Matt Kearns and the remnants of the scientific team return to a ravaged America. Modern medicine has failed to halt the spread of the flesh-consuming parasite, and humans have been forced to hide, even from one another.
The infected roam the cities and suburbs of a ruined nation. But the devastating effects on human physiology are only the beginning. Something has been let loose, something that the team were not prepared for - human nature itself.
Matt and Carla must make it back to the CDC headquarters, crossing the apocalyptic countryside that proves every bit as dangerous and deadly as the South American jungle. The race is on to test their eradication cure, before their world suffers the same fate as that of the giant saurians of prehistory.
But there is something they don't count on - the solution has a high price. If they don't use the cure it means the end of mankind, but what if the remedy is worse than the disease?
©2013 Greig Beck (P)2013 Bolinda
The second episode finds the research team deep in the Amazon jungle. The action is quick and the team quickly dwindles. The writing isn't bad but sometimes less really is more. IMHO, drawing out the suspense over a few scary incidents might have been more effective than trying to include every jungle cliche ever imagined. I did enjoy part two but it could have been better. Looking forward to episode three.
Just one other note. It was somewhat annoying that part three of the story was available a week before part two. Be sure you are listening to the books in the right order.
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)
This warning is probably too late but... if you haven't yet started this series (it was released in 3 parts), DON'T!!! Save your time and money.
Episode one was the only installment even worth the paper it was printed on - and its plot just stopped mid-scene. Book two was full of abnormally (and inconsistently) behaving characters and had a distinct Jurassic Park feel to it. This book - Episode 3 - is bad. Plain and simple.
The biggest issue with Episode 3 is that the characters do not behave normally, at all. For example: they are told, specifically and directly, that if they do X, then people will die... so, what happens?? they go ahead and DO X. Then (yes, seriously) in the NEXT scene, after two people died from their first stupid ignoring of instructions, they DO IT AGAIN.... and guess what... more people die!!! wow... what a surprise... If you have the only potential cure for humankind, are you going to go wading through hordes of infected, 30 minutes after you just lost two of your party to the infected? No... I didn't think so...
That, and the 'bad guy' (added to the story at the last minute) was ridiculous and gave the book the same feel as some very trashy low-brow zombie novels out there.
Anything redeeming in this book??? hmmm... the epilogue... was probably the only part worth reading after the first half of the first episode. And no, I am not exaggerating. The underlying story might have been half decent, if only the characters didn't behave like imbeciles.
It is not graphic or gory and there is no sex. The narration is good.
Perhaps, if they were anything like the second episode
The dystopic theme of the episode is sort of interesting but the author takes it too far.
The characters behave differently in this episode than in the two previous ones. Some characters, especially Carla, make very strange choices that are out of character based on the first two episodes. The part about the infected, especially the part about Dylan, is over the top. My advice would be to skip this one.
After listening to the first two episodes, which take place in the Amazon jungle, the last installation of "The First Bird" was disappointing. The actions of the female characters seem designed to frustrate. You can expect a certain amount of that in any action fiction, but these characters go from surviving a jungle hellbent on eating them to a modern urban outbreak situation in which a ranking CDC doctor can't seem to get past the idea that invisible things can kill you-REALLY?!?! Come on. If you didn't feel up to writing that third installment, maybe you should have gotten someone else, don't torpedo the whole thing. I was ready to check out this author's other works until this third episode, its really that bad. My advice would be to read the first two, and then just pretend they all lived happily ever after. The closure you are looking for won't be found here.
This book keeps you engaged, and just when you think you've got it figured-out - WRONG!. I'm happy I waited till book 3 to finish writing the review (even though I would have given books 1 & 2 five stars). In truth, book 2 started as a disappointment. I appeared to be some kind of Prepper's documentary- but it wasn't. It ended as a modern nightmare scenario where all fears exist (hint).
But, as I said before, it would make a great. movie- a BLOCKBUSTER!
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