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Infection: A Pandemic Survival Novel Audiobook

Infection: A Pandemic Survival Novel: Sympatico Syndrome, Book 1

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What started as a flu outbreak on a military base proves deadlier than Ebola and more contagious than the Spanish Flu. Sympatico Syndrome is unlike anything the world has ever seen. Victims' behavior is changing to accommodate the rapid spread of the virus.

Former Navy epidemiologist Cole Evans is well aware of the rare, infectious diseases the military studies. He also knows, first-hand, the government's stance on sharing information with the public, so if the media has already learned about the disease, then it's far too late to contain the outbreak.

Cole's only chance to save his family is to establish a safe haven. Isolated, hard to reach, and with enough space for his brother's family as well, he has the perfect location - if only they can all reach it before they're infected.

©2016 M.P. McDonald (P)2016 M.P. McDonald

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  • Brian
    Niagara Falls, NY
    06/01/17
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    "A tale of survival against all odds"

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Infection was an enjoyable read. It definitely tugged at my heartstrings numerous times and made me feel things for the characters. Not every book can do that, and to be honest, very few books I've read recently really make me feel something for the main characters. The last one I can think of was The Martian, but that book is easily the best book I've read in a long time.

    Infection takes place during and after a pandemic level infection takes over the population of the world. The people are seemingly fine, but just want to party. Unfortunately, this incessant need to party is also the quickest and easiest way to spread the disease. These infected people party until they drop -- literally. They drop dead after a while at an alarming rate -- 98% infection/death ratio.

    The narration of Infection was done by Scott Berrier who has a deep and booming voice. Sometimes I thought it was a little too deep and dark, and at other times it was perfect. I ended up really enjoying his narration and will listen to more books narrated by him.

    McDonald does a great job with character building. The main characters all had their quirks, but that made the story interesting. I felt like each one of them at any time could succumb to the infection at any moment. Which really made for a wild ride.

    This wasn't as much about the virus as I'd hoped it would be, but the incredible story really made it still an enjoyable book. I'm genuinely curious what will happen in the next book if/when McDonald writes one.

    Overall, Infection had a little bit of everything. Bio-Thriller readers will enjoy a different virus than I've ever read. Thriller writers will enjoy the traveling and unknowns around every corner. And good fiction lovers will love the interactions and characters in Infection.

    I received this book as a gift, this has not affected my review in any way.

    If you enjoyed my review, please vote for it. If you'd like to see more like it, you can check out BriansBookBlog DOT com.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    02/01/17
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    "Well worth the time"

    Read a lot of books in the genre, and this is a good one. I look forward to the next book. Not so impressed with the narrator though of the audiobook.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • jey cee
    03/06/17
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    "Infection"
    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    'Infection' is intense, with a story line that reflects life that we fear will come to pass. I'm torn between listening it all at once, or stopping during the intense scenes just to catch my breath. I always feel a sense of loss after finishing books of this genre.
    I received a free copy of the audiobook in exchange of my review.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Ontario Canada
    07/03/17
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    "if the world is going to end this is how."

    I was provided a free copy of this book by the narrator for review.

    I really enjoyed this book. Now I will have to purchase the sequel to it.

    I can only imagine that if the world is ever going to end, it would be this way.
    The story is great and so well written.
    The narration was excellent as well.

    I would certainly read/listen to more from this author and narrator as well as recommend to others.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mike Naka
    VA
    08/07/17
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    "avoid like the plague"
    Any additional comments?

    the story started out promising...a call from a colleague about a virus escaping from an isolated military lab, a son away at college, a younger brother with a family...i waited and waited for some action, but it was mostly developing the characters and the plot. the world is unraveling, but there's no drama, no tension to it.

    the main character is a retired naval epidemiologist and describes what is going to happen. there's a sense of urgency to get things done, but you never feel it in the seat of your pants.the main character, cole, hints that the infected may become zombies, like the experimental rats did, but those infected just become social and want to party before suddenly dying in mass. so you're then thinking alright, here comes the real fear and action, but no, they just stay dead, and before you know it, 30 days have passed since people started dying, which leads me to the pacing. at first, the story focuses and spends a lot of time on the first few days and hours. then time is sped up, and we catch up with characters a few days later.

