The Final Outbreak

An Apocalyptic Thriller
Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
Series: Madness Chronicles, Book 1-3
Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
4 out of 5 stars (709 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For the first time, all three Madness books are offered as a single audiobook title: The Final Outbreak. Get your copy today - over 23 hours of action! 

Our end is coming. It’s closer than you think. And it’s real. 

The final outbreak starts with the animals and moves swiftly to humans, turning the infected violent. Cities fall as the outbreak spreads as far as the winds blow, leading to society’s end. A lucky few may survive, but for how long in a world ravaged by an always present disease? Or is all hope lost? 

This story is true; it just hasn’t happened...yet. Listen to The Final Outbreak now to find out how it will start, and then get prepared! 

Rated R for Violence and Language.

©2019 Michael L. Banner (P)2019 Michael L. Banner

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An awesome story!

I enjoyed these stories immensely. I was pleasantly surprised that the entire trilogy takes place on the cruise ship. Therefore, rather than moving to other scenarios around the world, we could follow the story and the characters until the end. I'm going to miss some of these people. Anyway, I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy this genre and fans of Mr Banner. Also Mr. Tiedeman gave a wonderful performance!

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Interesting

A world wide event is changing everything, and the main characters are all stuck on a ship with no hope of seeing this through. I really like this story, the author does a great job setting up all the different mini disasters that take place on the ship. His use of the word "resolute" is obnoxious, and there is a bit at the end that's a little dumb, but other than that a good read.

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wow!!! Good Story

fast action.... new twists and turns... good story... cant wait to see whats next... hope its soon!!!

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Fascinating!

This book was a great mix of our greatest fears (potential end of humanity, apocalyptic events) and science. I loved it.
The story moved well and was beautifully narrated.

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Surprisingly bad, especially considering reviews

I really regret purchasing this audio book. The reviews led me to believe this was a far more compelling story.

I read or listen a substantial amount of apocalyptic books. This did a poor job with all the components that make the genre compelling. Yes, the idea of boarding the cruise as the world collapses is tantalizing. The reactions of the passengers and crew at the outset are shockingly non-nonchalant, leading the reader to reserve little symphony for the characters. A few forced love stories and poor character development add to a not-at-all tense or compelling build of the zombie like hoard on the cruise ship.

It is much more of a cheesy action adventure story with a tired romance subplot, then a thoughtful 'how would you act in their circumstances' novel. Like all such action-adventures you know what is going to happen well before it unfolds and much of the challenging circumstances are the by-product of inane actions of a few not-quite-in-the-narrative characters.

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Wasn’t sure.

In the first few chapters I didn’t think the main characters were reacting in a realistic way. However that seemed to subside and the story was very compelling and interesting. Great ending to an overall really good listen.

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Authors have a future in Network TV

Think Zoo, The Last Ship and the rest of fictional melodrama network drivel and it's in this book.

1. If there is an illogical/stupid decision to make. Every character will make it.
2. Dire, vital information that should/must be shared and could be done so in one sentence??
Yup, "I'll tell you/them later"
3. Author hubris. Let's consult a fiction author for his outside the box thinking...
4. Embellishment of the mundane to fill space/time. No we the readers/listeners do not need nor care about the inner layout of a ferrets box.

*The only thing missing at the 1/3rd mark is a "Plucky kid" who is also a computer hacker because they modded their skins in Fortenight

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I know they aren't kidding because it's published

How bad can an book be and still be published? Apparently, "The Final Outbreak" has not approached that line because here it is. Full of cliches and paper thin character development is was difficult to get through two hours. It reads more like a script treatment than a novel. Get clear of this hot mess as soon as possible, I feel for the narrator, Gary Tiedemann. Like an actor in a poorly rated movie, he does what he can to make it interesting but, he too is locked in the hell that this book is. Try the catastrophe novels (not the tv show) by Justin Cronin, "The Passage".

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Very good apocalyptic story

Swan Song will always be number 1 to me but this series is very good too. Loved the story and narrator

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why isn't this a series on netflix?

This is one of the best outbreak stories I've heard in a very long time. it had me on the edgeof my seat constantly and didn't let go. it would be the perfect series to watch on Netflix.

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A different kind of outbreak

I actually just tried this one as I needed something longer than 12hrs to get me by for the week.
But I was pleasantly surprised by this different take on a "zombie" style novel.
While I'm a traditional zombie gal at heart this one started and finished in a refreshing way that kept my interest and broke me away from the same old zombie tales I usually go for.
The best thing is you get the full story in one download and don't have any cliff hangers part way through while you scramble to find the next book and wonder if you have a spare credit left to buy it.