Family : Surviving the Evacuation

  • by Frank Tayell
  • Narrated by Tim Bruce
  • Series: Surviving the Evacuation
  • 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Nations collapsed. The undead rose. Some people survived.
Three months after escaping from London, Bill discovers the true extent of the global war that followed the outbreak. Most of the world has been destroyed, but though ruined farmland and abandoned cities are filled with zombies, there are other survivors and there is a safe haven - so he is told - in a small village on the Irish coast.
Before he can go there, he must find and rescue the children. Then he'll have to battle his way through the infected wastelands of England and Wales in hopes that there really is a boat waiting for them. Even then, his journey won't be over.
When he's told of the sanctuary awaiting them, he also discovers that the scientist who created the virus escaped from New York. In order for any of them to ever truly be safe, Bill will have to head north to confront the man, discover the truth behind the outbreak, and finally choose between his old family and his new one.

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More pesky zombies

Frank Tayell's "Evacuation" series seems to be as good as modern apocalyptic fiction gets. It deals with real, ordinary folk in extraordinary situations. The story and the characterisation in the first three books that I've read are reasonably convincing, although I rather suspect that the harsh, unpredictable brutality of The Walking Dead is more realistic. Difficult to tell, though, isn't it? Until the zombies start marching down the High Street. Tayell's world-view allows room for at least limited optimism.

Family has a much larger cast of characters than the previous two books, and this creates more of a challenge for narrator Tim Bruce. He rises to it pretty well, though, keeping all the main voices distinct, and having a good stab at a range of different regional accents.

I'm not sure how convinced I was by the character of the arch-villain in this book -- the character is so outrageous that comes across like a comic bad guy in the early James Bond movies. You can almost imagine him having a bodyguard that uses a steel-lined hat as a weapon.

For all its faults, this series of books remains head-and-shoulders above almost everything else in this genre.
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- Kevin Boone

Great detail that makes sense of outbreak

If you could sum up Family in three words, what would they be?

Thrilling detailed characterful


Who was your favorite character and why?

I probably warmed to Kim the most as she is a woman of a certain age who despite a dreadful past still fights for her life and those around her. She is the mother figure at its best. Willing to do nything to save the children and delegates tasks easily.


Any additional comments?

Another great book in the series. Nice to have an apocalyptic zombie drama set in familiar locations (in the uk) that have clearly been well researched. The plot development is good and seems like it is really going somewhere but relishing good character development on the way.

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- JoMo

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-09-2015
  • Publisher: Frank Tayell