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The Enigma Strain Audiobook

The Enigma Strain: Harvey Bennett Thrillers, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

When a bomb goes off at Yellowstone National Park, threatening the stability of the world's largest active volcano, the reclusive park ranger Harvey "Ben" Bennett is startled to realize that the blast itself wasn't the only threat: the bomb released a virus into the air, and the outbreak is beginning to infect and kill more and more people.

Ben teams up with Juliette Richardson, a driven CDC agent working inside the newly-formed BTR (Biological Threat Research) team, to find the people behind the act of terrorism.

When the attacks get personal, Ben and Julie take it upon themselves to seek out and destroy the threat before it's too late.

A race across the United States, chasing terrorists, dodging bullets, and escaping the threat of a deadly virus outbreak and military apocalypse.

©2015 Turtleshell Press, Nick Thacker (P)2015 Turtleshell Press, Nick Thacker

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  • Natalie @ BookLoversLife
    23/07/15
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    "An entertaining read."
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    With Post Apocalyptic fiction being one of my favourite genres this appealed to me from the start and I was delighted to get the chance to listen to it.

    In this we follow Ben, A Yellowstone ranger and Julie, who is from the CDC. First off Ben is returning a wayward Grizzly back to where he belongs when an earthquake happens. His partner is sucked into the earth when a fissure appears and Ben is left hanging on for his life. When he gets back to the park it's to find that a bomb caused the earthquake and the place has to be evacuated. Ben finds out that at the site of the blast, an airborne virus was released and all who were there died. He partners up with Julie to see can they create an antidote for what looks like a terrorist made virus.

    This was such a fast paced and intense listen. I found myself on the edge of my seat a lot waiting to see what would happen. Ben and Julie were both great characters and were easily likable. The plot flowed along and was quite scary because it could happen. We all have fear that a virus could be released so it was scary reading this.

    The setting is another plus, for me anyway. I've always loved reading books set in Yellowstone both because of the stunning scenery it portrays and the fact that there is a super volcano there. It made the scenario that much more believable.

    Anyway, this was awesome and I can't wait for more from these characters. It grabbed me from the start and kept my attention the whole way through. I thoroughly enjoyed the read!!

    Mike Vendetti was amazing. He drew the tension of the book out and made it come alive. He had a lot of characters to portray and did a great job of distinguishing each. It came across that he enjoyed recording the story and it showed. I will definitely check out more by him.

    * I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review from Audio Book Blast. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Robin
    San Antonio, Texas, United States
    02/11/15
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    "Appocalypse Mystery!"

    Loner park ranger and female CDC worker strive to stop an apocalyptic virus and an explosion that will trigger the Yellowstone super volcano. In a way this was like the early Robert Ludlum books in that whoever the protagonist feels he can depend on turns on him and whatever plan he comes up with is countered. Slow start but a good read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • anne
    Phoenix, AZ, United States
    05/08/15
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    "I WAS SO BORED!"
    What did you like best about The Enigma Strain? What did you like least?

    The premise, is interesting....but the execution of it...super yawn!


    If you’ve listened to books by Nick Thacker before, how does this one compare?

    I have not, and I probably wont...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Julie's rescue from the hospital...maybe not so much of a rescue as an escape...


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It might make a good one...things interpret differently to the big screen!


    Any additional comments?

    ** I was given a free copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review **

    I wanted to like this, I like the idea of it...but it was so boring...it was a slow starter, midler, and ender....I kept waiting for it to get better...but sadly it did not...A bomb goes off at Yellowstone and a virus is spread...Ben a park ranger, and Julie a CDC employee unite forces to try and get to the bottom of this mysterious disease and save some lives...really boring, a few ok parts...narrator is ok, I would listen to him again...but he needs to spice it up a bit...he reminds me of one of those guys that announces golf games on tv...I got sleepy!

    Thank You, Audiobookblast(dot)com

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Todd (Toad) Vogel
    30/06/15
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    "Good Story"

    I loved the story but the reader was boring. Sounded like he was half asleep at times which almost made me nod off. Excellent job for the writer though. I'd definitely listen to more of his work if read by a different person.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • AudioBook Reviewer
    Madison, WI, United States
    15/10/15
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    "The tension builds throughout the story until..."

    In 1704 a Russina mapping team in North America discovers a cave filled with human bones. Within a day the Russian team are all dead.

    Present day, a bomb explodes in Yellowstone Park, within days many of the park employes are sick. Harvey “Ben” Bennett is a park ranger at Yellowstone National Park.He is 32 and mostly a loner. He heard the explosion and was in the earth tremor that followed. His partner was killed by the quake.

    Julie Richardson from CDC, BTR (Biological Threat Research), is interviewing Ben in the cafeteria when excited personnel rush in with a sick man. Julie and Ben leave by the back door and head to her truck. Julie knows the sick man could be contagious. She’s right.

    Introverted Ben and extroverted Julie make for an unusual team. I really liked the way they played off each other. Glimpses into Ben’s past explain why he is the way he is. When the chips are down he comes through.

    This is one thrilling book. The back stories that give insight into the origin of the virus are right on. It’s not hard to believe Russian explorers were here in the early days or that their remains were found by students and taken by a big Drug Corp. I already knew that Yellowstone was a volcano. I’ve been there and seen it. Not hard to imagine what would happen if a bomb really did explode there.
    The tension builds throughout the story until the very end and it is an adrenaline rush. I want more of Ben, but it will be hard to come up with something to beat this novel for suspense, action, and thrills.

    Mike Vendetti is the narrator and he did a splendid job of it. His reading was clear and concise, very well done. I could listen to him for hours, in fact I did. Production was perfect. No jumps, skips, or static. A perfect rendition.
    The book cover was colorful and well done. Symbolic.

    Audiobook provided for review by the author.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    10 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Lori P.
    24/09/16
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    "Kind of boring and predictable story line."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending. Author tried too hard, to make it exciting, but it was just totally unrealistic.


    Has The Enigma Strain turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. This is my all time FAVOIRITE genre. I have read many amazing books in this genre.


    Which character – as performed by Mike Vendetti – was your favorite?

    None, really


    Do you think The Enigma Strain needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Bergquist
    San Simon, Arizona USA
    30/08/16
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    "Nice vacation read for summer time!"

    Great vacation read especially when visiting a National Park with hot spots like Yellow Stone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Eagle, ID United States
    28/07/16
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    "need to suspend disbelief"

    not a bad story though the medical premise is shaky.This narrator not my favorite; speaks too fast and slurs words, awkward phrasing and some mispronunciations

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Randy L Moore
    07/06/16
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    "not enjoyed"

    struggled to finish b b b n bb bb b b b BBB b b

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonnie L. Anderson
    SWFL
    12/03/16
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    "Narrator is horrible"
    Would you try another book from Nick Thacker and/or Mike Vendetti?

    Nick Thacker maybe
    Mike Vendetti, no way


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not sure


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mike Vendetti’s performances?

    not a chance


    Any additional comments?

    returning it, I couldn't tell when a character was talking who it was

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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