"The China Pandemic is a post-apocalyptic tale the initially hinges around Graham Morgan, a sturdy, even-keeled survivor of a lethal, quick-killing pandemic that sweeps 98% of the world's population off the map in the span of weeks. Graham has just buried his wife and father, finding himself without purpose, until a gift is bestowed upon him--the unexpected stewardship of a young child. With the promise to guard the child "like his own" recently forged, Graham departs on a journey to reach his family's empty lake house in the rural Northwest, and the perceived safe haven of a secluded locale.
Needless to say, his journey and the following trials are not for the faint of heart. A.R. Shaw strikes a nice balance between menace and the post-apocalyptic environment that would ensue after 98% of the people essentially disappeared. Supplies are still available, to include food, medicine, and essential materials, and there's an unnerving quiet blanketing the landscape. Very unsettling, because getting to those supplies often proves dangerous, and as a reader, you will cringe any time Graham's crew sets out to scavenge. Shaw adds an unexpected, and often overlooked threat in this story...I won't spoil it for you.
Shaw also embeds a high degree of survivalist realism. Emergency first-aid is featured prominently (not for the squeamish) while home remedies and extensive survival craft is solidly locked around the framework of an exciting, fast-paced story. Fast paced, but not exhausting. A.R. Shaw gives you plenty of breathers, filled with raw human emotion and well-crafted dialogue. Graham's expanded crew spends a balanced amount of time cramped into tight quarters, and Shaw fleshes this out perfectly. But don't get comfortable in the warm confines of the cabin, because just when you let your guard down...let's just say that the author is not afraid to put her characters in harm's way.
Overall, a thoroughly post-apocalyptic novel, with solid character development, realistic settings, and a well-balanced pace. I highly recommend it."
- Steven Konkoly, bestselling author of The Perseid Collapse, The Jakarta Pandemic, and Fractured State.
Her characters, most notably Graham, are carefully constructed and real. One feels their pain, their struggles, and sympathizes with their difficult choices as they navigate a disease-ridden world.
She builds the story methodically, carefully giving the reader a forward moving narrative while, at the same time, offering just enough of a hint at their worlds as they once existed to frame their individual plot lines.
Shaw's voice is clear is consistent throughout the story. She writes with a language that wonderfully complements the novel's setting, the Pacific Northwest.
This is a fantastic first story of a well-received epic that stands among the finest character-driven post apocalyptic novels. - Tom Abrahams, Author of The Traveler Series
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