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Hybrid by Brian O'Grady
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Aug 17, 2011

it was ok
Read from July 31 to August 17, 2011

A mysterious disease is striking cities in the United States. The mortality rate is astronomical, the infected turn to extreme and unprovoked violence, and no one knows where it came from... except a very few who have seen this disease before and know the changes it brings to those who survive its clutches.

Amanda Flynn survived the same infection in the Honduran jungles seven years before. More than surviving, she changed. The disease developed mental powers in her that no one foresaw.

When the disease shows up stateside, no one will listen to her warnings - until it may be too late.

The concept for this book is really good. And the writing itself is excellent - for a draft. With extra editing (in one place the name of a character keeps switching, there is some dialog that should be edited for cheese-factor, and there area few typos), it would be an easy and gripping read.

O'Grady's medical scenes are superb. He seamlessly blends realism and story in a way that draws you in. The military scenes... not so much. They read more like a caricature than a portrayal that could be real. There is too much reliance on stock military characters with no depth. I found myself wanting to skim these scenes.

All in all, though, the book shows a lot of promise and the storyline is sound and interesting.


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