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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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Engaging Ride to Find the Answers

Suspenseful scientific thriller with strong hero and interesting characters will keep you turning pages til the end.

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"Cold Silence" - Audio Thriller

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!!!

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Disturbingly Plausible

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...

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  • RJ
  • Cottage Grove, MN, United States
  • 10-16-17

Once more unto the breach.

Our protagonist Joe Rush; Marine Colonel, doctor, and bio-terrorism expert is called upon once again to investigate an entire group of scientists in Somalia showing dreadful symptoms of a disease known as leprosy. But leprosy does not infect groups, nor does it evolve as quickly as the infection they face. Nothing makes sense; is it terrorism, natural origin, or lab made? Once again Rush and his team must investigate and identify the cause of this latest epidemic before it goes global and kills millions. Another great story with wonderful characters. Each of these volumes in the series could be stand-alone novels, but it is entertaining and educational to read them together. The narration was excellent as only Ray Porter can do.

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This series continues to get better with each book

What made the experience of listening to Cold Silence the most enjoyable?

Like the characters, Ray Porter brings it alive.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cold Silence?

The conclusion, Abel ties up all the loose ends in his books.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, the story is intense, scary realistic, makes one pause in this age of terrorism.

Any additional comments?

Good series, looking forward to a book four.

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book 3

Ray Porter does a good job bringing Joe Rush and his friends and foes to life. Another gripping story that will keep you listening to the end.

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Intriguing series

Just when you think you can predict what will happen, you're surprised by being far off.

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Joe Rush does it again

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.

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Can not wait for his next book

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.

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ok

ok story. a little too much description. skipped ahead a few time. performance was so so.