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4.5 out of 5 stars
I can't tell you how long I've had other Konkoly books sitting on my to be read shelf. He just seems to pick genres and topics that I really want to read. I finally bit the bullet when he started writing a bio-thriller based novel. Hot Zone borrows the name of one of my all-time favorite novels and does a pretty nice job showing what would happen if a rage-like virus would sweep the midwest.
The virus itself plays the main character through most of Hot Zone -- allowing the reader to get familiar with it and what it's doing to people. I like that Konkoly based it on seemingly real things. It reminded me a bit of the virus from 28 Days Later -- but a little more docile. People still went crazy, but they weren't crazy all the time. It made it a little scarier to me. I just can't imagine sitting across from my wife who was fine one minute and attacking me with a fireplace poker the next.
The story revolved around a few different people who were all from different aspects of life. A cop, a couple who worked at a biotech company, a mercenary, a doctor, and a researcher. The story bounced around from person to person but ended up weaving into a really nice full story by the end.
The end -- this burned me a little. It dropped it from a 5-star book to a 4.5. It just kind of ended. I know that it had an "ending" but it had a "there is going to be more than one book" ending. Sure, the story was good, the character development was one of the best I've ever read, and the virus was well thought out and explained in a way that made sense -- but the story just kind of stopped.
I will be continuing on with this series (especially if it's on audio). So I think in the end it'll be a wash. But I was genuinely shocked when the story ended.
Overall, a great book that kept me reading. I didn't want to put it down.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Can’t be same guy who wrote Perseid Collapse series — which is fantastic. And, this narrator overacts the characters — turns them into a parody of the regional dialects he’s trying to portray. C’mon, give us another Jakarta Pandemic.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful