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Scientists attempted to find a cure for addiction. They failed.

Dr. Everett Berning, a leading researcher into the causes of addiction in the brain, spent 10 years of his life dedicated to one thing: finding the cure. Recruited after a strange encounter with the enigmatic Dr. Roberta Flint, director of research on Code Name: Rememdium, Dr. Berning is sent to work in a secret lab as part of the research team.

When the moment the scientists waited on for years arrives, Dr. Flint and her team are ecstatic.

Unfortunately, not everyone in the world feels the same way.

Benito San Nicholas isn't ready to give up his lucrative business. When the news of a cure arrives on his doorstep from a crooked informant, Benito enlists the help of other drug lords from around the world to stop the cure from hitting the streets and destroying their livelihoods.

What happens next ends up uniting the globe - just not the way society ever intended or hoped.

©2016 Ashley Fontainne (P)2016 Ashley Fontainne

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The end of the world starts with a cure

That is a headline I am proud of, because it tells you everything you need to know in less than two seconds. My job, now, is to kind of fluff it out and explain what I mean by that tag; so here goes.

Can you imagine what would happen if people were told there was a cure for addiction? How would the drug companies react? More importantly, how would drug dealers, and thier suppliers react? If you said not in a good way then you have just won the lotto, because greed will always overpower generosity. Inhumanity will always outweigh humanity. And the dead will always outnumber the living.

Tainted cures (there's the title, just like they do in the movies) begin to affect people in nasty ways. By nasty ways I sort of imply zombies and apocalypse. Yeah, cartels create a nice little zompocalypse by manipulating the addiciton cure. Talk about short term vision. I mean there would always be those people who didn't want to be cured or think they needed a cure. But to wipe out your entire customer base is just obtuse. This way of thinking is known as teach a man how to build a fire you keep him warm for the night, set a man on fire and he's warm the rest of his life. Terry Pratchett.

The characters are well fleshed out, no pun, and the tale is full of shocks, twists, and jumps that you won't even notice the time flying by. What it will do s make you reconsider taking a pain med the next time you are hurt. This is a great start to what looks to be a fantastic series. I can't wait for more.

Roberts really digs deep narrating this one. She fills the characters with emotion, and does a rare thing successfully; she pulls off masculine and feminine voices with utter aplomb. Pretty amazing, actually the way she skates around the book, pacing each page as necessary, and pausing at just the right moments. I'l have to keep an eye out for her.

Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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New take on Zombocalypse!

What did you love best about Tainted Cure?

I loved it that it isn't your regular zombie book, so if you're not a huge fan of this genre you might still want to give it a try.

What about Rebecca Roberts’s performance did you like?

Oh em gee, I wish I sounded as good as this woman! She sounds so effortlessly sexy and pleasant, and even her male voices are good.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It actually was! I was very invested in the story, seeing the cure for addiction being warped into something horrible, and wondering how it'd all turn out.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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How awful that someone has to ruin a cure.

This could have been a great book if it went on a little longer. Telling you what happens in the long run. The performance was good but the story was a little weak.

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Chilling!

I first read this in eBook format and loved it! Fontainne is a master of plot twists and multiple, impressively fleshed out characters. In this first foray into Apocalypse thrillers, she continues to amaze me. Roberts narrates with amazing talent, so how could I resist buying the audio book as well?

The story is largely centered around the zombie outbreak, but also features a documentation of the horrors of drug addiction, the power of love, and the importance of emergency preparation (both personally and regionally). There is some really meaty gore, but it doesn't override the story. Great book overall, and well narrated.

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Unbelievable !

What a beautiful idea!
Right from the beginning an unpredictable twist which totally caught me unguarded not ready this is new to me.
All I'll say is this book is beautifully written, performance is done perfectly.
If this series continues this same way the author and narrator should be real proud for crating a masterpiece!!!
Totally recommended, guaranteed!

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Need to cure the cure

I wasn't sure about this book at first but than it got some action drugs murder underground hiding. It was far fetched beyond believable but I did enjoy it.

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Very cool!

Excellent story by Ashley Fontainne and I loved the narration by Rebecca Roberts. It's not just another zombie story. This story stars before the breakout and explains how it happened. Greed is the cause of the outbreak. Can't wait for book 2 to see if they can cure the problem.

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Wonderful suspenseful breath holding thriller

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This book blow me away I just do not care for stories like this and most likely would not have picked this up had I know what it was which would have been my lose. Oh the plot twists, and the detail given in the thriller which could lead to the end of time as human know it will turn your world upside down. This is one audio I could not put down I had to listen to the end. I cannot think of anything that would be better than finding a cure for any addiction. With the start of this audio I was wowed by the story line and the narrator. So many people will be so happy but the ones you have to watch out for are the unhappy ones who will do anything to get people to buy their drugs. What the drug cartel does with the wonderful amazing drug will blow your mind and the outcome will leave hooked as not many authors can. I was left with my mouth hung open and at times saying OH MY GOD to even awww with a few lord that is nasty. I doubt you can listen to this and not be very much invested with the vivid details the author gives you.

