• Terminal Cascade

  • By: Curt Samlaska
  • Narrated by: Kevin Clay
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Terminal Cascade

By: Curt Samlaska
Narrated by: Kevin Clay
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Lieutenant Colonel Eric West is the clinical director of the Combat Casualty Research Center (CCRC), an elite group of emergency physicians who provide operational medical support for the United States military, the FBI, the DEA, the ATF, and the Secret Service. Deployed throughout the world on a moment's notice, Eric begins to note a series of unusual deaths. Federal agents are dying from massive thromboses, their bodies solidifying into a mass of necrotic tissue.

Dr. West discovers that some form of deadly thrombotoxin is being used as a weapon of mass destruction...but there is a link. The primary targets were employed by the CIA during the 1980s, working a Russian access agent known as GTVIPER.

Allen Prescott, the president of the United States, knows who GTVIPER was as deputy chief of station in Moscow. He was a GRU scientist working on a thrombotoxin that was immediately lethal, like a chemical agent, but theoretically possible to induce immunity, like a biologic agent. It was the ultimate weapon, but failure to develop a reliable means to immunize troops arrested any further development. 

GTVIPER was believed to be dead. Somehow, he had not only survived but had also learned to immunize himself against the deadly toxic. He was loose in the United States and killing at will. But why? Why was he eliminating all the members of the CIA support group?

Dr. West races against the clock to discover a means to fight the deadly toxin, prevent the assassination of the president of the United States, and discover the motivation that drives a man of science to kill. GTVIPER leads the CCRC team on a frightening and deadly adventure, culminating in the unthinkable....

©2021 Curt Samlaska (P)2021 Curt Samlaska

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Riveting Story!

This is a good book with lots of twists and turns. Much of what is depicted in the book is based on true events and makes you think about what is currently going on in the world. I can’t wait to get my hands on his other book, Eucarion.

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Suspenseful book w/ Murder Betrayal & Deadly Toxin

This truly was a great book to listen to. With my job I spend a lot of time driving so I end up listening to a fair amount of audiobooks to help pass the time. Having a good narrator for me can make or break a book. And the Narrator did a fantastic job and this book is a Graphic Audio book, also known as “Full Cast” or “Dramatized”. Which means that it includes music, sound effects, and voice modulation. I have listened to other Graphic Audio books and they’re a great way to get pulled into the story. If you listen to the audiobook I’d recommend jumping o Amazon and reading the preface first because it gives some great information about the book and how it was written. Let me tell you this book has something for everyone: murder, betrayal, revenge, and history. One of my favorite parts was learning about toxins and how they work. I am in the medical industry so I enjoy learning about how different chemical agents interact with the human body and this toxin nearly scared the pants off of me. I think the reality of this book became even more real to me because of the current climate that we’re in with the Coronavirus. When you think about how devastating Corona has been the thought of this toxin being released would decimate our population. This is a definite must read or listen to in my situation, and I look forward to following this author to see what he comes up with next.

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Poorly written, fragmented story.

Book jumps all over. I wish I had not purchased this book. Waste of time and money.



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Great story! Well written! Enjoyed much!

This book will capture your attention, touch your heart, and make you want to listen to the next chapter, and, the next after that.
The audio book adds much flavor to the story. The narrator is very good with accents, and does a great job!
The author has written with a great attention to detail. Add, that many of the characters are based on real life people, he brings a richness and quality to this intriguing story.
It's a spy story, a love story, and, a great book!

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An intellectual thriller! Waiting for the movie release!


Russian Vodka, Levi blue jeans, and thrombotoxin. Thrombotoxin: a fast-acting, blood-clotting biological weapon. It could happen!

In 1982, deep in the Amazon jungle of Brazil, Russian scientists discover a plant-based, natural toxin on thousands of tree-trunk-thorns. Near the end of the Cold War, the Russian Government attempts to weaponize the toxin through Gain-of-Function for biological warfare purposes. The results are disastrous. However, the bitterness and rage of scientist, Yuri Stieglitz (aka GTVIPER), was underestimated by all.

TERMINAL CASCADE must have been researched and written over several years; but reading it in the midst of a Worldwide COVID-19 pandemic was riveting! The uncanny insight of the author, CURT SAMLASKA, was, at times, unnerving as the lines between fact and fiction were masterfully blurred.

Written like an action-packed spy movie, TERMINAL CASCADE is a fascinating story of science, intrigue, espionage, and double-crossing double-agents from the former Soviet Union and the United States. Who can be trusted? CURT SAMLASKA weaves a worldwide thriller—from Moscow to Las Vegas, Brazil to Jackson Hole, Wyoming—of mystery, murder, revenge, patriotism, and love.

Through the retelling of historically accurate events involving Gorbachov, Yeltsin, the Russian Mafia and Oligarchs, the intersection of fact and fiction in TERMINAL CASCADE is thought provoking and profound. The missions of the KGB, CIA, FBI, the U.S. State Department, are set at odds with human motivations and weaknesses of the respective agents and personnel. CURT SAMLASKA’s character development throughout the book reveals all. From the lowest level “grunt” to highest levels of the United States and Soviet Governments, the reader gains insights into the complexities of human emotion.

