A world-wide flu pandemic and the resulting impact on a family of four in a small Maine town. Dad is a PTSD laden Iraq War veteran. He plays war-battle-brainless video games with his son, likes wearing camo-gear, guns, disaster preparedness, etc. There is an undercurrent of a visceral enjoyment in this character. He seems to relish the militaristic life they now lead. A lot is written about the military accouterments, night vision goggles, camouflage, more guns. The family is ready for the pandemic, basement loaded with food, anti-viral medication … and eventually the flu permeates their surroundings. Not much is related with regard to world or political impact, although it is briefly mentioned. The story primarily involves a picturesque neighborhood and a few neighbors. People become desperate, offensive, defensive, predictable killings, vagrants appear, disappear, etc. Most people are not prepared.
I think I would have liked this book if the main character had been a reluctant hero. Personally, at least to me, the guy was nuts and a bit scary. He enjoyed this scenario too much. Mentioned only once, this would have been an excellent opportunity to explore the ramifications of PTSD - the causes, symptoms, treatment. The author missed his chance here.
The Jakarta Pandemic is read by Joseph Mortan, approximately sixteen hours of listening. In my opinion, Joseph Mortan is more suited to a different genrè, historical fiction, for example. This story is action-thriller … maybe Scott Brick or Dick Hill?
If you’re into the ‘pandemic’ events, I suppose you’ll want to check it out, but be prepared to wear camo and peer out your bedroom window with night vision goggles several times. No spoilers, but the ending is a bit anticlimactic … meh.
It could happen!
The Goldfinch...The storytelling by the narrator was so very convincing, it felt like it could happen tomorrow. I was on edge waiting for the next chapter after each chapter. I was aware that anything could happen in the story because in reality anything could happen as well. Another great story and storyteller!
Alex, of course! The nuances in tone depicting Alex's thoughts made me smile, smirk, and grimace.
I could not stop thinking about it. I work in medicine and appreciate the book was not about the disease, rather the sequela and fight for survival.
I hope this isn't the end of Alex and his family.....I would love to read more.
I was pleasantly surprised by this story. I went into it expecting a zombie virus outbreak story. This is not that. It deals with the build up of a flu pandemic and how it affects a single street community during the outbreak. The main character is a prepper and is well prepared for the event. However, his naive neighbors are unbelieving that an outbreak could happen. The story deals with the main character convincing his neighbors that the outbreak is real and the government will not be able to help the residents for some time to come. Of course some of the neighbors do not have enough food or supplies to survive. They turn on their neighbors out of desperation. The story is believable. There are protagonists and antagonists amongst the neighbors which is what I would expect during a major crisis.
If you enjoy this story I would suggest you read "One Second After" for a different perspective of how a local community deals with a world apocalypse.
No. But this book really didn't have anything interesting in it to read about. It basically was a very very realistic telling of one family staying safe in an epedimic that really didn't get to out of hand. It was so realistic (no zombies, no massive gangs, no aliens) that I'm sure this is what will really happen but it was pretty boring as a book
The reader was fine
not really fun
Great storyline. Love Alex but he can be a little wussy at times. His wife is ok but annoying at times with her anti gun crap Are there really people this on the fence about their own survival?
I read like a madwoman all my life but now I have bad eyes. Thank goodness for audio books
I enjoy this kind of science fiction that goes in to a story about what could happen if a disease becomes rampant in our country. Maybe just thinking about this will help us be better prepared if something like this did happen. I know it got me thinking and it was a very good read. Great narration as well.
The main character needs to have some kind of flaw. He's practically perfect in every way, except interesting. His reactions are dull and overly detailed, no matter how desperate the situation.
A narrator who sounds interesting in the story he or she is reading helps a lot. This wasn't the case here. Get rid of have of those useless details and make the main character not be so much more brilliant and brave than everyone else.
Maybe the narrator needed a more interesting book to narrate. He sounded bored, which fit the book so maybe it was an appropriate narration.
The story idea was good.
I saw some other reviewers gripe that the main character shows his political leanings too much. When I read that, I thought maybe there would be an snarky personality when I listened. There wasn't. There was no personality, just a measured flawless character with a flawless family.
Yes, as it was a thought provoking presentation of how an upper middle class neighbor would probably react to a pandemic. Our recent history show how some refuse to isolate for fear of contaminating the many.
Steven Konkoly is a Liberal. I get that and I don't care! Enough slamming Fox News. I dropped John Ringo for spewing his conservative views on one of his fiction novels and I will drop this one as well. The author insults my intelligence by inserting his own political views in a FICTION novel. The story itself was pretty good but I couldn't take it anymore.
As much as I hate to dog the Narrator I must; His tempo never changed! He showed no emotion at any given time no matter how dire the situation seemed.
This is the first negative review I have ever given and I have purchased over 500 audio books. Once I get into a series I complete it no matter how many there are. NOT THIS ONE! Steven Konkoly... You lost me......
Author uses the book to rant about his political views. If i wanted a political book i would not be buying from the scfi area.