In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from the Islamic Republic of Indonesia (IRI) and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture-perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. As a seasoned sales representative for Biosphere Pharmaceuticals, makers of a leading flu virus treatment, Alex understands what a deadly pandemic means for all of them. He particularly knows that strict isolation is the only guaranteed way to protect his family from the new disease.
With his family and home prepared for an extended period of seclusion, Alex has few real concerns about the growing pandemic. But as the deadliest pandemic in human history ravages northern New England, and starts to unravel the fabric of their Maine neighborhood, he starts to realize that the flu itself is the least of his problems.
A mounting scarcity of food and critical supplies turns most of the neighbors against him, and Alex is forced to confront their unexpected hostility before it goes too far. Just when he thinks it can't get any worse, the very face of human evil arrives on Durham Rd and threatens to destroy them all. Alex and his few remaining friends band together to protect the neighborhood from a threat far deadlier than the flu, as they edge closer to the inevitable confrontation that will test the limits of their humanity.
©2010 Steven Konkoly (P)2012 Sunny Day Audiobooks
I could not put this story down. It was well-written, with many insights and details, and the narration was very strong, especially the narrator's lowered voice rendering of the protagonist's private thoughts.
The protagonist in this story, Alex, takes his family through the harrowing experience of surviving a pandemic. Alex is more level-headed, observant and wise than everyone else except his loving CPA wife, and certainly more than the neighborhood neanderthals, those who came after the pandemic and those who were already there. The problem is that Alex is ahead of everyone else simply because in his role as a sales agent for a money-hungry pharmaceutical, he is more attuned to the need to prepare for the pandemic. His family is provisioned for over a year with food and supplies and guns locked up in the basement. In that sense, we get to see Alex as he is without facing the survival struggles of the hooligans around him. But the hooligans are reduced in their humanity simply because - they don't have what Alex has. It is a cheap contrast. We sympathize with Alex and can't stand the hooligans, but the truth is that the hooligans could be just as sympathetic as Alex if their families were protected from the pandemic and had plenty to eat, and Alex could be just as contemptible if he was not. It's not so much that the writer wants us to want the good guys to win, but that we want the "people who had more advance warning and chance to prepare" to win. But it is easy to confuse the two in this book.
The book was filled with political statements. Alex goes around in his camouflage outfits and peppers his thoughts with his war recollections, has an impressive knowledge of guns, and an impressive collection of guns. But it turns out that all but one are unregistered. He also, even preceding the pandemic, has built an impressive survivalist complex in his basement, replete with different drug samples he has squirreled away illegally in order to keep his family as healthy as possible. Against this backdrop, the story reminds us that Alex can drop tired canards on conservatives, republicans, and Fox news with the best of the polarized left.
The above are not necessarily complaints, just "mild crititiques".
This was not the formulaic survival story some reviewers claim. It is a great read/listen, a truly engrossing story.
The plot premise was OK and even timely (pandemic, etc. but the story development was too slow and plodded along with endless detail and scene description that was not remotely germane to the plot.
The book would work with a rewrite because the story premise was sound. This book was on "bargain" and I've learned that there is a reason books are placed on "bargain." I'll be cautious buying there again.
The narrator was solid - he was not the problem with this audio
I was disappointed in this purchase; the description was appealing.
The author needs to work on moving the story along and avoid getting bogged down in mundane conversations and scene descriptions in the name of attaching realism to the story. It gets boring.
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
I liked the timely of the book, the story did not rush and done not push too much at you. I could envisage that in an actual pandemic many of the stories in this book would or could occur and that I found made this book interesting.
A very good job, well don.
I liked the timely in this book, how the timely made the book more believable. I was never bored or felt I had Heard (read) this type before.
I am an avid fan of audio books!
Characters with some human emotion. After listening to this book I downloaded, "The Stand", by Stephen King. I know that these are two very different books, but the similarities are that both books are about a flu that sweeps the nation and kills many people. As I was listening to The Stand, I was thinking about what an artist King is. His character development is second to none. The Jakarta Pandemic is very bad. Sorry Mr. Konkoly. If King gets a 5 and then it is only fair that you get a 1. No comparison.
Where is the character development and true emotion? By the way this is my first review that I have ever written and I have purchased many books. After comparing his book to others, I had to write one.
I would not have cut any scenes. I would have made the characters REAL!
