A great book helped by the “Bray Effect”
5 out of 5 stars
This book would have most likely gotten 5 stars without R.C. Bray, but if I could give it more, I would. Bray is so incredibly talented it’s crazy. His narration of The Retreat: Pandemic was just perfect. The voices were perfect and the laughs were so good they gave me chills.
The Retreat: Pandemic was a book I read (what felt) too close to another Bio-Thriller. But, with most Post-Apocalyptic books; this takes place right after the pandemic starts. There wasn’t too much in this about the virus (or contagion), but I’m really curious if this will be left to other books and prequels. (Dear Mr. DiLouie, sir. If you can tap Richard Preston for a prequel that shows how this virus started, I would probably faint).
This is definitely a book for those who love military style post-apocalyptic novels. It revolves around a combat ready soldier who is trying to get himself and other soldiers to safety.
The story itself was very well written. I couldn’t tell that three authors wrote this together. It definitely felt like one awesome, gory, and scary book. The “clowns” as they are called are creepy-as-f. Honestly, I shouldn’t have listened to this at night so close to going to bed. The description and the incredibly gruesome ways that people were killed and tortured at their hands should have given me nightmares.
The Retreat: Pandemic sits somewhere in the nook and crannies of numerous genres including Military Fiction, Bio-Thrillers, Horror, and Post-Apocalyptic.
I really hope that there are more books in this series, and I really hope that Blue Heron Audio continues to tap R.C. Bray to narrate them. I will eat them up… and laugh while doing it.
Pandemic (The Retreat #1) by Craig DiLouie, Stephen Knight, Joe McKinney
Narrator: R.C. Bray
Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
Series: The Retreat #1
Published by Blue Heron Audio on April 22, 2016
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The first episode in a new novella series by acclaimed horror writers Craig DiLouie, Joe McKinney, and Stephen Knight!
In Boston, a battalion of light infantry struggles to maintain order as a new disease turns people into sadistic, laughing killers. As the numbers of infected grow, the battalion loses control, and the soldiers find themselves fighting for their lives against the very people they once swore an oath to protect.
During the ensuing collapse, the lost battalion learns the Army is still holding out in Florida, which has been cleared of the infected. Harry Lee, its commander, decides the only hope for his men is to get there. But first they must cross more than 1,000 miles of America that has been turned into a war zone, fighting a fearless, implacable, and merciless enemy.