• Lockdown

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (108 ratings)

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Lockdown

By: Peter May
Narrated by: Peter Forbes
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Publisher's Summary

They said that twenty-five percent of the population would catch the flu. Between seventy and eighty percent of them would die. He had been directly exposed to it, and the odds weren't good.

A city in quarantine.

London, the epicenter of a global pandemic, is a city in lockdown. Violence and civil disorder simmer. Martial law has been imposed. No-one is safe from the deadly virus that has already claimed thousands of victims. Health and emergency services are overwhelmed.

A murdered child.

At a building site for a temporary hospital, construction workers find a bag containing the rendered bones of a murdered child. A remorseless killer has been unleashed on the city; his mission is to take all measures necessary to prevent the bones from being identified.

A powerful conspiracy.

DI Jack MacNeil, counting down the hours on his final day with the Met, is sent to investigate. His career is in ruins, his marriage over and his own family touched by the virus. Sinister forces are tracking his every move, prepared to kill again to conceal the truth. Which will stop him first - the virus or the killers?

Written over 15 years ago, this prescient, suspenseful thriller is set against a backdrop of a capital city in quarantine and explores human experience in the grip of a killer virus.

©2020 Peter May (P)2020 Quercus Editions Limited

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Murder case not a “pandemic” story

This is not a pandemic novel, it is more of a murder mystery that takes place during a pandemic. In my opinion, the title is off and very misleading. I applied Peter May for envisioning the lockdown world we currently are living in back in 2005.

I bought this book to support his work after hearing his how this book was first rejected for being “unbelievable”.

As for the story itself, it’s barely 3 stars.

SUMMARY: London is on a lockdown because of the “flu” During “essential construction” workers find a bag of bones that belong to a child.

A police officer is called you investigate the crime. The bulk of the story is this guy figuring out who the child is and how the child died. It’s basically an episode of the old TV show “Bones”

No big surprise, the child’s death is related to the pandemic. The last 25% of the book *does* dig into the origins of the pandemic, but it’s the same, tired story that has been overdone in countless many movies. I found the wrap up rather boring and dull despite loads of contrived action.

The writing is also poor; many long winded confessional scenes 🙄🙄 there’s also a Jason Bourne type character that seems a bit beyond human realism.

Bottom line: I’m not necessarily glad I read it (I admit I probably only bought and read it because of the hype) and I’m not likely to recommend it to anyone. If I hadn’t been on a car ride with no other options or signal, I probably would have returned it

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Cannot believe this is a Peter May story

Only got published because of our current pandemic.
Completely unbelievable plot. Went off the rails,
Well narrated though.

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Vivid

A vivid portrayal of where we could easily have ended up this year. Even though it was written quite some time ago the situation is chillingly similar to covid! Complete with conspiracy theories, drug companies and military reactions to population control.

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suspenful

Peter knows how to write a great story even if very eerie but I did not like the ending.

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Incredibly timely ...

Incredibly timely story for these COVID-19 and CRISPR times. The events are dire and plausible. So glad that Peter May dusted off this unpublished manuscript from 2005 and released it to readers. Thoroughly engrossing. Full of twists and turns. A good read and listen.

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Timely and frightening

A tense, fast paced story of deceit, murder and, mostly greed. A new variant of bird flu is introduced into London by an innocent little Chinese girl. It's a bit contrived that the girl used is Chinese, especially considering the time we're living in. An enjoyable fast read.

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  • Liz
  • 05-15-20

There is a reason it wasn't published in 2005...

I'd just finished coffin road and saw this coming out a few days later, so bought it as I've read around 6 of May's books and all but one has been excellent.

This one is impressive for his thinking of a flu pandemic in London 15 years ago... and that's about all. Wooden story, tired old tropes about how pandemic will go down and truly wooden dialogue. There is a reason it wasn't picked up and published when he first wrote it - it's just not very good. In the intervening years May has become a much better writer. You can see the bones of that here, but it's not a good book and without the lockdown would never have seen the light of day.

The end is so far signalled ahead of time it all feels like an inevitability. Avoid unless you're a super fan. I'm going to return it.

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  • Jane Day
  • 05-16-20

This book should have been labelled fantasy.

As a lover of Peter May's books, I couldn't stop reading this one; because it was to daft for words. The virus we now know to be believeable. The main character Jack and the burn victim in this story were unbelieveable. Anxiously awaited this book and was left feeling grateful that this wasn't the first Peter May book I'd ever read or, I may have missed out on many other good reads.

