Monday, September 17, 2012

REVIEW: "H10 N1" - by M.R. Cornelius

H10 N1
by M.R. Cornelius

REVIEWED BY: Books4Tomorrow


A deadly influenza virus rages out of control. There is no easy-fix vaccine. No eleventh-hour containment. Only death. With no workforce, power plants have been shut down, police and fire departments have collapsed, crops lie unpicked in the fields.

When Dr. Taeya Sanchez finds herself unceremoniously dismissed from an emergency medical facility in New York, she decides to steal the hospital's armored van for a midnight escape. Unfortunately, Rick DeAngelo, a driver for the hospital, has already stocked the van for his own getaway.

Thrown into an unfriendly alliance, these two must pick their way across the dangerous wasteland of America in search of a safe haven. And as the miles roll by, they discover that the living should be feared much more than the festering corpses out there.


I downloaded this book quite a while ago, and I’m really happy I did. It turned out to be such a fantastic and enjoyable read!

Most of the books I’ve been reading lately had paranormal elements in the story, so reading “H10 N1” which has no supernatural creatures or beings or anything paranormal in the story line, was a welcome relief. The plot is quite original in that the virus in this story was manmade and spread by the Koreans. What made it an even more gripping and nerve-wracking read is the frighteningly real possibility that this could happen in the world as we know it.

Usually, in some of these post-apocalyptic novels, you’ll find zombies or some form of the walking dead or undead. Not in this story. The author gets your heart racing out of control with vivid descriptions of the terrifying journey the two main characters had to undertake to get to a place of safety away from the virus; and their fight for survival along the way - from being attacked by road gangs and not being infected by carriers of the virus, to driving through a burning forest and dealing with many more heart-stopping confrontations.

I’m a big fan of explosive action in books and there’s no shortage of that in this story. Think rocket launchers and gun fights, edge-of-your-seat suspense and a few unexpected plot twists, and you’ll only have a slight idea of what you’re letting yourself in for. My fear of rabid dogs was thoroughly preyed upon in one disturbing scene in this riveting novel. As I’m not a fan of romance books, I enjoyed that the two main characters didn’t fall in love instantly, and the way they got on each other’s nerves had me laughing out loud at times.

The writing flows well and the story cruises along at a comfortable pace. I very much enjoyed the author’s sense of humor which was evident in the dialogue between a few of the main characters. All in all, this is a terrific novel which I won’t hesitate to recommend to my family and closest friends as one of the best reads of the year.  


“H10 N1” by M.R. Cornelius has 68 reviews on GoodReads. Read it here.


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