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The Harbinger Audiobook

The Harbinger

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Publisher's Summary

It starts as a whisper, barely audible.

Rumors. Paranoia. Conspiracy theories. Subterfuge.

Like lightning, the plague moves across the globe, spreading out in all directions and leaving few alive. But the end is only the beginning.

Discovered in the Alaskan permafrost, the ancient virus was reanimated and genetically altered. The new strain showed great promise in curing many of mankind's afflictions. When the specimen fell into the hands of the Russian theocracy, their inept scientists attempted to create a biological weapon - a weapon that outsmarted them. Now, the androvirus is a deadly airborne plague, conquering the world in a matter of days. With a communicability of 100% and a mortality rate of over 90%, there is no immunity. For the survivors, who can suppress the virus, there is only change. A few adapt, but most become walking, talking gray horrors with an appetite for flesh.

Primarily set in the American city of Memphis, four loosely-connected strangers, caught up in their lives, find their worlds annihilated by the swiftly-moving plague. Alex Connelly is a wealthy young executive, living an idyllic life with his pregnant wife, Madison. Kirk Foster is a self-absorbed aging gay man, desperate to hang onto his youth and sex appeal. Meredith Brinkley's ongoing war with breast cancer takes a turn for the worse, and she faces an impending double mastectomy. Logan King is a closeted baseball jock, playing for a minor league team while coming to terms with his true identity. And only together will they survive....

Includes Book 1: Pathogen, Book 2: The Curtain Falls, Book 3: Creepers, and Book 4: Numbers.

Please note: There are straight and gay characters and a few that exist somewhere in between. There are characters of different races and religious backgrounds. There are opinionated characters. There is profanity. There is intimacy and clipped love scenes, some being of the male-for-male variety. There are also guns and graphic violence.

©2016 Keegan Kennedy (P)2017 Keegan Kennedy

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    Sherri J. Delgado 05-19-17
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    "excellently executed book"

    Ok, so it is like walking dead and the last ship (tv shows/graphic novels) but it is so well written and riveting that it kept me transfixed throughout the story. I loved it and wouldn't mind a sequel to see how the survivors are doing now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hartleyjr PHOENIX AZ 05-18-17
    Hartleyjr PHOENIX AZ 05-18-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Amazing"

    This book was amazing!!! I liked all the characters.. my favorite character was Kirk... I liked his flashbacks with his and his momma and I like how he is intelligent and kick ass... but truly I like them all.. Logan,Alex,Meredith and the names can keep going...
    The Narrator did an excellent job on bringing these characters and story to life as well..
    World building was phenomenal!! I liked how Mr Kennedy told this story from the beginning on how the virus was released and what the characters lives were at the time..
    Just outstanding writing!! Hats off to the author .. I'm a fan of Mr Kennedy's work and I will follow this adventure til the wheels fall off!!!

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    Russell college grove, TN, United States 05-10-17
    Russell college grove, TN, United States 05-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautifully Written"

    This book is incredible :). This is NOT GAY EROTIC! I WILL REPEAT..... THIS IS NOT GAY EROTICA. I promise :) This is a well rounded novel with a diverse group of characters. Intimate moments are both homo and heterosexual but as another Person stated, the scenes fade out before sex actual occurs. To be honest, there are very few moments where characters have time for sex lol... they are too busy surviving!
    Personally, I feel the author does a great job pulling the reader into the story. Great character development. After 29 hours, I want more.
    This book is Real and Raw. I laughed, I cried, I was mad, etc. I felt like this was happening in the Real world.
    Give it a try... It is well worth the price and/or credit :)

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    Psycho Kitty 04-18-17

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    "A DIVERSE EPIC... Not for prudes, but not erotica."
    Where does The Harbinger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    First, I felt the need to defend the author against the lies and misinformation being spread by 'basic' people. Scanning the reviews on this new title, I was shocked by the misleading review by a listener named 'Ebony.' She called this gay porn, but that's untrue. Interestingly and perhaps very telling, the listener had zero problems with the heterosexual intimate scenes. Sure, people start 'getting busy', but the love/sex scenes fade out before anything hardcore happens. I've read more explicit scenes in Jackie Collins books. So don't believe the blatant lies!

    This isn't a quick-fix book. It is an epic novel that actually has character development. Mr. Kennedy builds an incredibly descriptive world within a nightmarish scenario. But at the core of this book is the humanity of the characters. Instead of stale archetypes, these are realistic, flawed characters. I've read some hideous apocalyptic books, written by authors who sound like right-wing gun nuts or ghoulish teenage boys, but this, by far, is superior. I would put this up there with Stephen King's The Stand and Sarah Lyons Fleming's Until the End of the World.

    I commend Mr. Kennedy for including two major gay characters and having the testicular fortitude to stick to his guns. Keep railing against the haters!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kirk! As one of the lead characters, not only is he tough, he's also realistic. I would almost call him an anti-hero. Instead, you have a tough, short gay man who is a one-man killing machine. I love characters who speak their minds and he has no time for any BS. I also loved Lauren, Empress, Alex, Ammon, Beulah, and Nina.


    What does Michael Ahr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Michael Ahr did an amazing job!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The end is only the beginning.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a more intelligent offering than the normal shake-and-bake apocalyptic books.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Curtis 04-25-17
    Curtis 04-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Over sexualized"

    I have a hard time finishing this book. It is very hypersexual and not well thought out. The author has not done his research in the world of firearms. The characters all seam to be very sexual cardboard cut outs of TV characters.

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    Ebony 04-13-17
    Ebony 04-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Two words. Gay.Erotica."

    Wow, not what I expected. Now, if that is what you're into then by all means jump on this. But since that is not something I'm interested in, this was NOT the book for me. The reviews I read beforehand all praised this book, and not one person mention how much of a "porn" read this was. I couldn't finish it. Seriously, how many times can you use the word cock?? I purchased this for the Zombie genre, but was onable to stick around because of the other content. There's a difference in writing about a gay couple, and describing a full guy on guy sex scene. This book is the latter, and unfortunately I was able to finish because of it.

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    Michele James Biloxi, MS United States 05-15-17
    Michele James Biloxi, MS United States 05-15-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Racist author...smh"

    I'm 12 chapters in and I've barely heard...maybe twice...anything mentioned about a virus. I have heard plenty of racial slurs against white people. Blacks should marry blacks, why cant you find a nice black girl, name Madison sounds like some upright white girl from Ole Miss, etc AND plenty of gay sex. I had to look back twice to make sure I was reading the right book. I'm done with this author forever.

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    "A good book ruined"

    I kind of enjoyed this book the world that was created was quite good. but it was totally ruined by all the graphic sex take that out and you've got a very good book

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