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Publisher's Summary

The Virals are put to the ultimate test when they find a geocache containing an ornate puzzle box. Shelton decodes the cipher inside, only to find more tantalizing clues left by "The Gamemaster". A second, greater geocache is within reach - if the Virals are up to the challenge.

But the hunt takes a dark turn when Tory locates the other box - a fake bomb, along with a sinister proposal from The Gamemaster. Now, the real game has begun: another bomb is out there - a real one - and the clock is ticking.

©2013 Kathy and Brendan Reichs (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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Beathtakingly fast, stunningly crafted

Code, the 3rd book in the Virals series, did not disappoint as a story or as a continuation. By itself, Code is a whirlwind thriller full of science, deduction, betrayal, danger, and frighteningly real characters. As a continuation, Code fed just enough new information into the ongoing mystery of the Virals' existence to keep me interested without leaving me hanging (much).
What I liked the best about the Virals series is that Kathy Reichs (and now helped by Brendan Reichs) is not afraid to take risks with the main characters. They are mercilessly put through trials by fire, trials by emotional ruin, and trials of conscience, and each time, they rise to the occasion and deliver amazingly.
My favorite part of Code itself...? The Gamemaker. Without revealing too many spoilers, the Gamemaker was fascinatingly cunning, ruthlessly determined, and psychologically terrifying. He wasn't your typical YA villain who pushes the young protagonists into a dark closet, leaving them plenty of time to escape. Not at all. He was evil and dark and hunted his prey like a wolf hunts a rabbit.
I also really enjoyed getting to see the Virals all growing up a little. That must be a very hard trick to pull, because very few authors do it well, if they do it at all. But the authors of Code did it very well, blending newfound maturity with expanded responsibility and newfound feelings that are very real and well-known to anyone who's ever been a teenager.
The return of narrator Cristin Milioti also makes me very happy. She reads the voice of Tory perfectly, and I love the well-planned special effect that are thrown in at just the right moment.
5/5 would listen again.

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awesome

this is a fantastic series we have been reading it as a family for years. my youngest is now in his 20's and we listened just for fun . Virals rock! It is a great adventure for everyone.

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absolutely riveting

this book made a long drive fly by, very well read and very well written

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Best narrator ever!

Honestly the book is amazing! It keeps you on the edge of your seat, the writing is superb, and each of the characters are very well developed. However, my favorite part is the narrator. Her different voices for each of the character's, her enthusiasm and vivid characterization that she brings to each role is just fantastic, and that is why I continue to read the stories.

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Woof

This series has kept my interest from when I was in middle school to now out of Highschool it’s really one for any fiction/action/mystery fan I listen while I’m doing my patrols and it keeps me alert I don’t ever want to stop listening

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Great book!

Wow!! I was holding my breath the whole time. I am loving this series! Can’t wait to listen to the next book!

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Amazing book

This book is a really good book I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
It was an amazing ,attention holding book!!!

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Another stellar performance by this narrator!

Would you listen to Code again? Why?

Yes, I think this book and the others in the series are some of the best ones I've heard in a long time. I was hooked from book 1.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hiram as in other books. He provides comic relief as well as smarts.

Which character – as performed by Cristin Milioti – was your favorite?

Hiram. She did great on his voice throughout the series/

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!!!! If I could have, I would have.

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Another great story and stellar narration!

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Love this series!

Kathy Reichs is one of my favorite writers and this series doesn't disappoint.

I can't wait for the next book in this series.

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Viril vivid

Great narration. Story kept up the theme so far and delivered an enjoyable listen. Waiting for next one. Good characters.