Matt Kearns and the remnants of the scientific team return to a ravaged America. Modern medicine has failed to halt the spread of the flesh-consuming parasite, and humans have been forced to hide, even from one another.
The infected roam the cities and suburbs of a ruined nation. But the devastating effects on human physiology are only the beginning. Something has been let loose, something that the team were not prepared for - human nature itself.
Matt and Carla must make it back to the CDC headquarters, crossing the apocalyptic countryside that proves every bit as dangerous and deadly as the South American jungle. The race is on to test their eradication cure, before their world suffers the same fate as that of the giant saurians of prehistory.
But there is something they don't count on - the solution has a high price. If they don't use the cure it means the end of mankind, but what if the remedy is worse than the disease?
©2013 Greig Beck (P)2013 Bolinda
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"I wouldn't start book 1 knowing how bad 3 is..."
This warning is probably too late but... if you haven't yet started this series (it was released in 3 parts), DON'T!!! Save your time and money.
Episode one was the only installment even worth the paper it was printed on - and its plot just stopped mid-scene. Book two was full of abnormally (and inconsistently) behaving characters and had a distinct Jurassic Park feel to it. This book - Episode 3 - is bad. Plain and simple.
The biggest issue with Episode 3 is that the characters do not behave normally, at all. For example: they are told, specifically and directly, that if they do X, then people will die... so, what happens?? they go ahead and DO X. Then (yes, seriously) in the NEXT scene, after two people died from their first stupid ignoring of instructions, they DO IT AGAIN.... and guess what... more people die!!! wow... what a surprise... If you have the only potential cure for humankind, are you going to go wading through hordes of infected, 30 minutes after you just lost two of your party to the infected? No... I didn't think so...
That, and the 'bad guy' (added to the story at the last minute) was ridiculous and gave the book the same feel as some very trashy low-brow zombie novels out there.
Anything redeeming in this book??? hmmm... the epilogue... was probably the only part worth reading after the first half of the first episode. And no, I am not exaggerating. The underlying story might have been half decent, if only the characters didn't behave like imbeciles.
It is not graphic or gory and there is no sex. The narration is good.
"Episode 1 and 2 are good. Episode 3 is not!"
Perhaps, if they were anything like the second episode
The dystopic theme of the episode is sort of interesting but the author takes it too far.
The characters behave differently in this episode than in the two previous ones. Some characters, especially Carla, make very strange choices that are out of character based on the first two episodes. The part about the infected, especially the part about Dylan, is over the top. My advice would be to skip this one.
"Dissapointing ending to a good story."
After listening to the first two episodes, which take place in the Amazon jungle, the last installation of "The First Bird" was disappointing. The actions of the female characters seem designed to frustrate. You can expect a certain amount of that in any action fiction, but these characters go from surviving a jungle hellbent on eating them to a modern urban outbreak situation in which a ranking CDC doctor can't seem to get past the idea that invisible things can kill you-REALLY?!?! Come on. If you didn't feel up to writing that third installment, maybe you should have gotten someone else, don't torpedo the whole thing. I was ready to check out this author's other works until this third episode, its really that bad. My advice would be to read the first two, and then just pretend they all lived happily ever after. The closure you are looking for won't be found here.
"One Cliche Too Many; But Still a Good Listen"
The second episode finds the research team deep in the Amazon jungle. The action is quick and the team quickly dwindles. The writing isn't bad but sometimes less really is more. IMHO, drawing out the suspense over a few scary incidents might have been more effective than trying to include every jungle cliche ever imagined. I did enjoy part two but it could have been better. Looking forward to episode three.
Just one other note. It was somewhat annoying that part three of the story was available a week before part two. Be sure you are listening to the books in the right order.
"Excellent but a bit of extortion"
The First Bird was really, really good. I have definitely become a fan of this author, but I am very displeased that I essentially had to use three credits for one book. Each 5 hour episode cost $10.46 (US) but "episode" is the key word here, because it's just one book that has been divided up. I am definitely going to be leery of that in the future.
"Short should have been part of episode 2. "
An abrupt ending to a very complex story was disappointing. This type of ending could have taken place at any point in episode 2. It seems like the author just got tired, had enough, broke his pencil in two and went home.
"Listened to the first 2 episodes so naturally..."
After listening to and enjoying the first two episodes I naturally wanted to listen to the third. Although, I didn't dislike to series I just felt like I wanted something more out of it when it was all said and done. Guess I'm a sucker for more detailed explanations and back story. In the end I was fairly entertained throughout the story.
I've read most of Greig Beck's books now - they're always entertaining - but since he's working on a series with characters such as Matt Kerns that carry over from book to book...it's a bit sloppy to end one book with a massive event that forever changes the face of the planet and begin the next involving the same characters with no mention of the previous book beyond a brief comment about a break up.
"The First Bird - Loved the first two books"
I would recommend this book - however - some of the character actions in this (book 3) took a leap to left field crazy. Overall I enjoyed the series, however a few things in this book crushed the enjoyment. The book kind of recovers in the end but it just feels this part was rushed and not realistic in several scenarios.
"Mr. Beck please fact check first it kills the mood"
I guess yes but only because I had time invested into reading the first two episodes so I had to see how it ended.
Ok look I love Greig Beck's work I actually enjoy everything he puts out but in this book a fairly large scene takes place in a small town called Tullahoma in Tennessee which I'm very familiar with and it has just under 19,000 population. However Mr. Beck describes the place as a population of 500,000 and actually says its not a backwaters place when in fact that is exactly what it is. I had trouble getting past that plus he refers to one rifle as .99 caliber which is ridiculous there has never been such a thing, there is however a sniper rifle made by Barrett that is a monster .50 caliber and called the model 99 which I think possibly got mixed up in Mr. Becks or editors research. That sort of stuff really puts me off because now I have to wonder if everything else I'm reading needs fact checked. There is science fiction where authors can get away with well just about anything I get that but then there is real life things that need to be told accurately
Sean Mangan is again a great narrator, I hope he continues narration in all of Greig Beck books.
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