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Everything about this story is improved from the first in the series. I loved the first in the series and couldn't wait to hear part two!
It seems that in this next instalment the main character Adrian is becoming a better person. He is now more than just some sort of 'comic book' action figure, slashing and shooting up zombies. The author has really begun to develop and deepen his character.
I loved how the author in the first book injected what seemed to be random emotionally charged accounts of the lives and deaths of other characters. Well, in this instalment of the series the background of those characters are explored a little further, giving insight into how those ‘random’ accounts interact with Adrian.
I also loved how the first in the series was told from a “first person’s perspective”. This meant that the narrator did not have to change voices, and impersonate another character. However, in this second book more time is spent in the character of people other than Adrian. I am pleased to report the narrator did an excellent job. The author also used Adrian’s writing in his diary as an useful tool to bring insight into those other characters.
The writing style seems to have gone up another notch. The character development has deepened. The comic book style action of the first book is still there, but not as much. By the way I loved the action in the first book. But nevertheless I listened to this one in one sitting just like the first, simply because it was fun to listen to.
One more comment about the narration, was that it was slightly slow. So once again you can increase the speed a little. This pretty much seems to be the standard now days. So if you are influenced in your purchasing decisions by the total listening time of a book, please keep that in mind.
If you like zombie stories or perhaps you want to give it a go. Then I can highly recommend that you buy this series. I really hope the author has a third in the series. Simply, because the story deserves a better ending.
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after the first book ended so abruptly, i wanted to see where the story was heading so i downloaded book two. surprisingly, book two is 50% about adrian and 50% vignettes.
the vignettes are really good, especially the opening one, one mistake, the last stand of hall b. all i can say is wow! horror at its best! it's gory, sad, and extremely tragic. it's definitely an emotionally gripping story. that's all i'll say. i don't want to spoil it for you. ok...i'll say one more thing...it would win zombie short story of the year in my book!
putting a name to a face is a story about sabrina, a 40 year old nurse as the dead and those bitten turn into zombies at the hospital.
exodus tells abigail's story during the initial outbreak at the school. in the first book, adrian ran into abigail when he was cleaning the school of zombies. she's the one who decided to drive home.
jerusalem tells the story of kevin whitten, one of adrian's best friends. kevin works for a private military contractor and is part of a protective group for a senator, who is in jerusalem. this vignette is linked to one of adrian's journal entries, and through them, we get more of adrian's background in the military.
the chief tells the police chief's story after his father is bitten by a zombie at moore's gun store.
all of these vignettes add depth to adrian's story and provide some details of what else is going on outside the campus.
the publisher's summary mentions adrian meets gilbert so i'll mention him. he's an old green beret, and thankfully, he's not one of those hard charging, all guns blazing characters. that wouldn't match the story. gilbert is kind of crotchety, but he's wise and deliberate. he's also kind of a mystery, never revealing all of his cards. gilbert is a good addition to the story.
adrian also gets some additional company, but i won't say who. the additional company makes sense- it doesn't feel contrived.
once again the book ends; however, not as abruptly as book one. the book ends at a good place because it nicely sets up the next book.
overall, a good second book- no sophomore slump!
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