Published: August 5, 2017
Around the world, a deadly outbreak spreads.
The CDC and WHO race to stop it, but they soon learn that this pandemic hides a dark secret. It may be the start of a scientific experiment that could alter the human race forever–and reveal a shocking truth about our future.
Experience the groundbreaking novel that will change everything you think you know about pandemics–and how to survive one.
“Reads like a superior collaboration between Dan Brown and Michael Crichton.”
Now an Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestseller.
A hundred miles north of Alaska, a US 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 rewrite our basic 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. With time running out, they face an unimaginable decision.
Pandemic is a fantastic book to listen to in audio. It’s so exciting and suspenseful. The narrator of any audiobook can make the story come alive. Edoardo Ballerini reads this one with his expected skill. Well known and very popular as a narrator, he takes you into the story from the start. You don’t think about the narration, it simply suits the story. Great voice for an easy listen, and his variation for the voices keeps each clear as you listen.
The story surprised me—in a good way. A great read/listen was expected, of course, but there is far more than a pandemic happening in the book. There is also a complex mystery surrounding Desmond, whose life is revealed in pieces as missing memories jolt back to him at unexpected moments.
He know he must learn the answers quickly, if he can survive long enough to find them.
His past and present intertwine with Peyton Shaw. Other players also have a past with him; Avery, rescuer or a plant? His partner Connor, old friend–or is he? The way the many paths connect in the past and the present is intriguing to watch.
It is a terrific novel. Book one, at least, is not so much apocalyptic as it is the mystery behind the spread of the new epidemic. There is far more behind this outbreak. The author has a wa developing well defined characters and I appreciated how he revealed the past of the characters. First when Desmond tells of his loss of memory now, then in flashback, as he describes his difficult childhood to Peyton.