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Publisher's Summary

As the dead prey on the living…

The end of the world has come not with a bang or a whimper, but with the guttural snarl of walking corpses hungry for human flesh. The "lucky" survivors flee an unstoppable virus spreading death and societal collapse across the globe.

The living prey on one another….

As the rules of civilization crumble, a lawyer, a pilot, and a nurse become comrades-in-arms in the fight against extinction. But not every enemy wears a rotting face, and anyone who doesn’t have your back just might have your head. Humankind’s twilight is at hand, and these are indeed...dark days.

©2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc. (P)2010 Manel Loureiro

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Long Live Lucullus!

I don't understand some of the harsh negative reviews of part 2, from readers of part 1. It felt to me like a fitting continuation of part 1, and nearly as enjoyable. I think the whole trilogy will probably fit better read as a whole. This is really just the middle portion of a book. So it doesn't feel complete in itself.

And I really hope the negative reviews don't stop them bothering releasing part 3 in English...

I do admit, it wasn't quite as good as part 1, and had issues I feel:
- The whole side story of Prit being accused of a crime was just silly, and poorly handled. I mean the author himself is a lawyer, the character a lawyer, but even though the real culprit was known, nothing was ever really mentioned or done about it. It was kind of used just as a poor contrivance for them getting involved in the military.
- The last chapter. I don't like how the last chapter was left though, and I am going to keep thinking about it until part 3 is released. Part 1 at least ended on a note of hope, not a cliffhanger. I really don't appreciate books ending on cliffhangers...

But, that aside, the rest of the story was great.

Long live Lucullus! And bring on part 3

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So disappointed ~

After waiting and waiting for this book, I am disappointed in both the quality of the writing and of the story. The second half of the book seemed as if it were from another, much less qualified, writer, who seemed to think that variations of the "f" word made compelling reading.

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Outstanding Narration, Decent Story

What made the experience of listening to Dark Days the most enjoyable?

The narrator excelled with the larger cast of multi-cultural characters and with his gift for suspense made a decent story very enjoyable.

Would you recommend Dark Days to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, but probably only as an audiobook. Enjoy the first book, Apocalypse Z, and hope that the third book is better.

Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

The Ukrainian.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Totally engrossed to narrative performance.

Any additional comments?

Nick Podehl is on my list of narrators to seek out. I didn't know he performed Patrick Rothfuss's books.

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wow! love his books!

A vulnerability about this character, where his friend is more the strong silent type.The narrator brings all the book to life.he was excellent. I highly recommend no1 and 2 in this series. Although it follows the theme every zombie book has. It has a slightly different flavor. Full of action, adventure and has a good ending which to me is most important.

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Not as good as the first book

The first book was fantastic, this was an okay book but not the same drive and ambiance compared to the first

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All I could think is THERE BETTER BE A THIRD BOOK

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OK after that ending I had to write a review. Let's get the bad out of the way first. I'm going to assume you've read book one. What is wrong with this book? Again it's the 17 year old "woman" with the 30-something lawyer. Wishful thinking on the writer's behalf? I would have chosen someone in their mid to late 20's as almost believable VS a child. It's creepy. Don't justify, I get it, I don't like it.

Other than that my only problem was the ending but I see there's a third book so I forgive the author.

On an almost annoying note the lawyer was whiny like the last book but not horribly so AND the plot line with how Pritt got forced into the military to avoid a trial should have been fleshed out more in order to be believable, it's like the author had to downsize his book so he combined two scenes into one. At no point does the girl tell the lawyer what happened to her and what she feels happened to the nun? I see how that one thing was used to move the plot along but it could have been A better explained section of the book since so much of the book depends on it.

The author spends time comparing their situation to nazi Germany but never fleshed that out either. Both scenes seem pointless when not elaborated upon. OK these seem like negatives but only the first two points annoyed me. These other few things were almost annoying but they showed promise and I let my imagination fill in the gaps to fix what I felt was a bit off.

There was constant action which kept you on the edge of your seat but I think I would have enjoyed the book more if some of the book had been a little wordier, I would have been ok with a few slower sections if they explained more of what the author was thinking. For instance more about the Nazi comparison and the rivalry with the royalists.

The fact that It took barely any prodding to get an entire hospital to start firing on each other was sort of lame. So nothing surprising has ever happened in this ULTRA cautious community? Shoot first and don't ask questions ever? I mean after two days and they still don't have the story strait?

Ugh I sound critical. I really did like the book. I'm going to go listen to the third book. Nick Poehdel does an awesome job as the reader!! I highly recommend this trilogy!! The only thing that was a total turn off was the idea of the teenager with the old man. If you can stomach that then you will probably like these books!!

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Sometimes a Haven is a Prison

What did you love best about Dark Days?

I loved the interaction of the established characters with each other and the new characters and events

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Days?

The scene in the Basement!

Which scene was your favorite?

When they get to the Dock and see the wet suit

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

Sometimes a Haven is a Prison

Any additional comments?

I will continue to buy this series and check out other Loureiro books

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Movie Worthy Series

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Or a nice television mini-series. Excellent writing, story, performance. I listened to most of this book in one setting. If it were reading it, I'd be calling it a page-turner. Really loved this second in the series. Luculus continues!!!

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Not a complete story

What would have made Dark Days better?

The ending. What happened? It's like a TV show that, due to either waning viewership, competition in time slot or both, has the rug pulled out from under it. Think Jericho: Amazing show, great execution, but due to being opposite American Idol, it was dropped. The writers had to come up with an ending, and fast. That's AFTER the first season ended on a MAJOR cliffhanger without any plans to continue the show by the network.

In any case, Apocalypse Z: Dark Days does this very thing. Manel Loureiro seems to have had a deadline waggled about threateningly by a publisher, and the ending was thrown in with all the grace of an egg hitting a car windshield. That's literally my only complaint.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Alaska Undead: Mitigation

Which scene was your favorite?

As a reader/listener, nothing is more satisfying than when the author chooses to illuminate the WHY behind all the questions, especially ones left unanswered by book #1.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dark Days?

The scene where the nun is murdered seems to be sort of arbitrary and ill-placed, if even necessary. I understand that with the hastened ending, this loose end had to be tied up, but the reader feels little sympathy for the character being in a coma for most of the second book.

Any additional comments?

The first book was actually pretty awesome. The second left me wondering how the author could have allowed a story this nicely written to fall apart. There's no sense of completion, resolution or advancement. Still, it's a good story overall, despite the holes in book 2.

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Falls off a bit

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Good time. The story picks up immediately where it left off and goes into a different writing approach. It was a good read not great.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Added more elements of sole survival which made the first book so intense.

What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great work to bring realism to the listening experience.

Did Dark Days inspire you to do anything?

Survive the apocalypse with a Garfield. Stupid Cat!

Any additional comments?

Good book, but doesn't measure up to the first book. After reading the second I still have more vivid memories of the first one.

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  • 07-24-22

Great and very compelling sequel.

Great listen. I loved the characters in the first book, really believed in them and rooted for them in this one. Can't wait for the third book, so I'm beginning it straight away.

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edgy

the narrator makes this book come to lie. with the different accents and inflections in his voice- wow amazing

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  • 09-25-18

best audio I have listened to ever, the detail and

I have listened to this audio twice it is the best by far.
detail is amazing

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Good storyline

Good characters and interesting plot showing how we don't always need the undead to kill mankind, mankind is good at killing each other, for petty reasons.