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  • gilwilson 7:21 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    We’re Alive: Lockdown – A Story of Survival, Book 5 By Kc Wayland 

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    By Kc Wayland
    Narrated by: full cast
    Series: We’re Alive: A Story of Survival, Book 5
    Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
    Release date: 10-18-16
    Publisher: Wayland Production

    I love audio theatre. The whole We’re Alive series is some of the best audio theatre you’ll find today.  With great writing, nice acting and cool sound effects KC Wayland knows how to put it all together to bring this story to life.

    This series started out as a regularly produced podcast, there are 4 seasons of it released.  I’ve listened to all the series and have been waiting for more since the last season ended in 2014.  Wayland did a crowdfunding campaign to create this latest edition of the series.

    We’re Alive is a survival story about how to survive the Zombie Apocalypse.  I know, I’m kinda getting tired of zombies also, but I have to tell you this is one worth absorbing yourself into.  I used to think no one could top the George Romero movies, the Robert Kirkman created the “Walking Dead” comic book series and I was sucked in again, when it was launched as a TV series I was hooked before it aired.  So now we have 2 kings of the zombies.   Well KC Wayland comes on to the scene and has his own twist to the Zombie Apocalypse and backed by superior cast he becomes the third in my triple crown of zombie writers.

    The audio production quality is top notch.  Not only are the actors superior, but the sound effects will have you boarding up your doors and stocking up ammo, hopefully not in that order.  This is high quality audio theatre that everyone should put on their shelf.

    Publisher’s Summary
    “Life on the inside” takes on a whole new meaning. A riot has broken out at Twin Towers Jail. Simeon, five of his fellow inmates, and the prison guards assigned to them have found themselves trapped in the inescapable confines of T-block during the lockdown. Boundaries of trust are pushed to the limit, as the survivors must learn to work together if they have any hope of escaping the horde of infected and the deadly secret that lies within Twin Tower’s walls.

    We’re Alive: Lockdown serves as both a standalone and continuation of the We’re Alive: A Story of Survival series. It answers questions, asks new ones, and keeps the listener guessing right up until the bitter end.

    What is “audio theater for the mind?” Think of it as a type of show that you can play in your head, guided by the narrative but carried by your imagination. Unlike film or television, an audio drama has the power to strike a deeper emotional connection with the audience.

    ©2016 Wayland Productions (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • gilwilson 5:40 PM on April 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks 

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    by Max Brooks
    Published – September 16, 2003
    288 pages
    Publisher: Broadway Books

    I’m not sure exactly what it was that started this Zombie Apocalypse craze, but 2003 is definitely the year it was brought into mainstream a little bit more. 2003 brought us the premiere of “The Walking Dead” comic book and this book by Max Brooks. Then the rest just piled on to where we are now with families gathered around their TV Sunday nights to watch zombies kill or be killed.

    This book definitely has a great influence on all the zombies we’ve been having to deal with in all the media formats. What is really interesting about this book is that, while it is a humorous book written to teach how to avoid dying in the Zombie Apocalypse, it also has some general survival tips that could help in any survival situation, real or fiction.

    The first chapter, “The Undead: Myths and Realities”, outlines Solanum, a virus that creates a zombie, along with details on how it is spread and treatment of the infected. This chapter then goes on to explain the abilities and behavioral patterns of the undead, and the differences between “voodoo” zombies, movie zombies, and zombies created by Solanum. So at first it seems as though it will be a sort of novel with a story.

    The rest of the book describes weapons and combat techniques, places of safety, and how to survive a zombie-infested world. In the section describing weapons, Brooks writes about the human body: “If cared for and trained properly, is the greatest weapon on earth”. This is the part of the book where just general survival tips can be found

    I really loved the Recorded Attacks, zombie outbreaks through time, for example the missing Roanoke colony. This gave the book one last chuckle before closing. Most of the time when I’m done reading a book I will pass it on to someone who will enjoy it. This time however, I’m keeping this book as a reference guide.

    Publisher’s Summary

    The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.

    Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack:

    • 1. Organize before they rise!
    • 2. They feel no fear, why should you?
    • 3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
    • 4. Blades don’t need reloading.
    • 5. Ideal protection: tight clothes, short hair.
    • 6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
    • 7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
    • 8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
    • 9. No place is safe, only safer.
    • 10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.

    Don’t be carefree and foolish with your most precious asset: life. The Zombie Survival Guide offers complete protection through trusted, proven tips for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the living dead. It is an audiobook that can save your life.

