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The Enigma Strain Audiobook

The Enigma Strain: Harvey Bennett Thrillers, Book 1

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When a bomb goes off at Yellowstone National Park, threatening the stability of the world's largest active volcano, the reclusive park ranger Harvey "Ben" Bennett is startled to realize that the blast itself wasn't the only threat: the bomb released a virus into the air, and the outbreak is beginning to infect and kill more and more people.

Ben teams up with Juliette Richardson, a driven CDC agent working inside the newly-formed BTR (Biological Threat Research) team, to find the people behind the act of terrorism.

When the attacks get personal, Ben and Julie take it upon themselves to seek out and destroy the threat before it's too late.

A race across the United States, chasing terrorists, dodging bullets, and escaping the threat of a deadly virus outbreak and military apocalypse.

©2015 Turtleshell Press, Nick Thacker (P)2015 Turtleshell Press, Nick Thacker

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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 07-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "An entertaining read."
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    With Post Apocalyptic fiction being one of my favourite genres this appealed to me from the start and I was delighted to get the chance to listen to it.

    In this we follow Ben, A Yellowstone ranger and Julie, who is from the CDC. First off Ben is returning a wayward Grizzly back to where he belongs when an earthquake happens. His partner is sucked into the earth when a fissure appears and Ben is left hanging on for his life. When he gets back to the park it's to find that a bomb caused the earthquake and the place has to be evacuated. Ben finds out that at the site of the blast, an airborne virus was released and all who were there died. He partners up with Julie to see can they create an antidote for what looks like a terrorist made virus.

    This was such a fast paced and intense listen. I found myself on the edge of my seat a lot waiting to see what would happen. Ben and Julie were both great characters and were easily likable. The plot flowed along and was quite scary because it could happen. We all have fear that a virus could be released so it was scary reading this.

    The setting is another plus, for me anyway. I've always loved reading books set in Yellowstone both because of the stunning scenery it portrays and the fact that there is a super volcano there. It made the scenario that much more believable.

    Anyway, this was awesome and I can't wait for more from these characters. It grabbed me from the start and kept my attention the whole way through. I thoroughly enjoyed the read!!

    Mike Vendetti was amazing. He drew the tension of the book out and made it come alive. He had a lot of characters to portray and did a great job of distinguishing each. It came across that he enjoyed recording the story and it showed. I will definitely check out more by him.

    * I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review from Audio Book Blast. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    S. Bergquist San Simon, Arizona USA 08-30-16
    S. Bergquist San Simon, Arizona USA 08-30-16

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    "Nice vacation read for summer time!"

    Great vacation read especially when visiting a National Park with hot spots like Yellow Stone!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robin San Antonio, Texas, United States 11-02-15
    Robin San Antonio, Texas, United States 11-02-15 Member Since 2001

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    "Appocalypse Mystery!"

    Loner park ranger and female CDC worker strive to stop an apocalyptic virus and an explosion that will trigger the Yellowstone super volcano. In a way this was like the early Robert Ludlum books in that whoever the protagonist feels he can depend on turns on him and whatever plan he comes up with is countered. Slow start but a good read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 10-15-15
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 10-15-15 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "The tension builds throughout the story until..."

    In 1704 a Russina mapping team in North America discovers a cave filled with human bones. Within a day the Russian team are all dead.

    Present day, a bomb explodes in Yellowstone Park, within days many of the park employes are sick. Harvey “Ben” Bennett is a park ranger at Yellowstone National Park.He is 32 and mostly a loner. He heard the explosion and was in the earth tremor that followed. His partner was killed by the quake.

    Julie Richardson from CDC, BTR (Biological Threat Research), is interviewing Ben in the cafeteria when excited personnel rush in with a sick man. Julie and Ben leave by the back door and head to her truck. Julie knows the sick man could be contagious. She’s right.

    Introverted Ben and extroverted Julie make for an unusual team. I really liked the way they played off each other. Glimpses into Ben’s past explain why he is the way he is. When the chips are down he comes through.

    This is one thrilling book. The back stories that give insight into the origin of the virus are right on. It’s not hard to believe Russian explorers were here in the early days or that their remains were found by students and taken by a big Drug Corp. I already knew that Yellowstone was a volcano. I’ve been there and seen it. Not hard to imagine what would happen if a bomb really did explode there.
    The tension builds throughout the story until the very end and it is an adrenaline rush. I want more of Ben, but it will be hard to come up with something to beat this novel for suspense, action, and thrills.

    Mike Vendetti is the narrator and he did a splendid job of it. His reading was clear and concise, very well done. I could listen to him for hours, in fact I did. Production was perfect. No jumps, skips, or static. A perfect rendition.
    The book cover was colorful and well done. Symbolic.

    Audiobook provided for review by the author.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    12 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Silverrob 06-03-17
    Silverrob 06-03-17
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    "Love a good medical/disaster thriller....."

    I love the whole premise of book. It was well written with good characters; though some met with a grizzly end. Only beef that I have is some confusion during the narrative. It was sometimes hard to differentiate between some of the characters. Otherwise it's a good audio book.

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    Robert Wilson Heathrow, FL 05-18-17
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    "the book kept my interest. "

    I found the book kept a good pace and an enjoyable read since I love the Idaho and Montana area. the narrator was. excellent.

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    Michael Graves 05-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Not very interesting"

    This book just was not that interesting. It never really captured my attention or imagination. Toward the end I just wanted it to be over.

    The narrator was not very good, that might be the reason why.

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    StrayPup 05-08-17
    StrayPup 05-08-17
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    "Wrong narrator for this book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    An experienced narrator who can correctly pronounce words, perform female voices, and emulate foreign accents. Mike Vendetti has a nice vocal tone and pace, but was the wrong choice for this book because of his rendering of the voices of multiple characters and frequent mispronunciations. The narration was too often distracting. I liked the story, but will read the other two in the series via e-book, since Mr. Vendetti was inexplicably selected to narrate the audiobook series.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is about an international conglomerate that engineers a scheme to profit from a weakened US government and economy by setting off cataclysmic explosions in Yellowstone National Park that spread a deadly virus. A park ranger and CDC investigator (clearly destined for a sub-plot love match) work together to minimize the lethal effects of the attacks and ferret out the lower-level pawns in the scheme. But the conglomerate lives on, presumably to create more havoc in the next book in the series. The book maintains a good pace, the good guys are believable and likable, and the bad guys are interestingly crafted.

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    Robin Diebold 02-28-17 Member Since 2005
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    "Read it in one day"

    Absolutely loved this book. It held my interest all the way through. This will be one of my favorite authors from now on.

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    popig 02-11-17
    popig 02-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    Kept me going I like this kind of story not to long but long enough.

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