Five ordinary people must pay the price of survival at the end of the world. A mysterious virus suddenly strikes down millions. Three days later, its victims awake with a single purpose: spread the Infection. As the world lurches toward the apocalypse, some of the Infected continue to change, transforming into horrific monsters.
In one American city, a small group struggles to survive. Sarge, a tank commander hardened by years of fighting in Afghanistan. Wendy, a cop still fighting for law and order in a lawless land. Ethan, a teacher searching for his lost family. Todd, a high-school student who sees second chances in the end of the world. Paul, a minister who wonders why God has forsaken his children. And Anne, their mysterious leader, who holds an almost fanatical hatred for the Infected.
Together, they fight their way to a massive refugee camp where thousands have made a stand. There, what's left of the government will ask them to accept a mission that will determine the survival of them all - a dangerous journey back onto the open road and into the very heart of The Infection.
©2010 Craig DiLouie (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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"Gripping... DiLouie carefully recreates our society and our military, populates it with people we want to know, then proceeds to bring the horror, devastation, and heroes we require." ( Fangoria)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ashley on 24-05-11


This book is really well read, the story line is gripping and keeps the listener hooked from the first 5 mins, I couldn't put it down!

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5 out of 5 stars
By James on 25-05-12

A good one

I was hesitant about this book after reading a previous review "Not for me", but I am very glad I was not put off. I think this is a well written story with an interesting take on the zombie apocalypse. I found getting to know the characters through flash back very comfortable, after all that is how we get to know people. We meet strangers then find out more about them as we spend time with them. The style of Peter Ganim did seem a bit odd at first but I soon got used to it and eventually came to like it - so much so I went straight on to listen to the second book in this series with the same narrator. I disagree with the previous reviewer but then, different people, different tastes. Thank you to the author and narrator - I am glad I used my credit on this book.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 07-06-12

Worst Book Yet

The author manages to spends HOURS developing almost nothing resembling plot development, character development, tension, timeline or anticipation. The story is so very dry and poorly constructed, I found myself rewinding to ensure i had not entirely missed something important, which would not have surprised me considering I found myself thinking "why am I still listening to this...I should download something new".

Issue 1: The author loves to over explain the simple. Example: I do not need an explanation as to how a generator works. I know that diesel fuel is converted to energy, which is used in combustion to create compression, which turns a get the idea. This is not a joke, he explains how a generator works. How is this relevant, at all, to plot building? There are a few of these. I even started my own monologue once where i was sure he was going to explain the workings and construction of the gun turret. Thankfully he did not.

Issue 2: Some mechanical research would have been appreciated. Example: no one with any, and i mean ANY, mechanical knowledge would write that deisel fuel would start to spoil after 10 days. What? Are you an....whatever.

issue 3: Who's on first? Whats on second? Very hard to follow who is where. There is no development in who is doing what, where and why. It is like reading a poorly abridged book. People seem to suddenly, without explanation, be alone and then confronted with problems. These problems are supposed to be...scary? Nerve racking? And there are attacks that happen without any explanation. A fellow gets a finger bit off, but there is NO build up to it. They are talking about a "thing" in one of the infected and the next thing you know a guy is running off, and the other character follows him to find out his finger is bitten off. It is so NON-climatic that you do not care.

Issue 4: The characters themselves are husks of people. They are seemingly hollow of any depth. Not a one of these characters draws you in, and there is no one main character developed to give reference point. It is like a Stephen King book if Stephen King did not do his excessive character building. That is the only way a King book works. Note: Maybe the book should have been 3 times as long, it could have been good, really good probably.
......except for my next issue...

Issue 5: This might be the main issue. The narrator. WOW. Wow. It is painful. I am not kidding. It is so, so bad. How in the monkeys-ass did this guy get the job,. I swear he narrated some of the training videos I had to watch as a teenager going to work at Jiffy-Jube. He seems to love his deep vibrating sentence endings, which have no place. It makes the characters all seem like being inside one persons head, without the benefit of the knowledge that would offer. I don't think I can listen to him again, and that is a shame, because there are some books he narrator that I want/wanted to hear. I feel like i listened to him before, but can not place it.

So, no, do not waste your money, serious.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amanda H. on 12-05-12

Good enough!!!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Just now finished the book for a second time since the sequel came out last week; had to go back over the story once more to comprehend the second. I enjoy when the author provides back stories for the characters in order of the reader to understand his or her motivations, behavioral patterns, and emotional conflicts. The details that went into DiLouie's characters are graphic and sad. My heart broke for each character as I felt like a voyeur having unwanted access into each of their lives. Their venerability and loss can be felt through DiLouie's descriptive and creative perceptions.

The story is about zombies but also MONSTERS. MONSTERS who will have you cringing with fear and heart stopping terror. As the survivors try to make sense of what is going on and trying to stay safe they also have to survive each other as well as themselves. The gang of survivors include a teacher, soldier, police officer, and a mother; among a few others who join them over time. Each bring their own skills and talents to the group that helps them stay a head of the violence and gore. BUT can they survive each other, the horrific monsters, AND the zombies? This is a must read for all zombie fans who do not get tired of the creative and talented way these brilliant horror novelist create their own apocalypse.

Would you be willing to try another book from Craig DiLouie? Why or why not?

Yes I read them all

Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Ganim’s performances?

Only the sequel...not the best reader....somewhat monotone.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?


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