*Day Two:* Higher brain function erodes in those exposed to the gas. Their bodies begin to distort, faces distending, skin sallowing, teeth elongating.
*Day Three:* The infected disappear into the shadows, fleeing the harsh daylight which has begun to sear their flesh.
*Day Four:* The world is DEVOURED.
Life isn’t kind to Lance York. A full-time job has eluded him for years, his wife loathes the sight of him, his bank accounts are empty, and his wealthy father-in-law revels in his failures.
After he lunges in front of a car to save a sick and disoriented woman, Lance awakens in a quarantined hospital. A devastating plague is spreading worldwide, driving those infected with it insane. Their bodies begin to mutate into horrors that have haunted mankind’s nightmares for centuries.
The world descends into chaos as the infected flee to the shadows, emerging at night to devour the remnants of civilization.
With the help of an unlikely ally, Lance must navigate through the collapsing city of Pittsburgh, striving to escape the madness of the apocalypse that unfolds around them.
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By Mike Naka on 01-02-2014
great addition to my zombie library
Any additional comments?
devoured is a really good initial outbreak story. although it's not a pure zombie novel, zombie enthusiasts will definitely like it!
this story reminded me of 3 of my favorite zombie stories: infection: alaskan undead apocalypse (book 1 only), the remaining, and we're alive.
i thought of infection b/c devoured starts out in a hospital. i thought infection had the best hospital outbreak scenario, but devoured's is better. brant does a really good job building the tension as lance, his wife, liz, and his friend, don, learn the hospital they're in gets quarantined. brant also does a good job racheting up the fear and hysteria as more and more people in and around the hospital become infected and the military shooting starts.
i thought of the remaining and we're alive b/c the infected aren't zombies but something worse, much worse if you can imagine that! as michael aptly puts it, "zombies are only the cocoon stage!" brant adds his own horrifying twists on the infected, giving them a creepy and unique feel.
this is a well-balanced story. there's a lot of action and good character development. i'm not one of those people who talks during movies, but when i'm alone, listening to a good book, i do tend to talk aloud sometimes when i'm riveted by something that's happening. while listening to this story, there were a few times when i found myself talking / yelling / swearing at a character. so you can say i was affected by parts of this story and its characters.
wayne june does a pretty good job narrating. he is able to conjure and portray the different range of emotions and their tones, and he knows when to speed up and slow down.
overall, a very enjoyable story! i highly recommend it to all those who love a good zombie / end of the world story.
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By Michael on 28-01-2014
Zombies only the cocoon stage? Nice change!
Keep telling yourself: This isn't a zombie apocolypse novel.
Is that a BAD thing? Not at all.
I like twists on a theme. In this case, Brant takes a tried and true concept of infected masses turning into zombies, and make the zombie condition not the final transformation, but a PART of the transformation, more of a cocoon stage, if you will. The infected's FINAL transformation and result is terrifying (Aren't we all a bit weary of the oozing, shambling dripping moaning dead? Just a bit?), and makes for a good listen, and a good beginning to the series.
Pittsburgh serves as the backdrop for the author, and he writes well for the genre. Brant's writing is descriptive without being heavy-handed, flowing without skimming over the important points. Just a bit slow at the beginning, but it paces nicely from there, and has solid action and story lines, good character development and for a "first in the series," is a nice launchpad for what's ahead. You'll be drawn into this world, which is also a great reason to read or listen to a good work such as this - The suspension of disbelief is a writer's chief craft, and without this, it's just words on a page, or noise on an audiobook. It becomes forgeable, and is thrown on today's ocean of such books.
Finally, all of the above strengths reminded me of Clines and a few other modern scifi/horror writers that share these combined skills, and garnish our attention, and justifiably so.
The narrator Wayne June did a good job here, and assisted in the journey - He's a storyteller, and almost sounds as if he's talking to you over a kitchen table. A budding conversationalist. Always a nice touch.
I'll read the next in the series., that's for sure.
So, I recommend that you open that purse or wallet, and pull out that shiny Audible credit, and buy this audiobook. And while you do, keep telling yourself:
This isn't a zombie apocalypse novel... This isn't a zombie apocolypse novel.
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By Claire Thake on 04-06-2014
Would you consider the audio edition of Devoured to be better than the print version?
I would consider both to be brilliant!
What other book might you compare Devoured to, and why?
I haven't read anything similar to this before so cant compare it.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
lots of them but I did like it when Lance meets Cass
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
If I had enough time in one sitting most definately
Any additional comments?
highly recommended! Brilliant story that keeps you hooked!
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By NormaCenva on 30-08-2016
so much goodness!
I enjoyed the story very much. Characters were real in their vulnerability and the plethora of details made it a very nice read. It pulls you in, just after finishing book one I've bought the other two straight away!