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  • Posted November 23, 2012

    This is a prequel to O¿Grady¿s bestselling debut novel - Hybrid.

    This is a prequel to O’Grady’s bestselling debut novel - Hybrid. As the name suggests, this book tell us the story of Amanda and how she came to become the person that she is in Hybrid.

    The novel starts off with Amanda just losing her husband and two year old son to an accident. As she tries to start fresh she gets an opportunity to go to Honduras as a part of Red Cross’s cyclone rescue team. Once there, the team comes to realize that not all is as it seems. The town is almost deserted and those who survived and remained there, seemed to be affected by some sort of virus. Their own camp is infected and within a few weeks the team of over thirty people perished because of the virus, only Amanda survives. When a rescue team arrives and safely pulls her out of the situation, one would think that she was finally safe. But no, she is put into isolation and for months numerous tests are done on her. She had survived a deadly virus, but can she survive and emerge from the clutches of a few mere humans?

    Well, I am not about to tell you the whole story. You’ll have to read the story to find out what happens then.

    There are quite a few wonderful characters that I just loved in this book starting with Amanda’s in-laws - Greg & Lisa. They are the most delightful as a couple, as parents and as people. Then there are people like Bernice, Bennet and Lister are difficult to find these days. And what can I say about Amanda. Her character has many shades and we see different sides of her as she grows throughout the book. At times I felt really bad for her and at times I felt scared of her. The author has simply created a brilliant character through her who is both good and bad. You will cheer for her, feel her sadness and feel the darkness in you too.

    The plot felt a little too simple at the beginning. But things got interesting once Amanda was released to her family from her isolation. Watching her trying to discover and understand the person she had become, trying to settle back into some form of life and trying to stay in control was really an experience. The pace of the story is just right – not too slow nor is it fast. At times it may seem to be dragging, but the information provided during that period is actually important and I realized it even while I was reading it.

    Frankly speaking, under normal circumstances I wouldn’t really have picked this book up. It has a very plain cover with not so intriguing title. Plus I could hardly find a proper summary for it. But I have toured with PICT quite a few times and each time I have rated those books as 5Stars. So I knew that this book had to have some quality and picked it up. I am glad that I did. This was a refreshing change for me. I enjoyed both the drama part of it and the scientific part of it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Since this is a prequel, wondered if I could read it without the

    Since this is a prequel, wondered if I could read it without the other, and I could. It makes perfect sense without Hybrid. The story follows a widow who tries to get her life back together and joins the Red Cross. The story also follows for a brief time a terrorist working in a desert bio lab. The widow Amanda is sent to a Honduras hot spot with her team and watches everybody contract the virus and die. Somehow she survives and is kept in a secret facility for three months. While it is a good story up to this point, things really heat up once she gets out. Have to admit, Amanda is a lot more fun once she starts trying to figure out how to live with the virus. Highly recommended. Received free copy for review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2012

    Back in April of 2011, Dr. O'Grady was showcased on my blog for

    Back in April of 2011, Dr. O'Grady was showcased on my blog for his novel Hybrid. However, at the time, I was so behind in my reading schedule that I didn't review his book. Knowing what I know now, that was a big mistake. Just recently, I spoke about the authors being published under the imprint of The Story Plant and how every writer has gone on my "authors to read" list. Well, I just added one more.

    As avid readers, we have that gut instinct if a book is a good match for us and something that will grab our attention, imagination, keep us entertained and transport us into the story. That's what happened when I read the synopsis of Amanda's Story. I went through my criteria check list. Suspense, check. Can't put down, check. Medical plot,being a former nurse, bonus check. Another author under The Story Plant imprint, check.

    The story starts off slow, like the stifling heat, in the Pakistan caves where it all begins. The author then unleashes the non stop Cat 5 hurricane-like action in Honduras where Amanda is deployed to, for her first mission as a nurse for the Red Cross. As she is preparing to assist the hurricane victims, little does she know, what a harrowing experience awaits her in the Caribbean. It is something much larger than she can ever fathom. And like Amanda, the reader is holding on to "dear life" for this white knuckle read. Chilling!!!

    I do not believe in giving away any hints or spoilers so from this point on, my review and thoughts will be vague. The author's writing style was fluid, the cast of characters believable, the suspense page turning, palpitating action and a crescendo story line. An ending that is eerie and leaves the reader wanting more, which I hope means a sequel. Terrifying, especially in today's world. Could this be possible? What happens to Amanda, could this happen to anyone? Frightening!! Could this work of fiction become a sinister future reality? Scary!!

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  • Posted December 25, 2013

    First of all, I have not read the first book written in this ser

    First of all, I have not read the first book written in this series--"Hybrid." This book is a prequel to that book, but it works well as a stand-alone book. I was drawn into the story right from the beginning. It was difficult to read because it was sad and scary during the first half of the book. This was the part of the book that I felt was the best-written part of the book. The violence is fairly descriptive and disturbing, but it also pretty necessary in light of the book.

    Following the first half of the book, my interest began to wane. And things also became quite strange with Amanda. I won't spoil any of the story for you, but I just found the second half of the book pretty strange. I would have liked to have seen more concentration on corruption concerning the virus, but that is just my opinion. I probably would like "Hybrid" better, but this book is certainly well=written. I could have done without the profanity (it was pretty hard-core at times), but thankfully the sex scenes were mild. Overall, this was definitely a 4-star rated book that will definitely sound realistic in light of recent happenings.

    By the way, Berniece was definitely my favorite character, and the emotion concerning her and the other Red Cross team in Honduras was quite moving.

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  • Posted November 23, 2012

    a fascinating story about a threat that could very well become a reality in our days

    Brian O’Grady has written a fascinating story about a threat that could very well become a reality in our days. Amanda is on a mission to help survivors of a natural disaster in Honduras when she becomes the sole survivor of a mysterious viral attack that has killed everyone else around her. She is whisked away and kept in isolation, becoming a study object and maybe a means to end a possible attack of this biological mysterious virus.

    Knowing that she survives all her woes and adventures spoils it just a wee bit, but the real story behind Amanda is how she survives. Gaining frightening new abilities that causes her to fight a scary and serious battle with her “alter ego” – as she calls it – forces Amanda to deal with issues that are beyond our imagination.

    As her life spirals out of control, she finds help in unexpected places and she is able to flee the final scene into the dark night.

    Writing a book as a sequel to a yet unwritten book seems odd, but after all this is what C.S. Lewis did with his famous Narnia Chronicles as well, so Brian O’Grady is in good company.

    Amanda’s story is a riveting and gripping novel that is a real page turner. Perhaps her inner struggle could have been sped up a bit and the things she does as a result are quite outlandish, but it makes for a very interesting read and plays on your imagination – what if it happened to me – which gives some food for thought. I give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

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