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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
During The Great War, a virus quickly spreads throughout the world, killing more victims than the war in the historical fiction novel, The Pandemic Report by Kenneth R. McClelland. Devon McCall is a cub reporter sent to get a story that nobody else wanted. Traveling to Fort Riley, Kansas, Devon discovers a virus is spreading through the military that concerns the experts. When Devon returns home, he is drafted to serve overseas and makes the momentous decision to join the Marines. When he is injured and loses his sight, Devon is honorably discharged and sent home. However, while he was in Europe, Devon saw firsthand the devastation the influenza pandemic had on both sides of the battle zones. Once home, Devon went back to work at the newspaper. Devon insisted on reporting about the virus and the effect it was having in America. But was he too late? Did his stories make a difference?
The Pandemic Report by Kenneth R. McClelland is a heartrending view of the horrifying devastation the Spanish Flu wreaked on the world during World War I. Mimicking the 2020 COVID 19 pandemic, it was chillingly far worse. I had a personal interest in the book. My grandfather contracted the Spanish Flu and recovered from it, but it left him with health issues that kept him from fighting in World War II. He also lost a sister who was very close to him, making it too painful for him to share the tragedies of the pandemic. This extraordinary story deeply touched me as it bridged the two generations and gave them both life and meaning. I did not put the book down until I reached the satisfying last page. It is a sensationally gripping novel that will fascinate those who enjoy historical fiction depicting tragic episodes that affected the history of the world.