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I must admit, I finished this last week and can only write up my review now! The simple fact is... I'm not ready for this to be over, I'm not ready to say goodbye to these characters, I just couldn't gather my thoughts enough to actually sit down and put into words what I felt!! Plus it's been super busy at home and I didn't have an hour to sit and do this review.
So, here we are at book 4 and these characters have firmly cemented themselves in my heart. After the ending of the last book, I eagerly dived in to see if that character survived!! Well, I'm not going to say because that would be a spoiler ;) Anyway, this one sees Mac racing to find a cure or a vaccine for the plague, Hunter is called to action, there's an egotistical man who is trying to impregnate as many women as he can, his sons are kidnapping girls and bringing them to the mountain, poor Janie ends up as a victim and Hunter needs to try and save her before it's too late. There's an awful lot more happening but I can't get into it because it will spoil everything!!!
Plot wise, I found this one to be more action packed and thrilling than the previous 3. All along the story has followed the progression of the plague and the characters, this one has a lot more tense scenes, a lot more edge of your seat action and a lot more suspense. I few through it and didn't want it to end.
Again, as with nearly all of this authors work, the characters are awesome. Mac is driven, smart and not afraid to do what's needed. I loved what she did at the end, and I felt like it stuck true to her character. Hunter meanwhile, shines a bit more here. He is a badass and I'm glad he got to be one again!! Each character was well written and developed and are firmly on my favourites. I really didn't want to say goodbye, and with the way the book ended, I'm hoping we may see them again!!
In all, this series is fantastic. The level of detail and research that went into it was phenomenal and it showed. The author has created a scenario that is feasible and one that frightened me. It's a series that made me think and opened my eyes to how easy it would be for a pandemic to happen. Seriously.... go read this series, you won't be disappointed!!
Narration wise, it's 5 star all the way for John David Farrell. He read the book extremely well, was easy to listen to and follow, and had plenty of tones and voices to make this an enjoyable listen. Kris Adams is a 4 star rating, simply because she didn't differentiate the females enough. She has a pleasant voice and reads the story well, it's just that all the girls sounded the same!!
I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.
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4.9 out of 5 stars
Quietus is the thrilling conclusion of the Pandemic Series by Bobby Akart. Featuring Mack and Hunter's continued quest to save the world while protecting themselves.
I was eagerly awaiting this book. I wanted to know how the series ended really bad. Akart wrote these characters to the point where I felt like I knew them. It felt like they hadn't called me in a while and I wanted to check in on them to figure out if they were still alive.
Quietus took a similar approach than some of Akart's other books. 1-to-2 people against the world. Everyone is against them and the odds are abysmal. But somehow, with sweat, tears, and back-breaking work, things might be better one day. I enjoyed Quietus as much as the other books in this series and I was happy with where Akart left it.
I reached out to Akart upon finishing the book to ask him about the "finish". I knew that things were left open just enough to give readers a feeling of completion but leaving the door cracked so that we could "check in" on Mack and Hunter's progress later on. Akart confirmed that there could be other books based on this, but didn't say any were currently in progress.
I'm a little sad to let my 'friends' go at the end of this book. As I mentioned earlier, I really felt like these were real people at the edge of the world. Leave it to Bobby Akart to make me miss people that don't even exist. Polish that off with Farrell and Adams' narration and you're golden. A near perfect series for post-apocalyptic and medical thriller fans alike.
I received a free copy of this book. It has not affected my review of my opinion.
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