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Publisher's Summary

The infection has begun, ravaging the American Southwest and leaving chaos in its wake. In this new world, there will be no last meal, no dying wish. The only reward left is to survive another day...

This bundle contains the first four books in the Contamination post-apocalyptic zombie series:

  • Contamination Zero
  • Contamination 1: The Onset
  • Contamination 2: Crossroads
  • Contamination 3: Wasteland

©2012 - 2013 T.W. Piperbrook (P)2014 T.W. Piperbrook

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So disappointing.

Am I missing something? I bought the 0-3 boxed set since the Audible listener reviews compelled me to do so. They indicated an exciting story that would captivate me. I don't know if these reviewers were high, delusional (or both) or relatives of T. W. Piperbrook because what I heard was a rehash of all the zombie novels out there with certain bits borrowed from The Walking Dead franchise. The author seemed to forget about creating atmosphere, the characters are one-dimensional and the action sequences so predictable I rooted for the pseudo-zombies to kill everyone and end the book.. #Audible1. Needless to say, I found Contamination irksome and will not waste my money on its continuation. Sadly, Troy Duran's narration reflects the book... monotone, monotonous and just boring.

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  • TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer
  • 2015-02-10

Good stuff.

It is always a difficult prospect when you read the works of your peers. You "know" them and they "know" you through various circles and crossed paths. So, when I picked up T.W. Piperbrook's Contamination Box Set, I did so knowing that I might have to hurt some feelings. Thankfully, that is not the case.

I found this series to be entertaining. Perfect? No. But very little is in the world of zombie fiction. What works for one may not do so for another. My rule is that I have to be honest, despite what might result because of it. (The Indie scene can be a nasty place for those not in the know.)

Here is what REALLY worked for me. For one, this was not standard zombie fare. This had a story as to why, and it was definite and (mostly) plausible. It has some elements of a conspiracy theorist's wet dream. Evil government plot, delusions of grandeur. All that good stuff to make you mistrust the government. The story did not rely heavily on gore, but rather on real(-ish) people who, for the most part (more on that in a sec) act normal and have real feelings and emotions. They were not all "Hey, it's the apocalypse, so we can just switch over to where killing people even if they are bad is an okay thing."

On the down side, the "evil" government types were a mix of ruthless killers with a plan and the Keystone Kops. They fell victim to being a bit cliche and reminded me a little too much of "Rhodes" from the Romero "Day of the Dead". I would have been more impressed if the bad guys won in this one. It reminded me of when I saw "Predator" in the theaters. If Arnold would have died in the end instead of surviving the atomic blast, it would have been an all-time classic instead of just another 80s action flick.

Overall, this story has some great elements and is worth the time to pick up and sink into for a while. The narration sometimes gets a bit much when Mr. Duran is trying to "shout" or sound excited. However, when he is simply telling the story, his voice is velvety smooth.

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  • d ellis
  • 2016-08-22

Good Read/Listen!

A more accurate tale of how a zombie-like virus could hit and affect the US.

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  • Robin Rains
  • 2016-05-10

Huge new fan!!!

I haven't found such a enjoyable post apocalyptic/zombie series since Cameo Renae after light saga. And both are far better than the Stand. Plowing thru each audio book with pleasure & trepidation

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  • Nightling
  • 2015-01-23

Excellent and gripping.

This is one on my favorite series as the author tracks you through the last days of the south western America. This isn't your typical zombie apocalypse and the characters add depth to the story.

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  • Dorian F Perez
  • 2015-02-28

GREAT READ! Worth the time.

I was a little apprehensive after reading the initial reviews. However, the story was captivating and I didn't stop until I'd finished it. The narrator's southern drawl actually made the setting more believable.

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  • Darrell Graham
  • 2016-07-29

cool little story about some good people

A cool little story about some good as well as bad people, worth your time to get started

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • 2015-01-03

It starts in Arizona...

Note that this review is for the first 4 books (0-3) in the series as I listened to them as one big long story. I will try to avoid spoilers.

