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Genesis of a Plague

Right now, in a remote corner of rural China, a farmer and his family are sharing their water supply with their livestock: chickens, ducks, pigs, sheep. They share the same waste-disposal system, too.

Bird viruses meet their human counterparts in the bloodstreams of the swine, where they mix and mutate before spreading back into the human population. And a new flu is born....

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Overview

Genesis of a Plague

Right now, in a remote corner of rural China, a farmer and his family are sharing their water supply with their livestock: chickens, ducks, pigs, sheep. They share the same waste-disposal system, too.

Bird viruses meet their human counterparts in the bloodstreams of the swine, where they mix and mutate before spreading back into the human population. And a new flu is born....

Dr. Noah Haldane, of the World Health Organization, knows that humanity is overdue for a new killer flu, like the great influenza pandemic of 1919 that killed more than twenty million people in less than four months. So when a mysterious new strain of flu is reported in the Gansu Province of mainland China, WHO immediately sends a team to investigate.

Haldane and his colleagues soon discover that the new disease, dubbed Acute Respiratory Collapse Syndrome, is far more deadly than SARS, killing one in four victims, regardless of their age or health. But even as WHO struggles to contain the outbreak, ARCS is already spreading to Hong Kong, London, and even America.

In an age when every single person in the world is connected by three commercial flights or fewer, a killer bug can travel much faster than the flu of 1919.

Especially when someone is spreading the virus on purpose...

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“Daniel Kalla expertly weaves real science and medicine into a fast-paced, nightmarish thriller—a thriller all the more frightening because it could really happen.”—Tess Gerritsen, author of Body Double on Pandemic

“Kalla is a rocket ship of a writer. He moves to the front of the pack with a thriller that will grab you from page one and never let you go.”—Keith Ablow, author of Psychopath on Pandemic

Pandemic is fast, fierce and frightening. Kalla delivers a shot of adrenaline in a medical thriller that really thrills.”—Don Winslow, author of California Fire and The Life and Death of BobbyZ on Pandemic

Pandemic is a totally compelling novel, one of those rare thrillers that lays out a scenario that is not only possible, but terrifyingly probable.”—Douglas Preston, author of Relic and The Codex on Pandemic

“At last! A new thriller writer worthy to join the Ludlum, DeMille, LeCarre club.  Not just a great read, a real treat.”—Beverly Swerling, author of City of Dreams: A Novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and Early Manhattan on Pandemic

Pandemic is a sizzler. A killer epidemic that may go global—convincing and terrifying.”—Barbara D’Amato, author of Death of A Thousand Cuts and White Male Infantp0 on Pandemic

Tess Gerritsen
"Daniel Kalla expertly weaves real science and medicine into a fast-paced, nightmarish thriller—a thriller all the more frightening because it could really happen."
Keith Ablow
"Kalla is a rocket ship of a writer. He moves to the front of the pack with a thriller that will grab you from page one and never let you go."
Don Winslow
"Pandemic is fast, fierce and frightening. Kalla delivers a shot of adrenaline in a medical thriller that really thrills."
Douglas Preston
"Pandemic is a totally compelling novel, one of those rare thrillers that lays out a scenario that is not only possible, but terrifyingly probable."
Beverly Swerling
"At last! A new thriller writer worthy to join the Ludlum, DeMille, LeCarre club. Not just a great read, a real treat."
Barbara D'Amato
"Pandemic is a sizzler. A killer epidemic that may go global—convincing and terrifying."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765350848
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 2/1/2005
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 4.02 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Daniel Kalla is a practicing emergency room physician at a major hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia. Pandemic is his first novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2008

