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Summary

For fans of Stephen King, Blake Crouch, and Michael Crichton comes a new, heart-pounding thriller by Brett Battles.

Daniel Ash wakes after midnight to the cry of his daughter. Just a bad dream, he thinks. She's had them before. Yet he can't help but worry when she cries out again as he pads down the hallway. Stepping through her doorway, he expects to find her sitting up in bed, frightened by a nightmare. But the nightmare is his. It's real. And it's just beginning....

Something is burning Ash's daughter alive. Something horrible that is spreading beyond the walls of their home, and taking no prisoners. Thirty seconds later, Ash will discover his daughter isn't the only one in his family infected, and as his world spins, coming apart at the seams, a team of armed men in biohazard suits bursts into his house. But these aren't the good guys. They haven't come to save Ash's family. They've come to separate them, to finish what they started. The problem is, Ash refuses to disappear. He wants only one thing: to find those responsible. Because humanity is on the brink of execution. And man is pulling the trigger.

©2011 Brett Battles (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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"Like a fever, Sick makes you sweat and keeps you up all night, wondering what the hell is happening. It'll make your heart race like someone shot you with an EpiPen. You think Battles was badass before? He just cranked it up to 500 joules. CLEAR!" (popculturenerd.com)

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  • Amanda
  • 03-12-13

Enjoyably addictive story!

But be warned he doesn't actually end his books. I love the story and know a lot of people are leaving bad reviews because he stops in the middle, but deal with it. Its worth it. I basically listened back to back and they are great. I'm waiting for my last credit so I can get the next one. Characters are enjoyable, with the occasional "nobody would actually do that" thought but they are few and far between. Good apocalyptic biohazard end of humanity story. You will be hooked.

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  • Meghan
  • 13-11-13

Does Humanity Need a Do-Over?

I'd really give this a 3.75 stars. Although this is the first in a series it can stand alone if you don't want to continue, unlike book 2 which will drive you up a wall. I got this in a special and I wasn't disappointed. I like the concept of a group of people fighting against a global cabal that wants to kill off 99% of the population. Giving humanity a do-over of sorts. I liked the main story line of the father, Captain Ashe. I thought the narration was good. He did children okay, and women okay but not as good as the male characters. But that's to be expected it seems with male performers, they tend to make women sound whiny. I've gone on to Book 2 which I decided to spend a credit on. So I guess I fell into the trap with the discounted book...

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 03-12-15

INITIATE PROTOCOL 13

IF PEOPLE WOULD JUST LET THINGS GO, THE WOULD HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF LIVING
This is action packed and hits the ground running right from the start. Through the rest of the book there is very little let up in the action. I found it very entertaining and it kept my attention. It was on the edge of five stars for me, close to a four, but it was worth my credit and I am buying the next book in the series.

YOU WANT TO STOP BEING SO CRYPTIC
I normally prefer something that makes me think and I would have liked to have had more science involved, but like a car wreck I could not stop listening. I usually hate books that lead you on, like this one does. Early on we are told it is not the army, it is something else. Several times Ash is told he is not ready to hear the truth, but the mystery is repeatedly dangled before us. It is chapter 40 , before Ash is told the truth and by then it is anti.-climatic. Matter of fact that is another weakness of the book. I so wish Battles could have come up with another reason for the virus, cause what he came up with borders on stupid. This book is less about science and more about conspiracies. Keep in mind I bought the other book after listening to this one. One other small thing, from someone who wears contacts. Someone who has never wore contacts, is not going to put a pair in for the first time and an hour later still have them in. You have to get used to them and that usually takes about a week.

Narrator is good, he has a kind of creepy voice. He does not do a lot of voices and his little girl voice is grating, but this book is not about character development, so that is not important. I think for this book he is great.

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  • Midwestbonsai
  • 18-07-15

This intriguing thriller is brought to life

This was my first Brett Battles book and I must admit, I’m a bit upset I haven’t tried his work before. I had no idea what to expect outside of the description. I am a sucker for a good techno thriller or post-apocalyptic story so I assumed I would enjoy it and plugged in my earbuds.

Captain Daniel Ash and his family had only lived here for just a few months when he woke from a nightmare to find his daughter burning hot, and though his son seemed fine, his wife was dead in bed. They were separated, put into containment trucks, and hauled off to a secure facility. After hours of being held Ash is informed by Dr. Littlefield that his daughter and son had fallen to the illness, but that he was immune to the virus.

The Virus being KV27A, an airborne virus that can seep into the eyes, nose, mouth, or any other open wound or orifice. Its fatality rate nearly 100%. Due to the fact that Captain Ash seems to show immunity, Dr. Littlefield plans to kill Ash and examine his body in hopes to make a vaccine. After eight weeks in the cell, Daniel Ash finds himself escaping, with the help of some new friends, from an exploding building. Though they saved his life, the strangers had Daniel drugged and tied down.

