Brushfire Plague: Volume 1

  • by R.P. Ruggiero
  • Narrated by Melissa Sutton
  • 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Surviving is just the beginning....
When a virulent plague erupts across the globe, Cooper Adams faces a daily battle for survival as society unravels at a dizzying pace. As he organizes his neighbors for self-defense and strives to save those around him, he soon discovers the first clues about the origin of the Brushfire Plague that is killing untold millions around the world. In his pursuit to learn the truth, Cooper must combat looters, organized gangs, and those protecting the Brushfire Plague's secrets. When his son falls ill, his search to uncover the plague's origin and a possible cure transforms into a race against time. Ultimately, Cooper faces a paralyzing choice between exposing what he has learned with potentially shattering consequences and abetting a horrible secret and giving his nation a chance to recover and rebuild.
The truth becomes more terrifying.

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Resident Evil... Without the zombies.

Not in a bad way, mind you.
A pandemic story without zombies is quite refreshing given how inundated the media has been with them as of late.

A practical and unfortunately realistic take on how a pandemic and subsequent collapse of rule of law might play out. The ending might have fallen together a *BIT* too cleanly, but the scenario and motivations for doing so are ripped straight from recent news and debates.

The main character is realistic. He has his flaws, he loses his cool and he makes mistakes. He isn't overpowered by any means and doesn't always make it out of fights without losing blood himself.

My one complaint is that the story has a bit of a stutter in finding its pace starting out, but quickly moves into its own as it progresses.

The narration is solid and I have no complaints. She did extremely well with the reading and perhaps the only negative thing I could say is that her melodic voice doesn't really suit the somber atmosphere of the tale. Instead, I felt like Jake, being read a bedtime story recounting the events rather than experiencing them from Cooper's perspective. That aside, which isn't really her fault, she did a marvelous job.

All in all, definitely worth the listen and a different take on the usual survival story. I'd recommend it to anyone.
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- Lee Renllaw

How will Cooper save his family from the Brushfire

A mysterious virus is here and it is extremely lethal, killing more than 50 percent of all of those who come in contact with it. Cooper Adams realizes that he must get home and take care of his family. What follows is his story of survival and helping those around him survive too.

The narration of this almost made this unlistenable. About halfway through, I nearly stopped listening and just finished by reading it. I don't really like to speak ill of a professionals work, but this appears to be the narrator's first go at narration. Unfortunately, it really seems to take away from a well-written story. But, at the same time, I can imagine getting narration for your first book isn't the easiest either.

Cooper Adams is an interesting lead character. He's both likable and at times, he just does what needs to be done. Which, in a case like the book is portraying, I can fully get an understand. Adams isn't your typical prepper, nor is he your military "I'll do whatever I can to survive" kind of guy. But he is one thing, a survivor.

The disease behind Brushfire Plague was given some thought, thankfully. Recently I've been reading some books lately that are pegged with "plague" in the title that has little-to-no mention of the actual virus or plague that is destroying humanity. While Ruggiero doesn't go into super deep detail like others have that I love, he does do a good enough job to make it believable.

Brushfire Plague really felt like it took a while to develop. Normally this is done for deep character development, but in this case, it just felt like the story didn't shift into high gear until after the midway point of the book. For some readers, this could be a big problem. I'm wondering if the second book in this series will start at a faster pace and keep it there instead of dragging it out like this one did.

Like I mentioned above, Brushfire Plague was a great book marred by a really poor narration choice. First and foremost if you are going to be portraying a manly survival-instinct laden male -- why is there a female narrator? It was a severe bummer for me that this books narration took away from it instead of added to it. It definitely has the potential to be a big player.

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- Brian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-26-2015
  • Publisher: Prepper Press