The audiobook includes occasional sound-effects that add a sense of cinematic realism. Narrator, Kevin Clay, was excellent. Kevin Clay’s vocal variety and command of accents makes the personality of each character come alive.

An unexpected theme: love prevails. CURT SAMLASKA, helps the reader view America in, perhaps, a different light—from a different perspective: that of a vengeful, defecting Russian Scientist. The freedoms found in America can ignite feelings of empathy, compassion, and love. America—with all its flaws (corrupt politicians, scheming capitalists, harsh military exploits, devious government double-agents, political and religious extremists, and down-trodden and disenfranchised citizens)—is still viewed by citizens around the world as a land of freedom and hope. America is still the envy of the world: with immigrants flocking in droves to its shores. Often, we all don’t fully appreciate what we have. Even with the over-reach of the U.S. Government into our private lives, the contrast between the American-form of overreach and the Russian-form are profoundly explained by Yuri Stieglitz. The impact on Yuri, and other characters in the book, are life-changing. Even in the midst of tragedy, heartache, revenge, and murder, the hope and promise of America can change hearts and minds to a better, brighter future.

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Bioweapon Thriller

This book has you on the edge of your seat with each chapter! It has everything you could think of for a book: politics, medicine, religion, military, government, fiction, history, nonfiction, romance, eroticism, just to name a few. The narrator does an amazing job with all of the many characters and their accents. The audio does some sound effects, and it really adds a cool, unique feature to the listen. The author is a well renowned, highly medically published, and incredibly competent dermatologist in southern Nevada. He has a previous book titled Eucarion, which is unfortunately not available on audio.

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Captivating

This book kept me anxious to hear the next chapter and I finished it in just a few days. It was interesting how the chapters would weave the story while going from past to present time. I was really impressed with how the author incorporated historical facts, and the depth of the medical detail was intriguing to me. I definitely was not expecting the ending which was exciting. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it!

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Adrenaline-fueled storyline!

From the beginning to the end I enjoyed this adrenaline-fueled novel with its many twists and turns.Filled with espionage, betrayal and revenge the characters are pulled through worlds of good and evil. The author weaves the chilling storyline with numerous historical facts. It starts during the
Cold War and as the story evolves we are transported “on-the-edge-of-our-seat” to
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Note: I like the added background sounds throughout this audio book as it added more
dimension to spoken word. This would be a great book for a book club!

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Listen or Read This Book! It’s a Killer Good Time!!

I finished Terminal Cascade and I was sad that my listening journey came to an end. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and getting to know all of the characters, and learning a lot about how government agencies work undercover in various countries. I also loved the science and medical tie-ins that were explained so well that I could understand. The action was non-stop, and had some twists I wasn’t predicting!

The audio production was very well done. This is not the first book that I have listened to with sound effects; I recently finished Daisy Jones & The Six and it had sound effects as well. I love when sound effects are paired with the story to create a cinematic setting in my mind as I’m listening. And I could not believe the range of accents that the narrator was able to pull off. I have only two accents: 1. my adopted West Coast accent that has flavors of the south, and 2. my straight up Sweet Home Alabama accent that comes out when I’m talking to friends back home, or after a few glasses of wine.

For me, the most amazing part Terminal Cascade was how the main character was finally able to desensitize himself in two ways, physically and emotionally. I won’t go into specifics because I don’t want to give any spoilers, but GTVIPER really connected with me on a personal level. As someone who was diagnosed with PTSD a little over four years ago after witnessing a suicide, I greatly related to GTVIPER’s deep and dark feelings of anger, anxiety, and revenge which GTVIPER was experiencing at many moments throughout the book. It made me very curious if the author had experienced some deep level of trauma to be capable of being so specific in some of the descriptions of events related to GTVIPER‘s PTSD.

I certainly hope this thrombotoxin doesn’t become a reality one day because of the global damage it capable of! But, heck, who would’ve ever thought that a coronavirus could shut down the entire world for over a year? Better read or listen to this book to figure out what you need to do to be prepared!

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Interesting Thriller!

Lieutenant Colonel Eric West, head of the elite emergency doctors to the US military and other specific organizations within the US Government, has taken notice of some peculiar deaths that indicate GTViper is alive and has a deadly vendetta. Having survived an assassination attempt, GTViper has set into motion a lethal toxin that will leave a wide path of death and destruction. He is set on revenge for the death of his love and this time, no one will stand in his way. Pitted against one another, it is a race against time to see who will win and who will lose.

The author, Curt Samlaska, provides an edge-of-your-seat thriller. Samlaska takes his time building the situation, characters and ending. We all want a bad guy – a villain but Samlaska takes that away from us and gives us the insight into the why of it all eliciting sympathy. The listener is forced to decide who the true bad guy is.

The narrator, Kevin Clay, provides a rich experience for his listeners. His voices are well done and with proper accents for each character. Clay gives a strong performance with a cadence that allows the listener to delve deeply into the story.

The audio production and quality of this audiobook were ok. There were some issues early on with some white noise. A little further in, I’m not sure the attempts of sound effects were really needed as the story and narrator were perfect for keeping the audience’s attention.

Disclaimer: This Audiobook was provided free of charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher in exchange for a non-bias, honest review.