AudioFile Earphones Award recipient Danny Campbell gives an energetic, fast-paced performance of this story about a virus called The 'Noids that wreaks havoc on civilization. Released by terrorists, the virus attacks the Ammon's Horn region of the brain, causing its victims to fall prey to paranoia and violence, culminating in suicide. Campbell's performance enhances the narrative itself, and he handles the twists and turns of the story expertly as protagonists Gemma Goode and Danny Sullivan flee westward to California. Along the way, Danny begins to suspect that the President himself has been infected, and Danny must decide how far he's willing to go to save the world.
Terrorists have unleashed the rapidly spreading virus dubbed The 'noids. Those infected become organic WMDs who attack others to spread the virus. As the plague spreads laws become meaningless and the military helpless. Civilization is collapsing from within.
Gemma Goode, host of a wildly popular syndicated show about the unusual and the paranormal, and her fiancé, police profiler Danny Sullivan, know about the virus, having uncovered it through a series of chance encounters and investigative work. The 'noids attacks the Ammon’s Horn region of the brain, filling its victim with paranoid delusions, culminating in a violent, deadly outburst, ultimately followed by suicide.
The virus, fused with a common cold germ, spreads, turning the country into a nation of violent lunatics. Danny and Gemma flee westward, ahead of the collapse. The trek west is long and nightmarish, and filled with life-or-death encounters with ‘noids victims and bands of looters. California has closed its border and maintains its isolationism by military force. The government is trying desperately to get things under control. As they battle their way west, Danny begins to obsess that the President, who has been evacuated to California, is infected with the virus.
Danny will do anything - including assassination - to stop the President before he can start a nuclear war.
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I can see this book being turned into a miniseries on HBO. This book is unlike anything I have read (listen to). There is constant action that keeps you at the edge of your chair gasping in shock.
The book follows a husband and wife trying to tell the world of a horrific virus spreading through America. No one listens at first then the outbreak begins. The virus is so frightening it promotes paranoia and fear. At first people believe it is psychological but as scientist begin to discover a virus in the brain all hell breaks out. Society collapses and gruesome murder and death is widespread. You can try to run for your life but eventually the noids will find you. Awesome book!
Ammon's horn is bioterrorism with a twist. Rather than a deadly disease that kills you, infection causes paranoia and the victims kill other people. A news person from a tabloidly media outlet and her police profiler partner, piece the mystery together only to be discredited by the government. When the secret finally gets out, they embark on an adventure cross country for eventual public redemption.
The story is essentially present day with sci-fi elements limited to the unique biological weapon. The story itself is crudely constructed. A massive info dump concerning the origin of the agent doesn't occur until about 2/3 into the tale. The government is much too efficient at covering up the problem since only one scientist is able to figure it out. Also strange is why North Korea becomes the epicenter of both nuclear war and a cure for the disease. The final plot twist at the end serves to resolve much of prior illogical actions.
The narration is well done with a good range of voices. Mood and pacing are appropriate to the plot.
The story had enough to enjoy and I could have stood it till the end but the narrator read like it was the news ticker. It made it hard to get through a mediocre book.
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