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Publisher's Summary

The United States of America is falling before the armies of the dead. Leading the sole survivors of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division out of the overrun city of New York, Captain Phil Hastings heads for the safety of Fort Indiantown Gap, a National Guard training facility deep in the woodlands of Pennsylvania.

Joining with other remnants of the military, government, and civilian communities, Hastings and his men must try to keep the tsunami of corpses from taking over the world and plan the resurrection of the nation.

But first, they have to outlast the ravages of the dead...and the living.

©2015 Immolation LLC (P)2017 Immolation LLC

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An "Arisen-ish" great listen, keep em coming!

What did you love best about These Dead Lands: Immolation?

The story started and progressed without unnecessary filler or character development. This is a fast pace, realistic and well developed listen with likeable and understandable characters who band together to defend against realistic (as flesh eating zombies can be) living and dead bad guys. In most stories I've listened to with over armed military survivors (except Arisen) there has always been over eager bad character/s who want to rule the world. This story has an over armed group of hard core military members who want to protect survivors without exception, or demands, even though I found myself wanting some survivors run over, beaten or eaten.This is an incredible beginning to what can be an outstanding series, please keep going, I am a fan!

What does R.C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

R. C. Bray is hands down the BEST at what he does. He could narrate paint drying and I would listen for hours. The only problem with his work is I do not want to listen to anyone else.

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more than a shoot-em-up/eat-them zombie book

These Dead Lands: Immolation by Stephen Knight and Scott Wolf is a definite must-read for those who love the zombie genre.  But it’s so much more than that!  The authors bring in the humanity piece in a vivid and realistic manner.  Ballentine is a soldier who discovers his family has survived and does anything and everything to protect them once they are back in his world.  But in the midst of all his angst and fears, he still has a job to do as do the others.

The main characters are complex but personable; Ballentine, Guerra and Hastings never forget their mission or their humanity.  The others: Diana, the Asian stripper/call girl, Kenny the autistic orphan, and Devil Dog an ex-military old guy add more flare to the story engaging the audience.

I enjoyed the new ways in which Knight and Wolf describe fighting the zombies or "reekers" – makes me want to move next to a lumber mill!  The book was detailed a bit on the military weapons but I didn’t think it was overly so.  I will say, that Knight and Wolf do not go into great detail about some of the action scenes; for instance, what happens to the group of men they track down for their actions against Kenny … that was just missing.  I went back and listened to that passage two times before I realized I hadn’t missed it – they just hadn’t detailed it.  Neither good nor bad, but I think a better transition would have made it easier to follow.

Overall I enjoyed the book, I thought it was written in down to earth language; I never struggled with any of the terms.    This was more than a shoot-em-up/eat-them zombie book.  I appreciated the inner glimpses into humanity.  The bad guys didn’t get away with anything!

R.C. Bray, as usual, provided an excellent performance!  He owned the book using his “military” type voice that has a strength to it that is both riveting and mesmerizing.  His ability to assume different accents is amazing and well done.

There were no issues with the quality or audio production of this book.

Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.

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From one 10th Mountain guy to another...

This was one of the most enjoyable audio books I've ever listened too. I was attached to the 10th Mountain Division while in the NY Army National Guard and the banter, camaraderie, and humor was spot on. Some reviewers are getting down on the way some of the characters were written but that's because they were never in and don't understand that the depicted humor is out of love and respect, not malice. Watch out for the yogurt joke near the end, you may crash your car! I can't wait for the next book!

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"Yeah, no."

Let me first say that I picked this up solely because of R. C. Bray and that I don't really like zombie stories. That said, the zombie part wasn't what killed this for me. It was the subtle or at times, not so subtle misogyny, the "coincidence" of the only black guy being the loud-mouthed guy that no one liked, and the "liberal civilians hate the military" delusion. That being said, it was the usual excellent performance by Mr. Bray.

I'll return this title. I don't want to give the authors my money for this one.

