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The Flu (A Novel of the Outbreak) [Kindle Edition]

Jacqueline Druga
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (333 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Get Book Two of "THE FLU" here: http://amzn.to/1iTAAxp OR get both books in one duology, "FLU-OLOGY: here: http://amzn.to/187r1DE

Throughout history there have been several thousand different strains of influenza. Each year hundreds are active. Chances are, this year, you will catch one of those strains. You will cough, sneeze, and your body will ache. Without a second thought, you’ll take a double dose of green liquid, go to bed, and swear you’ll feel better in the morning.

Not this time.

In 1918 forty million people succumbed to a particular strain of swine flu. It appeared out of nowhere, and just as quickly as it surfaced, the Spanish Flu vanished. Gone for good. Or so we thought. Though mankind has anticipated its resurfacing for some time, mankind is ill prepared. Mutated and with a vengeance, the Spanish Flu returns.

In a world blackened with plague, a glimmer of light exists in the small town of Lodi, Ohio. They shine as a sanctuary because they are ‘flu-free.’ In the wake of the reality that they are spared, the spirit and strength of Lodi is tested. It becomes a fight against what is morally right or wrong in an increasingly difficult battle to stay healthy and alive until the flu has run its course.

Amazon.com and GoodReads reader praise for THE FLU:

"Another excellent apocalyptic story..."

"One of the BEST pandemic novels I've read!"

"I highly recommend THE FLU!"


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About the Author

Jacqueline Druga is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa. She is a prolific writer and filmmaker. Her published works include genres of all types, but favors post-apocalypse and apocalypse writing. Currently she is in production of her third full-length feature film in which she has written and is producing.


A single mother of four, Jacqueline is also a musician. She resides in a small town outside of Pittsburgh with her family. Of all her accomplishments, Jacqueline is most proud of being a grandmother. Her grandchildren reside with her and are the light of her life.


Jacqueline welcomes emails. You can reach her through her Author Services at greatoneas@gmail.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 2950 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press; 3 edition (November 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00658MGTO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,568 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST pandemic novels I've read! June 30, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
A month ago I'd never heard of Jacqueline Druga; now I'm one of her biggest fans.

I'm a big fan of post-apocalyptic novels, have been since I read Alas, Babylon at age 15. Forty-three years later, I've read all of the greats and some not-so-greats. It's been harder to find good ones, but since buying my Kindle I've had access to a far greater number of p-a works, including many by authors who aren't traditionally published. For the past six months, I've read a number of p-a novels that I have loved. This is one of the best.

Druga's characters in The Flu are likable, normal people I'd like to have as friends. I was quickly pulled into the story; not even the mistakes that others have mentioned were able to distract me for longer than a "what the?" moment. Usually I'm not able to finish a book when there are errors in grammar and usage, but the *story* Druga tells is so well-crafted that I not only kept reading, I stayed up really really late to finish it. I couldn't put it down and read it in one long sitting.

I've read two other of Druga's novels (Dust--post-nuclear survival and Yellow Zone--another post-flu pandemic) and liked them both. But The Flu is the book that has made me a solid fan of Jacqueline Druga. I'm looking forward to many pleasant hours of post-apocalyptic reading.

PS You will need a box of tissues as you near the end of The Flu. I usually won't read a book if I've been warned that it'll make me cry, but I'd heard such good things about this one that I read it anyway. I'm glad I did.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How can a book be unexpected when it's called "The Flu"? September 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I first started this novel, I wasn't sure about it. I kept checking back to make sure that I had the right book, that the book description matched the title I had. It seemed like multitdes of characters were being set up and placed on the board, all with complete backstories but.... where was the flu?

And then it hit and the novel turned into a roller coaster ride. Fear, anger, panic... the necessary ingredients for a world-wide freak-out are there. Then, just as you think "It's done!" you get your heart ripped out. The characters creep up on you so stealthily that you're not even aware that you can about them until it's too late.

Editing, grammar and punctuation quibbles bring it down a point but, in reality, this is a 5-star book.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shorter set-up please... January 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The foreword was excellent -- a great way to set the mood...and the Eskimo Inez finding dead scientists at a remote research institute hooked me right away at the beginning...but, I steadily lost interest as the author spent pages and pages on introducing the characters and putting them in place for the unfolding tragedy about a deadly flu pandemic spreading in a matter of days. My interest didn't peak again, until much later in the novel, when the ferocity of the virus became more apparent. Although the constantly revolving POV switches between what would appear to be haphazard moments, the storylines and people eventually converge in Lodi, Ohio.