    ©2003 Max Brooks (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

     
  • 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 

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    “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…

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      • 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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  • gilwilson 8:45 PM on January 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    “The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor” by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga 

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    “The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor”
    by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
    read by Fred Berman
    published by MacMillan Audio
    Approx 11 hours.

    Not sure where it all started but I’m really loving this new love of zombies. I do know that a lot of the newfound love of the undead is brought about by the multi-media incursion of the works of Robert Kirkman and “The Walking Dead.” What started out as a simple black and white print comic book has developed into a television series, a couple of novels, a social game as well as many other games available as apps. “The Walking Dead” series is not one of those simple horror films about zombies eating brains, the ongoing story tells the story of survivors and their day to day struggles. The stories all cover politics of a world with a sudden loss of a central government and how to reform social order, or whether that social order can be reformed, all this while trying to avoid being eaten by a horde of zombies.

    What really grabs the public’s attention in this is the collection of very human stories that could be anyone, all the characters created in this series are human, make mistakes and have emotions that make the situation very real. Then throw in some adrenaline pushing horror into the mix and you have a well rounded story that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats.

    One of the storylines in the comics, and currently running in the TV series is that of the “Governer” and his brutal way of maintaining the peace. In the comics we meet the Governor after he has already established his community in Woodbury. His actions are very brutal, like chopping off limbs of people if they don’t see things his way, forcing prisoners to fight zombies and his keeping a little girl zombie locked in a closet and treats her as though she is still alive. But what made the Governor the way he is. I know when reading the comic I thought, my gawd, how can someone be this brutal and insane and yet still have a community allow him to lead?

    That’s where this book comes in. When the book was originally released back in 2011, I wanted to read it and had it on my list, but never quite got around to reading it. When it was released in audiobook form later that year, I thought, now’s my chance to grab on. But my list was overpopulated and I still didn’t get around to listening. Now I find out there’s somewhat of a sequel to “Rise of the Governor” released called “The Road to Woodbury” I now have no choice, I can’t fall too far behind. So I latch on to this one and have a copy of “The Road to Woodbury” on top of my stack for the next listening. So that is my journey to getting here, let’s talk about the journey of the Governor, but before I do, after listening to this thrill a minute novel I can see why it took a whole novel just to tell the Governor’s story. It seems that it doesn’t just happen overnight for someone like him to become brutal and insane, even in a zombie apocalypse.

    “The Rise of the Governor” begins with the story of brothers Brian and Phillip Blake and Phillip’s daughter, Penny, getting together with their friends, Bobby and Nick and trying to escape the havoc which is the dead rising and eating the living. Doing everything he can to protect Penny, Phillip gets the group loaded in an SUV and seek safety. Following all the TV and radio broadcast instructions to head to Atlanta where a survival area is supposed to be in existence. The first stop the group makes is in a gated community called Wiltshire Estates. Readers of the comic will find Wiltshire Estates familiar as one of the stops for Rick Grimes and his crew, the main characters from the Walking Dead comic and TV series.

    Wiltshire Estates appears to be safe and after settling down in one of the homes, the group finds themselves settling in and raiding the nearby houses for supplies. The group begins to reinforce the fence around the community too keep the cannibalistic corpses out. Soon the numbers of walking dead become too much and a weakness in the structure allows the dead to invade. Bobby gets attacked and bitten by a zombie in hiding and soon dies. Before he turns Phillip shoots him in the head. Distraught by the loss of a good friend the remaining group make their escape and continue on to Atlanta, but not before Brian makes a sign warning of the dead inside.

    When they arrive in Atlanta they find that the safe zone is a myth and that Atlanta is overrun by millions of zombies. They are trying to escape a horde when they are flagged down by a woman who leads them to safety in an apartment building. The woman is April Chalmers, who is holed up in the first floor of the building with her aged father, David, and her sister Tara. They again think they may have found a place to settle and begin growing a garden on the roof and making escape routes among the buildings as well as routes to scavenge for food and supplies. When David dies of natural causes and turns into a zombie, it is up to Phillip to “kill” the zombie David. Tensions mount between the men and the women, and Phillip does something stupid which results in Tara holding the group at gunpoint forcing them to leave.

