• Trudge

  • Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, Book 1
  • By: Shawn Chesser
  • Narrated by: Chris Patton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (1,315 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For Cade Grayson, husband, father, and former Delta Force operator, that one warm sunny Saturday in July - to be labeled Z-Day by some anonymous person probably long dead - began like all the others before and none since.

With his daughter, Raven, and wife, Brook, away visiting her parents in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Cade hopes his immediate future holds nothing but an easy chair, Mariners on the tube, and paring down a honey-do list a mile long. But those hopes were quickly dashed and his life forever changed when news broke of a clash in downtown Portland between soldiers from the Oregon National Guard and hundreds of anarchist protesters suddenly turned violent and, by one anchor's account, blood-thirsty and cannibalistic.

As the first waves of injured bystanders, guardsmen, and rioters arrived at hospitals, it became apparent that a deadly new disease had been unleashed on the population. Whether the virus was naturally occurring or an escaped lab experiment, Cade hadn't a clue and wasn't especially concerned until he learned of its unprecedented virulence, unusual method of transference, and the fact that, according to the news, it brought the newly dead back to life, semi-mindless, and with an insatiable desire to feed on the flesh of the living.

Armed with this new information and now seeing the bigger cities such as Washington, D.C., New York, and Los Angeles rocked by the rapidly spreading scourge, Cade ignores the volley of contradictory edicts drawn up by the White House and set into motion by FEMA and DHS, dusts off his tools of war, and loads his truck with supplies.

Unable to get ahold of Brook and Raven, and unwilling to leave them at the mercy of some distant politician's inability to hold the nation together, he begins an impossible 3,000-mile journey across a reeling United States with presumably millions of infected in his path and only one acceptable outcome: find Brook and Raven alive - or die trying.

©2011 Shawn Chesser (P)2015 Shawn Chesser

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Drudge Report on Trudge

LISA USED TO BE A PRETTY WOMAN
But this whole Zombie look just doesn't agree with her. Cade, the main character used to be in the army and he was all fired up after 9/11, but than a Liberal president with a name which sounds very similar to Obama, got elected, so Cade quit. Cade's wife, Brooke is a good woman, who knows her husband is always right, so she does what he says. It takes a Zombie outbreak to finally get this Liberal President to do something about the border with Mexico. "CAN YOU TEACH US HOW TO SHOOT", the neighbor kids ask Cade.

I have no problem with conservatives using Zombie books to advance their propaganda, lord knows the liberals do. I just want to enjoy a well written Zombie book, which this is not. It is the same old boring stuff. Cade is separated from his family when the outbreak happens and he needs to get back to them, cause they need their man. This is a snoozer, if you have read one Zombie book in your life, than you have read this book.

The narrator might be good, when he gets through puberty, but he has a very child like voice. He is not yet a R.C. Bray or Ray Porter. One reviewer says they auditioned 50 people to find this guy. Next time they should not hold their auditions in a middle school.

PS ,Why are some Zombie books, considered Horror, while others are Sci-Fi. I think it is time Horror got it's own category. Sub categories, could be zombies, ghosts, anthologies, westerns, lovecraftian, classic, haunted houses, gory, etc...

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It might seem like you've been here before, but no

Cade Grayson has seen tough times in his life when he was in “the Sandbox” as they called it. Little did he know that what he saw then couldn’t begin to prepare him for what happens when a virus is unleashed upon the US and its citizens. Follow Cade on his journey to safety for both him and his wife and child (who are not with him when everything goes down)

The narration in Trudge was done by Chris Patton. I liked his style and it really fit the book. I think that Cade was a “manly man” for sure, and I think that Patton did him justice in that aspect. My only complaint (and it’s not even a complaint, it made me chuckle a few times throughout listening) was when Patton would say something with a WH in it. He would say “Hoowhat” instead of “what”, which reminded me of a Family Guy skit about how to say Cool Whip. (Is it Cool Whip or Cool Hoowip?) Like I said, it doesn’t take away from the audiobook, just a personal thing I noticed. The quality in production was also great. No issues at all.

