
    Approx. 8 hours

    Have you ever had one of those days where it seems that everything is going wrong? Yeah, me too, but multiply that day by a hundred and you still couldn’t get into the same amount of trouble as Seth Weinstein.

    Seth Weinstein is the hero (of sorts) in the latest book by Dave Barry, “Insane City,” and he’s about to get married to a beautiful woman who also happens to be the daughter of one of the richest family in North America. As the book begins, Seth is wondering how he could have gotten so lucky. She’s beautiful, smart and rich and she’s marrying HIM? Well, Seth’s luck is about to change.

    Dave Barry, for those of you not familiar with him, is a Pulitzer Prize winning humor writer. This is only the second book of his I’ve read, but each time the experience is non-stop laughs. With Barry doing the reading as well it is even better because as the listener you get the full idea of the concept behind the words. The sarcasm and dry wit come out even more than if you were to read the text. In fact, I can safely say this way the listener gets the full scope of Dave Barry’s intent in writing this book. His delivery is perfect and worth the listen.

    Seth Weinstein is traveling with his groomsmen on the way to his wedding in Miami, Florida. Before his trip begins he has warned his best man, no strippers for the bachelor party, but before he can even get on the plane the practical jokes begin with the groomsmen putting a sex toy in Seth’s luggage and of course, the TSA has to search his luggage. After putting up with that nonsense, he thinks he’s avoided the worst, but this is not so, it only gets worse from there and it never gets better until the very end. The non-stop humor keeps this little adventure that begins with a taxi driver not able to get them to the right hotel, so they take their luggage out in order to find another cab, but end up getting drunk on South Beach instead. On South Beach they meet up with a man with a snake and his scantily clad woman friend. The scantily clad woman ends up trying to help Seth out in all the misadventures.

    These misadventures consist of angry strippers, picking up parents in a pimped out pimp’s SUV in which a porn video won’t shut off, Russian gangsters, a fanatically secret group of powerful businessmen, marijuana brownies at the rehearsal dinner, a pirate ship shooting chicken nuggets at hired thugs and an orangutan named Trevor.

    I will have to say the funniest part of the book for me is when the marijuana laced brownies get accidentally served at the rehearsal dinner and one of the richest men in the world buys a pizza place just so he can get a pizza to satisfy his munchies. Some of the funniest scenes happen throughout the book, but some of the most profound thoughts occur during this transaction.

    Great fun book loaded with the funny by Dave Barry.

  • gilwilson 8:49 PM on February 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    “The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury” by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga 


    “The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury”
    by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
    read by Fred Berman
    Published by MacMillan Audio
    Running time: 10 hours

    For the year 2013, I’m declaring February Zombie month. This is the month when the phenomenal TV series, “The Walking Dead” starts back up to finish up season 3 this month, I have just caught up to issue #106 of the comic book series and I have just finished listening to the second audiobook written as a companion to the series. I am ready for more zombies.

    The two novels written in this series coincide with the comic books and not the TV series. The first novel was “Rise of the Governor” and the sequel to that novel is this one “The Road to Woodbury.” Both novels follow the stories of two characters that were introduced early in the comic book series. The first one covered the Governor and how he became leader of the settlement called Woodbury. In the comics the Governor is much more brutal than the one portrayed in the TV series, at least so far. This time around we are told the backstory of Lilly and in part, that of a lesser characters, Bob and Martinez. In the comics Lilly is the one that puts a bullet into the head of the Governor after the attack on the prison. At first those only knowing “The Walking Dead” through the TV series may see this as a spoiler, but anyone that has read the comics knows, the TV series has branched off in directions that stray a bit from the comic book storyline enough that the TV series can go anywhere and it’s anyone’s guess as to what will happen.

