• The Apocalypse Crusade Box Set, Novels 1-3

  • War of the Undead
  • By: Peter Meredith
  • Narrated by: Erik Johnson
  • Length: 37 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (724 ratings)

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By: Peter Meredith
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From best-selling author Peter Meredith 

The Apocalypse Crusade - The First Three Days 

The world is suddenly thrown into chaos as a research project is sabotaged and the dead come alive to feast on the living - it seems like an old story, doesn’t it? Or perhaps you’ve heard this one: cities worldwide are overrun by a plague of man-eating monsters that seem to come out of nowhere while small bands of heroes fight for their lives! 

Yes, we’ve all listened to that book. 

The Apocalypse Crusade is not that book. You are not suddenly thrust into a world gone mad. Instead, you get front-row seats to how the sh-t went down. In real time you are witness to the agony and the horror…and the terrible stupidity that made it all possible. 

This book puts you in the thick of the action. You are the stockbroker who throws a brick through a convenience store window and surges in with the crowd to loot what he can before it’s too late and the food runs out. And you are the 30-year-old housewife who picks up that same brick an hour later and uses it to crack open the skull of a stranger because she has two children to feed. His arms are full and hers are empty - survival is just that simple sometimes. 

You are the ill-prepared family man who foolishly believes the authorities when they say the situation is contained. The line at the gas station is three miles long, wrapping around block after block and so, in a state of denial you go home and play a game of monopoly with the wife and kids as the horde of undead grows and grows all around you. 

And you are the soldier on the line, sweating beneath your helmet and vest. At 10 that morning you were a cocky thing. You were going to kick ass - but that was then. Now, 12 hours later, you’ve retreated four times and you are counting your bullets and eyeing the gas mask sitting on the log next to you. 

You hate the thing. You can’t see worth a damn when it’s on and you sure as hell can’t shoot straight. But to leave it off could mean becoming infected. On the other hand, you know that if you miss just one time you could be eaten alive, screaming and screaming. It happened to Davis and his cries still ring in your ears. 

The mask stays on the log and the headache you’ve had for the last hour really starts to thump and your mouth tastes like ass and your vision is blurry....

©2019 Peter Meredith (P)2020 Peter Meredith

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Context, Context, Context.

let me start off by saying that context is everything when leaving a review, or talking about anything in general.

if I were to have gone solely off of reviews on this book before buying it, i wouldn't have bought it, which is a shame because these are great books. in a few past reviews, it was said to "not buy this book of you like profanity or the "n" word." which isnt wholly true. sure, there is profanity, but who wouldnt use profanity in dire situations? also, yes, the "n" word is mentioned several times in this book. but what others failed to mention in their reviews was that the useage of that word came from a literal neo-nazi(not the Lefts/snowflake version of a nazi, but a REAL Nazi.) that is a very important thing to note. because without it, it makes the author seem like he himself is a racist, which he is not(you will know what I mean when you read these.)

i urge you to buy these books, they are very great, there are very few books in this genre that get into the science of how the apocs happen, so this seems fresh to me.

i hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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Zombie Awesomeness

This got more riveting as the "days",chapters, went on. Fell in love with some characters and quickly hated others. Made this a more realistic look at the Apocalypse, and nearly the same as the new time. Keep it up and read on!

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INCREDIBLE!

This book is one of the best Zombie apocalypse stories EVER written. Although I've read quite a few, this one and maybe one or two others have gone in such great detail about the start and origins of the virus. with a cast of memorable characters this book delves not only into the actual origins of how this virus starts, but the actual thought process of the characters who are infected from the first signs until total virus control. This story keeps you on the very edge of your seat, and guessing at every turn. THIS BOOK SERIES MUST BE TRANSFORMED INTO A MOVIE SERIES !!!

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Love it

This one stands out to be a really good zombie series. Characters are fleshed out well and its has a bit of humor in it too. Pluss they mention my favorite state conneticut a few times.

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Great

One oof the best zombie books I’ve ever heard. Had me on edge and even felt the pain of losing love ones. The soldier stories were heartbreaking. Highly recommend. Only I m sorry but hate that dr lee. Other than that amazing story.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this box set!

Fantastic zombie series, definitely worth a credit! Looking forward to book four! I love when I finally find a good zombie series like this!

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A good slow burn

I love books that start out gradually and tell the story of an outbreak from the start and how it spreads. So refreshing that it's not a book where someone just looks outside and its, "ahhhhh zombies!" and little to no explanation is give to the phenomenon. The author does a good job developing each character and you really feel like you know them as a person.

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I couldn't finish it.

I used to really love the zombie genre but after barely getting through the second installment of this I think it's time to leave it altogether. Before you assume that I am being dramatic let me just say that I don't think this book is worse than all of the other zombie books that I have read over the years. In fact my biggest criticism is that it is basically a mashup of 90% of the zombie genre. This book is part pro military propaganda, pro cop propaganda and part save the scientists. Mixed in that is a heavy dose of xenophobia and sexism. If that's your thing then this book along with every other typical zombie book is for you.

I've grown tired of this genre and the countless stale retellings of the same thing! It's boring and from the description of the book I thought it would mostly be focused on regular people grappling with the start of the zombie apocalypse. Instead it focused on cops, military bureaucracy and inept or corrupt scientists! Stories of regular people were sprinkled in here or there. These tangents were the most interesting part but then after a few minutes the author went right back to the same thing and I eventually found myself skipping chapters.

Of course it doesn't help that most of the characters are not at all interesting or compelling. This especially goes for the women characters who are basically cardboard cutouts with almost no personality. This of course has to do with how much sexism the writer oozes. It was even topped off with a lead female scientists ranting against feminism. The women are so one-dimensional that two of them fall in love within the span of one day. Which transforms them from competent geniuses into damcels and distress. The most interesting female characters in the story were the kids.

