Infection: A Pandemic Survival Novel

  • by M.P. McDonald
  • Narrated by Scott Berrier
  • 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What started as a flu outbreak on a military base proves deadlier than Ebola and more contagious than the Spanish Flu. Sympatico Syndrome is unlike anything the world has ever seen. Victims' behavior is changing to accommodate the rapid spread of the virus.
Former Navy epidemiologist Cole Evans is well aware of the rare, infectious diseases the military studies. He also knows, first-hand, the government's stance on sharing information with the public, so if the media has already learned about the disease, then it's far too late to contain the outbreak.
Cole's only chance to save his family is to establish a safe haven. Isolated, hard to reach, and with enough space for his brother's family as well, he has the perfect location - if only they can all reach it before they're infected.


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Post-Pandemic Survivalist Story

This was the first post-pandemic/post-apocalyptic type story I've listened to. I must say that I was quite impressed and will definitely be looking for more from this author. I will probably be giving stories with similar plots another look as well.

A man takes himself and his family to an island following a pandemic disease outbreak. The pandemic itself was quite interesting and different from most other stories I've heard of... An infected person gets a compulsion to literally party until they die... How's that for a way to go?

I thought that most of the characters were very realistic and believable, but found one of them to be almost ridiculous. This left me torn between thinking that either the author meant the character to be that way, or just missed the mark on that individual character. Either way, it didn't affect my overall opinion of the book.

The narrator was actually very good, but I only gave 4 stars because I thought that he may have been a little too deep of a voice for this particular book (completely my opinion). He was actually very good and I was thinking of other books I might like to hear him narrate.

Those who enjoy post-apocalyptic survival stories will almost certainly like this book. It was very well written and I hope there is a continuation of the story.

I requested and received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.
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- Striker "Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, and YA Novels. If it weren't for physics, law enforcement, and my medication, I'd be unstoppable!"

A tale of survival against all odds

4.5 out of 5 stars

Infection was an enjoyable read. It definitely tugged at my heartstrings numerous times and made me feel things for the characters. Not every book can do that, and to be honest, very few books I've read recently really make me feel something for the main characters. The last one I can think of was The Martian, but that book is easily the best book I've read in a long time.

Infection takes place during and after a pandemic level infection takes over the population of the world. The people are seemingly fine, but just want to party. Unfortunately, this incessant need to party is also the quickest and easiest way to spread the disease. These infected people party until they drop -- literally. They drop dead after a while at an alarming rate -- 98% infection/death ratio.

The narration of Infection was done by Scott Berrier who has a deep and booming voice. Sometimes I thought it was a little too deep and dark, and at other times it was perfect. I ended up really enjoying his narration and will listen to more books narrated by him.

McDonald does a great job with character building. The main characters all had their quirks, but that made the story interesting. I felt like each one of them at any time could succumb to the infection at any moment. Which really made for a wild ride.

This wasn't as much about the virus as I'd hoped it would be, but the incredible story really made it still an enjoyable book. I'm genuinely curious what will happen in the next book if/when McDonald writes one.

Overall, Infection had a little bit of everything. Bio-Thriller readers will enjoy a different virus than I've ever read. Thriller writers will enjoy the traveling and unknowns around every corner. And good fiction lovers will love the interactions and characters in Infection.

I received this book as a gift, this has not affected my review in any way.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-20-2016
  • Publisher: M.P. McDonald