With his daughter, Raven, and wife, Brook, away visiting her parents in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Cade hopes his immediate future holds nothing but an easy chair, Mariners on the tube, and paring down a honey-do list a mile long. But those hopes were quickly dashed and his life forever changed when news broke of a clash in downtown Portland between soldiers from the Oregon National Guard and hundreds of anarchist protesters suddenly turned violent and, by one anchor's account, blood-thirsty and cannibalistic.
As the first waves of injured bystanders, guardsmen, and rioters arrived at hospitals, it became apparent that a deadly new disease had been unleashed on the population. Whether the virus was naturally occurring or an escaped lab experiment, Cade hadn't a clue and wasn't especially concerned until he learned of its unprecedented virulence, unusual method of transference, and the fact that, according to the news, it brought the newly dead back to life, semi-mindless, and with an insatiable desire to feed on the flesh of the living.
Armed with this new information and now seeing the bigger cities such as Washington, D.C., New York, and Los Angeles rocked by the rapidly spreading scourge, Cade ignores the volley of contradictory edicts drawn up by the White House and set into motion by FEMA and DHS, dusts off his tools of war, and loads his truck with supplies.
Unable to get ahold of Brook and Raven, and unwilling to leave them at the mercy of some distant politician's inability to hold the nation together, he begins an impossible 3,000-mile journey across a reeling United States with presumably millions of infected in his path and only one acceptable outcome: find Brook and Raven alive - or die trying.
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By Gary on 28-12-15
sorry but i hated it....
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Before I continue let me add that I love the zombie genre, books, films TV series, even the crappy ones.... I don't know how many books I have read but its in the dozens... long winded doccu types like z nation, and belt along "arisen" and "mountain man" series...I am really easy going .. but this was just. well, boring and nasty, boring because it felt as if it had been written with the help of a couple of books for reference.. and nasty in as much as you expect to have a bunch of zombies chomping on people, but c'mon..' what have you got against pre 7yr olds, the glee with which you slaughter 4 to 7 year olds left me feeling REALLY uncomfortable, what was the ratio.... 15 to 1 adult per page?? I have a policy, if someone can take the time to pen a novel then I will take the time to finish it... but not this time, 30 or 40 pages was more than enough....
What was most disappointing about Shawn Chesser’s story?
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Not the best but considering what he had to work with....
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Trudge?
Enough said already
Any additional comments?
Couldn't find the option to return this book, probably went to far in hoping it would improve
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Rothers on 17-01-16
Couldn't get into the story
Would you try another book written by Shawn Chesser or narrated by Chris Patton?
What will your next listen be?
No sure, don't want to waste more money
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Chris Patton?
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Any additional comments?
I love Zombie books, I couldn't put down Mark Tufo's or John O'Brians booked, but I couldn't get into this one.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Tracy P. on 06-09-18
Keep on trudging on, TRUDGE!
Cade Grayson is the ultimate family man! He worships his daughter and wife. Caring only about getting back to them at all costs, since, for him, there is no life without the people he loves the most in this world. He is a fighter through and through.
He gives meaning to the term "Manning Up", because he takes it to a WHOLE new level! He has nothing to prove, but when it becomes necessary, he can take down zombies like nobody's business!
Mr. Chesser is an incredibly talented, creative author, and I plan on plowing through his work!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Jim "The Impatient" on 06-12-15
Drudge Report on Trudge
LISA USED TO BE A PRETTY WOMAN
But this whole Zombie look just doesn't agree with her. Cade, the main character used to be in the army and he was all fired up after 9/11, but than a Liberal president with a name which sounds very similar to Obama, got elected, so Cade quit. Cade's wife, Brooke is a good woman, who knows her husband is always right, so she does what he says. It takes a Zombie outbreak to finally get this Liberal President to do something about the border with Mexico. "CAN YOU TEACH US HOW TO SHOOT", the neighbor kids ask Cade.
I have no problem with conservatives using Zombie books to advance their propaganda, lord knows the liberals do. I just want to enjoy a well written Zombie book, which this is not. It is the same old boring stuff. Cade is separated from his family when the outbreak happens and he needs to get back to them, cause they need their man. This is a snoozer, if you have read one Zombie book in your life, than you have read this book.
The narrator might be good, when he gets through puberty, but he has a very child like voice. He is not yet a R.C. Bray or Ray Porter. One reviewer says they auditioned 50 people to find this guy. Next time they should not hold their auditions in a middle school.
PS ,Why are some Zombie books, considered Horror, while others are Sci-Fi. I think it is time Horror got it's own category. Sub categories, could be zombies, ghosts, anthologies, westerns, lovecraftian, classic, haunted houses, gory, etc...
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