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Ravage (Ravaged World Trilogy, #2)

(Ravaged World Trilogy #2)

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FIRST PEOPLE GOT SICK. THEN THEY GOT VERY SICK..
Nick Adams is just a normal guy. He loves his family, appreciates his home, and covets his car. But he absolutely hates his job. Which is what makes it so difficult that not a single customer has come by his store today. It seems as though there’s a bug going around, something that has come out of nowhere and is keeping peopl
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Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 435 pages
Published May 22nd 2013 by SalGad Publishing Group
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Mr. Matt
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, horror, zombies
Books about the impending zombie apocalypse are tough. There are a lot of them out there, and some very good ones. This makes it hard to avoid the cliches and stand out. Ravage, alas, does not stand out.

The book starts well enough. Nick Adams heads off to work and encounters a strange, sick man. One things leads to another and the very next day he is running for his life as modern Britain crumbles beneath the weight of the infected, ravenous horde. By the end of the week, Nick and a small band
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Emma Bannister
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Only half way through and I really don't want to continue reading, which is a shame as I am a fan of IRW's other books. The writing and language is terrible. Everything is so correct 'do not, cannot, will not' that is seems so unrealistic as no body (apart from the queen of course) speaks like this. It's set out like a teenagers piece of coursework. For example the news broadcaster "as I report these words to you, it may seem like some kind of sick joke". Just seems to childish. It has the poten ...more
Julianne Johnson
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
I can't recommend this book. I went into it with high hopes. The author has quite a few books under his belt, and this title came with good reviews. I'm very fond of apocalyptic tales and I was looking forward to the read.

What I liked about the book: Writing style is good. Very engaging. It could use another trip to an editor due to a few typos and grammar oddities, but nothing that can't be overlooked if one is enjoying the story.

What I did not like about this book: There were too many things i
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Patti
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was one damn fine book.

Your basic zombies book, but with an actual REAL explanation to fast "zombies."

Starts out with a tragedy that no parent should ever go thru and ends with a slight chance at redemption.

I found the character of Lily a welcome addition to a zombie novel. I found Dash to be a bit unbelievable.

One of the really cool things about this book was the vignettes at the end, charting the progression of the virus from onset to the tragedy that befalls Nick, our hero.

Definite 4 s
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Christina  Torretta
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As zombie books go, this one is up there in my opinion! From the first page the terror doesn’t stop. And just like in the real world, it isn’t just from the terror of being torn apart, but also by the people you meet along the way!

I really enjoyed how Iain Rob Wright set this up. Three parts to the book. So in the first you meet Nick and read about his story, then Anna, and in the third all hell breaks loose! The plot was very well paced and terrifying. I can easily see this as a movie, especial
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Rebecca
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was ok

So I've just finished reading The Walking Dea......I mean Ravage! How did horror's Mr Wright go oh so wrong?!

I should mention now that this was a free review copy so I don't know whether it's been updated since, however the copy I had was absolutely littered with typos. Not only is there misspelt words, but there are also words missing in places making it quite difficult to read. I have discussed this with someone who bought their copy from Amazon and apparently it does have the same issue.

This
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Nev Murray
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is Iain Rob Wright's first book in his series about a virus reeking havoc as it passes through the British population.

I sort of ruined it for myself a bit by reading Savage first which I did as a beta read for Mr Wright so I knew some things that were obviously not going to happen to some people as they were in the later story. not telling who though so you won't know.

The story starts in a mobile phone shop in a shopping center that is unusually quiet until a rather sick gentleman comes in.
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Sharon Kennedy
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I found myself really enjoying this, and got irritated when I had to get off the bus!

People are getting sick, then aggressive, then craving blood, and then attacking anyone they see. It's some kind of virus, and it's spreading fast.

