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Jacqueline Druga
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In a world blackened with plague, a glimmer of light exists in the small town of Lodi, Ohio. They shine as a sanctuary because they ... are 'flu-free' In the wake of the reality that they are spared, the spirit and strength of Lodi is tested. It becomes a fight against what is morally right or wrong in an increasingly difficult battle to stay healthy and alive until the fl ...more
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Published (first published August 28th 2006)
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Heather Clitheroe
At times a bit overdone, I thought: stilted dialogue and a contrived plot finds a sensitive biker Mick (also the chief of police and something of a 24-esque hero) slowly falling in love and saving a small town...along with intrepid doctor Lars (also a romance novelist and aid worker). FBI partners holed up in an LA hotel have a 'the world is ending' sexual encounter - which is frankly so out if place that it's laughable. I suppose it plays along with the sense of civil disorder that the story tr ...more
Kat
I purchased The Flu thinking it would be an OK read. A filler if you like, something easy to read on my daily commute. But I was wrong - very wrong!

The Flu immediately plunges you into the story with characters that are incredibly likable and not the usual infallible types that are predominate in the post-apocalyptic genre. They are normal people with normal lives, and have the same feelings and fears that you can imagine yourself having in such situations.

The story is free-flowing and addictive
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Cheryl
The Flu is another excellent apocalyptic story by Jacqueline Druga. It begins with a short factual-based introduction by the author with some sobering statistics about the plague and the deadliness of the Spanish Flu, noting specifically that in 1918 it was limited by the slow pace of travel -- a limitation that does not exist in this day and age. The intro finishes with a quote by the Army Surgeon General in 1918: "If the epidemic continues its mathematical rate of acceleration, civilization co ...more
Dee Streiner
Okay, I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I went into it expecting chaos and conflict, horror, which I was perfectly okay with. I did not expect to end up a blubbery mess. I also didn't expect to laugh as often as I found myself laughing. I was surprised all the way through. The pacing was just brilliant to me. The way the story came together and how amazingly the pieces all fit, it blew my mind. As a writer, I'm still shaking my head. Now I need to go back to my own writing ...more
Erin Hatfield
I started this book two days ago and was hooked from the beginning. The end threw me for a loop and I was definitely in tears for the lat couple chapters. Such a great read, you get incredibly close to the characters in this book!
Shana Festa
The Flu opens up with a grim description of the effects that a flu-like plague has on its unsuspecting victims. One day, you’re feeling fit and well, the next down for the count. Without rhyme or reason, the plague strikes and strikes hard. I was very intrigued by the premise of this book from the get go. Beginning in Alaska, you read with white knuckles as the plague spreads from the cold confines of the Pacific Northwest to Los Angeles. You writhe as the sickness infects and creeps east, final ...more
Cheryl
The Flu is another excellent apocalyptic story by Jacqueline Druga. It begins with a short factual-based introduction by the author with some sobering statistics about the plague and the deadliness of the Spanish Flu, noting specifically that in 1918 it was limited by the slow pace of travel -- a limitation that does not exist in this day and age. The intro finishes with a quote by the Army Surgeon General in 1918: "If the epidemic continues its mathematical rate of acceleration, civilization co ...more
David Ketelsen
This book goes in a number of directions, only 2 of them finished. If you're here for the pandemic/influenza book, you're going to be sorely disappointed. It sucks. The author apparently doesn't know the difference between bacteria and viruses. The entire book is written as if Influenza is bacterial in origin.

The other aspect of this book that is complete is the love story between Mick and Dylan. That story is well told and as long as you're not too analytical the romance between these two chara
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Michael Flanagan
This book works its way into your system and does not let go. The Flu tells the tale of a killer flu accidently let loose upon the world; it highlights how fragile as a species we truly are. This is what scares you about this book, it has happened before and it is bound to happen again. A great cast of characters take us through this tale that has it all, action, romance, suspense and humour. Like the Flu this book leaves exhausted once it is done with you. But this is a good thing because it sh ...more
Kathy
A Heavy, Sad, Beautiful Love Story

Before I picked up this book, I read all of the reviews. It amazes me how many people commented on how slowly it started. Some even downrated it because I guess they expected an End of the World blood fest or something. The truth is, this is one of the best books I have read by a new author, who, I think at the time, was self published.

