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Summary

An alien plague. A sixteen-year-old girl. A fight to save the world.

When a rare meteor shower unleashes a mind-altering infection, the people Alex loves begin to change. They’re smarter, faster, emotionless, and they have a plan. One that doesn’t include her.

Guided by cryptic clues left behind by her deceased father, Alex follows a trail of increasingly shocking discoveries. Earth’s history isn’t what she learned in school, and a new hive mind threatens to rewrite the future.

Alex is a fighter, but pursued by both friends and an unknown enemy, it will take everything she has to fulfill her destiny. Desperate to save her little brother, she flees to the mountains surrounding her home, where the only chance for humanity has lain hidden for thousands of years.

WINNER, Reader's Favorite Book Awards, 2015, Honorable Mention, YA scifi FINALIST, Young Adult Finalist in the IAN Book Awards, 2015

Infected, The Shiners is book one in the Forgotten Origins Trilogy (Formerly titled Bloodline)

©2013-2014 Tara Ellis (P)2014 Tara Ellis

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  • Audrey Adams
  • 21-02-15

Intriguing story line and easy to listen to

Would you listen to Bloodline again? Why?

Yes, the story draws you in. It's fun to listen to mysteries again to see the story unfold knowing what the end will be. Also, Tara's voice is very easy to understand and listen to. I've listened to many audio books, and there are times when the tone of the voice is too low, or inflections are in strange places that I believe distract from the telling of the story. Tara is every bit as good as some of the paid actors who narrate for audio.

What does Tara Ellis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think it is interesting hearing the author read their own stories (as long as they are talented enough to do so:)), because you experience the characters exactly how they had envisioned them. They created them, and now they are able to bring them even more to life.

Any additional comments?

My husband stayed up late and finished this book in 2 nights! He never does that. He was completely drawn in to the exciting plot. We are looking forward to listening to more from Tara Ellis.

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  • David Hope
  • 16-06-18

Well written and well voiced

Note: I am a voice actor, and frequently listen to audiobooks both for entertainment and educational purposes.

Story: I enjoyed the story, Ms. Ellis has written a “Dan Brown-lite” style novel, which entwines current times with mystical ancient civilizations. The female protagonist definitely works as a teenager frequently spinning back and forth between doubt and elation, and the two other primary characters are solid role players. Ultimately, I would have liked to see the characters developed a little deeper (perhaps this will happen in the rest of the trilogy), and a little more depth of explanation into the ancient mysteries. But overall the story was complete, easy to read, and fun.

Performance: It’s a tricky road for an author to voice their own book, but in this case Ms. Ellis does quite a nice job. She has the benefit of both a pleasant voice that is appropriate for the protagonist (the book is written in first person) and the keenest insight as to the character’s motivation (she was the author after all), and this is an excellent combination. Her voicing is believeable and easy to listen to.

I look forward to book 2.

I received a free copy of this book and I have left this review voluntarily

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 13-06-18

mysterious and enchanting

the kind of world that will swoop you with the story a very mysterious and good story I loved it very much a great performance from the director as well
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Mandy Buffington
  • 13-06-18

Fast paced action

Fast paced overall book about Alex dealing with a plague that ends up effecting many people that she cares for. Now it is up to her, her dad’s clues, and a friend to hopefully find the cure before those infected decide to do awful things to those that weren’t affected. Will she get the cure? Will it actually save everyone? Thought it was great the author actually narrated her own book she did a great job.

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  • Marc Garvin
  • 08-06-18

pretty decent twist on other myths.

I got a copy of this for free in audiobook form in exchange for an honest review.

It was an interesting new take on some existing myths and ideals.
Had some odd and corny moments but held my interest through the whole book.
I did like it and the narrating was good.
I'm curious to see where the story goes from here.
I DID like that the book ended with some closure on some things. I was worried that it would leave me hanging and it didn't.
I enjoyed it.

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  • cosmitron
  • 07-06-18

Enter a Future of mystery and suspense.

A well crafted story with good Narration by the Author is an entertaining read for people of all ages.

The story contains all the elements of a good story.

If you enjoy Science Fiction mixed with interesting characters and suspense you will enjoy this Audio performance.


This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-06-18

Interesting story...looking forward to Part 2

Tara Ellis has created an interesting story...imagine Indiana Jones and Outbreak combined.I appreciated her story development and not being afraid to let the story get a bit gritty and emotional.

She also narrates this herself. Not all authors can pull this off, but she did a nice job.

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

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  • Montzalee Wittmann
  • 06-04-18

Awesome Teen Sci-fi Novel! Good suspense!

Infected, The Shiners
By: Tara Ellis
Narrated by: Tara Ellis
Series: Forgotten Origins Trilogy, Book 1
This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
I loved this teen book although I am far from being a teen. Great clean sci-fi with plenty of mystery, adventure, suspense, and action. A meteor storm brings more than thrills for the crowd, people start changing...
One of the people changing is Alex's mom. Alex's dad is dead but left her a note to open after the meteor storm. It will shock and change everything she knew. With the help of her friend, they must save the world. Great fun!
The narrator is the writer and she is excellent! Wonderful job!

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  • ALY
  • 25-01-15

Bloodline:

I really liked Bloodlines from the start of the Audio book. I think the author did a great job retelling the story in the audio book. I like the way the author took us with her on this story rollercoaster. `Bloodline' is an enjoyable first person narrative that made me understand where the characters were coming from. I enjoyed the ride very much. *This was audio book was given to by the author in exchange for an honest review*

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  • Deedra
  • 27-12-14

Bloodline,bk 1

Would you consider the audio edition of Bloodline to be better than the print version?

I have no idea since I only listened to the audio version.

What other book might you compare Bloodline to and why?

Cell,maybe

What about Tara Ellis’s performance did you like?

Ms Ellis performance was terrific!She did a good job with both female and male voices.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reactions aside from really wishing this was not another book pushing the idea of 'god is good'.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book and hope to read the next in the series.The author,who is also the narrator did a good job in both catagorie . Her voices are well done and the story of comets bringing illness seems a new idea.I was not aware that this is yet another teen christian series.That information may have swayed me from reading it.I'm glad I did,I only hope it doesn't take over in the rest of the books.Us 'heathens' read too.

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