From thriller and suspense master Brett Battles comes Pale Horse, the third book in the Project Eden thriller series.
And I looked, and behold a pale horse;and his name that sat on him was Death,and Hell followed with him. -Revelations 6:8
A simple push of a button and the world will never be the same.
Martina Gable returns home from college to spend Christmas break with her family, but the relaxing vacation she expects is not even close to what she'll get. Sanjay, a young man in Mumbai who knows more than he should about Project Eden’s plan, will do whatever he can to keep Kusum, the girl he loves, alive and safe.
A boy named Brandon Ash runs for his life in the hills of Montana, wanting only to see his family again.
But first there is Daniel, the boy’s father, who watches Olivia Silva’s finger hover over the enter key that will decide the fate of humanity. Do you think you’re safe?
Pale Horse is part of the Project Eden continuing sage, which is best read after completing volumes 1 and 2 (Sick and Exit 9))
©2012 Brett Battles (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
“Sick didn’t just hook me. It hit me with a devastating uppercut on every primal level - as a parent, a father, and a human being.” (Blake Crouch, author of Run)
“…a gem of an outbreak story that unfolds like a thriller movie and never lets up, all the way to the last page. Absolutely my favorite kind of story!” (John Maberry, New York Times bestselling author)
“…not only grabs you by the throat, but by the heart and gut as well, and by the time you finish you feel as if you've just taken a runaway train through dangerous territory. Buy these books now. You won't regret it.” (Robert Browne, best selling author of Trial Junkies)
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Project Eden is a continuing series that can be thought of as a single 60 hour book, so each of the first 6 books end with a lot of uncertainty and unresolved issues. The suspense builds up to a point that very few action thrillers can match. Along with the Jonathan Quinn series Project Eden establishes Brett Battles as one of the best thriller writers ever. Sick is the first book in the series.
McLeod Andrews narrates the Project Eden series and he does his usual great job.
Note: except for my review in book one, will use this as my review for the rest in the series.
I review the first book when I was on book four. I think I gave story 4 stars only because I think books three and four should have been combined in one longer book. Book one really rates a five.
I felt three and four should have been combined because three ended unexpectedly, without a true ending, very much a cliffhanger. If I would have had to wait between three and four, I may not have continued. Luckily, I did not have to wait and I could binge listen.
I give the series five stars for the overall story (thank you for pandemic without zombies) The most excellent reader and the character arcs (growth) from beginning to end. This is why I like characters. They must remain true to their character (steadfast) or they grow, learn and adapt to the conflicts in the story - either way, they stay on mission, achieving small goals that lead to the larger overall goal of the series. In the series most grow and grow well. Most notably, Ash's kids, Sanjay and his friends, Martina and her friends and the group on the island off Costa Rica. I was engrossed in all of their lives and struggles and how they really had to fight to survive.
This was my first time reading Brett Battles and I enjoyed it very much. I can't say enough about MacLeod Andrews except he was so good in this series I rate him number two in my list of readers, right behind Ray Porter.
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Just keep listening the story develops but yes the end is basically mid sentence. I got the "this has been an audible presentation" statement and let out a shrill "what??" I cant wait to listen to the next one!
Least is easy - it practically ends in the middle of a sentence! Okay slight exaggeration there but not by much!
Most - the expanding of some minor characters from the earlier books.
Not until the next book in the series is out
Yes, great job with accents.
As a stand alone, no. But a movie based on the series sure.
Yea when does the next book come out?
Same quality of everything as before. Annoying that there are so many books to purchase. The story is pretty good. The characters still haven't been fleshed out. They are still surface descriptions that are inter-related by location. Love the story but it is expensive and frustrating.
I was really enjoying this story until it just ended in the middle of a "scene" with no logical reason for it. I feel as tho this Eden series was really supposed to be one big book but , in order to squeeze more money out of the readers, it was broken up into 4 (or more?) sections and marketed separately. And whoever broke them up just did it randomly. Had it had a reasonable ending I'd have given it 4 stars and as it was, I was strongly leaning toward only 2 stars.
I would listen to the whole series again
He did a fabulous job with all the characters, but Ash was my favorite
Yes - ends on a cliffhanger. But exceptional storytelling throughout! If you love end-of-the-world, plague, conspiracy, disaster, good-vs-evil stories and you want a long, multi-faceted, character-filled thrillers - get all 7 books and have a ball!
Fantastic narration. MacLeod Andrews is exceptional with accents - esp. Sanjay and the India plot-line. Great pacing by Brett Battles. I listened to all of Pale Horse in a single day, getting very little else done and staying up until the wee-hours of the am to finish it. Started Ashes (Book 4) the following morning.
This was an OUTSTANDING series that made me grab the next book in the series well before I was done with the previous... I did this so I would not miss a beat in the story... It was so compelling, and quite original in its overall plot, I thought... Do yourself a favor, and start with "Sick" the first in the series, and then don't stop until you get to "Down" the seventh and "final?" installment... You will NOT regret it!!
This has been a great series so far! First book was a test of the biological agent, second book was the hunt for Blue Bird and trying to shut down The Project before Implementation Day. This book is just the 2-3 days post-implementation.
We still travel with Capt. Ashe and his two kids and the others of The Resistance as they strive to do what they can to minimize the effects of the virus, and to find the leaders of The Project. This gets side-tracked as the world goes into quarantine mode, and Ashe's son goes missing. We still follow the stories of Sanjay in India and Martina in California, but we also see short vignettes in the lives of normal folks around the globe as they encounter the virus or try to escape it. We meet these men and women for only a few moments but they become real to us, and we lament their deaths. People are paranoid and trigger happy. Governments try to combat the virus while attempting to maintain order, but there is really nothing they can do.
This sort of mirrors the prophesy of plagues visited on the world as found in John's Book of Revelation (to wit, the Pale Horse), but there is no religious discussion or dogma. The devastation is all man-made by evil men playing God. Everything is so realistic and believable you are afraid to turn on the news!
These books are among Battles' best, and we have the pleasure of listening to MacLeod Andrews' superb voicing of men and women, and many accents.
Here is a series to stay home from work to enjoy!
I'm enjoying reading this series and loved the first two books. This book leaves you feel 'what! Finished already'. As the start of the book is a continuation of the last scene in book two and the end scenes seem unfinished; maybe the series should have been split better.
Saying that, I'm going to continue to read the rest of the Eden Project series and still would recommend it.
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