From A. G. Riddle, the worldwide best-selling author of The Atlantis Gene and Departure, comes a novel that will change everything you think you know about pandemics.
A hundred miles north of Alaska, an American Coast Guard vessel discovers a sunken submarine at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean. It has no national identification and doesn't match the records of any known vessel. Deep within, researchers find evidence of a scientific experiment that will alter our very understanding of the human race.
In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC's leading epidemiologist, she's among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It's a lonely and dangerous job, but it's her life - and she's good at it. This time she may have met her match. In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death's door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO. What they find in the remote village is beyond their worst fears. As she traces the origin of the pathogen, Peyton begins to believe that there is more to this outbreak - that it may be merely the opening act in a conspiracy with far-reaching consequences.
In Berlin, Desmond Hughes awakens in a hotel room with no memory of how he got there or who he is. On the floor he finds a dead security guard from an international pharmaceutical company. His only clue leads him to Peyton Shaw - a woman who seems to know him but refuses to tell him how. With the police searching the city for him, Desmond desperately tries to piece together what happened to him. To his shock and horror, he learns that he may be involved in causing the outbreak - and could hold the only key to stopping it.
As the pathogen spreads around the world, Peyton and Desmond race to unravel the conspiracy behind the pandemic - and uncover secrets some want to keep buried.
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By Salter on 28-04-18
Much Much More...
When I first chose to listen to Pandemic I was a little concerned that this was going to be another one of those 'virus outbreaks - followed by a race to find the cure' sort of stories. Wow, I was happlily proved wrong!
There is so much more to this story, as layer after layer is revealed, and the story twists and turns until the very end. The premise of the story could easily be straight out of a Bond story, however the book is much more complex, and to describe it as such just wouldn't do it justice.
This is highly recommended, and I'll certainly be listening to more from A.G. Riddle.
Top performance from Edoardo Ballerini too. First time I've listened to his narration, and I'd put him right up there with Audibles best.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By paul hadfeild on 25-06-18
not sure why this is a best seller just so obvious
It Started off ok but you soon start thinking hang on a minute weren't they infected a few chapters back why don't the main charictors seem to die .
By halfway through you just think oh ok so none of the main charictors die no matter what ,i can live with that but then the story just drivels on and on i think they should have cut a third of the book out and kept it sharp and snappy about controlling a virus, but then i suppose it had to lay the ground work for other books with james bond bad guys and secret enemy bases as well as flying all over the world in what feels like minutes .
There are sombre good bits in the plot .
I don't read allot of fiction but there is much better than this .
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Bradley on 23-06-17
Read this before buying, too much hype
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
The narrator was great. I have no complaints about him at all. The problem with this book is that there is literally an hour of plot and 17 hours of "character development". The premise is extremely interesting, but this isn't a case of bad execution, its a case of NO execution. This is a book where millions of people die of a virus, the world is attempted to be taken over by a secret organization, but the ONLY mention of the public and how they react is the hospital being messy. Seriously? I get that you need to leave some things for the next two books, but that doesn't mean you ONLY do character development in book one.
What was most disappointing about A. G. Riddle’s story?
That its missing a story, I get that its the first book in a trilogy, but we don't need to be beaten over the head with why the characters are the way they are. Character development is great, but in this case its taken way too far. For example one character had a troubled youth, and it effected his relationships etc... Well that is explained to us about 20 times and takes up probably 6-7 hours of the book. Its interesting the first time, but to make the same point over and over just distracts from the plot, we get hes messed up we get why, now PLEASE get back to the plot. On top of that there are important characters who are messed up primarily the main bad guy! (granted we are introduced to them towards the end of the book, but whose fault is that?)
All of the people raving about this book either haven't read it or are just fanboys because of his previous series, which I enjoyed but did suffer from some of the same issues. No where near as bad though.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Extremely disappointed, although I do believe this series will get better.
188 of 200 people found this review helpful
By Tara on 01-07-17
Boring and not plausible.
struggled to finish. it was just kinda boring. Too much back - from- the - dead silly coincidences.
43 of 46 people found this review helpful