    The bulk of this novel is the development of the character of Lilly. When I read the comics I didn’t think too much about her character. In fact, I considered her pretty much a lesser character, but with a major role. Someone had to kill the Governor, really he had to die, so she was chosen. Apparently she was enough of a character for Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga to tell her story, and I’m glad she was. This book is a great survival story like all of the stories from all forms of “The Walking Dead” multimedia experience, but what made this novel even better for me was zombie clowns and circus performers. More on the zombie clowns later.

    Before I summarize the meat of this book, I’ve got to first talk about the reader, Fred Berman. Mr. Berman does an outstanding job of bringing this book to life. Not only does he provide each character a voice, but he is able to make all the emotions and actions of the characters come out in their voices. At times it nearly seems like this is a multi-cast performance. This book is a full audio experience thanks to the voice talents of Fred Berman.

    “The Road to Woodbury” starts out with a group of survivors setting up a tent village putting together all their efforts to stave off the zombie apocalypse. The center of this makeshift survivor campground is a circus big top tent, left behind when the plague hit. Now, if you are like me, then you probably see the problem with this from the start. I had to wonder what was going on, why on Earth would anyone think a tent village would be safe in a zombie apocalypse? The flaw is soon discovered when a herd of zombies attack and some children, which were under the care of Lilly are under attack, while most of the others in the group are out scavenging for food and supplies. Lilly manages to save three of the four, but when the oldest of the kids gets spooked and runs away, she soon meets her demise under the chomping teeth of zombies.

    The father of the children becomes distraught and begins beating on Lilly, breaking some ribs and fracturing her jaw, seeing this, a man who is somewhat of a love interest, Josh Lee Hamilton, comes to her rescue and beats up the man. The problem is that all of Josh’s pent up frustrations come out and he kills the man. The people in the tent village discuss this and decide to exile Josh. Lilly is furious with this and while in no condition to do anything, she decides to leave with Josh. Possibly seeing what is to come, Lilly’s high school friend and her boyfriend, a stoner couple who spend the apocalypse getting high, decide to go with them. Also deciding to leave is former Marine medic, now never sober, Bob Stookey.

    The group of 5 leave the tent village and find an abandoned gas station. Josh and Lilly head out scavenging for food, actually Josh has in mind to hunt down one of the many deer in the area, when a herd of deer are spooked their direction, fleeing from something the deer run right past the two humans, soon Josh and Lilly discover the horror that has the deer spooked. It is at this moment that the creepiest scene in any zombie story ever occurs. The zombified members of the circus which the members of the village were using the big top tent, is leading a herd of undead heading straight for Josh. The authors describe in detail the characters that are now flesh eating zombies from this circus. There are clown zombies, the fat lady zombie, acrobat and contortionist zombies and many more. Just take a circus and freak show from the early days of touring circuses and turn all its members into zombies and have them travelling in a herd toward the survivors. Yes it gets creepy.

    Later, while regrouping and trying to decide what to do next, the tent village seems to come under attack. Not knowing what is going on but seeing the flames and hearing the noise from the tent village it can’t be good. A couple of vehicles approach the gas station as they are fleeing from the village, but do not stop and ram into the station destroying the outcasts’ shelter.

    This sends the outcasts on the road again and after walking dead encounters they come across an abandoned Wal-Mart superstore. Gathering what is left of the looted store for survival supplies the group is confronted by a group of men. The leader of the men, Martinez, tells the group of a town that is full of survivors working together to ensure they all survive. Thinking this too good to be true, but tired of being on the road the group follows the men to Woodbury and meet the Governor.

    The group discovers that Woodbury is not all it seems to be. An evil is lurking beneath the town and at the cost of lives the Governor is becoming more and more brutal.

    Along with the book “Rise of the Governor,” “The Road to Woodbury,” is a great addition in the world of “The Walking Dead.” Whether you are a fan of the comics, the TV series or both these books should be added to your must read now list.

    • Tommy 8:33 PM on February 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Any idea when the 3rd book is coming out? I am about halfway through the second book and I am going to be sad when I can’t finish the series…


      • gilwilson 12:15 AM on February 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Haven’t heard much about when…but did hear it was going to be a side story not a “prequel”


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