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Sometimes I need a few days after finishing a book to write a good review. Sometimes this means that the book was terrible and sometimes it means that the book was amazing. In the case of The Innocents, it was the latter. Bobby Akart has really cornered the market with his mixture of medical thriller, post-apocalyptic, and dystopian series 'The Pandemic Series'. I think that this series has something for almost anyone to enjoy.
The Innocents continues where Beginnings left off throwing us right back into a world that is on the verge of an incredibly serious and deadly pandemic. It seems that no one will be safe.
The "funny" review line that I was able to come out with for this book was, 'it must be nice to have Bruce Wayne money when the world is on the brink of collapse'. I thought that numerous times since one of our main characters has a lot of zeros in his bank account (on the correct side of the period). Honestly, I thought this would bother me, but to watch how someone would prepare with basically unlimited funds was a point of view I've rarely seen in post-apocalyptic books.
The love story between the two main characters could have been cheesy, and a few times it was, but if you listen to real love stories of your grandparents or parents -- you'll find some of the same cheesiness. Love can be cheesy at times and when it's written in a book that's about the world on the brink -- it could feel out of place, but I think that Akart hits the nail on the head. It was the right amount of gushiness without going over.
Akart is able to pray on our fears as readers and Americans. He is taking stories that are out of the news and writing them into a fictional story that could read like tomorrows headline. Reading about things that you are already scared of, whether you know it or not, is always scarier. He can plant an idea in your brain. You'll stop reading, but that idea will grow to cause you to think about this book long after you've put it down.
The Innocents will be a book that I remember for a long time. The plague that Akart has written about and described for two books is utterly terrifying. It's incredibly researched and I cannot find any holes in his plots. This disease would absolutely annihilate the population if it was released in the world today. Preppers and regular joes alike wouldn't stand a chance against this disease.
Overall, if you couldn't tell from above, I really enjoyed this story and I cannot wait to find out what happens in the rest of the books. Akart is a master of suspense, keeping us on the edge of our seats. But, he does it with fact-based fiction that would scare even the most hardened readers.
I received a free copy of this book. It has not affected my review of my opinion.
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9 of 9 people found this review helpful
In book 1, we saw the beginning of the virus. Mac wanted the threat to be widely known but the Government didn't want to. But things are getting worse. The virus has been diagnosed as the Pneumonic Plague but it has also been changed! It is now antibiotic resistant and there doesn't seem to be a cure. Mac is working with Hunter to try to find the cause and a way to either cure it or inoculate against it before it's too late.
The author has created one heck of a book. The level of detail is amazing and the amount of research he did shows. It's frightening to read how quickly it spreads. Also the way it's spread is ruthless and extremely scary!!! It really made me think and made me evaluate handshakes etc.
While the book isn't action packed, it's rich in detail and extremely well developed. The characters are all well written and you can't help but love them. Mac is trying to do all she can to find some way to help, but she is put under the bus so to speak and is blamed for the CDC not reacting in time. So Hunter, while trying to find the terrorists responsible for the outbreak, finds her another position and place to work. All the while both are trying to prepare themselves for the inevitable outcome.
I really like both Hunter and Mac. They just work well together!! I so love seeing their relationship grow and develop. I also can't wait to see more from Mac's mum and dad!! They sound intriguing and interesting. Definitely looking forward to getting to know them.
In all, a truly terrifying look into what could happen. It opens your eyes and makes you see things differently. Amazing book and I need book 3 yesterday!!! :)
John David Farrell and Kris Adams did a great job. Farrell has an impressive range of tones and voices and knows how to read well, Adams meanwhile, did a good job but what stopped me from loving it was that she kind of kept the same tone for all the female voices. I feel like if she was able to differentiate them a little, she would have been brilliant.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I have listened to a number of plague books and this one is the best, mainly because of the research done. The information is accurate and presented in a clear style. The characters in the novel are well-rounded. I read the previous novel (Book 1) and couldn't wait to read the sequel. Can't say I'm sorry it's finished because the story continues in Book 3 which is on my wish list. Anyone who is seriously interested in Isis and the biological threat, using deadly viruses should read Bobby Akart's Pandemic Series.
Brilliant book, great story, expertly narration. I wood recommend to anyone who enjoys survivalist fiction.