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Publisher's Summary

New from the Author of White Plague

Marine doctor and bioterror expert Joe Rush returns in an electrifying new arctic adventure in which an apocalyptic plague threatens all of humanity....

When authorities in Alaska receive a disturbing call from a teenage girl, their investigation leads them to discover an entire family of researchers dead. Joe Rush is called to help examine the bodies. On the surface it looks like a brutal murder/suicide. But the situation is nowhere near that simple - nor is it over.

Upon closer investigation, Rush discovers the terrifying truth. The research team has fallen victim to something that seems impossible at first, yet the evidence looks undeniable in the lab. Now the danger may threaten thousands more.

Unfortunately he's not the only one with knowledge of the looming disaster. The army has cordoned off part of Alaska, and Rush soon finds himself the target of trained killers. Someone suspects Rush of betraying his country. To save countless lives - starting with his own - Rush must uncover the answers hidden in the Arctic. The question is, will he find them in time?

©2015 James Abel (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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  • Matthew
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 10-26-15

Rush/Abel/Porter a kick butt combination!

What made the experience of listening to Protocol Zero the most enjoyable?

Ray Porter! What more can I say but that RP's laconic delivery, amazing dialects and pacing are a true delight and make the listening experience something to look forward to daily.

That said, the character, and the creativity of Abel are equally refreshing and worth while.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Protocol Zero?

The epilogue is both justified and juicy!

Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, as many as I can, and it is stunning EVERYTIME. He owns Joe Rush, and is a remarkable narrator. This offering qualifies as one of his very best.

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

Laugh yes, as Rush's attitude is frequently worth a LOL or 3.

Any additional comments?

This is not a book for the squeamish or someone who prefers non-violence in their books. It does require some leaps of faith as it regards to US government conspiracies and coverups as well. On balance, it is very very listenable and definitely worth the credit.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Great Read!

I quickly became a Joe Rush fan with "White Plague".. This one, however, was twice as well written and read and I am now officially obsessed.. The mix of drama, intrigue, emotion all brought to life by the absolute GREATEST narrator in the world, Ray Porter... In my honest opinion, there wasn't anything about this book that I would change... Well, there is ONE thing but I'll read further reviews after mine to see if anyone else agrees... I can only hope and pray that James Abel continues to write this series! Either way it has been an awesome journey!

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Good arctic adventure novel

Being Alaskan, I was worried there would be the inevitable outstanding geographical, social, environmental mistakes in facts and descriptions: not so! The author did a very good job at keeping to the 'real' while creating this storyline.
Good pace, good characters. Couldn't guess the end, which is always nice. Plus: Ray Porter is one of the best narrators out there right now.

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  • Kim
  • BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States
  • 09-16-15

Another winner

What did you love best about Protocol Zero?

I loved the entire plot. Who EVER would have thunk?

Which scene was your favorite?

Unfortunately, the scene in the hospital at the end.

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

Don't make this book into a movie. Movies are never as good.

Any additional comments?

I'm going to have to actively go out and see when Book 3 will be released. I hope it's soon.

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Pandora had a little lost box and now it's found

Would you try another book from James Abel and/or Ray Porter?

Yes they were able to contain the mystery throughout the book without allowing boredom to take over the story line.

What did you like best about this story?

The author always made me think?..Really can that really happen? No way that cannot happen! What? Why? How did that happen? This goes on thought the book... There are plenty of suspects and liars in the book and you never know who to trust.

Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Was Protocol Zero worth the listening time?

I can only say I enjoyed the book, I only wish the ending had been expanded a little more, but maybe there will be another book that will spin off this title.

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  • Debra
  • Fletcher, OK, United States
  • 08-09-15

NEW FAVORITE

What made the experience of listening to Protocol Zero the most enjoyable?

Love the characters, the setting in Alaska and the people there.

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

MUST keep him as narrator on future books.

Any additional comments?

WANT MORE!

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Engaging suspense/thriller

Well written. Interesting plot. Only criticism is the end was way too drawn out needlessly. Sometimes less is more.

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Great story in a great series

I came into this series unsure of what to expect and have loved every minute. The story is solid and engaging but I have to say, Ray Porter does an amazing job. The range of characters and accents is superb, its a masterclass in how to perform an audiobook. His portrayal of the men and women in this thrilling series is something to be heard.

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Almost ,"Too" wordy.

I would have loved to give this book four, even five stars, but I almost stopped listening and returned it before listening to the whole thing. The subject matter was great, the narration was good, but the book was overdrawn and the ending kind of a letdown.

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Protocol Zero book 2 Joe Rush

Good second book, kept me coming back, phenomenal Narrating by Ray Porter, I can't wait to listen to book 3 I don't know if there is a book 3 yet but I plan on finding out. Gripping story, with twists and turns you don't expect .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful