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'm not really sure why this book left me feeling like I'd wasted my time listening to it. I thoroughly enjoy dystopian fiction, but this one really felt like a waste of time. The main character is prepared for everything except his neighbors. I won't be purchasing the sequels.
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If you enjoy post apocalyptic, end of days, global catastrophe titles, this one might leave you a little disappointed. It is a close look at how one family man in the American suburbs deals with a global pandemic on a local scale.
The story if decent and his struggles are well told. The way the story unfolds is fairly predictable and does not really provide much in the way of twists, truly desperate situations or heartbreak. It pretty much happens as you would expect with an american hero protecting his family.
There is little to no content on the pandemic at the global scale, and I am not sure it would have added much to the story even if there was.
If you really like the genre and there is nothing else about give it a try.
Too much repetition. I know the literary device was probably to play on repetition as a way of drawing the reader into the characters' isolated world. But it was a little over the top. Book is 16 hours; could easily have been 12 without missing a beat. Also would have liked more detail on the "pandemic," itself. There were lots of references to death counts and surface symptoms, etc.. but minimal description of victims' "suffering." Would have developed more empathy and sympathy for their plight.
Most likely, with a caveat that you can skip mundane sections without missing anything.
Lulling. Steady. Relaxed.
It already has one.
Hoping the sequel is a little tighter, with less tedium. If I remember correctly, it's significantly shorter.
This book absolutely blew me away - completely plausible effects of a devastating pandemic infection. Great story, well-drawn characters - I love the "sub-narration" of Alex's thoughts to himself, and the narrator distinguished these very well. I absolutely could not stop listening. And, it made me want to stock up on disaster-preparedness supplies....
amazing how this hits home...as a person makes all the sacrafices to prep his home and family for the possibility of a catastrophic situation. He trys to get others to join in or at least take him seriously, but they laugh it off.
But when the crap hits the fan those who laughed come knocking at his door to have him open his stocks to the neighborhood because they were to lazy and narrow-minded to try and prep themselves.
The story beats you over the head with survivalist tactics and a phony-sounding family dynamic. However, the whole time I listened to this, I kept wishing for more realistic scientific background on the virus. The main character is not particularly heroic or special. He doesn't have much/any special knowledge that could have made the story more compelling.
The most intriguing aspect of the story was the the tension of the neighborhood and local political dynamics between families.
Not unless the screen adaptation took it in a different direction.
I guess there wouldn't be much to read if the protagonist actually followed quarantine and didn't interject himself into the neighborhood politics. That said, I'm still disappointed and had to stop listening about half-way through. To go through all the effort to prepare and then blow off basic quarantine to attend neighborhood meetings and try to become a high-profile member just doesn't make sense from the prot.'s perspective. That in addition to the tedium that inevitably resulted from the fine-grained detail given regarding the neighborhood social scene and I was done.
Joseph Morton did an excellent job with the different characters, the story line was believable and held my interest throughout the entire book.
The gun fight
The planning and preparation.
Learned some great survival tips.
It was interesting to see a little subculture and how it might react in a situation like this (plague/flu) - a neighborhood/community. I thought it interesting that there was so much resentment toward the people who planned ahead and had enough - and that they obviously snickered about their solar panels etc. etc. long before they all wanted them to share their food with them. I like Alex -- even though he was a marine, he wasn't nearly as aggressive as my own husband would've been in this situation -- he was way more controlled than I thought realistic - though maybe that was the PTSD counseling kicking in...
My worst complaint was the wife, and I vocalized this while on my commute several times. Get off your butt and do something for goodness' sake. I can understand shielding your children as much as possible, but this wife just seemed way too clueless for the most part. Ah well -- it ended better.
I'd definitely recommend this book if you like disaster/post-apocalyptic stories.
The narrator !!!!! This man makes me not want to buy any more audio books, and when he changes his voice to imitate a females voice my ears bleed. Also, the main character is a former marine, a prepper, yet gets all his news from cnn and NPR. Really ? The interaction between the main character and his wife is horrible, and she may be the most annoying character ever, ever, ever, ugh.
Probably not, even though I love this genre
Anyone. I really mean it. Anyone else. It couldn't be worse
This book could have been great, but it just drags on, and on, and really an ex marine prepper who has his family threatened multiple times in an end of world situation, and does nothing. In reality he would have shot the guy the first time. Problem solved.
I found this a breath of fresh air, not the usual gun obsessed stuff with Zombies or Vampires running around everywhere.
This book focuses on one families attempt to survive a Spanish flu type outbreak similar to that of 1919. Most of the story examines human nature and paints an all too realistic picture of what could happen when medical and infrastructure resources get over stretched.
If the narrator had been better I would have given it 5 stars but he did a reasonable job.
Enjoyed it, not a classic but good none the less. Would recommend to anybody with an interest in the area.
"Excellent & different!"
I thought this was a fantastic listen - the way the tension builds between the characters involved is incredibly well executed and gripping with a real sense of dread building as the story progresses - had my heart in my throat on more than one occasion. Although not in the same genre I think this would appeal to anyone who enjoys Apocalyptic 'type' writing.
"Fast moving and thought provoking"
Highly readable and nail biting at times - a deadly influenza pandemic unfolds as seen through the eyes of a former serviceman, now working as a sales rep for a drug company manufacturing antivirals. Although the virology can be faulted and the book is clearly fictional the author delights in detailed, precise scenarios. You understand how ordinary American suburban families could be impacted by growing lawlessness.
"Slow start but good story once going."
This story took a bit of time to get into not helped by the relatively dull monotone if the narrator. If you can get through the first few chapters you'll be hooked with a nervous excitement you'd usually find with a horror story. The story depicts how easily society could break down and I bet by the time you have finished the book you'll have certainly found yourself planning how you'd handle such a disaster & improve your home security.
"The Dialogue is the Apocalypse"
The dialogue was trite and wooden, as was the narrator's delivery of it. I did not believe any of the characters and especially found their responses to extreme situations unrealistic.
The only redeeming feature was that I wanted to find out how it ended in broad terms. I was much more interested in the body count than the welfare of Alex Fletcher and his family.
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