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Virals | [Kathy Reichs]

Virals

Fourteen-year-old Tory Brennan is as fascinated by bones and dead bodies as her famous aunt, acclaimed forensic anthropologist, Tempe Brennan. However living on a secluded island off Charleston in South Carolina there is not much opportunity to put her knowledge to the test. Until her and her ragbag group of technophile friends stumble across a shallow grave containing the remains of a girl who has been missing for over thirty years.
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Publisher's Summary

Fourteen-year-old Tory Brennan is as fascinated by bones and dead bodies as her famous aunt, acclaimed forensic anthropologist, Tempe Brennan. However living on a secluded island off Charleston in South Carolina there is not much opportunity to put her knowledge to the test. Until her and her ragbag group of technophile friends stumble across a shallow grave containing the remains of a girl who has been missing for over thirty years.

The question is, did whoever was responsible for the girl's death have anything to do with the sick puppy they rescued from a secret laboratory on the same island? With the cold-case murder suddenly hot, Tory realises that they are involved in something fatally dangerous. But events take a turn for the bizarre when they escape some would-be attackers by using physical powers more akin to a dog than a human... Could the puppy hold the key not only to the murder, but also the strange changes that are taking place in their bodies?

©2010 Brennan NextGen, LLC. (P)2013 Random House AudioGo

What the Critics Say

"If you like Bones, you'll love Virals." (James Patterson)

"Kathy Reichs gets it dead right with sharp writing and a plot that throws a bunch of very real teens into a deadly adult world ... I loved it and I'm sure fans of Alex Rider will love it too" (Anthony Horowitz)

"Mystery ... fantasy ... science ... and heart-stopping action - this book is DANGEROUS. After I read Tory Brennan's first adventure, I wanted more, more, MORE!" (R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps)

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    "Got this for my son who likes crime / detective"
    If you could sum up Virals in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting,


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's the famous 5 all grown up!!


    What about Cristin Milioti’s performance did you like?

    Good narration


    Any additional comments?

    Great for a younger audience, got this for my 10 year old son! But bought the hard copy to try and encourage to read more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Crackdown 03/10/2013
    Crackdown 03/10/2013
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    "And here we meet the Virals"

    This book is the first in the series that introduces us to the adventures of Tory Brennan and the Viral's pack.

    Although written for the younger audience, if you like a bit of fantasy writing then this has a lot to keep the adult reader entertained as well. Also a great narrator who does the job extremely well. Top marks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandra Brewis South East 08/07/2013
    Alexandra Brewis South East 08/07/2013 Member Since 2006

    A fan of a wide range of genre - but specifically Murder mystery and period crime.

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    "Virals - Good - but not what I was expecting"
    What made the experience of listening to Virals the most enjoyable?

    This is undoubtedly a good story, although not a gritty or dark as Reich's regular characters. Instead of falling into the comfortable set of characters, Reich seems to opt for an entrance into what feel a little like teen fiction - at least with teens as the main characters. This concept is still better than sparkly vampires, but feels like the same genre


    What did you like best about this story?

    Compelling read, enjoyable characters, interesting plot line. Luckly I like Sci-fi or this might have been a surprise


    What about Cristin Milioti’s performance did you like?

    Well voiced and differentiated voices.


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

    I mostly felt surprised of the Sci-fi element of this novel.


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    Amazon Customer Churchstoke, Powys United Kingdom 17/04/2013
    Amazon Customer Churchstoke, Powys United Kingdom 17/04/2013
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    "adventures for teenagers"

    Modern and quirky this novel has humour wit and adventure.If any people have a memory of ENID BLYTON and her secret seven and famous five stories you can perhaps compare the modern day Kathy Reichs to her with teen speak and todays culture very much to the core , It is a fantasy that is sharp and fast ENJOYABLY refreshing from vampires

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    "Exaggerated cliché writing."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Intelligent writing without relying an exaggerated cliché would help


    What was most disappointing about Kathy Reichs’s story?

    Anger shot through my veins like the Incredible Hulk, Kathy Reichs wrote—and I gagged turned the uncompleted book off and dumped it in the trash bin.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator did well with the dreadful writing.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I cannot stand cliché writing as bad as this:
    Anger shot through my veins like the Incredible Hulka


    Any additional comments?

    I regret wasting my money on such dreadful writing.

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