by Brian O'Grady
Partners in Crime Tours
In his national bestseller HYBRID, Brian O'Grady created a bracing and vividly realized tale of a virus gone out of control. At the center of that story was Amanda Flynn, a woman not killed by the EDH1 virus, but changed in frightening ways. HYBRID only hinted at the story of Amanda's work in Honduras that led to her exposure and the ramifications when the American government sought to contain the damage. Now, that story can be told. AMANDA'S STORY is the heart-stopping tale of a woman caught up in a storm she wanted no part of, and what happens when she refuses to be collateral damage. It is the story that readers of HYBRID have been waiting for and that new readers will find impossible to put down.
My Thoughts: I haven't yet read Hybrid, but after reading Amanda's Story I am really looking forward to it. The book actually starts out in Pakistan with the creation and theft of a new, never-before-seen virus that has the makings of being a terrorist's dream virus. It is from that start that we meet Amanda and learn that she has recently lost her husband and young son in a plane crash. She is having a hard time moving forward and seems to be stuck in her grief.
She goes to Honduras with the Red Cross on a rescue mission, but it turns into much more. She watches her colleagues succomb to the virus that is rampant there, and becomes the survivor that now needs to be rescued. But that is only the beginning. She is placed in quarantine, as they are trying to figure out why she has survived. Having been through so much in the last year - losing first her family, and then her co-workers is enough to change anybody - but throw in a deadly virus and you are bound to find yourself in a new place - not just physically, but mentally, psychologically, as well.
This was a great page turning read and I really felt for Amanda. While not really being able to relate to her story, she was very easy to sympathize with. She has some great friends in the book that were fun to read about and I would love to have in-laws like she does. I am not sure if it is necessary to read this book before Hybrid, but it would definitely not be a waste of time!
I received a complimentary ecopy of this book from Partners in Crime Tours in exchange for my unbiased review.
AMANDA'S STORY is Brian O’Grady’s second novel after his best-selling debut with Hybrid. He is a practicing neurologic surgeon and, when he is not writing or performing brain surgery, he struggles with Ironman triath- lons. He lives with his wife in Washington state.between California and Western Washington.
TITLE: Amanda's StoryAUTHOR: Brian O'Grady
PUBLISHED BY: The Story Plant
PUBLICATION DATE: November 13, 2012
ISBN: 1611880475 (ISBN13: 978-1611880472)
# OF PAGES: 304