No Man's Land

  • by Jacqueline Druga
  • Narrated by Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"It wasn’t supposed to happen like this." 
When Leah and Calvin found out they were expecting, they were over the moon. That day would be one to remember forever… but for more reasons than one. That was the day the world changed. That was the day joy turned to fear. A deadly virus broke out, with many of those infected becoming violent and uncontrollable. And it was spreading fast. Realizing they are no longer safe in their own home, they make a break out of the city to find sanctuary. But when Leah is bitten, Calvin faces the unimaginable struggle of having to take care of their newborn alone. Traveling with the baby and his dead wife in tow, he comes across Hannah, a young girl who lost her family to the virus. They make their way across country together, meeting others trying to find their own sanctuary. They eventually find safety but Calvin soon realizes all is not as it seems and he must make an agonizing choice.

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What is this world coming to? The end.

A slightly different take on the zombie apocalypse.
When Calvin's retiring work colleague invites him and his wife, Leah, to join him in his newly acquired remote retreat in Montana to escape the ravages of an approaching world wide disaster, Calvin rejects the idea as ridiculous paranoia. But some weeks later, as cities are closed, transport and roads blocked and curfews imposed against the spread of a virulent unknown illness, he realises his mistake and that he and his pregnant wife have left it too late. When Leah dies in childbirth, Calvin desperately tries to get himself and the newborn baby to safety.

An intriguing story, told in the first person by Calvin with occasional flashbacks to the happy time before it all went so very wrong, No Man's Land is quick and easy to read. Characterisation is scanty but sufficient and the ending unexpected. And as with all such books, there are some scenes of a slightly harrowing nature. As always with Andrew Wehrlen's narrations, the reading is well paced and very fitting to the text, with an understanding and clarity without violently emotional outbursts, which serves to add a further dimension to the text. Other characters are also individually well voiced.

Although not totally disimilar to other books of this genre, there are sufficient novelty aspects to the story which makes it worthwhile reading for zombie fans. My thanks to the rights holder who freely gifted me a complimentary copy of No Man's Land, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. It was an enjoyable listen.
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- Norma Miles

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-12-2017
  • Publisher: Jacqueline Druga