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Review: Pandemic by A.G. Riddle

November 9th, 2017 by dsuzuki

Source: Kindle Unlimited

Publication date: April 5, 2017

Publisher: Riddle Inc.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book

A deadly outbreak in Kenya.
A conspiracy beyond imagination.
And a race to save humanity in its darkest hour.

From A.G. Riddle, the worldwide bestselling author of The Atlantis Gene and Departure, comes a novel that will change everything you think you know about pandemics.

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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.

My Thoughts

I love books where people have to come face to face with their mortality and see how they react to a large spread crisis. It’s fascinating to see how things play out and how different people react to the same situation so the premise behind this series immediately caught my eye as I was browsing through the Kindle Unlimited books.

This book had a lot of promise and I actually did enjoy a lot of it. I probably would have loved it if a good chunk of it was cut out though. It seemed to stretch on and on too long and not all of it seemed really necessary. There were also way too many coincidences that had me scratching my head and thinking really? What are the chances? There were several side stories that I thought should have been cut because they added a lot of fluff that I didn’t think contributed much to the story.

However, at the very end when we find out a bit more of what the master plan of the villains is I did perk up again because it wasn’t what I was expecting. It did leave me curious to read the next book but I’m hoping that one doesn’t take as circuitous of a route to finish as this one. Such a shame because the book started out great.

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Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Thriller/Suspense

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