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  1. SurviRal
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  2. SurviRal

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*Audiobook has been updated to fix errors and repetitions*

The deadliest flu season in 100 years is about to turn a whole lot deadlier. When an accident at a famous medical research facility lets a mutated avian flu strain out, a nightmare scenario unfolds. Before authorities can react, millions are infected - and that's just the beginning. The mortality rate exceeds 80%. Leaders and elected officials soon learn the man-manipulated virus respects neither rank nor stature. The resulting chain reaction leads to a collapse of modern society - even in Colorado, where no cases of the killer strain have yet appeared.

Clint Stonebreaker, a happily-married software engineer living in Denver, doesn't like watching the news. He especially doesn't let Jake, his wacky doomsday-prepping brother, watch it when he visits. But when chaos goes viral through the entire country, Clint and his wife Jenny are forced to acknowledge reality. They find themselves hitting the road with their un-enthusiast neighbor to escape the deteriorating city. Their goal? Reaching Clint's hunting cabin in Southeastern Colorado and trying to make a homestead of it.

They don't get far before running into a gauntlet of obstacles. Colorado seems to have become a giant sociological experiment, with dire consequences for making the wrong decisions. The spirit of American resolve is pitted against the ugly realty of criminal opportunism in every direction they turn. Ironically, Clint isn't sure which is worse: being forced to survive in the midst of civil unrest, or knowing he'll have to admit to Jake that he was right. Assuming he can find him....

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Ken Benton
Binding
Audible Audio Edition
Format
Unabridged
IsAdultProduct
Label
Andrew P. Kasch
Manufacturer
Andrew P. Kasch
PublicationDate
2015-02-20
Publisher
Andrew P. Kasch
Studio
Andrew P. Kasch
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

SurviRal explores what could happen if American society were to collapse following a widespread flu epidemic. Through a cast of down-to-earth characters, the author takes us on a journey through a country on the brink of anarchy. Strong points include the attention to detail and believable interactions between the groups of strangers the main characters encounter along the way. The epidemic, while catastrophic, still feels realistic in scale (i.e. affecting millions but not wiping out most of humanity). Readers interested in homesteading and surviving off the grid would particularly enjoy this tale, but others might find that the action drags in the final quarter of the book. One weak area is that the characters sometimes have conversations in which they tell each other information they should already know. The dialogue is well written, but feels unnecessary at times. Otherwise, this is a strong addition to the genre.
Don't be put off by the title. I usually find clever titles combing words to be a bit gimmicky.

Still there is a solid story behind it focusing on two groups of people in the aftermath of killer virus. The problem I find with most dystopian novels is that the premise may be very interesting but I never totally buy in to how the society had collapsed to the premise. This novel avoids that in a couple of ways. One there is a disaster, but it is not total. The effects regarding these two groups is more about the aftermath and traveling to a safer location after the collapse. As such I found the plot rather believable especially regarding how the government would react along with individuals.

As a first novel there are weaknesses in the plot such as an apparent plot point that never really goes anywhere as far as I could tell. Still I liked the characters and this being a fairly decent dystopian novel you get to wondering what you would do in the same situation.
I have wondered what it would be like to live off the grid. I enjoyed reading how the people in this story would handle the change from living in the city to feeling forced to live off the grid (while having intermittant electricity). I like the interaction with their neighbors and how they worked together to defend each other when groups came around trying to take food and belongings instead of working for them. Interesting concept and I highly recommend this book.
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