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The outbreak started in New York. Within days the infection had spread to every corner of the world. Nowhere is safe from the undead...Bill watched from his window as London was evacuated. His leg broken, he is unable to join the exodus. Turning to his friends in the government, he waits and hopes for rescue. As the days turn into weeks, realising inaction will lead only tThe outbreak started in New York. Within days the infection had spread to every corner of the world. Nowhere is safe from the undead...Bill watched from his window as London was evacuated. His leg broken, he is unable to join the exodus. Turning to his friends in the government, he waits and hopes for rescue. As the days turn into weeks, realising inaction will lead only to starvation and death, his thoughts turn to escape.Forced to leave the safety of his home he ventures out into the undead wasteland that once was England, where he will discover a horrific secret.This is the first volume of his journal....

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London Reviews

  • Håkon
    2019-04-04 11:54

    I am currently listening to this and Paradise Lost. I got this for free, and who does not like free stuff right? If i were to tell you which one is easier to listen to it would easily be Paradise Lost. Rarely have I ever listened to such boring ramblings, most of whom enter into platitudes and banal events that are seemingly told for no reason at all except in order to reach a page-count so that the novel can be published. It is not that I don't enjoy novels with this kind of style. I very much enjoyed The Martian for example. This book, however, is simply not enjoyable, funny, or enlightning in any way shape or form.I usually try to look for the positive qualities of a novel, but sadly it has no redeeming qualities whatsoever.

  • K.J. Chapman
    2019-03-20 15:52

    This review is featured on my blog: Writerly Bookish StuffI rate this book 3.5/5.Bill is an advisor to his MP friend, Jennifer. A broken leg has him confined to his apartment during a zombie infection outbreak. Jen promised to get him to safety, but the car that was sent was attacked and the driver was killed. Bill's story is built upon the journals of his confinement from just before the London evacuation to about 3 months after.The first part of the book is pretty much Bill moaning, moping, and waiting to be rescued. His poor survival skills and the insights into how he passes the time were building blocks to show his mind set and how it changes with the realisation that he is well and truly left to his own devices. He isn't a man who takes well to manual work, and you quickly learn that he isn't courageous, but he is intelligent and knows a lot about the evacuation, the early days of the outbreak, and what has/ may have gone wrong during the evacuation and containment.Persevere through the first part, and I promise, the book picks up.The author has thought out different government tactics during such an incident, and I found it all extremely fascinating. I cannot fault the detail woven into the evacuation plans and the realism this creates.There is something different about this book, and it's hard to put my finger on. Considering that I didn't really like Bill and the narrative isn't action based, I found myself turning the pages and wanting to know the conclusion. Whether it was the realism, his intellect, or the need to see if boring Bill toughened up and survived, I am hopeful for the next books in the series.

  • Midu Hadi
    2019-03-26 11:59

    The author was kind enough to gift me a copy of his book. This book is being offered for free, in exchange for an honest review at Making Connections. Get your copy here.What I liked:the way the author chose to tell the story-journal of a survivor during a zombie infestation. It might be difficult to keep the reader interested but I had fun reading it.the gradual change in Bill's journal entries-he begins with believing that his MP friend would be sending a car for him to learning to fend for himself, once he realizes help won't be coming. the part about Sam & how it affected the way Bill reacted to the plight of other survivors.What I didn't like:the origin of the outbreak was just too expected or typical. I also think maybe the author could have kept that part for the next book.Fans of slow moving zombies & stories styled as journal entries should definitely give this one a try. Also reviewed at:ShelfariAmazon B&N

  • Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
    2019-04-15 17:02

    Eh this one was OK. My Thoughts: Have you ever read a book that when you finished you just felt like, "Huh, that's it?" That was my reaction after finishing London (Surviving the Evacuation). The main protagonist Bill is an incredibly dull fellow who spends the first half of the story giving us commentary about his even duller existence. Listen, I like a good build up but when over half the story follows just a single character sitting in his flat complaining about everything from lack of hot tea to the weather it can drag the story down quite a bit. Bill is the type of protagonist who shouldn't survive but somehow does despite doing literally everything wrong. Now I will say that despite the first half being nothing more than a lesson in procrastination the story wasn't all bad. Once we left the flat and Bill started exploring the newly dead world things started looking up. The back half has more action and the pacing picks up considerably. So in the end while I didn't love this one, I know I'll at least, well probably anyway, still continue on with this series. In the end I gave this one ★★★.