When I read fiction, I expect to be entertained. I don't want to feel like I have to work to get to the good parts -- it should all be good. I want to enjoy the entire book, not just the last half. Even though the author was obviously trying to build a connection between the readers and the characters, I felt that much of the initial set-up could have been left out altogether. I know Druga puts a lot of work into her characters, so it might be as simple as her writing style was not my flavor of post-apocalyptic fiction.

To the author's credit, she obviously did her research, and it made the story very realistic. She proved that you don't need supernatural monsters to write a scary story. She also didn't bog down the reader with lots of medical jargon in an attempt to make the drama more plausible. It's very possible that because I've already read The Jakarta Pandemic (a novel with a similar plot), it influenced my expectations for The Flu. Again, I most likely preferred one writing style to another, but I really believe the drawn out character placement will be a make-or-break situation with readers.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A frighteningly plausible novel September 7, 2006
Format:Paperback
The Flu is a novel that takes its premise right from today's headlines. A flu strain similar to the one responsible for the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 is being kept alive at a secret research facility in Alaska. A simple accident allows the virus to escape and, because travel is so easy, the virus rapidly spreads across the United States and around the world.

However, what makes this novel a real treat is not the frighteningly plausible premise, it's the point of view. Instead of focusing on the scientists combating the pandemic, Jacqueline Druga-Johnston tells the story from the vantage point of a believably dysfunctional family living in a small town in Ohio. The heroine is a divorced mother trying to balance the responsibilities of caring for her three sons and the attentions of her ex-husband and new boyfriend while the flu pandemic spreads across the nation. The novel ends with a take-no-prisoners climax as the flu reaches Ohio.

In The Flu, Jacqueline Druga-Johnston deftly balances action, wry humor, tragedy and ultimately hope as she gives us an unflinching view of the human spirit in time of crisis.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Purchased this book because it is set in a town I know well. I enjoyed this book and the sequel very much ! I will read more of Jacqueline Druga in the future
Published 9 minutes ago by kelly zdelar
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I could not put this book down. It was so good. Very thought out. Enjoyed the story line and getting to know the characters.
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Before the Stand
Good story, Twists and turns keep you thinking. This gives you the answers as what type of flu killed off everybody in Steven Kings,
"Stand". Read more
Published 2 days ago by Dolores Zielinski
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
this book was really good. it was very descriptive and detailed and it jumped to different character stories by chapters so it wasn't a confusing read. Read more
Published 3 days ago by marcella andre
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
There is action on every page. Book was hard to put down! The only thing wrong with the book is it ended.
Published 5 days ago by carmen v. campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good character development, and a story that tells a lot via...
I love apocalypse books and enjoyed this book about how one town survives a flu plague. The story is told mostly thru interpersonal interactions, which is important for any book. Read more
Published 5 days ago by K. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down!
I loved the book... stayed up all night reading it but it would've been better with a slightly different ending.
Published 6 days ago by Joseph E. Grammier
5.0 out of 5 stars A book you won't be able to put down.
Great story and a bit scary as things like this could very well happen. I couldn't put the book down as it captivated me very much.
Published 8 days ago by D. Hannock
4.0 out of 5 stars An Apocalyptic Thriller That Is Uniquely Human
The idea of a viral outbreak isn't exactly new, but The Flu by Jaqueline Druga is anything but typical. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Timothy Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars A realistic insight into human nature and our will to survive
What I think is a man made virus, kept in cold storage in Alaska. Away from populations so it can be studied without worry of infecting the masses. Read more
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More About the Author

Jacqueline Druga is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa. She is a prolific writer and filmmaker. Her published works include genres of all types, but favors post-apocalypse and apocalypse writing. Currently she is in production of her third full-length feature film in which she has written and is producing.

A single mother of four, Jacqueline is also a musician. She resides in a small town outside of Pittsburgh with her family. Of all her accomplishments, Jacqueline is most proud of being a grandmother. Her grandchildren reside with her and are the light of her life.

Jacqueline welcomes emails. You can reach her at greatoneas@gmail.com

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