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Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Typhoon

Written by: Wesley Chu
Narrated by: Feodor Chin
Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
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In this white-knuckled and high-stakes thriller, set in the expansive world of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead series, three different people in China - a rural farmer, an urban military veteran, and a Chinese American grad student - are caught in the typhoon of undead walkers as the virus sweeps over the most populous country in Asia.

In the aftermath of a horrifying virus outbreak, what remains of the Chinese government has estimated that one billion walkers (called jiangshi) are currently roaming the country. Across this desolate landscape, large groups of survivors have clustered together for safety in settlements that have been built vertically as a means of protection against the unceasing wave of jiangshi.

In one of these settlements, scavengers of vastly different backgrounds struggle to provide supplies for the survival of thousands. Before this devastation, Zhu was one of millions of poor farmers who left their rural roots for the promise of consistent employment in one of China’s booming factory towns. Ella was a Chinese American grad student who was studying abroad for the semester. Hengyen was a grizzled military officer of some renown and a passionate believer in his nation’s ability to surmount any obstacle.

Zhu, as the leader of the team Ella is a part of, reports to Hengyen. But with the settlement’s 5,000 mouths to feed and the scavengers having to travel further and further in search of food, Zhu ends up at his home village, where he is shocked to find survivors. Does he force them to join the settlement or keep their existence a secret?

Meanwhile, a veritable typhoon of walkers is headed toward the settlement. Hengyen knows that fortifying the settlement is an impossible task, but he will stand with his compatriots to the very last. Zhu intends to flee for the mountain ranges of China before it’s too late, but Hengyen intends to stop him and any other defectors. With time running out and the stakes higher than anyone can imagine, these three survivors must figure out how to live with the overwhelming odds against them.

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©2019 Simon & Schuster, Inc. and Robert Kirkman, LLC. All rights reserved. (P)2019 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • 2019-10-12

An amazing journey

So much is done right in this book! The atmosphere is great. The situations are nerve wracking, and the story is phenomenal! I love the different plot points that interconnect and the race towards time against the typhoon makes the reader at the edge of your seat! Overall really good!

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  • kyle wray
  • 2019-10-09

first book in the series I've read..

and I really enjoyed this! I'm so glad they are expanding on the WD world. This story, completely original, really stands up against his other work. I really look forward to more books outside the main comic storyline.

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  • michele mckinley
  • 2019-12-20

Love the walking dead? You will enjoy this.

Hard to get into at first. Lots of chinese but eventually couldn't put it down.

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  • Leo K
  • 2019-11-06

interesting additional to the WDU

Been a fan of Wesley Chu since I read his first the Two series a couple years back. Since then, he's continued to expand the Quasing universe and introduced us into time tracker scavenging. so when I saw he wrote a book base in the WD universe, I knew I had to get it.

Overall, I think this was a solid addition to the series, filled with vivid characters and an interesting geographical location. Like all of the previous books I've read in Chu's collection, once I started this one, I didn't want to put it down. I wouldn't mind a few more books from him in this universe, but please let the Living Revolution stay dead.

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  • john fargano
  • 2019-10-12

Good BOOK

Good Story With A New Take on The Zombie Outbreak franchise. interesting to see how the Chinese would look at this event and how things unfold

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  • Bruce
  • 2019-10-03

Foriegn Exchange Sweethearts In Hell

This *might* have made a good short story. As a novel, it could have possibly been "OK" if an actual EDITOR had redlined American Pop Culture slang like "Monologuing." This book really falls apart in the last chapters. There are serious continuity issues with the narration. As long as the characters are fighting zombies it doesn't matter... when they are doing anything else they are a group of College Age Adults with absolutely no adult emotions or drives or desires stuck in a sterile, sanitized cartoon of Mao's China. The setting in China was the only reason I bought this book. There was SO MUCH that could be done with the Walking Dead world in China. It wasn't even interesting (the setting) after the first couple chapters. *** One guy has air conditioning.... I consider that a flaw. *** *** At one point, the female lead character goes off and is comforted by reading her King James Bible she brought from America. I can't remember if this is before or after she murders monks. This subject is never mentioned again. I consider this a flaw. *** Both of those flaws could have been redlined and removed in a re-write. I just can't write a review without pointing these two issues out. Someone should have told the author NO.

If you like precocious children (that is how the main characters appear) who kill without batting an eye but have no sexual urges... If you like these kids fighting zombies and living in metal shipping containers in China... If you like a narration point of view that uses American slang and stilted prose mixed with some words of Mandarin Chinese.... If you don't mind that the word Cantonese was never used in the entire book... No drugs, no sex, virtually no adult language, no sexual situations, and virtually no mention of alcohol. If it were not for the zombies, it would be a pretty nice world. If you like all that, then this book is for you.

QUESTIONS: Does this mean I just read a book for Young Adults? Does that mean I waited for and then bought with anticipation a book written for a 13 year old? If so, was that not made clear? Why sell a product to the wrong audience and have it returned? When did Simon and Shuster start publishing stuff like this? I thought they had editors.

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