The Remaining Paperback – 27 May 2014
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Survival horror at almost its very best . . . Molles and Orbit are certainly onto a winner in a series that deserves to be seen by genre fans be it online or on paper (THE BOOK BAG)
These are my current favorite post-apocalyptic zombie novels! . . . I love how this series builds fantastic characters and poses them with and against one another in super believable situations. I can believe this future...The action is detailed and vivid (BOING BOING)
A well written, taut adventure novel with characters that definitely make a mark (SF CROWSNEST)
A thoroughly entertaining read (think Matthew Reilly meets 28 Days Later and you won't go too far wrong) that has me eagerly awaiting the sequel (GRAEME'S SFF)
The Walking Dead fans, this one would be right up your alley . . . Pure zombie fiction fun (BIBLIOSANCTUM)
Sharply targeted sentences depict an acutely human action hero who wrestles his anxiety . . . Molles's precise construction gives readers ample reason to return, as does the agonizing companion novella, which provides an unnerving view of what occurred while Lee was waiting to begin his mission (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)
A solidly entertaining action adventure with just enough horror to keep things nice and tense (THE ELOQUENT PAGE)
Those who crave a military take on a zombie-like outbreak will want to check [this] out (LIBRARY JOURNAL)
The first volume in D.J. Molles's bestselling series, now in a special edition with the bonus novella The Remaining: Faith.See all Product description
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I tried to like this book, but after eleven chapters I gave up the struggle and allowed myself to be devoured by: the repetitive, formulaic pros; shallow, two-dimensional characters; and the thin plot line that simply doesn’t make a lot of sense.
If you like a book that is fast paced, gets your heart pounding and is well written, you can't go far wrong with this book.
I highly recommend.
‘The Remaining’ is survival horror at almost it’s very best. One of the secrets to getting the genre right is to make is believable and when this means dealing with zombies this is not always the easiest task, but Molles pulls it off with aplomb. Captain Harden is a very believable character in a believable situation. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that the US Government have a covert operation that deals with the aftermath of any civil collapse. The zombification is also believable, it being a disease that is treated as such.
As a rule, everyone has a book in them, but due to self-publishing online it now appears that everyone also gets it out there. Having read more than my fair share of online-only fiction the standard is not always the highest. There is a place for publishers; they read through the rough drafts so that we don’t have to. ‘The Remaining’ series started as an online experience, but Orbit saw enough in the books to want to release them in traditional paperback format. What makes ‘The Remaining’ standout that little bit more than the slew of undead fiction that is around is that Molles has a better writing style.
Molles has a great eye for detail that fleshes out a scene without rambling. The way that Captain Harden relates to his environment means that you know exactly what type of man he is without having to resort to flashback scenes of endless exposition. Molles deftly brings out the characters in the book through their actions and this is always the best thing in writing, especially in an action packed novel such as this.
Being part one of a series, ‘The Remaining’ does feel a little too episodic; it shares very similar DNA to ‘The Walking Dead’ comic and TV series. Therefore, there is no conclusion in this book, but more of a dramatic cliff-hanger that leads onto the next instalment. I am more of a fan of creating contained stories within a wider arc, which is certainly not the case here. ‘The Remaining’ is a great introduction to the world, but does not get a chance to even scratch the surface.
To balm the reader, Orbit has also included a novella called ‘An Empty Soul’ also written by Molles and set in the same universe. It is a great character study of a new person and hints at various factions that may be introduced into ‘The Remaining’ novels in the future. I would just have liked to have seen a little more closure in this book. With such an open ended style it means the series is likely to have to be read exactly in order. This is very doable for readers new to the series, but many people may pick up book 4 in a shop and want to read it. Will they be totally lost by the TV style mentality of the series?
Although the episodic nature of ‘The Remaining’ does concern me as a reader of fiction, it should not detract fully from what is a pacy, fun and thrilling novel. Molles is able to create a believability in his world that enhances the tension and brings depth to a situation that would otherwise have been written off as pulp. With a little more concentration of creating enclosed narratives within each book, Molles and Orbit are certainly onto a winner in a series that deserves to be seen by genre fans be it online or on paper. Original review on bookbag.co.uk.
Am several books into the series but can safely say this one sets a high bar and the subsequent books get even better.
Now who doesn't love a good zombie romp? If you're a fan of The Walking Dead then I think you'll probably love this book about a virus that affects the brain and renders you incapable of anything kind of rational thought apart from the basic instincts for survival, mainly hunger. They feel no pain so cannot be stopped (the good old head shot will do the trick though!)
The story is based around Army Captain Lee Harden who is part of a government initiative to prevent complete disaster after an apocalyptic event, such as a zombie takeover. He is highly trained and sequestered away in an top secret and expensive bunker below his home waiting for activation and with no-one for company apart from his dog Tango. After the virus hots it's Lee's job to gather the survivors together and survive..... easy? Not really and this is where the flaws start to appear.....
Lee is down in this bunker, he has plenty of food and water, he has electricity thanks to solar panels on his house, in fact he even has an internet connection! The bunker only has one way in or out through the house above (a bunker will just one way in or out (Seriously? When is a solitary escape route ever a good idea?). When down in the bunker Lee has no way of knowing what is happening above ground, yes he has internet that has only just gone down but he had an idea of the mess above ground BUT when it comes to ground above his head literally the government never through to install any kind of security system, no alarms and more importantly no security cameras so Lee can literally check the house before leaving the bunker (Seriously? He could be walking into a house full of the undead..... literally! You build a state of the art bunker but have no cameras outside? Mental!)
Everyone knows that if an apocalypse happened things will eventually stop working.... you know the electricity will eventually fail without someone running it, communications fail, satellite's will stop working etc....... hang on a minute, satellites? Lee has a satellite phone in his bunker and while packing a bag he looks at it and then doesn't take it because he thinks satellite's won't be functioning anymore which is probably true and then the most annoying flaw in the books happens........ he has a GPS device, yes a GPS device, that holds vital information for survival (bunkers of supplies and the like) that he plans to use as leverage to protect himself in the future............. hang on a minute! Doesn't a GPS device work using satellite's, or am I being mental? Hmmmmmmmm, like I said annoying flaws, read them and pass them over while forgetting them they don't affect the story but dwell on them like I did then they have a habit of bugging you later on..... like every time Lee mentions the GPS device!
Apart from that you have a very good book, it's exciting and Lee's character is an interesting one. I do wish more had been written about how he was chosen for the initiative and his training and I really hope this part of his life will be revisited in the sequels and is makes the character more interesting indeed. He is supposed to be the best of the best, a tough guy who knows what he has to do but you get a sightly more human man than that with Lee. Yes, he has the training he need to survive but that doesn't stop him from being completely thrown by the situation outside when he gets out there, when he find people he knows are all gone or infected by the virus. I think this is much more realistic view of an apocalyptic world, you'd have to be a robot to NOT be thrown b your situation and it's no surprise that Lee does struggle to begin with before he his training starts to kick and he gets a feel for the devastation.
You can see why Orbit have taken The Remaining (and it's multiple sequels) and are professionally publishing them. When they were first self-published they took the world by storm so it wasn't a hard decision for them and I do think, despite the annoying bit it's well deserved as D. J. Molles has a good idea here, it may not be a totally new idea but he has a good take on the zombie virus thing (and has a back story mythos that has backbone if treated correctly as every good tale needs a good mythos behind it to work properly) and I firmly believe that it is a story with the potential to grow with the sequels. I will be buying and reading them as they get re-released as I have the need to know what's going to happen next to Lee and the survivors and will the GPS device come back to bite him in the proverbial?
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