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In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission: Subvenire refectus. To rescue and rebuild.

The Remaining is the first book in the best-selling series, which tells a gritty tale of survival, perseverance and fighting to get back what has been lost.

©2012 D.J. Molles (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Really good audiobook

I enjoyed the story and the reading of it. I have listened to it twice and read it once. I do like the story and will admit I am a fan.

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Man comes out of hidey hole and finds....

The world in tatters. Or at least nobody in USA is there to give him orders so he goes out to complete his mission of finding survivors and offering aid. This story only takes place over a few days and leaves you on a cliffhanger, so you have to listen to the next if you want to hear the rest of what happens. #Audible1

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  • G Wallace
  • 2014-01-10

Die Hard Meets 28 Days Later

This author must have gone to Stephan J. Cannell school. The action is intense, the bad guys are pure evil and protagonist constantly finds himself in situations that go from bad to worse. Unlike Cannell, this is much grittier and apocalyptic in scope.

I gave this series a try since the reviews were so positive, though I don't typically go for zombie type fiction. However, I was very surprised at the quality of writing and narration. I have gone on to listen to several more in this series and they all hold up to the same quality. I wouldn't call this a "zombie" series because the "infected" humans are more capable and enduring than walking corpses. They are relentless though. D.J. Molles does a terrific job of conjuring up a fairly unique story with good character development. The story is action packed and it's hard to pull away from, like getting on a roller coaster!

Be warned that there is a LOT of cursing. As the story advanced it seemed that the author took glee and inserting as many F words as possible. It does add reality to a point but at times it's too gratuitous.

Overall this is a wonderful audiobook to try if you are getting board with your other favorite audiobook series.

67 of 73 people found this review helpful

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  • Mike Naka
  • 2013-09-16

top notch! highly recommended!

If you could sum up The Remaining in three words, what would they be?

thrilling, creepy, realistic

Which scene was your favorite?

the infected hoard scene. reminded me of some of the scenes from the movie, world war z, with hard-charging zombies.

Any additional comments?

this is a great book! definitely in my top 5. the author does things right. w/o divulging too much, lee works for the dept. of homeland security. he is one of the 48 coordinators spread across the lower 48 states. his job is to get into a bunker whenever something big happens. sometimes, he's in for a couple of days, and sometimes he's in for a week or two. when the fury virus hits, frank lee's commander orders him into his bunker. as the story opens, lee is going stir crazy b/c this is the longest he's ever gone being cooped up in the bunker, and the news is not good- people are killing each other. it's july 3rd and all of the news web sites are stuck on news from june 28th. lee is eagerly awaiting his regularly scheduled call from frank, hoping frank will give him the low down. lee's only companion is his trained german shepherd, tango.

the author does a great job portraying the emotions lee goes through, from feeling antsy, anxious, and claustrophobic in his bunker to being jumpy and nervous when leaving his bunker for the first time. the range of emotions lee goes through is totally believable and realistic.you can feel what he is going through.

i found the pacing of the story to be perfect. the author doesn't rush the plot, and the plot keeps moving. there are no slow points, and you won't get bored at all. there's plenty of character development mixed in with the action.

while this is not a traditional zombie book, i really dug the spin the author put on it. the infected are alive, aggressive, and fast, reminiscent of 28 days later. just like in that movie, when the infected show up in this story, it is heart pounding!

christian rummel's narration perfectly fits lee. he was a pleasure to listen.

overall, a truly exceptional and realistic apocylaptic story. if you're into end of the world or zombie stories, you'll definitely want to add this to your library. i highly recommend it!

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  • Terry
  • 2017-11-21

Part of a book.

This book just stopped mid story. Like you just finished a chapter. I understand it’s a series but one book SHOULD be able to stand in its own. This one does not. Not too happy.

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  • Trudy Owens
  • Orem, UT, US
  • 2016-12-14

Mitch Rapp meets World War Z, very engaging!

