Slow Burn Box Set: The Complete First Saga in the Post-Apocalyptic Series (Books 1-9) Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
It was just a random mutation - one of a billion that happen in viruses every day. But this one was different. It exploded out of Somalia and spread across the oceans before anybody thought to look up from their cell phones to see what was going on.
The infected breathed the virus into the air around them, spreading it through the cities faster than anyone thought possible. Hospitals were overwhelmed. Police lines crumbled. Quarantine sites disintegrated. Cities started to collapse.
Through the chaos, some, like Zed Zane, discovered the virus wasn't going to kill them, but change them. Change them into something different, and leave them in a world where the word "survival" took on an older, more brutal meaning.
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|Listening Length||55 hours and 16 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 12, 2021|
|Publisher||Beezle Media, LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,028 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Some of these books and book series' were good, some were bad, some were... very bad, but this series was one of the best. Top ten at least, if not top five.
Originally I read these on Kindle Unlimited, which I no longer have, so I was excited when I saw this entire box set for less than a dollar. I snapped it up immediately because this is one I'm going to re-read every few years.
It is not a conventional zombie book since the author attempted to make a more plausible zombie-apocalypse-like scenario than you usually see. It makes for a different twist on the genre, but I liked the change of pace. He also does a very good job of getting you to root for the protagonist.
This one is definitely worth the time, effort and expense to obtain and to read. Don't add this one to your wish list, just buy it now, in case the price goes up.
By vickie on July 22, 2019
I have read this series since the first one was in a box set along with numerous other apocalypse related stories. Slow burn was my favorite! Within just a short amount of pages the book had me on the edge of my seat, unable to set my Kindle down. I read and read and finished it one one sitting. I felt the need for more, and Mr. Adair delivered. I read every book as they came out much in the same manner as the first, in one sitting! I've read through this entire series at least a dozen times, because I can't get enough of it. Now the new box set comes out and I was already poised to buy it just so I could have all the books in one place! I was overjoyed to see there's a new addition?! It was like Christmas came early! I've been ravenously waiting to tear into the next adventure of the slow burn crew and see where the future takes them! I was pleasantly surprised once again. Mr. Adair had thrown a myriad of monkey wrenches into the zombie (whites) behavior, and other possible effects of the virus. I won't spoil it for any readers, but I'm hoping that the author adds on to the cliffhanger left behind to explore the newest addition to the knowledge pool my favorite be apocalypse survivors have discovered in the interworkings of the whites. This is the kind of stuff that has been in the books have touted from the beginning! Not just a typical zombie book, but a remarkable spin on the zombie genre that keeps me coming back for another dose! Please, Mr. Adair, continue on with this series!! You've added new potential that I'd love to read about! By far, my favorite book series I've ever read that keeps me coming back again and again!!
Great and interesting characters you will enjoy following. The main protagonist is and excellent anti-hero making the craziest choices to survive in a crazy world coming apart at the seams. Can't get enough Zed!
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just have to keep reading them hour after hour after hour this is the best box set i have ever read please oh please don,t let this set Get away. From you.it is action from the first page to the last
I never write a review for books to many people spoil good book going on about bad grammar if you get pulled into the Book YOU DON,T SEETHE MISTAKES your inside the Book with the hero or the villain i cannot recommend this enough BUT NOW !!!!!!!!
JUST READ THESE AND BE DRAWN INTO THEM AS I WAS
Storyline - excellent. Not a typical zombie apocalypse, but with surprises, such as the difference between the Whites.
Characters - Zed is amazing; heroic, vulnerable, brave, sad, angry, damaged and real. Murphy is wise, damaged, optimistic and loyal. Others fit well into the story. Heroes and villains and those in between.
The world - terrifyingly real. Atmospheric and scary.
Overall, action-packed, realistic, well-written, fast-paced, clever and even funny in places (that very long gun barrel where Zed thought to just poke the Whites out of the way - ha). The dialogue between Zed and Murphy was excellent; their friendship superb.
The novella at the end was intriguing - will it promote more of the story? Nice twist.
