If you like "Fallout" video game series, you will love this novel. The story tells of redemption, survival, hope and criticism of society in general. May 05, Patrick D'Orazio rated it really liked it. Plaguesville, USA tells a tale set in a world several years after much of the human population has been wiped out by a lethal virus. The timeframe is in the late 's, and much of the United States has turned into a desecrated land filled with survies, as they are called: We are introduced to Dr. Justin Kaes, an epidemiologist from the CDC in New Atlanta who has found himself in charge of Plaguesville, USA tells a tale set in a world several years after much of the human population has been wiped out by a lethal virus.
Justin Kaes, an epidemiologist from the CDC in New Atlanta who has found himself in charge of a mission to prevent the "Sick," as the plague has been dubbed, from reinventing itself and destroying what is left of the meager human population.
He has been sent to collect the one man who has survived the original iteration of the plague and whose blood might help them create a vaccine for whatever new iterations may come about. He is Howard Lampert, a crusty, cranky old man of who lives in Minnesota.
The story picks up after Justin and his team have picked up Mr. Lampert and are on their way to San Francisco, where there are doctors waiting who have the resources to craft the potential vaccine. We are introduced to Teresa, a member of one of the local gangs, who's interested in hitting the bricks because she has grown weary of the Blood Claws not to mention that more than one member of the gang has tried to rape her. She crosses paths with Justin as he and the others are trying to figure out what to do to keep moving west and the duo form an unlikely partnership.
The story tells of their adventures, which include an onslaught of virtually every post-apocalyptic danger imaginable, except perhaps for zombies, as they try to complete an almost impossible mission. Plaguesville gives the reader a thoroughly realized post-apocalyptic world that isn't set in our time, but over a half a century in the future. Each chapter provides a nice little beginning blurb giving the reader a small taste of the world before the fall, with advertisements about the food, entertainment, and culture that adds additional flavor to the story.
As readers, this tale has an interesting arrangement with the characters. Justin is the main character and we see the world through his eyes in many ways, but as Mr. Lampert comes from our day and age he would be around 38 right now , it is easy to identify with him and his perspective on a bombed out, shell shocked world of plague and Mad Max sensibilities.
Justin is a doctor on a mission who finds himself attracted to the barbaric and yet incredibly enticing Teresa, and Mr. Lampert brings an old fashion sensibility to the story that is entertaining and somewhat humorous in spots, while getting dark and gruesome in others. While Justin the voice of ethics and morality in a world with very little of such things, Lampert is the grumpy voice of reason and sanity in a world gone mad.
Again, the author has done a good job of laying out a detailed post-apocalyptic world and gives us a saga with plenty of action and adventure. Time and again, Justin's mission is on the brink of oblivion, but he continues to maintain hope and believe that as long as Lampert remains alive they can resolve things. In some ways, it felt like there were almost too many near misses in the story, but it kept things moving at a fast clip.
Overall, this was a fun read, with a few gentle messages that weren't too heavy-handed about corruption, craving for power, and man's undeniable lust to cause his own destruction. The growing attraction between Justin and Teresa is handled with a deft hand that made it feel believable and touching, despite the fact that these two people were worlds apart in so many ways. If I have a criticism of this book, it would perhaps be that the story does not feel complete.
We are only introduced to the CDC team once they've broken down in Oklahoma and not when they set out from Atlanta, pick up Mr. Lampert, and make their way through so many other adventures leading up to that point. Granted, the book is already a healthy pages, but I felt as if there were more stories to be told. Even with this minor complaint, this is an entertaining and robust post-apocalyptic tale with entertaining characters and a setting that was quite compelling. Nov 24, Justin rated it really liked it. Set in the not too distant future, Jim LaVigne's Plaguesville, USA tells the story of an America that's ravaged by a type of flu virus that kills off roughly Those who remain are left with a country that quickly falls prey to armed gangs and petty tyrants.
It's against this backdrop that CDC researcher Dr. Justin Kaes embarks on a dangerous cross-country journey to deliver one of the oldest living plague survivors before a new strain of the disease wipes out the rest of Set in the not too distant future, Jim LaVigne's Plaguesville, USA tells the story of an America that's ravaged by a type of flu virus that kills off roughly Justin Kaes embarks on a dangerous cross-country journey to deliver one of the oldest living plague survivors before a new strain of the disease wipes out the rest of the world's population.
The biggest strength of Plaguesville, USA by far is the collection of very interesting, completely unforgettable characters. There are so many unique characters to love or hate, or love to hate here, and they're all developed quite well. I also love the various ways of dialect they have, depending on where they're coming from.
Add to that a good sense of pacing and plenty of danger and the result is a book that's awfully hard to put down. With Plaguesville, USA, Jim LaVigne proves that you don't need hordes of flesh-devouring zombies to tell an effective post-apocalyptic tale.
All you need is a good group of characters and a sense of urgency. Well, that and Mad Max-style motorcycle gangs, a Christian cannibal cult, guerilla fighters battling government stooges, a massive tornado, and an underground race of killer mutants. It all adds up to a very memorable post-apocalyptic adventure that's well worth the price of admission. Aug 11, Frank rated it did not like it. There are a lot of post apocalyptic books out there The characters are stale, the writing is flat and tiring to read. The one character that is interesting is so painful to read because the author over emphasizes the fact that she is not too bright by torturing her dialogue, making her parts nearly unreadable.
