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January 2018 Audiobook Review Zombie Road: Bloodbath on the Blacktop

Run time: 10hrs and 52 minutes, narrated by Eric A. Shelman
In the sequel to David A. Simpson’s Convoy of Carnage, Bloodbath on the Blacktop we join Gunny and crew as they make their way to Lakota, South Dakota, their new safe home, or is it?

Threats are mounting on multiple fronts. The potential of nuclear meltdown continues, the terrorist threat looms in the background plus the mysterious danger of the shadowy organization that may really be behind everything that has happened to devastate the planet.

There’s a lot that happens in this book, but our main focus remains on Gunny and his band of truckers as they set up shop in Lakota and make it defensible against the undead hordes and the ever-present bad humans that tend to crop up once society falls.

What did I like about this story?
I like that the story continued its action-packed pace and moves the story and Gunny forward toward rescuing his family. Speaking of, I really liked that we got to spend more time with Lacy and their son, who managed to get himself into even worse trouble this time around. They were primarily secondary characters in the first book, but they stand out more this time around presenting us with an opportunity to get to know them and the threats they are facing. I had feared their story might just be left in the same peril as book one, but they manage to find themselves in new trouble this time around that left me on the edge of my seat wondering how the hell they’ll get out of this one.

What didn’t I like about this story?
I know that despicable humans exist, especially in dystopian tales, but they do tend to get old after The Walking Dead’s Governor and Negan. Casey is our primary human villain in this tale and I didn’t like him. He might be a necessary evil to show the differences between our band of heroes and the not so nice people that are left, but I would have loved to have seen more about the other villains that thus far have only been hinted at in the series. The shadowy government organization that appears to be behind things and the Arab terrorist cells that are roaming the countryside decommissioning the failing nuclear power plants. They are still nothing more than bit players and it would have been great to see them step into the spotlight this time around, but it looks like we’ll have to wait until book three to see one or both of them take center stage in the Zombie Road series.

Narration:
Eric A. Shelman’s narration was as excellent as it was last time, bringing life to the story with his occasional special effects and his perfectly toned vocals that matched what you’d imagine for this group of ex-military truckers.

Conclusion: (Aka: Would I listen to more by this author?)
Absolutely. I gave book one a ten out of ten and I’m gonna be a little rougher on this one only because I wanted more of certain aspects that I didn’t get and felt were a missed opportunity to amp up the excitement going into book three. That is, of course, an assumption on my part that book three will be wrapping up the main storyline of the series and those elements will be focused on more there. That may not be the case as I know David has been talking about additional books in the series, so only time will tell how it all plays out and when we will get to the bottom of the true villains of this series.

I give this book a 9 out of 10.

For my review of book 1 in the Zombie Road Series, please click here!

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December Audiobook Review POW: The Zombie Days

December Audiobook Review POW: The Zombie Days

Run time: 5hrs and 46 minutes, narrated by Jacob Bruce
In Peter Oliver Wonder‘s POW: The Zombie Days, we find ourselves following the author in a first-person account on a post-apocalyptic adventure the likes of which you won’t find in many other zompoc style books. Consider this a buddy movie type story. Two dudes out to keep their small part of the world safe from what remains of the dead after society has fallen and is starting the slow rebuild to something new. The author takes an interesting tongue-in-cheek approach to himself in the story.

What did I like about this story?
The story was filled with bro-humor, alot of it funny, some not so much, but it was the humorous and bizarre aspects that I enjoyed the most. I liked the fact that the story involves a society that has fallen and is rebuilding itself and for the most part, zombies are just a nuisance to be dealt with. There was some interesting character development and even some unexpected plot twists, such as a romance that you think is going one direction and then goes somewhere else.

What didn’t I like about this story?
The same thing I enjoyed I also grew tired of. The bro-humor was entertaining but constant. It got to be very juvenile at some points and tiresome as the story went on. If you’re a fan of constant sarcasm and two dudes bantering, you’ll enjoy this. I just grew tired of it. For me, it was good for comic relief, but not what I wanted to listen to the whole story.

Narration:
The narration was well done. Jacob Bruce’s vocals were energetic and carried the tone of the story well.

Conclusion: (Aka: Would I listen to more by this author?)
While the story ended with a setup for a sequel going in a very different direction(hint not Zombies), I don’t think I would enjoy another go-round of this type of storytelling, for me, it would be a pass.

I’d give this book a 5 out of 10.

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