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Posted March 22, 2012
I was engrossed in this book from the first chapter. The premise is that a crazed microbiologist develops a absolutely deadly virus with flesh eating bacteria attached so that he can take over the world is certainly not mainstream. However, the story is well crafted, characters are believable, and flows very well. The storyline is detailed and clever with a surprising ending. I recommend this highly.
I have seen a number of negative reviews of this book. Those reviews were primarily negative due to disdain for the subject matter or technical issues with the book - they do not accurately reflect the quality of the writing or the actual story.
There are indeed many problems with the wrong word being used, wrong punctuation, spelling issues, etc. These issues do have a bit of a negative impact on the story. I personally feel that the author may have used a speech recognition program and then relied on a spellchecker rather than incur the cost of editing.
Posted February 5, 2012
I have to say, I really enjoyed this book. The plot was something I had never seen before, but I have actually wondered when some eco-terror group would come up with this. It was action packed and very fast moving, it only took me a couple of days to read it. That being said I did have a couple of thing I disliked. I felt there should have been a little more characcter development. I never really "bonded" with the characters, so I never really had an emotional response to their fates. I also was disapointed in the scene with the dogs trapping the main character in the house. The reasoning behind that was never explained and that puzzled me because that was actually a great scene. Being from Southern Wisconsin myself, I really enjoyed seeing Madison and the Milwaukee Zoo mentioned. I've always wondered what I would do in a end of the world situation with all the animals!1 All in all this was a good book and I would definatly recommend it to fans of the genreWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 23, 2012
This is one great book! It is chocked full of action, suspense, and a little bit of stupidity. Two scientists decide they want to kill of the world population using a modified version of the Ebola bacteria. They arrange this with members of a world wide environmental group, offering to vaccinate them against the virus in exchange for their help. But, the only people that actually get the vaccine are those that have something to offer after all the other people are gone: doctors, communication specialists, agricultural specialists. Those type of people.
When the world population has faded away, the group picks up a radio communication from a couple seeking help. Why didn't they die? The group decides the couple can't be allowed to live, so the hunt begins. A hunt that takes place in a world of no people, no electricity, nothing to depend on but yourself.
This is a fantastic end of the world thriller. The characters and story are so well written it was like watching a movie in my head. It's an exciting read, one that I had a hard time putting down.
Posted January 20, 2012
This book is about two men who decide to end all human life on earth. They release an anthrax/ebola virus and soon most of humandkind is dead. The story actually starts off with a man, Derek, and his wife who are holding their baby daughter who is dying in their arms. They don't know why she died. They soon discover that she isn't the only one to have died suddenly. Derek and his wife try to reach other survivors through the use of a ham radio and are now the focus of the men who released the virus and their desire to wipe out Derek and his wife also. Up until here this book had my attention. I really looked forward to seeing how survivors would cope in this new world. Unfortunately the author took the reader on a different trip. This trip included improbable escape scenarios, a zoo, and a group of people that I hope don't exist. I am not a fan of these type of stories and I wished the author would have shown us more of the new world instead of a hunter/hunted story. Mr. Pennington writes well. He definitely knows what he is doing. I think for those that like the hunter/hunted story, they will find this book a good read. For those that like the end of the world stories, then this book probably won't hold much appeal. *I received this book from a Member's Giveaway on Librarything, that in no way affects the content of my review.*Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.