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For reclusive germophobe, Frank Talbot, dealing with his crippling fear of contamination and germs has always been a challenge, but now he may have no choice.

After a mysterious outbreak of a highly lethal virus ravages the globe and hundreds succumb to the contagious illness, the US government instigates a cordon sanitaire in major cities to contain it from spreading rapidly around the nation.

At the onset of the epidemic, his ex-wife, Kate, an epidemiologist for the CDC, warns Frank and their daughter, Ella, to prepare for the worst. The only hope of survival is retreating to their cottage on one of the isolated islands in the St. Lawrence River.

Desperation breeds anxiety. Their survival depends on fighting back and they're determined to survive.

©2016 Jack Hunt (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Not Bad! I give the story 2 1/2 stars!!!!

Honestly its not a bad apocalyptic novel, but its not the greatest I've ever read either. Its actually a trilogy that has been put into a complete collection which is alot better then spending 3 credits, 1 for each individual book, so I'm glad they combined them into 1 novel. Plot was OK, but was for sure lacking in many areas, the characters were so back and forth especially the main character that it was hard to care about him, or any of the others, that honestly at the end it really didn't matter who lived or died because I didn't feel connected with any of them. The build up to the main event lasted the whole last novel, then was over in seconds with no real resolutions just those certain thugs dead, that's it. Its hard to explain without giving anything away which is why I don't normally leave reviews especially when I'm not impressed with a book, but I guess my main thing is that I don't feel like it was a waste of a credit, it's worth a read, just don't go into it expecting anything other then a mediocre story, something decent to pass the time but don't go expecting a Sarah Lyons Fleming story either because its nowhere near that good. It's just OK, but yes worth reading!!!!!

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Condescending character voices and characters that just wont get it

Very frustrating to listen to as the narrator made everyone sound condescending. Further the author wrote characters that deserved to die from plain stupidness. I mean there is normalcy bias and some have it worse than others, but it is unrealistic to have th bulk of the characters to exhibit to such a degree and still survive. Frustrating to listen to when the. Story and narration each could have been so much better. Can only assume that this was an inaugural effort.

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Not for me

I took a chance on this because of the positive reviews and the sample. If Audible had used the first chapter for a sample I would not have purchased this. The sample provided was from later in the chapter and painted the MC in a different light for me. I was hoping for another The Last Tribe by Brad Manuel or China Pandemic by A.R. Shaw. Really good stories with very little or no violence. I understand that it's a plot device and that I am in the minority in wishing for less ugliness. It's 2020 and if I want violence and ugliness I can watch the news. Can't detail what I didn't like without spoilers. I think I would have finished the book if the author had just dialed back on how bad the bad guys were, I found them to be over the top. Like I said, I know that I am in the minority and only put this review out there for the few that feel like I do. When I purchased the book none of the reviews I saw mentioned it and it would have saved me a credit. I only return truly awful books and this was not awful, it was just not for me.

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Very good story line!!!

This book kept my interest the entire time. To me it sounds like something that would actually happen in a pandemic. Narrator did a great job as well. overall I would recommend it!!!!

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different take

this was a refreshingly different take on same topic. I love this Genre but find at times the same apoc story is being told just with different names. nope, not here! these are definately average people. At times the story or characters didnt follow even the most basic of common sense, so I'm not sure if the characters were meant to be just stupid or if that is really how Northern people are. I did like the conflict of personal issues counter acting external issues. that was a nifty perspective. I wasnt fond of the narrator, he was okay. bottom line I would recommend the book just tell people to listen at 125 to avoid the droning from the author, however, that may also be a northern people speech pattern. Meh, give it a listen and you decide.

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Not as good as some other JH series

Book not quite as well written as some of the other series he’s written. The narrator didn’t really help matters. His choice of voice for Sal was a bit irritating, and you have to hear it the entire story. For a book about a deadly pandemic, not a lot of people seem to die from the pandemic. That alone makes the story a bit week.

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Addictive

I missed work to listen to the complete series! First time ever a book have held me captive.

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Very slow start but got a lot better.

The book started out slow and in an uninteresting way for me. I almost gave up but I was on a 6 hour drive and kept listening. For me, it got alot better as I listened. Overall good story line and great narrator. Get past the introduction and you'll be set for a good story.

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It’s like the apocalypse version of What About Bob

I really enjoyed this book. My only complaint would be the difference in characters was a little confusing in the narration but wasn’t really that big of a deal. Great story great audiobook

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Great story

Great story, I read it twice. Narrator was superb. Recommend highly. Looking forward to future books.

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  • The-Scarlet-Finch
  • 10-22-20

Excellent Listening!

This audiobook is a collection of 3 eBooks by Jack Hunt: Phobia, Anxiety and Strain. These stories follow the journey of germaphobe Frank Talbot, his college-aged daughter Ella and his ex-wife Kate (a CDC epidemiologist.) a lethal flu virus is ravaging the population and tipping the world into chaos. No one is safe and Frank has to face his greatest fears to get his family to safety. The only hope of survival is his cottage on one of the isolated islands in the St. Lawrence River but dangers come in all forms and what Frank is quickly learning, is the human filth is much deadlier than his fears of sickness. A deadly pandemic story to listen to during Lockdown during a global pandemic. Absolutely loved this book, follows several POV's and Adam Verner has done a fantastic job at narration.

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  • Cestrian
  • 08-08-20

Was skeptical at first

At first I was quite skeptical, I'm a huge fan of post apocalyptic books (mainly zombies) and my partner chose this for me to read, wasn't let down at all, narration was great as was the story, it has me wanting more, my first Jack Hunt book and most certainly not my last.

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  • Lewis
  • 07-10-20

intense and amazing survival book

great storyline for an outbreak book. also it's 3 books in one with so many great storylines and new characters that add value to the story. not hard to keep up with who is who and reader is great