The contamination started in the American Southwest, and Book 0 (St. Matthews) opens in a small town (St. Matthews) in Arizona. Dan Lowery is a police officer in this small town and as the contamination spreads, the violence escalates. Pretty soon he feels he must get to his wife and daughter, see them safe, before he can do anything further to help the townspeople. However, there is an organized force working against any would-be rescuers.

Book 1 (The Onset) takes place in New Mexico, some of it in a nearly abandoned village (White Mist) and the rest in places such as Albuquerque. Sam Cooke continues on as the last remaining resident of White Mist when the contamination strikes. Meanwhile, two college kids just finished moving a couple to Albuquerque when they come upon a messy car wreck and the surviving woman, Delta.

In Book 2 (Crossroads), the two bands from the first two books come together at an old junk yard. These folks start to piece together what they know and guess about what they don’t. They also have to make choices about what to do next.

Book 3 (Wasteland) finds that our band has suffered yet more losses. One young man feels the need to see if his family, who live in the Pacific Northwest, are still alive. Meanwhile, Sam and Delta feel they need to track down the rumored source of the contamination in Salt Lake City, UT.

Sam & Delta were my favorite characters in the series (so far). Sam lost his family to a fire and Delta lost her father to prison. Their relationship starts off complex and moves into something close to platonic camaraderie. Also, Delta is the only adult female we get to spend quality time with in the series (there are 2 or 3 other ladies referred to but they die too soon to get to know, and then there is one female kid). Despite her being the token female for the story, she holds her own well, having plenty to offer the reader in character depth. I am hoping that the author chooses to add more ladies to the story as it moves forward as he can clearly write them. I do have to mention that occasionally, our characters were slow to learn, like trusting strangers a little to easily even weeks after the initial outbreak. While these were the weak points in the plot, I was able to forgive them as the stupidity of the characters moved the plot forward.

The plotline had hints of other same-genre books, such as Stephen King’s The Stand. Couple this with the Southwest setting, and I felt right at home from the beginning. It is an easy story to jump into and enjoy. While certain elements were a little predictable, there were other twists (such as the initial relationship between Delta and Sam) that I didn’t see coming at all. It was a good mix. The AZ/NM setting was enough for folks to get an idea of the expanse of the country; however, I felt it lacked the ethnic diversity we have.

Now let me talk about the bad guys. Oh! The baddies! I loved hating on these guys and they were pretty fascinating too. Each was into this organized, purposeful contamination for their own reasons, and several felt they were indeed heroes. I loved the amount of detail that went in to some of them – their reasons, their backstories. It definitely made the plot a bit more grey, gave the reader pause when deciding which team to get behind.

Narration: Troy Duran did a good job with this book. Each of his male characters had a distinct voice and he had a variety of contaminated undead (nearly dead?) voices also (and I would count this a talent). While the ladies were slimly represented, he did a good job with them also. I felt his strongest voices went to the maniacal bad guys when they waxed eloquent about world domination.

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  • Amber
  • 2014-07-05

One of a kind!!

Would you listen to Contamination Boxed Set again? Why?

Yes, it was a good book and since I listen to audiobooks at work and I'm sure there are parts where I missed something.

Any additional comments?

The narrator did an amazing job with the story. I really liked how this was an original story and I wouldn't have imagined the way the infected become sick. I've already recommended it to friends and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

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  • JodyW
  • 2019-03-26

LOVED ALL 3! OFF TO BUY THE REST!

Excellent story! My first in this genre but not my last. I loved the three books so much I will continue to purchase the rest of the series as I have to know what is going to happen!!!!
The narrator was brilliant! So easy to listen to, believable and well, just a gorgeous voice 😎.
I highly recommend you at least try the first 3 books..... I believe you will be enthralled like me 😁

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  • Yesenia
  • 2017-01-21

Glad I took the recommendations of other reviews

I was pretty skeptical about this book from the synopsis... but I am really glad I bought it. It was a great story... a different twist on PA fiction. Well worth the time to listen.

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