Thursday 10 August 2017

Audiobook Review: Pandemic by Bobby Akart!

    Pandemic: Beginnings Audiobook
  • Written by: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: John David Farrell Kris Adams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release Date:07-06-17
  • Publisher: Bobby Akart Inc.
  • They attack with impunity, and without prejudice.Their goal - to destroy you, from within.A merciless enemy, just one-billionth our size.Welcome to the next global war.A new dystopian, post-apocalyptic fiction series from author Bobby Akart (the Blackout Series, the Boston Brahmin series, and the Prepping for Tomorrow series). The events depicted in the Pandemic Series are fictional. They are, however, based upon historical fact.Beginnings:Terrorists kidnap and blackmail a young French scientist in Western Africa. The outbreak of an ancient disease kills everyone in a village located in a remote jungle of Guatemala. US government operatives uncover a secret biological laboratory in Trinidad. An isolated death at the hands of this killer virus is discovered in Greece.Is there a connection, or are these simply a string of coincidences?Dr. Mackenzie Hagan, a highly-educated, well-respected epidemiologist at the CDC-Atlanta, is called to Guatemala. As the daughter of a retired commanding general of the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Mac often says infectious disease is in her blood. While no infectious disease outbreak is routine, this particular hot zone in Guatemala has its own set of complications - including a mysterious operative sent there by the Department of Defense. Events unfold and Mac is sent around the world investigating new cases involving this same, rare disease.Nathan Hunter, a covert operative within an off-the-books project for the DOD, tracks down terrorists before they strike. As Hunter unravels a villainous plot with tentacles spanning the globe, his investigative path crosses with Mac's. Was it fate, or something else? Mac and Hunter work together to analyze the disease and to identify the source. But they soon learn that the biggest challenge they'll face is right at home.

My Thoughts:

When I first saw this advertised I immediately went and pre-ordered all 4 in the series. I enjoy this authors work and love bio/medical thrillers. I read the ebook first and absolutely devoured it, then got the audio when it came out and eagerly dived in again!!

This starts with a French Scientist being kidnapped and made to work on.... something. Then we see Mackenzie Hagan, of the CDC, dispatched to a remote village where all the inhabitants are dead. What could possible kill the whole village? While there she meets Nathan Hunter, an employee of the Department of Defense. He is there to investigate the killings too. What connection could an unknown virus have with the the DOD? It's up to Mac to find out.

So many thoughts ran through my head while reading this. What happens here is something that terrifies me. The idea of a Pandemic is something, in this day and age, that could happen easily. With people travelling so easily from place to place, and a virus that is spread so quickly, it all adds up to a very scary and terrifying scenario!!

Anyway, Bobby Akart has really done his research for this. He explained everything in such a way to make it easy for anyone to understand. How the bio weapon was made and the effects it had were brilliantly written. It really and truly makes you think. Every time I went anywhere and heard any coughs or sneezes it frightened me!!! Plus the idea of the final Jihad was extremely scary.

I also loved Mac and Hunter. Mac is a strong, smart female lead and I loved how she handled everything. She always did what was right, no matter what anyone else thought. I loved her interactions with Hunter and look forward to seeing how their friendship grows.

This is a story of what could happen and how easily it could!!! It definitely makes you think, what if? What would you do? When I read it first, it blew me away, but the audio was amazing.

John David Farrell and Kris Adams were awesome. I couldn't believe that it's Kris Adams first narration, she did a brilliant job. She was easy to listen to and her inflections were really good. As for John David Farrell, he was just as good. I've listened to a few by him and he always does a good job. I will say though, it took a few minutes to get used to the dual narration, just because Farrell narrated most of it, including Mac's inner thoughts, where Adams narrated the female talking parts. I wondered why for a while, but after a few chapters it didn't matter. It worked really well!!!



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