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- Listening Length: 19 hours and 55 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Empty Set Entertainment
- Audible.com Release Date: February 4, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I8ZMLOC
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Pandemic: A Novel Audiobook – Unabridged
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In Infected, an alien construct implants “seeds” into human hosts which mature into “hatchlings”. The hatchlings then leave their human hosts and proceed to build a device for interstellar transport of the alien species to Earth. In Contagious, the construct begins making modifications to its strategy, in response to the actions of the American doctors and military personnel tasked with stopping it, seeking to inject an element of transmission between hosts (hence the title). That novel details the political, strategic, medical and military responses to each succeeding refinement of the alien construct, culminating in a suspenseful and well-crafted climax.
In this conclusion to the trilogy, we fast forward several years, as the American Navy seeks to recover what remains of the alien construct on the floor of Lake Michigan. As you might imagine, they uncover more than they bargained for. The genie is once again out of the bottle and many of our old friends are pressed back into service in an attempt to save mankind.
The warning I would have for a potential reader of this novel is that it is incredibly violent, graphic and many times disgusting in its description of the process by which the “aliens” take charge of their hosts and the resulting behavior of those “infected” and “converted”. I’ve probably never read a more descriptive account of biological processes and responses than I encountered in this book. However, if you read Infected and Contagious, you know what I’m talking about. If you enjoyed the first two books, there is nothing in this sequel that will disappoint you.
In any event, I found this to be a good conclusion to the trilogy, though not quite up to the standards of its predecessor. Some of the actions and especially the dialogue became a little bit over the top and tiresome after having read over 1,000 pages. Okay, I get it, Clarence loves his wife. Move on. Most engaging to me was the story line involving the domestic and geo-political ramifications faced by the President, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other department heads at cabinet level. I could have done with much more of the macro level action.
It bears noting that the author certainly makes an extreme effort to demonstrate his commitment to gender, racial and sexual preference equality (well, I’d say well beyond “equality”). Virtually every major character is a woman, Hispanic, African-American, a lesbian, part of a mixed race couple or a combination of all of the above. Most of the white males are Cold War dinosaurs, incompetents or clowns. I’m all for equality, but I’m not sure how many admirals, generals, Presidents, Chiefs of Staff and cabinet level staff are women/minorities; in this novel, they all are. When it goes so far overboard that it becomes a distraction, you might want to dial it back a bit.
Gosh, it saddens me a bit to write this review bc I am a HUGE Scott Sigler fan. Ive read most of his books, sans the galactic football league series. I am a huge fan of Infected and Contagious. I thought the whole concept was pretty much genius and I was very impressed with how much research he did to try to portray everything as realistic and accurate as possible. Infected especially is def one of my favorite alien books ever. I waited for what felt like eons for Pandemic to come out. I would find myself stalking Scott Siglers website, hoping to find Pandemic updates. When he annouced the release date for this book, I almost peed my pants. I COULD NOT WAIT.
But then I started reading the book....and almost from the very beginning I was a little dissapointed. I kept waiting for that moment when the book would hook its claws into me making me a slave to it like his other books have, and that moment never came. For me, I feel like there was just too much going on with the different strains of the alien virus and with the different characters. And honestly, the "bulls" could have been left out completely for me, they were useless. I feel like a lot of the book was building up to something big that was suppose to happen, but when that something big finally happened, it wasnt as good as I expected it to be.
However, all of this I could maybe forgive, and prepare yourself for a *SPOILER* here, but what I cannot forgive is the fact that he killed Margaret Montoya. WHY WHY WHY?!! Not only was she killed, but the way it happened was so....anti-climactic, although ironic. She has been such a central figure throughout the series that the fact that she died just really upset me. At first I was intrigued by the fact that Margaret was infected and I thought "Ok, were gnna see a whole new side to Margaret", but there was so much going on in the book that Scott didnt concentrate on Margaret as much as I would have liked. We were able to get inside her head a little as an infected person, but I feel like he could have done more w it. And then to have her die....ugh.
All in all, it just wasnt what I expected. It does conclude the whole series and I do feel like I have closure, but I expected something different, something more like the first 2.
What I can say about this book is that as always, Scott researches everything as thoroughly as possible in order to make scenes feel more real; that I loved. Also I love how he mixes up the races and genders in his books. The president/ general/ head dr doesnt always have to be a sterotypical white man. The best thing about this book is probably how it makes you think "What would I do in this situation, what if this happened, how would I react if a loved one was infected?".
Still a Scott Sigler fan, but just a bit dissapointed with the final installement to the Infected series.