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Be aware that this novella is primarily an alternative world building exercise. It's a creepy small town setting where government and science have mucked up the natural order. Bad things begin to occur....slowly. No one has the big picture. It plays on many real fears, like Ebola, Bird flu, Zika, the Anthrax attacks and our fears of civil society breaking down.The only thing worse than an inept government is discovering that it may have completely collapsed!
As technology fails the sense of isolation and severe separation anxiety take hold of the characters. People die. Danger surrounds the survivors. Nature itself begins to change. It morphs into humanity's worst nightmare.
But is it scary? Yes, but this first part is mostly setting up main characters, setting, and exposition. The author threads it all together with mood & heavy atmosphere. Consider it to be foreplay, not the main event.
The Narrator has a good voice. He doesn't detract from the story in any way. My one complaint involves particular animals doing something toward the end that they physically could not do without shoulders (which they do not have). But I don't want to quibble.
By in large the characters' motives, actions, and dialogue are believable. This promises to be part of a scary new series. I'm down with it.
P.S. Please use Alex Freeman to narrate part 2 "The Hatch".