The Vermilion Strain

Post-Apocalyptic Extinction
By: S.A. Ison
Narrated by: Kevin S. Moody
Length: 7 hrs
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Emma, Brian, Flynn, Cooper, and Paadini are the lucky few who’ve survived the deadly pandemic EV-01-H virus, or the Vermilion Strain. It is a contagion so virulent that it has caused an extinction-level event. None of them have seen humans for weeks, and no one is coming to help them. 

They must each find the courage to carve out a new life in a new reality and a new world. They must learn new skills and face challenges that they never bargained for. 

What is out there, awaiting them? Will the human species blink out of existence?

Each day is a gamble - a stratagem of life and death.

©2019 Stephanie Albino (P)2020 Stephanie Albino

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Ok

The way people are written as speaking is not how everyone talks. It sounds like someone proofread this book making all speech sound over proper. The story is interesting, although the narrator takes getting used to. It’s something you can listen to buy not thrilling or moving by any means.

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The Vermilion Strain

A read that brings the life of a group of people and how it affects them, they must do what they can to survive. The scenes are written very well and the Narrator brings out each individual person so you can tell which characters are in the scenes. The Characters are also very well developed from the Author. A great read.
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Kind of short but good

I wish this story had more “meat on its bones” but it was well done.

The characters are fairly well developed and the story flows well.

This book would make a good short movie.

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"Honest Review in Exchange for Promotional Copy"

About 98% of world population decimated by a very aggressive viral outbreak. Most of the story follows a couple groups of people coming to terms with their new reality and working together to survive in their new world. The was a decent post-apocalyptic survival story and the ending gives the reader a sense of hope for the survival of humanity.
"I received this free promotional review copy audiobook and have voluntarily left this unbiased review."

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Well researched survival

A good compelling listen with likable characters.
Clear and good narration.

I don't know if its a good or bad thing, but for an end of the world novel, it lacks tension. There wasn't many times I felt the characters were at risk.
That could be a good thing, since it read almost like an in character survial guide.

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Thrilling

I found this book to be quite thrilling and exciting. It was very interesting to imagine the world where so many people have been killed off by a deadly virus. Leaving the survivors having to figure out how to survive like it was the 1700s all over again. The
author did a very good job of showing the survivors learning to adapt to the new environment. I would highly recommend this book. And I hope that someday we get to visit these characters again.

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I loved it!

I was engaged from the first moment I started listening! I loved this book and look forward to listening to more! I highly recommend this book! You won't regret it!

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Interesting, different take on Post-Apocalypse

This was unique, in a good way, from almost every other post-apocalyptic story I've listened to or read. Without giving too much away, this one seemed far more down to earth and realistic as to how things might go. Very refreshing and enjoyable.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.

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Entertaining but do the sample listen first

Let me start by saying I am a huge fan of this genre. Given this, I enjoyed the story and listened to the end wanting to know how it all turned out. The story had a message of hope and I really liked just thinking about all the preparations that the characters go through would be necessary in this situation. It made me wonder how I would fare. Having said all of that I'm going to advise anyone considering getting the book to first listen to the audio sample. I found the dialogue to be very awkward and the way it was narrated seemed to only accentuate that. As the book progressed I actually found that I was somewhat entertained by how unnatural everyone sounded. I kept saying to myself, who would ever talk like that. Even with that though I found the book worthwhile and I'm glad I listened to it.

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A scary thought

Seeing the news with the virus from China... I can see this happening. A scary thought. I enjoyed the characters and K. Moody's portrayal. The book was fast pace. Mr. Ison always tells a great story.

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  • Quirkyjay
  • 03-07-20

Terrible!

I have to start by saying I gave up on this book & returned it after listening to 2.5 hours. I am a great fan of this genre & was looking forward to reading something a little less violent & confrontational. The story started of promising enough with some interesting scene setting. However, as some of the characters came together I found the dialogue to be extremely clumsy & unnatural & the narrator’s sing-song delivery was downright odd. It didn’t fit the story line nor the actual dialogue it was delivering. Very strange.

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  • Sara B
  • 02-26-20

Quite enjoyable!

S.A. Ison does brilliantly depicts a stark setting, where humanity is on the brink of extinction from a pandemic. What I liked about S.A. Ison's writing is that he didn't go for the shock factor. The few that have survived band together and they aren't any pressing confrontations with bad guys. I've read and listened to many post-apocalyptic, and at times the tension is so high or shocking that I've been tempted to skip certain scenes. Kevin S. Moody's narration is smooth, and his portrayal of the characters was nicely done. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook. I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Frances
  • 02-17-20

Enjoyable story

I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook.
A frighteningly real threat, destroys a huge part of the earth’s population, here we are following some good characters, trying to survive , meeting very different sides of humanity

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  • Linda
  • 02-17-20

Great apocalyptic listen

This book kept me engrossed from start to finish. There is minimal violence, which makes a change in books of this type. Recommended.