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Plague War (Plague #2)

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Researcher Ruth Goldman has developed a vaccine with the potential to inoculate the world’s survivors against the nanotech plague that devastated humanity. But the fractured U.S. government will stop at nothing to keep it for themselves.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 29th 2008 by Ace (first published 2008)
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Probably not quite as good as plague year, but it was still fairly fun to read.
The author provided me a free copy of this book for the purpose of Beta-reading. This review was not a condition of our agreement; it is entirely my own idea to share with potential readers the fantastic story within the pages of this volume.

"Plague War" by Jeff Carlson is Book #2 of the "Plague" trilogy. This superbly crafted episode of the saga is best read after first reading "Plague Year", Book #1 of the series. Jeff's writing is so believable you will feel, at times, that you are reading th
Plague War is a solid middle episode of the Plague trilogy. It works for the same reason the first book worked - the constant uphill battle of survival keeps those pages turning.

Surviving the plague is not fun business, and at times, reading about it wasn't either. As the characters slowly wandered through the desolation, the monotony did set in a bit. Though big in imagination and scope, I credit Carlson for the realism of his situations. I suppose realism isn't always a key element of entertai
ABR's full Plague War: The Author's Cut audiobook review can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

A mixture of military and post-apocalyptic thriller set in the not too distant future, Plague War captivates it’s audience with several gut wrenching ideas (not necessary new ones) that are communicated clearly and concisely thus making them very real!

Nanotechnology that was designed to create cures for diseases takes an unexpected turn – it is released and begins to eat at all living organisms – plant, a
The chips are down in this second of the series (new readers must read 'plague year' before starting this novel). Carlson's writing improved. His section capturing a survival march had a nice prose uplift, with elements that moved toward capturing 'transporting the reader' like the opening section of On the road..

Write on, Jeff Carlson. Write on.
Jul 23, 2010 Brad rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: scifi
Second book in this uninteresting sci fit series. Sometimes my strategy of waiting for all the books in a series to come out before I read them backfires when the first book is so bad as I still feel the need to finish the series. Still a dull series.
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
Very disappointing! "Plague Year" was a gripping, pessimistic tale of true apocalyptic terror and survival - "Plague War" is bitty, often unfocussed and lacking in the power to keep one's attention.
Plague War is the second novel in Jeff Carlson’s excellent Plague Year trilogy. The Plague Year trilogy takes place in the aftermath of a man-made Nanotech virus which has decimated the world’s population and forced all survivors to seek shelter at altitudes above ten thousand feet, the only place where the virus cannot spread. The world is thrown into chaos as animal and plant populations also succumb to the virus and humans fight amongst themselves for resources, land, and life itself. Carlson ...more
Andy Phillips
This is the second book in a trilogy (the first being 'Plague Year' and the third 'Plague Zone'). If you haven't read 'Plague Year' yet then I strongly recommend that you start there. It's a more exciting story and this one won't make anywhere near as much sense without the background information it provides.

The story picks up pretty much where the first book finished. The survivors of the nanotech machine plague are trying to spread the competing nanotech vaccine to other people who are strande
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This book is a worthy successor to Plague Year. It fills in many of the details about what life is like below "the barrier" and picks up many threads & elements from Plague Year and expands on them seamlessly. However while the author does an decent job of trying to make the book stand on it's own, I would really recommend starting with Plague Year first to get the full enjoyment of the plot and characters.
Tom Loock
More of the same, and just like the protagonists struggle through insect infested territory, I struggled through Plague War. Mind you: It's not a bad book and Jeff Carlson is not a bad writer, but unless something significant happens in the last book of this trilogy (which warrants stretching the story this thin), it would have been significantly better as a single novel. I won't be along for the ride, I'm afraid, because I read one book too many in this trilogy already. Sorry.
Ok lets see if my review of this will take this time since i lost the last one.
this book feels more like a complete novel more than the first one - it certainly drew a good enough conclusion that i cannot see what will happen in the third and final book and so much so that i have regained my interest in reading them to find out what happens.
The book carries on more or less right after the ending of the first so the action is pretty linear however it does take a major redirection half way throug
Eh, more of the same. Some is pretty good, some just doesn't make sense. Can't decide if I want to track down the 3rd volume, or just let it go.
Adrian Jowitt
I was actually quite disappointed with this sequel (sorry Jeff)

There was too much wandering around avoiding bugs for me so I actually got quite bored. I would have liked more intrigue and detail around the fight for the technologies. In all fairness once you restrict yourself to 10,000 feet above sea level you are kind of fairly restricted. Also, I thought the nano was almost too devastating - I can't see how the planet ecology could recover from this.......therefore leading to the destruction o
The sequel to Plague Year, which I read a little while ago. I liked this book too. This book starts pretty much right where the other left off. A small group of survivors on the ground in California trying to get a possible cure for the nanite plague to others while at the same time remnants of government forces are trying to get the possible cure for themselves in order to top dogs in the new world order.

