Eight years ago, the December Plague swept through the human population of Earth. The infected were driven mad by the disease, becoming violent and cannibalistic, killing even those closest to them without hesitation.
Six years ago, the tiny surviving community of immune humans found a cure, and the infected began to wake up and realize what they'd done...and what had been done to them.
Over time, society began to rebuild itself. Now, it is ready to judge those responsible for the Plague. Nella Rider, the court psychologist, and Frank Courtlen, a defense attorney, are trying to establish the truth. But more depends on it than they know. They race to find the answers they need before the fragile remains of humanity vanish for good.
©2013 Deirdre Gould (P)2016 Deirdre Gould
The story follows the search for the truth behind the history of who started the pandemic which devastated the world's population. Two of the original medical researchers are being held in prison awaiting trial, but were they really the guilty ones? As more is uncovered by the court appointed psychiatrist, Nella, and the defence lawyer, Frank, they are launched into a race to determine what has really been happening.
This is a thriller unlike other zombie apocalypse stories in that the horror is at least theoretically mostly in the recent past. A cure had been found, and now people are having to come to terms and live on, not only with each other but with themselves. And it is not easy as memories surface of the hideous past happenings in their lives. Nella and Frank have their own demons to face - will their tentative new relationship survive them? And can they, together, unravel the mystery which seems to threaten humanity again?
Well written and narrated, I can highly recommend this unusual book to all who enjoy post apocalyptic zombie stories. My only reservation, and hence the four stars, is that the growing affections between the two main protagonists sometimes felt overplayed. But it is a small criticism of this fascinating book.
And I love the cover illustration.
It's a shame that the writer did not sell his idea to a better writer because the plot had promise. For those of us who like the genre, it seemed like a different take. Alas, the writing was so poor and the dialogue so insipid that I could not make it to the end--even when I was trying to force myself just to see if the silly storyline (with the ridiculous, one-dimensional characters) went anywhere. Finally gave up with 1 hour and 22 minutes remaining. The narrator does not help. My recommendation is to avoid this. There so much better out there.
This is the first zombie apocalypse book that I have ever read that had a cure and what happened afterward. It was awesome! The narrator was excellent! A must read!
"One of the BEST Zombie Stories out There"
The experience of the narrator's voice (Miles Taber) gives this story a wonderful depth. He sounds like a born story-teller. Pausing just right, for the right amounts of time - he made me wish to listen to this story indefinitely. Excellent choice to narrate this book. ----------- Taking a zombie event to the next level - finding a 'cure' - was truly a mind blowing event. This book is an incredibly well thought out story about the aftermath of horrors beyond imagination. Deirdre Gould had me shaking in my socks. If prone to nightmares I would have been afraid to go to sleep. It was everything ANYONE could ever want out of a Zombie book - and more.
"Good story....robotic narration"
Pretty good story. Interesting take on the idea of a zombie apocalypse. Likable characters that made me want to keep listening. However, the stiff, robotic delivery of the narrator was sometimes distracting. At times when the characters should be passionate or very emotional, he just read it straight. It wasn't enough to make me stop listening, but it was definitely enough to take me out of the story.
"Better Than I Thought At First"
This isn't the best book I've ever read or listened to, but, it is so much better than many in terms of character development. Overall, I think this book is good and deserves to be read even though the narrator is a little lacking.
"After the Cure Audio Book Review"
Yes, but only to a selected few. I would recommend to readers of apocalyptic-type books who like and believe in the legal system/court process.
The narrator's natural voice is very easy to listen to. I personally didn't care for his other voice characterizations.
I was given a free copy of this audio book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you for the opportunity, Ms. Gould!
This book would an excellent story line for a television series. If I were the author I would submit it .
"A different take on the zombie apocalypse."
This book was refreshing because it takes place years after the infection and when people have been cured and how life is moving on after that. It's a different perspective on how the world would work after an outbreak of infection turning most of us into zombies. It deals with prejudice and crime and drama in a new, difficult world.
"Do they have Zombie Anonymous meetings now?"
Fresh take on a familiar tale - sure there is a virus that turns humankind into walking, mumbling zombies, but this time it's curable. I'm generally not a fan of cozy mysteries and this was the cozy mystery version of a zombie story, but it was workable. What surprised me the most was that this is the first book in a long series - it had enough closure to be a standalone book and I don't see an obvious next step for the plot.
My biggest complaint was the narrator. There were times I swore the doctor's name was Nella. Other times, it sounded like Noah. Or Nolla.
"Great idea & great book!"
Great read! So nice to read a zombie/ plague story that has a cure! I would read another book by this author.
The humanity of the character was beautiful. Nella's ability to love & forgive and make others do the same was refreshing. Frank was a great character as well.
Narrator was great. Did all of the voices & accents very well.
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