Run: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The dead have risen, and they are hungry. Slow and plodding, they are legion. The undead hunt the living. Stop and they will catch you. Hide and they will find you. If you have a heartbeat, you do the only thing you can: You run.
Survivors escape to an island stronghold: a cop and his daughter, a computer nerd, a garbage man with a piece of rebar, and an escapee from a mental hospital with a lifesaving secret. After reaching Alcatraz, the ever-expanding group of survivors realize that the infected are not the only threat. Caught between the viciousness of the undead, and the heartlessness of the living, what choice is there? Run.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 51 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 04, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #205,579 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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This one starts with Detective Rick Barnes of SFPD picking his daughter up at the airport in San Francisco.
Rick sees a TV broadcast at the airport about Boston with Boston police firing on civilians. He can't make head nor tails of what's happening but he knows its bad in Boston. Rick is on vacation so he can spend time with daughter Samantha, called Sam.
Ricks ex wife, Brenda, works at MIT in Boston and once they were divorced Brenda moved back to MA and her old job at MIT.
On day three, after putting Sam to bed, Rick is watching the TV and words like infection and plague are being used to explain what's going on in Boston. The news casters look frightened. Rick can't get hold of Brenda. A Brenda who would call every day to speak with Sam when she visits Rick. Rick is starting to worry about exactly what is going on in New England.
Rick then gets a call from his boss Mike Meara. Meara wants Rick at work now. All uniforms and detectives are being called in. Something uber weird, according to Meara, is going on the same uber weird that's going on in the North East. Rick can't get to work till tomorrow. He has to call his Dad, a retired police officer, to take care of Sam. That's the best he can do and Meara agrees.
Rick checks his weapons. His .40 caliber Taurus and his SPAS-12 semi automatic shotgun. He cleans both for use tomorrow. He then hears sirens and knows it ambulance, not police and Rick heads for bed.
Rick to a commotion outside his apartment building. Its 3:12 by his clock. Rick goes to his balcony to take a look and sees two paramedics. One pushing what looks like a homeless man and the other cradling an arm. This is Ricks first site of an infected though he doesn't know it yet.
So begins one damned fine read.
This one has Rick, Sam, Meara, a Meara who calls Rick back and tells him to stay put, things are coming apart fast, Chris Rawding who lives in Ricks apartment building, a Chris who joins Rick, a Chris who tells Rick if your bitten you will become one of the undead, a Chris who's a poli-sci major in college and a computer nerd, a Chris who will join Rick on his Run to Alcatraz, Alcatraz that's been taken over by Meara and the surviving cops and civilians they pick up along the way, Ricks father Paul, a Paul who knows something way weird is up, a Paul who Rick will rescue when the undead have him trapped in his basement, a garbage truck driven by Dallas, a huge guy who's handy with a piece of rebar, a Dallas who join Rick, Chris and Sam on that run to Alcatraz, radios, a Hummer Rick and his pals take from a used car lot, Anna Hargis, an Anna who also joins Rick and his crew on the Run, the slow shambling infected, the runners who are quick and are tough to kill, the arrival at Alcatraz, a civilian who's an idiot, a gangbanger and his crew who want the island and all that's on it, the arrival of the USS Fish, a nuclear submarine, US Navy SEALS, a man named Billy who the infected don't attack, a Meara who recognizes who Billy is, a Billy who leaves the island and heads for the mental institute so he can get more of his meds, an Ali he meets there, a man named Cyrus who's a killer, Commander McInnerny who commands the USS Fish and all the military with him, a call from Ricks ex Brenda, and Rick, Chris, Anna and the SEALs heading for MIT in Boston to rescue Brenda, a Brenda who knows what caused the plague and what a Run II it will be.
Five Stars and then some.
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Survivors few and far between?
Great American setting?
Strong leading man?
People driven mad with power?
YES TO ALL!!!
Hell, I love me an America gone to s*** zombie-a-thon. This book delivers that, it has blood, gore and crazy!
Run is set in San Francisco, a virus outbreak on the east coast in Boston has gotten out of hand, it is spreading like wildfire, the dead are rising and they are hungry.
Rick picks up his young daughter from the airport, she has just arrived on a flight from Boston, at this point everything in SF is still relatively normal, in fact Rick manages to give the airline attendant a good look over BUT that night things start to go wrong.
Rick is a cop, his boss calls him in to work, stressing that he can't go in as he has his daughter he is told to come in the following morning. That does not happen, during the night Rick hears disturbances outside his house, what he witnesses shocks him to the core.
A man gone crazy, attacking ambulance men and not falling down dead despite being shot, the virus has reached the west coast.
Rick decides to head to get his father, along with his daughter they run the gauntlet of zombies and people going crazy. Along the way he picks up some companions including a guy from the south called Dallas, a young computer tech guy and a guy called Billy who is not all there.
Once they have picked up Rick's dad they make their way to Alcatraz where the remaining officers of SFPD are holed up, can they make their way through a city full of dead who want them for their next meal?
Run is a good read but a couple of things bothered me, there was a character in it Doc Murda who reminded me a little of the villain in the James Bond film that was set in New Orleans, he seemed hell bent on getting control of Alcatraz, I know people go all sorts of crazy when bad things happen but if I was stuck in SF when the s*** hit the fan I'd be getting the hell out of Dodge and finding a hole to hide in. I certainly wouldn't be try to be the big "I AM" but hey I suppose it add something to the story but I'd rather have more zombies and less Bond villain.
Also a submarine appears beside Alcatraz with some US military inside it, lucky for the guys on Alcatraz but I would prefer if they had to struggle without help from the submariners.
Apart from that I did enjoy it, besides the blood and gore there was also humour and I believe looking at the authors goodreads page there will be a sequel as the ending does give you the impression that there is lot more to be said and done.
If you are a zombie fan it is worth giving this a read.
I only gave the review 4 stars for these reasons: 1) There is a human adversary in San Francisco who seems determined to kill the survivors on Alcatraz. Quite apart from not understanding why he wants to do this, I would have thought he had other problems to worry about. And 2) There are rather too many coincidences concerning one of the other main characters (Rick, a detective). I can't say too much about this without giving away some major spoilers but on a couple of occasions I found myself thinking "Seriously?"
Even with these issues, Run is really enjoyable and I'll definitely be looking out for the sequel.