The First Bird, Episode 1 : Matt Kearns

  • by Greig Beck
  • Narrated by Sean Mangan
  • Series: Matt Kearns
  • 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Matt Kearns, linguist, archaeologist and reluctant explorer from Beneath the Dark Ice and Black Mountain returns in his first full-time adventure. And this time he doesn't have Alex Hunter to save him when the stuff hits the fan.
When a fame-hungry scientist brings an impossible, living specimen of a creature long thought extinct back from the wild jungles of South America he unwittingly brings along a passenger. Something with the potential to destroy every living thing on our planet.
The infestation begins, rapidly overtaking medical resources and resisting all treatment. One woman knows the danger: Carla Nero, chief scientist of the Center for Disease Control. She makes Matt an offer he can't refuse and together they join a team heading to the deep jungle in a desperate race to locate the hidden place where the specimen was taken.
Only by finding the location of the specimen can the team - and the world - hope to uncover the secret of how to survive the ancient, horrifying parasite that has been released.


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Episode 1 was good but # 2 & 3 are not

Enjoyed the first episode BUT annoyed that the book was released in three separate segments instead of just one. We have to pay more money this way. Episode 1 was good enough that I bought episodes 2&3 as soon as I finished the first. This was a mistake. Episode 2 became tedious with way too many "monsters" and deadly events. I also wanted more details as to what was happening back in the US. Have started Episode 3 but won't finish it. It lacks the promise of #1 and isn't worth my time.
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- Laura


Remember the old black and white movies they would show on Saturday afternoon. Movies like the Creature of the Black Lagoon. This first episode is a movie like that, only on steroids. I might be a 56 year old man with the heart of an eleven year old boy, but I love this type of book. Also reminds me of Amazonia by James Rollins. An Indiana Jones type runs out of the jungle with a live specimen of the first bird. He brings it back to the United States. Then his skin starts falling off, for he brought back more then the bird.

I read the reviews, so I was warned. The is not book one, this is an episode and it ends with a cliff hanger. Almost no issues have been resolved when this episode ends. I would have rather it had been a full book with sequels, but I knew what I was getting into and I will be getting episode 2.

This is good because of the story. The writing is not above average and the characters mostly suck. I thought he over did it with the Macho Man thing on two of the characters and I did not understand the rudeness of the FBI agent in the beginning. The story is always entertaining and it took me back to lazy Saturday afternoons, when I was Eleven. Probably the best time of life for most boys. The creatures are scary, such as the snake that swallows a man whole. A lot happens in this episode and it ends just when they get to the Lost Island scene (Conan Doyle).

Narrator does a great job.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2013
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd