Series: The Extinction Files #1
Published by Riddle Inc on April 5th 2017
Genres: Science Fiction
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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.
PANDEMIC is A.G. Riddle's first new novel in almost two and a half years. The product of extensive research, PANDEMIC takes readers inside the CDC and WHO response to a deadly outbreak. It features the real-life science and history blended with fiction that readers have come to know and love in Riddle's past novels. PANDEMIC is the first novel in a new series: The Extinction Files.
About A.G. Riddle
A.G. Riddle's debut novel, The Atlantis Gene, became a global phenomenon. It is the first novel in a trilogy that has sold over two million copies, has been translated into 19 languages, and is in development to become a major motion picture.
His fourth novel, Departure, follows a group of survivors of a plane crash who find themselves in a changed world. After A.G. Riddle self-published the novel, HarperVoyager (an imprint of HarperCollins) acquired it and published it in hardcover and paperback.
His latest novel, PANDEMIC, follows a team of researchers investigating an outbreak that could alter the human race. Gerry grew up in a small town in North Carolina, graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill, and currently resides with his wife and daughter in Raleigh, North Carolina. Learn more at agriddle.com.
I have read and loved all of A.G. Riddle’s books. I really enjoyed this book and even though it was almost 700 pages, I finished it pretty quickly. I don’t love it but I really like it. Enough that I already pre-ordered book two.
There are some things about this book that really reminded me of “The Origin Mystery”, Riddle’s first series. I read that series before I started this blog and at the time, I didn’t do reviews, not even on Goodreads. Perhaps it was the Pandemic and all that made me feel the connection between the two stories. It was different enough to stand on its own but at times I wondered if I was in an Atlantis World, alternate universe.
Some of the things I liked:
Strong female characters. They’re not the type to sit around and expect or wait for a man to come and save them, except for Hannah, she seemed a little too whiney. Avery literally kicked ass. I would like some back story from Peyton, Avery and Lin.
Lots of research. This is something that I really enjoyed in Riddle’s first series. The detail and truths to the story is just the right amount to let me feel like this story is entirely plausible. It gets into my mind. I find myself dreaming about the scenario. Love this.
The premise of the story. It’s like totally relevant right now. We are in an age where we literally have to power destroy what this universe took billions of years to create; all the forms of life that we know. That’s pretty scary. It’s a wonder that we don’t have scientists trying to figure a way to neutralise these threats. Or at least we don’t know about them yet.
Pandemics. I totally have a thing for these because it’s a realistic threat in our time where everyone is so well connected. The thought of one freaks me out. They kill indiscriminately. They give me nightmares. I remember listening to The Stand by Stephen King and then having nightmares for days [This was during the Ebola outbreak a couple years ago].
Some of the things I disliked:
The beginning of the story felt a little slow. In the end it did pick up but perhaps it could have done with a hundred pages less.
Character development for some characters were strongly tied to the memories of Desmond Hughes. We don’t even get most of his memories either so we really don’t understand how he could have gone along with this plan and then suddenly changed it.
If you like conspiracies, pandemics, mysteries, this one has something for you. There is also a weird possible love-triangle vibe if you are into that – which I am not.