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Publisher's Summary

Book One - Fortress Britain: When the Zombie Apocalypse came, one country had shut down its borders in response to a major terrorist attack. Now Fortress Britain is the last bastion of the living - with 50 million beleaguered survivors facing down a world of seven billion animated corpses. And one international team of elite special operators - supremely trained and armed, always the most skilled, resolved, and unstoppable amongst us - are humanity's last best hope for survival....

Book Two - Mogadishu of the Dead: Alpha team is tasked with one last desperate operation: They must cross the Atlantic aboard the world's only remaining supercarrier and insert by air into the very middle of a dead continent, all in search of a rumored vaccine that might bring humanity back from the brink. But their op goes dangerously wrong from the start, with the team scattered to hell and back, and their target site a dry hole. Now they must fight their way on foot through a city of three million ravening dead guys, in search of an underground bunker that might hold the Last Man on Earth. But these undead will not be like any Zulus they have ever fought before - and they surround the new target in a writhing ring of death 30 feet high on all sides....

Book Three - Three Parts Dead: Alpha team, the world's best and last surviving Tier-1 operators, are adrift on Lake Michigan - and fast drifting into what looks like a damned hostile shoreline. Deep in the National Forest nearby, a former police officer and survivalist battles to keep her family alive - and tries to decide whether the commandos of Alpha are more dangerous to her alive or dead. Meanwhile, the John F. Kennedy, the world's last floating supercarrier, is run aground off the coast of Virginia - and facing a veritable hurricane of the dead, blowing in fast. Finally, back in Fortress Britain, the terrible outbreak from the Channel Tunnel turns out not to have been so contained after all.

©2014 Michael Stephen Fuchs, Glynn James (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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A great series. Well worth a listen.

I very much enjoyed all 14 books in this series. I didn't get bored and I wanted to listen to the next book and then the next to see what happened. How the characters get out of the next situation!

Sometimes the main characters pull off some unrealistic maneuvers and come out without a scratch but I love that ! These are the best of the best fighting to save the world and it is great to see them defy the norm and kick some serious butt doing it.

ofcourse R.C. Bray is a master at narration. He is actually why I gave these first 3 books a listen.... and I like apocalypse plot lines.

Arisen and Mountain Man have easily been my 2 favorites in this genre and I'd recommend listening :)

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Very enjoyable but books are short for the price.

I've listened to 1-3 Omnibus and 4. I've enjoyed them immensely, I'm interested in what will happen to the characters. I like that plots are unfolding in the UK and North America. I have only one gripe, each book isn't a whole book, there are lots of books in the series but listening to all of them is going cost more than $300CAD it's really adding up.

I've liked the books so far but as a series habit goes it's getting as expensive as crack cocaine. Sure I can bust out a credit for each book but my listening habit is quite a bit more than 9 hours a month. The story is good and captivating though.

#Audible1

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Skeptical no more.

I was a skeptic off he start. Another zombie apocalypse? Ugh.

Though it is not entirely original (how can a zombie plot be anymore) it is mostly a good story.

Always teetering on the brink of disaster, sometimes exhaustingly so, it does keep your attention and keep you wanting more.

On to book 4.

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Very Good

So far the series is very enjoyable and the characters are well thought out. I hope the future books will continue.

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Great Zombie Human Soldier exploration

Great Books but could all just be in one book as they are just continuations

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  • PDJ
  • 2021-03-05

Fantastic

Began to panic a bit when I realized the plot lines extended beyond books 1-3 in this omnibus ... only to find to my happy relief there are many more instalments to come. Great character development, great mix of action and non-action, and of course Bray rules the voices.

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reads like the worst 80s action movies...

the Narator is fine but the story and writing are really bad. there's more thought into what kind of guns everyone uses then in any character development. Lots of cliche "they are the best of the best" descriptions along with some "I'm doing this for my kids back home" while shooting zombies in the face. A neat world idea but a lot of what the characters do and how they react don't make sense. if you still wanna give it a try then maybe it'll be more your bag then mine

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Incredible narrator - Mostly mindless action