  • Christy
    2019-04-04 11:19

    I enjoyed this book a lot. It starts off a little slowly, with the rather mundane tasks of having to survive the zombie apocalypse with a broken leg (as if it wasn't hard enough already!) but there's already the hint of intrigue as we discover the main character was involved in politics, and has a lot of behind the scenes information. Unfortunately he's been left behind to fend for himself, and we follow his journey through his personal journal as he tries to make his way out of an over-run London and to discover what went wrong with the evacuation plan - a plan that he himself designed, but never got to see in full. It is a fairly short and easy read, and ideal for fans of zombies, survival or the apocalypse, with just enough political / conspiracy to give it a different edge to the usual. This was a promotional free purchase, but I have already bought book 2 and look forward to reading it.

  • Ellie
    2019-03-30 18:02

    Wow. This is everything you need in a zombie novel. I've read a fair few of the zombie diary style books, this one is by far my favourite. It's really well written, and it's relatable, Bill acts exactly like the average person would (or hopes they would.) With just enough contact with Zombies to keep you on your toes, and plenty of new survival ideas, it really does keep the readers interest.What makes this different is Bill used to work closely with the government, and ends up with a broken leg so can't escape to evacuate (thank goodness) He seems a bit of a helpless tool at first, but as time progresses he really comes into his own.I found this full of new ideas (for me anyway, and I love zombies) although mixed with some of the classic zombie traits. I've taken some ideas on board, just incase we do get over run with Zombies. And I'm now eagerly awaiting book two!

  • Heather Duff
    2019-04-20 13:07

    I bought this on a whim as Amazon kept recommending it to me and I am so glad I did, The tale of Bartholomew "Bill" Wright is a gripping read and as he is pretty much the only character in the book we get to know him very well.Bill is/was a government adviser to his old friend Jen who has been appointed Minister for the Interior, during a visit to Whitehall, Bill is knocked over a banister on to a marble floor which results in him waking up several days later with a broken leg.As he comes to, Jen is there by his bedside but she is the bearer of some terrifying news, America has been attacked, he sees footage, totally horrific footage of a mall in the States and people running and jumping for their lives, they are being hunted down by creatures and these creatures are zombies, there is no better word for it, they are the dead who have risen again with a taste for flesh.The UK goes on lock down its borders are closed, the channel tunnel blown up and the government announces that the whole of the island is under quarantine, chaos in ensuing around the world. back in the comfort or discomfort as he has a broken leg of his flat, Bill watches with help from his informer Sholto, chaos and horror unfolding around the world, the inevitable happens of course and the UK succumbs to the infection and one by one people start dropping like flies and rising as the living dead.Bill can only watch from his flat, he has been supplied with food and drink from Jen but he is well and truly stuck and to be honest to begin with he is better to be in his flat than outside with Them. One by one the utilities fail, electricity, gas and water, he has been given a mobile to contact Jen and she calls one day to say a car is coming to get him, that car is still outside with the driver lying dead beside it.As the story unfolds Bill's cabin fever sets in, he counts down the days until he cast can come off and he has to ration his food and water. He starts fending off his fever by raiding the flats below but when his supplies are near spent he makes his escape narrowly avoiding the undead he starts making his way from safe haven to safe haven, happily looting along the way and getting better at despatching the zombies.Apart from one survivor he came across who ran without taking Bill and his broken leg, Bill is by himself but he seems quite a lot of the time in good spirits and I think this is what makes this such a could story, yes there are moments of pure terror, panic and the fear of discovery is constantly on his mind but he also craves tea and creates a hybrid coffee and coke drink.Surviving the Evacuation is a brilliant start to a series of books which follow Bill and his struggle to stay alive in a Britain changed for the worse, he discovers that there is more to the infection than he first thought and I think we are going to see some great revelations as this story progresses plus I hope he is not lonely for to long!Awarded 5 out of 5

