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Publisher's Summary

Contains the first three books in the Purge of Babylon series, including The Purge of Babylon: A Novel Survival, The Gates of Byzantium, and The Stones of Angkor.

Stay out of the dark. Load up on silver bullets. And whatever you do, stay alive.

Creatures that once lived in the shadows, hidden from humankind, have risen, spreading like a plague across the globe over the course of a single night. Their numbers growing exponentially through infection, these seemingly unkillable creatures have swallowed up whole cities and collapsed unprepared governments. Survivors call it The Purge. Against all odds, a disparate group of survivors has emerged from that blood-soaked night that devastated the planet and reduced humanity to an endangered species. But surviving The Purge was one thing - staying alive is another matter entirely....

©2015 Sam Sisavath (P)2015 Sam Sisavath

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  • Joe
  • 2021-07-22

Disappointing

The characters are great in this series. The not so great part is the story. First off there are only 2 people that are capable. Everyone else is useless, needs to be told what to do and would miss if they tried to shoot the ground. Secondly there are some huge plot holes of the author's own making. The most glaring hole is the fact that the ghouls a so vulnerable to sunlight that the almost instantly disintegrate. The protagonists also discover that grow lamps do the same thing because they simulate sunlight. Right after discovering this they immediately leave hundreds of grow lamps behind and never look back. They don't wire some into their vehicles or use them to defend their nighttime safe house. They also know exactly which buildings are infested and not once during the day do they go and get an excavator or other piece of heavy equipment and peel back the rooves to let the sun do it's thing. They could eradicate the infected easily.

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SO-SO Series

This series of books was certainly not the best series I have listened to. It passed the time with some parts entertaining. The narrator was just terrible. If you have a good imagination you could separate the characters but not by their voices. I had to turn the speed down by a notch as it was to fast at times and hard to understand. The story itself is ok but the overall series was ruined by the narration. I got through the series but it wasn't the type of book you would look forward to listening to every day.

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loved this!!

this was such a good series...exciting and riveting. narrator was one of the best I have heard..highly recommend

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What a pile of monkey turd

This author sucks. Story is idiotic.... 2 of his characters are like a less funny Laurel and Hardy... yet alleged hard-core military door kickers.


Don't buy it..... you'll be smarter in the end for never hearing it.

Jeff Bezos is free speech herpes.

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Good story, but no ending.

I liked the story. But there was nothing to put the series to bed. No ending at all.

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Fabulous Value

Great story, good acting and interesting development of characters.Im dying to read more about the growth of the settlement.

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Buffy meets Walking Dead

Good story line, well narrated and in spots funny. I would be nitpicking if I mention any negatives. It was a fine purchase/read/listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-08-18

Great Book!

I almost passed on this book because of bad reviews. They're wrong it's great entertainment. Give this series a chance, its an exciting story.

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  • Old ManParker
  • 2019-03-07

“Barbie & G.I. Joe vs the Zombie Apocalypse

The PURGE

Apocalypse:
My favorite apocalypse story of all time is the 1980's film “Damnation Alley”.
Featuring Jan Michael Vincent. I pictured him as the tough guy male hero in this book.
It helped... a little.

The PURGE
Good book.
Interesting take on the “Zombie Apocalypse” tale.
Writing wasn’t bad.
Some good new ideas.
Good strange monsters.
Good settings and places to battle the ghoul army.
Good action sequences with good structures, but bad POV's for each. (Drove me to distraction!)

The PURGE
Also Known As “Barbie doll & G.I. Joe vs The Ghoul Army”

MEN = G.I. Joe dolls
Good - The two lead male characters are the dynamic duo. The BUDDY action picture. Fighting and killing their way through everything. Not a heavy morbid thought in their thick skulls. No deep dramatic emotional depression as they see their world die, slaughter untold numbers of bad guys, as well as see their loved ones killed by monsters.

Women = Barbie dolls
BAD - the author writes women as "problems" for the men.
Remember the movie “As Good As it Gets?” Jack Nickleson is a writer. When asked how he writes such realistic female characters he says: “I think of a man. Then, I take away all reason and accountability.”
That’s exactly how the women in THE PURGE are portrayed.
1.) Women know nothing about guns and hardly ever hit what they shoot at.
2.) Women think about their emotions while they are fighting and running away from ghouls.
3.) Women blurt out emotional things like “I Love you!” during battle.
4.) Women drop their guns at critical moments.
5.) Women also drop important items, like walkie-talkie radios, and don’t remember where.
6.) Women get so scared they freeze, standing still, doing nothing, when they should be running away.

There are no Sigourney Weavers in this story.

Teenaged Boys = Red Shirts
Bad - Boys and young men are disposable monster fodder. They get killed mostly just to cause the women to have something to get overly emotional, if not traumatized, over.

