Expected publication: April 10th 2012 by Random House Digital, Inc.
In remote pockets of the Third World, a deadly virus is quietly sweeping through impoverished farming villages and shanty towns with frightening speed and potency. Meanwhile, in Washington, a three-word message left in a safe-deposit box may be the key to stopping the crisis—if, that is, Charles Mallory, a private intelligence contractor and former CIA operative, can decipher the puzzle before time runs out.
Genre: Adult, Suspense
Publication Date: April 10th 2012
Publisher: Random House
Format: eARC, 336 pages
For some reason I expected this book to be more graphic and action-filled, a bit more like The Hot Zone. But it wasn't so focused on the virus and its victims itself, but more on the politicians and their plans to control the world. There's a lot of mystery and secrecy, and it was nice to see the tension building, but the first part of the book was very slow. Too slow. I almost gave it up. Thankfully, things got much better as I continued to read.
It was a brilliant idea for a book (if not a bit creepy and possible to picture in real life). A biological weapon
to create a new, technologically advanced society by eliminating the empoverished, sick, and less usefull population? Wow. (I mean, let's be honest here, most of us have imagined something of the sort at some point in our lives, but to actually consider it...) After all, biological weapons have low costs, are easy to access and hard to detect, even after use. You only notice it when the disease has already spread. And then it can be too late.