Author: Adam Millard
Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged
Narrator: Luke Smith
Length: 5 hours and 52 minutes
Genre: Zombie Fiction
Release Date: March 13, 2015
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review through Audiobook Blast.
The premise of this novel is a zombie outbreak in a high security prison. Not a bad idea, but limited in scope. Despite that, I decided to give this audiobook a chance.
The main character is a regular guy named Shane. Shane has a wife and young daughter, both of whom he adores. In fact, it is his devotion to his family that eventually lands him in jail.
With the threat of being evicted and despite his diligent job-searching, Shane has been unable to provide financially for his family. In desperation and a misguided attempt to avoid receiving charity, Shane’s pride overrides his common-sense and he does something supremely stupid and very illegal.
Shane receives a three year prison sentence for his actions and the book begins when he only has three months left on his sentence.
Shane is incarcerated in one of the nation’s most notorious prisons and is constantly surrounded by murderers, rapists, gangsters
When a new inmate is brought in, carrying with him a deadly virus, Shane realises that his plans, his release, and even his life are at risk.
The sick prisoner is carrying a horrible virus which quickly spreads throughout the prison, infecting both the prisoners and the guards.
“With the virus spreading, turning guards and inmates into flesh-eating zombies, it’s up to a few survivors to figure out how to escape the facility, how to get along.”
I expected more from this audiobook than I received. The author has taken some very large liberties with the story’s logistics. For example: The warden’s office does not have a lock. I find this simply ridiculous. Of course his office door would have a lock. I highly doubt that a high security facility would be lacking in such basic security measures. Not even a simple lock on the warden’s office, and yet other areas require fingerprint scanning to enter. This makes no sense.
I did enjoy listening to the narrator’s voice, however there were some editing errors that distracted me from being able to be fully drawn into the story.
There are at least three instances where the narrator repeats himself. This is both irritating and unpredictable.
Another thing that bothered me about this audiobook was the inconsistency of the time it took for people to turn into zombies. Some inmates took hours or even overnight to change and yet others seemed to change instantly. If the author had offered some explanation for these variations it might have been more believable.
Due to the issues listed above, I rate this audiobook as 3 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