I saw the great ratings for this series and wanted to start at the VERY beginning; this is a prequel for the Mountain Man series. Wow, what a ride!
Main character Gus has a mostly-normal day as a professional painter, but that begins to go south quickly when a crazy man tries to attack some shoppers at the discount store where Gus and his crew are working. The small group of shoppers, checkers, and painters don’t know what to make of the situation, but it’s quickly apparent that something is desperately wrong.
Yep, it’s the zombie apocalypse.
The story includes lots of the undead and their victims, car chases and hit-and-runs (or make that splat-and-runs), and stealth and hiding. It’s gory, it’s nasty, and it’s fun if you like that kind of thing. Blackmore adds in some humor to take the tension down a bit, and I laughed out loud a few times. There’s also plenty of raw language, which is realistic, but if you’re put off by cursing, this isn’t for you. Of course, if you’re put off by violence and gore, the language is going to be the least of your worries.
Blackmore categorizes this series as horror, and I understand why. In addition to the frightening descriptions, you can’t help but imagine what you would do in the same situation, as well as feel the desperation and terror.
As for the narration, all I need say is that R. C. Bray did his usual stellar job of reading this book. He’s a favorite of many audiobook listeners, and there’s a good reason for that.