Upon waking he offered food and no longer restrained. He was introduced to a man named Matt Hamilton who runs an underground militia known as The Ranch. Matt informed him that his bloodline carried the immunity and that his children were, in fact, alive. He was also told the Virus was man-made and the name of the person responsible for the virus, and his wife’s fate, Nathaniel Karp. Doctor Karp is part of a secret government agency who has a extreme, and insane idea to “save” the human race.

Meanwhile, the virus spread farther than expected due to an oversight by the cleanup team causing the quarantine zone to expand and infect a group of students on their way home. Battles goes on to introduce you to a few characters: Paul, a teenager who tries to escape and witness something horrible instead. Tamara, a reporter trying to make her career but makes enemies instead, as well as Martina and Ben, who are among the group of stranded students. All interesting characters who seemingly have a larger role in the following books, which are already added to my “to-read” list.

This intriguing thriller is brought to life my MacLeod Andrews, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators. He is actually what drew me to this book in the first place. After hearing him do STEELHEART by Brandon Sanderson, I was hooked. This was no different than his other performances. If anything, he’s gotten even better and I will continue to follow him.

All in all this was a very engrossing story. Battles makes you care about the characters and unravels the tale at a great pace. There wasn’t constant action, nor was there a lot of dull dialogue. I’m extremely anxious to try more of his work, in and outside of the Project Eden series. I would suggest this techno-thriller to anyone who likes the Wayward Pines or Joe Ledger series.

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  • robert
  • 26-01-15

finally an outbreak book without zombies!

I love stories about plagues and disease. .. I have no idea why; anyway I enjoyed this- its not the best, but it was entertaining.

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  • Wanda
  • 16-03-14

The narrator did a brilliant job!

In a fast moving plot I felt the narrator of this audiobook did an amazing job in keeping the tone of the plot current.

World buiding is very realistic, the plot although not unique per se is presented well enough to entertain and that is what I want from my reading material, I want to be entertained.

If you like a good read, love this gemre? Then I can say with no doubt that this book, be it on audio or print, is an excellent choice!

WaAr

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  • Wade Lancaster
  • 29-10-17

Another One Bites The Dust

This author has been independently published and published by a major firm. His other books run the gamut, but are miles ahead of this. This is another series that should have been edited, condensed, etc. This series just cuts off seemingly arbitrarily leaving the reader wondering how this selection is resolved. Can’t authors at least resolve some issues and provide a reasonable transition setting up future installments. A lot of these authors are writing just enough to take up 4-8 hours of reading time. This amount of product for one credit is obscene unless the product has been significantly polished and offers a unique reading experience. This book does not meet this criteria. It is just another dystopian novel with nothing really all that unique in the plot or characterizations. I can’t read anymore in this series.

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  • Wayne
  • 01-09-15

Project Eden is a continuing series...

that can be thought of as a single 60 hour book, so each of the first 6 books end with a lot of uncertainty and unresolved issues. The suspense builds up to a point that very few action thrillers can match. Along with the Jonathan Quinn series Project Eden establishes Brett Battles as one of the best thriller writers ever. Sick is the first book in the series.

McLeod Andrews narrates the Project Eden series and he does his usual great job.

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  • Chip Atkinson
  • 02-02-16

Loved the narrative, disliked the premise.

I was hooked from the first chapter and found the story suspenseful and mysterious. I loved the characters as well, all of which is usually enough for a minimum of 4 stars.

The premise is just something I could not get over. Its really not a spoiler. A powerful group of Americans have infiltrated the military and government to single handedly solve a doomsday problem by creating a deadly virus and its vaccine to eliminate troublesome humans. The only mystery is exactly who these people are and how did they manage to gain access to US assets.

Mr. Andrews does an excellent job in narration.

If you love US government conspiracy stories this will be a 5 star experience for you.

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  • Wild Wise Woman
  • 22-01-16

Not a bad World's End entry, superb narration!

I bought this during an Audible 2-for-1 credit sale, and I've enjoyed it quite a bit. As a thriller, it's a solid story, fairly fun and a little bit different. MacLeod Andrews is well-above par as a narrator, and brings real life to the characters! The story is really just okay, the characters pretty standard. The Ewww Factor is very low for a novel which might be considered scifi/horror, and I don't recall much in the way of profanity, so it's probably okay for younger readers/listeners.

Mild criticisms would be that Battles bludgeons his readers with explanations. You know how a TV show will sometimes attempt to catch viewers up to a complicated plot point through character conversations? Battles does this with the narrative, and his characters take for-freaking-ever to come around to believing the incredulous parts of the story. I mean, maybe that's a shade of realism, but we've already bought a book about a evil cabal planning a world-ending virus; you don't have to keep selling it. Also, calling an adult woman (Chloe) "the girl" repeatedly is very annoying, and I don't quite understand why the main character (Daniel Ash) is referred to strictly by his surname, while almost everyone else is first name only. But that's just me.

This is the first of Brett Battles's books that I have read, but I see he cranks them out like wildfire. I won't leap onto the rest of this series right away, but I may pick one up again in the future.

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