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If you breathe...It will find you.

The list of 10,000 names was created for maximum devastation. Business leaders, housewives, politicians, celebrities, janitors, children. None of them is aware of what is about to happen--but all will be part of the most frightening brand of warfare the world has ever known.

The germ--an advanced form of the Ebola virus--has been genetically engineered to infect only those people whose DNA matches the codes ...

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Overview

If you breathe...It will find you.

The list of 10,000 names was created for maximum devastation. Business leaders, housewives, politicians, celebrities, janitors, children. None of them is aware of what is about to happen--but all will be part of the most frightening brand of warfare the world has ever known.

The germ--an advanced form of the Ebola virus--has been genetically engineered to infect only those people whose DNA matches the codes embedded within it. Those whose DNA is not a match simply catch a cold. But those who are a match experience a far worse fate. Within days, their internal organs liquify.

Death is the only escape.

The release of the virus will usher in a new era of power where countries are left without defense. Where a single person--or millions--could be killed with perfect accuracy and zero collateral damage. Where your own DNA works against you.

The time isn't coming. It is now. Pray the assassins get you first.

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In this doorstopper of a sophomore suspense novel, Liparulo (Comes a Horseman) explores the grim possibilities of germ warfare with an interesting twist: this Ebola virus can seek and destroy specific individuals by matching their DNA. Ten thousand people are on the list for infection, and it's up to special agent Julia Matheson to stop the horrific drama that's about to unfold. As she tracks the source of the virus, she finds a touch of romance with physician Dr. Allen Parker, who, with Julia, is fleeing a seemingly invincible assassin. Multiple changes of perspective are challenging, and the reader may have to work hard to maintain the thread of the story. Although there are more than the requisite number of shootouts with the bad guys, hand-to-hand combat episodes, bloody injuries and chase scenes, this is less gruesome than Liparulo's debut. A tighter page count, however, would have enhanced the pacing, and faith readers will be surprised that there's not much of a nod toward them, except for the character of Stephen Parker, a congenial, larger-than-life pastor with a tragic past. Yet Liparulo's dialogue is smooth and competent, and he throws in just enough twists to keep the pages turning. Plenty of technical details, especially in gathering and communicating information, help differentiate this story from the run-of-the-mill thriller. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785261780
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/31/2006
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Liparulo
Robert Liparulo has received rave reviews for both his adult novels (Comes a Horseman, Germ, Deadfall, and Deadlock) and the best-selling Dreamhouse Kings series for young adults. He lives in Colorado with his wife and their four children.
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Chapter One

Hardly resembling a man anymore, the thing on the bed jerked and thrashed like a nocturnal creature dragged into the light of day. His eyes had filled with blood and rolled back into his head, so only crimson orbs glared out from behind swollen, bleeding lids. Black flecks stained his lips, curled back from canted teeth and blistered gums. Blood poured from nostrils, ears, fingernails. Flung from the convulsing body, it streaked up curtains and walls and streamed into dark pools on the tile floor.

Despesorio Vero, clad in a white lab coat, leaned over the body, pushing an intratrachael tube down the patient's throat; his fingers were slick on the instrument. He snapped his head away from the crimson mist that marked each gasp and cough. His nostrils burned from the acidic tang of the sludge. He caught sight of greasy black mucus streaking the blood and tightened his lips. Having immersed his hands in innumerable body cavities--of the living and the dead--few things the human body could do or produce repulsed him. But this . . . He found himself at once steeling his stomach against the urge to expel his lunch and narrowing his attention to the mechanics of saving this man's life.

Around him, patients writhed on their beds. They howled in horror and strained against their bonds. Vero ached for them, feeling more sorrow for them than he felt for the dying man; at least his anguish would end soon. For the others, this scene would play over and over in their minds--every time an organ cramped in pain; when the fever pushed beads of perspiration, then blood, through their pores; and later, during brief moments of lucidity.

The body under him abruptly leaped into an explosive arch. Then it landed heavily and was still. One hand on the intratrachael tube, the other gripping the man's shoulder, Vero thought mercy had finally come--until he noticed the patient's skin quivering from head to toe. The man's head rotated slowly on its neck to rest those pupil-less eyes on the doctor. With stuttering movements, as if a battle of fierce wills raged inside, the eyes rolled into their normal position. The cocoa irises were difficult to distinguish from the crimson sclera.

