The Spanish Flu killed 30 million people worldwide in 1918. Now with history threatening to repeat itself, a scientific expedition speeds toward a remote island in the Arctic Sea to recover strains of the lethal virus preserved under layers of ice. For Washington Post reporter Frank Daly, it is the story of a lifetime. But his plan to join the expedition is ruined by a ferocious storm that delays him. And when he meets up with the ship upon its return to port in Norway, it is clear something has gone wrong.
Fear haunts the faces of the crew. No one will talk. And someone wants Daly to stop asking questions.
©1999 John Case; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Abit of a mess plotwise, but the tension increases as time goes by. Dick Hill does a fine job of narrating, although maybe not up to his best work ( aka. Reacher, etc.). The audio quality is abit off for some reason. Entertaining.
This is a great adventure novel which spans the globe and ties in elements which work well together. There's a smattering of science for the basis and explanation of the flu virus and its mutations, there's political intrigue and government deception, there are dangerously crazy cult figures, and a great time bomb of a story woven around all these elements.
The main characters Frank (a journalist) and Annie (an epidemiologist / virologist) are sufficiently three-dimensional that they maintain reader (listener) interest throughout the novel.
It's one of the rare audiobooks where I wasn't itching to have it over and done with three quarters of the way through. I also purchased The Genesis Code by the same author, and will probably buy more.
The writing was excellent and the narration was good. The narrator is better with male than female characters, but there was nothing that detracted from the story.
The fast-paced adventure was credible, and there were enough realistic scientific nuggets thrown in to keep even die-hard sceptics happy. It's an interesting read in light of the current H1N1 pandemic.
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