    Our New Future

    Pandemic is the first Novel of Dr. Daniel Kalla who is an emergency room physician in Canada. For people that would love to read a book that is full of suspense and will keep one off of there seats then this is that book. If one would ever want read about what might be our next major threat to our own national security or what will be the most likely next major disease to attack the public then Pandemic is that book. At first the book starts out with the main character Dr. Noah Haldane, of the World Health Organization (WHO), who knows that humanity is behind schedule for a new killer flu. This flu which will be much like the great influenza pandemic of 1919 that killed more than twenty million people in less than four months except for the fact that this flu will be killing many more. When suddenly, a mysterious new strain of flu is reported in the Gansu Province of mainland China, WHO immediately sends a team to investigate. Haldane and his team soon discover that the new disease, which is called Acute Respiratory Collapse Syndrome (ARCS) for short, is much more deadly than SARS. ARCS has a mortality rate of killing one in four victims, not considering their age or health because anyone can be diagnosed with this disease. Even as WHO struggles to contain the outbreak from the general public, ARCS is already spreading to Hong Kong, London, and even America. WHO wonders about how this disease was able to spread so far, but when they find the person that caused this disease to spread dead in her hotel room and she is a known terrorist they suspect the worst. Do to the fact, that this virus has be weaponized by terrorists, the WHO and the rest of America fear the worst for there is no vaccine and almost no way to stop this quick hitting and deadly flu from finding its way onto American soil. In the time when every single person in the world is connected by a commercial flight or, this flu can travel much faster than the flu of 1919 especially when this flu is being spread on purpose. Secondly, this book focuses on the fact that terrorists using biochemicals is the new age of terrorism. Just by the way that each and every person in the world can pass common colds to each other by a commercial flight is enough danger already, but when terrorists begin to use the ease of travel as a weapon it becomes extremely realistic. One can easily see this happening in our near future just by the fact that we are so easily connected to every person in the world and trying to keep everything out of our borders is never going to succeed because of the mass numbers that are coming in. One man that has already been injected with the virus could easily bypass security and then be le loose in the public to cause absolute havoc. One can see this book as almost being n eye opener to the citizens of America in a way that because of new technology and terrorists strong hate for our country we are no longer as safe as we used to be. The time is now for each and every person in every country to think about how this could happen to them and in the long run what could one do to stop this from ever happening. Anyone that wants a complete book that sucks one into the story of a man on his journey throughout action packed and suspenseful events only trying to save the world from a pandemic should read this book. Not only do you find great enjoyment in the story, but you also learn how possible this might be in our near future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2005

    Genesis of a Plague

    Right now, in a remote corner of rural China, a farmer and his family are sharing their water supply with their livestock: chickens, ducks, pigs, sheep. They share the same waste-disposal system, too. ......................... Bird viruses meet their human counterparts in the bloodstreams of the swine, where they mix and mutate before spreading back into the human population. And a new flu is born.... ................... Dr. Noah Haldane, of the World Health Organization, knows that humanity is overdue for a new killer flu, like the great influenza pandemic of 1919 that killed more than twenty million people in less than four months. So when a mysterious new strain of flu is reported in the Gansu Province of mainland China, WHO immediately sends a team to investigate. ....................... Haldane and his colleagues soon discover that the new disease, dubbed Acute Respiratory Collapse Syndrome, is far more deadly than SARS, killing one in four victims, regardless of their age or health. But even as WHO struggles to contain the outbreak, ARCS is already spreading to Hong Kong, London, and even America. ............................................................ ........... ***** In an age when every single person in the world is connected by three commercial flights or fewer, a killer bug can travel much faster than the flu of 1919. Especially when someone is spreading the virus on purpose. This makes this novel even scarier to consider. *****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2005

    Great read couldnt put it down

    This book was a page burner i couldnt put it down the detail made me feel like i way really their, Im telling all my friends to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2005

    I read it twice!

    One of the best medical thrillers I read. Being a physician it's hard to find a good one these days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2005

    Pandemic = Page Turner

    Couldn't put this book down once I started reading it. I received it as a gift and now I'm turning my friends onto it. Combines international terrorism with medical thriller. Contains very compelling characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2005

    Fantastic read!

    A great read if you're into thrillers and action, Dan Kalla has written his first exemplary novel about a plausible pandemic. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2005

    Great first novel

    This book was a lot of fun to read. Hard to believe this was Dr. Daniel Kalla's first book. I can't wait for future books. His story comes to life from page one. Be prepared for a fun ride.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2005

    SARS, avian flu, and bioterrorism all in one

    Given the current parallels of concern with real avian influenza and with the backdrop of the recent SARS pandemic, the idea of intentional spread of respiratory illness is unnerving, but in the same era of bioterrorism, not necessarily implausible. A fast-paced read with likeable characters, an engaging writing style, and edge of your seat suspense. Even if predictable in some ways from the first couple chapters, still couldn't put it down. A great first novel.

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