    Once again the group is on the run trying to survive. They find motorcycles and plan on heading to the Gulf of Mexico to find a place to live out this apocalypse. Along the way Brian keeps getting glimpse and feelings of people following them. Chalked up to paranoia the group ignores his stories. Soon they find themselves in a villa conveniently located on top of a hill and in the middle of a peach orchard which, while they are weaponless, seems like a safe place. The only problem a group of ruthless outlaws soon find the villa and force them to leave. The battle that ensues is one of the most tragic described in the series, this is where Penny gets bitten by a zombie and is turned into one herself.

    This is the turning point where Phillip becomes brutal, he fights back with a vengeance and manages to keep alive two of the attacking party, the rest are all killed and destroyed. The two are kept alive in a barn where only Phillip can enter. He tortures the two captives on a daily basis because they are responsible for the death of his Penny. Phillip also has another sign of snapping in that he is keeping Penny alive as a zombie tied to a tree. When Nick and Brian discover what is going on in the barn they kill the two captives, who by this time are begging for their own deaths. Phillip keeps them from killing Penny and eventually they decide the villa is no longer a place to be.

    Travelling further the group comes across the community of Woodbury, where no one cares who comes or goes. The group set up in an apartment and the darker side of Woodbury becomes known. The town seems to be run by a group of National guardsmen who charge admission for anyone wanting to watch the car races at the local dirt track. When Brian can’t pay the admission a gun is placed in his mouth as the brutality and bullying ensues.

    Phillip sneaks Penny into the apartment and soon begins feeding her fresh cuts of human flesh to the horror of Brian and Nick.

    At this point the book becomes very brutal and the Governor takes command but there is a huge twist in the tale that will leave the listener/reader amazed. When the Governor finally takes over the town of Woodbury is destined to be the town seen in the comics and the TV series, but like I said, there’s a twist. Check it out and be ready for a super thrill ride in zombie-land.

    The reader of this book, Fred Berman, does a superb job of capturing every thrilling second.  He is able to express the emotions, the attitudes and even at times make the book feel like a multi-cast performance.  His vocalizations of all the characters is perfect.  In fact there were times when I would just get thoroughly lost in the story thanks to his vocal expertise.

     
  • gilwilson 8:59 PM on October 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    True Hideaway Geeks podcast #17 “A Dangerous Assignment” 

     

    True Hideaway Geeks podcast #17 “A Dangerous Assignment”.

     
  • gilwilson 7:50 PM on September 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    “Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection – Field Notes from Dr. Robert Twombly” by Don Roff 

    “Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection – Field Notes from Dr. Robert Twombly”
    by Don Roff
    read by Stephen R. Roff
    published by AudioGo
    1 hour 41 minutes

    Well, I finally got to get back to another zombie book, and this one is a gem. What makes this one a gem is that while it is still a dead become reanimated and eat the living typical zombie book, the telling of the story makes the difference with this one. It is told as though through a series of journal entries. In the print version of the book which was first printed back in 2009, there were sketches and various illustrations that gave the book a sort of study in the year of survival in the zombie apocalypse. This audio version, while no sketches were provided, continues that journal feel with the main character, Dr. Robert Twombly, recording his thoughts in a recorder. In the beginning of the book it is explained that the recordings were found and that the good doctor was a bird watcher and was accustomed to keeping such records.

    With this style the story is told through a series of dated entries beginning in January 2012, with the initial infection coming to notice to the doctor via patients coming into the hospital where he works. Granted this book was released in 2009, but the audiobook has just been released this year (2012) and with the year of this tale being 2012 it seems a bit dated. If I were the one producing this audiobook, I would have kept the dated entries but left off the year allowing the recording to be timeless. No, it doesn’t take away from this great story, it’s just a way I would have done it.

    Dr. Twombly’s entries cover everything from how he survives, escaping a zombie surrounded hospital, to finding fellow survivors and trying to avoid being eaten by the flesh-eating zombies. Some of the entries are descriptions of the various states of decomposition of the bodies and the different activities the zombies are found doing. Each new action by the undead spurs the doctor to wonder whether they think and how they stay animated.

    Along the various groups of survivors the doctor manages to outlive, he finds that the infection may have been started by a food processing plant and an additive that is found in nearly every food and beverage. As he finds other survivors and he interviews them and at those times there are other voice actors performing the characters. Mixed in to this audio production are various incidental sound effects that give this production the feel of actual audio journal entries that are recorded whenever possible, putting the listener in the middle of the story and surviving along with Dr. Twombly.