Pre-teen & Teenaged Girls
They hardly ever get killed. Little girls can go hand to hand fighting with a ghoul right after they color in a coloring-book, and somehow get rescued just in time with out a scratch.

Meet:
Will - the stone cold killer with a wacky sense of humor that never stops, no matter how many of his friends die.
Luke - My favorite character. Young urban teenaged guy. Good student. Heart of gold. Resilient in the face of an apocalypse. Ready to fight. Monster fodder.
Ben: gimpy G.I. Joe
Dan: Funny man G.I. Joe .

BAD - Kate - Barbie doll. Not a single thought in her pretty empty head. Kate, the main female character is unfortunately written as being stupid, slow to get what’s going on, childish, jealous, self absorbed. She has all the mental capacity of a... that's right... a barbie doll.

BAD POV - During the big attack scenes when the GI Joes are doing their best expert fighting, we are seeing it all through the eyes of Barbie, who is too scared to breath. She just stands and screams, or thinks she’s screaming, she can’t tell. She thinks all kinds of wacky things like why she let her parents down. What is the meaning of life, what does it all matter, does Dan love me?… all in the heat of battle. sigh.
The most inept fighter in the history of “Zombie Apocalypse” stories, and we are treated to the biggest battles seen through her yammering, fear-filled mind. This gets real old real fast.

BAD - My favorite character is hardly developed, and is then shot, wounded badly. Lives through that terrible event. Then, just as he’s almost healed up, and fighting off the ghouls again, he’s killed in a huge attack.
He dies right in front of kate-Barbie doll, who is holding a GUN and who could actually even save him. BUT... is too scared to do anything useful except scream in fright.

Heavy Sigh number 2.

Why couldn’t this very annoying Kate-Barbie doll character get shot, and killed? It would have made the book so much more fun and interesting.

After my favorite character got killed I was so upset I lost a whole chapter of audio book ‘cause of the argument in my head on how stupid the audio-book was.
I missed the whole next action.

ONE OTHER PROBLEM:
The narrator makes a terrible mistake. He continues the funny dry banter tween the G.I. Joes in an overly goofy voice. If he read these black-humor lines in a dry dead-pan it would have given them weight. it would have given them the feel of the G I Joes using humor as a shield, a personal protection against the horror, and going insane.

Instead they come off as too fun loving, and funny, and as if they really don’t care who gets killed or not.

I listened all the way through the first book.
Many things made me unhappy.
But something could have been so cool.
I was hoping it'd get better... but sadly no.
Yet, it's still better written than a lot of the Zombie trash out there.

50 /50 you'll dig it.

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  • Frances Manly
  • 2018-08-06

Well done twist on the usual zombie type books

This book gets better after the first hour, so give it some time. Also, the narrator talks really fast, so I reduced the speed to 90%, then it is perfect. Love the character development and the vast number of personalities in this book. And lots of running, fighting, evading, etc. Who can say no to 41 hours of entertainment for 1 credit!

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  • Nick
  • 2017-08-03

excellent

the narrator is excellent, the characters have personality and the story flows very well. Two thumbs up!

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  • julia smith
  • 2017-04-13

Loved it!

This was just perfect apocalyptic set of books for me. The story is very interesting and very well written. Loved it!

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  • Brett
  • 2017-04-19

started iffy but then couldn't put it down.

the main two definitely made me more interested. it got better as the book went on

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  • heather
  • 2020-03-20

Not good

This is a perfect example of a good narrator making an ok book better, sadly the narrator was not so there you go...

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  • Jayme
  • 2015-12-14

Cringeworthy, but had some potential

So many issues with this book :( Way too much reliance on dialogue, and the dialogue was cliché and irritating. There was no character development, no realistic reactions to death, and too much time was spent on "he/she is my boyfriend/girlfriend, I have to go after them". Everything that happened in the book was extremely predictable, mostly because of the lack of character development and every character either bring distinctly 'good' or 'bad'.

The only reason I finished reading the book (which was a total struggle) was that I had interest in the ultimate plan of the 'ghouls' and kept hoping that a bit more about their motives/history would come out. despite this, I won't be reading the sequel to this book if it's written, as waiting through the rest of the novel for something interesting to happen was very very painful.

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  • Mickey P.
  • 2019-04-23

Horrible job on a story with great possibilities

Narration was below average at best. Writer knows little to nothing about firearms or vehicles but pretends like they do. The constant inaccuracies were painful. And the characters had very little difference in personality.

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  • Walter S Whitson
  • 2021-11-22

Picks up in book 2

If you can get past the fact that the author knows nothing about guns or their effective range then it is an enjoyable listen.

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