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Infection: A Pandemic Survival Novel Audiobook

Infection: A Pandemic Survival Novel: Sympatico Syndrome, Book 1

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What started as a flu outbreak on a military base proves deadlier than Ebola and more contagious than the Spanish Flu. Sympatico Syndrome is unlike anything the world has ever seen. Victims' behavior is changing to accommodate the rapid spread of the virus.

Former Navy epidemiologist Cole Evans is well aware of the rare, infectious diseases the military studies. He also knows, first-hand, the government's stance on sharing information with the public, so if the media has already learned about the disease, then it's far too late to contain the outbreak.

Cole's only chance to save his family is to establish a safe haven. Isolated, hard to reach, and with enough space for his brother's family as well, he has the perfect location - if only they can all reach it before they're infected.

©2016 M.P. McDonald (P)2016 M.P. McDonald

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    Striker Atlanta, GA 03-06-17
    Striker Atlanta, GA 03-06-17 Member Since 2016

    Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, and YA Novels. If it weren't for physics, law enforcement, and my medication, I'd be unstoppable!

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    "Post-Pandemic Survivalist Story"

    This was the first post-pandemic/post-apocalyptic type story I've listened to. I must say that I was quite impressed and will definitely be looking for more from this author. I will probably be giving stories with similar plots another look as well.

    A man takes himself and his family to an island following a pandemic disease outbreak. The pandemic itself was quite interesting and different from most other stories I've heard of... An infected person gets a compulsion to literally party until they die... How's that for a way to go?

    I thought that most of the characters were very realistic and believable, but found one of them to be almost ridiculous. This left me torn between thinking that either the author meant the character to be that way, or just missed the mark on that individual character. Either way, it didn't affect my overall opinion of the book.

    The narrator was actually very good, but I only gave 4 stars because I thought that he may have been a little too deep of a voice for this particular book (completely my opinion). He was actually very good and I was thinking of other books I might like to hear him narrate.

    Those who enjoy post-apocalyptic survival stories will almost certainly like this book. It was very well written and I hope there is a continuation of the story.

    I requested and received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Niagara Falls, NY 01-06-17
    Brian Niagara Falls, NY 01-06-17 Member Since 2015

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    "A tale of survival against all odds"

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Infection was an enjoyable read. It definitely tugged at my heartstrings numerous times and made me feel things for the characters. Not every book can do that, and to be honest, very few books I've read recently really make me feel something for the main characters. The last one I can think of was The Martian, but that book is easily the best book I've read in a long time.

    Infection takes place during and after a pandemic level infection takes over the population of the world. The people are seemingly fine, but just want to party. Unfortunately, this incessant need to party is also the quickest and easiest way to spread the disease. These infected people party until they drop -- literally. They drop dead after a while at an alarming rate -- 98% infection/death ratio.

    The narration of Infection was done by Scott Berrier who has a deep and booming voice. Sometimes I thought it was a little too deep and dark, and at other times it was perfect. I ended up really enjoying his narration and will listen to more books narrated by him.

    McDonald does a great job with character building. The main characters all had their quirks, but that made the story interesting. I felt like each one of them at any time could succumb to the infection at any moment. Which really made for a wild ride.

    This wasn't as much about the virus as I'd hoped it would be, but the incredible story really made it still an enjoyable book. I'm genuinely curious what will happen in the next book if/when McDonald writes one.

    Overall, Infection had a little bit of everything. Bio-Thriller readers will enjoy a different virus than I've ever read. Thriller writers will enjoy the traveling and unknowns around every corner. And good fiction lovers will love the interactions and characters in Infection.

    I received this book as a gift, this has not affected my review in any way.

    If you enjoyed my review, please vote for it. If you'd like to see more like it, you can check out BriansBookBlog DOT com.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Well worth the time"

    Read a lot of books in the genre, and this is a good one. I look forward to the next book. Not so impressed with the narrator though of the audiobook.

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    Day at the gym 01-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Book 2, I'm on my way"
    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Berrier?

    His voice is very prominent and does well with serious books, probably political thrillers as well. I did not like how fast the narration went to new chapters and switching scenes without more pause.


