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Sick (Project Eden #1)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  1,189 ratings  ·  174 reviews
Daniel Ash wakes after midnight to the cry of his daughter. Just a bad dream, he thinks. She's had them before. Yet he can't help but worry when she cries out again as he pads down the hallway. Stepping through her doorway, he expects to find her sitting up in bed, frightened by a nightmare.

But the nightmare is his. It's real. And it's just beginning...

Something is burning
Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published April 19th 2011
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This one was hard to get through, and not entirely sure why - it was a book that seemed tailor made for my guilty pleasures - a horrible contagious and deadly disease sweeping through north america, shady government agencies, possible oncoming apocalypse - and yet I really had to fight to get through and finish it. I just didn't care about any of the people in this book. There was no pathos. Just a bunch of people running around doing things that held no interest to me. I didn't care whether the ...more
One of the positive points of this book for me is the fact that there is zero romance in it. No-one falling in or out of love, no love triangles, and no whining damsel in distress. That doesn’t mean that this isn’t a great read. I’m saying that this book was a terrific read without the author reverting to the customary romance angle to give the story a backbone. I loved that the author created a tale starting as a parent’s worst nightmare and built it up from there to an explosive ending, instea ...more
Jim A
I usually have to force myself to do other things instead of reading when I have a Brett Battles Cleaner series book. This book I had to force myself to continue reading. Maybe I'm just burned out on government conspiracy novels, or maybe it's something else.

I found the main character to be less than compelling. It wasn't that he was boring, he just didn't hold my attention the way I'm used to a protagonist keeping me involved in the story. I found myself waiting for the author to move back to a
I picked up this book thinking it to be a medical thriller. Well, it is not exactly so much of a medical thriller, though the central element of the plot is the spread of a killer contagion. The basic plot is nothing new; we have read enough novels both on the aspect of the spread of killer contagions, as well as about radical elements deliberately doing so to kill for their ulterior and vested interests. Despite such absence of novelty, this book reads like a riot! Very fast paced with edge of ...more
Giovanni Gelati
I am going to channel my teenage son here: “Sick is just sic, it is off the hook sic, basically it can’t get any sic’r than it is.” Now to understand the teenage mind just a little bit, that means it is good in a good way even though it doesn’t sound that way. For me, being the geezer that I am, I would say that it is just rad, hip and cool, peachy keano, or something along those old man one foot in the grave type things. But seriously folks, I am a big Cleaner fan, the franchise that Brett Batt ...more
Felicia A
Could be the start of an epic series...but works quite well as a stand-alone novel. This thriller--which COULD, but does not quite--tip over into the PA genre, starts out with a bang. The action begins with the first paragraph, and rarely slows from that point.

Well written and engaging, with well developed characters that you can identify with, this story grabs you from the gate. Daniel Ash wakes in the night, hearing his daughter call out for him, and he knows that something just isn't right. N
Skip Crust
Like other reviews, I would say that if you're looking for some kind of new ground-breaking story line that hasn't been done before, this isn't it. But that certainly isn't to say that this is a bad story. It's actually really good. Entertaining stories don't necessarily need to be unique, only told in a way that the reader enjoys the ride and wants to continue. In that sense, Sick delivers.

In similar novels, the pitfall authors fall into is allowing the story to detract from character depth. Wh
Derek (Guilty of thoughtcrime)
May 30, 2011 Derek (Guilty of thoughtcrime) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Derek (Guilty of thoughtcrime) by: Brett Battles
Shelves: thriller, mystery, fantasy
Do you believe in conspiracy theories? If you don't yet, you will by the time you finish this book!

Initially, I was a little put off by the technical details of the book (not the story, which is fabulous, but the editing). The editing left a little to be desired: too many adverbs, and use of Americanisms like "gotten" that, while perfectly correct in American English, and to be expected in conversation, are typically removed by editors so that it won't grate on a non-American reader's inner ear.
Emily Chiaravalloti

Brett Battles certainly knows how to write a page-turner. I have never been someone who read science fiction or thriller books. In fact, I didn't even know if I liked them. However, after readjust g Sick, I know that thrillers are my knew favorite books! This book is about bioterrorism, also something I had never thought would be so interesting.

