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Rated 4. On a cold February day in the small town of Clayfield, Kentucky, an unsuspecting and unprepared museum director he finds himself in the middle of hell on Earth. This is a tale that is well worth reading.
Having no safe haven to which he can flee, the director decides to stick it out near his hometown and wait for the government to send help. But the disease and those infected are not his only concerns.
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He must also contend with armed gangs, strife within his group, his own lack of skills… and his conscience. There are tough decisions to be made if he is to survive. A pandemic is spreading around the globe, and it's turning most of the residents of Clayfield into murderous zombies. Having no safe haven to which he can flee, the director decides to stick it out near his hometown and wait for the government to send help.
The zombies are dangerous because of their infection, but are not a match for a person one-on-one. However there are a lot of them. At least with zombies it seems more realistic: no reason to ponder what all the fighting is all about. The story has lots of activity.
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A lot of it is somewhat along the lines of a more typical "prepper" a. The comment is made that the people who survived were the smart ones the prepared and the lucky. The little group that forms realizes that it has been lucky, and goes about some after the fact preparing. The zombies are difficult, but for the most part can be dealt with. Thus, you have a lot of talking about what the ideal survival setup might be.
One house has a wind turbine, but they realize that it would be too much of a target once "regular", but not very nice, folks make an appearance. There are definitely folks who are nicer than others, but there is a more realistic continuum of types. And folks who shade into an uncomfortable gray area.
So did I like the book? Yes I did. The author is generally good at the action scenes, which is unusual enough in itself, but also is very good at bringing all of the characters, good, bad, and even some of the zombies sort of to life.
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The author has a better than average understanding of the weaponry, but doesn't over do it: particularly as the main character does not have this level of understanding. In the short term survival world, rifles and ammo prevail. They are not hard to find, and smokeless gunpowder being the equalizer it is, and there not being a super abundance of NAVY SEALs, rangers, and ex-military types sometimes found in our post apocalyptic world, women are just as capable or incapable as the case may be, as the men of holding their own.
Because our hero doesn't make too big of an issue of it, our hero does pretty well attracting women. Since, this was an audio book, I will note that the narration was generally well done, although the male narrator was not always entirely convincing with the female version of Southern speech patterns.
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I generally don't notice Southern dialect much, as I am rather used to it, and I noticed it here with the women. We now come to our two descriptive not qualitative ratings: 1 to 7 with 4 the mid-point and 7 high. Realism does not include the cause of the collapse or apocalypse, but is otherwise an assessment of how close to today's world is the setting.