• Time of Death

  • Book 1: Induction (A Zombie Novel)
  • By: Shana Festa
  • Narrated by: Sarah Tancer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (204 ratings)

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Time of Death

By: Shana Festa
Narrated by: Sarah Tancer
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When nowhere is safe to hide, where do you go to escape the monsters?

In a few short days, 37-year-old Emma Rossi's hard work will finally pay off. She will don her cap and gown and graduate with a degree in nursing, but not before she loses her first patient and is confronted with a new reality. In Cape Coral, Florida, a storm approaches. The dead are coming back to life.

And they're hungry.

Infection ravages the Eastern Seaboard with alarming speed while attempts to contain the spread of infection fail. Within days, a small pocket of panicked survivors are all that remain of civilization. Fighting to survive the zombie apocalypse alongside her husband, Jake, and their dog, Daphne, Emma comes face-to-face with her worst nightmare.

Relying on snarky wit and sheer determination, she is forced to commit atrocious acts to protect her family and avoid joining the ranks of the undead.

©2014 Shana Festa (P)2014 Shana Festa

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Another perspective to a genre that many of us....

I was intrigued that a book reviewer could turn or would author. I know that reviewers spend a lot of time picking apart the works, hopes and dreams, of others. So in theory a reviewer should be able to put the best techniques together into one masterpiece, right?

Time of Death: Induction is an action packed zombie filled thrill ride from outbreak to what is left afterwards. I really liked how the story starts with a shambling figure walking up to car for a meal. Really sets the tone for what's to come.

Starting off in the pre-apocalypse with Emma, a nursing student, and her husband Jake. Festa included a lot of humor in the story, I always love that, especially with my favorite chapter and chapter title "Code Brown". Yea it has nothing to do at all with zombies but it is laugh out loud bodily function hilarity at it's best.

Quickly the city of Cape Coral, Florida goes to hell. I am reminded of the Married with Zombies series for a while the husband and wife team try to survive in the madness, and get pretty good at it.

Everything was going great until the last hour or so of the audiobook. All of a sudden, my interest and attention waned. I have even tried to listen to it again and the same thing happened. The only thing I can think of is the story changed direction within this time frame. It started to go from almost hopeless zombie survival to peaches and cream.

All in all Time of Death: Induction was a great listen. However there wasn't anything particularly unique to this zombie apocalypse, I am fine with that, as the excellent characters and great writing kept me hooked. Just another perspective to a genre that many of us know very well. So if you are craving zombies, needing your fix, do not miss out on a story that will quench your desires and not make you think hard. Just sit back and enjoy.

I don't think that there wasn't a better choice than Sarah Tancer for the narration. Even though I has never listened to any of her performances before, I will be looking for more from her.

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Girls can tell zombie stories too

A lot of time of this short book is spent in the pre apocalypse stage of the story where we get to know Emma and the fuzzy happy life she is about to lose. Before she knows it, zombies are breaking into her house and she has to flee, again and again. Whats left of the military is a force for good and a good amount of time is spent on a boat. I think a boat would be my plan when the apocalypse arrives.

The big "twist" in this story compared to other zombie stories is that it is told from a girls perspective. I think our heroine portrays how a, pretty authentic, regular girl would behave during a zombie apocalypse. She isn't hard, tough, or has a ton of "issues" or even particularly heroine like, she does a little of everything. She learns to bash and shoot zombies and I found out what its like to be a powerless girl all tied up and having to get rescued. It was interesting to see a females perspective when her husband mans up and gets all decisive and how uncomfortable and frustrating that felt for a girl. Its like any other (good) zombie book, but now I know whats it like to be the supporting girl and not the leading man.

There was a degree of embellishment for decidedly girly elements in the story which was weird for me to read but I let it pass. It was worth it to find out what girls think is interesting to read about. At first I wanted to give this story 3 stars, but once I got past my initial male resistance, this was a really good story. The worse part is that it was too short, really wanted more.

Narration was top notch, really liked Sarah's story telling.

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Ugh

This is soooo bad. The beginning of the story includes too many minute details that just do not matter, so it takes longer than it should to get to the action. The narrator gets on my every nerve. Despite the fact that civilized society is crumbling around her and that cannibalism is now the in thing, she has plenty of snark in her tone and too many slap stick stupid jokes. We hear next to nothing about the people she cares about except for her dang dog and her husband and I'm really not sure which one she loves more, along with a nano second of her thinking "what about my parents?" Nothing about this is realistic. Zombie lore is what it is, this was just damn annoying.

