It starts as a whisper, barely audible.
Rumors. Paranoia. Conspiracy theories. Subterfuge.
Like lightning, the plague moves across the globe, spreading out in all directions and leaving few alive. But the end is only the beginning.
Discovered in the Alaskan permafrost, the ancient virus was reanimated and genetically altered. The new strain showed great promise in curing many of mankind's afflictions. When the specimen fell into the hands of the Russian theocracy, their inept scientists attempted to create a biological weapon - a weapon that outsmarted them. Now, the androvirus is a deadly airborne plague, conquering the world in a matter of days. With a communicability of 100% and a mortality rate of over 90%, there is no immunity. For the survivors, who can suppress the virus, there is only change. A few adapt, but most become walking, talking gray horrors with an appetite for flesh.
Primarily set in the American city of Memphis, four loosely-connected strangers, caught up in their lives, find their worlds annihilated by the swiftly-moving plague. Alex Connelly is a wealthy young executive, living an idyllic life with his pregnant wife, Madison. Kirk Foster is a self-absorbed aging gay man, desperate to hang onto his youth and sex appeal. Meredith Brinkley's ongoing war with breast cancer takes a turn for the worse, and she faces an impending double mastectomy. Logan King is a closeted baseball jock, playing for a minor league team while coming to terms with his true identity. And only together will they survive....
Includes Book 1: Pathogen, Book 2: The Curtain Falls, Book 3: Creepers, and Book 4: Numbers.
Please note: There are straight and gay characters and a few that exist somewhere in between. There are characters of different races and religious backgrounds. There are opinionated characters. There is profanity. There is intimacy and clipped love scenes, some being of the male-for-male variety. There are also guns and graphic violence.
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I really wanted to like this but
The biggest issue I have is the narrator. The reading did not seem to flow as it should but this may be due to the fact there are too many characters for one voice actor.
Use a full cast of voice actors.
Again I would include other narrators in addition to Ahr. That said I don't think you can go wrong with Iggy Toma, Gomez Pugh, Greg Tremblay or Tristan James.
I found the story interesting and will read the paper version once I am able to forget the voices.
Not sure if Keegan Kennedy is friends with Manilla Luzon or wants to be but there seemed to me to be one too many name drops.
- Amazon Customer
A DIVERSE EPIC... Not for prudes, but not erotica.
First, I felt the need to defend the author against the lies and misinformation being spread by 'basic' people. Scanning the reviews on this new title, I was shocked by the misleading review by a listener named 'Ebony.' She called this gay porn, but that's untrue. Interestingly and perhaps very telling, the listener had zero problems with the heterosexual intimate scenes. Sure, people start 'getting busy', but the love/sex scenes fade out before anything hardcore happens. I've read more explicit scenes in Jackie Collins books. So don't believe the blatant lies!
This isn't a quick-fix book. It is an epic novel that actually has character development. Mr. Kennedy builds an incredibly descriptive world within a nightmarish scenario. But at the core of this book is the humanity of the characters. Instead of stale archetypes, these are realistic, flawed characters. I've read some hideous apocalyptic books, written by authors who sound like right-wing gun nuts or ghoulish teenage boys, but this, by far, is superior. I would put this up there with Stephen King's The Stand and Sarah Lyons Fleming's Until the End of the World.
I commend Mr. Kennedy for including two major gay characters and having the testicular fortitude to stick to his guns. Keep railing against the haters!
Kirk! As one of the lead characters, not only is he tough, he's also realistic. I would almost call him an anti-hero. Instead, you have a tough, short gay man who is a one-man killing machine. I love characters who speak their minds and he has no time for any BS. I also loved Lauren, Empress, Alex, Ammon, Beulah, and Nina.
Michael Ahr did an amazing job!
The end is only the beginning.
This is a more intelligent offering than the normal shake-and-bake apocalyptic books.
- Psycho Kitty