Nothing of substance happens in this omnibus collection. These stories are essentially serials- nothing is resolved in any one episode..instead each episode "ends" in a quasi-cliffhanger. Encounter after encounter occurs - firefight, death, firefight, death - interspersed with techno-thriller descriptions of military hardware, military jargon and slang, and endless - ENDLESS - acronyms. If that's your thing, this is a great book... nothing but action. By the third book, a passing attempt at character development is tried, but the actual plot is pretty thin. In the first book ('Fortress Britain'), for example, a small group of survivors trapped in the Chunnel is rescued, and a new, aggressive type of zombie is encountered (while surviving civilization hangs on in a walled-off British Isles). That's it. That's the plot.
The second novel ('Mogadishu Of The Dead') is more typical zombie fare - cartoonishly gory with nonsensical plot events - including life on an Aircraft Carrier while travelling to a mission to Chicago searching for biotech information.
By the third installment - 'Three Parts Dead' - I decided to just stop thinking and enjoy these books for what they are. Fortunately, Fuchs and James also appear to have learned what they're doing and stopped taking the subject matter so seriously. They continue on a sketched-out "find a cure" mission, but have decided to just enjoy the ride. They add grim humor and some laugh-out-loud expressions to the dialogue. The third book is consequently far more enjoyable. It's still, sadly, headshakingly nonsensical (the authors also bizarrely elected to add elements of romance to the story).

R.C. Bray is by far the best narrator in the business - his only weakness is that his accents aren't spot-on. He is unfortunately forced to use Brit accents in this one, weakening his performance...but Bray could still read a hardware store flyer and make it sound exciting.

Altogether, the value of buying three novels in one omnibus improves the rating of this collection - and if you are looking for pure brain candy, this is a fun diversion ..but it's still only good for 5 stars out of 10.

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Too much military.

If you want military action, Arisen will suit. But, not for me. Didn't like books 1 through 3 and won't continue series. R.C. Bray is fabulous, however.

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My first book and all I can say is WOW!

Seriously, if your a first time listener or long time hold up and read this. I am two books into this series and it kills me not to be driving so I can listen. I’ve never been much of a book reader.
This series is like none other you might think oh end of the world and zombies...no!
This is so diverse and from a military perspective that takes you all over the planet.

I don’t want to go in to much detail to give anything anything at all away.

I will say buy this first book, if you don’t like it I’d give up my credit for you that’s how serious I am. These books draw you in and hold you so tight reality slips away and seriously that’s a huge thing for me to say!

RC Bray is easily the best narrator of this time. He’s like the Morgan freeman of book reading!

Do yourself a favour and buy this now!!!

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  • crazybatcow
  • 2015-08-16

ZA book minus women's rapes

First thing to note is that this is an omnibus edition, which means that there are 3 "books" in here which were originally published (and presumably sold) separately. If you were to get book 1 only, you'd be very annoyed at where it stopped and where book 2 started as it just ends in the middle of the story (i.e. the transition to book 2 in this omnibus is invisible - if you weren't told it was a new book, you'd never know from the story itself). The transition from book 2 to book 3 is a little more noticeable (the tone of the story changes a bit too) so I could see how book 3 is legitimately separate from 1+2.

Now, to the story... it's actually an above average pseudo-military post-apocalyptic zombie novel. It's not an action novel - there are too many characters for that - but it's a decently fleshed-out zombie apocalypse with just enough shooting, zombie gore, and people being killed to keep you reading. No, there is no big twist here, no unexpected source of or behaviour by the zombies, but for a standardly plotted zombie novel, it's at least a 4 star... mainly due to the characters behaving normally and the scenarios being realistic. I've given it 5 stars because women are present and real, and they aren't only there to be raped and rescued (and vice versa).

I will be reading more by this author since it's nice to have a decent quality zombie novel minus the gun porn and women as mere rape objects. I might wait until they are packaged in another omnibus however, as I don't know that the stories are "separate" enough to justify being sold independently.

The narration is very good. There is a lot of swearing, some non-graphic but fairly gore-y zombie details and no sex. #Zombies #NoGunPorn #WomenNotVictims #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • Tilo
  • 2015-04-15

Good macho military bang bang story

If you're looking for character depth, maybe you should stay away as this all about tough as nails disciplined special forces men and the obligatory just as tough female sniper. The beginning spends quite some time on the characters, but I actually fast forwarded twice, because they were all the same and their "depth" of how tough they were got tiresome. All the soldiers were the same to me. Except Predator because he is the toughest of them all. There are alot of acronyms, descriptive weaponry and tactics as you would expect In a military focused book. At this time the book was worth three stars.

A positive is that becuase they are tough and professional killers, there is no whingeing, whining, moral delimmas or doing of dumb things.

