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Surviving The Evacuation, Book 1: London Kindle Edition
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Surviving the Evacuation & Here We Stand: The story of a global zombie outbreak, the people who survived, and their attempt to forge a new world out of the ruins of the old.
Strike a Match: A detective series set twenty years after a nuclear war, as a nation struggles to rebuild, and crime is once more on the rise.
For more information visit: http: //blog.franktayell.com or http: //www.facebook.com/FrankTayell --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00FGV3X7A
- Language : English
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- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 199 pages
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What I did like, though, was that the lead character has no survival skills, at all, not even basic foraging, she's not conveniently ex military, she doesn't hunt and added to her woes has a broken leg. Nor does she have any weapons.
It was interesting to find the zombie apocalypse happening in Britain, far way from the US and its endless supply of guns and
Mormon pantry supplies, in that sense the story was a lot more as your average person might experience an apocalyptic event. There were also a lot fewer healthy humans strolling about to cause trouble, which often seems to be the case in so many zombie novels where the focus shifts away from the zombie problem and back to politics...
I enjoyed this enough to have a go at others in the series.
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Bill is an advisor to his MP friend, Jennifer. A broken leg has him confined to his apartment during a zombie infection outbreak. Jen promised to get him to safety, but the car that was sent was attacked and the driver was killed. Bill’s story is built upon the journals of his confinement from just before the London evacuation to about 3 months after.
The first part of the book is pretty much Bill moaning, moping, and waiting to be rescued. His poor survival skills and the insights into how he passes the time were building blocks to show his mind set and how it changes with the realisation that he is well and truly left to his own devices. He isn’t a man who takes well to manual work, and you quickly learn that he isn’t courageous, but he is intelligent and knows a lot about the evacuation, the early days of the outbreak, and what has/ may have gone wrong during the evacuation and containment.
Persevere through the first part, and I promise, the book picks up.
The author has thought out different government tactics during such an incident, and I found it all extremely fascinating. I cannot fault the detail woven into the evacuation plans and the realism this creates.
There is something different about this book, and it’s hard to put my finger on. Considering that I didn’t really like Bill and the narrative isn’t action based, I found myself turning the pages and wanting to know the conclusion. Whether it was the realism, his intellect, or the need to see if boring Bill toughened up and survived, I am hopeful for the next books in the series.
Anyway, Bill is a pretty normal guy waiting for someone to come and help him, eventually deciding that he has no choice but to help himself. Struggling to find the basic needs such as food and drinkable water he sets out on a slow adventure through London. There are not buckets of blood to be found in this story but there are moments of excitement with occasional zombie encounters. The greatness of this book comes from the fact that Bill is completely alone, injured, scared, starving and desperate. Even though it's a zombie book the scenario made it seem a bit more realistic and I found myself wondering, "what would I do?". I will definitley read the further books in the series.
There are obvious parallels between these books and The Walking Dead. The difference between them is that this series of books goes more in depth, and you really get to know the characters. I really love how each of the books connect with each other, and they are building a history of different communities coming together after an apocalyptic event. These books are how The Walking Dead could have been. By using different groups of characters, and different locations, there are infinite possibilities.
I love the interactions of the characters, and seeing how people come to rely on each other. It’s the details like food and water, and basic survival, that makes this series of books more interesting than the programmes on tv. You really get a sense of the magnitude of losing all basic amenities.
I’m really enjoying these books. They’re perfect bedtime reading and I look forward to many more.
I bought book 1 on 13 August 2018 and continued to buy the series up to book 14 on 19 October 2018. Please hurry up Frank, and release book 15!!
(My reviews for books 1 to 7 and books 12 to 14 will show as an Amazon Verified Purchase. Books 8 to 11 were bought for me by a friend as a present, so obviously aren’t verified on my account)
It's an enjoyable enough read but the author clearly has a plot in mind but plans to draw it out over many more books. It's just not moving quickly enough to keep my attention to a second book at this rate. One other aspect is it's learned a lot from American-style paranoia about government being out to get you, which doesn't real sit well with a British setting as that's a bit of an alien mindset to us. The idea that the main character works in politics but doesn't realise the government is actively trying to kill people is a bit too far fetched. Government incompetence is more believable.