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(Project Eden #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,422 ratings  ·  251 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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Rick Riordan
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Okay, so another novel about a plague that could wipe out humanity. We've read this before and seen it a million times, right? Nevertheless, this book was a great page-turner. Daniel Ash wakes up in the middle of night to find a nightmare situation. His wife is dead next to him. His daughter and son appear to be sick with the same virulent disease. He alone isn't affected. A team of unknown specialists in Hazmat gear swoop in and quarantine the entire neighborhood. Soon, Ash is separated from h ...more
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
In the middle of the night Daniel Ash is awoken by his daughters screams, little does he know his life is about to be changed forever. Daniel is oblivious to the fact that he and his family have been part of a research study that insane radicals have been monitoring for years. After his wife dies, his children are taken, and he is taken and held in a secret lab, a small group of strangers come to break him out. Daniel is completely confused by the events of the last week but is quickly brought u ...more
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jim A
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Giovanni Gelati
May 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sick In The Best Ways. This is one wild ride, that starts with a man's daughter screaming only for him to realize moments later that his wife is dead. Soon, he and his kids are kidnapped and separated. It turns out, they unknowingly have something that is extremely valuable to some very... sick... people. This introduction to the PROJECT EDEN series is more TAKEN than Apocalypse, but the tease of a coming Apocalypse is very real and very visceral. By the end, you're glad the entire series is alr ...more
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
DNF...couldn't get into audio. Need to go back and just 'read' the book
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed this page turner and found it hard to put down. I found that Ash lacked the impact that should have been a very sympathetic main character so my enjoyment came primarily from the power of the story itself. Even most of the side characters were thinly drawn for me. The person I liked the most was the reporter and I was most drawn into her story line. Having said that, I'm definitely going to continue this series and I'm hopeful that the characters will be a bit more lively in ...more
Sick is an enjoyable genre read. You know what you get with Brett Battles and he delivers. This is pure space opera and he does it with both aplomb and economy of writing. This is black hat/ white hat and you know who is on which side. This is a very fast read and reads like a movie script. Fast paced and plenty of action. Sick is the first of the series and Brett Battles leaves you wanting more at the end with a cliff hanger. This is well trod ground and he stays well within the genre and break ...more
William Malmborg
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Skip Crust
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Emily Chiaravalloti
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Derek 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.
Felicia A
May 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Ambs ❤❤
Finished reading on 10.16.15.

Review 12.29.15 ↓

This was somewhat of a quick read, and I immediately jumped to another book soon after. So, from what I remember, this story started out at high intensity, and just continued on in that manner. Daniel Ash was a true bad-ass, and many times, he reminded me of my father. Not because of his actions per se , but more so because of his words and manners. So, of course I was rooting for him the whole time.

I would definitely recommend this book if you like
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Lucas Darathy
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very compelling story. I was rooting for the main characters.

There were some bumps on this road, though, such as "and then Chloe did this", but the character's name was something else.

The main character himself was probably the least interesting. He wasn't very believable as someone from the army, to be honest.

Other than that, great story. I want to know more and I want the characters to survive and succeed.
Wanda Hartzenberg
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
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!

Lalabikida Poppy
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awesome political thriller that kept me captivated from the very first chapter. The author's characters were well developed and flowed through to an end where this book although part of a series could be a stand alone. Highly encourage other readers who like intense themes and action to read this book.
MaryJude Schmitz
Jun 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Hmmm, I have read this before I think, oh well, it's not for me either way
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Science fiction/near future but Pre-Apoclyptic instead of post. I am looking forward to how the story plays out. Of course, I'm listening to them while sick...
May 27, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a great quick easy read. The plot is gripping, and the book is well written. I enjoyed it!
M.L. Roos
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Frickin Awesome. Could not put it down. Stayed up way past my bedtime to finish it.
P.D. Martin
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous book! Kept me turning the pages right up to the end.
David Cochrane
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This virus story is catching...

But it is not deadly.

The start of this book reminded me of Stephen King's The Stand. But the similarity soon was gone. Instead we have a well thought out and exicuted triller mystery. We have a well developed protagonist and several other secondary characters. One found oneself rooting for their survival.

Brett Battles is another of my favorite authors. I have been reading of his Quinn series. This is quite different from that effort which is refreshing. The other b
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Brett Battles is a Barry Award-winning author of over thirty 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:

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)
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