I really liked the pacing of this novel - the way it slowly built up, showing all the odd little incidents, until the story was racing along at breakneck speed. It demonstrated very clearly the way that society can either break down or pull together in the face of adv
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Raven Elise
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Jesus Crust, it's like a high schooler wrote this. It's not that the plot itself is bad, but the sentence structure just... primitively simple. ""Something something something.' Nick said." Start a narrative like that in a 7th grade paper and its an automatic C; do that in a book and it gets 4 stars. ??? The fact that this apocalypse happens literally overnight and Nick is immune to the despite sleeping two inches from an infected who got sick just by being in the same house as someone who was b ...more
Andre
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
In a world where it seems that a new zombie novel staggers into existence on a daily bases it is hard to create something new and original. Iain Rob Wright is no stranger to horror cliches and actually seems to thrive on them rather than avoid them. A bad thing? No, it isn't.  While he is not exactly creating something entirely new, he is very capable of creating something exciting and entertaining. 'Fear on every page' is his decree and fear on every page it is. No slow trains all stops here. T ...more
Drew
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: zombies, on-my-kindle
I read ‘Sea Sick’ by the same author and loved it but I just couldn’t get into this one and I’m not sure why. The story is full of zombie gore and tons of action and the characters are interesting even if they don’t stand out in any one particular way. The writing is good, the story compelling and the ending is great. If you’re a hard core zombie lover I think you’ll enjoy this book.
Ian
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
I must stress at the outset of this review (apologies for it’s length!) that my criticisms mainly concern the grammatical and similar text-related errors that occur throughout this trilogy and is the main reason for the low rating. (I do have a few other concerns which I’ll come back to).

Some might argue that any text or grammatical errors can be overlooked or forgiven if a story is good and engaging and that to criticise such mistakes is being too fussy or pedantic, but I feel that when you pi
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Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
Ravage was a book I had been anticipating for quite some time. I knew the Author was working on it and was pleased as punch when he asked me to review it for him. Ravage starts out like most Zombie books. Characters living life, doing the daily grind. However, unlike normal days where the store is packed with people, business was slow, no it was quite literally dead.

I really liked the build up to the story. In many ways it had a very Sean Of The Dead type feel to it. Yet, everything sort of jus
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J.C. Brennan
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
People start getting sick and believe there’s a bad cold going around...sneezing, coughing, aches, and pains—the flu maybe…
Nick Adams is an ordinary man with a wonderful wife and son and a job he hates as manager of a phone shop. He has always felt he was meant for something better, but, as we all know, life seemed to get in the way. It’s a very slow day at the phone store with only a single customer coming in. However, it's that customer isn’t looking to buy anything, in fact, he appears to be
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TJ
Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it
This is my first venture into the world of Iain Rob Wright and, based on this read, probably won't be my last. "Ravage" is a solid, if not predictable, story about a zombie apocalypse threatening England.

The book takes off quickly with little in the way of scene-setting (not necessarily a bad thing). Wright introduces the reader to a small band of survivors led by an unwilling hero named Nick who find themselves on the run from a country gone mad. As the band makes their way to what they believ
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Sindy
That Book was my first zombie-novel. I just finished reading it and ... woah, what did I think.
I thought this book was very, very thrilling. I could hardly put it down and had to force me stop reading to get some sleep.

I liked the characters. Most of them were just 'good people' while others were the bad ones a good story needs (besides the zombies). And this story had some good twists although in the second half I could sense were the plot would lead. The end was surprising nevertheless but I d
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Crystal Rafuse
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved this. What an interesting take on the zombie genre.

It's nice to actually have a working theory, for once, as to exactly what causes people to instantly come down with cannibalistic rage, and then to literally come back from the dead; as opposed to the usual campy attitude of "we don't know what this is, or why, or how, or where, or when." (I mean, of course, the characters don't have a clue what's causing the melee, but we as the reader get a bit of backstory in the end, which is a nice c
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Robin
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Not your typical "zombie" book, especially since the word zombie is never mentioned even once. I realize that had to be a choice the author made but it seems a bit odd given that the book is filled will all sorts of pop references, but I guess he didn't want it just to be a zombie book, which it isn't.

The characters are, for the most part, interesting and fully realized individuals with back stories and complex personalities. There is even a non-human character who is
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Michael Mangold
Sep 10, 2014 rated it liked it
I think we’re well-past the time now when characters in zombie apocalypses should be aware of zombie basics. Chief among these is knowledge that bitten survivors are ticking time bombs that should be head-shotted immediately. We’re also past time when the poignancy of man’s inhumanity exceeding that of the undead monsters becomes a cliche. When Ravage succumbs to these shortcomings its especially frustrating because there are vast stretches of enjoyable, even touching storytelling. On the whole ...more
Cheryl
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Zombie virus

"Ravage" starts out with a simple "flu" bug and ends up spreading across the world. It hits fast and soon the affected are chomping on other humans and the dead are coming back for a snack.

