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

Jacqueline Druga
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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: 2694 KB
  • Print Length: 374 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: #61,848 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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49 of 52 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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28 of 29 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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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful Book March 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There is no way Ms. Druga could have done any research whatsoever. The Spanish Flu (which one reviewer likened this illness to) was a virus. Viruses are NOT treatable with antibiotics. Can't get past this fact, so the story line made no sense to me. How could most of a town have been saved by taking an early course of antibiotics to save them from the flu!!!???

Below is info from the CDC website:

"Are you aware that colds, flu, most sore throats, and bronchitis are caused by viruses? Did you know that antibiotics do not help fight viruses? It's true. Plus, taking antibiotics when you have a virus may do more harm than good. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment."

A couple of mouse clicks and I could verify what I already knew.

Don't buy this book. Waste of your time.
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22 of 24 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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21 of 23 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read! The characters were well developed, and the plot moved along at a good pace.
Published 7 days ago by J. Cassidy
5.0 out of 5 stars fast paced read
This book starts out fast and pulls you along with it. Soaks your emotions and wrings them out to dry. Excellent
Published 10 days ago by V-Ann Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars It was killing me!
First there are no words that could ever express the emotions this book had me going through. was it the Flu itself and how it appeared as a long lost enemy of the past into our... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Ann Beauregard
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a great book!
Nicely written. I read a lot and few books have me chuckling one minute and in tears the next. The character development was great and the descriptions very good. Read more
Published 12 days ago by T. E. Yates
5.0 out of 5 stars Flu
A fast read ,makes you think about what could happen if the flu would get out of control today. If this were to happen I would want to go fast just like Darlyn did at the end of... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Kimberly k Hulker
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I thought this book was good. It held my interest throughout.
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars great story, very emotional
I was completely caught off guard in the last part of the book when I began to cry! Embarrassing I couldn't stop myself. It felt very real. I give the book high marks.
Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars the flu
Loved this book ! Kept you on edge until the last page! Hats off to the author! Will be looking up more of his books!
Published 20 days ago by Sherry McKenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I'm now a germophobe...
Published 23 days ago by reader for life
5.0 out of 5 stars Does not disappoint!
Speechless. I cried. My eyes popped out of my head at the FBI agents and their antics - wasn't expecting that!

The Flu is terrifying. Read more
Published 25 days ago by JaYa
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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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