    At this point I have to point out that what makes a good zombie story is not necessarily the zombies eating people or the people hunting down zombies, but the actual survival and how the living keep going. This book provides a superb mix of the action, in story form, and the survival to keep you interested. This along with the “real” feel of the story being told as it happens makes this book a must have for any zombie story fan or anyone that loves a good survival / horror story.

     
  • gilwilson 8:53 PM on July 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    “Raise the Gipper” by John Barnes 

    “Raise the Gipper”
    by John Barnes
    Published by Metrocles House
    213 Pages

    With the birth of the Kindle the readers of the world have been treated to a plethora of Independent authors and publishers. No longer having to pay the high printing costs a writer can get his work out into the public’s hand faster and cheaper and sometimes to readers that would probably never get the chance to read their works. The other aspect of that same trend is that authors can get their works out faster. The latter is more of the case here.

    While I probably would have gotten around to reading something by John Barnes having the ability for him to send me this book and immediately load up on my kindle made it a sure thing I would read his work. According to his wikipedia page he has been publishing since 1987 in the science-fiction and Young Adult reading realms. This book is perfect for the Kindle because it is very timely, involving this years Republican National Convention, and the faster readers can read it, the funnier it will be.

    I have recently not been able to sit down and read, but when I did, I couldn’t wait to get back to this book. This is the first ever book that tackles head-on today’s politics and runs it through an industrial mixer with some sci-fi, and some horror and instead of getting a pink slime meat substitute, you get a hilarious zombie/alien invasion of the G.O.P.

    The story revolves around the idea that this election year (and the last one, if you really look at it) the Republican party cannot find someone worthy enough to adequately represent their values. The last Republican really worthy was former and the late President Ronald Reagan. According to Barnes; the pledged delegates are refusing to vote for Mitt Romney on the first ballot, because of three important reasons:

    1) they don’t feel he adequately represents their conservative views,
    2) they feel that a dull gazillionaire has no real chance in November,
    3) they’d rather work at an old folks home cleaning underwear by chewing it.

    In steps Dr. Bayle Brazenydol, political guru deluxe and extreme, who presents them with an alternative … their dream candidate … a man who is perfectly what they want except for three little problems:

    1) The candidate has already had two terms as president
    2) The candidate happens to be very, very dead
    3) Dr. Brazenydol himself is secretly controlled by a monstrous alien bent on taking over the Earth and devouring every living thing.

    Is the Republican party evil enough to make a pact with the Undying Faceless just to get a good candidate? In short, and really no spoiler here, yes they are. But in order to save the world a group of four must team up to stop the brain-eating/body-snatching evils. Those four are 2 witches, one a liberal protester, a right-wing blogger, and a carpenter who happens to always be at the right place at the right time and has a knack for feeding many with nothing.

    This hilarious political zombie romp will take you through the adventures of Reagan eating Gingrich’s brain (he wasn’t using it anyway), Rick Santorum becoming pregnant and Sarah Palin becoming the V.P. nominee, and the debates from Fox News as to how great it will be to have Reagan again and anyone who thinks otherwise is merely hating the Temperature challenged.

     
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    “Zombies vs. Nazis; A Lost History of the Walking Dead” by Scott Kenemore 

    “Zombies vs. Nazis; A Lost History of the Walking Dead”
    by Scott Kenemore
    published by Skyhorse Publishing
    259 pages

    Sometimes you just have to read a zombie book for fun. I know, that’s kind of hard to do with zombies being the flesh-eating creatures wanting to eat brains, but if you ever pick up a zombie book by Scott Kenemore you’ll see what I mean by a fun zombie book. Scott is the same author that brought to the zombie literary world; “The Zen of Zombie,” “Z.E.O,” “The Art of Zombie Warfare,” and his novel “Zombie, Ohio.” He always takes the fun approach to zombies and sometimes applies them to possible practical uses.

    Scott Kenemore is a fan of all things zombie and throws in as much of his knowledge as can fit into each book. This time around he breaks out some lost communications between the leaders of the Third Reich and some scientists sent to Haiti to find the secret to making zombies so that the Fatherland could send armies of zombies to trample the allied forces and lead to the Rise of the Third Reich as THE world power.

    The book is written as if they are communications from three scientists sent to Haiti to find the secrets of zombie making. The communications are reports from each member 2 of which are under the guise of lepidopterists, in search of the Haitian Monarch Butterfly and a third disguised as a member of the clergy. One of the scientists begins his excursion falling from the heat and complaining non-stop even threatening the “Obergruppenfuhrer” with punishment from his influential family to get him back to the Fatherland. This scientist is Franz Baedecker, and his communiques are some of the funniest in the book.