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As good as Zombie Fallout !

Well written,well read and just enough snark ! A very enjoyable listen. It has a good story line.

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GREAT ZOMPOCALYPSE BOOK!!!!

Where does Time of Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I listen to a TON of books...and for the zombie genre...this is up there baby!!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Time of Death?

When Jake comes to the rescue!! I screamed out his name!!!! Also when Jake tries to leave Daphne the dog....I was frantic! Being a dog lover I wanted to hurt him!!!

Which character – as performed by Sarah Tancer – was your favorite?

Emma! Sarah did a superb job, she is wonderful to listen to and I will check out more of her work for sure!!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh yes!! and I tried to, but I fell asleep...lol I picked it right up the next day and finished...and now I am on book 2!!!

Any additional comments?

** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

It was a pleasure and an honor to listen to this book for the Author...she is very cool and I am lucky to have met her....Being a fan of the Zombie genre...I was eager to listen to her take on the Zompocolypse!

We start with Emma, a nursing student doing her clinicals, leading a happy life with a good husband, and he beloved dog Daphne...she is in the ER when an older lady comes in with a nasty bite on her arm...Emma treats her and takes a dinner break, only to come back to find her patient in a code blue...she valiantly tries to resuscitate her to no avail and leaves the hospital feeling sad,,,,She comes home and gets a call from her mom to turn on the news...well that's when all hell starts breaking loose! Not knowing that this was the beginning of the end and preparing for a tropical storm with Jake...she goes on as normal...but things start getting strange, and BAM...before she knows it her and her Hub barely escape from there home and are on the run from.....ZOMBIES!!!!

They encounter friends needing help and try to save them, lose there transpo....and are lucky enough to come across military help....well that doesn't last long, and Emma and Jake get separated....Emma never gives up hope...and with her small group of new friends...they escape via helicopter when there location is compromised and go to a location that was pre-planned by Jake and Emma ...they find a houseboat and can relax for a bit....well all is going ok...until some creeps show up and attempt to assault the ladies, while the guys are out on a supply run...well lucky for Emma, Jake and the guys show up in the nick of time and there is a rescue and a tearful reunion...they learn of a safe haven called Sanibel and they make there way there to find a community...they settle in there and all is good again...but as we know in the zompocolypse you are never really safe...and they end up losing some good friends and narrowly escaping back to there boat...But the dog makes it and I was happy about that!

GREAT LISTEN!! MOVING ON TO #2 NOW!! I RECOMMEND!!!

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An Amazing Zombie Apocalypse Book.

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This was fan- freakin- tastic!!! I loved everything about it.

Emma was such an awesome heroine. She is fun loving, smart and snarky as hell. She goes from being a trainee nurse to surviving the Zombie apocalypse in the matter of days but she keeps her sense of self and does everything in her power to keep herself, her dog and her husband safe. I really loved her strength!

We have a lot of amazing secondary characters too. We have Emmas' husband Jake. When the Zombies start coming, he enters military mode and makes the hard decisions, though they may not always be for the best. Along the way to finding safety, both encounter plenty of people, all of whom add something extra to the story and then we have Daphne, Emmas dog. Emma does all she can to keep the dog safe, despite what Jake thinks! There is a certain scene that had me crying when Jake does what he does to Daphne!! My heart was in my mouth. Every single character was well written and developed, even those we only meet for a short time!

We are basically thrown straight into the action and it's pretty much non stop from there. The outbreak happens in a matter of days and it spreads so quickly that it seems only a handful of people survive. The author isn't afraid of gore but it's not overly gory so even the most squeamish will enjoy it!

This book will absolutely break your heart! The author is in no way afraid of writing people off. She isn't afraid to take chances and make bad things happen to good people! SO many times I was left gasping at the deaths that were happening and in the way they happened. Im not going to say too much more in case I spoil something so all I'll say is be prepared with plenty of tissues because this book will make you cry.

