It starts with a sneeze.It kills in four days.There is no cure. While a pair of charismatic CDC researchers and their team search frantically for the cause of and cure for a wildly contagious virus that kills within four days, a married couple and their children, seeking safety, flee to an isolated mountain cabin, not knowing that they are heading into the heart of the infection's source. Meanwhile, panic spreads around the globe as the US falls rapidly into chaos and other countries seem to be not far behind. div div
The squeamish may want to avoid the second entry in Mara's disaster series (after 2010's Wave), a foray into the deadly-virus subgenre that adds little new to the basic world-under-attack plot but will leave readers moving away from anyone who coughs or sneezes in public. Michael Beck, an epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control, and his assistant, Cara Porter, investigate seven gruesome deaths in Ramsey, N.J. "The victims were covered with large pustules from head to toe and exhibited symptoms of extreme delirium," Michael learns from his boss at the CDC. The body count grows geometrically as the disease spreads through the populace until most of the country is infected. A subplot involving terrorism helps build suspense, but the virus itself and the deadly possibility that it could appear in the real world is quite enough to keep you turning pages to see who will live, who will die, and how the invader will be vanquished. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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October 02, 2012
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