Series: Strandville #1
on June 5th 2012
Narrator: Julia Farmer
Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
Genres: Horror, zombie
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
**"Cure" is currently under construction. Stay tuned for updated release containing editorial revisions.**
**Runner-up in the General Fiction category of the 2012 Halloween Book Festival
Medicine meets horror in this thrilling escape tale about the evil men do in the name of progress.
Welcome to the Nixon Healing and Research Center, playground for the maniacal Dr. Howard Nixon whose medical research has him dabbling in the undead and has the women of Strandville disappearing.
Desperate to find a cure for the lethal virus which turns its victims into zombies, Nixon kidnaps Miranda Penton, a security recruit with a past that won't let her go. He doesn't count on anyone coming looking for her, least of all her ex-husband, Scott.
A warning call brings Scott to Strandville where he bands together with a team of locals determined to bring their own loved ones home. Together, they infiltrate Nixon's staff, hatching a plan that releases not only the surviving women, but the virus on those left in the hospital.
Nixon locks down the center to contain the spread, turning patients, visitors, and staff into a dangerous horde that is almost impossible to escape. Miranda and the others fight for their lives. The town of Strandville is ground zero for the zombie apocalypse and Miranda must get free because the fate of humanity lies with her unborn child.
Wow… There are some real issues in this book. Not WITH the story, with the people! I really hope if the zombiepocalypse ever breaks out, I am with smarter people than who are in here. Because seriously… I would be so frustrated. Or kill them all for being idiots!
First of all of course, OF COURSE, someone is creating a cure for something and it all goes haywire. The problem is not the science behind it. The problem is that the scientist is a freak. He is the ultimate bad guy as he knows something is wrong but continues to do what he does for the sake of man kind. Kill a few people while experimenting? Oh well. You have to break a few eggs right?
What’s great is that this just starts as a regular story about Miranda. Seemingly benign, she gets a job in a weird town. New town, new job, new life… she does not have anyone else and is putting all her eggs (ha more eggs) in this particular zombie filled basket. Unbeknownst to her, she is about to walk into the tiger’s den! And that is just the beginning of the plot.
What I love about this is that it is the beginning of what I am expecting to be the apocalypse. It really does always start so innocently. Well, not in the case of Dr. Howard Nixon. He really is crazy. But normally it is innocent and then all hell breaks loose! In this, it is about the story behind the people and how they are dealing with these issues that crop up. And there are plenty!
But that is also a downside. When reading a zombie book I want to get to the guts and glory of it all! There were so many feels in this. It is good and I did enjoy most of the characters but while I was wanting bloodshed, there were tears. Although, giving Belinda Firsch some major credit… do not eat while reading or listening to this. There are some really gory parts! They will turn your appetite! Those parts I loved!
Julia Farmer reads this and I think she did a marvelous job. I do not normally listen to female narrators for some reason, but I think she did a great job at putting the emphasis in where needed and adding a real sense of horror when the story got horrific.
Miranda handled things quite well but may not be making the best decisions! Even still I love her for being so strong in quite abominable circumstances. The only character that really surprised me was Reed… that guy is determined. Sadly he’s also a complete ass.
Loved the ending! Cannot wait to listen to the next!