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The China Pandemic

Graham's Resolution, Book 1
Narrated by: Darriel Driml
Series: Graham's Resolution, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
4 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Summary

What the world dreads most has happened because of a mutated avian bird flu (H5N1) pandemic. It has ravaged the globe. Only 2% of the population has survived. A dying mother knows that her young child is among the few remaining immune to the virus. What will she do to ensure his survival before her own coming tragic death?

Meanwhile, Graham has buried his last remaining family member. Following his father's advice to make it to the family cabin, he meets with triumph and tragedy; learning new rules along the way. Just when he thinks he's finally got a handle on this new world, he's taken by surprise, as he learns he's not alone. A hidden yet vulnerable community of Preppers are nearby. Will he find the strength to escape these dangers and go on living? And more importantly, will he have the ability to protect those he's come to trust?

©2013 Annette Rachelle Shaw (P)2014 Annette Rachelle Shaw

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Good beginning

It was advertised as a post-apocalyptic medical thriller. It was interesting to read about a purposeful community of preppers. I like the characters and yes, it was somewhat slow at times, but I liked the time that was devoted to story development. I am definitely reading the rest of the series!

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Very very very disappointed with this book.

How this book made it to publication and then to audio book I will never know much less understand.
A five year old boy is given to a survivor of the pandemic and they go to hide for the winter in a cabin. That sentence takes eight chapters in the book. Two dogs get killed as the main action. The rest of the time is the dilemma of which bikes they will take, one is pink not a good colour for a boy even during a pandemic. That is the level of this literature (and I call it literature to be sarcastic).
Then you have the narrator; at first I thought he was terrible, then I realized that it was the sound of a man having his spirit crushed by a horrible task.
The editors and producers of this book should be ashamed to sell something so below standard,
This is my first one star in 12 years.

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great read

great read with a great plot and very 3d characters that the writer let's us attach too. Didn't want to put the book down due to anticipations. Unlike most books and I listen to a lot on audio, 2 things let this down. one was the voice narrator who had a fairly flat tone throughout and seemed to lack intonation where you knew characters would have had it and it often ruined it a little for me. it ruined the characters at times and their effect. The writer who had been doing g so well let us down at times making reference to thoughts of characters which they would never have known. Graham would not have known what had happened before he arrived and the writer causes the reader to lose faith and say HEY HOW WOULD HE HAVE KNOWN THAT! this happened often and throughout. The ending was a real diapsapponyment as it jumped and skipped scenes that the reader wanted to access. as if the ending was suddenly rushed. this was a real let down at the end and out me off buying through next book but who knows.

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  • Keith LaDue
  • 04-04-18

First-rate book

I really liked listening to this story. The characters are great, and I'm hooked on finding how it turns out for them. I recommend this book. Now for the obligatorily: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review. And I'm damn glad A.R. Shaw let me have the Audio form of this book. Since I can't justify the expense of getting the audio format for all in the series, I'm off to Amazon to get the Kindle versions. :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-01-17

If you like post apocalyptic novels, you'll like this one.

Not a great novel, but worth the read. The story was good with a few unusual twist. It got a little stupid right at the end, But it was still fun to read.

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  • M. Bowles
  • 16-09-15

Predictable, un-entertaining and returned.

Very basic story that makes no sense, AT ALL! Not even worth a free credit. I made it through five chapters waiting for a reason to not return the selection. The most interesting story line ended after a sick nother leaves her kid with the main character. When she died so did the story.

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  • Robert Gonyea
  • 26-05-19

Mixed bag of good and bad.

Once past the jerky beginning story finds its feet and moves at a decent pace.

Needs a better editor/sounding board.
15yo girls are written like they are 11yo waifs most of the time.
5yo boy written like he should be 12+

Protagonist is borderline too stupid/naive to survive in the environment portrayed *I'll chalk it up to luck and just roll with it.

It's not horrible, but the author could have used some constructive guidance in the early drafts.

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  • JoAnn Pine
  • 23-09-18

To say the least,

I was shocked when the book ended. I was so into it, I didn't even realize it was about to end. I was listening to the audio version. Needless to say, my next read will be China Pandemic book two. I love survival stories, and this one is certainly not run of the mill. It has everything you could want; good guys, bad guys, hunting, fishing, romance, thankfully kept to a minimum, and realism.

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  • K. B. D. W
  • 12-11-19

<br /><br /><br />Chilling

A very scary scenario of what could actually occur to day. Shows our vulnerability in being able to care for ourselves in a post pandemic world

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  • Vickii B
  • 17-07-19

Brought it alive

I loved reading this book, but Driml really brought it alive. I’ve gone from being disinterested in listening to books to listening all day long and great narrators like Driml are a good reason why!

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  • JP
  • 30-06-19

great post apocalyptic novel

Rating: 4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this novel. The characters were well developed and the author drew you into the story through the connection you felt with the characters. The author's descriptions of the scenery made it possible for me to visualize the settings and emotions the characters had. This also immersed me further into the story. I will not give any more details about the story because I do not want to give any of the story away.

The narration of this story was just OK. The narrator had a pleasant voice to listen to. However, there was no clear voice differentiation between the many characters.

There is no swearing in this book, but because of the violence, I would rate this book PG-13. I recommend this book to those who like a good post apocalyptic read.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook. My review was voluntary and my opinions were my own.

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  • Wanpakumono
  • 17-05-19

Kept my attention throughout.

This book is shorter than I usually read, but I found myself riveted throughout. I cared for the characters and was invested in their lives. I was sad when it ended.

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  • Stuart
  • 25-08-18

Good story

This is the second time around. I’m catching things I missed last time. Good and bad. Sound editing isn’t the same, but no biggie. Sometimes the reader sounds a little sick. No biggie. Moving to book 2