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
71 year old 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 also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.
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.
This book is actually a lot of fun. The book occurs between November 2013 and March 2014.To begin with, it creates an Armageddon scenario. Enter the Jakarta influenza which rapidly causes a pandemic. 20 percent of people die of ARDS in the first 2 days of being symptomatic. Millions of people around the world get infected and die. Tensions flare between China and the rest of the world.
Enter Alex Fletcher aka John Wayne, a former decorated Marine Captain who fought in Iraq in 2003. He is now a drug representative for Biosphere, the evil corporation that makes Teriflu, an antiviral that may be helpful against the Jakarta Influenza. The company wants to hoard the drug to make a big profit when people gets desperate. Alex defies them and gives all of his samples to Dr. Wright, an infectious disease specialist at Maine Medical Center in an altruistic gesture that costs him his job. The evil company sending Goons to threaten his family. Alex dispenses with them easily with a shotgun and pepper spray.
He the takes his family into quarantine. After that there is almost no more about the epidemic except when neighbors or family members die.
Alex has been preparing for just this moment for years by building a basement shelter and stocking it with a years worth of food and medical supplies and just about every weapon that is feasible for neighborhood warfare-assault rifles, Mossberg shotgun, night goggles, machine gun, pistols, ak17, m16, and assorted knives.
Alex lives in a suburban development outside Portland Maine, that is inhabited by upper middle class, Caucasians. There are no blacks, or ethnics anywhere to be found. The neighbors fall into two groups- right thinking Republicans and pinko liberals who want to take their neighbors belongings. The right thinking Republicans have huge gun arsenals and have thought ahead and stocked up for this event. The pinko liberals only have small arms and have not hoarded for this day. They want what the others have and try to get it in devious ways.
People in the neighborhood die off leaving empty houses. Desperate homeless people cruise his neighborhood trying to find an empty house to squat. Alex tries to select the propper squatter so that only good looking professionals can squat in his neighborhood. But a family of sociopathic liberals sneaks in and begins killing off their neighbors and their families. Do not fear. Alex and his neighbors, armed with state of the art weaponry ambush the filthy varmints and take them down. And the people with guns live happily ever after. The rest have died.
I listened to this book because I am a Doctor and love medical mysteries. Let me reassure the potential listener that this book requires no medical or scientific knowledge and could easily be comprehended by an average American teenager.
The language used to write this book is puerile at best and is written in the style of TV commercials. The reader, Joseph Morton, is adequate. Even though this book is long, it can be listened to while driving, playing xbox or watching TV. It requires only about 10% of your brain to comprehend it.
This book could easily have been wholly subsidized by the NRA.
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!
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 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!
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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