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The summary pretty much says it all so I'm getting right to my thoughts on this!
I made a mistake in starting this at night because I ended up listening to it for a long time! It immediately grabbed my attention and I couldn't put it down! Everything about it captivated me and kept me glued to my earbuds.
The plot of this is actually quiet believable! Initially I wasn't sure how Gorillas and virus mix but this worked, and worked well. It was detailed and explained in such a way that I had no qualms about it! It's also extremely fast paced and intense. Once you start, you won't want to put it aside!!
There are quiet a few different characters but all are easily distinguishable and necessary. Cole is the MC as such and I loved him. I know that the author is a Vet himself and it really shows in the book. His detailed descriptions and understanding of things shines through. Cole is tough, brave to a fault when it comes to animals and you can clearly see his love for the mountain gorillas. Each character are well developed and written and the character growth of each was amazing. It's always a pleasure to read a book where you connect to the characters straight away!
In all this is a fantastic and quite chilling read. I think the fact that this echoes what could happen is why it's so scary! It really makes you think, What if???. The fact that the author can do that just goes to prove his amazing writing. It's well researched and thought out and will absolutely fascinate you. I am so glad I listened to this as well because the narration was brilliant.
Neil Shah was amazing. The amount of different accents he did, without making them sound false, was incredible. I was awestruck with it!! He is definitely one narrator I will check out.
*I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
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Full disclosure: I got this for free in exchange for a fair review.
The description evokes comparisons to Michael Crichton and James Rollins, and the similarities are obvious. The author obviously knows his stuff and that knowledge comes through in the book. I'd also recommend this to fans of Richard Preston's "The Hot Zone" and Jonathan Maberry's Joe Ledger series because of the emphasis on African infectious disease and the wide cast portrayed fairly and not overly seriously.
The narrator was a pleasant surprise, and he did a good job with the numerous African and Middle Eastern accents required. The only complaint I had was that his pro-rata KD the main character felt a little ridiculous.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This book was generously provided to me by the Author in Audible format in exchange for an honest review. Of which I will try to do my best.
On first listen Neil Shah has a lovely seductive voice but it’s very slow and dragged out. I listen at 1.25x speed and it was still slow! On top of that the narrator’s having trouble with the South African accent of which I’m very familiar with. So every time Marna Van Wyk ( with classic Dutch features and blond hair) speaks with a “sexy South African accent” I get totally confused wondering if she’s of African descent (a black person) or of Dutch descent (a white person), cause the accent is totally lost. The name is that of a white person while the voice is that of a black person from the slums, so not sexy!!
Oh my don’t get me started on NS’s upper class British accent. It lacks even a hint of any kind of British accent.
Once you are able to get past the nails on chalk board accent the narrator recites in the story is actually very interesting. The characters are well developed and the story catches your interest right from the start. The story is fast moving and doesn’t slow down or give you a dull moment. If you are a fan of Michael Crichton as I am, you’ll totally love the book. The fact that the author Elliott Garber is a widely travelled Veterinarian shows in his work. The issues he covers are all from the recent past and close to our heart so we feel the pain the characters are going through.
I really enjoyed this book but would recommend that instead of listening to the book you actually read it, either kindle or hard copy.