Halfway through, the story got me hooked and it's pretty interesting and well written. The SEAL team scavenges Europe for supplies and search research centres for the cure, the trail leading to an over run United States. The virus has mutated and there are a few fast and powerful zombies (Zulu Foxtrots) that will just slash people just to spread the virus, not to feed. Englishman Wesley is the most relatable character, being a civilian security guard. He got drafted and how that happened made me laugh. The story switches between Wesley and the gung-Ho special operators.

There are no raiders, cannibal sects or government conspiracies but there is a stupid kid which messes everything up, which is sadly so essential in many zombie stories.

I read this omnibus first because it was labeled 1-3, but there's another marked as 0.5 that I've just started and it's a totally different story, with new characters occurring before the apocalypse. I wish I read that one first, because right now I want to continue with the story I'm on. Two of the characters did something stupid and unexpected in the end.

The narrators rough voice fits the book but he's just great with all the voices.

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  • harry
  • 2015-02-13

RC Bray At His Best !!

I am a fan of the ZA genre, but I find that most ZA books follow a very similar
format. Something like bad ass ex-military guys try to survive through skill and guile while helping other survivors along the way...or...unlikely anti hero emerges and summons his inner McGyver, etc...

The story line(s) of the Arisen Omnibus trilogy is somewhat more sophisticated as it carefully intertwines several personal narratives within a broader survival story.

I clearly see that a Book 4 will be necessary to tie-up all the lose ends that the first three books leave behind.

So the story is worth 3 stars. The brilliant narration by RC Bray is worth at least an additional two stars! Simply put, Bray's narration elevates Arisen from good to exceptional.

Bray's narration of the Martian was very good, but I think Arisen is even more of a showcase for his talent.

Arisen Omnibus is one of those rare audiobooks that grabbed me immediately and never disappointed.

Well worth you time and credit!

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  • Mark
  • 2015-02-09

Call of duty... With zombies!

Really enjoyed the series, very fast paced and more action packed than many but anyone who enjoyed 'The Remaining' or the 'surviving the dead' series of books will love it. Well narrated and written in a format that could easily be made into a great film or video game. Individually these books are relatively short but together the three make up a very worthwhile listen.

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  • Midwestbonsai
  • 2015-10-05

nonstop action from the moment you start listenin

This review refers to the first three volumes of the Arisen Omnibus series, (books 1-3).

The world has been overrun by zombies, the only exception is the large island of Great Britain, or now called Fortress Britain. This was a fortunate accident of timing; a foiled terrorist attack caused Great Britain to close its borders to air traffic at exactly the time when the zombie virus was spreading. There were and are pockets of infection, but awareness and warning allowed the British to move quickly to protect themselves, even going so far as to destroy the Chunnel (the tunnel linking England to France). As far as anyone knows, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas are completely overrun by the walking dead.

If they were just lumbering flesh eating zombies, protection wouldn’t be so difficult. But there are several different kinds; the first is the standard slow flesh eating zombie, referred to as Zulus in military parlance, and a quicker version called runners or Romeos; and now the recently emerging strain that are lightning quick, with no other goal but to infect the living. This new one is called Tango Foxtrot November, or “The F**king Nightmare.”

Arisen Omnibus is nonstop action. From the moment you start listening, zombie brain-stems are being pulverized by bullets, grenades, hatchets, clubs and swords. The story mostly follows the military elite group called Alpha Team, who are masterful at all things staying alive. They are perfect soldiers, brave, loyal, dedicated and lucky. Perhaps they are too perfect, but hey, they’re killing dead people who walk and eat flesh; you’d better have heroes up to the task.

The audiobook is performed by R.C. Bray, who gives a flawless performance. His deep resonant baritone vibrates in your ear giving just the right energy at just the right time. The accents and characters are easily discerned and sound right for each. You may want to listen to other books performed by Bray just to hear his performance.

If you enjoy military and/or zombie stories, Arisen Omnibus is a must listen. It is exciting, inventive, suspenseful and just plain gory fun. You will definitely look forward to the next installment of the Arisen Omnibus series.

