Scientists attempted to find a cure for addiction. They failed.
Dr. Everett Berning, a leading researcher into the causes of addiction in the brain, spent 10 years of his life dedicated to one thing: finding the cure. Recruited after a strange encounter with the enigmatic Dr. Roberta Flint, director of research on Code Name: Rememdium, Dr. Berning is sent to work in a secret lab as part of the research team.
When the moment the scientists waited on for years arrives, Dr. Flint and her team are ecstatic.
Unfortunately, not everyone in the world feels the same way.
Benito San Nicholas isn't ready to give up his lucrative business. When the news of a cure arrives on his doorstep from a crooked informant, Benito enlists the help of other drug lords from around the world to stop the cure from hitting the streets and destroying their livelihoods.
What happens next ends up uniting the globe - just not the way society ever intended or hoped.
©2016 Ashley Fontainne (P)2016 Ashley Fontainne
Since a fairly full introductory synopsis has already been given and this is a book best heard with no preconceptions, no further storyline will be revealed here. Sufficient to say, a 'cure' does not necessarily deliver an anticipated result...
Ashley Fontainne has a pleasantly direct writing style, with short, crisp sentences heavily interspersed with dialogue. She brings an immediacy to the characters and storyline which draws the reader/ listener in to the action, thus making what could be ridiculous feel almost plausible. Yes, this is a story which even suspended disbelief cannot quite make real. And yet, even after a considerable time lapse and a number of other books later, several of the scenes from Tainted Cure, remain with me, as fresh and vibrant as they were when first encountered.
This is a very visual book, fast paced, often violent, sometimes funny,with a myriad of characters. Although not fully rounded three dimensional people, her protagonists all shine with brightly distinct personalities even when their appearances are brief. This is a story to fall into, not to think about too deeply.
A special mention must be made of the narrator, Rebecca Roberts, whose voice seems to perfectly fit the story (despite my initial reservations). Her calm delivery enhances the fast action of the book.
This book is not perfect. There are inconsistencies and as previously mentioned, a great dollop of suspended disbelief has to be applied. But it is a well written, fun listen and, as such, recommended.
I received a copy of this book for review from the author via Audiobook Boom on the understanding that I would return and post an honest opinion.
"How awful that someone has to ruin a cure."
This could have been a great book if it went on a little longer. Telling you what happens in the long run. The performance was good but the story was a little weak.
This is an audio book for fans of action, adventure and just a fantastic read then you must pick up this book! I can't wait for book 2 to see what happens
I first read this in eBook format and loved it! Fontainne is a master of plot twists and multiple, impressively fleshed out characters. In this first foray into Apocalypse thrillers, she continues to amaze me. Roberts narrates with amazing talent, so how could I resist buying the audio book as well?
The story is largely centered around the zombie outbreak, but also features a documentation of the horrors of drug addiction, the power of love, and the importance of emergency preparation (both personally and regionally). There is some really meaty gore, but it doesn't override the story. Great book overall, and well narrated.
"an imaginative new series"
Imagine scientists would find a cure for drug addiction. Many people could benefit and many would welcome this development. But then imagine the reaction of those who make a living from producing and selling drugs, those who have a stake in keeping people addicted. Imagine the drug got in the wrong hands and was altered with catastrophic consequences that would affect all of humankind.
With Tainted Cure, Ashley Fontainne has created an imaginative new series, one that is totally different from those books of hers that I have read before. While the zombie / dystopian genre isn't something that I would usually pick up, I had to give this a go when I saw it once again combined Fontainne's writing with Rebecca Roberts' narrating. I'm so glad I did.
Tainted Cure is an exciting and suspenseful thriller that is full of the Fontainne-typical characters which you root for and sympathize with. Despite the blood and Zombie gore, there is still the distinctive humor (loved the Walmart bit) and the characteristic twists and turns and complete surprises. The story line about Benito's fiancée was freaking fantastic!
This is the sort of story you really want to go into without having read too much about the content. So I won't give any more away.
As expected, the narration was excellent. Rebecca Roberts creates believable male voices and the distinct variation between all the characters makes for easy and very pleasant listening. She always makes the story come to life. There were no issues with the quality of the production.
Definitely another success for Ashley Fontainne and highly recommended even if you are not into Zombies and apocalyptic stories. Looking forward to part two, Tainted Reality, which will be released this month.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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"I WASN'T EXPECTING A ZOMPOCALYPSE!!!!!!!!!!!"
I would, because I liked it!
It wasn't what I was expecting at all...and I was very pleasantly surprised... apocalyptic stuff is my fave!!!
There are a ton of good characters in this story...and Rebecca portrayed them all flawlessly...I guess if I had to pick I would say Regina!
This would be a good movie!
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **
This was an excellent story, and I cant wait to listen to book 2!! I wasn't expecting a zombie apocalypse, and was very pleased when it turned into one! While trying to create a cure for addiction, things turn strange, and fall into the very wrong hands...greed causes things to escalate fast, and before you know it...FULL OUT APOCALYPTIC CONDITIONS! People are coming back from the dead and eating each other, quarantines are going into effect and the military are being cruel and brutal!
GREAT STORY AND NARRATION, I LOVED IT!!!!!
Excellent story by Ashley Fontainne and I loved the narration by Rebecca Roberts. It's not just another zombie story. This story stars before the breakout and explains how it happened. Greed is the cause of the outbreak. Can't wait for book 2 to see if they can cure the problem.
"Need to cure the cure"
I wasn't sure about this book at first but than it got some action drugs murder underground hiding. It was far fetched beyond believable but I did enjoy it.
I didn't read the synopsis before listening, this story took a turn I was totally not expecting. a little out there for me, I don't normally like these kinds of books, but it was entertaining and enjoyable. the narration was great and the writing was good.
"Amazing! Loved It!"
The book was action packed! Rebecca Roberts Narration was Captivating and flawless as Usual, a Perfect 10!
I enjoyed the story and the narrator and I can't wait for the next one. Great job guys. What I liked is that it is a disaster story with the explanation of how and why we did not have to wait for it to be explained and that made it enjoyable.
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