    Baedecker soon changes his tune and goes native. Baedecker even sends messages to not tell the other two where he is and that he is seeking further information by entrenching himself with the voodoo practitioners to learn more.

    Gunter Knecht, under the guise of a clergy, places himself among the other clergy sent to convert the heathens to Christianity, Judaism or Muslim by the other clergy on the island. Knecht is taken in by Father Gill (a drunken Irish priest) and shown a zombie making ceremony, but before the ceremony begins, is abducted and tied in a cave in a compromising position as a warning.

    The three eventually find zombies, battle zombies and even make zombies, but problems and in-fighting prevents the three from bringing the secrets back to Hitler, thus allowing the Allies to win the war.

    “Zombies vs. Nazis” is a hilarious book that will keep you giggling at the exploits of what seems to be the Nazi equivalent of the Three Stooges.

     
  • gilwilson 11:02 PM on April 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    “Autumn: Aftermath” by David Moody 

    “Autumn: Aftermath”
    by David Moody
    Published by Thomas Dunne Books (2012)
    388 pages

    What an adventure!!  If you, like me, have been reading the entire “Autumn” series by David Moody, this final book in the series is a bittersweet thing.  First of all It brings an end to the series of books where the dead have risen and only about one percent of the population have survived.  Now, before I go any further, I should clarify that this is not your typical Zombie Apocalypse novel.  While the dead do rise and there are a few survivors having to fight of the hordes of rotting, walking dead, they never use the word zombie.  In fact, the things that make this different from other zombie stories, is that the walking cadavers do not have the need to feed on the dead, and the infection is not spread and the survivors do not have the risk of being turned into the living dead.

    This series is primarily about survival and how the interactions of the human race could allow us to destroy ourselves further or enable the species to live on.  The cadavers in David Moody’s book can kill but only by mere mass of thousand of bodies closing in on someone.  They do become violent when threatened, but they are not out to eat your brains.  So if you are ready to survive that then get ready to read an outstanding series about apocalyptic survival.

    This is the fifth book in the series (you could almost say 6th because of another story that was released online, but maybe I’ll explain that more if I get a copy of that one on my Kindle) and wraps up the entire apocalyptic events and even attempts to explain why the undead “attack” the living.  The extra super cool thing about this book is that it fully explains and brings into the fold that last book, “Disintegration,” the 4th in the series.  “Disintegration” introduced a completely different set of characters from the first three books and I just assumed it was a side book which took place at the same time as the others.  But this final book in the series wraps them all up in one nice neat package.  (However, Mr. Moody, if you are reading this, there is room for a follow-up, that would be fun.)

    While it was amazing to wrap up all the books and find out what was going to happen to mankind in a world overrun with rotting dead folks walking around, I was sad to see that the story was over and done.   The best part about the series was not the walking dead, nor really the survivor’s stories, the best part of the series and especially so in this book, was the descriptive writing by David Moody, that kept me in the story in all dimensions.  There were times when he would describe the surrounding areas covered in decomposing bodies that through his words I could actually smell the rot and decay.  In a similar manner I could hear the squelching of the people walking through the liquid depths of decay through fields where the bodies were decomposing and leaving a liquid slurry of rot.  At the same time as writing about these gory details the author also placed the reader into the heads, in a very realistic manner, of each of the characters and made it easy to understand why they acted as they did.  I guess what I’m trying to say is that this guy, David Moody, is the bard of zombie apocalyptic stories.

    Okay the main story of this book finally converges the two parties mentioned before and brings in a few new characters.  As soon as you open to page one you will not be able to stop until the end because of the non-stop action and will to survive.  The first couple of books told of the group that started the whole walking cadavers experience in cities, a university, an army base and finally finding an island to settle on after clearing the few dead.   Book four took us on an adventure where a small group was surviving in the city, but when the dead overpowered their home base, took off and found a group holed up in a remote resort hotel.  That book ended with the hotel being overrun by the zom…oh wait…walking cadavers.

    “Aftermath” takes us first to one of the characters from the hotel finding a small group of people surviving in a castle where the bodies cannot get inside.  When the winter sets in and the dead are frozen the group heads back to the hotel and finds the few survivors and brings them back to the castle.  In this castle there is a bit of a rift between 2 men who want to lead, one says they should plan for the future, while the other says no need to plan, just wait out the bodies.   When they make a trip to raid a town of food and supplies, one man, Harte, distracts the unfrozen dead so the raiding party can get back to the castle.

