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In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from the Islamic Republic of Indonesia (IRI) and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture-perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. As a seasoned sales representative for Biosphere Pharmaceuticals, makers of a leading flu virus treatment, Alex understands what a deadly pandemic means for all of them. He particularly knows that strict isolation is the only guaranteed way to protect his family from the new disease.

With his family and home prepared for an extended period of seclusion, Alex has few real concerns about the growing pandemic. But as the deadliest pandemic in human history ravages northern New England, and starts to unravel the fabric of their Maine neighborhood, he starts to realize that the flu itself is the least of his problems.

A mounting scarcity of food and critical supplies turns most of the neighbors against him, and Alex is forced to confront their unexpected hostility before it goes too far. Just when he thinks it can't get any worse, the very face of human evil arrives on Durham Rd and threatens to destroy them all. Alex and his few remaining friends band together to protect the neighborhood from a threat far deadlier than the flu, as they edge closer to the inevitable confrontation that will test the limits of their humanity.

©2010 Steven Konkoly (P)2012 Sunny Day Audiobooks

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OK within the genere, but frustratingly formulaic

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only if they were hardcore pandemic/zombie fiction fans. It's a good story line that explores the long-term consequences of a world-wide pandemic that kills a lot of people and what daily life would be like if society collapsed. But if someone was new to the genere, I would recomend Day By Day Armagedon as a better use of a credit.The characters are incredibly formulaic, making the same bad decisions and facing the same consequence as every other protaganast following the JL Borne story arc platform. Like Borne, Konkoly is a Naval officer, having graduated from the Naval acadmey; and like Borne, the protaganast is also a retired Naval officer. What separates this book (and all the others riding on Borne's coat tails) is that the main characters consistently make decisions that the reader and the characters know are in thier own best interest. If the characters were unaware of how they jepordized their own safety, at least there would be the suspense created by irony of situation, but when the reader and the characters are aware of their bad decisions, it causes the listener to become incredibly frusterated with the characters' obvious stupidity.The body of decent pandemic/zombie liteature is fairly shallow, making this book better by comparison, but only within the genre. As a work of fiction within the greater Audible library, it wasn't that good. Someone new to the genere would be better off listenin to something else.

What other book might you compare The Jakarta Pandemic to and why?

Day By Day Armagedon by JL Bourne. Both are disaster/pandemic stories written by Naval officers with Naval officers as the main character.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The naration was consistently delivered in a "ho-hum" diction. It fell somewhere between the animated performance of Roy Dotrice and the chillingly detached litany of Jay Snider. My guess is that the casting director was trying more for the latter, but Joseph Morton's attempt at a cold delivery underscoring the gravity of the situation has a fatherly quality that just makes him sound bored with the story. This was the product of casting and not direction.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes, if it was filmed on Peaks Island, because I'd like to see more of this really unique community that I hope to live in soon.

Any additional comments?

It was really exciting for me to listen to this book because it takes place on Peaks Island, outside of Portland, Maine. I actually have plans to move to this island in the near future, and as a hardcore pandemic/zombie fan, of course I've thought about how this island would offer haven from a world-wide pandemic. I'm guessing he lives there, and boy won't that be an akward experience running in to him after lambasting his work! Fortunately, he will have no idea who I am.

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  • Jeffrey
  • Hampton, NH, United States
  • 06-28-12

Gripping; a really world example...

This was an excellent read. This was more about what happens to the guy next door then the world as a whole. A very localized and realistic story for my tastes without the added gore that is replete of most of the genera. I am awaiting the next one from Steven Konkoly.

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  • Roger
  • Ontario, Canada
  • 06-21-12

Really enjoyed this book

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A realistic approach to what might happen in a pandemic event. Although not a gripping story, it kept you captivated because of how believable the situations were.

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  • Celisse
  • HIALEAH, FL, United States
  • 01-25-14

Very close to giving up on this one.

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I am about 4 hours into the first part of this book, and I am very close to completely giving up on it. The subject matter is interesting although I don't care for the way it is written. The main character, Alex, is written in such a way that he is incredibly arrogant, annoying, completely unlikeable and unrelateable. I'm rooting for the flu to take him out!

Then, the narration is horrible. Definitely the worst I've heard on any audiobook. Joseph Morton narrates the thing like a grumpy old man, which almost works since Alex is THE WORST, but since half the book is written in the form of Alex's internal thoughts, Morton legitimately mumbles those lines in such a way that is barely audible. Literally, I cannot understand half the narration of this book because I cannot make out what is being said.

Like I mentioned before, the subject matter is interesting, so I am sticking with this one. If it takes a turn for the better I'll come back and update my review. But it's looking pretty grim right now.....

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  • Allison
  • Powell, TN, United States
  • 06-23-13

Narrator needs an antidepressant

Would you try another book from Steven Konkoly and/or Joseph Morton?

Possibly. I think I would have enjoyed the book more of there was a different narrator.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I felt cheated.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joseph Morton?

Grover Gardner

Was The Jakarta Pandemic worth the listening time?

It was entertaining enough. But the narration made it very difficult to get through. There was no emotion in his voice.

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  • Ryan
  • Queen Creek, AZ
  • 08-01-15

I need a bunker

So first off yes it seems it bit contradictory to have a main character as both a liberal and a prepper. Not just a liberal but an anti conservative, NPR and NBC following FOX news hatting liberal. Just because it doesn't seem probable doesn't mean it isn't possible. I say just laugh, let it go and be entertained.

The other 2 main points about the over description and slow narration may be true, but I didn't notice. I guess I will have to listen a 3rd time to see.

The story itself is awesome/scary. The concept behind a pandemic shutting down our economy seems very probable and the author thought out the scenario pretty well. I don't think I made it halfway through before I started ordering and assembling items for my 72 hour kits.

This ended up being the most expensive credit I have ever spent.

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  • Brent
  • Spokane, WA, United States
  • 11-12-12

Democrats version of TEOTWAWKI

Where does The Jakarta Pandemic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I enjoyed this book. Must read for the prepper.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes- Because the main character is so "mASSachusetts".

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Realistic Possibility

A very realistic possibly of the struggles of dealing with a pandemic with your neighbors. I enjoyed the book and have learned from it as well.

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Wants to be a slow burn but it’s more of an unbearable fizzle

Paper characters with little depth and less believable than an infomercial combined with a story rife with technical inaccuracies did this book in. Read the 299 Days series, Going Home, Borrowed World, Holding Their Own or One Second After. This was a waste of my monthly credit.

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TEOTWAWKI books don't get better than this!

I've listened to this book 5 times over the last year and it's fantastic every time!
Buy with confidence!!!!