The flowerly, purple prose of the author made this book, about some really interesting psychology, almost too sweet to swallow. It wasn't just in chapter beginnings, or case summation either, it was stitched into the fabric of this book and, I felt, did a complete disservice to the story he was trying to tell.
This title is so full of 80's trivia, pop culture references, and nostalgia (for any age) that it's easy to overlook how solid it works as a stand alone sci-fi novel. The futuristic world the character's live in is as much a three-dimensional, fully developed character as the ones I've come to like while listening. And their world within a world becomes even more so. At just over 15 hours this book still felt way too short and I'm counting the days until a sequel comes out, and passing that time by starting a second listen. Honestly loved it.
Well play Wil, well played.
You can tell that The Viral Storm is the culmination of a lifetime of study. And although Nathan Wolfe clearly has the ability to talk over your head, he rarely uses it. The book is obviously well researched and I felt it was entertaining without talking down to the audience. Although I would have liked to hear more about fringe viruses and possible disaster scenarios, he does a very good job explaining a couple of possible pandemic agents (with great information on HIV, Influenza, and a number of viruses you may never have heard of) and outlining how they might spread throughout the populous.
I have to say that this book is not a thrill ride though. It's more like watching a documentary than seeing a blockbuster. You will come away with a better understanding of diseases, how they spread, and possible systems to prevent pandemics (one part I though he devoted maybe too much time on). But it will not leave you on the edge of your seat.
Don't get me wrong though. I really enjoyed this audio book. If you are genuinely interested in viruses and their prevention I could not recommend this book more. But if you are looking more for
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