All About The Zee Brothers Vol.2 Zombie School Lockdown!

All About The Zee Brothers Vol.2 Zombie School Lockdown!

The Zee Brothers Vol.2 Zombie School Lockdown Cover Reveal Post

You may have seen glimpses of this popping up on the internet, but we are glad to finally be able to do the full reveal!

Here it is!

Book 2 features the brothers and JJ dealing with an outbreak inside a charter school. They are trapped, with no weapons, toxic zombies, and scared children. It’s going to take a lot more than brute force to get them out of this one!

The Kindle edition is available now! Click here to get it!

Here’s the full paperback cover which will be released August 25th!

And for you audiobook fans, the audiobook is currently under production in the capable hands of narrator and opera tenor, Ian McEuen. Look for release information this fall!

And for those that haven’t yet gotten the new edition paperback of book 1, you can order it here!

 

July Audiobook Review: The Necroville Series Book 1 The Dead Woods

 

9

Run time  1hr and 4 minutes, narrated by Dave Bulmer
In Daniel Parson’s Necroville, A group of friends graduating university go to a zombie themed adventure park, only the zombies aren’t quite as fake as they were expecting them to be.

A night of fun turns horrific when the dead really do start coming back to life.

What did I like about this story?
I loved the banter between the characters, it made me smirk as I listened. There are some good laugh out loud moments and some great descriptions. “Puss and blood dribbled down his chin.”

Ultimately, this is a pretty short story and is just an introduction to what is to come. That taste though is a pretty good one that definitely whets your appetite for more. And even though it’s a pretty brief listen and part of a series, it is a complete story.

What didn’t I like about this story?
It’s an entertaining and complete story, but at just over an hour, it’s hard to really enmesh yourself in the world.

Narration: 
Being American, it took me a little while to sync with the British accent of Mr. Bulmer, but by the end, I was enjoying it.

Conclusion: (Aka: Would I listen to more by this author?)
I think the premise of this series is a lot like the humor in Shaun of the Dead, which I loved, so I can’t wait to hear more!

I give this 8 out of 10 stars.

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June Audiobook Review: Since The Sirens

Run time 9 hrs and 14 minutes, narrated by Nancy Peterson
A 104-year-old zombie slayer? Well, not quite, but In E.E. Isherwood’s, Since the Sirens, we are introduced to Marty Peters and her grandson Liam. I wasn’t sure what to expect when the book started with this old woman in her house alone, I figured she was going to be the first in a long line of zombie food, but I quickly found myself engaged in her plight and what might happen next and who might possibly come save this woman.At first, I didn’t much care for Liam’s slacker attitude, but then I realized he was being transformed by the situation he found himself in and then I was hooked to see how his character would develop.

Enter her 15yo grandson, Liam. At first, I didn’t much care for his slacker attitude, but then I realized he was being transformed by the situation he found himself in and then I was hooked to see how his character would develop. Through mishaps and observation, he begins his hero’s journey.

This is the first book in a series and covers the early stages of the outbreak.

What did I like about this story?
Marty’s character is an absolute delight to follow along with during the zombie apocalypse. She reminds me of all the grandmothers I’ve ever known. They’re awesome! They kick ass and they generally love their grand and great-grandkids like no one else can.

I also really liked watching Liam’s character arc as he developed from bratty, whiny kid to an accidental hero to an actual hero. It was a great journey and well worth the listen.

What didn’t I like about this story?
There were times I couldn’t quite picture the action that was taking place. I like ti when a story paints pictures in my heads and I can see where the characters are and what is going on. There were a few large action scenes where I just didn’t get where everyone was or what was going on. The story still flowed, I just wasn’t able to envision it as clearly as I would’ve liked.

Narration: 
I enjoyed the narration of Nancy Peterson. She did a good job of capturing the characters ages and attitudes.

Conclusion: (Aka: Would I listen to more by this author?)
Yes! As soon as I get through my current review commitments I’ll be circling back to listen to book 2 in this series. I might even do a review when the time comes.

I give this 9 out of 10 stars. (My highest rating to date!)