  • F.R.
    2019-04-08 15:16

    There’s a lot to be really impressed by here. I say that as a man who doesn’t generally read zombie novels, who thinks that we’re over-saturated by the undead and that most of the depictions aren’t that interesting. But, if you spin that on its head, then I suppose the fact there is so much zombie media out there means some of it is going to be good. It's the law of averages.The first half of this novel is fantastic. If you too are tired of zombies, I’d still recommend the first half. It’s basically an injured man trapped in a flat watching the world fall apart outside. It doesn’t really matter that it is zombies, it could be Cthulhu sending its tentacles down every street. The horror comes from his being trapped and helpless, in a big city but cut off from the rest of the world. It’s gripping, claustrophobic (which is obviouslya type of horror I love) and the scares come from the practicality of having nothing and having no way to get anything.Once our protagonist gets out of the flat, it’s not quite as interesting (even if this is a book which visits my old stamping grounds of Surrey Quays and New Cross). Still, the fact that it remains self-consciously Robinson Crusoe with added zombies makes it a winner in my eyes. A smart and entertaining read that that takes an intriguing conceit and keeps finding new ways to make it thrill.

  • Mona
    2019-04-17 15:07

    3.5Better than your run of the mill zombie book.The excellent audio narration helped.

  • Shana Festa
    2019-03-22 10:54

    There's a certain something about this book that had me intrigued from the moment it showed up in my submission list. I can't tell you if it was the cover or the title because, frankly, I think they're both captivating. So, maybe I'll just say it was the combination of both. So intriguing, in fact, that I had a hard time ripping it out of another team members cyber hands!Surviving the Evacuation begins with Bill, aid to Jennifer, his childhood friend and now politician, having broken his leg and recounting his story via a journal. Armed with damning information from his very own version of Deepthroat, Bill watches from his window as neighbors and would-be rescuers are downed by the infected. The phones and electricity are down and Bill's only means of communication is a satellite phone given to him by Jennifer before things turned ugly. The only one is answering the phone anymore. Bill fights against time as his food supplies dwindle, counting the days until his leg is healed enough to travel to someplace safer.I enjoyed the book, but felt at times as if some of the situations had been done before. Take, for example, waking up in the hospital and not knowing what had happened. Reminiscent of Resident Evil and 28 Days Later. While well constructed, there wasn't enough pizzazz to put his own stamp on and make his own. For this reason, I awarded the book 4 out of 5 stars. I did, however, enjoy the origins of the infection and wish there had been more time spent on this story line. This part showed some real originality. Kudos to Tayell on this, because let's be Frank (lol, sorry, couldn't resist), There is only so many ways to write a successful outbreak to allow for it to be believable. I believed.Surviving The Evacuation has a conclusion, but definitely leaves readers with questions that must be answered. This reader absolutely has to find out what became of his friends and confidant. Luckily, the second book, Wasteland, was released a couple days ago. Here's to hoping that one gets submitted for review as well so I can get those answers!This is definitely a book I would recommend to add to your libraries.Visit to read the entire review