This series has captured my interest, and is very interesting, possible, and timely. Never is the word "zombie" mentioned, but that's what this is. And like World War Z, it is a bacteria that causes the infection. The Main Character, Lee Harden, is not Mitch Rapp, nor is he Brad Pitt, but he is a well-trained soldier with orders to save survivors, and reestablish order.

Many of us love this collapsed-civilization genre, and it is always interesting to see how authors envision people's reactions to it. They seem to be pretty spot on with the cringers, the whiners, the cowards, the bullies, the helpers, the savers, the defenders, the organizers, etc. We are always interested in the science of the contagion, and its mutations. This story is fascinating in all these areas.

What bothered me was the foolish mistakes that our hero made from the very beginning. He disobeyed orders and contacted one of the other 48 prepared soldiers holed up in their bunkers before protocol permitted, and he also left his bunker more than a week earlier than ordered. I don't understand why he and the other 47 soldiers were expected to act on their own, and not to meet up and join forces to do their job. I don't think it would have made much of a difference in the state of the world if he had waited the full ordered time, but he met with disaster after disaster because of it.

Nevertheless, the story has me captivated, and I will read them all. Christian Rummel is always a good narrator, and adds a lot of depth and reality to the story.

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  • clifford
  • United States
  • 2015-04-23

Good straight shooting apacolyptic thriller

Thank you Mike Naka for suggesting this. (This guy has the best reviews on Audible, worth checking out).

Nothing new here... just a well written end of the world thriller.

Like Walking Dead, the protagonist enters the zombie apocalypse after the world falls. Here the main character has been in an underground bunker for a month before coming out into the open. & like Walking Dead, the main bad guys are not the Zombies but bands of humans preying on one another.

I liked the take Molles had here where the zombies were almost still humans. They have working minds still and have the ability to think through simple problems. They use tools such as knives and hatchets & can still form intelligible thoughts.

I'm hooked for #2 in this series (cliff hanger ending alert).

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  • Drew (@drewsant)
  • Watertown, MA, United States
  • 2014-06-04

Have to commit to more than just this book

When are Zombies not Zombies? In “The Remaining” zombie like people are running amuck through the world and Captain Lee Harden is there to try and help bring civilization back from the brink! The story has a great premise but it lacks direction. The reader gets a pretty good idea of what’s going on, meeting various characters and is entertained with some great action, but the story doesn't go anywhere. The end leaves nothing wrapped up (which is one of my pet peeves) so that you have to read the second book. That being said, I've already picked up the second book and will be starting it soon. It has great writing and big potential; you just have to be prepared to read more than one book to get a complete picture.

Mr. Rummel does a great job in the narration, which really brings the story to life!

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  • David
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 2015-10-15

Is that all there is?

I have never had any interest in the living dead. I have seen a couple movies which, in the end, seemed rather unimaginative in their approach to generating a reliable adrenaline rush and not much more. Still, though I clearly don't share it, I have always recognized that the topic holds an intrinsic fascination for many people beyond the simple shoot-them-in-the-head-and-don't-get-bitten basics of the genre, and perhaps I was missing something I simply had not connected with as yet. So when I saw "The Remaining" at reduced price, I decided to take the plunge and see if I could get used to the water.

Unfortunately nothing about this book gave me any reason to read another zombie thriller, whether it be the next in this series or one of the others which have been so successful lately. Even these supercharged hordes were not enough to make up for the fact that the scope of the plot and the action is so limited by the basic premise. Even when you add the presence of petty local war lords energized by the loss of societal structure, the possibilities of situation and character are sadly circumscribed. A writer, certainly a run of the mill writer, has very little leeway given the requirements of the genre. It is not a formula which encourages really interesting character development or a finely crafted plot.

I suspect that the real appeal of the genre lies in the question, "What would I do and could I survive," and I might be able to get caught up in that challenging world of the imagination if it were not for the fact that nothing about the story line is believable. Main characters make foolish decisions to provide a path to the next confrontation with the hordes or the thugs. Then the characters we are supposed to care about overcome the swarms in completely unrealistic action sequences because they must in order for the story to go on. And the story going on seems, really, to be the actual point of this particular book. It is short and ends very much in the middle of things in hopes that our curiosity will drive the sale of the next in the series. Is that all there is? No, no, there is much much more to come, but I am reasonably certain that none of it will be anything "more" at all. I'm out.

