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
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!
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end! The story was very believable. It is a pandemic story without all the doomsday hype!
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.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
This is a L-O-O-O-O-NG story. You get your money's worth if you buy books by the hour. However, it could have been told in a much more compact, exciting, interesting way. If you haven't ready many books about dystopian societies, this one will be entertaining; maybe even seem pretty realistic. If you are better read, leave this on the shelf. I gave up on hoping for reality in this story when the snow plows arrived and cell service continued, despite the loss of all other services, including shipments of food, availability of medical care, and the loss of electricity.
The main character was Alex, a former Marine captain, who may or may not have PSTD eight years after the fact, and may or may not have a family he truly cares about, and may or may not make the darnedest decisions. . some of them borderline stupid. . when a global flu epidemic turns his Maine neighborhood into a combat zone.
The characters are really little than cardboard, nothing multi-dimensional about them at all. That leaves the listener wondering if he/she should really care how all this turns out. In the end (spoiler) everyone lives happily ever after, just as you know logically that every 12-year old boy who plays video games, would after using a automatic gun to kill a man who was about to shoot his dad.
The narration was solemn, slow paced and really fit the story, although it might put less committed listeners to sleep.
Three stars only because I finished the book. It was somewhat engaging.
A world-wide flu pandemic and the resulting impact on a family of four in a small Maine town. Dad is a PTSD laden Iraq War veteran. He plays war-battle-brainless video games with his son, likes wearing camo-gear, guns, disaster preparedness, etc. There is an undercurrent of a visceral enjoyment in this character. He seems to relish the militaristic life they now lead. A lot is written about the military accouterments, night vision goggles, camouflage, more guns. The family is ready for the pandemic, basement loaded with food, anti-viral medication … and eventually the flu permeates their surroundings. Not much is related with regard to world or political impact, although it is briefly mentioned. The story primarily involves a picturesque neighborhood and a few neighbors. People become desperate, offensive, defensive, predictable killings, vagrants appear, disappear, etc. Most people are not prepared.
I think I would have liked this book if the main character had been a reluctant hero. Personally, at least to me, the guy was nuts and a bit scary. He enjoyed this scenario too much. Mentioned only once, this would have been an excellent opportunity to explore the ramifications of PTSD - the causes, symptoms, treatment. The author missed his chance here.
The Jakarta Pandemic is read by Joseph Mortan, approximately sixteen hours of listening. In my opinion, Joseph Mortan is more suited to a different genrè, historical fiction, for example. This story is action-thriller … maybe Scott Brick or Dick Hill?
If you’re into the ‘pandemic’ events, I suppose you’ll want to check it out, but be prepared to wear camo and peer out your bedroom window with night vision goggles several times. No spoilers, but the ending is a bit anticlimactic … meh.
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!
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