Writing is a difficult profession. And Ms. Druga is a excellent writer. Anybody can put pen to paper (so to speak) and churn ou
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Tracey S. Zimmerman
Character-Driven Page Turner

Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction is hard to avoid these days. There have been many eras in the history of man, and right now we are very entrenched in the era of zombies and vampires, with a few werewolves and witches/warlords thrown in so we don't get too mired down in death.

Unfortunately, most of it is crap. As usual, the leaders of these movements appear with a bang and leave us with Harry Potter and Twilight; one spectacular, the other good storytelling ob
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Brenda Fryland
Interesting apocalyptic outbreak story with a long, but interesting, build up. I really enjoyed learning about the characters, even if some of them were bigger than life. I think you need bigger than life in a end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it story!

Intricate relationships, some awesome characters, some annoying ones too. There were moments that cracked me up, and others where I teared up. There were a few bizarre almost porn chapters. What the heck happened with those FBI agents too? Why did they
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Christina  Torretta
Favorite Quote:

“While you’re off trotting around being Robin the Boy Wonder…”

“Why can’t I be Batman?”



While this is an apocalyptic book with quite a scary cover this was not quite as scary as I anticipated. Actually, quite the opposite. I found myself laughing throughout a lot of it.

This is very much like a Walking Dead scenario. The characters have to deal with this end of the world scenario and try to hold onto their humanity while continuing to love and live. That’s pretty tough when people
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Christy Brunner
This book was so emotional for me. No one writes family drama the way this author does. She makes you care about the characters, and she writes them in such a way as to make you invested in them. Just to warn you, this book was an incredibly emotional read for me. I love to read apocalyptic end of the world stories, but this book is so much more. It is driven by the characters. I also highly recommend her books Dust and Sleepers!
Erica
Have you ever had a book that just pulled your emotions all over the place and you just want to hate it, but you can't because it was so well written, characters so defined, and the plot fell into perfect place? Well, that is what happened with me with this book.

You get to know all the characters through the different plot lines, that you feel like you're in their heads. When things happen, you feel the appropriate emotional tug, and are vested in them. Everything in the book fits like a puzzle
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Sandra Knapp
Absolutely loved it! Not the ending I would have wished for, but this story was so well written, and very plausible as well. In one way, really scary too, because it makes you open your eyes and understand just how vulnerable we are, if the premise of this story actually occurred.

A flu virus is accidentally and innocently released into the general public, from Alaska, and spreads quickly from there, to engulf the globe. In all this horror, one small town in Ohio, is able to seal themselves off f
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Tyler Hill
Not well-written, long to get into, mildly implausible, and with an opening section that I hated, this is a book with many, many things going against it. The emotional outbreak of the last hundred pages or so were noticeably better than the first two hundred pages and make up for some of the glaring issues.

Don't read it if you are expecting scientifically accurate talk of pandemics and flu - the fact that the book seems to think flu is caused by bacteria throws that hope out swiftly. Don't read
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Athena Braun
Heart wrenching, funny, A book U will not want to put down!!!

In a isolated research station 16 workers are found dead and that is how it starts. It spreads fast. In a small town Lodi, Ohio a experiment is being implemented to save the town from the deadly flu ravaging the world. Not only was this book about the flu but also about relationships. Real relationships that are complicated and people are not perfect. They are flawed. One such relationship: the main one in fact centers around the the t
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Kathy
This book starts out almost as two different stories. One is of a dangerous flu outbreak at a research lab in Alaska, the other of people living in the town of Lodi, OH. It takes to half the book before the two stories intertwine and the outbreak reaches Lodi. They manage to quarantine the city, and after a few weeks think they are okay, no one has the flu. Then two FBI agents looking for a crook try to get in. They have the flu and die, in a quarantined trailer. But what about the cat they trav ...more
Robert Beveridge
Jacqueline Druga-Johnston, The Flu (LBF Books, 2006)

