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.
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My time was mostly well spent because the concept of the story is timely, engaging and quite frightening as a peek into what may be our immediate future when a major crisis of any kind occurs. At times, however, the book reads like a copy of a survival manual and how to organize your food storage for a year in the basement. This caused the story to lose momentum and interest. The ideas kept me going long enough to wade through the pedantic material to see what happens next in the neighborhood.
Once people began fleeing from the cities and attempting to immigrate into suburban neighborhoods to forage, steal and kill, this finally became an action novel. Those scenarios were highly believable and thus, compelling. The central characters grew on me-- eventually. The pace of the story just keeps getting mired in mundane descriptions...we get "it" right away and then yawn through language that seems from a tech. manual.
The narrator was better than many...like the book, the narrator seems to warm to the story after he finishes reading the survival manual lists, recipes, rotating your supplies, locking up your supplies....truly dull and overdone...fast forward unless you are planning to stock your bunker, in which case those sections will be of interest in building your shopping list before the stores go under.
Too draggy to be a good movie. The script writer would really have to clip this down and refocus on giving the audience a feeling of nervous immediacy AND urgency, coupled with a "this could happen to you." It definitely could happen...but the book does not create urgency. It could be a very good movie if the pacing was cleaned up, fast, unpredictable and the story both moved along and moved the audience (capable of doing that, needs re-write). Matt Damon, of course.
This is a good effort...the story is plausible, which kept me going. The story is thoughtful as to how rapidly we become tribal and territorial in crisis. It is truthful that in crisis of this nature people do become caught between the moral imperatives of the civilized and the biological imperative that we are charged with keeping our own family alive at all costs...all bets are off then, in this collision of values. The story is timely...I would give this author another attempt if he could tighten up the pacing. The last 1/3 of the book really moved me along and I cared what was happening.
I've already recommended this to a friend because the story is intriguing.
The scene where the main character investigated his neighbor's houses to find out if they still lived.
His tonal changes which were slight, but made it easier to understand which characters were speaking.
After the slow beginning, yes, I wanted to continue listening to the book non-stop. But since I use my audiobooks to keep me entertained in the car or during walks, and read separate books on my Nook, I continued to only listen to this book in the car.
Great story - makes you think about the nature of friendship, community, family and responsibility.
Without giving too much away, this book made me think about how real the story could be and I couldn't stop listening.
Good performance in that he didn't distract from the story. I've listened to a couple of audiobooks that were just about ruined by the narrator. Morton did a great job.
There was a "crazy gun nut" neighbor who turned out to be the one of the protagonists most reliable allies. Not exactly 100 percent stable, in that you never knew if he would over react to any situation, but reliable when the SHTF.
I'm a horror nut! Zombies in particular! Epidemics, end of all things! Also enjoyed Game of thrones very much!
Yes!! I'd see the main character react as any normal human being would in similar situations. He had to much restraint for me to be able to believe him to be real! The Pope wouldn't have had such self control as this man showed repeatedly throughout this story! To unbelievable.! As well as many characters throughout doing things that just wouldn't happen in real life.! Sorry not anyone I know..just a for instance: husband goes to check on neighbors.. Wife is supposed to be playing lookout for him. he gets her on walkie talkie & reports the neighbors were All brutally murdered, he's going to the other neighbors house to check on them although he knows they to are dead but he has to be sure! Keep in mind the murders are known to be holding up in a house two doors down.. Upon finding the second family murdered he is leaving the house & runs right into one of the murderers & avoids confrontation & gets home. When he gets home he wonders why his wife didnt warm him the guy was outside the house she apologized stating she went to get another cup of coffee.. Ok your husband is outside, your watching his back, there's a house full of squatting murderers who you've just found out killed your neighbors & you leave your post, leave your husband hanging out there I watched to grab cup of coffee??!? That would constitute a B!/?@ Slap in most households.. Thanks Hun I guess she Was making sure the life insurance policy was paid up.!! Hahaha
The complex situtation that the family finds themselves in.
Alex, the marine veteran who the leader of ther
Keep the door locked.
Possibly. I think I would have enjoyed the book more of there was a different narrator.
I felt cheated.
It was entertaining enough. But the narration made it very difficult to get through. There was no emotion in his voice.
Yes I would, it was an interesting scenario with lots to think about
Alex because he was so strong for his family
I didn't want to pause the story, excellent
I am a sucker for a good book. I would take it over food any day. I will read anything that is put in front of me.
Yes, though not my obsessive compulsive ones. They might die from brain overload. The way the author lays the framework for a disaster such as this is slow and deliberate. I have heard a lot of people say that this book reminds them of the movie Contagion but the correlations, to me, are loose.
The main character works for a pharmaceutical company and has to make a decision to pander or be smart (duh, I kept shouting out loud). In Contagion, it was figuring out where and what they were fighting and the scramble to shut it down as quick as possible.
In this book, the fight is more local. What would you do if you were the only one prepared for something like a pandemic( insert any natural disaster here), could you sit by and say 'shoulda, woulda, coulda'.
THe plot is somewhat predictable but that didn't stop me from burning into the wee hours of the morning to hear what was happening next.
I even shared the book with a few of my students and they were just as riveted as I was. ( Minus, expletives and gory details- got to love 4th graders).
Yes/No. Konkoly is a great writer , don't get me wrong but if every book he ever wrote was as jarring and pivotal as this one, I won't last. I really enjoyed this story. It was so good that at times you felt like this was something straight out of your own neighborhood drama. It touches upon real fears and real dilemmas. Once you have finished this download, you have the overwhelming awareness of how close this sort of thing is from happening and now that you know, you want to turn your house into a Alex Fletcher fortress. So if you have the fortitude, absolutely but if your a lightweight like me. Steven Konkoly in small doses.
Joseph adds some officialness to the story. I appreciate sections of newscast recall and to Alex Fletcher's inner thoughts. Those were nice touches.
How do you prepare for fear
I recommend purchasing the kindle book to go along with this audible. I spent quite a bit of time online looking over the first couple of pages of the book because the layout that his set up of the Duram Road Loop is made much clearer when you get a visual as to where each house lies. It helps as well to get a feel of the conversations between Alex and his wife. Hope you are a fan of deadpan humor-this book is rife with it.
74 y o avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books
I'm a lover of this type of tale and I really did want to like it. However, it's slow, predictable and cliche. The reader's voice added to the dullness.
I only got in about an hour and couldn't go any further. Sorry!! To many great things in my queue. You have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a handsome prince. One more frog down.
Never read anything comparable
Suspense stalked every page.The stark reality of feeling it could happen kept me listening until 3am and finishing it the next morning. The vividness of the writing created a mind map of the neighbourhood and transported me into the homes of the characters. Easily the most engaging audiobook I have listened to.I just ordered another of his books to see if its as good ! Really good narration too!
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