For one nightmarish moment, Vero looked into those eyes. Gone were the insanity of a diseased brain and the madness that accompanies great pain. Deep in those bottomless eyes, he saw something much worse.

He saw the man within. A man who fully realized his circumstances, who understood with torturous clarity that his organs were liquefying and pouring out of his body. In those eyes, Vero saw a man who was pleading, pleading . . .

The skin on the patient's face began to split open. As a gurgling scream filled the ward, Vero turned, an order on his lips. But the nurses and assistants had fled. He saw a figure in the doorway at the far end of the room.

"Help me!" he called. "Morphine! On that cart . . ."

The man in the doorway would not help.

Karl Litt. He had caused this pain, this death. Of course he would not help.

Still, it shocked Vero to see the expression on Litt's face. He had heard that warriors derived no pleasure from taking life; their task was necessary but tragic. Litt was no warrior. Only a monster could look as Litt did upon the suffering of the man writhing under Vero. Only a monster could smile so broadly at the sight of all this blood.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    Yes, Christian fiction can be gory

    When I received this book in the mail, the first thing everyone said when they saw it was 'Oh your book is wet.' Actually I'm not sure why there are spotted raised dots on the cover, but it sure was a way to get people to notice the book! To be honest this isn't the type of book I would normally pick up. I'm glad though that I did, I would have missed out on a really intense, suspenseful read. While reading it, I kept thinking I was in 24 with a touch of the Constant Gardener. The story moves at a extremely fast pace and you never get bored. I really liked all the characters, Julia is a very good female lead. ('Jack'ie Bauer!) And my goodness, those Atropas guys were creepy. The description of the weapon they used and how it tore the body up after you've been shot made me squirm. Same with the first chapter of the story, extremely gross out situation. But I liked it because it's definitely not something one would expect in a Christian fiction book. (blood and guts?? isn't that sinful?) Great way to hook you into the story (if you haven't thrown up on the pages already). Really scary when you think about how those guys seem to share the same identity and only think as one. What's even more scary is how realistic the storyline is and how there's a possibility it could happen in this day and age. If they make this novel into a movie, I'll definitely be in line for it. This is the type of book that would appeal to both the secular and Christian crowd.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    Non stop action and twists

    I read this book because I loved Robert Liparulo's "Deadfall" and this book did not dissappoint! It is a book with a very frightening premise (that this virus can seek out and kill certain people) that keeps you hooked until the very end. What I loved about it (and pretty much the other Robert Liparulo books I have read) is that he keeps you guessing. People die who you think are going to be main characters; you get to the end of a chapter and are like "OH NO, now what?!?!?" and you have to keep reading!!! He gets his characters in situations that you think they can't possibly escape from, yet they do! I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Good

    I have this bood in paperback its adicting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Zen

    Okay.

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  • Posted November 16, 2012

    Starting from page one Liparulo takes you on an action packed jo

    Starting from page one Liparulo takes you on an action packed journey all across the world. It is a fast paced non-stop thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat biting your nails. Germ read exactly like a Holly Blockbuster, it was exciting and suspenseful with vivid images that made it seem real. Everything I look for in a good action adventure novel, Germ is the epitome of the thriller genre. Fantastic work! Praise to Robert Liparulo and such an outstanding novel!

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

    This is a great book

    This is a fast paced book, that starts out in action. I was constantly on the edge of my seat.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2007

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    I read this book in one sitting..The short chapters and non stop action made it hard to put down..I like the strong female lead and the fact that you don't know how it will end till you get there....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2007

    AWSOME!

    i read this book for a school project and it just puts me in awe of how fast paced, interesting, and thrilling it is. each page has you guessing on what will happen next!i love Stephan he is so big and gentle. this book is grusome and funny all at once. if you can put those 2 characteristics into a book and have it be this good you have to have MAJOR skills.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2007

    Driving but not driven

    Overall, Germ is a marvelous book with plenty of guts and gore to send any hemophobics to the mental institution. The plot is edgy is driving I can guarantee that you will be rooting for your most beloved characters even before the first chapter's end. But unlike the numerous Christian fiction books that exist, it is not driven on spiritual standards, though that is not truly a BAD thing. For those seeking a book that will quench any yearning for a book about a perspective of Christianity, this is NOT for them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2007

