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That is a headline I am proud of, because it tells you everything you need to know in less than two seconds. My job, now, is to kind of fluff it out and explain what I mean by that tag; so here goes.
Can you imagine what would happen if people were told there was a cure for addiction? How would the drug companies react? More importantly, how would drug dealers, and thier suppliers react? If you said not in a good way then you have just won the lotto, because greed will always overpower generosity. Inhumanity will always outweigh humanity. And the dead will always outnumber the living.
Tainted cures (there's the title, just like they do in the movies) begin to affect people in nasty ways. By nasty ways I sort of imply zombies and apocalypse. Yeah, cartels create a nice little zompocalypse by manipulating the addiciton cure. Talk about short term vision. I mean there would always be those people who didn't want to be cured or think they needed a cure. But to wipe out your entire customer base is just obtuse. This way of thinking is known as teach a man how to build a fire you keep him warm for the night, set a man on fire and he's warm the rest of his life. Terry Pratchett.
The characters are well fleshed out, no pun, and the tale is full of shocks, twists, and jumps that you won't even notice the time flying by. What it will do s make you reconsider taking a pain med the next time you are hurt. This is a great start to what looks to be a fantastic series. I can't wait for more.
Roberts really digs deep narrating this one. She fills the characters with emotion, and does a rare thing successfully; she pulls off masculine and feminine voices with utter aplomb. Pretty amazing, actually the way she skates around the book, pacing each page as necessary, and pausing at just the right moments. I'l have to keep an eye out for her.
Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
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What did you love best about Tainted Cure?
I loved it that it isn't your regular zombie book, so if you're not a huge fan of this genre you might still want to give it a try.
What about Rebecca Roberts’s performance did you like?
Oh em gee, I wish I sounded as good as this woman! She sounds so effortlessly sexy and pleasant, and even her male voices are good.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It actually was! I was very invested in the story, seeing the cure for addiction being warped into something horrible, and wondering how it'd all turn out.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
Since a fairly full introductory synopsis has already been given and this is a book best heard with no preconceptions, no further storyline will be revealed here. Sufficient to say, a 'cure' does not necessarily deliver an anticipated result...
Ashley Fontainne has a pleasantly direct writing style, with short, crisp sentences heavily interspersed with dialogue. She brings an immediacy to the characters and storyline which draws the reader/ listener in to the action, thus making what could be ridiculous feel almost plausible. Yes, this is a story which even suspended disbelief cannot quite make real. And yet, even after a considerable time lapse and a number of other books later, several of the scenes from Tainted Cure, remain with me, as fresh and vibrant as they were when first encountered.
This is a very visual book, fast paced, often violent, sometimes funny,with a myriad of characters. Although not fully rounded three dimensional people, her protagonists all shine with brightly distinct personalities even when their appearances are brief. This is a story to fall into, not to think about too deeply.
A special mention must be made of the narrator, Rebecca Roberts, whose voice seems to perfectly fit the story (despite my initial reservations). Her calm delivery enhances the fast action of the book.
This book is not perfect. There are inconsistencies and as previously mentioned, a great dollop of suspended disbelief has to be applied. But it is a well written, fun listen and, as such, recommended.
I received a copy of this book for review from the author via Audiobook Boom on the understanding that I would return and post an honest opinion.