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Pandemic: Beginnings Audiobook

Pandemic: Beginnings: The Pandemic Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

They attack with impunity, and without prejudice.

Their goal - to destroy you, from within.

A merciless enemy, just one-billionth our size.

Welcome to the next global war.

A new dystopian, post-apocalyptic fiction series from author Bobby Akart (the Blackout Series, the Boston Brahmin series, and the Prepping for Tomorrow series). The events depicted in the Pandemic Series are fictional. They are, however, based upon historical fact.

Beginnings:

Terrorists kidnap and blackmail a young French scientist in Western Africa. The outbreak of an ancient disease kills everyone in a village located in a remote jungle of Guatemala. US government operatives uncover a secret biological laboratory in Trinidad. An isolated death at the hands of this killer virus is discovered in Greece.

Is there a connection, or are these simply a string of coincidences?

Dr. Mackenzie Hagan, a highly-educated, well-respected epidemiologist at the CDC-Atlanta, is called to Guatemala. As the daughter of a retired commanding general of the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Mac often says infectious disease is in her blood. While no infectious disease outbreak is routine, this particular hot zone in Guatemala has its own set of complications - including a mysterious operative sent there by the Department of Defense. Events unfold and Mac is sent around the world investigating new cases involving this same, rare disease.

Nathan Hunter, a covert operative within an off-the-books project for the DOD, tracks down terrorists before they strike. As Hunter unravels a villainous plot with tentacles spanning the globe, his investigative path crosses with Mac's. Was it fate, or something else? Mac and Hunter work together to analyze the disease and to identify the source. But they soon learn that the biggest challenge they'll face is right at home.

©2017 Bobby Akart Inc. (P)2017 Bobby Akart Inc.

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    Brian Niagara Falls, NY 07-12-17
    Brian Niagara Falls, NY 07-12-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Utterly Terrifying and Incredibly Enjoyable"

    I'm going to add a disclaimer to this review.  I LOVE Medical Thrillers/Bio-Thrillers.  I've taken a liking to them ever since reading Michael Crichton as a kid, and then Richard Preston as a teenager.  My fiction and non-fiction reading trajectory was paved with Medical Thrillers.  Because of this, I was genuinely worried that one of my favorite authors was going to let me down by writing a book about a potential outbreak and not do his research. I have never been happier to be wrong in my life. Akart was able to write a book that is both utterly terrifying and incredibly enjoyable at the same time.  I didn't even think that was a possibility.

    With my disclaimer at the beginning, if you're not a bio-thriller or medical thriller fan (Robin Cook, Richard Preston, Michael Crichton, etc), you could still enjoy this book.  This book, in particular, didn't go too "sciencey" making it unapproachable for the average reader (or even just an Akart fan from his other two series).  It's a thriller where one of the main worries is a contagious and incredibly deadly disease. So it's action/thriller first and medical/bio second.  

    But, knowing that Akart was writing this series had me waiting with bated breath until it was released on audio.  Then, I found out that he was going to use a dual narration for it.  My excitement level (which was already high) skyrocketed.  Usually, when that happens, the book is just okay, or average since I want it to be so good, I'm usually harder on it.  But, as I said above -- I shouldn't have doubted Akart, he absolutely knocked this book out of the park.  

    Pandemic: Beginnings is a brilliant book that combines basically every aspect of a good thriller with great main characters and throws it into a washing machine with terrorism, bio-weapons, and diseases.  Turns it on "heavy soiled" and lets it go.  What comes out is a perfect mixture of all the best aspects of what I mentioned above and the ability to scare the heck out of a reader.  Seriously, shake someone's hand after reading this... I dare you.

    "Mac" the doctor in this was a great main character who is both powerful and smart.  A great combination for a female protagonist.  She was also really funny and a few time when I wasn't scared for my life, Mac had me cracking up with the way that she thought of or approached things.  

    Akart, who didn't set out to be a Medical Thriller author has written a book that will stick with me for a long time.  Easily comparable to Crichton, Cook, and Preston as one of my top bio-thriller books I've ever read.  And the best part is that he's just getting started.  I hope that what follows in this series will follow some of the same blueprints that he's already laid out in Beginnings. 

    The dual narration was interesting.  I've heard this done well and terribly.  This was right in the middle.  In the beginning, I was worried because the female narration parts are only for talking parts.  Mac's internal thoughts were still narrated by Farrell.  At first, this really bugged me.  It just didn't seem to make any sense why it would work that way, but as I continued in the book and listening to it intently, I noticed that it didn't bother me anymore.  It made a little more sense.  Farrell is the main narrator who will give most of the talking parts, internal monologues, and "stage direction" (scene setting and stuff like this) while Adams (who has an AWESOME voice) will voice any female directly spoken parts.  It worked better than I first thought it would and honestly it made this book fly by.

    I received a free copy of this book. It has not affected my review of my opinion.

    If you enjoyed this review, please vote for it! Every vote helps. If you'd like to see more books like this please check out BriansBookBlog DOT com.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Denise K USA 07-11-17
    Denise K USA 07-11-17
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    "Love this series!"
    Where does Pandemic: Beginnings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


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

    Yes it did! With the realistic writing, the author makes you feel as if you are part of the story.


