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Publisher's Summary

Something insidious has arrived - right in the heartland of our nation.

Dr. Lauren Hale, a new hospital resident, is nearly killed by a raving mad emergency room patient, in a senseless, unprovoked attack.

Officer David Olson, veteran cop and former Marine, returns from a father-son camping trip to discover that his ex-wife has vanished under bizarre circumstances and his police department is on the verge of collapse.

Jack and Emma Harper, a young, upwardly mobile couple, find their hip city neighborhood rapidly descending into madness.

Dr. Eugene Chang, a research scientist for a major pharmaceutical company makes a shocking discovery that might explain the spreading wave of illness and violence gripping the city.

Eric Larsen, leader of a top-secret, rapid-response unit, circles high above the Midwest, in an unmarked military transport. Mission still unknown, his team waits to parachute into the night.

Within 24 hours, complete strangers from different walks of life will be forced to join together to survive the living nightmare that has been unleashed on their city - and their country.

This is their story.

Welcome to the hot zone!

©2017 Stribling Media (P)2017 Stribling Media

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 10-16-17

A great start to a series

4.5 out of 5 stars

I can't tell you how long I've had other Konkoly books sitting on my to be read shelf.  He just seems to pick genres and topics that I really want to read.  I finally bit the bullet when he started writing a bio-thriller based novel.  Hot Zone borrows the name of one of my all-time favorite novels and does a pretty nice job showing what would happen if a rage-like virus would sweep the midwest. 

The virus itself plays the main character through most of Hot Zone -- allowing the reader to get familiar with it and what it's doing to people.  I like that Konkoly based it on seemingly real things.  It reminded me a bit of the virus from 28 Days Later -- but a little more docile.  People still went crazy, but they weren't crazy all the time. It made it a little scarier to me.  I just can't imagine sitting across from my wife who was fine one minute and attacking me with a fireplace poker the next. 

The story revolved around a few different people who were all from different aspects of life.  A cop, a couple who worked at a biotech company, a mercenary, a doctor, and a researcher.  The story bounced around from person to person but ended up weaving into a really nice full story by the end. 

The end -- this burned me a little.  It dropped it from a 5-star book to a 4.5. It just kind of ended.  I know that it had an "ending" but it had a "there is going to be more than one book" ending. Sure, the story was good, the character development was one of the best I've ever read, and the virus was well thought out and explained in a way that made sense -- but the story just kind of stopped.

I will be continuing on with this series (especially if it's on audio).  So I think in the end it'll be a wash.  But I was genuinely shocked when the story ended. 

Overall, a great book that kept me reading.  I didn't want to put it down. 

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining yarn marred by narration

I had high hopes for this book, I really did - I am a fan of Steven Konkoly and the post apocalyptic thriller genre, so perhaps I was setting myself up for a fall.

Ok I admit that I still get slightly baffled by weapon / gun fetishism , but I now take the "Evil Big Government" view in my stride. ( They may have means and opportunity but what the hell is the motive?)

I couldn't however get past the Narration - some characters in parts sounded to my ears like out takes from a Yogi bear cartoon, and I just could not immerse myself in the story.

That said, the plot is entertaining enough ( not a patch on Steven Konkolys previous books though, perhaps getting just a little too formulaic) however I do not think I will be returning to hear of the survivors progress .

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C’mon...

Can’t be same guy who wrote Perseid Collapse series — which is fantastic. And, this narrator overacts the characters — turns them into a parody of the regional dialects he’s trying to portray. C’mon, give us another Jakarta Pandemic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great beggining of another Konkoly series

Steve Konkoly is a master of this aspect of pandemic shtf prepper books great book

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Ehhh ok

I’m on the fence about continuing this series. The characters are ok. A little flat. The narration is ok. Not annoying but not engaging, either. Nothing about the story is exceptional. There’s no edge of your seat excitement. The most exciting part was hearing about Chang’s bunker. There’s nothing suspenseful really.

I purchased this based on good reviews and am pretty disappointed.

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Powerful story

Great story and character development. a very good listen. I had read an electronic version of this and have also listened to the audio. Another home run for Mr. Konkoly

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Not a bad story

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

The story is good. I think I could have enjoyed it more if not for one main irritation. The author has the characters constantly giving road and street names. I am a third generation born and raised in Indy and not once have I heard anyone say ‘the’ 465. It’s just 465. That may seem picky, but when the characters refer to it adnauseam, it made me want to scream. I wanted to stop listening before I was halfway through. This is my favorite genre, but I’m not sure I want to try to follow this series.

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The narration was hard to listen to. Too many characters sound cartoonish. Once again, I’m a third generation born and raised in Indiana and never heard all these country accents. It made the story too unreal for me.

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The book is fairly well written but not scary

This was more about the importance of prepping. Not that 'll against it but the buggy man wasn't a zombie nor was he very scary.

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  • Jeffrey
  • Hampton, NH, United States
  • 12-17-17

Great Story Horrible Narration

I have been a member of Audible since 2002 (15 years) and have well over 600 books. This narration was one of the worst ever. Taking in account this was for a dystopian pandemic audience it falls well short. Whereas Charles Hubbell might make a great children’s narrator as for the genre his style falls very short. His poor attempts at voice characterizations is limited to say the least. One can never concentrate on how the characters are built as you are constantly put off by the narration. The story itself was great. For Steven, I’ll reread the story in Kindle just to salvage my impression of the story. I hope while I am reading I am not visited by the ghost of narrator’s past.

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Great listen

Excited for what’s to come. An extremely well written story with a nice twist on the genre.