  • Nicola Sarah
    2019-03-31 12:50 story begins with Bill who is seeking refuge in his house following an outbreak of a deadly virus. As the undead begin to take over the city, London has had to be evacuated. Bill remains at home with a broken leg which ultimately renders him useless. His childhood friend Jennifer has assured him that one of her government associates will in time come and rescue Bill. In the meantime he has a limited amount of food and water to keep him going. He must be careful though to ration the food as it won’t last forever and he doesn’t know when he will be rescued.This book is written in journal format and is Bill’s day to day account of how to he is surviving in a world that has been taken over by the undead. It starts out as 21 days since the outbreak began, 18 days since Bill returned from hospital and 7 days since the inland areas of Britain were evacuated.Surviving The Evacuation has two parts. In Part 1, we learn what Bill must do to ensure his survival and we also get a good sense of the emotional rollercoaster he has been swept into. One minute he is feeling hopeful and the next he is melancholic and devoid of any hope about his situation.In Part 2, we see the pace pick up and with that we see a change in Bill’s outlook and overall attitude. As the story unfolds, Bill is faced with many dilemma’s in relation to whether he should stay in the house or go out into the world and face his biggest fear. His food and water is not going to last forever and sooner or later Bill has to face the reality of his situation. We see him really struggle with making a decision here.But with a broken leg, is leaving the house even an option for Bill? Also, there is a chance that his friend Jen has one of her colleagues coming to rescue Bill. With cabin fever setting in and panic coming to the surface, it becomes clear that Bill has some very important decisions to make and time is not on his side.My Thoughts:I was in search of a Zombie book to fill the massive “Walking Dead” shaped hole in my heart. I heard of the “Surviving The Evacuation” series on my facebook book group. One of the members was gushing about it and I just knew I had to give it a try. I wasn’t disappointed. I found this book really easy to engage with and loved the fact that it was written in journal entry format. The writing style was accessible and highly readable.The main character Bill was not the “hero type” that I was expecting. He was flawed, wonderfully and undoubtedly, flawed. My favourite type of character. Anyone who reads my reviews knows that I do not seek perfection in my characters. The more flawed and troubled they are, the more I can relate to them.Bill is not particularly proficient or skilled, he is self-absorbed and he is the master of procrastination. Needless to say, these attributes are not very condusive to surviving an apocalypse. Ultimately, he does little to inspire the reader of the likelihood of his survival.That said, Bill does evolve as the story progresses. While many of his plans end up getting sabotaged, he does however find some creative ways of turning the situation around.What I like about this book is that we are getting the story from a personal point of view. I got a real sense of the level of panic one would feel, being in Bill’s predicament. His injury, combined with the fact that his supplies are running low, leaves the reader in no doubt as to the plight of his situation. I found Bill to be very relatable and could see myself going through the same thought processes if I were in his shoes. His situation is bleak and Bill is all too aware of this. That is what makes the book such an interesting read. You really don’t think Bill stands a chance. What I didn’t like about this book was the tension. I felt that it fell slightly short in this area. I can’t really go too much into this without giving the story away so I will just park it there. When it comes to dystopian and horror type genre’s, tension is what draws me to a story and that is what I need. Also, the pace could have been picked up a notch in my opinion.Overall though, I found this book highly readable and I enjoyed being in Bill’s head for the duration of this book. The protagonist was multi dimensional and he really came into his own by then end. I didn’t have too many un-answered questions and was happy with the wrap- up. Even though it is part of a series, in my opinion it could work as a stand alone. A good read, not brilliant but good. I give it 3.5/5 STARS. I am definitely going to continue with the series.I would recommend “Surviving The Evacuation” to anyone who enjoys The Walking Dead and fans of the Zombie and Dystopia genre.Surviving The Evacuation can be purchased here: Amazon UK

  • Maritza
    2019-04-15 17:58

    Even though I have never watched the show, this reminds me of the last man on Earth. He is doing anything to survive and we are the voyageurs cheering him on. This was my first time reading anything by the author and would love to continue the series.

  • Shaun
    2019-03-22 15:54

    Complicated bookReminds me of old school end of the world tales like Day of The Triffids. The narrator is annoying at first but by the end you find yourself liking him. Also not the hyper competent protagonist of a less well thought out tale.

