Sunday, August 26, 2012

H10N1 by M R Cornelius: MY REVIEW

H10N1A deadly influenza virus rages out of control. There is no easy-fix vaccine. No eleventh-hour containment. Only death. With no workforce, power plants have been shut down, police and fire departments have collapsed, crops lie unpicked in the fields.

When Dr. Taeya Sanchez finds herself unceremoniously dismissed from an emergency medical facility in New York, she decides to steal the hospital's armored van for a midnight escape. Unfortunately, Rick DeAngelo, a driver for the hospital, has already stocked the van for his own getaway.

Thrown into an unfriendly alliance, these two must pick their way across the dangerous wasteland of America in search of a safe haven. And as the miles roll by, they discover that the living should be feared much more than the festering corpses out there.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book grabbed me right from the start and just did not let up. I loved the style of writing. It flowed well and was easy to read. As the story opens, Dr. Taeya Sanchez, an epidemiologist with the CDC, is summarily dismissed, services no longer needed in a world of disintegrating societal structure; as society teeters on the brink of annihilation. She plans to steal transportation and make her way across the country to her friend in Arizona. The friend is a member of a scientific team living in an experimental bio-dome. Unfortunately, Taeya’s plans are thrown out of whack when she encounters Rick DeAngelo, an opportunistic truck driver, who is also planning a cross-country get-away. The two are forced to pair up and work together but their personalities clash frequently.

The first half of the book is pure adrenalin-pumping action as Taeya and Rick encounter and overcome the many obstacles thrown their way. They slowly learn to depend upon and trust each other. I liked watching their relationship evolve. They both seemed to me like real people, each with their own baggage and flaws.

Arriving at the Bio-dome they discover that not all is as idyllic as they imagined. I enjoyed the scenes and descriptions of the experimental habitat and was saddened when they were forced to push forward to the West Coast. This book is all about the lengths that people will go to in order to survive. The social collapse that occurs is, unfortunately, totally believable to this reader – and terrifying. This is a chilling thriller that I simply could not put down.

I borrowed this book from the Kindle Lending Library.

Reviewed by Laurie-J

Also, Read my earlier Interview with the author.

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