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  • Eileen
  • 2015-02-21

Special forces save mandkind

The British point point of view makes this zombie story a little different. The introduction of a super zombie type keeps the pressure on for the characters. The use of special forces for all the hard and saving mankind missions makes sense. It also adds a vicarious feeling of excitement as they can do things that even athletes could not do. i liked the narrator and thought the plot was tightly written and kept my interest throughout the all of the books. The story ends with some loose ends leaving plenty of room for another book. My only complaint is that it is a little short for my tastes. I think that if you like JL Bourne and his daybyday Armageddon series you will really like this one.

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  • Shawn
  • 2015-10-31

Standout Zombie Horror Story

Would you listen to Arisen Omnibus Edition: Books 1-3 again? Why?

Might. It's a great beginning to a harrowing story full of diverse and rich characters. Going back to the beginning could be good fun to hear their initial development.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I've listened so far into this series - I might be listing some characters that come in later. That said, Predator has to take the top. Clearly drawn with wonderful depth.

Which character – as performed by R.C. Bray – was your favorite?

I think Sara comes in later - she's a Canadian - and his ability to present women characters as well as his mastery of a variety of dialects - even ones as subtle as Canadian - is pronounced in his depiction of her

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This is a sprawling story - so hard to say. I think most of my favorite moments come later in Maximum Violence (Gunny Fick) and Exodus (the re-emergence of the JFK's captain and subsequent disappearance). What I like most about the book overall is that all of the armed forces personnel are depicted in the best light. Many of these types of post-apocalyptic stories don't do that and I really enjoyed that they were shown as comrades in arms out to serve those that were not trained to be protectors. At the same time, they are show to be fully living and breathing 3 dimensional characters with missteps mingled with extraordinary skill. I am not in the armed forces and long past the age to do so. This book oddly made me appreciate their service in real time.

Any additional comments?

When I grow up (I'm 47) I want to be R.C. Bray.

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  • Jesse
  • 2015-06-12

Great series, the Best ZA series out there

This is a great series. As one of the characters says, it's not so much about the Zombies but how the humans who remain cope with the end of the world.

But, I have issues with the whole concept. I can imagine a virus that turns humans into raving lunatics who only want to bite the living (Rabies style) but:

(1) Defying the laws of physics - how can corpses who are literally rotted away still manage to move and kill the living. I can suspend disbelief with most Sci Fi because a lot of it is based on existing science or conceivable advances or a magic black box that promises some future scientific advance. But corpses that can still function when the body is rotted away seems a bridge too far.

(2) Zombies are drawn to sound and smell (apparently) so why doesn't the military set up a killing zone in an empty stadium or depression, lure the hordes with a sound machine (a la the thumpers in DUNE) and when you have a few thousand trapped in the killing zone drop some napalm on them?

(3) Thinking back on WW1 and the massive killing of tens of thousands of living, dodging and shooting soldiers while attacking fortified German positions; why doesn't the military set up to sweep hordes with massive machine gun fire at head height with secondary troops lined up to pick off the ones who squirt through the fire?

Just some thoughts. Still a great well written series if you can suspend disbelief of the above caveats.

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  • bmathews
  • 2015-02-09

Totally Fun Book, Terrific Narration

Overall this is a great listen, fun story with some great characters. Bray knocks it out of the park with his narration that brings people, plot and action to life.

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  • Kirk
  • 2015-02-06

I'm ruined.....

This is hands down the best zombie series I have read/ listened to! The narration is absolutely flawless and the story line is better that any other! In A perfect world, this would be the next great movie series....please, please complete this amazing story

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  • Galoniger
  • 2017-07-13

Haletant, parfait, mais trop court

Parmi tous les livres audio que vous avez pu écouter, à quel rang placeriez-vous Arisen Omnibus Edition: Books 1-3 ?

Dans mon top 3, je suis frustré de ne pas avoir de crédit de disponible pour prendre la suite

Avez-vous pu écouter l'une des performances de R.C. Bray auparavant ? Quelle comparaison pouvez-vous faire ?

Comme toujours, le matériel de base est bon, mais R.C.Bray le sublime avec sa haute performance de narration

Si vous faisiez une adaptation de ce livre audio au cinéma, quel en serait le slogan ?

vous ne pourrez plus sortir de la course

Avez-vous d'autres commentaires ?

Haletant, juste, suspense, entrainant, impliquant, réaliste, charismatique, humain. Si vous aimez l'action, le suspense, le stress et les histoires de zombies non caricaturales, foncez .

Le seul défaut c est que15 heures c'est trop court et si ces trois premiers volumes sont disponibles en omnibus, tous les suivants sont à l'unité....