Anyway, in all, this is a fantastic Zombie Apocalypse book. It's well written, fast paced and has lovable characters. This book will grab you from the very first page and not let you go. So many times I was crying and yet so many times I was laughing out loud too. The authors ability to wrench your heart out in one scene and yet make you laugh in another was phenomenal. Emmas wit was astounding and added much needed levity to the story.

I listened to the audio of this, and let me tell you that it was fantastic. The narrator, Sarah Tancer, did an amazing job of Emma. She portrayed her snarkiness and wit perfectly. She knew how to ramp up the tension when needed and had me biting my nails so many times. I'd highly recommend the audio because it really brings you into the story.

An amazing book and one I can't recommend enough. I can not wait to read the next one!!

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What book was I listening to?

I got this book based on the ratings...lots of 5 stars. Now I'm wondering if I listened to the same book as everyone else.

To begin with, this is a very average book, nothing new here. The exact same formula as 1000s of other zombie books. So yeah....everything was very predictable, from the two guys on the boat to the ending of the story.

Then you have how utterly unbelievable the whole thing was. The characters are basically cardboard cutouts running around and so much of the storyline is just....blah. To many times I just had the think "Oh come on!"

The action scenes don't line up and left me wondering. Like how does a guy standing on the floor kick another person hogtied on a bed in the kidney....just can't be done.

If you are like me, you enjoy getting lost in a fictional world with believable characters and situations. It takes a special kind of author to create a story that takes the unbelievable and makes it believable. They take one outrage thing (the dead coming to life and trying to eat people) and wrap it in enough "truth" to make the whole thing right...this book is not one of those stories.

Do yourself a favour, save the cash...if you want a good end of the world book, go get Margret Atwood's MaddAddam. If you want zombies then grab The Angels are the Reapers. Time of Death? No thanks.

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Zombiriffic

Would you consider the audio edition of Time of Death to be better than the print version?

Not having read the print version, I'd say it was easier to consume the book during my commutes than reading at home.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Emma was a relatable and well-developed character, with a heavy does of honest sarcasm and humor.

What about Sarah Tancer’s performance did you like?

Sarah did a very good job of delivering Emma's attitude and snark.

Any additional comments?

Time of Death: Induction is the first person account of the zombie apocalypse as seen by Emma Rossi, a likeable anti-heroine everywoman. The characters' backgrounds and skillsets are well-developed by the author, giving credence to their sometimes heartbreaking actions in SHTF situations throughout the book. The pace is strong without missing detail, the suspense unwavering, and the carnage gruesome. The undead are of the Romero mould and have only one instinctive need: to ferociously feed on the living.

I listened to this audiobook on my way to and from work everyday for the last few days. It should have taken longer, but I found myself sitting the truck and finishing chapters because I couldn't wait to hear what happens next. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look for more from Shana. Count me in as a new fan.

-Rich

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Legally Blonde meets the Zombie Apocalypse

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

I did not finish listening to this book because I found the characters and narrator so annoying.

Would you be willing to try another book from Shana Festa? Why or why not?

I have the impression that this book is the writer's first book. Authors improve over time so I would be willing to try another book, but I would read the customer reviews very carefully!

What three words best describe Sarah Tancer’s voice?

"MEAN" , " HIGH SCHOOL", "GIRL". OK, that was four words, but high school is one concept, even if it is two words.

Was Time of Death worth the listening time?

This book was not for me, but I can imagine that many other listeners might really enjoy it.

Any additional comments?

This book was no better or worse than a number of other escapist books I have listened to, but it was not to my taste. I am writing this review so that other people with similar tastes can save their money and purchase something they might find more enjoyable.

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Everything I wanted

What made the experience of listening to Time of Death the most enjoyable?

I found that the writing was honest, emotional, descriptive and challenging all at the same time. I engaged with the characters from the first chapter and loved watching them develop as the book went on.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters... They were upper crust perfect families. They were real people from all walks of life.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Jake found Emma on the houseboat and she thought she was dreaming.

If you could rename Time of Death, what would you call it?

I wouldn't rename it.

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  • M. Paddon
  • 03-15-15

Better than I expected it to be.

What made the experience of listening to Time of Death: Induction (A Zombie Tale) the most enjoyable?

I liked most of the characters in the book, and the humour at times made me laugh out loud. The action scenes were good, though at times I did question how likely they would be to happen like that in reality. Still, they kept a good pace to the book.