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  • Amanda H.
  • 2013-09-30

WOW......SHOCKINGLY BRILLIANT.

28 DAYS + WALKING DEAD + ZOMBIE FALLOUT + DAY BY DAY ARMAGEDDON = THE REMAINING!

AFTER SPENDING THE YEAR WADING THROUGH HORRIBLE ZOMBIE/APOCALYPTIC BOOKS I FINALLY FEEL THE WASTED CREDITS REDEEMED BY D.J. MOLLES THE REAMING SERIES. THOUGHT I WAS NOT GOING TO LIKE THIS SERIES AS MOST BOOKS INVOLVE EX MILITARY TRYING TO SURVIVE DURING A ZOMBIE OUTBREAK BUT WOW WAS I GLAD I TOOK A CHANCE. I HAVE FINISHED ALL FOUR BOOKS IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS. I COULD NOT PUT THE BOOK DOWN.

LEE (MAIN CHARACTER) IS MY HERO. I WOULD LIKE THIS BOOK TO BE MADE INTO A MOVIE OR TELEVISION SERIES.

ZOMBIES IN THE STORY ARE HORRIFYING. SCENARIOS INVOLVING HUMANS ARE HORRIFYING. THIS IS A HORROR BOOK!

NARRATOR WAS EXCELLENT!!!!!

65 of 86 people found this review helpful

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  • AudioBook Reviewer
  • Madison, WI, United States
  • 2013-09-23

Holy Crap Action and smart zombies

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I am so glad that I took a chance with The Remaining, turns out it is the first book of a series that I must now complete. D.J. Molles first introduces a secret "super solider" that is tucked away just in case the worst happens, if it does his orders are to eliminate the threat and to aid in the reestablishment of a government. Much of the audiobook is the internal dialog of this solider and the personal struggles of being isolated from the world for over a month to emerge to a different world. Turns out that the plague that ravaged the planet turns people into zombie like creatures that have some intelligence and some talk or communicate or scream which only adds to the soldiers torment of killing them. Filled with pulse pounding suspense, exquisitely engineered action and a truly terrifying take on zombies. I have already bought the second audiobook in the series and cannot wait to be further horrified.

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  • Diane
  • 2013-12-22

Horrible: Didn't finish

Mild spoilers but I couldn't finish.

I don't understand the high rating. There were continuity issues. Lee is not believable as a military officer, nor is the premise itself believable.

We meet Lee in his underground bunker waiting to hear from a government official. He doesn't, and 48hrs after not hearing he has to open a secret file that describes the situation that got him sent underground until further notice. It's a virus that has spread. If he's reading this then the government is gone/infected and he's supposed to emerge from his bunker in 30 days and restore order and help survivors.

LEE IS STUPID: First of all. Lee is all scared and anxious about not hearing from his contact. Then after he reads the file, he thinks it can't be that bad. He doesn't obey the order to wait 30 days to exit his bunker and goes out to explore only to get stabbed in the leg right on his front door step by a crazed infected teen aged girl. Stupidity alert!!! The first of many. Why would a highly trained officer get so antsy and not obey orders and then bumble immediately into danger.

INCONSISTENCY IN STORY: The next day he decides to check on his neighbors. Through a window he sees their teen age daughter laying on the couch. He takes of his mask to knock on the window to get her attention. Then the father appears, crazed and infected, and he has to shoot him several times and then he mentioned breathing harshly through his mask. HELLO! He took it off! Which was soooo stupid in the first place. He knows the virus is highly contagious.

I didn't buy that this one dude was supposed to come out of his bunker and restore order to the chaos. I didn't buy that his underground bunker wouldn't include cameras to monitor the house and the perimeter. There are evidently other guys like him in bunkers because he emails a guy to ask "is this real" before he leaves the bunker, but there'e no other coordination or anything. If him or other guys like him were our last hope at restoring order, then I assume they are screwed.

Christian Rummer is great as narrator though. As usual.

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