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Publisher's Summary

The nanotechnology was designed to fight cancer. Instead, it evolved into the machine plague, killing nearly five billion people and changing life on Earth forever.

The nanotech has one weakness: it self-destructs at altitudes above ten thousand feet. Those few who've managed to escape the plague struggle to stay alive on the highest mountains, but time is running out. There is famine and war, and the environment is crashing worldwide. Humanity's last hope lies with a top nanotech researcher aboard the International Space Station -- and with a small group of survivors in California who risk a daring journey below the death line...

©2007 Jeff Carlson (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Harrowing, heartfelt, and rock-hard realistic." (James Rollins, New York Times best-selling author)

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Poorly executed

Seems like a good plot but I can’t get past the monotone narration. Very dark and grim so far but five chapters in is as far I’m willing to suffer.

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Not Enjoyable

The plot of this book sounded interesting, but can’t finish for the following reasons:
No effort to connect you emotionally to any of the characters.
It was so hard to follow!
The narrator was very monotone. The whole book sounded like Rod Sterling. (In my head I just kept thinking “ this is.....The Twilight Zone).

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Trash

Couldn’t get past the second chapter. Badly written and poorly laid plot. I wish I could get my money back on this one!

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“They Ate Jorgensen first.” Brilliant and spellbinding!

In the first chapter, Carlson wipes out nearly 6,000,000,000 people on the planet with the Nanotech plague. What follows is a wild ride between political powers and the few who wish to advance the technology to save humankind. Anyone who dives into this three book series is in for a wild ride.

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Bad narration and confusing characters

I had to restart the book three times in an effort to figure out who they were talking about. I gave up after my third attempt. The narration is really bad but honestly, a better narration wouldn’t have made this a better story. It was just all around poorly done.

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Easy to get lost

There is so much description and details that I found myself getting bored and lost in the story.

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Plague Year ?

Just did not hang together for me. Sounded like everyone was doubled dealing every one. Ending was just flat.

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Great concept

I had a hard time keeping up with who is who Ass well as the team members. So generally I understand the story

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Too slow moving and not a fun read. I wanted most of the main characters to die.

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  • Sharon
  • 11-18-16

terrible story, terrible narration, terrible !!!!

Not worth a download a losten or even a second though. Move on by and don't look back. I've never had a worse book to date... boring, monotone, dull and i gave it quite a few chapters before i could do no more. Each to their own but I can't in good conscious recommend this book. 😩

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  • Adamontise
  • 09-12-19

Good story well told, and well thought out

I heard about this author from the Starshipsofa podcast (a very old episode from the back catalogue) and decided to get one of his audiobooks. I wasnt disappointed and the story is very good with equal parts tense moments and action that is gripping. it does have some faults though; like not investing enough time to making me care about the characters so I feel genuinely sad when they die, or leave the plot some other way. there was a character called Erin whom I have no affection for and view as a disposable plot device more than anything for example. I think I was meant to care about her more than that though.

aside from that, the plot is one that isn't too far fetched and that's how I like my sci-fi; I only have to imagine a couple of parameters of the real world are different, and reach a little into a supposed future to get my head into the universe that this story of nano-terror takes place in.

the narrator only jarred me out of the story in a couple of places, usually by misjudging the tone of speech compared to how I expected it.

I'd recommend this audio story

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  • Joan
  • 11-15-16

Difficult listen and read

Narrator did not follow through word for word with the book, and sometimes paragraphs were skipped or rephrased.

Book was too draggy and too much in depth detail about the littlest things.