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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. 

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Great listen

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

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Good Book, excellent Narrator!

It’s all in the title, book is well written and leaves you wondering what book two brings. This is the best narrator I have listened to, to date. Well done!

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Steven does it again!!

this book is one of his best work! I love that the characters are normal civilians banning together for survival. the "infected" are realistic and not typical zombies like in Hollywood movies. I'm not even going to wait for my credit to renew buying book 2 today!

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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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Just OK with a lot of filler

Not his best work. Seems like there was a lot of filler non-detailed information in the book.