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D.J. Molles has two published short stories, "Darkness" and "Survive," which won a short fiction contest through Writer's Digest. The Remaining series (The Remaining, The Remaining: Aftermath, and The Remaining: Refugees) are his first novels and have been met with overwhelming success. He lives in the southeast with his wife and daughter.
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In a market over-crowded with apocalyptic zombie tales (from television to film to print to videogames), it's easy to dismiss a particular series as "just another zombie series." However, if book 1 of "The Remaining" is any indication, then this is series that is a must for any fan of the genre.
The novel is told from the perspective of Captain Lee Harden (a rather generic military tough guy), of the U.S. Army. Harden is part of a secret contingency plan by the U.S. government to help restore order in the event of a government meltdown. When a worldwide pandemic spreads to the U.S., Harden is dispatched to a bunker to await the end of the pandemic. When he emerges from the bunker, he finds a world in chaos--much of the population turned into zombies--and must do what he can to help restore order in the midst of complete chaos.
"The Remaining" just doesn't let up. From the beginning, the novel cultivates a sense of mystery and impending doom that will draw the reader in and never let go. The book may seem a tad slow to some while Harden is in the bunker, but once he emerges, the story is pure terror. There are also some great action scenes, and a real sense of emotional depth as well. The reader will really come to root for the survivors and will be genuinely shocked or moved by a number of scenes; some moments are incredibly intense. There is also a high lever of authenticity to the tale; military jargon, tactics, and equipment are described in realistic ways. However, the reader should be warned that the ending of the book is almost criminally abrupt. Obviously intended to be continued in the next novel, book 1 is not at all complete in itself, so the reader should be prepared to read to other novels as well in order to get the full story.
The Kindle version of "The Remaining" also includes a short story entitled "Trust." The story is set in same universe as the novel, but follows two characters who are not in the novel. I enjoyed the short story, as it gave an account of the zombie outbreak from much earlier than that of the novel. It also has some heartrending moments that are almost too much to bear.
Whether you are a fan of the apocalyptic zombie genre or are just looking for a good place to start, "The Remaining" is for you. With great action, real terror, emotional depth, and much future potential, look no further than this well-written beginning to the series.
-good action scenes
-realistic military angle
-protagonist is a tad cliché
-incredibly abrupt ending
I love this series. I read it years ago when it first came out but there are more books in the series now so I am reading them all again. I love Captain Lee Harden and his military training. He is sent down into his well prepared bunker to await instructions, to not leave until 30 days after he finds that the social and government parts of the US civilization has fallen. His mission is to find survivors and organize them, bring them supplies to keep them going.
But when he rises out of the underground bunker he finds what is really meant when the social and government structures have fallen into lawlessness. His mission becomes very challenging when he sees the infected to have no mission except to eat others.
This is well written and I see the author D.J. Moles, has released a newly updated version of these books. I am rereading the ones I already have and will then buy the newer releases of the later books I have not read already. If you like post apocalypse books, zombies and handsome male protagonist who is very capable you will like these books. I am hoping he will find a love interest in book 2.
This book is in the relatively low percentage of stories that is well written, clever, compelling, and almost impossible to put down until you have read the entire story. It is really excellent. I started reading it and finished within about two days because it was so good. It has some surprises, a few emotional moments, and some moments that had me holding my breath.
I have 40+ zombie books on the kindle and I have seen probably every zombie movie made (I am a long time fan of the genre). This author ranks up with Jonathan Maberry, Max Brooks, and some of the other top authors of zombie literature.
The only thing I don't like is that the zombies are not the truly dead zombies, but instead, the virus type that are technically still alive. The novels are so good I really don't mind, which tells you something about how well this is written.
Buy it and enjoy!