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- Print Length: 371 pages
- Publication Date: April 12, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005H3ESEO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #842,071 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Again, it's an okay book, but if you read a lot of this type of fiction, you'll already know how it goes before you read the first sentence. Buy it if you like, but prepare for the expected.
Most of the books I've been reading lately had paranormal elements in the story, so reading "H10 N1" which has no supernatural creatures or beings or anything paranormal in the story line, was a welcome relief. The plot is quite original in that the virus in this story was manmade and spread by the Koreans. What made it an even more gripping and nerve-wracking read is the frighteningly real possibility that this could happen in the world as we know it.
Usually, in some of these post-apocalyptic novels, you'll find zombies or some form of the walking dead or undead. Not in this story. The author gets your heart racing out of control with vivid descriptions of the terrifying journey the two main characters had to undertake to get to a place of safety away from the virus; and their fight for survival along the way - from being attacked by road gangs and not being infected by carriers of the virus, to driving through a burning forest and dealing with many more heart-stopping confrontations.
I'm a big fan of explosive action in books and there's no shortage of that in this story. Think rocket launchers and gun fights, edge-of-your-seat suspense and a few unexpected plot twists, and you'll only have a slight idea of what you're letting yourself in for. My fear of rabid dogs was thoroughly preyed upon in one disturbing scene in this riveting novel. As I'm not a fan of romance books, I enjoyed that the two main characters didn't fall in love instantly, and the way they got on each other's nerves had me laughing out loud at times.
The writing flows well and the story cruises along at a comfortable pace. I very much enjoyed the author's sense of humor which was evident in the dialogue between a few of the main characters. All in all, this is a terrific novel which I won't hesitate to recommend to my family and closest friends as one of the best reads of the year.
The very qualified, but outspoken Dr. Sanchez, is fired from her job at a NY hospital when she learns that they plan to kill everyone who arrives at the hospital - even if they don't have the flu, to make way for politicians. She plans to steal an armored medical van, and try to find her friend in Arizona. While making her escape she runs into Rick, a seemingly course guy who is a driver for the hospital and is also attempting to flee. They end up escaping together.
Rick seems to be a real jackass, but as the story progresses, he turns out to be a better and more complex person than first impressions would lead one to believe.
Rick and Sanchez believe they have found sanctuary at Rick's friends' farm, but the farm is attacked, the van stolen, the house destroyed and Sanchez almost raped. The group decides to try to find Sanchez's friend in the biosphere in Arizona. Eventually they locate it but things there are also not ideal. One woman seems nuts. Her daughter is a teenage brat (and also the sexual plaything of the old guy running the biosphere). The previous farming expert left the biosphere and everyone is slowly starving.
The biosphere is not safe for long, but the group finds a community where they start to rebuild a society. They learn that there are other communities like theirs and despite the looters, bandits and gangs running around causing mayhem, the book ends on a positive and hopeful note.
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If a virus several mutations ahead of the strain being studied by the CDC and WHO was released simultaneously in busy centres across the world it would spread like wildfire and in this book it does. Taeya, a doctor working for the CDC is fortunate enough to have earned a place in one of the sterile clinics whilst the world outside slowly dies from disease, rioting, or Government sanctioned suicide. But, when the clinic starts to turn healthy patients away she speaks out, resulting in her dismissal. What would you do? Naturally incensed she decides to steal some supplies before she's booted out, which is where she picks up Rick.
This was an enjoyable and addictive read - I wouldn't argue that it was intense, as some might want, but there were enough details about how the world screwed up without ramming too much technical science down your throat. The majority of the storyline is based on surviving and is told from the first person POV of both Rick and Taeya, so you get a nice mix of opinions. There are the standard scenarios that you encounter in a survival/post-apoc novel such as gangs, looting, riots and the `settlers versus the raiders' attitudes but this is all a larger backdrop for character development.
I could not understand why the man was always called Rick but the woman was usually referred to by her surname, Sanchez.
Some of the story simply wasn't logical - why would a doctor (epidemiologist but with background in emergency field work) get the sack during a major outbreak of a disease? Because she criticised her boss in a meeting... come on, that is ridiculous, they would be crying out for experienced doctors, not playing office politics. Also, when the pair stole a van with some food and medical supplies would the army really spend valuable hours, manpower and fuel searching for them across two states with a helicopter? Surely they'd have better things to do and would conserve their dwindling and irreplaceable resources for real emergencies.
There are the expected ambushes, shoot-outs with baddies and an encounter with wild dogs. Bizarrely Sanchez happens to have a friend living in an enclosed bio-sphere so they go there for a while. Watch out for its ridiculous laser defence system - killing everything which comes close, even lone hikers - yet there's a visitor centre and viewing area nearby! (Don't let the kids out of your sight...)
Apart from these and many other daft plot points, the book is fairly well-written if you ignore a few homonyms (passed for past, etc) but there was way too much dialogue and description of what the two main characters were thinking (usually of each other, which got a bit boring to be honest...)
One thing about this is that it is not all plain sailing for the good guys. Too many stories fail to put decent obstacles in the way of the protagonists' desires and although this is slightly formulaic at least there is some conflict. And of course Rick and Taeya dislike each other at first sight.
Very predictable but passes a few hours pleasantly and my guess is it was never aimed to do more. Job done!
From here it becomes rather forgettable and the original promise of the book does not follow through in the body of the story, which in turn fizzles out to a none too memorable end.
But then they get to where they are going and it goes a bit wrong.
The survival details vanish, relationships develop at an unrealistic pace and the ending is rushed.
If the whole book had been like the first third this would be one of the best. Shame.
I like this type of book, but this wasn't "this type of book". I thought it might have been about finding a cure for the pandemic, but it's not. I kept picturing this as The Walking Dead, but without the dead getting up again. Especially since the main male character's name was Rick.
I read most of it in one day because it was an easy read and just a little bit different to what I'd expected.
It could be a little predictable at times, but then sometimes when you expected something to happen there was a twist.
Overall a good easy to read book.
I would definitely read other books by this author.