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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

What is Covenant? Three small, obscure African countries are t


What is Covenant?

Three small, obscure African countries are the focus of a plan to solve the Third World “problem”, a plan that involves biological weapons and the rampant corruption and poverty that plague such countries. A kernel of a well-intentioned i...

What is Covenant?

Three small, obscure African countries are the focus of a plan to solve the Third World “problem”, a plan that involves biological weapons and the rampant corruption and poverty that plague such countries. A kernel of a well-intentioned idea has evolved into a megalomaniacal assumption that the end does, indeed, justify the means and overwhelming amounts of money have made it possible to accomplish a terrible purpose.

As in any good thriller, uncertainty is paramount and the reader is never quite sure where the dividing line might be between the good guys and the bad. Surprises and twists abound and Mr. Lilliefors does an admirable job of keeping the reader teetering on the edge along with his heroes and heroines. Cryptic puzzles, terrorism, greed and the dangers of good intentions all serve to keep the protagonists—and the reader—unbalanced in this race to stop the horror that has already begun and that is poised to wipe out millions of lives.

There are some rather gruesome scenes that are not for the squeamish and the author brings the reader into the story with chilling words. Chapters 20, 21 and 49, in particular, show just how high the stakes are and, although they are not easy to get through, they are effective and necessary.

I really disliked one particular character besides the actual villains (who, in some cases, show signs of humanity) and wish Jon Mallory had had more of a backbone regarding this person’s duplicity and self-centeredness. I suppose we can’t expect heroes to always see through the facade, though; perhaps that character will be more honorable and likeable in future books. Whether or not that happens, I’m looking forward to more tales about the Mallory brothers.

posted by BuriedUnderBooks on June 26, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Keeps you guessing

Pretty good book. The only negative is that you may have some trouble keeping up with the secondary characters and what they do (which is important). Viral is a mix of government intelligence/bio-terrorism/journalism/mystery. I'd definitely recommend this book to others...
Pretty good book. The only negative is that you may have some trouble keeping up with the secondary characters and what they do (which is important). Viral is a mix of government intelligence/bio-terrorism/journalism/mystery. I'd definitely recommend this book to others, just make sure you don't rush through it so that you can thoroughly enjoy the book.

posted by JonnMnz on May 30, 2012

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

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    What is Covenant? Three small, obscure African countries are t


    What is Covenant?

    Three small, obscure African countries are the focus of a plan to solve the Third World “problem”, a plan that involves biological weapons and the rampant corruption and poverty that plague such countries. A kernel of a well-intentioned idea has evolved into a megalomaniacal assumption that the end does, indeed, justify the means and overwhelming amounts of money have made it possible to accomplish a terrible purpose.

    As in any good thriller, uncertainty is paramount and the reader is never quite sure where the dividing line might be between the good guys and the bad. Surprises and twists abound and Mr. Lilliefors does an admirable job of keeping the reader teetering on the edge along with his heroes and heroines. Cryptic puzzles, terrorism, greed and the dangers of good intentions all serve to keep the protagonists—and the reader—unbalanced in this race to stop the horror that has already begun and that is poised to wipe out millions of lives.

    There are some rather gruesome scenes that are not for the squeamish and the author brings the reader into the story with chilling words. Chapters 20, 21 and 49, in particular, show just how high the stakes are and, although they are not easy to get through, they are effective and necessary.

    I really disliked one particular character besides the actual villains (who, in some cases, show signs of humanity) and wish Jon Mallory had had more of a backbone regarding this person’s duplicity and self-centeredness. I suppose we can’t expect heroes to always see through the facade, though; perhaps that character will be more honorable and likeable in future books. Whether or not that happens, I’m looking forward to more tales about the Mallory brothers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Captivating "what if?" story. Intriguing novel with ma

    Captivating "what if?" story. Intriguing novel with many ramifications for the future. I enjoyed this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2013

    A lot of surprises in this book which has the pace of an old-sty

    A lot of surprises in this book which has the pace of an old-style espionage story. I enjoyed the story and what it had to say about the "3rd" world. The reviewer thinking it would be like Vince Flynn  came with the wrong expectations.The politics, such as they are,seem about the polar opposite of Flynn's. Good read.

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