- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 37 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Frank Tayell
- Audible.com Release Date: May 19, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071Z8WXFM
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Here We Stand: Infected, Volume 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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When your immediate reaction on finishing part one in a series is to download part 2 and start reading straight away, you've got to give the book at least 4.5 stars, haven't you? Shame it's not available yet!
I've read most of Frank Tayell's version of this story set in England, and in this sub-series we meet again the character of Sholto, alias Tom Clemens (alias various other names), with whom Bill Wright from England made contact in Book 1 of Surviving the Evacuation.
Tom's life is in tatters following the partial uncovering of a conspiracy against - well, the whole world, really, and he's a wanted man. Then the virus is unleashed, and all around is mayhem. He escapes New York with a woman called Helena, and together they flee north, escaping zombies and various people who want to kill them as they go. They're not as expert at dealing with their new situation as I would have expected; don't these people watch The Walking Dead??! But they're learning....
I wasn't sure about the book at first, as it seemed a little rushed and in need of tidying up, but it gets better and better as it goes along, and by the last third I was completely engrossed and eagerly await more. Highly recommended, if you like well-written zombie apocalypse series that have more behind them than just some unexplained virus, and are not too heavy on the goo and gore.
Protagonist Tom is an ex-CIA agent and current political operative who's just gotten his friend elected President of the United States. Tom steals the election in a variety of ways as part of a plan to overthrow a shadowy cabal that cares only about power and that is bent on world-domination.
Before he can inform the president about the existence of the cabal Tom is framed for murder and forced to go on the run. While he's running the nation suffers a series of terrorist attacks- the cabal places the blame for the attacks at Tom's feet as well.
The morning after the attacks Tom sees people killed on the streets of New York City rise up and kill others. In a matter of hours, the apocalypse is in full swing in Manhattan. Tom meets a woman named Helen and the two of them barely escape the island before it is sealed off, the residents left to fend for themselves. There doesn't seem to be a full-scale rescue effort by either the state or federal governments, and the various forces fighting the zombies seem to working at cross-purposes. Tom lays that at the feet of the cabal. As he sees it, they either created or allowed the creation of the zombie virus and are allowing it to continue because it serves their purposes.
That is one of the book's two weak points- Tom sees the cabal everywhere. If a bus blows up, Tom thinks it's the cabal. If he gets a head cold- cabal. Thanksgiving turkey takes too long to cook- cabal. Also, for an all-powerful, ultra-secret organization, Tom is incredibly well-informed about its members and activities. He knows all of their deep, dark secrets. It's difficult to believe a person could learn all there is to know about a group that secret and powerful.
Thr rest of the book is Tom and Helen trying to get the information Tom has about the cabal and the outbreak to the President. The zombies are a backdrop and exist mainly as an impediment to the pair reaching their goals.
The book's other weakness is Helen. She's just...weird. At times naive and at other times judgemental, she seems to feel the outbreak is mostly an inconvenience and she'll be glad when things soon get back to normal.
'Here We Stand' is crisply written, with a strong narrative and some surprising plot twists. The characters are a little one-dimensional. One of its strengths is very well-written dialogue, some of the best and most natural that I've read in this genre. All-in-all it's a good enough book for me to download the rest of the series.