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Epidemic

Kendall, Book 3
By: John Holt
Narrated by: Mark Sando
Series: Kendall, Book 3
Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
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Summary

Tom Kendall, a down-to-earth private detective, is asked to investigate the death of a young newspaper reporter. The evidence shows quite clearly that it was an accident: a simple, dreadful accident. That is the finding of the coroner and the local police. Furthermore, there were two witnesses. They saw the whole thing. But was it an accident, or was it something more sinister? Against a backdrop of a viral epidemic slowly spreading from Central America, a simple case soon places Kendall up against one of the largest drug companies in the country.

Although a standalone novel, it is also the third in a series featuring Tom Kendall, private detective.

©2013 John Holt (P)2018 John Holt

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Book 3

I was totally into the storyline once the first murder happened to cover up the origin of the epidemic. I loved the relationship between Kendall and Mollie. It reminded me of the old Perry Mason episodes. Kendall h reminded me of the old Columbo episodes.

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A few loose ends to tie up.

Tom Kendall is a laid back private eye who'd rather be eating than sleuthing. Fortunately, his secretary, Mollie, is determined to keep him healthy not only by controlling, to a deree, his food intake and making him exercise but also by ensuring he actually take on cases. So when Kendall is approached by the mother and brother of journalist, Richard Dawson, who had recently died from a brutal head injury, it is Mollie who is adamant he look into the pronounced accidental death believed by them to be a murder.Set against the background of a new strain of inf!uenza, the Rican virus, which is spiralling the worl, Kendall reluctantly begins his investigations and uncovers coincidences - he never liked coincidences - which lead him to believe that mother and brother just might have been right after all. Just as Mollie had insisted.

Told mostly from Tom's perspective, the reader rides inside the detective's head as he maintains an inner monologue , questioning himself and the actions of others, 'Wouldn't she?' and, 'Didn't they?' which make him feel very human. His husband and wife interaction with his sensible secretary also make them both come alive as, Columbo-like, Tom asks his questions. Interleaved with the detective work are news headlines detailing the pathway of the ever expanding new 'flu virus, quoting numbers and countries in a straight forward way.

Both of the two main protagonists - sharp as a button, Maggie and her lazy but, once roused, determined P.I.boss, are wonderfully characterized and the reader is not excluded from any of the conversations between Tom and his interviewees. Narrator, Mark Sando, has the perfect lagubrious easy reading style to further capture Tom's personality; pleasantly voiced and with good intonation, he is a pleasure to hear.

I very much enjoyed this book, both story line and, especially, the protagonists. My only somewhat cynical reservation was the niggling voice as the back of my head which kept doubting that countries and the World Health Organization would ever react so efficiently against a flu like infectious illness which not only travels slowly through the public but also kills only a small proportion of those who contract it. Newspapers of course, will headline anything.

Epidemic is a slow burn, methodical detective story with more interest in people than action. Simply delicious. And recommended.

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A Good Story In Need of an Editor

The plot, a virus let loose by a greedy pharmaceutical company, is certainly one for our times, although the process of drug R&D, as depicted here, is somewhat compressed to suit the narrative. The central character, a reporter, spends much time drumming his fingers on tables and mumbling as on moving the plot along. Not enough thinking is allowed for the reader to do as information and clues are repeated time and again. A potentially interesting crime story let down by not enough editing and respect for the readers intelligence.

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  • Susan Patterson
  • 16-06-19

It started out as a simple case!

The clues take you further into dark and sinister places.

Mark Sando did a good job narrating.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • patricia sterlin
  • 21-01-19

flu epidemic

a mother and son ask Kendall and Molly to investigate the death of her reporter son. everyone is saying it was an accident. she says it was murder. kendall takes the case, still believing it was an accident. the more he digs into the case, the more it becomes clear it was a case of murder.

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  • chieftwidgit
  • 19-01-19

An epidemic runs wild

This book involved an epidemic on an island.

The book did not keep my attention and I failed to complete it.

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  • Leticia Crow
  • 15-01-19

A wonderful murder mystery

I had so much fun listening to this book as the main character a P.I. tries to solve and prove the murder of a young reporter everybody insists died accidentally. The entire story had my full attention! I couldnt put it down! the narration was a perfect choice the book and really helped to bring it to life. I would definately reccommend it to any mysyery lover!

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  • D. Sturgeon
  • 08-01-19

Mystery story extraordinaire!

This extremely well written and narrated tale will keep you listening till the very end. I must say that it was a very enjoyable experience.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 05-01-19

mesmerizing

a wonderful book like always this author never cease to surprise me the book was fantastic so well-written so captivating even the harsh moments and you had a lot of them were so so well described I adored this book very much it isn't an easy one but it's a very very good book

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  • Michael Parker
  • 26-12-18

Enjoyed the book!

The story is entertaining and has an interesting take on big pharma, and epidemics. Wrapped nicely around a who-dunnit. With that being said there are times when the characters seem overly dense, and ramble on a bit to much. Even with those draw backs, I did enjoy the book, it kept me entertained on a very long drive.

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  • Natalia Martinez
  • 10-12-18

A fun read.

I enjoyed this book. I have not read the first two but this one was good. I plan to listen to the other two.

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  • Taj-Marie Lingofelter
  • 03-12-18

Better

This one is better than the first 2. Though not completely believable it is good. It still drags on. Sometimes I was frustrated and wanted things to move along.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-08-18

Listening to it is VERY painful

The story is ok, I am not sure which is worse the way it was written or the narrator.....I still have 5 more hours to go and I am not sure I will make it......I LOVE to read and VERY rarely give up on a book, but this is just painful.... If there were 0 stars I had given them.....