The Flu (A Novel of Outbreak) by Jacqueline Druga

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Book Description

Publication Date:November 26, 2013
Throughout history there have been several thousand different strains of influenza. Each year hundreds are active. Chances are, this year, you will catch one of those strains. You will cough, sneeze, and your body will ache. Without a second thought, you’ll take a double dose of green liquid, go to bed, and swear you’ll feel better in the morning.
Not this time.
In 1918 forty million people succumbed to a particular strain of swine flu. It appeared out of nowhere, and just as quickly as it surfaced, the Spanish Flu vanished. Gone for good. Or so we thought. Though mankind has anticipated its resurfacing for some time, mankind is ill prepared. Mutated and with a vengeance, the Spanish Flu returns.
In a world blackened with plague, a glimmer of light exists in the small town of Lodi, Ohio. They shine as a sanctuary because they are ‘flu-free.’ In the wake of the reality that they are spared, the spirit and strength of Lodi is tested. It becomes a fight against what is morally right or wrong in an ncreasingly difficult battle to stay healthy and alive until the flu has run its course.
Review –
Very scary premise because this could completely happen and it would probably be worse that this author tells us. There are graphic descriptions of the bodies at the end of the flu and they are not for the squeamish. There is also a few pages of tear jerker prose and even though it makes a good story the end could have worked out the same without the demise of a main character.
All in all, I enjoyed it very much and read it in one sitting.
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