  • Terry Tyler
    2019-04-13 13:51

    Just read this in the space of 24 hours - it's not a very long novel, only just over long novella length, I think, or that might be just because I was enjoying it so much that I read it quickly; maybe it seemed shorter than it was.This is the journal of Bill Wright, the man who was unlucky enough to break his leg just as the trouble started. The first half of the book is taken up with his survival, hope and growing despair as he recuperates in his flat, the second half with his escape and attempt to find a place in which he can be safe and live some sort of life again. Alongside all the day to day worries, though, he uncovers to the reader (and to himself) the real truth behind the outbreak and the 'evacuations'... suffice to say I downloaded the next straight away and will start reading it as soon as I have posted this review! I'm fascinated by tales about survival against all odds, and think Frank Tayell has done a marvellous job of this. It's a lot more intelligent and well written than many books in this genre that I've started and abandoned, and the pace of the first part is spot on. I found the intricate details of Bill's ideas for day to day survival completely engrossing, and a round of applause for not just copying half the scenarios from The Walking Dead, 28 Days Later or Survivors; this actually paints a slightly different picture of such a disaster, and not one in which the protagonist keeps coming across groups of people who just happen to have all the skills necessary to survive in the new world, either. Loved the conspiracy orientated bits, and I can't wait to read the truth about Lenham Hill.....I'd definitely recommend this to any fans of this genre - and it's set in England, too!

  • Sabine
    2019-03-31 13:56

    First, I would like to send a huge ‘thank you’ to Frank Tayell for gifting me a copy of his book. Secondly, wow… The writing was practically flawless, quick and easy to read. No hiccups. I truly did enjoy reading this one. I won’t go into the overview, because let’s face it, you can read the overview with the book. What I do want to point out is that this is the first zombie book I’ve read with such an extreme personal point of view, I can’t help but think of ‘Bill’s’ character as being me and the thoughts I would have during the end of time. Should I leave my safe haven? How long can I stay and survive here? The constant struggle back and forth on whether to walk down those stairs, open that door, and face what’s out there was nerve racking enough but then you must also scavenge the buildings around (which I will admit some of those ventures were quite comical). What I’ve realized most zombie books appear to have a group mentality, several people fighting together and telling their personal stories half-heartedly as they chop away bodies. Not this one (ok, so there is some chopping). Here is one person, one journal keeping the man sane, one hope that she will come save him, and one realization that it may never happen. So what is he to do? Survive or die? And with a broken leg…Oye. Even the Doomsday Preppers didn’t have a chance in this book. This will go on my zombie favorite’s list for sure! Bravo Mr. Frank Tayell! Looking forward to Book 2!

  • chucklesthescot
    2019-04-03 15:03

    Bill is a political advisor for rising star MP Jennifer so she promises to evacuate him to a safe place is the zombie apocalypse in the US enters the UK. Bill is at home with a broken leg when Britain becomes infected and the first car that comes for him is attacked, leaving the driver as zombie nosh, and Bill stuck.Bill is a very annoying man. He is sitting safe indoors with food that Jennifer brought early in the outbreak, and he is just moaning like a child. He has no real milk as Jennifer failed to bring him that and biscuits, only the powdered stuff he doesn't like, his tea is cold, he can't get up and down stairs easily because of his broken leg, Jennifer is taking AGES to send another car...and when he realises that one of his tenants who fled because of the zombies repainted her room without permission, he is gleeful about keeping her deposit. WTF is wrong with this idiot?Bill is dumb. He owns a house where he rented out rooms on the ground and first floor as flats while he lives in the attic. His tenants fled and left most things behind so why not move down into one of these flats instead of moaning about going up and down the stairs to raid their stuff??? Show some common sense man or just shut up with the complaining already!!! I can't imagine why Jennifer would WANT to rescue this whining child! I'd leave him there to rot.