The story was extremely plausible (which I can't always say with this genre). The people were your next door neighbors (or yourself). It just shows how quickly the craziness can start (and how stupid/risky people can be) when there's a one-two punch of pandemic and food shortages.
The night they had the shootout with the crazed "neighbors" (people who had broken in and taken over a home). Loved the slow, tense build up.
Also, if you liked the movie/TV show "The Office," you'll love it when this guy's obnoxious boss gets his just desserts.
I liked his narration so much, I want to hear more from him. Just smooth and wonderful.
Pandemic Survival Tips!
Where can I buy some Tamiflu???
I am an artist, living in Cairns, Queensland, Australia right next to the Great Barrier Reef. I listen to audiobooks everyday while making art and on into the night. I really like mysteries with a good serving of suspense on the side that keep you wondering right to the end. However, I won't say no to any entertaining and well written book which has been read by an excellent narrator.
This book succeeded because it kept the story local - in our own neighbourhoods - and thus we could all relate to it. Alex and his family were supposed to look pretty average and normal too, but Alex - surprise, surprise - has a background just perfect for this story to ride on, with his experiences in the military in the middle east and his sales job with bio-technical company that manufactures flu drugs. Getting past the contrived characterisations, the book reads well and builds in suspense as Alex' own fears about the future grow and what the family must do to survive the perils the confront them. I enjoyed the book very much because what confronted them was quite believable without the author having to resort to unbelievable horror, zombies or such. Recommended reading, especially for those who love apocalyptic and post-apocolyptic fiction.
Greater Seattle area real estate broker that loves to read...or listen.
Insightful, realistic and entertaining.
The one family that was diligent, the one who prepares for possible chaos, becomes the 'bad guys.'
All done well!
Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.
I think this book was an excellent guide book for what could happen in a pandemic. It was well written, and captured the neighood relationships good and bad. I would recommend this book as a glimpse into what it would be like type of thing. It is not a zombie book, nor is it an end of world book. It's a book that describes the few months the country/community would have to endure in a pandemic situation. Good story, not great but good.
Only if they were hardcore pandemic/zombie fiction fans. It's a good story line that explores the long-term consequences of a world-wide pandemic that kills a lot of people and what daily life would be like if society collapsed. But if someone was new to the genere, I would recomend Day By Day Armagedon as a better use of a credit.The characters are incredibly formulaic, making the same bad decisions and facing the same consequence as every other protaganast following the JL Borne story arc platform. Like Borne, Konkoly is a Naval officer, having graduated from the Naval acadmey; and like Borne, the protaganast is also a retired Naval officer. What separates this book (and all the others riding on Borne's coat tails) is that the main characters consistently make decisions that the reader and the characters know are in thier own best interest. If the characters were unaware of how they jepordized their own safety, at least there would be the suspense created by irony of situation, but when the reader and the characters are aware of their bad decisions, it causes the listener to become incredibly frusterated with the characters' obvious stupidity.The body of decent pandemic/zombie liteature is fairly shallow, making this book better by comparison, but only within the genre. As a work of fiction within the greater Audible library, it wasn't that good. Someone new to the genere would be better off listenin to something else.
Day By Day Armagedon by JL Bourne. Both are disaster/pandemic stories written by Naval officers with Naval officers as the main character.
The naration was consistently delivered in a "ho-hum" diction. It fell somewhere between the animated performance of Roy Dotrice and the chillingly detached litany of Jay Snider. My guess is that the casting director was trying more for the latter, but Joseph Morton's attempt at a cold delivery underscoring the gravity of the situation has a fatherly quality that just makes him sound bored with the story. This was the product of casting and not direction.
Yes, if it was filmed on Peaks Island, because I'd like to see more of this really unique community that I hope to live in soon.
It was really exciting for me to listen to this book because it takes place on Peaks Island, outside of Portland, Maine. I actually have plans to move to this island in the near future, and as a hardcore pandemic/zombie fan, of course I've thought about how this island would offer haven from a world-wide pandemic. I'm guessing he lives there, and boy won't that be an akward experience running in to him after lambasting his work! Fortunately, he will have no idea who I am.
This was an excellent read. This was more about what happens to the guy next door then the world as a whole. A very localized and realistic story for my tastes without the added gore that is replete of most of the genera. I am awaiting the next one from Steven Konkoly.
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