Trudge was one of those books where I felt like I’d been there before, but I won’t lie – you haven’t. The story followed a similar character to the book I read RIGHT before this one (Max from Tomorrow War). But, the storyline was totally different and was full of unique and different characters.

I can tell that the author either has military training or is extremely familiar or close with someone who has. Chesser uses a lot of military terms and for the most part he tries to explain what they are. There are still a few that slipped through, either because he didn’t want to explain what it meant or he just assumed Civs aka civilians would know what it meant.

Another book that falls short with me based on the fact that it doesn’t have a proper ending. Yes, there was some closure, but not nearly enough for me. The book just felt incomplete because it is missing what I think is at least half of the story. Damn sequels and trilogies! Other than that, it was a quick read and an enjoyable one at that.

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Truly Truly Terrible

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Nope. I read ever zombie/disaster book I can get my hands on. Please don't waste the credit. unless you want a political diatribe (that is not part of the story). Or every military term that the author knows (also not really part of the story).

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below average feel bamboozled

I did not get this book for free, although I wish I did.

It was boring, it was cookie cutter and uninspired.

There is no excuse for churning out this below average of a zombie book in this day and age.

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Entertaining

Long time fan of Shawn Chesser. going back to the beginning is always a great way to refresh for when the next I installment comes out. never gets old. highly recommended

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Keep on Trudging, Cade!!

Cade Grayson is the ultimate family man! He worships his daughter and wife. Caring only about getting back to them at all costs, since, for him, there is no life without the people he loves the most in this world.

He is a fighter through and through. . . giving meaning to the term "Manning Up!" Taking it to a WHOLE new level! He has nothing to prove, but when it becomes necessary, he can take down zombies like nobody's business!

Mr. Chesser is an incredibly talented, creative author, and I plan on plowing through his work!

Thanks!

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Maybe this just wasn't my thing....

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This story seemed to be all over the place. I love zombie stories but this one had some seriously biased political crap dragging it down. Some of the little stuff stood out also, why mention the neighbor kid is black? No other character was identified by race, it just felt weird to hear it. I may have missed him identifying any other characters by race, but it definitely stuck out. If zombies are taking over and everything is gone to hell who cares what's going on in the Government. Closing the borders wouldn't have helped in this situation, but there it is again. Maybe this books should be listed under "political thriller, with zombies." Just one woman's opinion, if I may be so bold.

Would you ever listen to anything by Shawn Chesser again?

Not likely. I tried really hard but this book pretty much ruined it for me.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Actually the narration was fine.

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

Not enough room for me to go down that road. Looks like the guy has a pretty big following, he won't miss my business.

Any additional comments?

A lot of people enjoyed this book and many more will. My personal opinion is just that. I'm sure I enjoy a lot of folks that other people would think are crap.

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Exactly as described by publisher

Any additional comments?

This was a pretty standard but very enjoyable first days of the zombie apocalypse story. The characters are fleshing out nicely, this is a series so the book is open-ended until book 2 is available. The only note I have for other potential readers is that the politics and general culture of this book lean right. Yeah for me ;) But if you are a hard core political lefty you will likely be distracted and annoyed. If you are a righty, centrist, or apolitical you will enjoy this story and these characters. The insertions aren't heavy handed at all and are a tiny percentage of the book, but if you're a lefty you'll notice. Otherwise enjoy!

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Very disappointing. <br />

Same old zombie scenarios, nothing new or creative here. I can't imagine anyone paying and listening to this entire series. The narrator sounds like a 9th grader and is impossible to listen to. I don't understand where these good reviews come from. I'm finding it harder all the time to trust the customer reviews. I'll definitely be sending this one back.

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pretty bad

What would have made Trudge better?

This book was not even close to being well written. It felt like bad fan fiction.