    Great story teller:

    This guy is on the way to the top, I urge readers to have allready read the first 2 novels,before the next one. He is only going to get better and he is very good now.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2006

    Fantastic

    GERM, by Robert Liparulo begins with a scene so graphic and repulsive it's almost enough to stop a reader then and there. However, after this the action not only picks up, but increases to a maddening pace, leveling off briefly only so the reader can catch their breath. It's that kind of a novel, one that drives you into places you do not wish to go, ensnaring you with its charm, brilliance, intensity and a balanced tension that, to me, is the mark of a truly great writer. You know these characters, maybe by different names, but you've met them before. Liparulo is not satisfied with merely describing them physically, but gives you insights into their psyche. GERM is more about us than about a deadly virus. Hidden like the virus he's written about is a truth about ourselves, our weaknesses, our evil desires, more deadly than any physical virus. Perhaps that's the point of this story. We can be the deadliest virus on the planet...or by God's grace, it's cure. - David Brollier (Author of THE 3RD COVENANT)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2006

    Very good read!

    Those who like Michael Crichton will like this novel. It's about an advanced form of Ebola virus that is 'programed' if you will, with DNA of 10,000 people. As the virus goes from person to person, it checks to match the DNA. If you don't have the DNA it's looking for, then you just get a cold. If you happen to be one of the those unfortunate to have the DNA, better hope God takes you before the virus kills you. I give the story 4 stars out of 5. Only for the reason that I was expecting to read about people being infected with the virus and the gory consequences that follow. The story wasn't gory at all. The story starts out with the someone dying and it's details were gory. But nothing gory past that. The story was primarily the good guys running from the bad guys. It's a great cat&mouse story. These people are on the run with evidence and information about the virus and they are being hunted for it. The story has a tyrannical assassin. The guy is like Superman. It takes a lot to take this bad boy down. There's a lot of shooting, people dying, blood due to the shooting, bombs, etc. The story goes from the United States to the jungles of South America. It's a great Die Hard/Bad Boys type of story. The three main character are a female FBI agent (tough broad), a young doctor and his pastoral older brother. Great story. I will continue reading from this author. This is his sophomore novel. I haven't read his debut yet, but will soon. If this sounds good to you, check him out. He's a great upcoming Christian author. Those who don't want to be preached in a story (I don't mind either way), don't worry, there isn't any preaching. Like many of my Christian novels, it is more parable then straight up preaching.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    action-packed thriller

    The creator customizes his creation so that this strand of the Ebola virus will give a cold to some, but those individuals, whose DNA contain specific readings, will die a painful bloody death for those the virus seeks will find their insides turn to liquid in a few days. The terrorists who plan to use this new weapon of mass destruction anticipate ten thousand deaths that represent all types of the population as religion, age, gender, or social status mean nothing DNA decides a minor inconvenience or a painful death. --- Near CDC Headquarters in Atlanta, FBI Agents Goodwin ¿Goody¿ Donnelly and Julia Matheson are meeting Despesorio Vero who has seen first hand what the disease can do. The two men in one car on the interstate are attacked and separated from Julie. She obtains the help of physician Dr. Allen Parker, as they try to track back the virus to ground zero so as to prevent a terrorist attack that will surpass 9/11 in its body count and geography. --- The technical background data makes the exhilarating story line seem plausible in this action-packed thriller that starts off with a gory death, goes through several surprising twists, and never slows down until the final confrontation. Julia¿s desperation as she knows the clock is ticking adds to the feel that this could easily happen. Readers who appreciate plenty of confrontation with blood, guts and death everywhere on top of a tense premise will want to read GERM though the tale can prove difficult to follow as there are numerous subplots to follow. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2006

    Bob Liparulo has a sick mind, and it shows.

    Bob Liparulo has a sick mind, and it shows up in GERM. I loved Comes A Horsemen his last book and was thrilled to see Germ. Read this book in one sitting, couldn't stop. Liparulo creates the scariest killers ever put to paper. I don't know where he comes up with them, but I think it's one of the reasons I read his books so quickly. Rather than be scared for a week while reading this book, I choose to be scared for one single long nail bitting day. You may want to make it last longer and take your time, but do read this book.

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