Audiobook: Pandemic: Beginnings by Bobby Akart (Narrated by John David Farrell & Kris Adams)

Utterly Terrifying and Incredibly Enjoyable

5 out of 5 stars

I’m going to add a disclaimer to this review.  I LOVE Medical Thrillers/Bio-Thrillers.  I’ve taken a liking to them ever since reading Michael Crichton as a kid, and then Richard Preston as a teenager.  My fiction and non-fiction reading trajectory was paved with Medical Thrillers.  Because of this, I was genuinely worried that one of my favorite authors was going to let me down by writing a book about a potential outbreak and not do his research. I have never been happier to be wrong in my life. Akart was able to write a book that is both utterly terrifying and incredibly enjoyable at the same time.  I didn’t even think that was a possibility.

With my disclaimer at the beginning, if you’re not a bio-thriller or medical thriller fan (Robin Cook, Richard Preston, Michael Crichton, etc), you could still enjoy this book.  This book, in particular, didn’t go too “sciencey” making it unapproachable for the average reader (or even just an Akart fan from his other two series).  It’s a thriller where one of the main worries is a contagious and incredibly deadly disease. So it’s action/thriller first and medical/bio second.

But, knowing that Akart was writing this series had me waiting with bated breath until it was released on audio.  Then, I found out that he was going to use a dual narration for it.  My excitement level (which was already high) skyrocketed.  Usually, when that happens, the book is just okay, or average since I want it to be so good, I’m usually harder on it.  But, as I said above — I shouldn’t have doubted Akart, he absolutely knocked this book out of the park.

Pandemic: Beginnings is a brilliant book that combines basically every aspect of a good thriller with great main characters and throws it into a washing machine with terrorism, bio-weapons, and diseases.  Turns it on “heavy soiled” and lets it go.  What comes out is a perfect mixture of all the best aspects of what I mentioned above and the ability to scare the heck out of a reader.  Seriously, shake someone’s hand after reading this… I dare you.

“Mac” the doctor in this was a great main character who is both powerful and smart.  A great combination for a female protagonist.  She was also really funny and a few times when I wasn’t scared for my life, Mac had me cracking up with the way that she thought of or approached things.

Akart, who didn’t set out to be a Medical Thriller author has written a book that will stick with me for a long time.  Easily comparable to Crichton, Cook, and Preston as one of the top bio-thriller books I’ve ever read.  And the best part is that he’s just getting started.  I hope that what follows in this series will follow some of the same blueprints that he’s already laid out in Beginnings.

The dual narration was interesting.  I’ve heard this done well and terribly.  This was right in the middle.  In the beginning, I was worried because the female narration parts are only for talking parts.  Mac’s internal thoughts were still narrated by Farrell.  At first, this really bugged me.  It just didn’t seem to make any sense why it would work that way, but as I continued in the book and listening to it intently, I noticed that it didn’t bother me anymore.  It made a little more sense.  Farrell is the main narrator who will give most of the talking parts, internal monologues, and “stage direction” (scene setting and stuff like this) while Adams (who has an AWESOME voice) will voice any female directly spoken parts.  It worked better than I first thought it would and honestly it made this book fly by.

Book Description:

Audiobook: Pandemic: Beginnings by Bobby Akart (Narrated by John David Farrell & Kris Adams) five-stars
Pandemic: Beginnings by Bobby Akart
Narrator: John David Farrell, Kris Adams
Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
Series: The Pandemic Series #1
Published by Bobby Akart Inc. on July 6, 2017
Genres: Bio-Thriller, Medical Thriller
Pages: 392
Format: Audiobook
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They attack with impunity, and without prejudice.
Their goal - to destroy you, from within.
A merciless enemy, just one-billionth our size.


A new dystopian, post-apocalyptic fiction series from author Bobby Akart (The Blackout Series, The Boston Brahmin series and the Prepping for Tomorrow series). The events depicted in The Pandemic Series are fictional. They are, however, based upon historical fact.


Terrorists kidnap and blackmail a young French scientist in Western Africa. The outbreak of an ancient disease kills everyone in a village located in a remote jungle of Guatemala. U.S. government operatives uncover a secret biological laboratory in Trinidad. An isolated death at the hands of this killer virus is discovered in Greece.

Is there a connection, or are these simply a string of coincidences?

Dr. Mackenzie Hagan, a highly-educated, well-respected epidemiologist at the CDC-Atlanta, is called to Guatemala. As the daughter of a retired Commanding General of the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Mac often says infectious disease is in her blood. While no infectious disease outbreak is routine, this particular hot zone in Guatemala has its own set of complications - including a mysterious operative sent there by the Department of Defense. Events unfold and Mac is sent around the world investigating new cases involving this same, rare disease.

Nathan Hunter, a covert operative within an off-the-books project for the DOD, tracks down terrorists before they strike. As Hunter unravels a villainous plot with tentacles spanning the globe, his investigative path crosses with Mac's. Was it fate, or something else? Mac and Hunter work together to analyze the disease and to identify the source. But they soon learn that the biggest challenge they'll face is right at home - a government bureaucracy unwilling to sound the alarm to protect the nation.

As the disease spreads and the crisis escalates, an army lurks in the shadows - one blessed by Allah, and prepared to wage the Final Jihad.

This series will be frighteningly realistic. It is not intended to scare the wits out of you, but it might just scare the wits into you. Remember, it could take just one cough, one kiss, or one touch to change not only your life, but the lives of everyone around you -- forever.

This is an ingenious, inventive thriller about the threats we face from a global pandemic, and the use of infectious diseases by terrorists as they wage jihad around the world. Drawing on his unique talent to place the reader in a post-apocalyptic world, Bobby Akart delivers an explosive page-turner that has you wondering - will there be a last patient?

Note: The Pandemic Series does not contain strong language. It is intended to entertain and inform audiences of all ages, including teen and young adults. Although some scenes depict the realistic threat our nation faces from a worldwide pandemic, and the societal collapse which will result in the aftermath, it does not contain graphic scenes typical of other books in the post-apocalyptic genre. I believe more of our young people need to lead a preparedness lifestyle. Studies show that our millennials do not have any of the basic survival skills. By writing this series free of vulgarities and gratuitous sexual innuendo, I've intended it to be suitable for everyone. Thanks.

I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also by this author: 36 Hours (Blackout #1), Zero Hour (Blackout #2), The Loyal Nine, Cyber Attack
Also in this series: The Innocents, Level 6, Quietus (Pandemic #4)

About the Author:

Author Bobby Akart is an Amazon Top 5 ranked Author for both the Science Fiction and Religion/Spirituality genres. He has written sixteen #1 Best Sellers in both fiction (Pandemic Series, Blackout Series and Boston Brahmin Series) and non-fiction (Prepping for Tomorrow Series).

His new Pandemic Series, a post-apocalyptic medical thriller series, has produced four #1 bestsellers and has been described as frighteningly realistic.

Bobby has provided his readers a diverse range of topics which are both informative and entertaining. His attention to detail and impeccable research has allowed him to write bestselling books in several fiction and non-fiction genres which were described by one Amazon Top 500 Reviewer, and Vine Voice as “interesting and original. Ripped from the headlines doesn’t begin to describe the excellence in this post apocalyptic fiction series.”
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I’ve loved reading since I was little when my dad would read me Dr. Suess books. Fast-forward a little and I noticed that he was always reading on his lunch breaks at work, and I wondered why.Then, I found a book that took me to another place and time, to another feeling,another sense of “being”.It was the first book that I ever fell in love with, and I’ve been chasing that feeling ever since.

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