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A deadly outbreak in Kenya.
A conspiracy beyond imagination.
And a race to save humanity in its darkest hour.

From A.G. Riddle, the worldwide bestselling author of The Atlantis Gene and Departure, comes a novel that will change everything you think you know about pandemics.

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A hundred miles north of Alaska, an American Coast Guard vessel discovers a sunken submarine at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean. It has no national identification and doesn’t match the records of any known vessel. Deep within, researchers find evidence of a scientific experiment that will alter our very understanding of the human race.

In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC’s leading epidemiologist, she’s among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It’s a lonely and dangerous job, but it’s her life—and she’s good at it. This time, she may have met her match.

In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death’s door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO. What they find in the remote village is beyond their worst fears. As she traces the origin of the pathogen, Peyton begins to believe that there is more to this outbreak—that it may be merely the opening act in a conspiracy with far reaching consequences.

In Berlin, Desmond Hughes awakens in a hotel room with no memory of how he got there or who he is. On the floor, he finds a dead security guard from an international pharmaceutical company. His only clue leads him to Peyton Shaw—a woman who seems to know him, but refuses to tell him how. With the police searching the city for him, Desmond desperately tries to piece together what happened to him. To his shock and horror, he learns that he may be involved in causing the outbreak—and could hold the only key to stopping it.

As the pathogen spreads around the world, Peyton and Desmond race to unravel the conspiracy behind the pandemic—and uncover secrets some want to keep buried.

If you are interested in this type of book, Dystopian, Apocalyptic, or just Sci-Fi, please read it.
It was so intense! I was immediately caught by the story, and the characters.
Check out A.G. Riddle’s site for more information on what was real in the book. I think that made it better for me!

Our story starts slowly, adding people, events, and incidents that will keep you wondering long after reading!

This story is gripping, Scary, and intense from the beginning to the end. Payton is a DR. who works for the CDC, her job is to go to places that are experiencing an outbreak of pretty much any disease that needs contained. That job would be scary enough!
What she finds in Kenya is something they can’t really contain.

Desmond Hughes wakes up with no memory. He has to put together the only clues he can find, though he has no memory of why or how he knows how to decipher these clues. I found Desmond’s character to be fascinating. Not only his mind, but his history, his childhood. It makes him a very complex character.
Payton is a little easier to understand for me, she just wants to do good, for reasons that are from her past and family.
Most of us want that same thing, but find it harder to achieve.
I felt for these 2 people, in their daily lives, for their past and for the future they are trying to figure out.

Now, why did this story scare me? It could happen!! It could be in the works right now!
And we would know nothing, Just like Jon Snow! (Sorry Game of Thrones Reference!)
The technical aspects of this book, being so well researched, are a bit scary to think about.

I really enjoyed it though, I will be looking for the next book!
The thought and time that went into the story were not wasted!
Very well thought out and excellently executed, this novel is one I will read again. And I will suggest to friends.

5 stars for me!!

About A.G. Riddle

A.G. Riddle’s debut novel, The Atlantis Gene, became a global phenomenon. It is the first novel in a trilogy that has sold over two million copies, has been translated into 19 languages, and is in development to become a major motion picture.

His fourth novel, Departure, follows a group of survivors of a plane crash who find themselves in a changed world. After A.G. Riddle self-published the novel, HarperVoyager (an imprint of HarperCollins) acquired it and published it in hardcover and paperback.

His latest novel, PANDEMIC, follows a team of researchers investigating an outbreak that could alter the human race.
Gerry grew up in a small town in North Carolina, graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill, and currently resides with his wife and  daughter in Raleigh, North Carolina. Learn more at


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