Book Review: Pandemic

Hello fellow readers in this review I’ve found a new book series from A. G. Riddle. If you have been reading my blog, you’ve probably read a few of my reviews of this great story teller.

The new series The Extinction Files, starts with Pandemic. The book opens in Kenya with Dr Elim Kilbet in his small regional hospital. Two america men are brought in sick and needing assistance. One look at one of his patients and he knows that something seriously wrong. He orders everyone from the examination room, isolates the patient and puts on his protective gear, gown, face-mask, gloves and start taking photos of his patient to send to the Ministry of Health. This is day 1 of the pandemic and very soon the number of infected will span the globe.

Next, we find ourselves in Berlin, where a man is waking up in a strange hotel room with a dead man laying near him. He has no memory of who he is or what he’s doing in Berlin. He soon finds clues that start to trigger memories of his past life. Clues that he hopes will answer the questions why am I here and who am I.

On my scale of 1 to 5, 1 being don’t bother and 5 a real page turner, I give Pandemic a solid 5. This story is captivating, fast paced and full of surprises. I highly recommend this one for all you A. G. Riddle fans, you wont be disappointed.

The music playing on this post are 5 sample tracks from the new CD 10

Chasing Aries
Chasing Aries Unplugged, just guitars, bass guitar with some cool drums. This one was the first song I started writing for this album. I’m playing my Fender acoustic electric for rhythm and solo’s. I love the melody and chord changes on this song. As with most of the tracks on 10, I went for a simple mix of instruments focusing on the basics first, find a good groove then get the guitars, bass, drums to tell the story.  Genre = Blues + Smooth Jazz

Highway 101
Highway 101 Feels like a song you would hear sitting in some cool jazz club listening to a Jazz quartet. I love the sound of my Schafer hollow body guitar, and the acoustic solo at the end. That bass line and piano solo just work for me. The drums are a mix of midi and audio samples for texture. Genre = Blues

Make It A Double This one just rocks, blues mixed with a cool smooth jazz groove. I love the second solo, chord changes and drum tracks. Genre = Smooth Jazz

One Step Closer To You I love this track, it has such a smooth rhythm and a sweet melody. I keep hearing “With every breath I take I get one step closer to you”. Genre = Smooth Jazz+Ballad

So Cool
So Cool This track is one of those cool jazz jams that gets your feet moving. As I started writing the song I knew I wanted it to have the true blues/jazz feel, so I switched up with went to my 1980’s Schafer hollow body. A cool jazz jam so cool I had to name it So cool. Genre = Smooth Jazz

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