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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2011
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After reading the first book, A New World: Chaos, I was left wondering what would happen after the main character rescued his girlfriend, a soldier in the Middle East. This book gave me the answers and more. I loved how the author developed the interpersonal relationships that he started in the first novel. I feel as though I am starting to really know the people and understand how they think. This series is different than other ZA books, in that the main character is a former AF pilot, and that he directly involves his pre-teen and teenage children in the operation and defense of their survival plan. Really cool zombies, w/ some new instincts and shortcomings. They are a rage-type zombie, so brace yourselves, Romero purists. Plenty of action balanced with real-life downtime in which the characters banter in a believable way. Not overloaded w/ technical military jargon. For the next book, I hope we get more development of the characters, especially the kids and other soldiers, and new twist on the survival plan after landing. I hope the author keeps the same format, with little glimpses into the mind and life of the night runners, plenty of scary tension, and bouncing back and forth between separate POV's of the same chunk of time. Definitely well worth the money, but strongly suggest new readers go back and read the first installment before this one. Mr. O'Brien, I know you're probably taking a break after writing this one, but I hope you get back to work soon on the next book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2011
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This author does not dissapoint. The first book had me intrigued, this book has made me a fan. It's more than just a zombie story, the monsters in the book are more similar to the "I am Legend" creatures. I truly enjoy reading the story from the first person view of the main character. As a soldier I would like to think that I would do many of the same things as him (except fly). Many of the scenes (probably not the right terminology for a book) gave me the same kind chills or nervousness that I experienced in a hairy situations in Iraq. I just noticed that book 3 is available, I am cutting this review and buying it right now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2012
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Yes, read this book if you like the zombie genre. I read this one not realizing it was the second in a series. Doesn't matter. Enough is explained in book two to let you know what is going on. I grew up as an Air Foce kid and the author, John O'Brien, knows his stuff. I watch for that kind of thing anytime I am reading about military folks. This book is so exciting. I couldn't put it down. I've now ordered the first one.

Naturally the situations are scary and even horrifying. The "hero" is so special. So very special. You know how you sometimes have a smart-aleck remark just below the surface but don't voice it? Our hero does and his sense of humor is wonderful. It shows up exactly when the reader needs a chuckle. This is a true horror story and it is well crafted. It's on the top as the favorite in my long list of zombie genre books.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2011
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I purchased this book last week and read it in one day! It was well written, great plot, and awesome character development. I feel that the writer has a great knack
at this genre and look forward to reading more of his work. If you like zombies, you will like this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2012
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This is the second book in John O'Brien's New World series and it shows real improvement over the first book in terms of pace, some more character development as well as a surprise viewpoint that helps you to understand the series' nemesis. It also shows the first hints of human opposition for the main character and his group.

While I still feel the main character suffers slightly from being too good at everything he does, it is excusable due to the fact that if the main character dies, the story pretty much ends since it's written in first-person. I saw a much smoother use of first-person and the story is setting up for the next book, which I assume (Although I haven't read the third book yet, so I don't know for sure) is a more traditional zombie survivial book with survivors trying to find a location to fortify and turn into a base. This book, "New World: Return" deals with the effort to get home from the Middle-East, and the development and addition of new characters.

Overall, I give this one five stars due to it being a fresh look at the genre. Also, the author is incredibly attentive to the reader base and clearly cares about his work. As an aspiring author, I respect that and wish I could add a sixth star for the effort.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2012
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John O'Brien's A New World: Return shows that there are a few writers who got it right the first time, and each succeeding work is better... After flying halfway around the world, his teenage children an integral part of his effort to rescue his fiance, he's returning to what used to be America, to find out what caused the rise of a new species, capable of ending the existence of humanity. Every landing is in a potentially hostile environment, either human, or not...

Courage, determination, and ingenuity are a good start. Teamwork, not only of the Walker family, but with the men and women they've rescued, means that there may be a very slim chance that mankind will survive- if they don't make many mistakes. Like war, life is not a "given." People get injured, some die. There is a cost to the very effort to live, and here the reader sees the results of such in a world only a little different from ours...

