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Publisher's Summary

An alien plague. A sixteen-year-old girl. A fight to save the world.
When a rare meteor shower unleashes a mind-altering infection, the people Alex loves begin to change. They’re smarter, faster, emotionless, and they have a plan. One that doesn’t include her.
Guided by cryptic clues left behind by her deceased father, Alex follows a trail of increasingly shocking discoveries. Earth’s history isn’t what she learned in school, and a new hive mind threatens to rewrite the future.
Alex is a fighter, but pursued by both friends and an unknown enemy, it will take everything she has to fulfill her destiny. Desperate to save her little brother, she flees to the mountains surrounding her home, where the only chance for humanity has lain hidden for thousands of years.
WINNER, Reader's Favorite Book Awards, 2015, Honorable Mention, YA scifi FINALIST, Young Adult Finalist in the IAN Book Awards, 2015
Infected, The Shiners is book one in the Forgotten Origins Trilogy (Formerly titled Bloodline)
©2013-2014 Tara Ellis (P)2014 Tara Ellis
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5 out of 5 stars
By Audrey Adams on 02-21-15

Intriguing story line and easy to listen to

Would you listen to Bloodline again? Why?

Yes, the story draws you in. It's fun to listen to mysteries again to see the story unfold knowing what the end will be. Also, Tara's voice is very easy to understand and listen to. I've listened to many audio books, and there are times when the tone of the voice is too low, or inflections are in strange places that I believe distract from the telling of the story. Tara is every bit as good as some of the paid actors who narrate for audio.

What does Tara Ellis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think it is interesting hearing the author read their own stories (as long as they are talented enough to do so:)), because you experience the characters exactly how they had envisioned them. They created them, and now they are able to bring them even more to life.

Any additional comments?

My husband stayed up late and finished this book in 2 nights! He never does that. He was completely drawn in to the exciting plot. We are looking forward to listening to more from Tara Ellis.

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4 out of 5 stars
By David Hope on 06-16-18

Well written and well voiced

Note: I am a voice actor, and frequently listen to audiobooks both for entertainment and educational purposes.

Story: I enjoyed the story, Ms. Ellis has written a “Dan Brown-lite” style novel, which entwines current times with mystical ancient civilizations. The female protagonist definitely works as a teenager frequently spinning back and forth between doubt and elation, and the two other primary characters are solid role players. Ultimately, I would have liked to see the characters developed a little deeper (perhaps this will happen in the rest of the trilogy), and a little more depth of explanation into the ancient mysteries. But overall the story was complete, easy to read, and fun.

Performance: It’s a tricky road for an author to voice their own book, but in this case Ms. Ellis does quite a nice job. She has the benefit of both a pleasant voice that is appropriate for the protagonist (the book is written in first person) and the keenest insight as to the character’s motivation (she was the author after all), and this is an excellent combination. Her voicing is believeable and easy to listen to.

I look forward to book 2.

I received a free copy of this book and I have left this review voluntarily

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