Pandemic

  • by Craig DiLouie, Stephen Knight, Joe McKinney
  • Narrated by R.C. Bray
  • 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first episode in a new novella series by acclaimed horror writers Craig DiLouie, Joe McKinney, and Stephen Knight!
In Boston, a battalion of light infantry struggles to maintain order as a new disease turns people into sadistic, laughing killers. As the numbers of infected grow, the battalion loses control, and the soldiers find themselves fighting for their lives against the very people they once swore an oath to protect.
During the ensuing collapse, the lost battalion learns the Army is still holding out in Florida, which has been cleared of the infected. Harry Lee, its commander, decides the only hope for his men is to get there. But first they must cross more than 1,000 miles of America that has been turned into a war zone, fighting a fearless, implacable, and merciless enemy.

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Gripping, gruelling and grave as clowns rule

What made the experience of listening to Pandemic the most enjoyable?

The voice acting is brilliant and paired with a gripping story-line. It was easy to listen to and entertaining to endure. There was a part where one of the characters succumbs to the virus and the laughter which can sometimes be ignored in narration was just brilliant.


What did you like best about this story?

The voice acting. Many parts were performed with a different distinguishable accent.


Which character – as performed by R.C. Bray – was your favourite?

Wade is the leader. Second is Ramos.


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

The shrill laughter and the gruelling action and description made me cringe with nervousness. And it should do.


Any additional comments?

Enjoyed so much that I will get the next in the series. I hope it's done by the same author and narrator.

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- Culwen

Fear The Klowns!

Yet more post-apocalyptic fiction, not one but three authors supported by probably the world champion narrator of the genre. The closest I can relate to this from my experience to date is the excellent Arisen series. It has a similar pace, levels of action and characters. The style is very much in keeping with it too.

Pandemic, however, differs in that those that get struck down and become “infected” don’t become the trademark mindless zombies of the genre. Instead they are imbued with a maniacal desire for cruelty and inflicting pain in increasingly bizarre ways, they “just want to play”.

This does give us a fresh angle. We still get the brave few fighting endless hordes against impossible odds with impressive hardware but these crazed hordes have significantly more about them. They retain much of their faculties meaning tactics and ganging up together are possible for them.

The narration, I’ve said enough about Master Bray on probably more than enough occasions but I don’t think anyone does this kind of military post-apocalypic tough guys against the world stuff better than him. He imbues a sense of urgency into almost every single word.

This is a novella though and not a full-length book. On a platform like Audible where many people use the credits system that does mean there might be greater value elsewhere. Much like Arisen and Mountain Man have done it would be worth the publishers considering an Omnibus style release to help this one compete when they consider the publication of the rest of the series.
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- Simon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-04-2016
  • Publisher: Blue Heron Audio