    Now it’s time to bring in the folks that are on the island.  If you remember they have a helicopter and are still using it to fly to the mainland for the occasional supply run.  This time they fly to the mainland to find boats for future trips.  They fly into the same city where Harte distracted the dead, and find Harte still alive.  Harte tells them of the survivors in the castle and with the idea of adding more to the population of the island a few fly to the castle to bring the survivors to the island.

    The leaders of the castle are split as to whether they should stay or go and a schism develops which further develops into a small war between the islanders and the castle survivors.  The outcome is a long battle for the survival of the human species.

    While the zombies don’t eat flesh, this is definitely a book and series that any zombie lover should add to their library.

     
  • gilwilson 10:01 PM on March 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    “World War Z” by Max Brooks 

    “World War Z”
    by Max Brooks
    Multi-cast performance
    Published by Random House Audio (2006)
    6 hours and 3 minutes

    Yes it’s another zombie book review from me. Hey, I just can’t help myself, I love these zombie books. Some are terrifying, some are humorous and some, like this one, just make you think. Nearly every zombie movie and book has somewhere in it the saying about when Hell is full the dead shall walk the Earth, they may not quote it exactly but it seems to be a great explanation for a zombie apocalypse. It also provides a great excuse for religious zealots to appear in zombie movies. Either way I’m not waiting for Hell to fill up, I’m getting prepared for the zombie apocalypse now, and Max Brooks books (World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide) seem to be great resources.

    This book tells of the Zombie Apocalypse and how all the nations of the Earth handled this horror show. Told in a series of interviews by the author, the apocalypse is reviewed from start to what may be the end. The interviews are with doctors, soldiers, the vice-president and other prominent political leaders. While this is a fun book with lots of pop-culture reference, it does, at times, seem like a slam toward government and bureaucracy. Due to the other conflicts in the world the army is not prepared for a horde of living dead that have no central command. At one point in the book a young Palestinian doesn’t believe the dead are rising and thinks it a trick of the Israelis. The war at first looks like it may be a total loss but when the president of the United States holds a U.N. meeting (or rather what is left of the U.N.) onboard the USS Saratoga he finally is able to get the world to band together to fight off the zombie horde in a fashion that will secure the world for the living.

    At first there are problems, with the thinking of zombies cannot survive the frozen north, many people migrate to colder climates for what they at first think is a simple camping trip, but once arriving and winter setting in, realizing they are not prepared, and when supplies run low, the people turn on each other.

    I have to tell you a bit about my journey into this full-cast production of the audiobook before I let you know how awesome this recording is. I knew I would be reading this book or listening to it, especially with my love of zombie books, but I was planning at first to read the “Zombie Survival Guide” by Brooks. But thanks to a few friends telling me how awesome this book was I decided to do this one first. I first checked out the unabriged version with a single reader and got through a few chapters of the book and was getting bored. The reader was doing a straight read and no acting, and this book really requires some acting involved. I was looking for information on the book while listening and found that a full cast version was recorded, albeit abriged. I don’t normally listen to or read abridged books, but when I saw some of the cast members of this book, I couldn’t resist.

    The cast includes; Alan Alda, Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, John Torturro, Henry Rollins, and more. Just those names mentioned and I had to get this book. I mean, c’mon Hawkeye Pierce in a Zombie book? Let me tell you It was worth it and more. The actors were superb, of course, and the mult-cast made this book much more believable due to the many people “interviewed” in the book. It was a blast to hear this version and I never regretted the abridged version.

    The social commentary made a lot of sense especially the aspect of Hollywood stars and social elite being totally worthless, and Joe the Plumber or Joe the Carpenter becoming the most valuable of citizens in time of disaster. The interview with Henry Rollins’ character T. Sean Collins, a bodyguard to the rich, proves this point perfectly in this book.

    This book combines horror, social commentary, and some fun into a must read, or in this case listen, zombie book. From this book you’ll learn just how close the human race is to becoming extinct. Whether you are a fan of zombies or not, trust me you will enjoy this book, and as an added bonus, you’ll learn how to prepare for the zombie apocalypse.

    And now for the good news; There will be a movie made from this book. I can’t wait.

     
    • gajenn 10:31 PM on March 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I loved this book, now I might have to listen to it! If you haven’t yet, maybe also try Warm Bodies – I found it to be a unique twist on zombie books!

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