April Audio Book Review: Origins of the Outbreak by Brian Parker

Run time 6 hrs and 55 mins

In Brian Parker’s Origins of the Outbreak, we are introduced to the moment the outbreak begins and how it spreads in a series of slice of life vignettes that tell a sprawling story, from one infection to thousands.

I’ll admit, I was a bit leery of the format, as I found the use of vignettes that were interjected into another story recently reviewed to be primarily disruptive and not a positive for the story. This time though, it mostly worked and the story had a unique and engaging feel that I enjoyed following along.

The story starts out in a small town which allows for most of the characters to be closely connected as the infection spreads. This keeps the narrative engaging and kept me tuned in, because even if the characters in a vignette died, they’d be back as zombies in another one soon enough.

We start with patient zero, a scientist at a university in a small town doing an experiment. We learn a little bit about him and what he is doing and then, bam, the outbreak begins!

What did I like about this story?
I liked how we got to watch the virus spread from first this person and then to that person and how those peoples stories interconnected, both pre and post-infection.

I liked the person to person spread so much, I was actually disappointed when the infection grew so large that we lost touch with some of the earlier characters, however, that’s just the way a pandemic goes. It gets out of control.

What didn’t I like about this story?
I could have used more of an overall background storyline for the characters that survive. The story keeps you interested throughout, but there could have been greater connection to the story overall with more main character development early in the story.

Narration: 
The narration was done by Veronica Fox who has a great voice for the job. The inflection with which she read kept each vignette both cohesive and unique.

Conclusion: (Aka: Would I listen to more by this author?)
The book ends with something of a twist that definitely leaves it open for more of this particular story and I’d be curious to see if Brian does continue the series where it goes from here. In general, it was well written with few issues and I could easily find myself enjoying some of his other works of fiction.

I give this 8 out of 10 stars.

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Who are The Zee Brothers?


Jonah & Judas are two brothers in the Zombie Extermination business. Just like any other exterminators, they get phone calls from prospective clients and go out and do inspections to determine what needs to be done.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of the pests, this usually turns into a bloody mess in a hurry. Most often, where Jonah & Judas are concerned, it’s generally pretty funny as well.

While the brothers are serious about what they do, there is one night a year where they will not answer their phone. You see, Jonah & Judas get a lot of prank calls to their Zombie Exterminators phone #, but it’s the worst on Halloween night.

That’s the one night a year when people think it’s funniest to harass them. They don’t answer the phone and they don’t go out. All those costumes and people in zombie make-up are a recipe for disaster for guys ready to shoot anything that’s dead but still moving, so they just stay home and let the phone ring.

The messages range from people making fun of zombie extermination, people pretending they are being attacked, to people saying zombies aren’t real. The list goes on and on. The next morning they nurse their hangovers and listen to the Halloween madness.

That’s where you come in!

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Must be 18 Years Old at the time of the phone call.

After you’ve left your message, make sure and pause a moment and then give your call back number, name and an email address so that we can get in touch with you if you win.

Winners will be chosen by 1/31/18.

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JANUARY AUDIOBOOK REVIEW : GREAT BITTEN – OUTBREAK

In Warren Fielding’s, Great Bitten : Outbreak we follow the author as the main character in a World War Z(the book, not the movie) type recollection of the outbreak of a zombie virus in the UK as the reporter turned survivor escapes London and makes his way to safety.

The safety doesn’t last long as Warren, his sister Carla and her boyfriend Rick come to grips with the new zombie reality as society collapses all around them. They leave Carla’s home and go in search of a safe haven. Eventually ending up with a batch of not so trustworthy individuals that they must take shelter with in order to survive.

What I liked about this story?

I haven’t read many zombie stories that take place in the UK, so it was interesting to hear something that depicted things from that side of the planet.

I enjoyed the characters interactions, for me, it reminded me a lot of the characters in Douglas Adam’s, Hitchhiker’s Guide Series, this could simply be regular old british humor, but it amused me to listen to their absurd observational banter about what was going on around them. That alone made most of the story pretty enjoyable for me.

I also like the references to mainstream zombie pop culture and the mix of fast and slow zombies, this added a fun level of fright, as you never knew what the survivors were going to run into whenever they saw some of the dead.

What I didn’t like about this story?

There was one area that I struggled with in the story and that was the human bad guys. There was a small conflict at their introduction and I’ll admit that since I was listening to the audiobook versus reading the book, I may have zoned out and missed something important. However, for me I just didn’t pick up on why there was such a heavy level of conflict between the characters. I get the overall premise of it, just for me there was something that was missing and the high level of angst between our survivors and the leader of the survivors they joined, just never quite felt right to me.

Conclusion: 

All in all, despite the part where I didn’t quite understand what was going on between the main good guys and bad guys, I did enjoy the story and found myself rooting for them. Especially at the end when everything goes from bad to worse and you find yourself really starting to hate some of the characters and worrying about the others.

There’s enough good stuff here to give it a listen and then wait patiently for the sequel!

I give this 7 out of 10 stars.

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The fine folks over at Audiobook Access are having a huge giveaway for 9 Post-Apocalyptic & Zombie audiobooks!

You can win 1 of 9 or possibly all 9! And everybody who signs up gets a copy of a free e-book!

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If you are interested in learning more about any of the books, see below!

Lynda Engler’s Into The Outside Available in Print, E-Book & Audio on Amazon!

E.E. Isherwood’s Since The Sirens available in Print, E-Book & Audio on Amazon!

Jill James‘ Love in the Time of Zombies is available in Print, E-Book & Audio on Amazon!

Brian Martinez’s The Mountain and the City Available in Print, E-Book & Audio on Amazon!

Mark E. Cooper’s Hard Duty : Merkiaari Wars available in Print, E-Book & Audio on Amazon!

Bonnie R. Paulson’s Cost of Survival available in Print, E-book & Audio on Amazon!

WR Benton’s Fall of America Available in Print, E-Book & Audio on Amazon!Rebecca Rode’s Numbers Game Available in Print, E-book & Audio on Amazon!

Grivante’s The Zee Brothers Available in Print, E-book & Audio on Amazon!

And Mark K. Kelly’s Altered Genes available in E-Book on Amazon!

The first Secret Zombie Santa Flash Prize!

Congrats to Anna J. she is the 1st winner of a #secretzombiesanta flash prize! A free The Zee Brothers : Curse of the Zombie Omeletaudio book !  Enter for your chance to win at http://ow.ly/FxnN306NuIl

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The Zee Brother’s Audiobook received an Audiofile Magazine Earphone Award!

Did you know we had an award winning #audiobook? Yep! The Zee Brothers Zombie Exterminators as Read by Ian McEuen, tenor received the AudioFile Magazine #earphonesaward #greatlisten #audible #humor #horror #zombies #roadwarrior #thingstolistento #writing #reading #ianmceuen #readmorebooks #whattolistento Get it here —> http://ow.ly/Iep8300YS8W

The Zee Brothers Audiobook Sampler Video!

We are super excited to announce the launch of the new promo video for the audiobook! Featuring 10 minutes of audio, panels from the mini comic, art from the book, music and images from the band Frostbite and narration by Ian McEuen!