Bargain price...so glad of that or I couldn't have afforded it separately. Thank you.
Yes, brilliant read, one I highly recommend.
Characterisation is excellent but the “hero” begins to seriously grate on the nerves with each irrational gung-ho expedition to save a lost stray etc. You know eventually that each one is going to go . . . .
One real flaw with the increasingly intelligent baddies regarding their “learning” is something that nagged me but it’s not for me to say. Maybe you will ask the same question.
I was persistent and got to the end but . . .
get Freedom’s Fire first.
In my opinion, this is far from the best series you could read, but I did enjoy it and the books kept me interested enough over the course of a few weeks to finish them and well worth the small amount of money I paid.
For the main review, I will say that the entire series could do with another round or two of editing. Over the course of reading, I spotted a number of spelling and sentence mistakes in each book which was a bit jarring when I actually found myself drawn into reading and having the errors break me out of the trance felt like a slap to the face.
I will break it down to the three main points: Plot, worldbuilding and Characters.
The plot overall, could be labeled as samey. It mostly revolves around Zed and others meeting new people, struggling to trust them and then bad things happen. And this can be shown with added weather drama, like a really warm summer that causes fires and shortly after, flooding. Not unbelievable that the two events happen shortly after another, is quite a common occurrence, I think.
As I've said, the books are written in a first person narrative. Meaning the whole series is through the viewpoint of a single character, Zed. Now, Zed I have a few problems with and some positives about. From the outset, it shows that Zed is a victim of domestic abuse from both his mother and step father and as a result, became an adult of a very "don't give a sh*t/show-offy" attitude. He is a self confessed low achiever that went to college and yet, got a degree but has no desire to put his education to use and likes to work a dead-end job and drink and smoke his wages away with his so called friends. This is the start of my minor issues with Zed, it felt a lot of the time that Zed just so happened to have done things that were important for the plot to progress that I don't necessarily feel were likely, given his character and past. An example of this is at a point where he needs to, he just announces to the reader that he has gone and done a scuba diving course and knows what to do in this very specific point. Understandably, Zed has some issues and this is brought up by himself, and others, many, many times over the course of the series. He's reckless, impulsive and angry which, again, is all understandable. However, it does feel like he has a strong case of plot armour most of the time and his ideas just happen to pay off most of the time.
The author introduces other characters throughout the series and for the most part, does an okay job giving them their own personalities but mostly, they just boil down to them all disagreeing with Zeds ideas but going along with them anyway.
Murphy, at times, feels like he is just being brought along for the ride with Zed and yet, is my favourite character. He is the most fleshed out character in the series and written well. He gives glimpses of his past and his thoughts and feelings were believable. I especially liked the humours back and forth between these two and how their relationship grew and it felt real.
The other characters, I felt, should have been invested in more and given stronger personalities. For the most part, I didn't care for them and when the story inevitably divides the people, I wasn't turning the page in anticipation for them to come back.
Something I would suggest that would have improved the story was maybe introduce another character that was just as bad, or worse, than Zed for being an adrenaline junkie and have Zed realise how its the wrong path to take and have him reflect and realise.. maybe as they do something drastic and put others in danger.
I will give credit where it's due though, the whole different levels of intelligence to the infected from the crazy White Ones to the intelligent Smart Ones, with various levels between was done well. It is a clever way of changing the apocalypse from just the usual horde of screaming zombie chasing everyone all the time.
That said, whilst the main plot of the story is almost Zeds one man mission to kill all the Smart Ones, I feel that it could have been expanded. Semi spoilers but at the point where Zed is stuck by himself by the river and ultimately gets captured by some Smart Ones. I think it was at this point I was most drawn into the book as the author actually showed some Smart Ones in greater detail and how the virus affected different people differently and showed how some human traits persist no matter no how the brain gets fried. But after Zed escapes, it feels like that storyline was mostly dropped in favour of showcasing Zeds repeatedly reckless ways.
Worldbuilding was done well, I will say I'm not from the USA, let alone Austin, Texas so I don't know the place, at all. However, I could picture most the places involved