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The First Bird, Episode 1 | [Greig Beck]

The First Bird, Episode 1

When a fame-hungry scientist brings an impossible, living specimen of a creature long thought extinct back from the wild jungles of South America he unwittingly brings along a passenger. Something with the potential to destroy every living thing on our planet. The infestation begins, rapidly overtaking medical resources and resisting all treatment.
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Publisher's Summary

Matt Kearns, linguist, archaeologist and reluctant explorer from Beneath the Dark Ice and Black Mountain returns in his first full-time adventure. And this time he doesn't have Alex Hunter to save him when the stuff hits the fan.

When a fame-hungry scientist brings an impossible, living specimen of a creature long thought extinct back from the wild jungles of South America he unwittingly brings along a passenger. Something with the potential to destroy every living thing on our planet.

The infestation begins, rapidly overtaking medical resources and resisting all treatment. One woman knows the danger: Carla Nero, chief scientist of the Center for Disease Control. She makes Matt an offer he can't refuse and together they join a team heading to the deep jungle in a desperate race to locate the hidden place where the specimen was taken.

Only by finding the location of the specimen can the team - and the world - hope to uncover the secret of how to survive the ancient, horrifying parasite that has been released.

©2013 Greig Beck (P)2013 Bolinda

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    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 10-14-13
    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 10-14-13 Member Since 2010

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "Exciting Beginning to Wild Ride"

    The first part of this three part story is very promising. A devastatingly lethal parasite is inadvertently brought back to the states from the Brazilian jungle. A team is sent back to the jungle to find the origin of the parasite and possibly a cure for the deadly parasite which is spreading faster than the common cold. Fans of early Rollins and Preston/Child will enjoy. No problems with the narration. You will definitely want to quickly move to the second episode.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Laura ponte vedra beach, FL, United States 11-02-13
    Laura ponte vedra beach, FL, United States 11-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Episode 1 was good but # 2 & 3 are not"

    Enjoyed the first episode BUT annoyed that the book was released in three separate segments instead of just one. We have to pay more money this way. Episode 1 was good enough that I bought episodes 2&3 as soon as I finished the first. This was a mistake. Episode 2 became tedious with way too many "monsters" and deadly events. I also wanted more details as to what was happening back in the US. Have started Episode 3 but won't finish it. It lacks the promise of #1 and isn't worth my time.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 12-21-13
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 12-21-13 Member Since 2007

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Not a complete story - too bad, it was promising.."

    The title indicates that it is Episode One - which I took to mean that it was the first part of a series... i.e. book one of, say, a 3 book series. This was not the case: this is more like an Episode 1 in terms of a storyline arc in a TV series... i.e. as if you were watching part one of a 3 part TV show where episode one sets up the problem, episode two explores how it can be resolved, and episode three resolves it.

    In the latter example, you do expect a cliff-hanger at the end of each show, and you will tune in next time to find out what happens. This novella is exactly like that... the characters get to a certain point, in the middle of the plot, and the story just stops. It does not resolve any single component first, it just ends at the end of a scene.

    This is why I have only given the novella 3 stars (yes, the word novella is accurate - it is too short for a novel, and if it were a short story, it would have had a resolution). The story is decent and suspenseful but... a written story ending in the middle of a plot point is just jarring. You are absolutely required to get the next book in the series if you want to know anything about how this story is resolved (and my guess is that you will need to buy the 3rd one as well).

    If novella 2 of a series is MANDATORY in order to have any sense of resolution to a story, and each part is too short to be a proper novel in the first place, it should be packaged and sold along with novella one.

    Oh, and the price of it does not reflect the fact that it isn't even a complete story. You will buy it thinking you got a proper book on the cheaper end of the scale, not 1/3 of a complete story which will end up costing more than many other 20 hour audiobooks

    I did buy the next one because the story was engaging; I am just a bit annoyed at the marketing ploy. There is no graphic violence or sex, and not much in the way of foul language either. The narration is quite good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. Allenby Grimsby, UK 06-20-14
    K. Allenby Grimsby, UK 06-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great listen"

    I really enjoyed this book, it's the first of three and I cannot wait to listen to the next episode. The writing is done really well, you can tell lots of research went into it and it is very entertaining. Sean Mangan does a great job with the narration,

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    naughtee hobart, Australia 05-16-14
    naughtee hobart, Australia 05-16-14 Member Since 2010
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    "if you're 12, this is the book for you"

    although these days the young'ns grow up so fast so perhaps if you're 8, this is the book for you.

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    Flora Albuquerque, NM, United States 04-24-14
    Flora Albuquerque, NM, United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2011

    Spay, neuter, adopt, and train. Don't buy, surrender, or breed. Be a good person and carry a weapon just in case.

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    "Don't let the title fool you."
    Any additional comments?

    Not a five star as some say. I'm already listening to the 2nd book. There is more to it then just "birds". Other "creatures in the forest lurk. Price is good so got for it.

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    Lois Mechanicsburg, PA, United States 03-11-14
    Lois Mechanicsburg, PA, United States 03-11-14 Member Since 2011

    catbird1950

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    "Intregued as to where this story is going now!"

    Anthropology, Amazon forest site, paleo-bird link as well as the hook of an ancient disease getting a new foothold in the modern world! The ,author has hit four of my six most interesting subjects just with this one story!

    Where is part 2!?

    The narration of the story made me feel I was along during the trek through the forest and I want to get back to it. Please!

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    Chap Walker San Diego, CA 02-14-14
    Chap Walker San Diego, CA 02-14-14 Member Since 2011

    tattooed viking

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    "A strong start"

    This is a classic pulp style adventure into the jungles. Great characters, lots of adventure, very entertaining. When I finished this one, I couldn't wait to listen to the next one. One word of caution: the 3rd installment stinks, but the good news is that its not entirely needed for the story. Just listen to the first two, and then make up your own ending for the third one, because anything you come up with will be better than the crap ending they drop on us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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