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Wow awesome book

So, my first thought: this story is very similar to the Arisen series by Michael Stephen Fuchs, but with a couple of key differences. 1. This zombie story takes place all in the US. 2. The military character personalities are very realistic and RC Bray does a FANTASTIC job of bringing them to life in a very realistic way. Either one of the authors is prior military or they did extension research and/or had access to some military personnel for reference. There were only a couple of things that bugged me about the overall writing of the book: the formality of radio communication was a little too formal, but towards the very end it did significantly improve. Another thing was that general military assets were not brought up that would certainly be brought up in real life... such as: status of NORAD, ability to use heavier aviation munitions (such as bombs). I mean the authors clearly covered the continuity of government and the succession of POTUS... so why not even mention the status of NORAD and the nuclear assets. The topic could have been brought up as a cliff hanger type deal.... but I digress. Fantastic book nonetheless. I sincerely hope that book 2 is not far in the future.

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Missing a section.

It seems the audiobook is missing a section between chapters 10 and 11. One second they are rolling up on the bad guys and the next they are holed up in some farm house. Everything else is fantastic; story (except for the missing part), narration, etc.

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Bought Because I love Zombies and RC Bray

Returned because the women characters were very poorly written and got tired of the misogynistic males pretty fast.

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good story but his political stance shows

pretty good story and as a veteran he know his stuff but I have read most of his books. the author has a deep hate for liberals and it shows in his story telling. I lost count in one book after 13 at people being a liberal. it takes you out of the story.

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It's no Arisen for sure

You're listening some nice military vs. zombies action, and suddenly a wild stereotype appears! Non-white characters are reduced to their race and women to their gender. The random diatribes on civilians, women, liberals, sexwork etc. etc. are really jarring and pretty much ruined the book for me.

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Quite boring

Mostly military talk and not much zombie action. Starts in the middle of the outbreak.

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  • Niall byrne
  • 10-16-17

Great start.

This book is the first entry into a series that I can see becoming a big hit! I'm a sucker for military/zombie sci-fi and this book has everything you would expect from the genre. There's fun loving grunts, a mysterious virus that turns people into zombies (yet to be explained), a few bad ass leaders and people from almost every branch of the U.S. military! (which is awesome but it's missing an unflappable SAS guy because everyone loves a brit) but I digress, all in all this series has the potential to be a vast lore filled world. I can't wait to see where the authors take it.

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  • Andy
  • 11-02-17

Boring

I like the genre and have listened to many books. RC makes it just about worth a listen but the story is sooo slow and boring. Not for me I'm afraid returning this one. Arisen series is far better IMHO.

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  • Mcghee 2021
  • 10-21-17

Brilliant new series

Had this one for a while finally got round to listening to it. It’s brilliant. I like how it makes fighting the dead hard some books make it seem easy and mundane you get a real feel for a hard battle thought and lost a lot of the time

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  • Laura
  • 10-13-17

Awesome

Loved it! R C Bray is outstanding, I was hooked in from the beginning. Can't wait for the next audio book in the series.

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  • Kev O Malley
  • 04-30-18

RC bray makes anything listenable

The story is fine but nothing special, the role of women is pretty tedious and the treatment of us liberals is also a little needless but over all of you like military zombie fiction, which I do, you'll probably enjoy this.

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  • Martin Bradley
  • 10-17-17

great story

I really hope there will be another 5 books to read in this series and that they were ready for us to read now. I will look forward to reading more whenever.

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  • Mr Patel
  • 11-25-17

Another great Zombie apocalypse book

I've read a few Zombie apocalypse books now and this one ranks amongst the best one out there, namely the Arisen series. I can see a good series starting and look forward to the next installation. RC bray, as usual (and I'm always repeating this) was amazing and made the book come alive.
To the authors, lay off Stilly!! The guy really gets his fair share of stick! :)
I'm looking forward to the next book, make sure you stick with RC bray reading it!

