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  • File Size: 4216 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press; 2 edition (February 11, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078FN0RA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,280 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jim LaVigne is the author of several novels of genre-crossing popular fiction, including his latest, PLAGUESVILLE, USA, published by PERMUTED PRESS. He lives in the Minneapolis area with his wife and some cats. Find him on Facebook or at Scribd.com.

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Pretty well done, and ends well with proper, though sad, closure, and has a short 1 year later epilogue to wrap up. This is done very well.

It's kind of Mad Max-ish in places, particulary when they are on the road traveling. But this book is really much more like The Wizard of Oz with murder, mayhem and plague added. The characters are decent and likeable and though there are a lot of them, there are not too many. There are LOTS of subplots and storylines going on, all well connected and, even though there is A LOT going on, it's done well.

The basic story is that the plague, or the Sick as they call it, that wiped out millions of people in the year 2065 or something like that is making a mutated comeback. Doctors and scientists at the CDC realize that there is no way to create a vaccine unless they have antibodies from the blood of someone who contracted and lived through the original strain. Dr. Justin Kaes and a team from the CDC in Atlanta has been tasked with traveling to Minnesota to locate (even though it's a long shot that he is still alive) Mr. Howard Lampert, 102, and deliver him to doctors in San Francisco. They do find the cantankerous old coot, collect him, and thus ensues a ridiculous set of travels and experiences for many, many pages where they keep getting captured, almost killed and then either escape or get rescued.

I liked it very much. There is murder, monsters and meanness, and even a little blood and guts and gore. Really good story.
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While I thoroughly enjoyed World War Z I'm about burned out on Zombie books. The Post Apocalyptic novel is reminsicent of "The Road" and "Lights Out". It's lengthy and in some places, it drags. The characters seem realistic and I came to like two of them---Teresa and the old man. I found very few proof reading errors which is rare in these bargain basement first time thriller novels. The author never tries to explain how the plague came about nor does he seem to revel in extended plague descriptions. The journey (modeled after several other famous ones which I won't spoil here) is the story and the characters make the travel interesting and worthwhile. It'll never qualify as great literature but for the price it's a great adventure to hunker down with.
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Set in the not too distant future, Jim LaVigne's Plaguesville, USA tells the story of an America that's ravaged by a type of flu virus that kills off roughly 99.9% of the population. Those who remain are left with a country that quickly falls prey to armed gangs and petty tyrants. It's against this backdrop that CDC researcher Dr. Justin Kaes embarks on a dangerous cross-country journey to deliver one of the oldest living plague survivors before a new strain of the disease wipes out the rest of the world's population.

The biggest strength of Plaguesville, USA by far is the collection of very interesting, completely unforgettable characters. There are so many unique characters to love (or hate, or love to hate) here, and they're all developed quite well. I also love the various ways of dialect they have, depending on where they're coming from. Add to that a good sense of pacing and plenty of danger and the result is a book that's awfully hard to put down.

With Plaguesville, USA, Jim LaVigne proves that you don't need hordes of flesh-devouring zombies to tell an effective post-apocalyptic tale. All you need is a good group of characters and a sense of urgency. Well, that and Mad Max-style motorcycle gangs, a Christian cannibal cult, guerilla fighters battling government stooges, a massive tornado, and an underground race of killer mutants. It all adds up to a very memorable post-apocalyptic adventure that's well worth the price of admission.

Disclosure: I received an electronic copy of this book from the publisher for reviewing purposes.
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Plaguesville, USA tells a tale set in a world several years after much of the human population has been wiped out by a lethal virus. The timeframe is in the late 2070's, and much of the United States has turned into a desecrated land filled with survies, as they are called: gangs, small fiefdoms, cannibals, mutants, and a few people trying to maintain some sense of civilization. We are introduced to Dr. Justin Kaes, an epidemiologist from the CDC in New Atlanta who has found himself in charge of a mission to prevent the "Sick," as the plague has been dubbed, from reinventing itself and destroying what is left of the meager human population. He has been sent to collect the one man who has survived the original iteration of the plague and whose blood might help them create a vaccine for whatever new iterations may come about. He is Howard Lampert, a crusty, cranky old man of 102 who lives in Minnesota. The story picks up after Justin and his team have picked up Mr. Lampert and are on their way to San Francisco, where there are doctors waiting who have the resources to craft the potential vaccine. The doctor and his team's massive RV has run out of fuel down in Oklahoma, where they are surrounded by gangs and religious zealots who also happen to be cannibals. We are introduced to Teresa, a member of one of the local gangs, whose interested in hitting the bricks because she has grown weary of the Blood Claws (not to mention that more than one member of the gang has tried to rape her). She crosses paths with Justin as he and the others are trying to figure out what to do to keep moving west and the duo form an unlikely partnership.Read more ›
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