  • Tinnean
    2019-03-26 12:09

    This had a slow start, but once Bill left his flat, it moved steadily, and of course the world's governments were involved. One thing has me confused: does it take a bite to cause the infection? Those in the church committed suicide but didn't turn. The two in the Grange Farm Estate died from the useless vaccine, but when Bill entered the cottage, they didn't open their eyes and come at him. In The Walking Dead, it doesn't matter if you're bitten or not: no matter how you die, you'll come back as a Walker. Makes me wonder. I hope Bill's able to recharge the laptop's battery and watch the rest of the videos, although I don't know how much good it will do.I also wonder if Jen made it, and Sholto.As I said before, it all boils down to kill the dead, fear the living.I may skip ahead and read the last book.

  • Lucas Darathy
    2019-04-08 10:15

    This was... boring. The last 1/3 of it was actually interesting. But most of the book was basically the main (and only) character sitting there and complaining. I think that the story will be better in the next book, which is the only reason I finished this one in the first place.The writing here is okay. I've seen some mistakes, but nothing too bad, and they were very few. It's a journal, which can be good sometimes. In this case, it was meh. The MC was not interesting enough to be the ONLY thing in the book. The story needs other people, or else we'll be stuck with this whiny guy forever... and he cannot carry a whole series on his own.All in all, this had the potential to be pretty good. But it wasn't.

  • Mark
    2019-04-05 16:49

    Surviving The Evacuation by Frank Tayell tells the story of Bartholomew Wright, nicknamed Bill by most people living in London. What Bill does throughout the course of this book reveal through journal writing about his life and the events taking place during the zombie apocalypse happening.For the most part I enjoyed reading this, it's written pretty well, and took just a little while for me to read this due to its short length. Four stars and I look forward to reading part two.

  • Joe Stamber
    2019-03-25 10:02

    This novel is mostly about a man with a broken leg sitting in his flat feeling sorry for himself and whining. Occasionally he looks out of the window at any zombies that might be milling about outside. Eventually he leaves and wanders around London, encountering the odd zombie. Most of the time he finds other places to sit in and feel sorry for himself and whine. There are a few embellishments, but that's about it. It's more about surviving the tedium than the evacuation.

  • Janey
    2019-04-10 10:09

    An excellent story by Frank Tayell that is well-executed and well-written.Bill is stuck in his apartment as the zombie virus breaks out across London with a broken leg. A lot of the book is an account of his diaries as he monitors what's happening to the U.K by radio or outside his window. There were a few unbelievable scenes, but then I had to remind myself this is a zombie book!Definitely a good book and highly recommended. Looking forward to the next book Frank Tayell!

  • Teri
    2019-04-20 15:14

    It's pretty rare that a book will catch me up so entirely that I go and snap up the whole series as soon as I can. These books are engaging and show a very popular story arc in a new way. its a series I don't want to see end!

  • Rinny Rainwind
    2019-03-22 10:53

    I started off really disliking the main character. But I suppose the average person would be the same as him in that situation. He had to find himself and his strength. He was more tolerable by the end of this book. I'm going to love this series. I really like the " journal stories". A must read.

  • Megan
    2019-04-02 11:00

    Could not finish. Just dull.

  • Autumn
    2019-04-20 18:16

    See or for review.