Think of how you'd survive, if there were no electricity, no food deliveries, no water or sewage... It'd be horrific for some, death for most people, as they're not equipped to survive, when everything they've taken for granted either disappears, or ends... No medicines, no communications, no fuels- all these are what the Walker family, and their people, will have to contend with.

A New World: Return is more proof positive that movies and TV cannot compete with well written books...

Got enough ammo, enough magazines loaded? Batteries with enough charge? You and your BB, Battle Buddy, good to go? Remember, the enemy is faster, stronger, and works in packs... Always know that you're out numbered... These aren't your Mom and Dad's Zombies... They only long to feed, and you're dinner...

Seize the day, for they own the night...

I give John O'Brien's A New World: Return five stars out of five. Well worth the sleep lost...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2012
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Wow, I told you in my review of the first book, "Chaos" is started kind of slow. I sure can't say this about book two, "Return". Talk about kicking it in gear, it is almost like when he wrote the first one he was drinking decaf and switched back to the good stuff for book two.

From the beginning he hands you very well written action, and continues to develop the main characters. I like how the main character has to understand his role in the new world and adjust to the ramifications that it brings. Jack is a real father, not just a father figure; he is working to save his kids and not just some "hero" trying to save the world. His actions are that of a truly good man driven by his genuine care for other people.

I have finally found a new author that I truly enjoy. This series has a lot of room to grow and I sincerely hope O'Brien has plans to entertain us with many more installments of this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2011
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First off if you didn't read the first book in this series I would recommend doing that first. A New World: Chaos
John O'brien is an excellent story teller. The story will keep you turning the pages. I especially enjoyed the humor he has put into his characters which makes them totally believable. Good character development, especially with the main character. I can't wait for the 3rd book in this series to come out.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2013
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I seem to be the only one of the readers who don't give this 4 or 5 stars. Although I did enjoy some things in the book (military involvement, travel), I felt that there were too many areas where more depth and care could have made a much better read. For example:
1. Characters seemed very "flat" to me -- I never got much understanding of his kids, girl friend (Lynn), or the other military people. In fact, the military characters certainly didn't seem anything like the military I've been around much of my life.
2. Unrealistic military scenarios -- Certainly being a trained pilot gives him stature for the flying part of the mission, but to have the senior military officers all just lie down and give him dictatorial authority doesn't fit with any military environment I can imagine. In fact, the book made one wonder how either of the two senior officers (One Colonel and the other a Major, I think) ever got to the positions they held, if they were that wimpy and incompetent.
3. The conflict situations with the virals -- in both the first and (this) second book, the action seemed gratuitous and not relevant to the plot. We know that the hero survives (because there are more books), and it didn't seem that any new information was gleaned during the fighting, except perhaps when he determined that the virals can adapt somewhat.
4. The part of the book which might have been most interesting, i.e., traveling around to figure out what happened and try to get back home, was (IMHO) confusing and both superficial and over-detailed. The combination of superficial and over-detailed seems confusing in itself. What I mean is that the issues related to moving a plane around the world almost constantly were pretty much ignored -- equipment maintenance, status checks (not the quick check lists they did -- everyone who's flown with a competent pilot on a military airplane knows the incredible lengths they go to with maintenance and status checking. On the over-detailed side, this may appeal to pilot-readers, but for me, I found all of the discussion of his past flying events unnecessary. The confusing part, to me, involved the need to re-read sections (not easy on a Kindle) to figure out what had happened, how they managed to get here, etc. That may have simply been my reading skill, but it was hard to follow the plot track for me.

I haven't decided whether I'll get the rest of the series. I did enjoy the books enough to finish the second one, even though I thought several times of dropping it. Perhaps part of my problem is viral-weariness -- having read too many of these in the past few years -- it's hard to make the undead different from book to book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2012
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Just finished all three of John O'Brien's "A New World" books. The first book "...Chaos" was a little slow getting into, but that's just me, I always find starting a new book series a little hard to adjust to, meeting the characters and setting the scene, I have no patience and want instant gratification. After a few pages the story REALLY took off. It was quite action packed and kept me reading into the wee hours. Lots of tension throughout!

I do have one other issue with this series, I now have to wait for the fourth book to be written! It's that instant gratification thing again.

If you like the zombie genre, I highly recommend this book! Two thumbs!!
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