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Publisher's Summary

Since childhood Nila Carter has been made to spend every weekend at the family cabin. In her teenage years she believes it to be a prison; as an adult it becomes her sanctuary and means to survive.

When a mysterious outbreak occurs in India, Nila's brother, Bobby, a virologist with the CDC, places the family on a precautionary alert to be ready to bug out. Unlike anything he's ever seen, the rabies-like virus is not just deadly; it causes extreme violent behavior in those infected. Following her brother's advice, Nila begins to stockpile.

After months of preparing, just as it seems the virus is over, everything implodes, and Bobby tells his family to leave the city. With her family, Nila heads to the mountains and to her father's isolated land. There she is eventually joined by friends and strangers, all hoping to safely stay clear of the virus that grips the world. The plan is to wait until the virus burns out.

While there, the group forms a tight bond, feeling secure that they will beat the extinction event and in due course return home. As time moves on, Nila quickly learns there are things they cannot run from, and a virus is one of them. Despite how prepared they are, how secure the land, each day brings a new threat and a painful reality that not only is returning home a pipe dream, but the likelihood of all of them surviving is increasingly growing slim.

©2016 Jacqueline Druga (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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Great Story-Worth the Time!

Now I have finished listening this I am torn between reading the second in eBook or waiting in hopeful anticipation that the audible version will be released in Australia ASAP!
I enjoyed listening to this story so much that I listened as much as I could - in the shower, the bath, cooking dinner, making school lunches ect and before I knew it I was finished. So sad.
I will get the second book - the story compels me to find out what happened.

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  • Nicole Jackson
  • 30-10-2017

UGH!

I soooo struggled with the female lead of this book. i mean she literally got almost her whole community killed with her doubts. it was so frustating when you have all the signs right in your face and you still ignore them.

I drive semis for a living so i listen to and spend A LOT of money on audiobooks. this one made me yell "DUH...OMG ARE YOU STUPID" all during 577 miles. i couldnt wait fiforr this book to end and i dont think ill be getting anything else from this author.

the narrator was AWESOME!

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  • DeeDee
  • 07-12-2016

Druga!

Druga rarely disappoints. My Dead World was another great listen. The story was well thought out and engaging, the narration was well done. I found myself hoping this would end up with a sequel, but the story is pretty nicely wrapped up. I've really come to appreciate Druga as an author. I would like to enjoy more of her work but I really did not take to Andrew Wherlen's narration and he narrates many of her stories. But not this one. It was a winner. Recommend!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-06-2018

Three

This lead character was an idiot. Totally not what I expected. I tried to continue reading in hopes that she would stand up but, no. I liked the story but, it was missing something. A good read for in between books. I will try again bc I love Druga.

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  • Ms Mickey
  • 11-02-2017

New spin on an old subject

I really enjoyed the story line and the characters. The whole dead/not dead process was pretty cool. The touching parts in the story even made me cry. But the main thing I liked about the story is the same thing I didn't care for. She's not afraid to kill off a pretty important character. But that does show a lot of guts and confidence in her ability to tell a great story that's packed with enough action that you will continue to read on. I really enjoyed it and hope there's a part 2.

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  • johnnyoak
  • 11-09-2018

All I can say is WOW!!

As a fan of this particular genre, I've listened to many good post-apocalyptic books. This one, however, was by far the best I've heard. Not only was this book well written, it also had a most enjoyable narrator, which, as most audiobook listeners know all too well, can easily detract from the overall quality and enjoyment, or even ruin an otherwise good audiobook.

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  • humph
  • 16-02-2018

Awesomeness!

Any additional comments?

An excellent and chilling story woven by J Druga! The protagonist, Nila, is a very average mom/wife/sister/daughter - a very real character who works at Arby's when the virus hits and changes her world. The narrator does an excellent job. Absolutely no complaints other than RECORD BOOK TWO!

-M. Lauryl Lewis
author of the Grace zombie series

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  • Russell Austin Arenz III
  • 25-01-2018

Same formula less inspiration

has in all her books it's bad to be married to the main character weather gay or straight she always kills off the main characters love of her life. Facebook was not is well thought out or as interesting as your previous books and played out the same scenario.

Dr. A

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  • L.M Juniper
  • 12-03-2017

New favourite!

I've been looking (and spending far too many credits) for a new, exciting post apocalypse book. I found this one by chance and the synopsis plus narrator's voice made me give this a try.

This is so well written, with a fresh take on a really old subject. It’s so believeable and it really keeps you on your toes. I found the characters really likeable. I have to say the thoughts and emotions presented through out the books are really interesting and not found in other books like this that I have listened to.

Chapter 32 is probably one of the best chapters I've listened to. It had me bent over laughing.

Just try this. It's SO good and if you like Sarah Lyons Flemmings you'll no doubt like this one as well.

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  • Lawrence
  • 13-07-2017

Don't bother

The story was full of the main character making really stupid decisions. Very very disappointing.

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  • Daniel
  • 29-11-2018

Enjoyable

I thought it was a good book and enjoyed listening. The language was fairly clean which I enjoy.