  • Darsie
    2019-04-15 11:57

    Interesting format.. like a diary. Gives a more personal and immediate feel to the story. To shorthand the story concept...If I had to compare this story to others, I'd say its "28 days later" meets "the man who watched the world end" (by Chris Dietzel.. excellent book btw). The author captures perfectly the feeling of isolation, of fear and helplessness..he's trapped, fully knowing "what" needs to be done but having no way to achieve it through circumstances beyond his control. This is not a traditional post apocalypse survival story, with a protagonist prepped to the hilt and ready for anything. There are no surprising revelations of all kinds of stunningly useful survival skills. Or convenient discoveries of hidden stashes of incredibly useful supplies or information. No, this was just a regular guy, trying to figure things out as he went along (without the aid of google and no "call a friend"options either).I almost cheered when he suddenly realized how useful a wok could be! Because he's totally alone, the introduction of other characters is limited, mostly, to flashbacks from his past. But these flashbacks serve to explain how he came to be in this predicament and the evacuation process that London went through. The pace was slow, occasionally. Understandable, really.. after all, how much "action" could there be under the circumstances and with no input or interaction from other people either. But I did get frustrated with him, he was intelligent but made some stupid decisions. I wanted him to ration his food better and some of the things he did were so wasteful. But of course, for a long time, he was expecting a rescue team and thought all he had to do was survive until they arrived. ETA: one thing made me crazy though, why on earth didn't he wait for his neighbor in the downstairs apartment! He had more than enough time to get all his gear down there, with a few days supplies, just in case. Then all he had to do was lay low and quiet till the neighbor showed up, and then it would have been just two minutes from door to car. Ugh. What an idiot.I appreciate that the mystery of the outbreak is explained... how it all really began, (horrifyingly possible - why do scientists search for a one size fits all solution. Always a mistake!). We find out why he was left behind and seemingly forgotten (his educated guesses on that were fairly accurate). I also liked his final choice for a safe haven. A smart choice, made from hard lessons learned. Finally, he was thinking like a true a survivalist.This was a free download that turned out to be rather good. Recommended!

  • Taksya
    2019-03-31 11:11

    Nuova epidemia zombie, nuovo diario giornaliero tenuto da un sopravvissuto alla catastrofe.L'ultimo letto fu il primo capitolo della serie scritta da J.L. Bourne... e fu una delusione. In questo primo volume Tayell prende in giro il tipo di letteratura zombie che ospita la serie di Bourne e rende più credibile la situazione.Per cominciare siamo a Londra e non in America. Diverso modo di pensare, diverso tipo di cultura, forse più vicino alla nostra.Il protagonista non è un eroe in grado di fare qualunque cosa, non incontra altri sopravvissuti in grado di fare quello che lui non è capace di fare. Il protagonista è un burocrate, politicante, vicino ad uno dei membri del Governo e, per questo, convinto che qualcuno verrà a recuperarlo.È superficiale, noioso e si lamenta per tutto... il fatto di essersi risvegliato dopo tre giorni di coma, con una brutta frattura ad una gamba, quando ormai la crisi è in corso, lo esclude dai posti di comando ma gli fornisce mezzi (un amico hacker che lo subissa di video e documenti sull'epidemia) e conoscenze (anche se la sua amica politica, pur cercando di aiutarlo, lo lascia fuori dai giochi) per arrivare all'origine del problema e sopravvivere all'evacuazione che avrebbe dovuto salvare la Gran Bretagna.Per tutta la prima parte il nostro protagonista descrive come cerca di sopravvivere alla futura mancanza di cibo e acqua. Forse noioso ma, mano a mano che prende fiducia nelle proprie abilità e si rende conto di essere solo contro tutti (vivi, non morti e presunti amici), le cose migliorano con il passare dei giorni.All'inizio non si prova empatia per lui, anche se trovo più facile immedesimarmi nella sua situazione che in quella del sopravvissuto alla MacGyver.È una avventura in solitaria. Il diario, scritto a mano, serve come valvola di sfogo e per permettere al protagonista di mantenere la sanità mentale.Tramite il ricordo dei giorni precoma, scopriamo dettagli che ci portano a comprendere (forsr prima del protagonista stesso) dove si era annidato il vero pericolo e come il tutto sua veramente iniziato.Il finale lancia il sasso per invogliare a leggere il secondo volume, ma termina senza un vero cliffhanger.Nel complesso una lettura veloce e meno fastidiosa rispetto ad altri libri simili.Il secondo volume dovrei già averlo sul lettore...

