James Abel - author of the electrifying Joe Rush novels Protocol Zero and White Plague - unleashes another heart-stopping thriller in which an unholy plague from the past has been awakened....
While trying to alleviate the suffering of thousands in drought-stricken, war-torn Africa, ex-marine doctor and bioterror expert Joe Rush receives a plea for help from a member of his old military unit currently working as a geologist in a chaotic region of Somalia.
Joe arrives on the scene to find an entire group showing horrific symptoms of an ancient sickness once thought to be sent as punishment from heaven. But before Joe can get hard evidence identifying the illness, a local warlord takes matters into his own hands - and the proof is gone just as the illness breaks out back in the United States.
This outbreak is not a curse from God. It's a well-coordinated, meticulously planned attack with a specific goal that could overturn global stability and kill millions. And the only one who can stop the downfall of civilization is Joe Rush....
©2016 James Abel (P)2016 Penguin Audio
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This was a satisfying read in many ways... The science/medicine is very well done and gives one the heebie jeebies as you realize how easy something like this could happen in the modern world... It throws a different slant on bio terrorism and fundamentalism and is refreshing by way of not making the nutjobs the cliche extremist force fed to us on a daily basis... The martial aspect, and the way society reacts to worst case scenarios is realistically done... It's not packed w/ constant action but when the action occurs it punctuates the story nicely... Not a lot of deep characters, but those w/ depth are easy to invest in... It moves well and keeps the pages turning... Narration is superb... Only caviats are that the religious aspects are a little hyperbolic, and the overall tone of the book is a little dry for the best of thrillers... That being said, it doesn't overly distract, and the dry tone does fit the atmosphere of the scenario... Worth a credit if you like the thoughtful thriller and doen't need a lotta shoot em up action...
Once again Joe Rush and his sidekick, "Two", are out to save the world in this gripping D.C. thriller. The performance given by Ray Porter makes the cast come to life as Author, James Abel, hits this installment right out of the beltway. Realistic and frightening!! Keep em' coming... Please!!!
When all else fail and you need the best call JOE. James Abel if you got more in you please give us another one soon. Ray Porter keeps us on edge and paint's the picture.
Very good story and exceptional narration. Main character is always a little too alone and edgy and never gets the girl in the end as he " rides off into the sunset" after saving the world once again.
Happens in every book. Time to make Joe a happier hero!!!!
The science is one of the best parts of these books. And the excitement is always there.
I will listen to anything Ray Porter narrates. He is phenomenal. I have also listened to James Abel's two previous novels. His previous novels are okay; entertaining escapism. This story was incredibly contrived and it was mostly about the characters unique to this book. I don't mind listening to Christian oriented stories. But this was so fake and, like I said, preachy. There are endless references to the Branch Dividians, Jim Jones and that group that killed themselves during the Hale-Bopp comet. Over and over. I don't think I will buy any more James Abel books. The first two were okay, but this one was bad.
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