Throughout history there have been several thousand different strains of influenza. Each year hundreds are active. Chances are, this year, you will catch one of those strains. You will cough, sneeze, and your body will ache. Without a second thought, you'll take a double dose of green liquid, go to bed, and swear you'll feel better in the morning. Not this time. In 1918 forty-million people succumbed to a particular strain of swine flu. It appeared out of nowhere, and just as quickly as it surfaced, the Spanish Flu vanished. Gone for good. Or so we thought. Though mankind has anticipated its resurfacing for some time, mankind is ill prepared.
Mutated and with a vengeance, the Spanish Flu returns. In a world blackened with plague, a glimmer of light exists in the small town of Lodi, Ohio. They shine as a sanctuary because they ... are 'flu-free' In the wake of the reality that they are spared, the spirit and strength of Lodi is tested. It becomes a fight against what is morally right or wrong in an increasingly difficult battle to stay healthy and alive until the flu has run its course.
Dave Courvoisier gives a steady performance of the apocalyptic novel The Flu by Jacqueline Druga. His clear voice is an excellent counterpoint to the chaos of the story. One day, a mutated version of the Spanish Flu returns, and becomes a plague upon the human race. This strain is much more deadly than its 1918 incarnation. As people begin dying in droves around the world, Lodi, Ohio, somehow remains free of the flu. The people of Lodi discover that their test isn’t the illness, but their luck in remaining healthy in the face of death, destruction, and disaster.
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It was okay. Not my favorite.
- Maria Lindbloom
This writer has a tin ear for dialogue. Really, it's kind of painful. And hello? If the speaker is petulant, I don't need the writer to point it out to me. The swifties came so fast and thick, it almost seemed like a joke.
Aaargh, the voices! Look, it's great when a narrator can develop voices for individual characters, but it's not necessary, and skipping it is better than doing it badly.
- Adrienne Jones