    Do you think Infection: A Pandemic Survival Novel needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    YES! I wanted to hear how and if they got the animals, how things settled and how they handled the next 6 months. Basically this follow-up would give an idea how doomsday preppers would set up camp and move forward after something devastating like this.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not like how abrupt the ending came. When the narrator said, "The End", I thought, "Seriously?".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amber 03-21-17
    Amber 03-21-17
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    "Can't Wait for Book 2"
    Any additional comments?

    This was a very good book. I read a lot of post apocalyptic stories and I really enjoy the ones that are based on pandemics, such as this one. The narrator did an alright job. I can't wait for book 2!!

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "great"

    I can not wait to read the next book. need to find title of next book

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    S Atherton Portland, OR USA 03-13-17
    S Atherton Portland, OR USA 03-13-17 Member Since 2004

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    "Standard Pandemic Survival Book Done Well"
    What about Scott Berrier’s performance did you like?

    Overall a good performance.


    Any additional comments?

    A fairly typical effort in the pandemic run to safety genre, but done better than most. Granted there are a lot of convenient plot lines that help the characters survive, but they are not a huge stretch to accept. The story line includes several separated but interconnected characters as they make their way to somewhere safe.
    Overall it is a pretty grim picture as would be any pandemic. People who have some level of preparedness do better, but in a lot of ways it is still luck.
    The book ends with the clear indication of a sequel. I'll listen to or read it when it arrives.
    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. Christian C. 03-13-17

    Digitally-affected analog lifeform. (I am subject to change without notice. Terms and conditions may apply.)

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    "This could happen in real life!"

    As a fan of the post-apocalyptic genre, I connected with "Infection" most for its plausibility. The occasional fantastical pandemic story is fine for me, but this one has roots in reality, which I find particularly appealing. Author, M. P. McDonald, deftly demonstrates a keen knowledge of preparedness and survival when he describes what things the characters need and why.

    As "Infection" begins, former colleagues, Cole and Ellie, discuss growing concerns about reports of a rapidly spreading virus and its likelihood of becoming pandemic. Cole warns son, Hunter, who's college is days away, of the danger. Instructed to stock up on supplies, Hunter takes off towards an island Cole has inherited from a deceased uncle. The island will accommodate Cole, Hunter, and Cole's brother's family, while they wait out dissemination of the virus. Those infected by the Sympatico virus display symptoms akin to elation and drunkenness, often lashing out in fits of physical violence. Once symptoms are observed it takes only a day or two before the infected succumbs to a very sudden death. Ellie watches the virus take hold of the city as she looks down onto the streets from her hotel room window. Far from home, she also turns to Cole's island as a haven of safety, but she'll have to get there on her own. The story unfolds as all the characters make tumultuous journeys towards their only hope of surviving humankind's swift destruction.

    My only point of dissension is the ending. As this is book one of a series, obviously there will be more to this story in the next installment. But the end comes to ever such an abrupt halt! The story thankfully concludes at a logical point. The addition of a few final words might have helped things glide to a softer, more natural stopping point. As it stands, be prepared to smack your literary face up against a brick wall! Nevertheless, "Infection" has been the best audiobook I've heard in a while, and the sudden ending in no way diminished my enjoyment.

    Scott Berrier's narrating performance is flawless and solid, with a spectacular voice quality befitting of the tone of the story. Overall, I loved it. I'm looking forward to devouring Book 2!

    (I was provided a free copy of this audiobook by the narrator in exchange for my unbiased review. Many thanks to Scott Berrier for this opportunity!)

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    The Lone Mopper Brookfield, WI, United States 03-09-17
    The Lone Mopper Brookfield, WI, United States 03-09-17 Member Since 2014

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    "Good Dystopian Novel to feed your addiction"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Infection: A Pandemic Survival Novel to be better than the print version?

    Excellent blend of various characters all trying to survive a viral epidemic and come out alive. Each character has specific challenges as well as group challenges to face making the story line gripping throughout. I will be waiting for book 2 eagerly.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Berrier – was your favorite?

    Scott does a fine job of conveying the emotions of each scene, kept the story flowing.


    Any additional comments?

    “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 03-08-17
    Michael 03-08-17 Member Since 2013
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    "an interesting concept for a virus"

    This is a good story. The virus symptoms are very interesting,...... and, its a scary thought. Overall not bad. We'll see how the next book goes

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