Daniel Ash and his family woke up one morning severely and dreadfully ill. all of their neighbors on their army base were dying from an
A good story and a darn good beginning to a multi book sequel. This book is well written with no obvious holes in the plot. I plan on reading the next in the series, "Exit 9".
The plot of this book has been done before....a lot, mysterious evil group plans on wiping out humanity to start anew. If you are looking for a refreshing take or something groundbreaking, you aren't going to find it in this novel.
There is very little character development. But with more books in the story, I can't honest
Wanda Hartzenberg
In a fast moving plot I felt the narrator of this audiobook did an amazing job in keeping the tone of the plot current.

World buiding is very realistic, the plot although not unique per se is presented well enough to entertain and that is what I want from my reading material, I want to be entertained.

If you like a good read, love this gemre? Then I can say with no doubt that this book, be it on audio or print, is an excellent choice!

Darren Thomas
The premise of the story is interesting, but it just doesn't come together as much as I'd like. With most any work of fiction, you have to suspend disbelief to a certain extent, but there are too many holes in this plot. The secret government agency behind the whole thing is way too sloppy. They have incredible technology to track people down in seconds, but they always seem to miss a detail or even a person.

Sorry for the minor spoilers coming, but there is no way Paul should have been left in
Excellent "what if" novel about a virus in the hands of the wrong people, being tested willy nilly on some good people. Very logical progression of the plot- it is clear the author kept his sense of reality when laying this one out. And of course, while the plot does wrap up satisfactorily at the end of the book, it leaves just enough hanging to make me want to head to the next one in the series right away. What's better than a juicy bio-epidemic story? A juicy bio-epidemic story with a sequel.
This was a GREAT summer read! I bought it because one of my favorite authors, Blake Crouch, endorsed it. The plot does not explore many new avenues of literary novelty, but I don't care. It read quickly and I was entertained along the way; which is what I expect from a 'summer read'. I was engaged in the characters and was pulling for them by the end. I would recommend this to anyone interested in thrillers. This is the first of a series. I eagerly plan on reading the next ones in the series.
MaryJude Schmitz
I think I will continue this series. It is well written and and interesting concept. Even though the "everyone is killed off by a sickness" theme has been done to death, this has a new twist to it I haven't seem before.
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This is a great quick easy read. The plot is gripping, and the book is well written. I enjoyed it!
M.L. Roos
Frickin Awesome. Could not put it down. Stayed up way past my bedtime to finish it.
As a stand alone, good. However it is the 1st in a series.

A strange, deadly flu is let loose. But it is not deadly to Ash. Why not? And what has happened to his children. The book is about what he has to go through in attempts to get them back. The adventure/thriller parts are great and the climax to this conflict is satisfying.

The climax to the flu epidemic is a complete dud. But then there has to be a reason for the next 3 books. According to reviews I have read, the next 2 in the series are n
Naomi Leadbeater
Average for it's genre. Nothing captivating, or hooking, but still a pleasurable read.

Some grammatical errors and a few spelling mistakes.

The forward is not a forward, it's a review. It's fine to include those in books, but don't label them a forward.

Characters are developed, but there was nothing that made me get attached to them or love them. They lacked a human quality, and I can't quite place why. It made the read feel more like watching a tv show once in a while, rather than following the
John Mann
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Sick is book one in the Project Eden series, and after reading it I can’t wait to dig into book #2. Though this book is a lunching point for a series that currently features four novels, thankfully it’s a fully fleshed out and complete story in its own right. Packed with action and unending suspense, the book starts with a scare and the wild ride only continues from there.