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May Audiobook Review: Aftershock


Run time 7 hrs and 27 minutes, narrated by Daniel Rose

In Kristopher & Valerie Lioudis’ Aftershock Book 1: A Collection of Survivors Tales we follow a series of short stories from different characters perspectives. These stories lead us from where they are at the beginning of the outbreak to how they survive and eventually how they all start to meet up and their stories intertwine.

Being that this was the 3rd book this year that I’ve listened to with a similar short story after short story model, I was concerned that it would leave me unfulfilled, as I was really wanting a deeper listen to immerse myself in. The good news is, it didn’t take long for me to discover that not only was there something very unique happening to some of the characters but also that their stories were going to connect and form a larger overall narrative.

 

The stories start with a survivor who is abandoned by the people he is with. He is bitten but survives… this pulled me right in. Why? What’s going on here? What makes him immune? The conspiracy theorist in me wanted to know more!

What did I like about this story?
As mentioned above, I liked the mystery of the characters who got bit but didn’t turn. This storyline appears to connect many of the characters and reminds me to a degree of Stephen King’s The Stand, where we have 2 different factions of survivors coming together in a post-apocalyptic world. Some for good, some for evil.

There were a number of great lines in the stories, one that made me smile and laugh, was in reference to how to dispose of the piles of the dead. “The most grotesque barbecue in man’s history.” And while that and some other lines made me laugh, the book also has some pretty hard stories where people you are rooting for just don’t make it.

Near the end, there is a great group of scenes where things go very bad for one of the main collection of survivors. Their leaders are at odds about why and how things happened and we are shown each of their perspectives in alternating chapters before they confront each other. The realization that they are both blaming one another gets you on the edge of your seat waiting to learn how it will play out as soon as they come face to face.

What didn’t I like about this story?
There were some moments, possibly because it was in audiobook format and being narrated by a male that I found myself confused about a character’s gender. This resulted in me having to do a double take and reorganize my understanding of events.

The book does have something of an abrupt ending, which leaves you wanting more. This is both good and bad. The book could have continued on, but I suspect it stopped where it did because to continue would have needed a lot more time and space to tell what happens next.

Narration: 
The narration was done by Daniel Rose. In general, Mr. Rose has some great moments and at others, it seemed to lack engagement with the story. It’s a minor detail as overall the stories flow well and he does a good job of giving voice to all of the various characters and storylines taking place.

Conclusion: (Aka: Would I listen to more by these authors?)
Absolutely! The story is engaging and it is really cool to see a husband and wife author team working together like this. I look forward to more by them individually and as a team!

Plus, the book ends in such a way that I find myself awaiting word of the sequel!

 

I give this 8 out of 10 stars.

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April Audio Book Review: Origins of the Outbreak by Brian Parker

 

Run time 6 hrs and 55 mins

In Brian Parker’s Origins of the Outbreak, we are introduced to the moment the outbreak begins and how it spreads in a series of slice of life vignettes that tell a sprawling story, from one infection to thousands.

I’ll admit, I was a bit leery of the format, as I found the use of vignettes that were interjected into another story recently reviewed to be primarily disruptive and not a positive for the story. This time though, it mostly worked and the story had a unique and engaging feel that I enjoyed following along.

The story starts out in a small town which allows for most of the characters to be closely connected as the infection spreads. This keeps the narrative engaging and kept me tuned in, because even if the characters in a vignette died, they’d be back as zombies in another one soon enough.

We start with patient zero, a scientist at a university in a small town doing an experiment. We learn a little bit about him and what he is doing and then, bam, the outbreak begins!

What did I like about this story?
I liked how we got to watch the virus spread from first this person and then to that person and how those peoples stories interconnected, both pre and post-infection.

I liked the person to person spread so much, I was actually disappointed when the infection grew so large that we lost touch with some of the earlier characters, however, that’s just the way a pandemic goes. It gets out of control.

What didn’t I like about this story?
I could have used more of an overall background storyline for the characters that survive. The story keeps you interested throughout, but there could have been greater connection to the story overall with more main character development early in the story.

Narration: 
The narration was done by Veronica Fox who has a great voice for the job. The inflection with which she read kept each vignette both cohesive and unique.

