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'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
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.
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 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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