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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: LL-Publications (1 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905091958
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905091959
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,668,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scattershot on 8 Jun. 2013
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This is my second read of ARIA, and I enjoyed it equally as much as the first time. Geoff's writing is broad in scope. Within the story arc, he highlights the global impact of ARIA, and in counterpoint he also focuses the readers gaze on both smaller communities and individuals. Which readers both in the UK and Worldwide would recognise and empathise with.

Maybe that's the key to the story... It's our interconnectedness, both as individuals and as part of a "Global Village" which allows the transmission of the virus so readily. Leading to the unravelling of a global civilisation in which techological sophistication offers no real defence. Truly a unsettling (Frightening) thought/concept.

Together with likeable charecterisation, who you find yourself "Rooting For". A logical well paced plot, plausible action setpieces, a surprise at the end. Setting the stage for subsequent parts of the trilogy. I'm looking for ward to it...

On the basis of this, I'll readily recommend ARIA to other readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. G. Hobson on 9 Sept. 2012
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ARIA; Left Luggage by Geoff Nelder

It must be incredibly difficult to come up with a unique and yet believable storyline for a Science Fiction novel. It appears that Geoff Nelder has done precisely that. The plot is simple and yet mind-blowing.
A simple-looking case planted by aliens on an orbiting space station makes the story of the Trojan Horse look like a mere nursery tale. The whole human race is threatened, not by hordes of odd-looking space creatures as seen on certain TV dramas, but by an unseen virus -- Alien Retrograde Infectious Amnesia -- that invades the brain as soon as contact is made. But there is nothing to indicate contamination, that is, until it is obvious that memory is being eaten away at an alarming rate. No one appears to be immune. With no cure, it does not take long for ARIA to become the gravest mankind issue the world, as we know it, has ever been faced with.

I know what it is like to have a loved one suffer from Dementia. It is a cruel disease and heartbreaking for all concerned. But to have the whole population in various stages of rapid amnesia -- aggression, mounting diseases, starvation, bodies stinking in the streets and everything in a state of chaos and horror -- is a dreaded nightmare from which there is no awakening... or so it seems. But all is not lost -- YET.

Our heroes and heroines, highly believable characters who have, so far, escaped contamination are yet to make their mark in world history. Dare we hope the alien force will relent and deliver relief before the END? Or must we put our faith in human resourcefulness?

An unusual, mind-blowing read. I look forward to the second book of the trilogy.

G B Hobson
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. B. Lux on 26 Nov. 2012
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When a suitcase-like object bumps into a space station and is retrieved, then sent down to earth,it triggers a mental holocaust on mankind. 'Alien Retrogade Infectious Amnesia'is released,when the technicians open the case,affecting man's ability to remember, and the victims forget more and more of their life.But is such a concept inconceivable in reality? Not when a writer of the calibre of Geoff Nelder puts pen to paper. Immaculate research sucks the reader into a world where Airliners turn back from their destination and head home, riots and general mayhem are bringing earth to a standstill.A saviour is needed, and Ryder Nape is that man.The fast moving story mainly centres on a few unaffected individuals, headed by Ryder, living in a remote area of North Wales which I know well, so can vouch for the accuracy of the scenic description by Geoff. Will they be able to save mankind from the inexorable spread of the infection, and when a second suitcase bumps into the Space Station, what will happen?No more information. You have enough nuggets from a cracking thriller to order now in time for Christmas,and enjoy a powerhouse of writing from a superb writer. I think this is the best book Geoff has written so far. Buy it...NOW!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deirdre J on 12 May 2013
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When Alien Retrograde Infectious Amnesia is released into the world by a technician who hasn't abided by the appropriate protocols the result is catastrophic. The virus ARIA is highly infectious and progressive and those contaminated lose their memory at a horrendous rate, starting with the present and losing years every week. Ryder Nape is one of a small group of people who are not contaminated and it's up to this group to deal with the problem and try and save what is left of human kind as all systems break down and people die and bodies pile up as a consequence of the virus. When one of their number volunteers to open a case which they hope contains the antidote the result is frighteningly unexpected. Geoff Nelder appears to have significant scientific knowledge and has done excellent research making this tale harrowingly believable. For me it is reminiscent of the tales of nuclear winter which proliferated in the 80s but it is significantly more scary. The story rattles along at a great pace with the small group dealing with crisis after crisis. There are several laugh out loud moments - one out of the blue towards the end and also towards the end something completely unexpected happens which left this reader really looking forward to the next book in the series.
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