Penitence

Narrated by: James Romick
Series: H7N9 Series, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In a small poultry farm located in Delaney, Georgia, an antigenic shift causes the H7N9 virus - also known as the deadly bird flu virus - to jump species. The contagion burns through everything in its path despite the federal government’s ham-handed efforts to mask the mutated virus’ true nature. Its unprecedented mortality rate soon paralyzes the nation - paving the way for martial law to be established across the country. 

More than 1,000 miles away at a maximum security penitentiary south of Tucson, Arizona, inmate Teddy Sanders’ world of structure and routine crumbles to dust, as the virus starts spreading within the confines of the prison’s walls. As circumstances force Teddy to step out of his comfort zone and form precarious new alliances, will he be able to adapt and survive or will he succumb to the inherent dangers of the new world?

©2018 Mark Campbell (P)2018 Darkest Hour Publishing

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Narrator about ruins it

I'm finding this really hard. The premise is plausible, the story starts kind of compelling, but the narrator is ruining this for me. Why does he have to draw out certain words? Like "wanted-uh" or "look-ed-uh". His tone doesn't help and he doesn't seem to modulate at all. It's almost like anyone with a deeper voice thinks they can just gravel through a book and we'll love it. Sorry, not the way it works. Especially if you have to say a "D" sound like so enunciated-uh that it's distracting tot the story. Way too much happens in this for me to start to care about the characters. More development would've helped.

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  • RJ
  • 05-03-20

All is not lost!

I am lucky to have all three books of this trilogy so that I may enjoy the entire series without pause. When I chose these books I hoped I would like such a long series about a viral apocalypse. What I got is much more. What I got is a heartfelt, solid treatise on humanity; how we relate to and treat one another. This is what I took away from this first volume. We meet our protagonist Teddy Sanders in prison, witness his viral encounter, then suffer with him after prison, into the chaos and brutality of the new world. Jane and Danny are a reassuring light in this dark fable. I pray that this is not a glimpse of our future should we, unfortunately, encounter such a disaster. In retrospection; Jane’s aphorism: It’s worthwhile to fight for the good that’s left in the world, while Teddy’s motto: I can’t change the person I was, but I can change the person I am. This is an excellent story and I look forward to the next volume. James Romick’s performance as the narrator was flawless.

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Great Apocalyptic Novel

This book really hits close to home since I am currently listening to it during the current covid-19 pandemic! The viral infection in this story is much more deadly than covid-19! The main character begins his journey in this 1st novel of the series just as the virus begins its spread. I can't wait to listen to the second book in this series to see where he ends up next! The narration was fantastic. The characters were engaging and I would recommend this great book to anyone who likes pandemic or apocalyptic novels.

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WOW

Looking for horror/post-apocalyptic book and came across this series and loved it, felt like I could be some what what we are going thru today with the symptoms but written in 2018. It is about a virus spreading and killing people. I enjoying the characters especially Teddy, Jane and Danny. On to next book

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Pretty depressing

MC is an inmate who survives the virus killing everyone. Through fighting constant situations makes it out and tries to get to a FEMA camp. No happiness for this guy.

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Great book!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was fast paced and engrossing. I liked the fact that the main protagonist of the story was kind of bad boy turned good. Narration was good also.

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With a message.

Teddy is in jail for life and then the pendemic brakes out. What happens during and after is quite a story. Well worth the credit and the time to listen. Good writing and the narrator, James Romick gave a wonderful performance. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Penitence : H7N9 Book 1 Mark Campbell Book one in the H7N9 series. The country is devastated by a rampant variant of H7N9 virus. People are dying, bodies are stacked up and everyone is scared. This follows a few of the victims or survivors as they try to find safety. The journey is hampered by groups that believe they are in charge. This is one to make the listener think. The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. I found James Romick voice pleasant. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Helen
  • 04-25-20

Brilliant book

I really enjoyed this audio book very much can’t wait for more audio books Great book

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  • Ian
  • 03-27-20

A great start.

I received a free copy of this book and I'm leaving an honest and voluntary review. A great start to what could become an amazing serise, it's got a great deal of detailing and depth, the main character is easy to like and quick becomes some one you root for. the while build up is really, the action is edge if your seat kinda action. the narration is spot on, really giving the story that extra value. I'm looking forward to the next in the serise. 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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  • Bev carmody
  • 02-05-20

Really enjoyed this book.

Nice book, well paced and narration is really good. Nice bit of story telling, just when you think you know where its going, and you sigh, well you dont. Nice curve balls. Looking forward to listening to the next one, always a good sign. Nice idea to start the book from prison, and the characters along the way are great. James Romick does a nice job with them as well. Reminded me of R.C. Bray alot of times. I will be looking for more works done by him as well. I recommend a listen.