The book centers around the character of Daniel Ash, an officer in the Army who has recently taken his family and transferred
Sometimes you are just wandering in a library and think to yourself "man, the homeless guy slumped over the table in the corner could probably use a sandwich". Other times you glance at a book cover and just get intrigued. I had enjoyed some of Battles other books, mostly suspense action types (the Quinn series) so a little familiarity coupled with what looked like a scene out of Breaking Bad had me hooked enough to check into Sick. Add in the "Project Eden" subtitle pointing toward some sort of ...more
This is yet another story (series) leading to a possible apocalyptic ending of Life as we know it. This one, brought on via a flu-like virus, that kills everyone without the vaccine (which is not perfected yet) or a natural immunity to it (like our main character, his kids, and I am starting to wonder if not a few others as well). It ended as a a possible stand-alone novel, but there is a second book out in the series. Plenty of action that keeps the story going, but not a lot of character in-de ...more
This is a thriller that does not pretend to be anything more than that. Brett Battles has set out to write an entertaining story, and he succeeds pretty well. The opening scenario is a pretty familiar one -- a contagious flu is spreading throughout the world. The opening of the book is suspiciously similar to "The Stand" by Stephen King. Instead of the flu breaking out on an army base, it is contained within the base, for a while at least.

However, from there, Battles takes the story in a differ
Matt Allen
Sick is my first exposure to Brett Battles and I'm impressed.

Battles knows how to set a scene, how to keep the pressure on, how to creatively add layers to the story, and how to compose characters that matter. All of this is on display in the first Project Eden thriller. The narrative breezed by and Battles deserves a lot of credit for writing a book that moves while also writing a book with real weight to it. Sick is sleek and you feel that almost the entire way through.

My issues with Sick wer
I tend to be weary of some of the cheap/free Kindle books because some of them are really bad. However, every once in a while you find a gem. This is one of them. It's a pretty solid thriller that follows Daniel Ash after his neighborhood was purposefully subjected to a killer virus that claimed the life of his wife. Fortunately, Daniel is immune and so are his two kids, but now the mysterious people behind the virus want Daniel's family for testing. Daniel escapes, thanks to the help of some ev ...more
William Malmborg
Wow, it’s been quite some time since I flew through a book the way I did with Sick by Brett Battles. So many of my reads lately have been difficult to get into, so much so, that I have actually given up on three, which is very unlike me. The thrill and joy I usually receive from reading just wasn’t there with them, my mind constantly wanting to flip on the TV or go browse Facebook rather than continue with the books. It was sad. Nothing was working. I felt at a loss, my greatest pleasure in life ...more
Cathy Ryan
Captain Daniel Ash is woken by his daughter’s cry. As he stumbles into her bedroom he is catapulted into the beginning of the worst nightmare imaginable. His life is going to be turned upside down and inside out. But at the moment Ash can’t comprehend what has happened and is happening to his wife and daughter. Only his son seems ok for now, just confused. And no wonder.

There’s something terrible going on and after over a week incarcerated in a cell, not knowing why and believing his children ar
Elizabeth A.
There’s a war brewing in America, one simmering just below the surface but ready to explode. Captain Daniel Ash, his family, and the other 56 residents of Baker Flats military base find themselves at ground zero of that war one horrible night when hell descends upon their little corner of the world.

Awakened by a cry from his daughter, Ash goes to her room expecting to find her upset from a nightmare. Instead, he finds the girl burning with a dangerously high fever. As he struggles to get her int
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Brett Battles is a Barry Award-winning author of over twenty novels, including Rewinder, the Jonathan Quinn series, the Logan Harper series, and the Project Eden series. He’s also the coauthor, with Robert Gregory Browne, of the Alexandra Poe series. You can learn more at his website:
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Other Books in the Series

Project Eden (7 books)
  • Exit 9 (Project Eden, #2)
  • Pale Horse (Project Eden, #3)
  • Ashes (Project Eden, #4)
  • Eden Rising (Project Eden, #5)
  • Dream Sky (Project Eden, #6)
  • Down (Project Eden, #7)
The Cleaner (Jonathan Quinn, #1) The Deceived (Jonathan Quinn, #2) Shadow of Betrayal (Jonathan Quinn, #3) The Silenced (Jonathan Quinn, #4) Becoming Quinn (Jonathan Quinn, #0.1)

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