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Plaguesville, USA [Kindle Edition]

Jim LaVigne
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Book Description

The year is 2075, and the vast majority of humanity is dead.

The global outbreak of a new strain of virus wiped out over 99% of the population. The lone hope rests on the slim, unready shoulders of Dr. Justin Kaes and a small team of specialists from the Center for Disease Control. The researchers have discovered a cure for the plague in the blood of a cantankerous 102 year old. But there’s one minor problem: the old man couldn’t care less whether humanity lives or dies. And he most certainly doesn’t feel like going on a road trip to sunny California.

On the way to the coast lie murderous tribes, cults, voracious animals, and the toxic remains of civilization. They face a world gone backwards, technology and industry reduced to rusting garbage. Their mission seems doomed… But there are a few decent souls still out there, citizens of Plaguesville, USA.

"Imagine FALLOUT mixed with DOOMSDAY and MAD MAX but with the violence, intrigue, and horror on overdrive; boil it down and you have the best apocalyptic novel ever."--Eloise J. Knapp, author of THE UNDEAD SITUATION

"LaVigne offers the reader an incredibly well-developed post-apocalyptic America that haunts the imagination well after the last page is turned."--Jessica Meigs, author of THE BECOMING

Product Details

  • File Size: 3193 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press; 2 edition (February 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078FN0RA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750,421 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Wizard of Mad Max April 16, 2011
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, NO Zombies! April 14, 2011
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Plaguesville March 26, 2012
I didn't read any reviews before I purchased this book, but I figured it was a quality read just by virtue of it being published by Permuted Press. I was surprised to discover that, unlike most of Permuted's great novels, there are no zombies in this one. I kept waiting for the undead to rear their rotting faces, but alas, they never came. Was I disappointed? Not in the least. Jim LaVigne's Plaguesville, USA doesn't need zombies to engross readers any more than does Mad Max, or The Road, or The Book of Eli. There is so much happening in LaVigne's world, so many dangers, and so many badass characters and factions that zombies wouldn't stand a chance. And since I mentioned characters, I have to add that LaVigne has created some of the most memorable bunch of guys and gals that I have come across in quite some time. Heroes and villains alike, they all made an impact on me. The story itself had a Fallout meets Road Warrior feel about it, painted with such description that I could easily imagine myself being there among the survivors. The flow, at times tended to drag some, but the third act exploded with action and intrigue that kept me turning the pages in wonder. I could have done without the epilogue, but the characters were compelling enough to earn five stars from me. Overall a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
one of the best post apocalyptic stories I have ever read sad and inspiring but uplifting none the less wonderful
Published 7 months ago by erik
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
It was great from start to finish. I loved the storyline with how they were going to save the human race. I loved the Old Man. Reminds me of an Old Man in my life. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alphax13
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting take on the end of the world
This was a fun read and a nifty idea for the end(?). Lots of characters and crazy post-world action. The ending was a bit more 'talkie' than I had hoped for but satisfied anyway.
Published 16 months ago by Daniel Galli
5.0 out of 5 stars A genuinely enjoyable apocalypse
I found this book to more than fill my need for a good post-apocalyptic romp. I would hope we see more of this gang. Great character development and structure. Kudos!
Published 16 months ago by Sluggo
4.0 out of 5 stars Would you be a Survie?
In an age where everyone is dead, dying or infected can this rag tag team of CDC doctors, nurses and Mr. Lampert make it to develop the vaccine that will save the world? Read more
Published 22 months ago by Christopher Sollars
5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable
Great story with likable characters. I'm glad I decided to give it a try. It is well written with few typos. Solid plot with good action and even better dialogue
Published 23 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars What a long strange trip its been...
A long strange trip, but one worth taking. This story is long and meandering. As I started reading it, I thought that was going to be a problem, but it turned out to be one of its... Read more
Published on April 20, 2013 by Philip A. McClimon
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
I read this book a few weeks ago and loved it. The characters are what drives this book forward. They are all interesting and you want to see them all survive. Read more
Published on March 13, 2013 by Conrad
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read
This is not something I would normally read, but I was hooked from the very first chapter. Wow. You care about these people - even the bad ones really and the story moves along at... Read more
Published on February 5, 2013 by SueFair
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Very well written. Fast paced action and a great story. I could not put it down and read it in a week, thank you Mr. LaVigne
Published on January 9, 2013 by Debbie Lien
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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

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