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The Rot

by Paul Kane

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My original The Rot audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Adam is a fighter pilot chosen to test a self-sustaining skin suit. It recirculates all his water and waste so the wearer doesn’t need to eat or drink. It was meant only to be worn for one week, but when the world falls apart, it is the only think keeping Adam from the rot that is infecting the world.

Some contagion has entered the world, turning men and women into mindless and ultra-violent mandmen. But it isn’t just the people, it’s all things. Buildings and machines are decaying, even the very ground is disintegrating. Adam may be the only man left untouched, protected by his suit. The cause is unknown and he may be the only one left to find a stop to the destruction, if he can survive.

There is a feeling of I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. The bleak separateness of the landscape and everyone out to kill him. Has the world simply evolved and now Adam is the outsider, trying to hold onto the past. The listener doesn’t know.

One might be tempted to call this a zombie novel, but the infected people are not dead, just maddened by the disease, though they do act like them. The dark hopelessness of the novel is quite compelling and fits a certain genre. It is a quick listen, but feels full, the world well described and Adam well developed as the reluctant last man on Earth.

The novel is performed by Chris Barnes. He does an excellent job, catching Adams moods and intense loneliness. He does more than simply read the book, he acts, and it is well done. There are few other character voices, but they are done well and easily differentiated. Excellent.

The Rot fits into several categories at once: Zombie, Sci-Fi, Horror and Dystopia. It is a dark novel with literary overtones and will appeal to this audience well. An excellent book that leaves the listener thinking about it long after its completion. Recommended.

Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator. ( )
  audiobibliophile | May 9, 2017 |
The Rot is the story of the world's end. Adam is a test subject. After volunteering to sport a phenomenal environment suit, that recycles your sweat, urine and fecal matter to ensure survival, the world went to pot. Ha!- that was a pun; you catch it? It takes everything in Adam to survive the effects of the mysterious plague that turns every day people into raving, brainless lunatics. With society totally abandoned, he has to find a way to continue on, and find someone to extend the human race's deadline.
Secondly, the story carried a different take on the end of the world concept.

How many times have people tried to come up with a story on a body suit that's made to be a second skin? It extends Adam's life and makes you wonder, what happens when he thinks the plague, disease or whatever has gone away? Can he get out of it? What about his body and functions after being inside for so long?

It's a cool story and one that makes you think, but not too long. It was just enough to get my spook on for entertainment. Check it out!

For the full review: http://www.areneehunt.com/the-reviews/the-rot-by-paul-kane
The Rot, audiobook
Paul Kane
Horrific Tales Publishing
​September 24, 2016 ( )
  AReneeHunt | Apr 25, 2017 |
The Rot is the story of the world's end. Adam is a test subject. After volunteering to sport a phenomenal environment suit, that recycles your sweat, urine and fecal matter to ensure survival, the world went to pot. Ha!- that was a pun; you catch it? It takes everything in Adam to survive the effects of the mysterious plague that turns every day people into raving, brainless lunatics. With society totally abandoned, he has to find a way to continue on, and find someone to extend the human race's deadline.
Secondly, the story carried a different take on the end of the world concept.

How many times have people tried to come up with a story on a body suit that's made to be a second skin? It extends Adam's life and makes you wonder, what happens when he thinks the plague, disease or whatever has gone away? Can he get out of it? What about his body and functions after being inside for so long?

It's a cool story and one that makes you think, but not too long. It was just enough to get my spook on for entertainment. Check it out!

For the full review: http://www.areneehunt.com/the-reviews/the-rot-by-paul-kane
The Rot, audiobook
Paul Kane
Horrific Tales Publishing
​September 24, 2016 ( )
  AReneeHunt | Apr 25, 2017 |
The Rot is the story of the world's end. Adam is a test subject. After volunteering to sport a phenomenal environment suit, that recycles your sweat, urine and fecal matter to ensure your survival rate, the world went to pot. Ha!- that was a pun; you catch it? It takes everything in Adam to survive the effects of some sort of plague that turns every day people into raving, brainless lunatics. With society totally abandoned, he has to find a way to continue on, and find someone to extend the human race's deadline.

I liked The Rot for a couple of reasons. First off, the narrator, Scottish Chris Barnes, has an excellent voice and accent. Had it been baby babble, with a few words here and there, I'd have listened! His voice made it for me. Don't get me wrong, I liked the story too, but it's like the book was made for him. Secondly, the story was an interesting concept.

How many times have people tried to come up with a story on a body suit that's made to be a second skin? It extends his life and makes you wonder, what happens when they think the plague, disease or whatever goes away? Can he get out of it? What about his body and functions?

*For the full review: (April 24th, 2017) www.areneehunt.com
The Rot, audiobook
Paul Kane
Horrific Tales Publishing
​September 24, 2016 ( )
  AReneeHunt | Mar 1, 2017 |
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