Biowar (Deep Black Series #2)

Biowar (Deep Black Series #2)

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by Stephen Coonts, Jim DeFelice
     
 

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Dr. James Kegan, a world-renowned scientist specializing in germ warfare, has vanished from his upstate New York home. But this is no ordinary missing-persons case. Kegan has left behind an unidentified dead man with a .22 caliber hole in his skull-and a contact trail that leads to an alleged terrorist cell.

Unraveling the mystery is a job for Kegan's best friend

Overview

Dr. James Kegan, a world-renowned scientist specializing in germ warfare, has vanished from his upstate New York home. But this is no ordinary missing-persons case. Kegan has left behind an unidentified dead man with a .22 caliber hole in his skull-and a contact trail that leads to an alleged terrorist cell.

Unraveling the mystery is a job for Kegan's best friend, NSA operative Charlie Dean. His mission is to infiltrate the scientist's circle of associates and decipher Kegan's confidential research. Dispatched to cover Charlie is Delta Force trooper Lia Francesca. The trail leads them to the core of a widespread killer fever that's been dormant for centuries-and its link to a virus that's quickly spreading victim by victim. With time running out Charlie and Lia must find Kegan, uncover his secrets, cut a terrorist threat to the quick, and stop the unimaginable outbreak of a new biological nightmare.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Coonts knows how to write and build suspense...this is the mark of a natural storyteller.” —The New York Times Book Review

“The master of the techno thriller.” —Publishers Weekly

Library Journal
The NSA ("No Such Agency") has a covert operations team, known as "Deep Black." While on a mission over Russia, their spy plane is shot down, and one of the NSA techno-geeks survives. Former Marine sniper Charlie Dean and former Delta operator Lia DeFrancesca are assigned to find the NSA operative. Along the way these two discover a plot to assassinate the president of the Russian Federation in a coup, and, well, the tale spins off from there. The story is fun-filled, with lots of gadgets, explosions, action, and a few twists, but the characters are somewhat predictable. J. Charles's performance is steady, and his experienced voice is nuanced. For public libraries.-Michael T. Fein, Central Virginia Community Coll., Lynchburg Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312985219
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
05/16/2004
Series:
Deep Black Series, #2
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

Meet the Author

Author of 13 New York Times Bestsellers, Stephen Coonts flew A-6 Intruders from the deck of the USS Enterprise during the Vietnam War. A graduate of West Virginia University and the University of Colorado School of Law, he and his wife Deborah still fly whenever they have the time. They reside in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jim DeFelice has written several techno-thrillers, including "Cyclops One." His next book, "Final Four," is set for publication later this year. He lives in upstate New York with his wife and young son.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
July 19, 1946
Place of Birth:
Morgantown, West Virginia
Education:
B.A., West Virginia University, 1968; J.D., University of Colorado, 1979

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Biowar (Deep Black Series #2) 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Charles Schimmels More than 1 year ago
Solid read but the digital conversion is rife with miss-spellings. If you buy this book you must reprogram die and the in your mind and enjoy sifting through various word jumbles as you read
NeoGord More than 1 year ago
Way too many typographical errors made this book nearly unreadable in e-book format. I was a fan of the Nook, but now I hesitate to buy e-books at all. Why should I pay the same price as a paperback for a good novel that has been butchered by the creation of an e-book version? The word "the" is not spelled "die". the word "I'm" is not "Fm". These are just two of the most common examples. There is also missing punctuation that destroys the flow of the story. Stephen Coonts would be livid if he saw what was done to his work.
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SciFiMan More than 1 year ago
I'm liking this series and plan to get the rest. The major characters have individual traits and act according to their nature. As mentioned in an earlier review the Nook formatting (or copyediting) needs cleaning up as the mistakes stop your reading and kept throwing me out of the story. I hope the other books in this series have better editing.
Richard Gorecki More than 1 year ago
The story is good. To many spelling errors are distracting!!
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Michael Reed More than 1 year ago
To hard to read - to many errors
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This book is a little weak. The end seemed to be a little anticlimactic. This (#2) isn't as good as the first Deep Black (#1), or the Deep Black: Payback (#4), (I accidently skipped the third book) but is probably good to read only if you want to keep the series in order. I haven't read the third book, so I don't know how relevant this book is to that one, but I've just completed the fourth book, and that does make some references to prior events in the story line, that were not in the first or the second (implying the importance of reading them all, and in order).
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Today techno-thrillers are at the top of the heap and Coonts plus DeFelice pen them with the best. Add a triple threat voice performance by veteran actor J. Charles and you have a reading that'll make listeners' ears sizzle. Gone - just plain disappeared. A famous scientist who knows all about germ warfare, Dr. James Kegan, has simply vanished from his New York State home. However, he did leave something behind - the body of a dead man with a hole between the eyes. The dead man's gone but not forgotten as he can be traced to a terrorist cell. Enter Kegan's best bud NSA operative Charles Dean who has been assigned quite a task: ingratiate himself with Kegan's associates, translate the scientist's research into an understandable form. Further Dean must do this in no time flat as there's an old killer fever spreading, killing people one by one. What do we have? A terrorist threat and biological warfare. Enough to set anyone's pulse pounding. Give a listen and see. - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
Charles Dean pays a surprise visit to his friend Dr. James Kegan only to find the body of a young Asiatic male lying dead in his home and his buddy nowhere to be found. Dr. Kegan has worked with viruses and bacteria that could be made into weapons so a concerned Charles calls Desk Three, the super high tech covert force. The director is sufficiently worried so he sends Charlie to a scientific conference that Dr. Keegan was supposed to attend..................................... Once there he is kidnapped and sent to Austria where some terrorists demand that he hand over the antidote. It seems Charlie¿s friend developed a disease that resembles rat-bite fever that is resistant to penicillin. A second team is sent to Thailand where Dr. Kegan was studying plants indigenous to the area. The weapon has been sold to two countries that could use it as a weapon against the U.S. They must destroy the weapons that are in the hands of the terrorists and find an antidote before the disease gets loose in the general population........................... Stephen Coonts and Jim De Felice have created a techno thriller that starts off fast and by the end of the book is moving at the speed of light. Although there is plenty of action with agents using high-tech gadgets, the major question that permeates the whole book is why did Dr. Kegan, a good man by all accords, create this weapon and where is he holed up. This mystery within a thriller is a prime reason that Stephen Coonts always has his reader¿s coming back for the next book he writes............................... Harriet Klausner