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A stunning stand-alone thriller from the leading crime writer in South Africa, author of the best-selling Benny Griessel series.

I want to tell you about my father's murder. I want to tell you who killed him and why. This is the story of my life. And the story of your life and your world, too, as you will see.

Nico Storm and his father drive across a desolate South Africa, constantly alert for feral dogs, motorcycle gangs, nuclear contamination. They are among the few survivors of a virus that has killed most of the world's population. Young as he is, Nico realises that his superb marksmanship and cool head mean he is destined to be his father's protector.

But Willem Storm, though not a fighter, is a man with a vision. He is searching for a place that can become a refuge, a beacon of light and hope in a dark and hopeless world, a community that survivors will rebuild from the ruins. And so Amanzi is born.

Fever is the epic, searing story of a group of people determined to carve a city out of chaos.

©2017 Deon Meyer (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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"Reminiscent of The Stand and The Passage. Great stuff." (Stephen King)

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An enthralling story

This is a totally enthralling story, wonderfully written and narrated. Deon Mayer brings his characters alive so well.

I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a well-written novel in which you can become absorbed into a fictional world. Do not be put off by the post-apocalyptic topic - it is not overly grim or at all futuristic.

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An outstanding book

An emotional roller coaster from South Africa's nr 1 author. Highly recommend.
The narration was high quality, keeping the listener enthralled, I actually found myself driving slower to work to extend my listening experience
I can't wait for the next instalment.



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Most gripping audiobook yet!

I loved the whole book!
I loved all the descriptions of South Africa and all the characters. Im a massive Deon Meyer fan now and will defnitely listen to the rest of his books now.
Also the reader’s accents are excellent!

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well crafted

narrator very good kept you interested all the way through great story good ending leving the door open for a follow up book

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great read

Post-apocalypse is no means my genre. But Deon Meyer is such a good writer I made an exception. It's not futuristic or fantasy, it's down-to-earth and real. How the remaining people choose to survive after most of our species is killed by a virus: What kind of societies come about, the politics, the security issues, the systems of providing basic needs. Being Meyer though, it has well-developed characters, and is fast-paced with mystery and intrigue, anguish and humour thrown in. The narrators are very good, and to a South African, authentic. Americans, who seem to have had difficulty even with Saul Reichlin, had better listen to a sample first.

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Best book I’ve “read” in years! Thanks

The narration was exquisite
The story really intriguing, well written and compulsive- I stayed awake all night listening
Well done Deon ! Thanks

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A massive grower

Felt a little jarring at first with the South African accents and the story felt a little dry. I was so wrong, a fantastic performance, riveting storyline and rich characters. Loved it.

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Great!

Enjoyed this take on a post apocalyptic world, felt more real that others - in that it has a more humanist feel. Like not everyone in that world would be a murdering savage, there are good people, trying to re-build, survive. The backdrop of South Africa gives it a distinct feeling and style, especially if you’ve ever visited. Some good twists and turns in the story that keeps the pages turning. The intricate plot is brilliantly constructed through the personal accounts/perspectives of different characters. It leaves room for interesting insight into the nature on human relationships and the difference between what we think and what we actually do! The 'internal dialogue' aspect of the chapters makes you feel like you know the characters in more depth.

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Good stuff

A brilliant tale, very well written and well narrated. Well done and thank you all.

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The best Deon Meyer yet

Superbly written - tense, beautifully described and well researched although I shouldn’t expect anything less from this author. I lived in South Africa for 11 years and visited most of the places mentioned in the book. It drew me in and took me back but my visualised visit was as though I were returning after this apocalyptic event and experiencing it for myself. The description of the terrain and main location in the book were so vivid that when I visited on Google maps it was as though I already knew the outlay.

The events of the story were truly frightening, this is the kind of thing that terrifies me, not the usual horror type fiction. It had me on the edge of my seat and desperate to know what lay ahead.

Mr Meyer’s passion for his country shines through too and he captures so many of the little details of South Africa and it’s broad range of inhabitants. It made me want to return to spend more time there again.

The narration on Audible was first class! In fact for me this was the best way to access this book. It came alive and I heard the voices of the people I lived among for many years.

I am sure I will listen again as it takes me on a geographical joy ride that brings the people and places of South Africa alive. It is far more than just a good story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-05-20

This is a SUPER great book, I recommend it!

I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a gritty, well written book.

The narrator does a superb imitation of the characters, leaving me to remember every main and sub character, long after listening to the story. The story itself is excellent for a reader looking for a dark, harsh, gritty and well written narrative that captivates and yet, disturbs the reader in just the right ways. it doesn't glorify on the disturbing factor and more does so subtlety and leaves some of the events to the imagination. now the book is very serious and quite frankly, very sad at some points, but the story knows when to be fun and enjoyable, and not overebdulge on violence, gore and sex; stuff like that would ruin the story, luckily, this book has just the right amount to keep you on edge (Disclaimer: There's no sex in this book, thankfully). If you want a story that shows the horrors, and the cruelty of a Post-apocalyptic world, this is the book for you. It's also pretty relevant to our today's Covid-19 but the virus is ramped up to a more catastrophic level. The characters are memorable, well voiced and very different from one another, that actually feel like they were written by different people; They feel real; the while story feels like this has actually happened, and could happen at anytime. This book incorporates fear by giving you the idea that anything can happen at anytime. It's a masterpiece, through and through. Props to Deon Meyer, the author and the narrator Jennifer Woodburn. Absolutely worth the price tag! I can't recommend this book enough; listen to the sample first, and you'll see what I mean. It feels way more believable than the other wasteland books I've read, that feel too much like fiction, than fact. Excellent work on this book Deon, Peter and Jennifer!

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  • Pieter
  • 30-04-20

Sensational

Amazing story with a good couple of twists and a great ending. I will read or listen to the rest of his works.

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  • Bruce Barker
  • 29-03-20

Uncannily appropriate

I listened to this as COVID-19 broke. It’s gripping. It pushes any number of buttons. Brilliant.

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  • Marilyn Peters
  • 30-01-20

Fever

Terrific narrators, particularly Jennifer Woodburn. Found some of the accents from Peter Nobleunbearable however.
This is a magnificent work from Deon Meyer and will undoubtedly make it to the big screen.

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  • Gail
  • 13-01-20

Fabulous book!

This might be one of the best books I have read in a long long time if not ever. Make no mistake it’s long! But wow. What a fabulous story line, great characters and a wonderful world that Meyer created. Love love love

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  • Emmerentia
  • 06-08-19

Very realistic view on an apocalyptic world

Enjoyed it tremendously. Drove through the area with the book as soundtrack, which provided for a very relatable experience. Found the lack of certain goods and survices the survivors experienced to be very creative on the author's side. The ending was a bit of a let down.

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  • KiwiMax
  • 19-06-19

Great story. Very well read.

I was born and grew up in Africa but left 30 years ago. This audiobook brought back all the wonderful and myriad accents of the the rainbow nation. The narrators were exceptional.

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  • Louise H.
  • 10-05-19

GRIPPING, FROM BEGINNING TO END

We listened to this book while doing a week long trip into the Khalahari.
My hubby and I usually have different tastes in books but for once we both agreed; this book was a wonderful listen. A great story, and the narration was fantastic.
I cannot wait for Meyer's next book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-01-19

Master piece once again.

Meyer has once again delivered a great book with the usual twists and turns that is never foreseeable. Never disappointing. A must read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-10-18

Awesome book!

Loved every second of the buildup of the next big thing that is going to happen!