What could Shawn Chesser have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It needed a better plot and better writing. Mostly a better plot. Maybe more tongue-in-cheek stuff since he seemed to want to go in that direction (Jack Bauer? Kinda funny)

What didn’t you like about Chris Patton’s performance?

Patton narrated with overly dramatic strained urgency during action scenes. That definitely bugs me.

What character would you cut from Trudge?

Unfortunately, many of the characters were forgettable. I was interested in the mother and daughter, but nothing much happened with their character arcs.

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  • Gary
  • 12-28-15

sorry but i hated it....

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Before I continue let me add that I love the zombie genre, books, films TV series, even the crappy ones.... I don't know how many books I have read but its in the dozens... long winded doccu types like z nation, and belt along "arisen" and "mountain man" series...I am really easy going .. but this was just. well, boring and nasty, boring because it felt as if it had been written with the help of a couple of books for reference.. and nasty in as much as you expect to have a bunch of zombies chomping on people, but c'mon..' what have you got against pre 7yr olds, the glee with which you slaughter 4 to 7 year olds left me feeling REALLY uncomfortable, what was the ratio.... 15 to 1 adult per page?? I have a policy, if someone can take the time to pen a novel then I will take the time to finish it... but not this time, 30 or 40 pages was more than enough....

What was most disappointing about Shawn Chesser’s story?

The story

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Not the best but considering what he had to work with....

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

Enough said already

Any additional comments?

Couldn't find the option to return this book, probably went to far in hoping it would improve

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  • Rothers
  • 01-17-16

Couldn't get into the story

Would you try another book written by Shawn Chesser or narrated by Chris Patton?

No

What will your next listen be?

No sure, don't want to waste more money

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Chris Patton?

mark gagliardi

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

I love Zombie books, I couldn't put down Mark Tufo's or John O'Brians booked, but I couldn't get into this one.

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  • Matt Marchant
  • 06-17-19

Fantastic

What a fantastic narration, I’ve read the book and it was fantastic to listen to it being read out on my car stereo ! Made very boring drives to London and back fly by. Thank you Shawn and Chris 👍

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  • GeGeGennavive
  • 05-16-19

Gruesome but as it would be so if it were life 5*

Narrator made the book so enjoyable. Perfect for characters too. Brilliantly written book. Thank you

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  • Steve
  • 02-12-17

Well worth a listen

Now on book 7 and hooked. Thought it was lazy to listen instead of read but am really enjoying it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-18-22

Garbage

Absolute garbage, overtly racist, over the top nationalism (e.g the main characters brother in law disliked him till he found out he volunteered for the military, then is willing to die for him), no build up to break down in society, literally happens over night, bikers gutting children and beheading people within 24hrs, main character getting a free pass wherever he likes because he had a military background (which leads to no problem solving, just "I was in the military" "well ok then go right ahead sir". Every character is either a good guy that knows how to shoot or and absolute maniac who will butcher anyone they cross all this before day 1 is over, that's as far as I got before giving up,

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-04-21

terrible zombie story

no build up on characters background, jumping around between characters. it is really confusing and narrated badly. is kate a male or female? still not sure.

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  • G. Hussain
  • 04-13-21

Giving up at Chapter 23

I recently binged on the Mountain Man series.

Thought I would try this story. But after 23 chapters I have had enough. Not going to listen further. I care more the Bronco 4x4 then any of the characters.

Borderline racist lead character makes it even more depressing, nothing worse then a racist character at the end of the world :-)

Gaf

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  • Crystal M
  • 12-10-20

Great voice acting and an enjoyable story.

This book is pretty much what you want in a zombie post apoc novel. Details on guns, army knowledge, death and excellently detailed scenes. The author has great imagery.

There are multiple views points, which I also found enjoyable.

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  • Ruth
  • 02-23-19

For gun nut & gore loving zombiephiles

Not quite my favourite zombie story but if you are a gun & gore loving zombie freak you will enjoy it. I like that the characters aren’t idiots & they have some humanity. A perfectly good story if you are feeling zombie deprived but a bit lacking in depth for me :)