Would you recommend Time of Death: Induction (A Zombie Tale) to your friends? Why or why not?

It is a good enough beginning. I've certainly seen far worse tales in this sub-genre of horror. Is it the best out there? No, but good enough that it's worth reading if you like this brand of horror.

What does Sarah Tancer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Nothing. A narrator can only make an experience worse than reading in my opinion by grating against how you see the story yourself. Not the case here. She voiced the story well in both narrative and dialogue. Her character voices were done well enough too.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It isn't overly long, so certainly can be done in one or two sittings without it being boring.

Any additional comments?

My only major issues with this book were two-fold. Firstly I found that men seemed to cry way to often. Happens a lot in books written by women, and I can only assume they know the few men in the world that cry a lot or like to assume that men cry as much as women do. We don't. Sure, with grief or similar I'll buy it, but not over some of the stuff men cried over in this book. Or many American men cry a lot - I don't know.

Secondly, I felt that some of the action scenes were not that likely to happen. I don't believe that one infected person could take down several hundred survivors when most are military. First screams and gun shots and that outbreak would be over. First days of an outbreak and civilians then sure okay, but otherwise I'm not a believer. Likewise with another scene that had similar happen. Small groups of infected taking down armed camps of tried and tested survivors is not that likely. People would not die quietly enough for it to happen. Have you ever been bitten?

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  • writeallthereviews
  • 03-11-15

Time of Death Induction

The narration of this Audible edition is excellent - I've both read and listened to ToD now, and largely prefer the Audible edition, primarily because the narrator absolutely nails Emma's characterisation.

I tried desperately to find a flaw in this book. Really, I did. Not so I could be nit-picky in my review, but so I could turn around and give a reason, any reason, for me to not say “I wish I’d written it”.

don’t waste time – pick up your copy now

This is the book many post-apoc authors wish they’d written.
Keep in mind, folks, this is a debut novel.

Author Shana Festa is well known in the horror circuit for her excellent work on the Bookie Monster, as well as blogging and being a good egg in general. Given the amount she reads, it’s perhaps not surprising that she’d be able to turn her hand to the written word, and to zombie fiction in particular.

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of strong female lead characters. Forgive me, then, for being predisposed towards Emma, Time of Death’s protagonist and all-round buttock-thwacker.

She is a refreshing lead in a genre where the trope is for women to be weak, mere bit-part players in an alpha male hip-thrusting competition to zombie glory. Don’t get me wrong; Emma has her weak moments. This makes her more real to the imagination, and makes her eminently more readable than a battle-hardened post-Middle East war veteran that just happens to be on home soil when the world explodes. Emma cries (a lot) and relies heavily on her husband Jake for mental and physical stability. But where a man is lacking, her pet dog Daphne steps up to the mark (and God help anyone that tries to hurt the dog).

The story in ToD flows well. We’re straight in to the action (well, right after a Code Brown, which made me want to bring up a little bit of dinner). Festa’s prose is second to none. There is a lot less dialogue in this book than I see in many books of zombie fiction. This is perhaps accurate; who’s going to want to gossip when the world ends. She also avoids needless filler; where there needs to be a passage of time, it is there. We don’t get a fortnight of laundry and horizon-spotting.

The gore is there – in spades. It’s close to the bone, and more than once I had to close my eyes to shake off the pictures being put in to my brain. There is skill in the action crafted in ToD and I didn’t want to put this book down. It has a neat balance between civilian and military conflict, and I wasn’t overloaded with military jargon, which I feel happens in some similar books. I read it in two swift sittings, though the book perhaps deserves more time and effort – so I got it on Audible, too.

Well worth the buy and read AND a listen – consider me a fan.

I can’t wait to see where Emma and her group head to next.

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  • Katie
  • 04-15-15

Great Emotional Rollercoaster!!!!!

How is it possible for a novel to make me laugh out loud AND cry my eyes out at the same time?? This novel had me so enthralled in the characters, so emotionally involved, that all the sadness they felt, I felt. And the author wrote such humour into the characters and the situations with finesse - I mean, who laughs at zombie horror, and death, sadness and grief??
Well, I did. And it was awesome.
Just bought the second book - and cannot wait to read it (listen to it) too!!!!!!