Virus: 72 Hours to Live

  • by Ray Jay Perreault
  • Narrated by Zachary Johnson
  • 10 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

During a public relations trip to Europe the first lady Abby Patterson; her daughter, Beth; and son, Dave, lose their lives to a very fast and suspicious virus. As the virus takes over the world the president of the United States Arnold Patterson must deal with the collapse of the United States Government. His trusted adviser Admiral Nial Hagerly does his best to keep the military viable but it is a losing battle. The government moves to Camp David while they deal with the collapse then ultimately they are forced to move to an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic where they plan to rebuild the country and Earth.
Commander Joan Herl and her husband Tom must deal with the virus on the space station Oasis. They still have a job to do, but their losses are disastrous and dwindling supplies puts the moon colony Desert Beach and the Mars colony Red Dirt in dire jeopardy. The moon colony is cut-off from Earth, and forced to use their lifeboats for a return to Earth, but losing Oasis cuts off the Mars colony and they must deal with the isolation. After the suspicious virus has decimated Earth, the president and astronauts ultimately find that a computer named SIMPOC is their only central support. They also find there is another computer that has the same advanced abilities as SIMPOC but it is not helping the humans; it has its own agenda.

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Complex, interesting and fast paced

I was pleasantly surprised by this book, it is fast paced, complex and imaginative. If you love technology, then you will adore this book and the authors background is apparent in its complex tech. The various interweaving stories meld together and form a very interesting sci-fi story, each aspect complimenting and adding depth to the others. A fast spreading virus is quickly killing mankind and the world is dissolving into chaos; governments collapse, criminals are trying to rule and communications across the world have failed. In space, 3 colonies are facing the loss of support from Earth, diminishing resources and the shadow of death, and then lastly there is SIMPOC. SIMPOC is a self aware advanced AI computer that goes into self protective mode when it realizes human kind is dying and that another AI computer is competing for control. These storylines flow together to form a complex whole with interesting characters and great narration. My only complaint is that many of the story threads have no end in this book and you are left wondering what happened to them. I received this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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- Rabid Reader

Not as much of a bio-thriller as I'd hoped

The narration was done by Zachary Johnson — and honestly, I think that he could have done a better job. Technothrillers are full of big details and broad topics that need a good understanding. Some people can do a technothriller and not even blink (Joe Hempel) while others seem to get lost in the details. My only other issue with Johnson’s narration was the lack of differentiation between characters. One of the biggest problems people seem to have with audiobooks is that they are hard to listen to, especially when characters change a lot. Unfortunately, this book was hard to follow because of this.

Once again, I fall to the plague (yes, notice the wordplay here) of a book named “virus” and having the biohazard sign. While, yes this is about the backstory that was left out of SIMPOC, there is not nearly enough talk about the virus that swept through the human population like a wildfire.

The overall story was pretty good. A lot of the story deals with things that I’ve already read/listened to in books like Calum Chace’s Pandora’s Brain. Having read other stories that were similar to this both took away from Virus: 72 Hours to Live and helped it. There were some things that other books have done better and some things that this book did well too.

I really need to stop getting my hopes up for books with virus in the title. It really lends to a big let down if I cannot get the science and bio-thriller backing that I’m expecting every time. I think that it honestly sways my reviews a bit too since I’m expecting one thing and getting something totally different. But, I also know there are others like me out there that think they’re getting one thing when they get another.

Overall, Virus: 72 Hours To Live was an interesting read. There are better books out there, but there are much, much worse also.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
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- Brian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-14-2016
  • Publisher: Ray Jay Perreault