This is the author's cut of the bestselling apocalyptic thriller Plague War, which includes exclusive new bonus material. Cam Najarro and Ruth Goldman have developed a vaccine to protect Earth's survivors from the Archos plague, but the shattered U.S. government will do anything to keep the vaccine for themselves. Intent on sharing their cure, Cam and Ruth must cross the apocalyptic wastelands of North America – never realizing a greater threat is about to strike...
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I LOVE dystopian and Armageddon writing. I have since I was a kid. I have shelves of it, along with my other genre's of writing. I have GIGS of of it on my Mac media server I've acquired over the years. These story types are right up there in my top five faves of scifi and fantasy,
Having said that that, writers of these two genres have to be careful, and here's why:
The very genres of Dystopia or Armageddon writing carry with them a measure of darkness, depression and dreariness. Let's face it: A REAL world-changing disaster COMES with such baggage. But, having said that, writers such as Jeff Carlson have to keep in mind, that despite the dark nature of such genres, you write about them to actually paint a positive picture. A chance to right the wrongs, to take back what was lost.
You know...Have a little hope.
I like Jeff Carlson's writing a LOT, but this was a black, bleak Armageddon, more so than most, and remember dear Audible listener, I have a LOT of this genre' that I've read and listened to over the decades, so I'm seasoned in the dark atmospheres created by countess authors over the years. In this first of the triad in this series, however, strap in and take an anti-depressant. You'll get a double dose of how harshly nightmarish of an existence the survivors are barely enduring their altered world and even their own body's failings. It definitely sets the stage, but so MUCH focus is on this part of the storyline that the panorama becomes the antagonist, versus the nano-technology gone mad. If there's a misstep in this work, there it is. However, it's obvious that J.C. steers the course of this work back toward the shakers and movers behind the disaster as you read further.
Once you get past that part of the writing, you move into a good listen, and you'll get into the broader world-level scope of his initial foray into the series, and it's worth it. I was definitely not expecting some of the twists and changes that occurred herein, and for me, that's extremely unusual. I like such surprises, and recommend that you check this audiobook out for yourself. I liked this, so much so, that I bought the other three audiobooks in the series, based on the listen I experienced here in this first of the three.
So, it IS dark in here, and it's not just you. Get over it, and start listening.
A mixture of military and post-apocalyptic thriller set in the not too distant future, Plague War captivates it’s audience with several gut wrenching ideas (not necessary new ones) that are communicated clearly and concisely thus making them very real!
Nanotechnology that was designed to create cures for diseases takes an unexpected turn – it is released and begins to eat at all living organisms – plant, animal and human alike – destroying them. Only those that escape and live in the mountains – 10,000 feet above survive.
Staged in the war torn U.S., Dr. Ruth Goldman, Cam, and Nemocheck struggle to reach a military base in Colorado, escape from Leadville and deliver the vaccine to the good guys. Amidst an invasion by China and Russia, our heroes must deliver the vaccine while dodging nuclear bombs, invading forces and their own people!
This book also focuses on the power struggle of nations as well as survival of humankind – we are our own worst enemy. Communications break-down, bombs are no longer a threat but a reality. As if this is not enough, Ruth must find the origin of a ghost nanotech that has taken up residency in the vaccine while navigating a romance.
Well written with high levels of anxiety inducing moments, Carlson achieves a well-developed, very real like plot with twists that leave one wondering what he has in store for them next. An excellent read for those who love military thrillers and those who love relationship themed reads.
Audiobook provided for review by the narrator.
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