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Hot Zone

The Zulu Virus Chronicles, Book 1
Narrated by: Charles Hubbell
Series: The Zulu Virus Chronicles, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
4 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Something insidious has arrived - right in the heartland of our nation.

Dr. Lauren Hale, a new hospital resident, is nearly killed by a raving mad emergency room patient, in a senseless, unprovoked attack.

Officer David Olson, veteran cop and former Marine, returns from a father-son camping trip to discover that his ex-wife has vanished under bizarre circumstances and his police department is on the verge of collapse.

Jack and Emma Harper, a young, upwardly mobile couple, find their hip city neighborhood rapidly descending into madness.

Dr. Eugene Chang, a research scientist for a major pharmaceutical company makes a shocking discovery that might explain the spreading wave of illness and violence gripping the city.

Eric Larsen, leader of a top-secret, rapid-response unit, circles high above the Midwest, in an unmarked military transport. Mission still unknown, his team waits to parachute into the night.

Within 24 hours, complete strangers from different walks of life will be forced to join together to survive the living nightmare that has been unleashed on their city - and their country.

This is their story.

Welcome to the hot zone!

©2017 Stribling Media (P)2017 Stribling Media

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excellent writing, characters and story. would recommend to any zombie lovers out there! top tier stuff!

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Slow narration!

Best listened to at a 1.15x speed. Was good otherwise. Narrator does alternate voices relatively well.

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  • Brian
  • 16-10-2017

A great start to a series

4.5 out of 5 stars

I can't tell you how long I've had other Konkoly books sitting on my to be read shelf.  He just seems to pick genres and topics that I really want to read.  I finally bit the bullet when he started writing a bio-thriller based novel.  Hot Zone borrows the name of one of my all-time favorite novels and does a pretty nice job showing what would happen if a rage-like virus would sweep the midwest. 

The virus itself plays the main character through most of Hot Zone -- allowing the reader to get familiar with it and what it's doing to people.  I like that Konkoly based it on seemingly real things.  It reminded me a bit of the virus from 28 Days Later -- but a little more docile.  People still went crazy, but they weren't crazy all the time. It made it a little scarier to me.  I just can't imagine sitting across from my wife who was fine one minute and attacking me with a fireplace poker the next. 

The story revolved around a few different people who were all from different aspects of life.  A cop, a couple who worked at a biotech company, a mercenary, a doctor, and a researcher.  The story bounced around from person to person but ended up weaving into a really nice full story by the end. 

The end -- this burned me a little.  It dropped it from a 5-star book to a 4.5. It just kind of ended.  I know that it had an "ending" but it had a "there is going to be more than one book" ending. Sure, the story was good, the character development was one of the best I've ever read, and the virus was well thought out and explained in a way that made sense -- but the story just kind of stopped.

I will be continuing on with this series (especially if it's on audio).  So I think in the end it'll be a wash.  But I was genuinely shocked when the story ended. 

Overall, a great book that kept me reading.  I didn't want to put it down. 

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-2018

C’mon...

Can’t be same guy who wrote Perseid Collapse series — which is fantastic. And, this narrator overacts the characters — turns them into a parody of the regional dialects he’s trying to portray. C’mon, give us another Jakarta Pandemic.

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  • Russ
  • 16-10-2017

Entertaining yarn marred by narration

I had high hopes for this book, I really did - I am a fan of Steven Konkoly and the post apocalyptic thriller genre, so perhaps I was setting myself up for a fall.

Ok I admit that I still get slightly baffled by weapon / gun fetishism , but I now take the "Evil Big Government" view in my stride. ( They may have means and opportunity but what the hell is the motive?)

I couldn't however get past the Narration - some characters in parts sounded to my ears like out takes from a Yogi bear cartoon, and I just could not immerse myself in the story.

That said, the plot is entertaining enough ( not a patch on Steven Konkolys previous books though, perhaps getting just a little too formulaic) however I do not think I will be returning to hear of the survivors progress .

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  • Rob H
  • 04-04-2018

Zombie Story without Zombies?

Is it possible to write a zombie apocalypse story without zombies? Perhaps. but this isn't the book to accomplish that. I got the distinct impression the author wanted to write a ZA story, but didn't want to jump on the zombie bandwagon. I get it, the ZA genre can be cliche, but there is a reason it's a popular genre.

Overall, it was a good story, and it pulled me into all three books in the series. Decent action with an interesting plot and good characters. Even though a mob of crazies can still kill you, it lacked the zeal of the walking dead hungry for your flesh.

I've read some reviews on the narrator making the character voices cliche or caricatures. While I think this is true in some sense, I thought the narrator did an excellent job of making all the main characters have a distinct and easy to recognize voice.

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  • RJ
  • 03-03-2018

Unknown virus takes out population.

A Rage Virus has been turned loose in several metropolitan cities and it is spreading at an alarming rate. People turned violent attacking each other without understanding why. The news media reported flu-like symptoms and neglected to mention the scope of the infection or the violent reactions. Those who worked in the specific field knew better though and suspected a modified weaponized virus had been released on the population. The unanswered questions in their minds were how large is the affected area and who is behind it. The story transitions through several individuals or groups of survivors recounting their travels and the hardships they encounter during the crisis. The characters are well-defined and likable.

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  • Sharon Quinn
  • 25-02-2018

Another Awesome Read

While I found some of the narrator's accents a little odd, it did nothing to derail a great story. Wonderful to read a story with a believable premise that didn't include an EMP, my usual preferred method of the EOTWAWKI.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-08-2019

Guilty pleasure

I bought this book in error. Trying to get the hot zone that was the true story about Ebola. I generally read real science books and biographies. But I figured since I already got it I would give it a listen. I feel ashamed to say that after the first hour or two the book got a little addictive. Working in medicine I know that there are some wild in accuracies in how this virus works, and how the hospital workers/hospital itself work… But it seems that the author has some military background as he seems to have a very in-depth knowledge of how a lot of military procedures would go.
Ashamed to say that I kind of loved the action and suspense and I actually enjoyed myself during this book and...I guess I’m going to get the next one.

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  • Melissa Embry
  • 04-05-2018

Disappointing..

Have loved all of your books to this point .. The narrator was a special kind of bad .. Dumb redneck voice for half the characters? I actually feel dumber after listening to him speak ..

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  • M. Wallace
  • 24-11-2019

Good book cringe- worthy accents

The book has a good premise and I will listen to the second one. When the narrator is doing a normal middle aged man’s voice he is great but for some reason he gives one couple these southern accents that make the book almost too difficult to listen to. And there is a boy who is supposedly 17 and heading to the marines and he reads him like a 10 year old baby-it’s so odd! Otherwise he is good- just those two and it’s frustrating! Book is decent- waiting for it to pick up some in the second installment!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-2019

465

Please have a local edit your book. No one in Indiana refers to 465 or 421 as The 465 or The 421. Listening to this made me nuts. Also, why does Emma have a strong southern accent if she is from Indy?
The book is worth buying but there are details that can drive a local nuts.

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  • Jack Epplestone
  • 15-08-2018

Couldn't stop listening

Haven't been hooked on a book like this for a while. Such a good mixture of tense scenarios each character goes through. Highly recommend.

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  • Jlocko
  • 29-09-2019

Great stuff

Great story, well paced with superbly developed characters. However, what made this standout was quite possible the best narration I have experienced. Well done Charles Hubbell.