Widespread violence. An impending epidemic. A love discovered, and then lost. Alex came of age under the shroud of a looming threat of national and personal catastrophe. Now, in a time when chaos and depravity reign, Alex will stop at nothing to make right what has gone so wrong. Into Jackson: Everything in Between is an edgy, apocalyptic tale of love, hate, and a relentless journey toward redemption. Contains some violence, mild profanity, and suggestive themes appropriate for mature listeners.
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"Every good goalie ... needs a good defense team"
It is hard to find a 'Zombie Apocalypse' book with a difference. This is one. Yes, there is a 'flu pandemic which mutates the sufferers into something other, but these are not the flesh eating mindless monsters more usually seen but sick people who might even be treatable in the earliest of stages, who become, not cannibals as such but filled with violence and anger, given to unprovoked attack - especially when left to starve. In an attempt to block the spread of the infection, outbreak cities are closed for both entry and exit and those locked inside, sick and untouched, adapt to coexist to a certain extent.
One such city is Jackson. Alex needs to get there, get in and out again. It is a rescue mission and far from easy with dangerous terrain to cover between Alex's home in Angel's Ferry and the prison-like Jackson. Plus, he's made an enemy who, with a ferocious and drug fuelled gang, will stop at nothing to hurt him in everyway possible. This is the story of Alex's journey, with a friend, into Jackson.
The book is interestingly written, with the past sliding effortlessly into the present events to both flesh out the characterisations and motivations of Alex and others, and give a broader understanding of the state into which the country has fallen, infecting even those free of the disease. Visual and visceral, the full picture slowly emerges and it is certainly not the usual them and us of most zombie stories.
With numerous protagonists, this was an epic task for any narrator. Although not totally perfect with occasional odd word pronunciations, Rhett Samuel Price , definitely gave a five star performance, with his excellent voicing of all characters, male and female, each distinctive and clearly differentiated (even if someone named TJ did have a strangely suspect accent). Mr.Price's reading is slow, steady and constant, his warm, slightly gruff voice mirroring the text beautifully, conveying emotions encountered and speeding to fit the frequent action. Listening to his storytelling most certainly enhanced the overall story experience.
I was fortunate in being gifted my copy of Into Jackson by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for that. It was one of the most enjoyable of it's type that i have read. Although the story is complete in itself, there is still the potential for a further book set in this world: as one of the characters says along the way, "Maybe our stories still ain't over ..." I truly hope that this is the case and that the author, Jaxon King, soon returns with more tales of Justice, with or without Alex. I, for one, will certainly want to read, or better yet, listen to them as recounted by Mr. Price.
- Norma Miles