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Zombie Road

Convoy of Carnage
Written by: David A. Simpson
Narrated by: Eric A. Shelman
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
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The people that killed the world were fiendishly clever.

After decades of planning, the contagion was unleashed, and overnight hundreds of millions died and came back as rampaging, undead monsters. The living that had been lucky enough to survive the first day of carnage, lucky enough to be in the right place, and lucky enough that some of them had the skills to survive soon found out there was much more to worry about than just zombies.

In the high desert on the outskirts of Reno, there is an old truck stop frequented by a mix of hard caliber truckers, day tourists, musicians, and travelers. They have survived the chaotic first hours of contact with the undead and now must make their way across the country to a location they believe is safe. Zombies are only the beginning of their troubles as they try to cover the thousands of miles of open road with their hastily armored 18-wheelers. Gunny, a long haul trucker doing one of the few jobs available to him as a disgraced soldier, is unwillingly saddled with the job of getting these survivors to the safe zone. With a motley crew of truck drivers, college kids, veterans, a drug dealer, and a rock star, they are racing the clock to make it before time runs out. The last text he had received from his wife before the cell towers went down told him she was trapped in a high-rise in downtown Atlanta and their son was in detention, stranded in the basement of the school he attended. Gunny just wanted to drop the hammer, steal some guns, and blast his way in to rescue them, but duty called. He had to get these people to safety first, then he could recruit the best of this crew to help him save his family. If they survived the journey.

©2017 David Rine (P)2017 David Rine

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  • Scott
  • Wellston, OK, United States
  • 2017-08-12

Well that was a suprise!

If you are like me you have a strange addiction to zombie, apocalyptic, and dystopian books. While I make myself leave the genre, I have a wish list full of books. Also if you are like me, you have read the easy titles like all of Mark Tufo (more than once). Often I try a new author and I get a lukewarm book or more infrequently a terrible title that I return. But occasionally a book surprises me. I have to admit the character premise in this book was not that appealing to me and I had left it in my wish list for a while. But after my last two very forgettable reads I said what the heck. What a Great Surprise this book turned out to be. It was fun, believable in a fun fiction kind of way, and I like the characters. I only gave it a 4 on story, because I am a character development junkie (Tufo, Stephen King etc). I am hoping that Mr Simpson fleshes out the personality of his characters more in the next book. He has an excellent base with this book, and touches on some military humor and relationships, but I crave more to really become invested with the characters in a story. But if you like the genre this is a fun romp. Just purchased the next book in the series and I am looking forward to starting it now. On a side note the epilogue made me chuckle.

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  • P6PTX
  • 2017-11-06

WHAT A MINDTRIP

Trucks, terror and tons of undead...im telling all my coworkers about this book. (im a truck driver) Its incredible to hear a new angle on the uprising of dark times but with a ray of hope in the form of a modified badass convoy of peple from all backgrounds. You even have the different have the cultural speech to reflect the characters personalities, without them becoming stereotypes.Narrator did an excellent job of showing the struggle, day to day.Great series! KEEP EM COMING

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  • B. Platt
  • Seattle, WA
  • 2018-05-04

Although I love the genre, this book wasn’t for me

I enjoy the post-apocalyptic zombie genre, but not this book. I’m currently wondering whether it’s worth finishing. The performance is pretty good, but the story relies too-heavily on a variety of stereotyped characters that aren’t developed into much of anything. I wouldn’t recommend it.

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  • breanna
  • pueblo, CO, United States
  • 2017-06-14

Entertaining but..

It was entertaining, better than some z books, worse than others, but 7/10. The twist of having truckers away from home was nice. I get the impression the authors understanding of truck drivers and their life and job is limited to what he's seen in convoy.
Consistency was a bit hard for the author as well. A zombie is fast enough and strong enough to tackle a motorcycle rider doing 100+ mph, but later a teen is able to kill a few dozen while hanging upside down with a sharp stick. Another point that was difficult to believe was how the virus spread. This isnt a book that sweeps you up with it's believability but it is kinda fun and entertaining. I will buy the next when it comes out.

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  • Albert Munsell
  • 2018-06-01

AMAZING

I absolutely love this book! It's one that I will read over and over again

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  • mary fuge
  • Elida, OH, US
  • 2018-05-10

UNIQUE

I love the zombie genre and listen to series from Tufo, Shelman, O'Brien and it was Eric A. Shelman narrating that brought me here. The set up for this zombie event goes a totally different direction then any other books. It taps into current events to a certain extent and is by no means PC ( which I appreciate).
Gunny, the primary character, draws you in quick. It is an average working man who has a past that holds a few skeletons (whose doesn't). He is honorable and speaks his mind. As I listened, the dialogue in the book is what the average American would be thinking and saying. If you are one of the gun loving NRA members, you'll appreciate this.
The BA truck idea, while not new, is definitely amped up in this book. Eric A. Shelman is a great narrator. Keep on truckin' into the series (okay, really bad pun) :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-04-12

great read.

loved this book and the whole series. this series come at the zombie from a different angle and keeps you listening the whole time. It's also really well researched, lots of relivant details but not over the top. this checks all the intrest boxes, guns, trucks, hot rods, and of course zombies!

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  • Jonnathan Dunnam
  • 2018-03-13

great start to a series

I really enjoyed this book the writing was awesome and the narration was impeccable thank you for hours of entertainment

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  • catalino vega
  • 2018-02-15

Grate twist of the Zombie uprise

Well written. I like the narrator. The twist on the Zombie uprise is great. Great research on the military lingo.

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  • B00kL0ver
  • 2017-03-15

Eric A. Shelman nails it!

Would you consider the audio edition of Zombie Road to be better than the print version?

No! But it complements it and brings the characters to life with the different voices.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gunny is my favourite. I love his commitment to his fellow war vet's, truck drivers and family.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene with Long Dawg, when he does his thing with the gun! Awesome!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Vet's v Zombies!

Any additional comments?

This is one of the best Zombie books I've read, it is a MUST READ!

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