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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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!
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.
Not sure,, liberal, vegans who think when things get bad people will talk things out.
A bit of research.
The narrative was all wrong for this story, he has a wonderful voice, but was not suited to the story. I did not care for the main character, he was arrogant and very 'know it all'. I understand the story was about the deterioration of society during a pandemic, but I just could not relate to the characters. Overall, the book was 'meh'.
I would have toned down the arrogance and know it all attitude of the main character.
His voice is more suited toward literature or classic novels.
I finally managed to listen to the entire book. The narrator droned in a monotone the entire book making a less than mediocre storyline even worse.
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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