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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (827 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathy Reichs Narrator: Cristin Milioti Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781101461808
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Adventure is in Tory Brennan’s blood. After all, she’s the grandniece of world-famous forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Always up for a challenge, Tory and her science-geek friends spend their time exploring the marshlands of Loggerhead Island, home to the very off-limits Loggerhead Island Research Institute, where something strange is going on. After rescuing a stray wolfdog pup from a top-secret lab, Tory and her friends are exposed to a rare strain of canine parvovirus, changing them—and their DNA—forever. Now they are more than friends—they are a pack, they are virals, and they’re dangerous to the core. But are they unstoppable enough to catch a cold-blooded murderer?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If you like the TV show Bones (I do) or Maximum Ride, you’ll love Virals.”

    James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Reichs gets it dead right with sharp writing and a plot that throws real teens into a deadly adult world.”

    Anthony Horowitz, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The fast-paced thrills, cool science, and great characters will create a flood of fans waiting for the next installment.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Reichs has found a pitch-perfect voice for Tory that will ring true with today’s teens.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily-Jane Orford | 2/18/2014

    " I was very disappointed. I hate it when a really good author finds something that sells well and becomes a formula-writer. Too much dialogue, lacks the usual Reichs power of description and goes on and on much too long. Rather predictable, too. Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford, award-winning author of "The Whistling Bishop" and "F-Stop: A Life in Pictures". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geneva | 1/25/2014

    " An excellent story that has compounded on everything written before and exceeded it! Ending on a cliff hanger like the others, I can't help but wonder...will anyone find out the Virals' secret? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexis | 1/24/2014

    " This was AMAZING! I LOVED THE CHEMISTRY BETWEEN BEN AND TORY. HE IS LIKE HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE WITH HER. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 1/18/2014

    " The newest Virals novel, 'Code', is the best of the series to date. The story revolves around the exploits of the viral pack - Tory, her wolf dog Coop, Ben, Shelton,and Hiram as they unravel clues to a sinister test of wits that a serial killer called the Gamemaster has devised. Using their viral senses and ingenuity,they have to unlock the mystery of several hidden ciphers before a ticking bomb goes off that could kill hundreds of people. It's a riveting and entertaining story with four likeable teens with highly developed instincts and the use of modern technology who have to solve the mystery before a hurricane rips across Charleston. Even the ending has an unexpected twist that leaves the reader wondering what more could happen to the pack. I loved this book and highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer May | 12/31/2013

    " I didn't think a book could be a thriller, mystery and romance at the same time, but this book manged it flawlessly. As always, Reichs' writing style was just perfect and I'm beginning to really love these characters. I can't wait for the next one for more adventures with Tory and the virals! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RedRose | 12/28/2013

    " Can't wait for the fourth and fifth book. Ben amazes me all the time :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 alyss S. | 12/25/2013

    " So unexpected, but I loved it... can't wait for more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 11/19/2013

    " This adventure was creepy and scary, and I wondered when Tory and her fiends ever did any school work but I really liked it. I'm most interested in the continued development of their "pack" powers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn Kass | 9/6/2013

    " Fun read, still Nancy Drew like, but with a series of clues which border on the DaVinchi Code scavenger hunt side of things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula Towns | 7/29/2013

    " What a fantastic book, I just couldn't put this down. Plenty of action and drama that kept you guessing right to the end. Definitely the best virals book so far, looking forward to the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Khadija Panirwala | 6/15/2013

    " i think i want answers just as bad as tory does it makes me want to cry "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adedayo | 5/16/2013

    " Amazing! Full review coming soon "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marina | 3/23/2013

    " amazing, could not put it down, fast pace,funny, cute. simply amazing. My favorite book hands down of the year, it's must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie Lee | 1/9/2013

    " W O W. Kathy Reichs does not dissapoint! Great story! A book you just don't want to put down! Already eagerly awaiting the next novel in the Virals series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ally Fazio | 9/27/2012

    " This was amazing!!!! I loved this book and Ben Blue. Team Ben! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sammy | 9/10/2012

    " I really hope there is a fourth because this is one of the only series I actually finished and liked it! I highly suggest this book to others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra Cook | 8/3/2012

    " This book was nothing but a non stop read. Nail biting to the end it was nothing but fantastic. I don't know how Reichs is going to top this Virals story. Highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 7/24/2012

    " Great book for young adults. I love Kathy Reichs' books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 7/22/2012

    " Excellent book. 2nd one is still my favorite. I guess I missed the HUGE cliffhanger at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Revers | 1/15/2012

    " I really liked this one, I have enjoyed the first two, but this one hit the ground running and did not stop. I loved the way the characters are growing, and was pleasantly surprised to find this was not to be a trilogy. More to come! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annabelle | 1/1/2012

    " I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! I read it in a day and can't wait till the next one comes out. Best one so far! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chance | 12/24/2011

    " I WAS NOT EXPECTING THAT AND NOW I THINK I'M GOING TO SIT IN A CORNER AND CRY MYSELF TO SLEEP! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrs. Schatz | 5/21/2011

    " Great book--smart, courageous, thinking teens (1 awesome girl & 3 great guys), adventure, science, intrigue, and justice. Fast paced and attention grabber. Good summer read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 5/20/2011

    " a really fun, exciting romp, a little sci-fi, strong heroine (niece of Temperance Brennan). YA "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 5/17/2011

    " Great book - a basis for a new series about a group of outcast teens who hace contracted a mutated virus and now have super powers that they use to solve crimes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Remi | 5/15/2011

    " The reason i didn't like it so much was because i already knew what was going to happened in 5th chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hunter | 5/14/2011

    " BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ :) :) :)
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 5/12/2011

    " I just started this book, and it's great so far. Nothing much more to say. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sbuchanon | 5/10/2011

    " A fun first book to a new series. Yes, it is a little hokey but,it's for kids. Looking forward to the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzen | 5/10/2011

    " One of the best Kathy Reich's books yet! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 5/6/2011

    " This book was AMAZING! I love that it has a connection to Reichs's adult books (basis for TV show Bones), but that it appeals to kids to. The fantasy aspect is great. Besides, who doesn't adore wolves?! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 5/4/2011

    " Good YA thriller mystery. Did get irritating with them calling themselves "Virals". Just grated on me for some reason. I kept hearing "super twin powers - activate". lol "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 5/3/2011

    " this book is amazing!!!!!!! i love Tory and Jason is awesome!!! can not wait for sequel!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 4/30/2011

    " Good, solid thriller. It took a little while to get to the heart of the action.
    There's one girl and a whole bunch of guys--so I tended to get mixed up concerning which guy was which. That didn't take away much from the enjoyment of the book. "

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About the Author
Author Kathy Reichs

Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist for the province of Quebec. She was vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, serves on the Canadian National Police Services Advisory Council, and is certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. Her debut novel, Déjà Dead, was a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Her work is the inspiration for the highly successful television drama Bones. Dr. Reichs divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal.

About the Narrator

Cristin Milioti has starred in a Tony nominated role as Girlin the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit musical Once. Her major film roles include The Wolf of Wall Street, Sleepwalk with Me, and Greetings from the Shore, and her television roles have included The Good Wife and The Sopranos. Recently, she has been known for her role as the Mother on How I Met Your Mother.