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  • Lorna
  • 06-27-20

More dated than prescient

I’m not often troubled by an overly sensitive Political Correctness detector, but this book made me cringe in so many places, starting with Tom whom we deduce is gay because of nudge nudge references to sore backsides. And while novelists are of course supposed to be able to inhabit the minds of their characters, it feels rather creepy for a white, middle aged male author to give voice to the thoughts of his younger, Asian, disabled female character about how great it is having sex with his white, middle aged, male protagonist. The lockdown details were interesting and the plot adequate, but overall this felt like an airport novel from the last century that should have stayed there.

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  • Q
  • 05-17-20

As ever Peter May brilliance

As simple as the plot is the detail is utterly captivating and mesmerising brilliantly plotted Fantastically breathtaking narrated a combination of talent on talent roll on the next release Q

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  • Dr VLP
  • 09-29-20

Even during a lockdown this is bunkum!

In the introduction to this book we’re told that this novel languished unpublished in May’s drawer because the publishers thought it too unbelievable.
Even as the UK experiences a second wave of coronavirus infections this book remains unbelievable.
The main characters’ immense physical stamina, psychological coldness and relentless determination to do their job - no matter what - stretches credibility beyond anything that 2020 has shown us can be true. Absolute bunkum (and not in a good way).

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  • mollyeyre
  • 05-15-20

Overall I enjoyed this

This isn't only about the country in the midst of a pandemic, but really it is a murder story.

I love the way that Peter May writes, he goes into details that don't leave the reader feeling lost.

My only 'gripe' is that I found the manner of the ending,and the abilities of an injured man a tad unbelievable. However, I did enjoy it and am delighted that Mr May has very generously donated the proceeds towards the current needs caused by the Covid-19 virus.

This was beautifully read by Peter Forbes, as per usual!

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  • Olivia D
  • 05-19-20

Gripping right to the end

I didn't want to rush this, but haad to download on audible as reading puts me to sleep, the characters were great, even chucking in Walter Smith at the end, haha..but as the book got into the last 2 hours, It was like I was pulled into the story and told I'm not going anywhere I was definitely in lockdown mode..to think Peter May could write a book about something that hadn't yet happened is genius alone unless he was in it with all the other governments who by some conspiracy theorists reckonings this lockdown was deliberately planned by World leaders..anyway I'd recommend the book and I am now ready for my 2nd Peter May book..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-21-20

Good idea but quite predictable and far fetched!

The book made a strong start and the premise is good, but it became ever more predictable and and far fetched as the story went on. It did have some interesting bits and I didn't dislike the book, but there is much more the author could have done with the general story. However, good narration.

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  • Lindypops
  • 05-23-20

Excellent, Lockdown.

As I have come to expect from Peter May. Great storyline, couldn't put it down.. Sorry to finish. Brilliantly read by Peter Forbes. This book is definitely more than worth a listen.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 05-17-20

A prophetic tale!

An amazingly accurate description of life under lockdown with a grisly find and a dangerous investigation to give extra excitement. Had me in thrall from beginning to end, and I could listen to the narrators voice all day!

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  • Mimosa
  • 06-05-20

Amazing story - so full of factual information!

I can't believe that Peter May could have foreseen the world's viral pandemic years before it happened. Other wise thinking people warned of the possibility, but Peter May's writing, released at this time in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic is so well written, reflecting the fears, the panic and the inhumanity of people with power. Absolutely mesmerising!

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  • jan k.
  • 08-20-20

love of words

I'm not a writer, love books. read many of Peter May's.
But his love of some words... curruscating for example. I think if I hear it again it will be far too many.

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  • M.
  • 05-29-20

So so real in this Covid 19 era

Incredible how an old manuscript is suddenly so so relevant! As ever Forbes soft Scottish accent adds to setting the scene. Stayed awake nearly all night to listen to this in two sittings!

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  • Judith
  • 05-27-20

Disappointing!!!

Very disappointing book by Peter May. The abrupt ending left the plot hanging with too many loose ends. As a fan of Peter May I felt the book was very light weight. Too hurried and a lacking a coherent plot.

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  • AlbaRoo🦶🏽
  • 05-24-20

reality in fiction

freaky , even more so as it is happening now and the selfish on this planet want to risk it all for there own fun or the mighty dollar, should be a compulsory read !

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  • DebManning
  • 05-20-20

Very Timely

Another new flawed character in a very timely story. loved it.I hope we see him again

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  • Pipie
  • 07-23-21

Lockdown

Found this to in touch with today. The insight of some authors is amazing. Love this from start to end. Looking forward to more from this author.

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  • The buyer
  • 07-13-21

An okay story

It's an average story which really doesn't contain any interesting arc. *Little spoiler alert" The main villain reveal is something you won't even give a damn about. I didn't listen the last couple of chapters.