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The Flu (A Novel of the Outbreak) by [Druga, Jacqueline]
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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.


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  • File Size: 2752 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press; 3 edition (November 26, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00658MGTO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,062 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Marie J. Post on June 30, 2011
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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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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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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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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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I knew it was going to be bad when there were 25 characters introduced in the first 20 pages. Not one of them is sympathetic or like-able. Of course, In the 40 pages I read, the author barely dedicated a single page to one character group before moving on the the next so I never really got to know any of them. No joke, there's the Eskimo family, the lab, the other lab who is waiting to hear from the first lab, the bank robbers and hostages, the video store owner, the video store clerk and her kids and ex husband, the chief of police, the officers and Chief of police of another town, the new teacher, the FBI agents who are traveling all over, the journalist and his buddy in Alaska, some guy named Lars who is in Africa...AND that's when I gave up...on page 40...
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