    Have you listened to any of John David Farrell and Kris Adams ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have heard John David Farrell's narrations prior to this one and he does an amazing job with this story. I haven't heard Kris Adams narrate before but feel she did doing a wonderful job with this story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had so many emotional moments. From yelling out loud to crying. This story is very realistic.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read and listened to many of this author's books and have loved each one. The Pandemic series is one that scares me the most with it being more of a possibility of coming to fruition with all of the terrorism in today's world.

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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 07-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "So Scary!!"

    When I first saw this advertised I immediately went and pre-ordered all 4 in the series. I enjoy this authors work and love bio/medical thrillers. I read the ebook first and absolutely devoured it, then got the audio when it came out and eagerly dived in again!!

    This starts with a French Scientist being kidnapped and made to work on.... something. Then we see Mackenzie Hagan, of the CDC, dispatched to a remote village where all the inhabitants are dead. What could possible kill the whole village? While there she meets Nathan Hunter, an employee of the Department of Defense. He is there to investigate the killings too. What connection could an unknown virus have with the the DOD? It's up to Mac to find out.

    So many thoughts ran through my head while reading this. What happens here is something that terrifies me. The idea of a Pandemic is something, in this day and age, that could happen easily. With people travelling so easily from place to place, and a virus that is spread so quickly, it all adds up to a very scary and terrifying scenario!!

    Anyway, Bobby Akart has really done his research for this. He explained everything in such a way to make it easy for anyone to understand. How the bio weapon was made and the effects it had were brilliantly written. It really and truly makes you think. Every time I went anywhere and heard any coughs or sneezes it frightened me!!! Plus the idea of the final Jihad was extremely scary.

    I also loved Mac and Hunter. Mac is a strong, smart female lead and I loved how she handled everything. She always did what was right, no matter what anyone else thought. I loved her interactions with Hunter and look forward to seeing how their friendship grows.

    This is a story of what could happen and how easily it could!!! It definitely makes you think, what if? What would you do? When I read it first, it blew me away, but the audio was amazing.

    John David Farrell and Kris Adams were awesome. I couldn't believe that it's Kris Adams first narration, she did a brilliant job. She was easy to listen to and her inflections were really good. As for John David Farrell, he was just as good. I've listened to a few by him and he always does a good job. I will say though, it took a few minutes to get used to the dual narration, just because Farrell narrated most of it, including Mac's inner thoughts, where Adams narrated the female talking parts. I wondered why for a while, but after a few chapters it didn't matter. It worked really well!!!

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    Amazon Customer 07-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Engaging and timely story of potential bio-war"

    This story was well developed with great characters. The realism in the political response to an outbreak was disturbing in its probable accuracy.

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    Diane Little Rock, AR, United States 07-27-17
    Diane Little Rock, AR, United States 07-27-17 Member Since 2009

    Grad school student studying for a Masters in Business & Emerging Technologies. Liberal prepper since November, PoliSci news junkie.

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    "All good!"

    Difficult getting into it because of the narration style - but now I like it.

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    Karyn Antosh 07-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Another fantastic Series has begun!"

    Bobby Akart has never let me down and this new series is continuing the trend! Very informative on how the system works, while creating a great storyline with characters you can't help but like! I'm looking forward to the next in the series!

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    Thomas W Galloway 07-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Suspense"

    I loved the book another on the edge of your seat story! I use audio books because of driving a lot so the only downside is I have to wait for the audible book 2.

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    Amazon Customer 07-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing..."

    Can't wait until volume 2 comes out in audible... Love the characters, especially Max and Hunt... Excitement for the next part of the story line... Thank you

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    Steven Prince 07-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "NOT a review because i got it free !"
    Where does Pandemic: Beginnings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series is off to a GREAT start.. very engaging..thus far is up to par with the Boston Braham series with is in my top 5 favorites.. well thought out and executed..great research.. and current like it was from todays headlines.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both the main charaters..so will not choose.. though i did notice the ( P.C. charater kinda the token " good muslim " un-nessary


    Which character – as performed by John David Farrell and Kris Adams – was your favorite?

    1st book in series, so not decided


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

    We were warned..didnt listen.. now..its here


    Any additional comments?

    Pure Akart...

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    Cynthia G. 07-16-17
    Cynthia G. 07-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Sorry I bothered"
    What would have made Pandemic: Beginnings better?

    Less proselytizing and more art form would have made this book better. OK, I get it. ISIS is our enemy and I want to wipe them out too. But the author seems like he's advancing a political agenda and not writing a book of fiction. I gave up 3 hours into listening. By that time I did not remember or care who the main characters were. I was listening in my car and it seemed several times the story deviated from being a book into being a political essay. The first time it happened I checked to see if my iPad had shut off and a talk radio station had come up. The author should focus more on his art form.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bobby Akart again?

    Maybe. Not sure.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John David Farrell and Kris Adams ’s performances?

    No. The performances were too stiff and formal. They sounded as if they were reading the manuscript for the first time.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Can't think of any right now.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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