Conclusion: (Aka: Would I listen to more by this author?)
The book ends with something of a twist that definitely leaves it open for more of this particular story and I’d be curious to see if Brian does continue the series where it goes from here. In general, it was well written with few issues and I could easily find myself enjoying some of his other works of fiction.

I give this 8 out of 10 stars.

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March Audio Book Review : The Undead Pool: A Superhero Origin Story by Derek Ailes

Run time 3 hrs and 43 mins Narrated by Eric Bryan Moore

Derek AilesThe Undead Pool: A Superhero Origin Story, is less a zombie story and more a superhero parody.

The story begins by mirroring the storyline of the Deadpool movie and was my first clue this story may not be what I was expecting. It jumps right into an action scene, introducing us to the main character Mace Murdock and within moments, as the narrative jumps from the story into my face, I recognize the same style that was done in the movie and understand a little better where things are going.

The story is funny and had me laughing right from the get-go, in fact, I felt the kind of nonsense the author was having fun with is the same kind of humor that fans of my own The Zee Brothers series would enjoy. As the story continued though, I found myself wondering about parody laws and just how close one can get to the source material without stepping over the line.

What did I like about this story?

For the most part, the story is fun and funny with constant action. If you like Deadpool or comics in general, you’ll like The UnDead Pool. It is filled with parodies of different characters from all sorts of pop culture. While it starts as and mostly follows the narrative of the Deadpool Movie(along with some other X-Men storylines here and there), it ends having become a mash-up of pop culture references from comics, movies, TV and whatever else the extensive nerd knowledge of Mr. Ailes brought to the table.

Fans of all things geekdom and nerdom will enjoy the frequent nods to their favorite pop culture icons.

What didn’t I like about this story?

 

At the same time that the story is funny and humorous, for me, the constant nonsense and parody grew stale. I was familiar with a lot of the storylines that were directly parodied or hinted at and it left me wanting something fresh and new. In part, this could be my expectations, as I was expecting more zombie action and less superhero parody action.

Conclusion: (Aka: Would I listen to more by this author?)

 

I would listen to more by this author, but it would have to be original content only, not a parody. The author has a great fun style and I would love to hear what he can do with a creation all of his own, but I unfortunately would not listen to any more in this series. It’s just not for me.

I give this 5 out of 10 stars.

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February Audio Book Review : Dead – The Ugly Beginning by TW Brown

 

Run time 11 hrs and 22 mins

In TW Brown’s The Dead – The Ugly Beginning, we are shown the world at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse and introduced to one of the main characters, Steve. Steve finds that what’s happening on his TV is also happening right outside his front door. The book starts out fast, with some humor mixed in as he is forced to venture out into the world to try and survive.

There are some fun references to Zombie Pop Culture icon, George Romero, establishing the author’s love for classic zombies. On a quick side note, fans of Romero in the Pacific Northwest, he will be the guest of honor at this year’s Crypticon Convention in Seattle May 5th – 7th 2017. As will the actors that played Barbara and Johnny in the original Night of the Living Dead. Come out and meet them!

Now back to our review, it doesn’t take long before Steve finds another survivor, a young girl named Theresa, who ends up being a pretty badass character in the story.

While the tale starts out with some humor, about halfway through, as the world and its rules fade into chaos, the story reveals the darker side of humanity. This brings with it some pretty gruesome and potentially disturbing scenes for the listener. Be warned there are quite a few variations on the same theme dealing with violence against women.

Other characters are introduced, including multiple non-connecting storylines through the use of Vignettes. More on this in a bit.

As the story progresses, our main characters meet other survivors and we come to learn that the dead are beginning to form massive hordes that are over-running any human compounds they come across, leaving nowhere safe.

The story ends in such a way as to leave us very uncertain about the future.

What did I like about this story?

The story was well written and showed the decline of civilization in a way you can feel. From people still trying to obey society’s rules during the decline, to the absolute collapse of societal niceties and the lack of trust it creates amongst groups of survivors.

The narration was also well done, with Andrew McFerrin capturing the different voices of the characters nicely, keeping it engaging and the characters unique.