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  • Appleton Iyers
  • 04-26-22

Military v the zombies, hooah!

I loved this book for several reasons. I'd just finished Michael Stephen Fuchs' brilliant Arisen series and wanted something similar. RC Bray narrated both and is fantastic, even better in this book, letting you visualise some characters (like Dianna and Stilley) from the way he voices them. Amazing guy! It's more realistic than Arisen and not a 24/7 shootout but isn't boring for even one moment. Also the characters are far more fleshed out and not just 2D asskickers.

I actually wondered whether this was written by Fuchs trying a different story emphasis in the same genre. I look forward to the next book.

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  • Taggy
  • 07-29-21

Very slow.

I did listen to the entire story purely because I had already purchased it. However the story is very slow and I nearly stopped listening a number of times. There are much better books out there with a larger range of action and characters. RC Bray as always gives his usual great story telling but just not quiet enough I’m afraid.

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  • J Smith
  • 02-01-21

“No one said the zombie apocalypse was going to be easy”

Brilliant, on the edge of your seat zombie action. Great characters that really play off each other well and fantastic storyline with epic battle scenes.
Feels like a ‘it could actually be this way’ story rather than some of the obviously fictional storylines and I couldn’t put it down.
RC Bray is a legend amongst narrators and he does no less brilliantly narrating this book.
I could listen to this story all day and never get bored. I’m looking forward to hearing more from these pair! :)
This is my honest opinion on a free review copy.

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  • Grant
  • 08-22-20

Nothing new but still entertaining

Enjoyed the story and characters. Warming up to the style. Still in Arisen mode though

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-19-22

WORTH THE PURCHASE

was a good apocalypse story great performance by Bray,
really portrayed the beast and worst of humanity with out being to vulgar

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-29-21

solid seriers

very face paced and any ex serviceman will appreciate the accuracy of the info and interactions, not really an original idea or even execution but perfectly done.

definitely worth a listen.

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  • Lee Lord
  • 02-09-20

I really enjoyed this book.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Excellent character depth and diverse individual character traits. I am an ex-serviceman myself self and I could totally relate to the way the soldiers joked and gave each other shit. Simply awesome. Keep up the good work guys. Most importantly though, R. C. Bray made the characters and story come to life and there is no better narrator out there.

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  • Leanne storey
  • 12-04-18

No real story line

Tc bray is great as always. But he couldn’t save this book. The plot is slow, repetitive and leads no where

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-28-18

28 days later mixed with a Mathew Reilly novel

Amazing story, I was hooked for every second and the performance by RC Bray was fantastic he really nailed it.

This book is up there with the realism of Max Brooks’ novel World War Z and gives a great look into how the US military would cope (or try to) with a Zombie outbreak. The explanations of the variable zombies were fantastic too, i was legitimately nervous at times with a sense of dread.

I loved that I couldn’t think of one annoying loop hole that could easily be avoided, the plot and elements were all covered very well and I found myself learning more about different styles of survival and machinery that could be used so effectively. Definitely going to a hardware store if the sh!t hits the fan!!

The military dialogue was encompassing and thorough and has lead me to saying ‘let’s get this squared away’ a lot!

I look forward to book two immensely and thank the writers for such a great novel to escape to, for my daily commute. I have so many favourite characters in this book and I really hope this becomes an anime series or HBO show because it would absolutely blow the walking dead out of the water by a country mile. I’d say this would make a movie but I’d be too sad for so many great scenes to be cut out in the small time frame.

Well done and bravo lads, amazing job.

Tom Atkinson | Sydney, Australia.

PS my 4WD two-way radio call sign is now ‘Dirty Dog’ ;)

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  • Miss Kris
  • 05-05-18

Ok but way too military for me

Ok but way too military for me and the radio speak got very annoying to listen to.

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  • Ben Allwood
  • 03-12-18

well written and well read

rc bray delivers an amazing performance of a detailed zombie book that highlights the day to day grind of army life