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A three-part thriller by John Dryden. In Part 1, 'The Present', Dr Jan Roldano, microbiologist and WHO advisor on infectious diseases, arrives in Bangkok to give a keynote lecture at a medical conference. But when a virulent strain of bird flu emerges, he finds himself trapped in Thailand.

In Part 2, 'The Future', it is five years after a global pandemic that has wiped out half the world’s population. British civil servant Diane Harper is sent to Oxfordshire to investigate the suicide of a government scientist a job that leads to a desperate search for the truth about the origins of the outbreak.

In Part 3, 'The Past', eco-warrior Richard Frankel wants to give up direct action. But then he learns something that leads him into a dangerous world of environmental espionage and a conspiracy that will have a terrible, cruel and profound impact on the world. Starring Ben Daniels, Emily Beecham and Michael Maloney.

©2012 AudioGO Ltd (P)2012 John Dryden

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  • Robert Smith
  • 04-01-2021

If you haven't had enough of pandemics already

I first heard this when it was broadcast nearly ten years ago. Then pandemics were the stuff of dystopia not the mundane reality. The pandemic is much more severe than Covid-19, but that is less important, where it comes from is the real narrative driver. Our focus changes as the tale is told. The afternoon drama on BBC Radio 4 can be really hit and miss. This is definitely a hit. Once you've heard it, the story stays with you for a long time.

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  • Nigel
  • 21-05-2017

Superb!!!! 5*


A brilliantly crafted story, excellently recorded on audio. Totally captivating.

Hollywood blockbuster for your ears.

Hidden gem - highly recommended

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  • Aztec
  • 17-10-2016

Fantastic audio presentation by the BBC

Gripping story. I first heard Parts 1 & 2 as BBC podcasts, Part 3 not available in 2016. I found audio-book on Amazon for £10.99. Exactly same as the podcasts with Part3! Is this the BBC making some extra cash?!

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  • Liz
  • 09-10-2016

very well written

the story was genius. read. well and flowed well. made you realise how simply it occurs.

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