Summary

Tucked away in a high-tech Tactical Operations Center, inside an isolated safehouse in the Horn of Africa, sits Agency analyst Zack Altringham. He is Kenyan-born, Princeton-educated, badly burnt-out - and condemned by his language and cultural skills to a lifetime of fighting America's shadow counter-terror wars. But when another mystery epidemic breaks out, terrifyingly quickly it reaches a tipping point and chaos descends - and Zack and his team (including two former Team Six SEALs) are trapped between the millstones of the sick and the dying on one side, and heavily armed militias on the other. Soon their "safe" house is in flames, and their only remaining option is to get in their up-armored SUV and try to escape the imploding gravity well of the city, to the safety of the American military base in Djibouti. But by then, will there be anywhere safe left on Earth to escape to?
©2012 Michael Stephen Fuchs (P)2014 Podium Publishing
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By Simon on 23-07-15

Good prequel, read it any time!

If you like this kind of thing (and I have discovered that I do) then you'll like this. Good, fast paced zombie action seen through the eyes of a Special Ops team with excellent narration from RC Bray. This short book gives the background to the main "Arisen" series and can be used as a good taster.

However, it's worth considering not reading this one first. I read it between books 5 and 6 as an example and I would suggest it's better this way as the back story means more by then. From other reviews it seems this does stand alone but I genuinely enjoyed going back to the story that until then had just been hinted at.

Your choice of course, but either way it's a credit well spent.

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5 out of 5 stars
By E. Robinson on 10-06-15

Great story.

Having read all the Arisen books I was interested to see how this solo effort by Fuchs would fit in and workout. As usual the performance by RC was impeccable, though a few of his accents sounded a bit strange, but what the heck, he is so good at what he does. The story is pretty lean and well written with good momentum. It gives the background to the ZA and fits in well with the storyline in book 7. The book is so filmic and has such a strong visual aspect to its narritive that I would not be surprised if its snapped up by a film company. A screenplay would fall out of this story with few problems.

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5 out of 5 stars
By M. Bowles on 18-12-14

*******DO IT******* DO NOT PASS THIS UP*****

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

EASILY. This is by far the best I have listened to yet. I have said this before, but all those books were before this masterpiece. If you had the opportunity to experience stories like Day by Day Armageddon and thought it was a great listen, I guarantee you will absolutely enjoy this lead into what I'm sure will be an OUTSTANDING series. Very nicely done all around and easily deserving of all five stars and any phrase you can think of to express excellence!!

What did you like best about this story?

Story line, narration, terminology (sounded like the author knows what he is talking about), character development, and story flow.

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Everything your looking for in an audible experience.

Who was the most memorable character of Arisen, Book 0.5 and why?

Every one, perfectly done.

Any additional comments?

I'm counting down the minutes until my pre-order is downloaded, I can't wait!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Tilo on 18-04-15

Maybe better to read this after books 1-3?

I had already read the omnibus collection of books 1-3 but it turns out it doesn't really matter if you read this story afterwards because it may be more fun to not reveal the origins of the apocalypse too early. The story also ties in well with things towards the end of book 3. Hopefully the storyline in this book will converge with the others in book 4.

I always feel that the start of the apocalypse is the most interesting of any series, how the zombies take over the world. The story is out of the eyes of Zach who, although he is well trained, he is really still just a civilian. Because of that, it is easier to identify with him than the super hero like tier-1 operatives who are assigned to protect him. And protect him they do. Again and again.

Briefly, the the story is they that they have to flee on the highway and get to their main base and being in a foreign country, they can't trust anyone and everyone is shooting at them. Or biting. Story is interesting all the way through and maybe the only thing lacking is a female character and anyone hint of romance or family whatsoever. Just bromance in this one.

Narration by R.C Bray is amazingly good as usual.

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