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latest novel is not a work of science fiction. Its not even a
work of fiction. It is potential fact!
Place to die by Sam North
Ian Middleton Review
powerful portrayal of an underestimated threat.
The invisible killer. Weve all seen the media frenzy over
the latest deadly outbreaks: SARs, Avian flu
all been gripped with fear as they sensationalize the story, only
to have it disappear soon after; leaving us to wonder if this
was just another scare story. Yet history is riddled with stories
of deadly plagues and killer viruses ravaging populations and
wiping out civilizations. What makes us think that it could not
Set in Vancouver, this is the tale of a world ravaged by a mutated version
of the avian flu virus. People are dropping dead in the thousands, society
has broken down and anarchy is slowly ensuing. In the midst of all this
turmoil are three sets of characters, Fen and her dog Red who, along
with her family, flee to a remote island in an attempt to wait out the
epidemic. Arno flies from Toronto to Vancouver to find Rachel, the woman
he loves, and together they try to outrun the virus. Finally theres
Deka, a cab driver whose good friend Dr Borov somehow helps them both
to survive the virus with his own medicinal cocktail. The so-called
experts have failed to develop an effective vaccine and now most of
these experts are also dead. People are afraid of people. No-one knows
who to trust. The government are no longer able to protect you. The
economy is all but destroyed. The world seems doomed.
Yet out of the ashes emerge these three sets of characters who prove
that all is not lost. When all is said and done its the ordinary
people who save the day. Through all the doom and seeming despair, hope
remains alive with some. When youve hit rock bottom and survived,
the only way is up.
What makes this book so much more compelling is Sams easygoing
and free-flowing style of writing. Rarely have I discovered a new author
who can draw you into his world so easily. His writing is alive and
engaging, and the dialogue is so down to earth that you feel like the
people are next to you acting it out. Sam has the enviable ability to
create a diverse group of characters that the reader is able to vividly
picture and instantly like or dislike; something that should be commonplace,
but is sadly lacking in many of todays books.
Fascinating, frightening and compelling, Another Place to Die is the
ultimate page-turner which I guarantee will result in many late nights
under the bedside light with you uttering, just one more chapter!! * Over 3000 copies sold
Reviewed by Ian Middleton: Travel Writer and photographer, and author
of Mysterious World: Ireland.
Ian Middleton <ian at ian-middleton.co.uk>
Ian Middleton is a freelance travel writer and photographer from the
UK. He is the author of three travel narrative books and one travel
guide to ancient Ireland, Mysterious World: Ireland. Ian has also written
for several magazines, including Mysterious World, backpacker Ireland,
Walking World Ireland, Take your car UK and the Slovenia Times newspaper.
Ian's photography has been published in Mysterious World: Ireland, Masa
Acher magazine, Living Abroad, Bradt Travel Guides and the Slovenia
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