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Invasive Audiobook

Invasive: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

"Think Thomas Harris, Will Graham and Clarice Starling rolled into one and pitched on the knife's edge of a scenario that makes Jurassic Park look like a carnival ride. Another rip-roaring, deeply paranoid thriller about the reasons to fear the future." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

Hannah Stander is a consultant for the FBI - a futurist who helps the agency with cases that feature demonstrations of bleeding-edge technology. It's her job to help them identify unforeseen threats: hackers, AIs, genetic modification, anything that in the wrong hands could harm the homeland.

Hannah is in an airport, waiting to board a flight home to see her family, when she receives a call from Agent Hollis Copper. "I've got a cabin full of over a thousand dead bodies," he tells her. Whether those bodies are all human, he doesn't say.

What Hannah finds is a horrifying murder that points to the impossible - someone weaponizing the natural world in a most unnatural way. Discovering who - and why - will take her on a terrifying chase from the Arizona deserts to the secret island laboratory of a billionaire inventor/philanthropist. Hannah knows there are a million ways the world can end, but she just might be facing one she could never have predicted - a new threat both ancient and cutting-edge that could wipe humanity off the earth.

©2016 Chuck Wendig (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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    T. Merritt Oxford, UK 26/08/2016
    T. Merritt Oxford, UK 26/08/2016 Member Since 2015

    Gadget Geek/Bug Guy

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    "Don't let these bugs bite"

    Chuck Wendig has struck entomological gold here. Lock in and listen to this excellent scifi thriller that will make you want to pay more attention to those little critters around you. Wendig has a unique writing style in that the story is first person perspective written in third person language. Xe Sands does an excellent job reading the story and I'm now going to look for more by her thanks to discovering her voice and style with this book. I'll admit I have a large biased for stories with genetics and you throw in insects and you've got me hooked. BUT if you get too much science wrong I'll not enjoy the story. So when I say this was fun from beginning to end, know that the science presented is researched enough to make it plausible and enjoyable. As for the story, well Wendig is really good at drawing you in and taking you on a ride. I won't give away anything, because I think it's best to jump in a discover it on your own. I will say if you have read Zer0es you'll enjoy the cameos, but this book can stand all on its own for anyone who hasn't read anything by the author before.

    So yes, well worth the credit and time! Enjoy!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Christopher Uriah Braden
    01/09/16
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    "Very engaging kept driving extra to keep listening"
    Would you listen to Invasive again? Why?

    Yes. Compelling, well paced story, but largest reason I would listen to it again is Xe Sands does a phenomenal job narrating the story. Felt like sitting around a campfire listening to someone tell a tale of legend and years gone by.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ez Choi. For a somewhat minor character she had a lot of depth, seemed very real.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Ez Choi is attacked in her lab. I liked the idea of the lab 'villan' the OBT being her savior.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Small creatures, big terror.


    Any additional comments?

    Must have audio book. This book would be a great read for anyone. But, it was made even better through the narration of Xe Sands. Perfect pairing of art and performer. She took the already compelling story and characters to another level.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    12/10/16
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    "Entertaining B+"

    This is a good story, if a little formulaic. I liked that the hero is a level headed woman. The genetically engineered insect as villainous weapon is great. The ants are even named appropriately! There are some serious plot holes, where normal suspension of disbelief is untenable. Like most of these stories, it always goes 3 chapters too long, with more action following what should have been the conclusion. And there is a lot of filler (how many times do we need to know that the characters ate protein bars made of crickets? And why are they constantly eating? And where are they going to the bathroom?) This reminded me of some of Lincoln Childs and Douglas Preston's earlier books, in a good way. I would listen to another of this woman's adventures.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mags
    01/10/16
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    "ANT- anxiety!"

    Loved this story, filled with realistic science horrors!
    Swarming ants in your pants and eating your skin off, ekk!

    Not recommended for nighttime light reading..

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Kindly One
    01/11/16
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    "It was ok,"
    What did you like best about Invasive? What did you like least?

    It had an interisting concept to it, somewhat. a decent sort of mystery, though falls into the trap of "Technical authority" going out to investigate and arrest people when they arent police or any sort of official like that. The "genetically engineered monster' (not your standard syfy channel type, and rather interesting actually) fails in places, especially when someone like me could think up several species that could do the job better without as much genetic modification.

    The main character is... I dont know. Im unsure if she was written to be liked or not, but largely comes off as annoying and unlikable, she is suppose to be some "Female in charge" but is a panicky mess prone to wild mental breakdowns from past trauma that in the scope of things, isnt that horrible. not to diminish what happened, but people have had worse and are fine from it. So im not sure what the author wants me to feel about her. Other characters were good, and wouldnt mind seeing more about them, but the heroine just was not worth a story.


    Would you recommend Invasive to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. its an interesting mystery, but it just ends up lacking in the end.


    Could you see Invasive being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    maybe a c-grade syfy channel movie thats shown late at nigh.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
    Ottawa, Canada
    24/09/16
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    "Solid thriller"
    Where does Invasive rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Invasive definitely isn't the best audiobook I've listened to, but it's a solid thriller. The third act sort of drags on, but it held my interest even listening to it in a single 16 hour road trip session.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptions were extremely detailed.


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

    In general, she did, but many of the male characters were hard to tell apart. I found that there were a number of sections that ended in a mumble that I couldn't quite understand.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It's extremely gory, but not gratuitously.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Xythen
    SEATTLE, WA, United States
    28/10/16
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    "The narrator ruined this for me"

    The narrator sounded so weak, swallowing the ends of the words, almost bored. Maybe she was trying to sound jaded and hard? but failing. Not at all matching the fire of the protagonist. It sounded like a fun story; I wouldn't know. Couldn't finish.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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