    everything is a little too easy for the characters. you don't really feel any sense of danger, tension, or impending doom either from the writer or narrator. my only recollection from the narrator was his deep voice and his slow, even reading, even during action scenes.speaking of action, there is no action, no running and fighting for their lives. they just kind of plod along, getting things done w/o any problems

    i don't mind character driven stories, but these characters are cardboard cut outs, predictable, and not very interesting.the story is slow, predictable, and not very interesting. so why did i listen to the whole thing? am i a glutton for punishment? no, i almost always listen to an entire book. i like to give an author a chance. plus, i kept hoping the zombies would show up, but maybe in book 2 since it's supposed to be a series, but that wouldn't make sense.

    so if you're looking for zombies, then skip...a pandemic threatening and ending the world or a character driven story, there are more much better. i can't believe there are 90+ reviews and a 4+ star rating! let me save you some time...don't get suckered like me!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Cycletrash
    01/05/17
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    "I Liked It!"
    If you could sum up Infection: A Pandemic Survival Novel in three words, what would they be?

    I Liked It


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Infection: A Pandemic Survival Novel?

    Can't say it here, it would be a spoiler...


    Which character – as performed by Scott Berrier – was your favorite?

    Cole


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Pretty much.


    Any additional comments?

    I was provided this free review copy audio book by the author.” I enjoyed this book very much. As stated in some other reviews, the disease was interestingly different. The character development was very good in this book and consistent. The story bounced around to different people at different times but was done at a pace that was not confusing and blended in perfectly to the story line and progression. It was presented in a manner that is believable and made you believe it could happen and would/could progress as written. And, one of the most important features for e-books and audio books these days is that this book had an ending. There was no cliff hanger that made you go, what the heck. But it did whet the appetite for additional knowledge as to what could happen to the people in the story if it were to continue...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Platypire Bob
    TX, USA
    08/03/17
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    "Bob @ Platypire Reviews"

    *I received an audio copy of this book to be honestly reviewed*

    I'm not finished with this book yet, but since I can't seem to force any words to appear past "the end", I suppose I have to give up and just write a review.

    There was a lot to love about this book. First of all, a whole new disease, unique to every other infectious disease book I've ever read, made this a fresh idea, something wholly new to me, which is always awesome. The characters were well written, some with heart breaking backgrounds, some having their heartbreak played out before our eyes, and, I suspect, more heartbreak to come? That was another thing: not all of the tragedy was distant. Some of it was up close and personal.

    I really enjoyed that, while they do have a safe place to go, the characters are not immediately experts at what what to do or what they might need, in an apocalyptic event. While they have a basic knowledge of survival, as most do now, they are learning as they go, knowing they'll have to in order to make it.

    Really well written and well paced. It follows more than one character, but I never got confused about through whose eyes I was seeing, as sometimes happens with multiple POV.

    The narrator has a deep and pleasant voice and a steady pace, though at times I felt like he wasn't familiar with the book. Nothing to take me out of the experience, though.

    I can't wait for more!

    Bob says: 5 Platypires!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tiffany
    Bellevue, NE United States
    28/02/17
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    "Infection"
    Any additional comments?

    A little long. Not as much action as I expected. Still liked the story. The narrator's performance was solid. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Day at the gym
    27/01/17
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    "Book 2, I'm on my way"
    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Berrier?

    His voice is very prominent and does well with serious books, probably political thrillers as well. I did not like how fast the narration went to new chapters and switching scenes without more pause.


    Do you think Infection: A Pandemic Survival Novel needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    YES! I wanted to hear how and if they got the animals, how things settled and how they handled the next 6 months. Basically this follow-up would give an idea how doomsday preppers would set up camp and move forward after something devastating like this.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not like how abrupt the ending came. When the narrator said, "The End", I thought, "Seriously?".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Melanie Warman
    Portsmouth, Ohio United States
    12/01/17
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    "Poor narration."

    I liked the storyline, the characters and the progression. But the narrator did a poor job and I found it distracting. He has a nice deep voice but not much modulation. Additionally the was the "accent". I don't know quite how to describe it, maybe Valley Boy? Words with o's were drawn out oooo's. Silly and affected-sounding. Continue the series but get a new narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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