review tagline: Strength Was Not Had

NOTE: I had had this recommended to me by a number of people whose word I trust almost implicitly. I had coincidentally picked up a copy of the 2006 first printing at a library book sale about a year before; those who were pimping it recently were talking about the 2013 third edition from Permuted Press. It is possible that some of the things I talk about below got, as it were, fixed in post.

Have you heard o
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Dawn Harris
I read everything I can get my hands on about biological germ warfare or just germs in general that can wipe out human population as we know it.This author has captured that oh my God moment for me this book was really fabulous. She had a fabulous way of really taking the characters and telling a true story all over the world of what people were going through and she didn't hold back in the telling of the story I look forward to reading many more books from this author. Many times I've read book ...more
Jacqueline
The author focuses on the one town that is "flu free" and their fight against what is morally right or wrong in the difficult battle to stay alive until the flu has run its course.
Elizabeth
It's been a while since a book made me cry. Not that this is a bleak story - but I had a real connection with the characters. This is well worth a look.
Bob
this is a medical thriller on the order of Outbreak or some of michael crichton's books, and i must say it stands up next to any of that genre that i've read. the book is about a strain of flu that proves to be as deadly as the spanish flu of the 1914-18 variety. the difference is with global transportation being what it is, it infects the entire world in a matter of weeks and destroys society as it takes its toll. this story focuses on one little town that tries to isolate and protect itself ag ...more
Lori
So with Ebola happening in West Africa and watching The Last Ship on TNT, I thought why not read a book about the flu infecting the world...Anyway, this book feels like it could actually happen. So scientists have been studying forms of the plague and trying to find a way to stop it/cure it/treat it in the far north part of Alaska. Well it gets out and the book shows how easy just one person can spread it. Only one town remains uninfected and the WHO have made it their mission to keep that town ...more
Jonell
This could have been a great read and it started off with potential. The longer I spent reading, the more interlaced with profanity it became. I stopped reading when I came across a completely unnecessary homosexual sex scene. If I had known this, I would have never wasted my time reading what I did in the first place. I think the author should have spent some time researching the difference between viruses and bacteria before trying to make up some cockamamie plot about the "flu". Even a nice t ...more
Tiziana
This is the perfect book to read during the current Ebola crisis. Or is it not? No, not for the paranoid!

I got hooked right from the first page, as things were set in motion pretty fast. The author mixed moments of mundane life together with the horrific outbreak of the flu with quite a fast-paced narration, and when things seemed to be dying down (excuse the pun), there was always some twist to keep the reader going.

I also ended up liking those characters which at first annoyed me when I was
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Donnie Lynch
MUCH MORE THAN I EXPECTED

For once there is a very bad going around the planet...and when they died they didn't come back as the undead. There is a large group of characters you get to know but the one in Lodi I grew to love them all The writer made you feel that were alive. As they say it was a fast read and such great writing...this is how I would. love to write...a book you don't want to end. I will say this book needed a lot of tissue for me. It is going to be keeper for me.

five stars for me
Sarah
it was decent enough, but i got really distracted by some bad writing here and there. characters "snickered" and "whined" too much.

but, i finished it pretty quickly so it was at least compelling in that way. i felt certain scenes were gratuitous, and that with the bad writing referenced above makes me want the author to refine the craft some more.

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Heide Goody
A really entertaining read. The characters might not all be likeable, but they are engaging and we care about what happens to them. The biggest obstacle for me was trying to work out whether I was reading a post-apocalyptic disaster book or a small-town character drama. As soon as I realised it was both, I stopped worrying and kept on enjoying the story.
I saw some other reviews getting hung up on a particular sex scene, but it was handled in the same playful tone that pervades the novel, so it
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