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
Constant jabs at Fox News. For instance, in a phone conversation the protagonist questions his brother's getting his information from Fox News. This is ridiculous because the brother in question was unquestioning in his acceptance of government assurances the the pandemic is not as bad as some people were saying. Furthermore, the NPR watching leftist protagonist is the prepper? Seems to me that the author has reversed the roles here. Yes we get it, the author has a political point of view, but give it a rest at some point.
I know this is nitpicking but it is the details that paint a picture.
Beyond this, the story could have been better fleshed out with more realistic (less stiff) dialogue and better imagery (similes and metaphors). It does not help that the narrator barely has a pulse.
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end! The story was very believable. It is a pandemic story without all the doomsday hype!
I don't like when a series starts with one narrator then switches to another who changes the nature of the characters, etc.
I didn't read the print edition.
Joseph Morton is GREAT, I also heard 77 Days in September by him.
I enjoyed this book. Must read for the prepper.
Yes- Because the main character is so "mASSachusetts".
I don't really know what I expected from this book. It was okay. Not much action, but a lot of character development. There seemed to be a lot of build up to the actual epidemic. This was not a "scientific" book, but more about how people reacted to the crisis.
Speak up please!I was not so impressed by Morton's performance. I understand why he performed in the manner that he did, but sometimes it was sooo difficult to hear and understand him. His voice was so low in parts. I would have to rewind and turn the volume up a lot to hear him. This was the most frustrating part of the book. And it happened a lot.
All in all the book was okay. I kept hoping for something more...or that events would speed up. It was interesting enough that I wanted to keep listening. I must say that depiction of the main character's family was the most interesting. It was a very close knit family, and the interactions between the parents and the kids were superb. I mean, they were not a "Stepford" family, but the crisis was handled and everyone knew how to conduct themselves. Maybe the author should write a "building better family communication" book. I think listening to the family events were my favorite part of the book.
This book is slow and dull- the author tells us whats going on then again then again, then explains it again- I couldn't get through it- made it to the second half and was still facing ~ 6 more hours!
Being less liberal, also too much useless detail and not enough storyline.
Only if you pay for it.
The main character and his family are vegetarian, anti-gun, NRA, conservative and fox news; but he is still a prepper for some reason.
There are too many times he goes out of his way to bash the right and how stupid it is before switching to "Good Morning America" and "The today show" for "real" news.
The story is very full of descriptions of useless things like; how he carries a cutting knife in a reverse commando grip and edges around the kitchen never exposing his wife to the blade before he cuts vegetables for a meal and light on details regarding the actual pandemic!
Lastly there is how unrealistic much of the story is. Example: Three thugs are ransacking his house and have roughed up his wife. He comes home and yells at them about how much trouble they are going to be in after he calls the police upstairs. They then bumble and argue like the 3 stooges while he goes up stairs, calms the kids, goes to the bedroom closet where a shotgun is kept under some blankets on the shelf. Then goes to a different area where the key to the trigger lock is kept, walks to a 3rd location where the shells are locked up, decides not to load the shot gun anyway (for safety) all while the 3 stooges are still arguing. ect. Basically many things happen in a way a liberal thinks they would, not the way they would happen in real life.
The narration was terrible but even if it wasn't this book wasn't even close to enjoyable. Anyone who likes books where something always "almost" happens but never does will love this one. It's one of those books where you sit through the whole thing waiting for it to get good and it never does. The author spent way too much time describing what everyone was wearing and what they ate including who boiled the water and who cut the onions. I can't count how many times during the entire book that I said to myself, "Who cares!"
If ever a story cried out for editing this is it. At one point over 40 mins was devoted to an inventory of a basement - food, expiry date, date purchased, purpose, position in the shelf. I kid you not. The reading was monotonous, but the dialogue was abysmal. I had some long flights otherwise I wouldn't have bothered, and it mostly sent me to sleep. Apart from anything else, it was so unbelievable - who takes their 15 & 12 year old kids out of school indefinitely and then lets them play xbox all day for 5 months?
I think the concept of descent into insanity in response to a flu pandemic was just not remotely believable. I am not sure it would not have been just easier to go ahead and deal with getting the disease and taking the antiviral at the same time so that you could develop immunity and not have to hole up in house eating dried beans. How are they making mortgage payments and utility payments . One set of having disease and taking antiviral would be adequate to induce immunity. No need to hoard multiple sets of the drug treatment for one individual. Not medically believable. Not socially believable. just waste of listening time. And the ending was very unsatisfactory to me.
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