Rebecca Roberts narration is wonderful I really like this narrator from her wonderful many different voices to the emotion she puts into her stories. Her male voices are just as great as her female ones. She has a smooth sexy voice you could listen to all day. Her male characters are rough, tough and strong. I am so amazed that she can do so many voices so wonderfully. With Ms. Roberts many different tones you have no doubt what each person is feeling. You can hear the fear, how scared they are from her voice. I heard no background noises or any place where the audio is louder than other places. You get a clear clean audio that sounds wonderful that will leave you hanging on every word. If you haven’t listened to any thing by this narrator I recommend you do she is very talented. I am sure you will love her as much as I do.

I have not read anything by this author it doesn’t take you very long to know just how talented she is. Here writing style is outstanding her stories and plots amazing. The vivid detail just blows me away. There was nothing I didn’t like from the story to the narration it was top of the line all the way. There were times I held my breath to the outcome, which I am still wondering on a few things. I am totally loving this series and have bought the next two books and still thinking about picking up the audio on book 2. The author gives you wonderful characters you can relate to as you race through to find out what else could go wrong. Your heart goes out to the one that where killed and how they died. The Apocalypse is a scary thing when put in this book with this plot it is a nightmare that you won’t forget fast. This will be one story that will stay with you for a long time to come. There is not any way you can read this and not have a very strong reaction to it. I recommend you pick up the audio you won’t believe the talent this narrator has and how much she brings to the listen. I hope you will pick up this book you will be amazed at this author and her writing style. I am off to start reading book two as I know you will be when you put this book down.

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Tainted cure

What did you like best about this story?

This is an audio book for fans of action, adventure and just a fantastic read then you must pick up this book! I can't wait for book 2 to see what happens

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an imaginative new series

Imagine scientists would find a cure for drug addiction. Many people could benefit and many would welcome this development. But then imagine the reaction of those who make a living from producing and selling drugs, those who have a stake in keeping people addicted. Imagine the drug got in the wrong hands and was altered with catastrophic consequences that would affect all of humankind.

With Tainted Cure, Ashley Fontainne has created an imaginative new series, one that is totally different from those books of hers that I have read before. While the zombie / dystopian genre isn't something that I would usually pick up, I had to give this a go when I saw it once again combined Fontainne's writing with Rebecca Roberts' narrating. I'm so glad I did.

Tainted Cure is an exciting and suspenseful thriller that is full of the Fontainne-typical characters which you root for and sympathize with. Despite the blood and Zombie gore, there is still the distinctive humor (loved the Walmart bit) and the characteristic twists and turns and complete surprises. The story line about Benito's fiancée was freaking fantastic!

This is the sort of story you really want to go into without having read too much about the content. So I won't give any more away.

As expected, the narration was excellent. Rebecca Roberts creates believable male voices and the distinct variation between all the characters makes for easy and very pleasant listening. She always makes the story come to life. There were no issues with the quality of the production.

Definitely another success for Ashley Fontainne and highly recommended even if you are not into Zombies and apocalyptic stories. Looking forward to part two, Tainted Reality, which will be released this month.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

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The turnaround cure that bites

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Since a fairly full introductory synopsis has already been given and this is a book best heard with no preconceptions, no further storyline will be revealed here. Sufficient to say, a 'cure' does not necessarily deliver an anticipated result...

Ashley Fontainne has a pleasantly direct writing style, with short, crisp sentences heavily interspersed with dialogue. She brings an immediacy to the characters and storyline which draws the reader/ listener in to the action, thus making what could be ridiculous feel almost plausible. Yes, this is a story which even suspended disbelief cannot quite make real. And yet, even after a considerable time lapse and a number of other books later, several of the scenes from Tainted Cure, remain with me, as fresh and vibrant as they were when first encountered.
This is a very visual book, fast paced, often violent, sometimes funny,with a myriad of characters. Although not fully rounded three dimensional people, her protagonists all shine with brightly distinct personalities even when their appearances are brief. This is a story to fall into, not to think about too deeply.
A special mention must be made of the narrator, Rebecca Roberts, whose voice seems to perfectly fit the story (despite my initial reservations). Her calm delivery enhances the fast action of the book.
This book is not perfect. There are inconsistencies and as previously mentioned, a great dollop of suspended disbelief has to be applied. But it is a well written, fun listen and, as such, recommended.

I received a copy of this book for review from the author via Audiobook Boom on the understanding that I would return and post an honest opinion.