Monthly Book Review

 By Valari Roberts

I work as a book reviewer Platypire Reviews, under the name Platypire Bob.  While my reviews aren’t deep or exactly life-shattering, I do try my best to get the point across.  We thought you guys might enjoy reading one once in a while, so from now on, I’ll share one of my reviews here once a month, and I’ll try to pick a fun for y’all.  I hope you like it!

You can find my original posting of this at:


What started as a “flu” outbreak on a military base proves deadlier than Ebola and more contagious than the Spanish Flu. Sympatico Syndrome is unlike anything the world has ever seen. Victims’ behavior is changing to accommodate the rapid spread of the virus.
Former Navy epidemiologist Cole Evans is well aware of the rare, infectious diseases the military studies. He also knows, first-hand, the government’s stance on sharing information with the public, so if the media has already learned about the disease, then it’s far too late to contain the outbreak.
Faced with an extinction event, Cole’s only chance to save his family is to establish a safe haven. Isolated, hard to reach, and with enough space for his brother’s family as well, he has the perfect location–if only they can all reach it before they’re infected…

Get this exciting post-apocalyptic thriller today.



*I received an audio copy of this book to be honestly reviewed*

I’m not finished with this book yet, but since I can’t seem to force any words to appear past “the end”, I suppose I have to give up and just write a review.

There was a lot to love about this book. First of all, a whole new disease, unique to every other infectious disease book I’ve ever read, made this a fresh idea, something wholly new to me, which is always awesome. The characters were well written, some with heart breaking backgrounds, some having their heartbreak played out before our eyes, and, I suspect, more heartbreak to come? That was another thing: not all of the tragedy was distant. Some of it was up close and personal.

I really enjoyed that, while they do have a safe place to go, the characters are not immediately experts at what what to do or what they might need, in an apocalyptic event. While they have a basic knowledge of survival, as most do now, they are learning as they go, knowing they’ll have to in order to make it.

Really well written and well paced. It follows more than one character, but I never got confused about through whose eyes I was seeing, as sometimes happens with multiple POV.

The narrator has a deep and pleasant voice and a steady pace, though at times I felt like he wasn’t familiar with the book. Nothing to take me out of the experience, though.

I can’t wait for more!




With Love and Lysol,




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