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Around the world, a deadly outbreak spreads.

The CDC and WHO race to stop it, but they soon learn that this pandemic hides a dark secret. It may be the start of a scientific experiment that could alter the human race forever--and reveal a shocking truth about our future.

Experience the groundbreaking novel that will change everything you think you know about pandemics--and how to survive one.

“Reads like a superior collaboration between Dan Brown and Michael Crichton.”
The Guardian

Now an Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

A hundred miles north of Alaska, a US Coast Guard vessel discovers a sunken submarine at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean. It has no national identification and doesn’t match the records of any known vessel. Deep within, researchers find evidence of a scientific experiment that will rewrite our basic understanding of the human race.

In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC’s leading epidemiologist, she’s among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It’s a lonely and dangerous job, but it’s her life—and she’s good at it. This time, she may have met her match.

In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death’s door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO. What they find in the remote village is beyond their worst fears. As she traces the origin of the pathogen, Peyton begins to believe that there is more to this outbreak—that it may be merely the opening act in a conspiracy with far reaching consequences.

In Berlin, Desmond Hughes awakens in a hotel room with no memory of how he got there or who he is. On the floor, he finds a dead security guard from an international pharmaceutical company. His only clue leads him to Peyton Shaw—a woman who seems to know him, but refuses to tell him how. With the police searching the city for him, Desmond desperately tries to piece together what happened to him. To his shock and horror, he learns that he may be involved in causing the outbreak—and could hold the only key to stopping it.

As the pathogen spreads around the world, Peyton and Desmond race to unravel the conspiracy behind the pandemic—and uncover secrets some want to keep buried. With time running out, they face an unimaginable decision.

Buy now and begin the journey (or read for free in Kindle Unlimited).

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About Pandemic

Edition Language:English
Format Type:

    Pandemic Reviews

  • Vannetta Chapman

    I loved, loved, loved the first 3/4 of this book.(sigh)The last quarter was quite complicated, overly complicated. The plot seemed a stretch, there were SCORES of coincidences that I still can't expla...

  • Felipe Macia

    Do you like books where the author doesn't even know what he's getting at? Do you like books probably written by the author's understudy after skimming his first book for a semblance of his style? Do ...

  • Monica

    Well this large book started off like a racehorse! Great writing, characters, super interesting plot. It combines science with human emotion and lots of mysteries to keep you guessing. For the first 7...

  • Matthieu

    Is it a joke?The beginning was excellent. We wonder what's happening and how they are going to fight against the flu (not a major spoiler). But little by little the book moves to high fantasy.Ok, the ...

  • Deb

    TimelyThe author well researched the factual components of this novel. This is an all entailing story of the methods used when an outbreak begins, how it's kept from becoming a Panademic; and handled ...

  • Lily Malone

    DNF at about 60%.Sorry, I can't do anymore... I am so tired of the extended chapter after chapter flashbacks for all characters. I'm enjoying the current storyline enough to give 2 stars - the Pandemi...

  • Sarah

    "You know what would be great? We have two strong female protagonists and one smart, rich, and strong male. Now let's have them fight and argue over him at critical points in the plot when they should...

  • Jen

    I'm a sucker for "plague kills the world" books and this was just what I was craving. Tons of adventure, engaging characters, a fast pace and a plague that kills the world! Couldn't ask for more from ...

  • Zach Sheffler

    This book has something of an identity crisis. The first two-thirds chronicles the apocalypse unfolding over the course of a week. The last third reads like a pretty good Dan Brown book. Now, both of ...

  • Babbs

    This felt very much like a blend of The Bourne Identity, The Da Vinci Code, and Outbreak. An interesting take on a common book plot, with secret societies, missing memories, advanced technology, and o...