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
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.
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.
Pretty decent. The NPR, quasi-left wing views of the protagonist and his wife seem to offset the overall nature of the book. Even the flaws of the main character are constructed to build the story and teach an indirect lesson for end of the world scenarios. Even the fact that it's technically not an end of the world story, but merely a really bad time for humanity seems to make the point of a lesson for a prepared mindset.
A well thought through thriller, with good characterisation and plot development. Far more intelligently written than the "Zombie" apocalypse genre, and keeping the scene tight and focussed on a family & their local neighbourhood makes it very relevant to the listener.
Some reviewers have posted that this family seemed to be smug in their prepped - up house whilst the world collapsed around them; my view is that when the chips are down those who have done some preparation will inevitably be better of than those who have not.
The choices get harder and harder for the family as the story develops. Some people crack under the strain and behave in ways that would be unthinkable pre-pandemic.
As usual in the USA based scenario - the hero seems to have on hand a range of firearms to provide "Stand off" protection to his family and to deter potential disaster striking early.
I shudder to think of a similar scenario in Europe where the only people with firearms would be the bad guys, with no Law enforcement available to act as a deterrent.
A strict policy of zero firearms is great in times of peace and plenty, and when the usual 2% of the population who are criminals are being contained by a well staffed police force. Outside of that scenario - well this story illustrates the potential folly of that position and the risk it exposes the general population to. (Think of the London riots where the police where forced into retreat for days at a time).
It has to be Alex, who was shown to be a bit more complex and have more self doubt than the usual lead characters in these situations. Conversely I found Kate his wife more difficult to empathise with , particularly her ability to sleep soundly every night regardless of the previous days harrowing events - why the hero could not persuade her to have her share of "night watch" duty is beyond me !
I take on board other peoples comment on the obvious maturity of his voice. It did not fit with any of the characters ages, and at times that slightly irritated. On balance though, his measured delivery and pacing offset any misgivings and I really enjoyed hearing him narrate.
Probably Charlie - the weird Neighbour who turns good - just to hear some of his views ( for a laugh).
The Jakarta Pandemic gives you a look into the minds of people that prepare for disasters, and those that don't. And the inevitable clash between the two. You sit there and just cringe and people make predictable, and stupid choices. You want to yell at them! This book kept me interested the whole way through. I didn't want it to end. I wanted to know what happened AFTER. I really recommend this if you are into outbreak horror, or just prepping in general. My only complaint was the "inner dialog". The narrator would mumble when the main character was "thinking", or maybe he was mumbling to himself, I'm not sure... but it was really hard to hear it. I feel like I missed some things because of that. Overall, you should get this book.
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