And Russia and China invade California.

Quite a bit of action. Large masses of bugs and snak
Laura Sanders
I randomly picked this up from my library and did not read #1 first (for some reason this is the only book of the trilogy that my library has.) Even so, Carlson provided enough information that I understood the Plague.

It was slow going for me to get into the story, but about halfway I got hooked in. I found the Plague intriguing and really enjoyed the characters, especially Ruth.

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Not my genre and this was the second book of a trilogy, so it was not the best conditions to start with! But I read it because I hear Jeff talk at a Writers' Conference and wanted to see what all his buzz was about. I think his idea was very inventive, as was the alternate world he created. And I learned alot from his detailed visual descriptions. But if I had to walk one more mile in blasted wasteland with one of his characters I would have thrown the book across the room. I'm sure, however, sc ...more
It has been a couple years since the machine plague hit and killed most of the world's population. Ruth has a vaccine and is trying to spread it to as many people as possible. Only politics and war are complicating things.

I had a slow time reading this book. I just never got really involved in the story though I am not exactly sure why. Partly because I didnt like Ruth I think. But I will say I REALLY disliked her "solution" to the war and I was kinda glad the book was over
This was far more violent than it needed to be. People fighting other people, in other words, military fiction, isn't my favorite. But the use of nanotechnology in this book makes it worth reading. Also, the characters are much more compelling than in the first book. I think this has to do with their now relative scarcity (because, spoiler alert, lots of people died).
Excellent sequel to Plague Year. Follows the characters in their fight to survive and get the vaccine out there to the wider community. Very ambitious book and starts to deal with the wider scope of the global situation following the nanotechnology outbreak. Loved it, can't wait to read the third one now it's just been released on kindle under the Authors cut.
Mobi/Sci-Fi: This is the second book of the trilogy. While I really like the series, I feel that you need to read the first book to understand what is happening in this book. At the end, there was a lot of political maneuvering going on, that I honestly didn't understand the motivation. That said, it was a good second book to the series.
Even though I gave the same score to the first book, I liked this one better. They're both good reads and right up my alley--post-apocalyptic with some sci-fi mixed in. The author writes well and has enough colloquialism to make you chuckle.

I'm not sure if there's another one in the series coming soon. If so, I'll definitely read it.
This sequel to Plague Year was not a disappointment. The action was even better than the first book. I was a little annoyed by the Cam/Ruth relationship. I liked hearing Hernandez's perspective. It would have been nice to have his narration and more about his role in the action towards the end of the book.
Sequel to Plague Year - this one was very intense, just like the first. Nanotechnology is a fascinating subject, as is the possibility of a microscopic weapon that can kill anyone who breathes or swallows them.

This author did a great job with his protagonists - I would love it if he'd write a follow up.
Keith Bell
This series has a great premise but is almost too ambitious. Takes a while to get into the story and has just enough to make you want to read the book, but not enough to make it not-put-downable. I'll read the next in the series just to finish it but not going to go out there hunting for it today.
The best book of the series. It expands on the orignal book and takes the reader through a series of entirely plausible repercussions of the machine plague. Both a great fun read and powerful cautionary tale.
Jul 07, 2010 Rose rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rose by: Meghan
I tried. I have read the second book in this trilogy and won't be moving on. I simply don't care. It's more of the same as Plague Year. If you want to see a review of this book, just read the first one. Meh.
Again, continued on with the story and it was good to have a place this story was I can't wait to see what the outcome is!!!!
Jun 18, 2009 Brandi added it
Have tried reading this 2 times. Maybe third time is the charm.

update: I think I read this, but now I can't remember...
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Jeff Carlson is the international bestselling author of "Plague Year," "Interrupt" and "The Frozen Sky." To date, his work has been translated into sixteen languages worldwide. His new novel is "Frozen Sky 2: Betrayed."

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