• Wicked Awake Too: Slaughter Before Slumber

  • By: Merrill David
  • Narrated by: C.J. Grey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Years earlier, Marine veteran and former Dallas Police Sergeant Jake Hathaway allowed federal government scientists to conduct top-secret experiments on his soldiers, and on himself. They were given supplements designed to transform them into "Invincible Warriors". Instead, the formula became tainted by some pesky, infectious prions. The result was a virus that transforms exposed humans, some more gradually than others, into frenzied, flesh-eating, cannibalistic zombies!

Jake’s former police partners, Kelvin “Mack'' McElroy, a Belgian Malinois K9 named Roscoe, and a petite tattooed blond named Megan Anderson team up with a dwarf named Anthony and some survivalist prepper friends from Mississippi. Their mission: destroy the creatures, ensure an end to the Infection Armageddon, and most importantly - survive! To accomplish these goals, their only chance may be to first find their missing friend, Jake Hathaway. As a result of the Marine Corps "Zeus Project", he now possesses superhuman abilities. But is the team better off not finding Jake? Will they find him to be man - or monster?!

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Worst books in my collection!

This is probably the worst writing I have ever sat through in my 300+ library of Audible books. Who in the world proof reads this guys work? The dialog is so stilted and awkward that you have to wonder if this author has ever spent time with other people. The plot was scattered all over the place, with no concept of continuity or pace. The romance and relationship scenes remind me what a 13 year old introvert would perceive to be real. Do not waste your credits on this mashup, there are tons of well written zombie books out there.

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two down

I just finished book 2 & I fully enjoy it as much if not more than book one non stop interest I always felt like I was there with Jake the whole way through

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Where to get your zombie fix…

Wicked Awake too-Slaughter Before Slumber by Merrill David 4/5 ⭐️

The Wicked Awake universe expands exponentially in offering #2 Slaughter Before Slumber. More is learned about the mysterious Zeus Project and the super zombies,such as main man / monster Jake Hathaway. Some zombies / zombies in the making are showing expanding powers, such as precognition and rapid healing and regeneration. (Also, animal zombies!!) And everyone has their own mission, which is survival.

I particularly liked the layout of science parameters of the zombie creation and powers in Chapter 7. As in the 1st Wicked Awake, author Merrill David likes to “flesh out” his storyline with lots of interesting facts on a variety of topics, places, or peoples in the book. Whether it’s the Amish community, industrial pig farming, survivalist communities, etc, you do get an education, especially in police-related tactics, policies, and pencil pushers.

The old gang is back and a few new human zombie fighters are added to the team. Mack and Megan take the lead roles through much of the book, with a certain Belgian Malinois always nearby and as flatulent as ever.

Exemplary narration by C J Grey makes the action move rapidly through the audiobook.

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great listen

I enjoyed this installment of this storyline. The comic relief is real and the chapter headings cracked me up. And once again the narrator did an excellent job.

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loved it

plenty of action good story line .can't wait to read the third one .waiting

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Action Packed Zombie Apocalypse Thriller Ride

Wicked Awake, Too - Slaughter Before Slumber by supreme horror writer Merrill David is everything you want from the second book of a zombie apocalypse book series. More action, more romance, more comedy, more story and, of course, more zombies!

In the first book, Wicked Awake (reviewed 9/16/21) the author pulled us into his world building of a United States slowly overrun by people evolving into super human strength zombies. We learn how the government's failed "Invincible Warriors" project was to blame and we leave our hero, former marine and police officer, Jake, with the tainted formula coursing through his veins.

In this continuation we ride along with Jake's best friend, Mack, Mack's new lover tough tattooed Megan, resilient dwarf Anthony, a few tag along survival preppers, and most importantly, Jake's loyal K9 partner Roscoe, who must be protected at all costs.

As this motley bunch criss crosses the country, from metropolitan and suburban Dallas to rural Mississippi to the underground criminal elements of Las Vegas, looking for Jake, they encounter powerful zombies and very dangerous humans.

Every chapter is fraught with danger and action. Narrator C.J. Grey continues his brilliant storytelling voice acting with giving each character a very distinct voice that fits perfectly with the writer's clear precise descriptions of them.

Will they find Jake? Will he be a full zombie? Where is Jake's girlfriend Amanda? Can they find a cure? Mostly, can they survive?!

Written with a wink of comedic timing, a bow to gory horror literature fans and a few twisty turns to thriller lovers, this audiobook is pure escapism from the real horrors of this world.

All three books are available on Kindle Unlimited and in paperback. Definitely worth treating yourself to this fun zombie, dog loving, human emotional apocalyptic series.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

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A must listen to

I just love this book, it’s even better than the first! Wicked Awake is already a fantastic series and CJ Grey as a narrator brings it to another level. The action starts right off and never lets up. With all the different characters and their adventures while adapting to the new way of life, there is never a dull moment. CJ Grey delivers it with such energy and enthusiasm. His portrayal of all the different characters amazes me. You find yourself getting drawn in and anxious to see what happens to them. I found myself “LOL”ing many times while listening to Mr. Grey singing and slaying. It is greatness. Book 2 has introduced some interesting new characters that make you question their motives. Some humans seem to be as a big of a threat as the zombies. I’m looking forward to the sequels.

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  • 03-24-22

An adrenaline shot to the Zombie horror genre

Dear Zombie horror fiction sub genre your lord and savior Mr. Merrill David has now expanded his Zombie gospel with 'Wicked Awake Too' and it's one, worthy of worship.

What follows is an action-packed, zombie infested, goretastic thrill-ride, scary and fun enough to keep you nailed on your reading seat devouring page after page.

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  • Matt Robinson
  • 03-08-22

brilliant!

absolutely loved this part 3 was epic
having read the first in the series I thought id try the narrated ones and was not disappointed..... C J Grey has possibly the coolest voice you could imagine..... cant wait for next in the series 🙌