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The Final Outbreak

An Apocalyptic Thriller
Written by: M.L. Banner
Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
Series: Madness Chronicles, Book 1-3
Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
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For the first time, all three Madness books are offered as a single audiobook title: The Final Outbreak. Get your copy today - over 23 hours of action! 

Our end is coming. It’s closer than you think. And it’s real. 

The final outbreak starts with the animals and moves swiftly to humans, turning the infected violent. Cities fall as the outbreak spreads as far as the winds blow, leading to society’s end. A lucky few may survive, but for how long in a world ravaged by an always present disease? Or is all hope lost? 

This story is true; it just hasn’t happened...yet. Listen to The Final Outbreak now to find out how it will start, and then get prepared! 

Rated R for Violence and Language.

©2019 Michael L. Banner (P)2019 Michael L. Banner

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Writer knows very little about animals/breeds

So, if you are going to write a book, for God's sake, know your subject material a bit! And have a better command of the English language to stop using "Crazed monkey" and "Crazed dog" over and over ad infinitum in the same chapter or paragraph or sentence. Use a bit of decent dialogue occasionally, and have your characters interact with words when they should. Good grief. No one talks to anyone else, and you are going to fight off a "crazed monkey" with a steak knife? Anyone see how silly this is?

Ok, here are some animal problems, and in no semblance of order- I'm a bird lady here. The mighty chicken Gallus Domesticus has a body temp of 99,5. Only 1/2 a degree higher on average from us, we're anywhere from 98.6 and a bit more, or less. Geese, ducks, canaries, finches, pheasants, etc. all have body temperatures that are very close to the same, within 1 degree fahrenheit. I incubate eggs and rarely have to tweak my incubator's temp even when I have different species in the same incubator. So, the animals with the highest body temps shouldn't have been birds--a dog's normal body temperature is considerably higher--higher than in most birds AND humans. They run 101 degrees and upwards.
You're welcome, future readers.

I wasn't clear whether the ferret was red eyed because he was sick, or because many ferrets are white/possess albinism and have true red eyes (doubt author thought about it) but I can tell you one thing--ferrets are rat haters. Instead of going after just about anything else, including salmon--the ferret should have been interested in killing those rats. They are enemies.

Second problem, TD's police wife. Author- you are going to pick a dog to attack a person and cause permanent, longterm physical and mental damage, and you pick a...a... Vizsla? Why, for it's cool name? A freaking hunting dog (a Pointer- in the Sporting category of dogs), one that works very closely with humans, a Vizsla attacked her and caused all that trauma? Really? No, really. They are not as large as Weimararners and hardly vicious. Pick a Rottie, Pit, German Shepherd or Malinois as the dog to beat for pete's sake. Not a Vizsla.
Look up what Wikipedia says about the Vizsla--Temperament: Affectionate, Energetic, Loyal, Quiet, Gentle.

I'm an owner of 2 German Shepherds, and mine wouldn't attack you either. Nor would my Rottie.

I'll be back to finish this with more nonsense. This is a preliminary review.

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  • Bobbi
  • 2019-08-03

An awesome story!

I enjoyed these stories immensely. I was pleasantly surprised that the entire trilogy takes place on the cruise ship. Therefore, rather than moving to other scenarios around the world, we could follow the story and the characters until the end. I'm going to miss some of these people. Anyway, I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy this genre and fans of Mr Banner. Also Mr. Tiedeman gave a wonderful performance!

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  • Erinmarie
  • 2019-05-23

Interesting

A world wide event is changing everything, and the main characters are all stuck on a ship with no hope of seeing this through. I really like this story, the author does a great job setting up all the different mini disasters that take place on the ship. His use of the word "resolute" is obnoxious, and there is a bit at the end that's a little dumb, but other than that a good read.

29 of 30 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda Rippingham
  • 2019-07-28

wow!!! Good Story

fast action.... new twists and turns... good story... cant wait to see whats next... hope its soon!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-22

Fascinating!

This book was a great mix of our greatest fears (potential end of humanity, apocalyptic events) and science. I loved it.
The story moved well and was beautifully narrated.

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  • Joshua Stinehour
  • 2019-11-17

Surprisingly bad, especially considering reviews

I really regret purchasing this audio book. The reviews led me to believe this was a far more compelling story.

I read or listen a substantial amount of apocalyptic books. This did a poor job with all the components that make the genre compelling. Yes, the idea of boarding the cruise as the world collapses is tantalizing. The reactions of the passengers and crew at the outset are shockingly non-nonchalant, leading the reader to reserve little symphony for the characters. A few forced love stories and poor character development add to a not-at-all tense or compelling build of the zombie like hoard on the cruise ship.

It is much more of a cheesy action adventure story with a tired romance subplot, then a thoughtful 'how would you act in their circumstances' novel. Like all such action-adventures you know what is going to happen well before it unfolds and much of the challenging circumstances are the by-product of inane actions of a few not-quite-in-the-narrative characters.

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  • tim stiffler
  • 2019-06-23

Wasn’t sure.

In the first few chapters I didn’t think the main characters were reacting in a realistic way. However that seemed to subside and the story was very compelling and interesting. Great ending to an overall really good listen.

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  • Robert Gonyea
  • 2019-06-03

Authors have a future in Network TV

Think Zoo, The Last Ship and the rest of fictional melodrama network drivel and it's in this book.

1. If there is an illogical/stupid decision to make. Every character will make it.
2. Dire, vital information that should/must be shared and could be done so in one sentence??
Yup, "I'll tell you/them later"
3. Author hubris. Let's consult a fiction author for his outside the box thinking...
4. Embellishment of the mundane to fill space/time. No we the readers/listeners do not need nor care about the inner layout of a ferrets box.

*The only thing missing at the 1/3rd mark is a "Plucky kid" who is also a computer hacker because they modded their skins in Fortenight

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-02

Very good apocalyptic story

Swan Song will always be number 1 to me but this series is very good too. Loved the story and narrator

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  • ravenbergin
  • 2019-11-10

Great story!

This book was well written and had a lot of interesting characters. it wasn't your usual end of the world story as it takes place on a ship.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-11-06

Nice zombie apocalypse story

A nice story. Sometimes too much description but otherwise nice rythme. The twist are somehow predictibile but that doesn't take away from the story.

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