- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 49 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Joshua Guess
- Audible.com Release Date: December 29, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B019S6Z3XU
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Victim Zero: The Fall Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Kell McDonald is a pretty awesome main character. I understand the guilt he feels at what's happened, but I think he puts too much responsibility on himself, you know? But it drives the story, so it does make sense... I guess I just wish he went easier on himself lol.
The only scene in the book that really upset me was when his wife and daughter were attacked... It still sticks in my head, and with two small kids of my own, I have nightmares. But that's just testament to how good this book is. I really enjoyed it.
2. What is the story about, in general? The story is about Kelvin McDonald, the man whose work was used to spread a high mutable organism that causes the reanimation of the dead.
3. What/Who is the target audience? The target audience is teenagers, young adults and maybe adult men. Those who enjoy the genre will also enjoy the book.
4. How is the proofreading? I did find a few errors, but less than five. If there are more, I didn't notice them.
5. Is there character development? The main character Kelvin (Kell) is a very compelling character and the only three dimensional character in the book. We aren't really given a backstory of tragedy ... because we LIVE it. We travel alongside Kell as the world goes to `hell in a hand basket'. We live his changing moods and twisting sorrows. We walk with him through pain, suffering, rage, moments of levity and a whole gamut of other feelings. Kell is NOT a well man. We won't know what he wants, because he doesn't know either. Kell is among the most complete characters I have ever read.
There is `ego "He-man" porn', so be ready for it. The thing is that Kell has a lot of other concerns, other angles that help on the `ego porn' scenes.
Most secondary recurring characters are provided enough back story and personality for two dimensions. That's ok because as Kell is such a rounded out individual the traditional character roles can be followed without remorse (Protagonist: 3 dimensions. Secondary chars.: 2 dimensions. Tertiary chars: 1 dimension). Personality wise, perhaps two secondary characters were one dimensional to the point of numbness.
Now, some bad news. The antagonists are one dimensional. There is no gray area. Its either black or white. No in between. No evil person is going to change sides. Ever. No good guy is going to completely change sides to the evil side. Ever. Thus, the characters suffer from rigid roles, even if they evolve within those roles.
6. Are the characters likable? Most of the characters are likable. The antagonists are generally one dimensional, and I am not talking about the zombies.
7. Does the story keep its pacing? For the most part, yes. There is a lot of compelling survival action. Also, there is a lot of survival logic that seems very credible. I like that the world is dark. I like that survivors are looking out for: themselves and loved ones. Everyone else comes as a very distant echo. Building communities out of that sort of mentality is a challenge, at best.
8. Do you have to suspend disbelief? Considering the world logic, I have to suspend disbelief in some decisions that seemed too illogical for me to truly believe in them. Also, as I mentioned before, the world is black and white. Good and Evil are rigidly defined between the side of the protagonist and the side of the antagonists.
9. Is the book worth the asking price? Yes. I did not feel I wasted my money for the ebook. Good price.
In conclusion: Victim Zero is one of the best zombie apocalypse stories I have had the pleasure of reading. The main protagonist is solid if somewhat 'He-Man/Superman'-ish. Most secondary characters are compelling. The science behind the dead is believable. The antagonists, though one dimensional, are somewhat smart. The pacing doesn't feel as if it slows down at all. The black and white rigidity of "us" versus "them", while surrounded by undead cannibals, wasn't wholly discouraging. My disbelief was tested but I could live with it. The price is solid at $4. The proofreading is excellent. The story is exactly what it says it is: a survivor zombie apocalypse thriller. Good book.
This was one of the better tales I came across, not fantastic but certainly worth a read.
A good start was followed by a few awkward bits before settling back into an engrossing story. A rather abrupt ending which obviously infers a follow-on book or series. Not sure I hunt down any sequel solely on curiosity to see how the story progressed but if I stumbled across it I’d give it a go.
Nothing to set the world on fire here (no pun intended), but if like me you’re suffering zombie withdrawal this was decent value for money on kindle.
On a side note, is it just me or does anyone else wonder why, after all that eating human flesh, zombies don’t have to go to the bathroom? I’m just saying, a lot of them are wearing trousers, it’s kind of obvious nothing’s going on in that regard.
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Fast paced and quite frankly nice and long. Long enough I wasn't left thinking "what?" But short enough I was happy at the end and ready to read the next installment. I will buy the next book. Supporting independent authors is an important way to help keep new and inventive writing coming. There isn't a single NY Times best seller I would pay money for (or the outrageous price for). I *will* buy Joshua's next book.