ABR's full Army of the Dead (Zombie Attack!, Book 2) audiobook review can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.
After listening to the first book in this series, I found it to be a no brainer to listed to this book 2 in the Zombie Attack! series. While book 1 was pretty good, I am really hoping that Sagliani can grow his story telling from pre-pubescent to at least mid-adolescent.
Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed Rise of the Horde. But from there, there is so much room for growth.
My hat is off to Devan Sagliani for doing exactly what I wanted him to with this story. I wanted growth and I got it. He was able to create dimension and depth within his previously shallow characters.
A couple of things really surprised me here. First that somehow Sagliani was able to create a squeal that is closer to double the length of the first book than it was to the same length. More often than not I find that the second book to a series becomes shorter than the first.
Secondly, how the powers that be could have totally managed to split this into two separate stories. As I mentioned it was well long enough to do so. But also the sheer content and volume of the adventure had many suitable stopping points. Kudos for not doing this!
Thirdly, Army of the Dead didn't suffer from what I like to call "Book 2 syndrome". This is were the story slows down to a crawl. Only serving to give more back-story to the characters and to setup the awesome book 3 plot lines and villains.
Fourthly, this could have been a standalone story very easily. No real need to read or listen to the first book to fully enjoy what is going on. As everything we need to know is explained to us quite nicely.
If you liked Rise of the Horde even a little bit. You will love Army of the Dead!
Full of huge action scenes. All of the blood and guts and zombie ambushes one would expect. Characters that are more believable than not. That will take you through most of your emotions via zombie filled roller coaster. Plot twists and turns, while no all that surprising, all over. Pure zombie entertainment.
Audiobook provided for review by the author.