The Reaper Virus

  • by Nathan Barnes
  • Narrated by Basil Sands
  • 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Enjoy the end of the world through the eyes of a desk-bound civil servant. Nathan is a middle-aged father and husband working as a police dispatcher for the campus police of a large university in Richmond, Virginia. During late night working hours he gathers details on the R33PR Virus, dubbed the Reaper Virus, as it spreads from the far reaches of the globe into a pandemic that begins infecting the city around him. As the city rapidly succumbs to the Reaper Virus, Nathan becomes trapped at the police station while his family waits in their barricaded home.
Driven by an obsessive determination to save the ones he loves, Nathan travels through a hellish world having to battle himself as much as the living and dead evils that plague the land.

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decent zombie story

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as the story opens, the main character, nathan, is at his job. he is a police dispatch officer at the vcu (virginia commonwealth university) police station. nathan works the midnight shift and between calls, he's been pouring over the news about the latest virus going around that's making people sick. the r-32 pr virus is highly mutable, and the latest version, 32, is starting to cause 3 out of 10 people to develop some strange symptoms- their veins become black and visible and are prone to violence.

when a call comes in that a bum is attacking a student, nathan's friend, lance, is sent to investigate. however by the time lance gets there, the bum is dead. the rookie officer shakily explains that the bum was attacking the student and wouldn't heed his calls to stop. then when the bum started to come after him, body shots didn't stop the bum. only an accidental face shot stopped him. lance is sworn to secrecy by his commander.

the next night, nathan finds a mysterious note from lance, saying to meet him after his shift and that he doesn't trust the phones. over beers, lance tells nathan about the scene he came upon- how the bum had bitten chunks out of the student's body and even bitten off the tip of the student's nose. lance tells him that if any of this gets out he'll be in serious trouble, and that he's only telling him b/c they're friends and nathan has a family. when nathan jokingly says that lance's story reminded him of the zombie movies they'd watched, lance acts as if he's been struck by lightning. but they both resolve that they need to make plans just in case the $h!t really hits the fan.

a couple of nights later, nathan and lance find themselves trapped in the police station. their commander has ordered a lockdown- nobody in and nobody out until help arrives. so, they scheme to sneak out to get home to their families.

i liked this story. even though nathan works for the police, he doesn't carry a gun on the job. he's a 30 something overweight dispatch caller. lance has the only gun as they flee, but it's a weapon of last resort. as they flee the police station, they decide to sneak through vcu's campus. it is an interesting perspective i haven't listened to.

plus, i may be a little biased, but i graduated from vcu so i'm really familiar with the surroundings. it was the first story i followed on google maps (just type in vcu police). it was kind of a thrill listening to a zombie story that takes place in my hometown. geezzz! the fictional character, nathan, lives 5 to 10 minutes away from me in south side. LOL

all biases aside, this is a pretty good zombie apocylapse story. the character makes choices opposite to those in other zombie novels. no, i'm not going to tell you what i mean! this is mostly an action story with some character development. the story is told in first person by nathan. i think the author does a good job describing the mental and physical hell a person would go through trying to get home to his family.

the narration is pretty good. there aren't a lot of characters, but i was happy with the performance. the narrator, basil sands, reminded me of ray porter from joe ledger stories.

the epilogue is kind of weird. it was the only part that threw me. i was like WTF? how am i supposed to take this? i won't spoil it. but, i'm hoping there's a second book.

overall, a pretty good fast-paced zombie story.

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- Mike Naka

Annoying main character

What disappointed you about The Reaper Virus?

The main character is an annoying guy. He either spaces out and doesn't pay attention or gets hyper worried about doing something dumb that gets him killed before he gets home. In the end you are actually rooting for him to die.


Would you ever listen to anything by Nathan Barnes again?

Too many uses of the same analogy and meatphors so probably not. Also logic flaws in what he has main character do.


Did Basil Sands do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Ok for what he was given.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really


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- Erik

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-28-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios