Barely able to hold out the 101st now face a new threat. German soldiers who take massive amounts of damage but keep on attacking.
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By Jim "The Impatient" on 06-08-17
WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?
THEY HAD TO DIE
A good concept is one thing, putting it on paper or audio another. The first time I saw this, I said I got to have it. Nazi's and Zombies, are my two favorite monsters. Alas, the writing was just not there. I had enjoyed SUFFER THE CHILDREN by DiLouie, so I took a chance, even though I am always leery of collaborations. Matter of fact this is the second collaboration, DiLouie has tricked me into buying.
I think the authors were having a contest on who could insert the most amount of war clichés in this book. That would not have been that bad or that unrealistic. My father is close to that generation, (Korean War) and so was my Father in law. Both were in the Navy and in real life, they had a tendency to speak in clichés. These authors missed the boat on not having enough Mad Nazi Scientist stuff. This could have been so much more, but wasn't. Meh, Meh, Meh.
Narrator had a great voice for this type of book. I would not want him to read Little House on The Prairie, but this was right up his alley.
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By AudioBook Reviewer on 17-05-16
the backstories were the saving grace
I picked this story for a couple of reasons: I wanted and fairly short read, as a filler between some new releases to which I was looking forward, and, well, zombies. Reading the summary and seeing the cover, I expected epic battles between American soldiers and German Nazi zombies, and honestly, not much else; I was wrong.
It's the height of World War II and a German Sergeant and his men are ordered to take an experimental drug that will give them extra strength, and even keep them from feeling pain. Meanwhile, American soldiers are hunkered down in fox holes dodging mortars. Low on ammunition, outnumbered, and with little reinforcements, they feared the worst. No matter how many Nazis they took out, two more seemed to take their place. Things go from bad to worse as the Nazis seem to be going crazy, displaying baffling tactics, and forcing some unlikely yet necessary alliances.
This was not a very exciting book. As I said, I was expecting a face-paced, action-packed zombie battle. Instead, the story developed rather slowly and almost lost my interest. It's saving grace was the authors addition of backstories to the main characters. There are several character points-of-view in this book, and the author added some depth to them with background of their past, or who they're hoping to come home to, etc. Character development is a big deal for me; I am much less concerned with what the characters are doing than I am why they are doing it. So, while some of the soldiers' stories were somewhat cliche, they humanized the men, making me care about what happened to them, and helping the rather dull plot become interesting.
Narration duties were done by Todd Menesses, who didn't seem to enjoy the book much. I've heard his narration on another book and was not disappointed but his reading as the narrator of the tale was not very enthusiastic, and somewhat dull in itself. I feel he read at too slow of a pace, and trailed off at the end of each sentence as if it were the end of a chapter with a cliffhanger. His voice is great, though, and his character voices were awesome and unique to one-another, making it easy to differentiate between the each one.
While I enjoyed Screaming Eagles, it is not a book aimed at multiple markets. It's for zombie fans, maybe the adventurous historical fiction enthusiast. The production quality was very good and, even with his unenthusiastic reading as the narrator, his performance as the soldiers was very good.
Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.
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