I really did try to ignore all of these flaws and just finish the book but they became too hard to ignore. Especially since the author kept coming out in the characters. Most writers will put some of themselves into their work but with this the author's nationalism and politics kept seeping through and distracting from the story. Which made the characters he was talking through boring. I finally decided that I had enough when he started going on a rant about anti-nationalism and how "intellectuals" were bad for thinking other countries are better than America.

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Awesome.

Very detailed how it starts and progresses step by step. Not just waking up at a hospital whwn everything has gone to pot.
Recommended!

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one awesome ride!!!

This series is one of, if not the best zombie stories I have ever been introduce to!!!!!

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  • Lucy Moss
  • 09-25-20

Where Men Are Men & Zombies Are... Bitey

Probably written by a Republican, this trilogy has all the sexist, racist tropes you could desire.
Women are all conniving, manipulative beautiful, and thin. If they're older, they're undesirable shrewish matriarchs. Men have to be good fighters & macho, even if they aren't. Feelings are NOT ALLOWED for men unless it's heterosexual desire.
Asian people are wily and good at science. Gay people aren't mentioned, & I'm going to let you work out for yourself how Black people are described. And - good news! Climate Change isn't real!
Rather a shame because this is a great story, with an awesome plot, and I persevered because the writing was excellent, with some scathing indictments of the American health system & politics. But the bigotry lets it down... unless I'm missing a vast dose of irony. But I doubt it.

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  • Tracey
  • 03-04-20

First EVER Peter Meredith AUDIO 😀

Absolutely LOVED it, action filled from start to end of book 3, MUST now carry on and find out WHAT happens...damn you for making it SO good

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  • Barbara Phillips
  • 07-15-20

Excellent....

Excellent, Original content and the best I have had in a while, well worth the price I paid.

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  • david
  • 05-14-20

great listen

one of my favourite end of world novels so far , well read, great characters.

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  • Richard
  • 06-16-20

Hope there are more!

Enjoyed this box set, good story, good characters and narration is good too! Best be more, going to have a look now :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-21

Loved this followed on to get day 4 and 5

I'll be honest, I wouldn't of purchased day 1 on it's own. Since I finished this I had to get book for and 5.

I loved this whole series good characters decent story you honestly don't know when/who will die or how.

It's got the sciency bit and done well not completely far fetched. Action done well very entertained and a good bit of skullduggery combined magnificently book 4 and 5 too oh damn!

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  • sam k
  • 08-22-20

fairly decent

I enjoyed the take on how inept and weasel like the government would be dealing with a zombie situation. Pretty sure current UK and US governments could do a worse job though.

would have gave the performance 4 stars but it just irked me the way he pronounced gibberish with a hard G. other than that minor thing (that probably only happened once every ten hours) I thought the narration was decent enough.

spoilers........

Dr Lee is a dick. she's nowhere near as smart as she thinks she is. what the fuck is going on with lighting a fire IN THE DOORWAY THEY WANT TO ESCAPE FROM and just telling people as the place starts to fill up with smoke. She's really patronising to Courtney too, who is the real hero of the group.

I actually ended up hating most of the characters by the end with the exception of Courtney,

don't know if I'll get the rest of the series, but this has been enjoyable enough for the 3 quid I paid for it.

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  • J.R
  • 10-01-22

Bloody fantastic!!!

Everything about this audio is just perfect!!!! Gripping from start to finish , best narrator too

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  • sweetdreams
  • 09-07-22

An interesting approach…

The way how all human on planet earth are facing the infection is out of the deepest and most frightening origin….no don’t worry I’m not telling how and who, but this got me hocked to this story line!
Definitely we’ll spend time!

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  • james leslie taylor
  • 03-29-22

zombie mayhem

This book was very enjoyable. Great story lines. Erik Johnson did a narrating job. I will look forward to next in the series.

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  • nigel
  • 06-26-20

The end is nigh

Wow what a wild ride, this story covers the "inevitable" zombie apocalypse we all know is coming, but not from your usual post outbreak world ala those walking dead guys, this story takes place while the outbreak is starting and rises to a crescendo that leaves you in no doubt that the end is upon us. Taking place over just a few days with the initial infected running amok it explores the very realistic outcome of a true zombie plague.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-20

Great ending.

I like how the author finished this series off. There was never a time when I knew how it would end. Also the start was amazing once you get past the backstory of each character.

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  • Richard Witters
  • 12-08-21

Libs rekt

The story is good, it’s a nice detailed change from the standard generic zombie apocalypse tale, and the performance is fine. However the politics of the writer (anti-Chinese, anti modern feminist and “they don’t have a second amendment and are therefore weak”) revealed every now and then makes it extremely off putting and some of the main characters laughably unconvincing. But still, at least the main character isn’t an ex-marine or ex-navy seal or whatever.

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  • julie H.
  • 09-09-22

Great narration fun story if you like zombies

As a fan ever since George Romero put out Night of the Living Dead I have been a zombie fan. I was thrilled at the sudden proliferation of zombie books and movies... This is a fun contender for a good read... don't get me wrong none of them are Pride and Prejudice (except Pride Prejudice and Zombies LOL)... But seriously unlike some other readers I didn't find the author was against women or Asian people, certainly he is against politicians but that seems warranted... There are some wonderful strong Asian characters including the main heroine doctor Lee... True the main evil scientists are an anglo woman and an Asian saboteur... still I found the politicians were the true evil characters far more evil than the two aforementioned and the plodding zombies or slightly smarter zombies looking for a good meal... who doesn't get hangry...