There are no huge surprises with the story but it's written well and has engaging characters - good guys and bad guys.

One thing I especially liked was the bonus content at the end of the Kindle version of the book called "Path of Infection." It was really a prologue to the tale and explained where
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Claire
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant story from Mr Wright. I immediately loved Nick, the main character, and the fantastic storyline. A horror set in an amusement park, not to mention the weird and wonderful cast of characters that Nick finds himself with whilst fighting to survive - genius!
While it's no secret that I'm a big fan of this author's work, I really think that other readers will enjoy it, even if they are not neccessarily fans of horror books. Put it this way, if you enjoy The Walking Dead on TV you're
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Rebecca Trotter
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombies, apocalyptic
Top of the line zombie novel with the unique twist of why the apocalypse is happening.

As an American, I encountered different idioms and topography than I am used to, but it was very easy to become completely absorbed in the world of Ravage. The author definitely wrote what he knew and I thank him for that!

I am emotionally attached to the survivors, including Lily, so I hope there is a sequel.

p.s. I am still upset about Nick and Jan.
Arrow
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Books are better than movies. Here is a zombie book that proves it. In a blatant disregard to wholesomeness this book sports some of the creepiest child zombies I have ever come across. In the first few chapters I wondered why this zombie plague was upon the world and for the rest of the book I honestly couldn't care less as long as everyone kept fighting and dying as graphically as possible. If you are hanging to watch a good modern zombie movie....read this book instead.
Katya
Jul 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Iain Rob Wright is one of my favorite horror writers and, as usual, he told a good story. Unfortunately this book didn't put any new spins on the zombie apocalypse idea but it's still worth a read! The chaos of the early stages of the zombie plague were really fun, the last half of the book descends into bickering among the survivors.
Barbara
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It had great story lines, and good character development.
I liked that there was more story lines than just the zombie problem which made the book more interesting.
Although the ending was sad, I really enjoyed it and thought it was a great way to end the book.
I really enjoyed it, again if you like Zombie books - this is a great pick!
Robert Jones
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just when you thought, nobody could possibly make another zombie apocalypse novel, you discovered Ravage by Iain Wright. Iain is a remarkable storyteller who has defined and shaped his stories to share an experience like none other.

When I first started reading “Ravage,” I believed it was going to be just another boring zombie apocalypse book. It started out like any other day, before anyone has realized that the world has ended. Iain takes readers across multiple realities, while bringing people
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William Taira
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Entertaining and intelligently written story in the zombie apocalypse theme.

Well-written, part of a larger series, but makes sure that the book can be enjoyed as a self-contained story.

The characters were not all well developed (too many to devote that much time to expand upon), but the author also didn't use cliche stereotypes as a shortcut. Good for a quick apocalypse read, just wish it didn't have the inevitable long time before the main character realizes that yes, those are zombies.
Derek Douglas
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Pretty standard zombie-apocalypse stuff. It's essentially Walking Dead fan-fiction. Obvious plot, standard characters, and no background as to what caused the infection (which at this point with all the zombie material out there would actually be fresh and interesting.)

The writing and pacing is fine. But the topic and story is just boring at this point. Why not less than three stars? I'm judging the novel in its context; if you want an unoriginal zombie story this is perfectly acceptable.
Trina Talma
Jan 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
I could say a lot about why this book was so lousy, but I don't think it's worth my time. Literally the only thing that kept me reading was almost nonstop action, which left little time in the story for boring stuff like eating, sleeping, interesting conversations, or plot and character development.
Evelyn
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nick Adams works in a phone shop. One day no one comes in. Finally a sick customer comes in and bites the salesman, Paul. His sick wife takes him home.
Nick finds his son and wife sick too and is forced to kill his son.
He tries to drive away to get help for his wife but there is total chaos everywhere. This is just the
beginning of his adventure to stay alive.
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Iain Rob Wright is one of the UK's most successful horror and suspense writers, with novels including the critically acclaimed, THE FINAL WINTER; the disturbing bestseller, ASBO; and the wicked screamfest, THE HOUSEMATES.

His work is currently being adapted for graphic novels, audio books, and foreign audiences. He is an active member of the Horror Writer Association and a massive animal lover.

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Ravaged World Trilogy (3 books)
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