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Friday, April 27, 2012

'The Jakarta Pandemic' by Steven Konkoly

Hello All- Happy Friday All...plans?? What is going on in your lives? Really?

Back to Me...

Well, I am soccer free this weekend..I know. We have a break. Why? Because my loyal Minions, try outs are on the way. Yes, this is the time of year when I slap a number on my Darling's backs and send them out to please whoever is watching. Do I enjoy? NO. Do I want to throw them in the car and send a parting signal to all the adults involved? Yep...sadly my 13 and 15 yr old WANT TO DO THIS.

That's right, they enjoy this nightmare.

Seriously, isn't there someone out there like me at all?????

The only positive of this whole hellish experience is I get to read, a lot. I ignore the tryouts, the coach's and the God Awful parental units who would give their eye teeth to have my children as theirs. Take em! I will take the kids who would rather be at home watching TV and texting about the stupidity of their parents.

Now on to my review...

'In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from Indonesia and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe.

With his family and home prepared for an extended period of seclusion, Alex has few real concerns about the growing pandemic. But as the deadliest pandemic in human history ravages northern New England and starts to unravel the fabric of their Maine neighborhood, he starts to realize that the flu itself is the least of his problems.

A mounting scarcity of food and critical supplies turns most of the neighbors against him, and Alex is forced to confront their unexpected hostility before it goes too far. Just when he thinks it can’t get any worse, the very face of human evil arrives on Durham Rd. and threatens to plunge them all into a personal nightmare. Alex and his few remaining friends will band together to protect their families from a threat far deadlier than the flu, as they edge closer to the inevitable confrontation that will test the limits of their humanity. '
(Amazon description)

Where are the Zombies? Werewolves? Serial Killers? Crazy PTA Moms???? Not here......

The year is 2013. The story surrounds Alex Fletcher. He is a Iraq War veteran who is now a med rep for a flu vaccine company. Alex has been warned this pandemic was coming . He quit his job, stocked up on anti flu medication. He has a stock room so prepared with disaster supplies it makes FireDaddy weep with envy!

Alex has a wife, couple of kids, lives in a suburban neighborhood. Everyone assumes this threat is nothing but hyped up nonsense...then it hits.

The majority of the story takes place in the neighborhood. It is frightening yet fascinating to watch how desperate folks become.

I could not put this book down. I had it on two separate kindles. One in purse, one in house.   I can eat a bowl of cereal, and read my kindle with only spilling twice.

Frankly, I'm kind of a big deal that way.

For those that fear the lack of sparkly vampires will bore you to tears..fear not.

Swashbuckling Bodice Ripping readers...the relationship between Alex and  wife is realistic. However, it's smoochy enough to keep you happy....so put your Book O Shame down and read this instead.

The author has managed to make a thriller out of a extreme possibility. My day job is at a clinic. It took me a few days to stop flinching every time I heard a cough, but I'm doing alright now. I think.

Read this book. Might be time to start making a game plan.

5 stars

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