Ravage

  • by Iain Rob Wright
  • Narrated by Nigel Patterson
  • 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

First people got sick. Then they got very sick…
Nick Adams is just a normal guy. He loves his family, appreciates his home, and covets his car. But he absolutely hates his job. Which is what makes it so difficult when not a single customer comes by his store that day. It seems as though there's a bug going around, something that has come out of nowhere and is keeping people at home. Still, it's probably nothing to worry about. People get sick all the time. And besides, things are finally starting to look up. Nick's first customer of the day has just stumbled through the door…
His day is about to get worse…
It won't be long before Nick's entire life is turned upside down, sending him on a frantic journey through a ravaged world that will ultimately lead him 500 feet upwards to a hilltop amusement park. Is it the last safe place on Earth, or are the monsters at the top of the hill even worse than the ones below?
Welcome to Ripley Heights. Where the fun never starts.

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Customer Reviews

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Not what I was expecting at all.

What disappointed you about Ravage?

A lot of things disappointed me.

1. Weak, shallow characters that are massively difficult, if not impossible, to like. In particular I couldn't stand the MC. He was often cowardly, always doing the wrong and stupid thing and was one of the worst in the book for dialogue that made me want to punch myself in the face to forget what he just said.

2. Pop culture changed so characters don't know what a zombie is. This can confuse a reader for a while, given that we know zombie books/films/tv exist, and is somewhat disrespectful to those that created the zombie horror genre in my opinion. If you aren't the first to write something I'm not a fan of you making out that you are.

3. American phrasing from a British writer is pretty poor I think.

4. Some truly painful dialogue in this book. Certainly in the first third of the book, and often when characters talk/think to themselves. Or most of Dash's dialogue, due to author trying to write like a black gang member and just making them out like some horrible cliché. So much of the conversation just doesn't feel natural or believable.

5. Some of the word usage would have been more at home in past decades. Girls referring to guys as dashing. Dash referring to white people the way he does etc


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Honestly, it was all a little predictable, but it wasn't horrible either. My issue is when writers just repeatedly write characters doing stupid things to get their plot done. If your readers are constantly screaming, "what the hell are you doing?" it's not a good thing.


What didn’t you like about Nigel Patterson’s performance?

Very little or no major difference in some of his character voicing for one thing. And I'm not sure if he made the dialogue sound worse than it was, or if he was just struggling to make bad dialogue better. Either way I didn't like his reading, and that isn't common for me to really not like a narration this much.


What character would you cut from Ravage?

Nick. Impossible to cut a MC, but I didn't like him at all. I think the only character I actually liked to any degree was Anna.


Any additional comments?

I'd heard the author was a very good horror writer, and so I was kind of shocked at how bad I found this book to be. It's possible my reaction to the narrator isn't helping me here and if I'd read it myself maybe the dialogue wouldn't have felt as painful in places, but I don't think so. I think it was just really bad in areas. I felt quite let down over this book, though it's not a total waste. Some of the narrative is fine, and some of the story is ok too. However the first third is really bad and many might not get past that point.

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- M. Paddon

Ravage I wanted Rampage

Would you try another book written by Iain Rob Wright or narrated by Nigel Patterson?

I found the story quite monotone and there was no excitement flowing, even the twist three quarters through was guessed which let this book down badly.


Has Ravage put you off other books in this genre?

Yes it has and I will be looking through more and more reviews before being enticed by something promising only to be let down.


How could the performance have been better?

This book needed more action and battling from the Zombies/Infected, I actually had to listen to this 3 times before the story sunk in more. Too many characters were killed off too soon also as they fell like flies so you couldnt get a grip on them.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Extremely disappointed and some anger as the book cover over promises and this book is just a damp blanket when we needed more action.


Any additional comments?

Please dont waste your time on this book and skip to something a lot lot better
I highly recommend "The Undead" by RR Haywood or "I'm Alive which is set in the USA.
Very riveting plots indeed and amazing stories!!

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- Mrs. Jacqueline Young

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-04-2014
  • Publisher: WRIGHT IDEAS LIMITED