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  • Book 1: A Small World
  • By: R. S. Merritt
  • Narrated by: Mike Thomas
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Zombies!

By: R. S. Merritt
Narrated by: Mike Thomas
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Summary

From the Author of The Zournal series comes a horrifying new series that'll grab you by the throat and take you on a crazy thrill ride through the Apocalypse.

In this first book stand with our heroes as Zombies overrun the planet. Watch as normal people have to deal with extraordinary circumstances. How far will they go to protect their loved ones? The Apocalypse will cause some to stand a little taller. They'll need to reach deep within themselves to keep their humanity intact. Others will collapse under the weight of it. Still others will seize on it to prey on their fellow man.

Fast paced and written with an eye for detail. You'll really be able to see yourself with the characters in this story. Fighting the fight along with them. Experience Zombies!

Zombies! Book 2: Against The Current now available on Amazon.

©2019 RS Merritt (P)2019 RS Merritt

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You Gotta Love a Good Zombie!

I know, I know, I've read in several places that people think we've had enough Zombies to last a lifetime and I do get that.  But, you know, if there was a zombie apocalypse and most of the world's population turned into crazed zombies they'd still be outnumbered by the number of fictional Scottish detectives traipsing round the Highlands hunting down deviant killers and me, well I love my Scottish Detectives and call me fickle but my affections are equally given to a good zombie or two.  So when the author of this one kindly offered me a free copy to review I bit his arm off . . . I have a few things to say about this one if you want the detail but suffice it to say that despite some misgivings I immediately bought the second one for myself.  But that's me, as feckless with my credits as my affections.

To be fair Scott intrigued me as an author firstly because of his views that the characters made a zombie story more than the zombies and most importantly that his Goodreads picture has him wearing a Viking helmet drinking beer. This first book in the series, not surprisingly then is a get down to business quick, zombie apocalypse.  It's structured around three separate small groups of survivors trying to come to grips with the inconvenience of hordes of flesh eating zombies.

Temporally I felt that sometimes the characters did make adjustments and assumptions about their situation a little fast at times but it's in the nature of these high-action fast moving books.  The characters did continue to develop and flesh themselves out as their stories developed, some you'll like and at least one of them you will want to kick around your lounge whenever you hear him.  That's healthy, characters that produce a reaction like that mean the author has pressed some of my buttons successfully.  Just don't get too attached to any of them though, Scott's one mean badass meaning the mortality rate keeps it real enough throughout.

The narration by Mike Thomas, I think it's fair to describe it more as a decent reading than a performance.  He's clear and articulate which is obviously most important but doesn't give the characters any big range of voices.  I cannot pass this by though without mentioning what has to be one of the most memorable attempts at an Australian accent I have ever heard.  It seemed to start in that well known Aussie city of Dublin and eventually stumbled to somewhere near Mumbai, obviously Australia is bigger than I had ever imagined! 

So, this is a decent addition to the genre and as I said I enjoyed this first one enough that I have bought the second one for myself.  Zombie fans that enjoy a bit of wry humour and plenty of gory action should be happy with this but it's worth noting it really is in for a penny in for a pound.  This first book stops abruptly leaving our characters in various states of danger and disarray.  It really is a series you're buying into and as a brave self-published author I really do hope Scott has success with it.

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A good start that sets off a great series

I wanted to listen to at least half the series before leaving a review. And in the span of a month I have two books left.

I am a massive fan of zombie audio books. They are all I listen too, so when I came across a series literally called "Zombies" I had to dive in. I will say that I listened to the Crawlerz series before hand so already had some experience with this author.

This is a story that is actually done from 3 different perspectives, which I love. Jumping between characters who all have different motives and personalities really helps to bring this story alive. Despite the story being split up, it does not impede the character development or the story moving at all. Occasionally you are left on a cliff hanger for one character and have to wait 2 chapters to find out what happens but this isn't a downside!

The author writes very clearly, he's able to paint a clear picture without over-explaining the situation which is always very welcome. Nothing worse than a 10 minute description of an area we're never going to see again. It's easy to get to know the characters (Although with the children I lost count until book 3). No two characters come across the same or overly similar and this follows throughout all the books so far.

The Narrator reads well and adds flair and emphasis when needed. He's able to portray each character separately and although doesn't do very distinct voices for each they are different enough that I know who's who without having to listen for "xxxx said".

Although I'm enjoying the series so far I will say there are a few Deus Ex Machina moments that kinda made me go "Really". But never anything too crazy. I will add that I'm very thankful that the storyline so far has not gone mental. So many undead series's go very sci-fi with secret bases and mass mutations. So far we're just in good ol' zombie territory.

All in all I'm happy to add this to the list of books I'll encourage people to read/listen too. I can't wait to finish this series but also want to follow these characters for years.

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