The premises is a plague has wiped out most of humanity. A group is traveling across country with the only means of preventing total extinction. The have some ad There are a lot of post apocalyptic books out there The have some adventures along the way, but as I said, the characters were so flat, I didn't care. The author threw in a lot of anti-religious and snide political comments that had no other context within the story.
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Several times I wanted to just stop reading it, but I stuck it out. It took me a while to read it because I was just not pulled into the story. There are parts that seemed like the author was making up as he went along. The characters would finish one crisis then find a new one that didn't fit the narrative otherwise.
I would list more details but that would involve spoilers and it would also involve more time invested in this book, which I really don't want to do. Stilted writing with stereotypes rather than characters I had to force myself to finish it. I hate to say anything negative about any book as the author deserves credit for having written a novel!
And this one has a compelling plot and an organized storyline. What bothered me most? The protagonist - a medical doctor who balks at hands on patient care an epidemiologist has gone to med school like every other doctor so having him balking at putting a bandage on? No matter what his specialty, he Stilted writing with stereotypes rather than characters No matter what his specialty, he's done a trauma rotation. The hero also is some sort of genius, or at least that's what the book says.
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For me, his language was stilted, his thoughts were shockingly simple and his manner was affected. I didn't get genius. Maybe someone who isn't in health care didn't even notice these things, but nothing about the medical aspects rang true. Unfortunately, the book is primarily about medicine. Apr 23, Shirley rated it liked it Shelves: If not for a few things, I would have rated this book higher. The story kept my attention well most of the time and there was a decent amount of action.
What bothered me was the science. There are potential spoilers ahead. The author starts the book with a plague that is caused by Yersinia pestis the same organism that causes bubonic plague. But then later in the book he refers to Y. It isn't even close to a virus but a gram negative bacterium. To add further insult, he cl If not for a few things, I would have rated this book higher. To add further insult, he claims that this bacteria is a DNA virus and thus mutates rapidly.
DNA viruses don't in general mutate quickly. That is what RNA viruses do. This may not bother many people and it may not matter to you. If not, then you'll probably like the book. For me, the lack of concern over details is a big turn off. Oct 09, John Parabellum rated it it was amazing. I really liked this book because it takes place after the plague wiped out most of humanity. I have read countless Apocalypse stories and it was refreshing to read one that takes place some time after the initial event.
Most of the survivors think the plague ran it course and killed most of the population on earth. They are just surviving any way they can. Doctor Kaes kno I really liked this book because it takes place after the plague wiped out most of humanity. Doctor Kaes knows that the plague is not the usual kind that runs its course and dies. This plague keeps mutating and coming back. To find the vaccine or cure, he needs to find the first strain of the plague virus. He finds that in a cantankerous year old man who survived the first strain.
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Doctor Kaes and his team find the man somewhere in the Eastern US and must go through all sorts of obstacles to get to San Francisco where a vaccine can be made. Nov 10, Philip McClimon rated it really liked it. A long strange trip, but one worth taking. This story is long and meandering. Who should the stars be? Yes, In the proud tradition of hollywood blandness it could stand shoulder to shoulder with Xena, Hercules, Star Trek Voyager, Stargate: What other book might you compare Plaguesville, USA to and why? Some of your basic zombie novels.
Good sTory, they just lost me towards the end and I'd hop to other books and thn a few chapters of Plaugsvle USA then another book etc. Voice of main character. I'd watch it and they could drag many episodes out of This book that for sure.
Listen this is a good book, great ideas, character buildup is great I don't know why but I lost interest in the middle that all.. Would you listen to Plaguesville, USA again? I don't listen to any books more than once. How does this one compare? If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Don't be doopey, see this movie. The story was interesting, had unusual characters and I liked the pace. The sub-story involving mutants at the end didn't quite mesh with the entire story, but still enjoyable. What did you like best about this story? It is well written, has great characters and is very believable. The whole way the fallen world is described in a very "as a matter of fact" way I must say that Fleet Cooper is one of the best narrators I have had the pleasure of listening to.
He "does the voices" and captures the caracters very well, making them truly "come alive". This was one of the first audiobooks I bought and I really didn't know if it was for me, as I have always read alot of books myself, but Fleet Coopers narration won me over and opened a new world to me I am a big fan of both Zombie and "end of the world" litterature and media movies and games and this story was just up my alley I had never heard of it when I saw it on Amazon, so I read some reviews and took a chance on it I am very glad I did.
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I must say that I had really high expectations for Plaguesville, USA, I really need to learn that doing this will ruin many very good audiobooks before even listening. I was expecting an action packed, no holds bared assault on the human condition. I think the only reason I continued to listen was, I knew something awesome was about to happen. Unfortunately when Plaguesville, USA ended I felt empty inside because this could have been something incredible. Fleet Cooper is an incredible narrator, creating many easily identifiable character voices and delivering emotion and obliviously crazy personalities effortlessly.
This is my first audiobook narrated by Cooper and will not be my last. He was able to keep me engaged no matter what was happening or not happening in the story. This is a great story line but slowww - not a zombie apocalypse book: This story could have been so much better if the author hadn't indulged in creating an annoying fantasy involving a bright doctor and the dumb as a rock, illiterate, uneducated and very annoying woman who is apparently, to the author at least, completely worthwhile in this story because she is incredibly "hot" and "supermodel-like" and is happy to have lots of casual sex.