I enjoyed the overall storyline, especially some of the nods to Romero and some of the unique twists such as the zombie’s cry, but I’ll leave that for you to learn more about, it’s pretty evil.

Most of the characters had unique personalities and conflicts which created good stories as well as some real human demons to deal with.

What didn’t I like about this story?

There were a few things I struggled with in this book. First, it is part of a series and as can be the case, there was no resolution to most of the storylines. The story is our introduction to a much larger adventure and we are left with cliffhangers everywhere. Personally, I like books that have at least some sort of resolution to storylines. Setting them up for the future is fine, but leaving us hanging on most counts either means we have to be in for the long haul or left unfulfilled.

There are a series of vignettes in the book where characters are introduced and we are given glimpses into their lives. Some continue through in other vignettes later in the book and some simply end in the character’s death. Each time a new vignette started, I didn’t know if I should care or not. Would this be another character that just died? Or is this someone who is important to the overall story? I didn’t know and for that reason, I found myself groaning whenever another vignette section started.

As mentioned above, one of the other challenges was the number of storylines, that at least in this first book, appeared to have no connection with one another. I was left to assume that at some point in the series they will all connect, but in this book, they were all left unresolved.

There was also a point where I either missed something or the main storyline jumped when they were going to a FEMA center and then the next time we are hearing from those characters they had left the center and made references only to what happened there, leaving me feeling confused and wondering if I had spaced out and missed something important. I didn’t go back and re-listen, so it’s entirely possibly I did.

There is a technical issue at the end of Chapter 7 where there is over a minute long pause in the audio.

Conclusion: (Aka: Would I listen to more by this author?)

I’ve met TW personally and it was great to finally get some time to sit down and listen to one of his books. Despite some of the things I had challenges with, it was well written and there are a number of storylines that I want to know how they turn out, so yes, I would and likely will listen to the next book in the series, Dead – Revelations.

I’ve also heard that the sequel and the later books in the series get more coherent in terms of the storyline and that means that the good stuff will be getting even better. I look forward to it.

I give this 6 out of 10 stars.

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JANUARY AUDIOBOOK REVIEW : GREAT BITTEN – OUTBREAK

In Warren Fielding’s, Great Bitten : Outbreak we follow the author as the main character in a World War Z(the book, not the movie) type recollection of the outbreak of a zombie virus in the UK as the reporter turned survivor escapes London and makes his way to safety.

The safety doesn’t last long as Warren, his sister Carla and her boyfriend Rick come to grips with the new zombie reality as society collapses all around them. They leave Carla’s home and go in search of a safe haven. Eventually ending up with a batch of not so trustworthy individuals that they must take shelter with in order to survive.

What I liked about this story?

I haven’t read many zombie stories that take place in the UK, so it was interesting to hear something that depicted things from that side of the planet.

I enjoyed the characters interactions, for me, it reminded me a lot of the characters in Douglas Adam’sHitchhiker’s Guide Series, this could simply be regular old british humor, but it amused me to listen to their absurd observational banter about what was going on around them. That alone made most of the story pretty enjoyable for me.

I also like the references to mainstream zombie pop culture and the mix of fast and slow zombies, this added a fun level of fright, as you never knew what the survivors were going to run into whenever they saw some of the dead.

What I didn’t like about this story?

There was one area that I struggled with in the story and that was the human bad guys. There was a small conflict at their introduction and I’ll admit that since I was listening to the audiobook versus reading the book, I may have zoned out and missed something important. However, for me I just didn’t pick up on why there was such a heavy level of conflict between the characters. I get the overall premise of it, just for me there was something that was missing and the high level of angst between our survivors and the leader of the survivors they joined, just never quite felt right to me.

Conclusion: 

All in all, despite the part where I didn’t quite understand what was going on between the main good guys and bad guys, I did enjoy the story and found myself rooting for them. Especially at the end when everything goes from bad to worse and you find yourself really starting to hate some of the characters and worrying about the others.

There’s enough good stuff here to give it a listen and then wait patiently for the sequel!

I give this 7 out of 10 stars.

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