  • Tyrone
    2019-03-29 17:07

    In a crowded market place it can be difficult to differentiate 'your' Zombie Apocalypse novel from the multitude of others. In some it is the virus/infection and how it affects the victims - are they fast/slow, do they evolve, are they even dead. In others it is about the survivors - what skill sets do they bring to the party. Are they special forces or law enforcement or just doomsday preppers fully equipped and armed to take on the zombie horde. Zombie Apocalypse novels are more likely to be set where weapons and deadly technology is more accessible. As such, a zombie apocalypse in the UK would see us more likely reaching for a cricket bat than a sub machine gun or flamethrower. There are good exceptions to this but there are certainly fewer examples as maybe we don't offer the deadly toy-box that many like to revel in in this sub-genre.In this book, Frank Tayell gives us a somewhat dull, not particularly suited to the times protagonist. More of an every man. He puts that man in the unusual position of, initially at least, of being a bystander or observer to the apocalypse as he is laid up with a broken leg essentially watch the world crumble through the windows of his flat. In fact his early efforts at dealing with his situation are laughably poor and immensely frustrating. He is in affect putting us, normal everyday UK residents into the ZA - How bill copes (or doesn't) is probably how we we would do in a similar situation.As the story evolves though it's clear that Bill does knows perhaps more than we would in that situation, through his work and contacts he has more information and is perhaps even somehow complicit in the conspiracy which we begin to find out more about by the end of this book. He even becomes a bit more adept a surviving which removes some of the frustration i felt in the earlier parts of the story.This is a quick read, well enough written to be engaging and has revealed enough to make the central conspiracy compelling enough for me to follow Bill for a while longer on his journey.

  • Crystal
    2019-03-29 15:15

    If you're a zombie enthusiast and you binge on all things zombie related, I'm sure you've imaged what you would do if the zombie apocalypse were to suddenly strike humanity. People like us dream about it, talk about it non-stop and some of us even prepare for that dreaded day. If you're like me, you may even have started your zombie survival kit. But what if it were to descend on us at a time when we least expected it and all the preparation we did was for nothing? What if you were stuck in a small apartment building alone...and your leg was broken? How would you defend yourself? Find food and water? Run if you needed to? Maybe this is something new we zombie enthusiasts need to think about and to plan for, or maybe you should just read this book.In "Surviving the Evacuation, Book 1: London" Bill finds himself under these dreaded conditions. His leg is broken and we find him waiting patiently to be rescued, writing in his journal and watching the tragedy unfold outside his window. It soon becomes clear to him that the help he was promised was not going to come and broken leg or not he was the only person who was going to save him.The book is told through a series of journal entries which usually isn't my thing because I love reading dialogue, but I found it very refreshing and could not put it down. I cannot say anymore without giving away spoilers but what I can say is that something that is probably the most cliche' thing to say but I'm going to say it anyways, "if you love zombies you'll love this book." I could feel the isolation, Bill's struggles, loneliness and pain. The only thing that really bugged me was how easy it was for him to kill a zombie... like it was natural, like it was a normal everyday occurrence. His first kill should have been hard and then gradually get easier but it just seemed too easy for him in the very beginning.I highly recommend this book!

  • Brian Switzer
    2019-04-04 11:08

    An interesting read. STE, book 1: London is an anomaly in the indie zombie apocalypse universe. Not a lot of action here. It's one guy's introspective telling, in which he does a lifetime worth of thinking as he moves from one abandoned place to another, trying to hunker down and survive the outbreak. Many, many authors would fail to execute that premise, but Tayell handles it nicely- the book is very well written and the reader comes to admire the hero's craft and guile as he learns to survive in a land overrun with the dead. Another interesting split from the genre's usual fare- firearms barely make an appearance in STE. There's a pistol the hero is unable to retrieve off the floorboard of a car, and that's it until the very end of the book, when he finds a policeman's suicide note. I found that refreshing, since the zompoc genre certainly has its share of gunporn. A sad number of books in the genre seem to be nothing more than an author's adolescent fantasy of what a gun-toting, zombie-shooting, Billy Badass he'd be if only he were lucky enough for an outbreak to occur. Compared to those protagonists, one who chooses to mostly avoid the dead and has only the items around him to use as a weapon when forced into a confrontation is a breath of fresh air.