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When people start dying of unexplainable symptoms in Los Angeles, the government turns to Biodefense, a top-secret agency against bioterrorism. For the five members of the team, what they thought could never happen has come to pass: a nanotechnological weapon of mass destruction has been set loose. And one thing becomes all too clear to Biodefense's Alan Thorpe: the virus was developed and spread here--by a sleeper cell within our own borders--and no one knows how to stop it. ...
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Overview

When people start dying of unexplainable symptoms in Los Angeles, the government turns to Biodefense, a top-secret agency against bioterrorism. For the five members of the team, what they thought could never happen has come to pass: a nanotechnological weapon of mass destruction has been set loose. And one thing becomes all too clear to Biodefense's Alan Thorpe: the virus was developed and spread here--by a sleeper cell within our own borders--and no one knows how to stop it.
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At the start of Dr. Anderson's thought-provoking debut medical thriller, people are dying in Los Angeles from what appears to be a new, unknown virus. At the same time, a Web site in Indonesia warns of Allah's "nanodeath" holocaust: "His nanomachines cannot be stopped until they have destroyed every American man, woman, and child." A team of scientists spring into action to trace the origin of the bug, finding what appears to be "a microscopic machine that can reproduce itself... essentially an artificial virus." Casualties begin to mount while the team struggles to catch up; meanwhile, politicos in Washington make plans to use the attack as grounds for military action they had already been seeking to carry out. The author does a great job of building excitement by interweaving the more bookish, scientific passages with espionage involving embedded terrorists, counteragents and rogue university professors. If scenes involving Washington decision makers are oversimplified, they successfully show how cause and effect, in times of war, are almost never clearly connected. Anderson doesn't shy away from his story's natural climax (though his fictional president closes on an upbeat note, it's far from a happy ending), making this book much more cautionary than the average escapist thriller. Agent, Kimberly Whalen. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425199794
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2005

    Interesting idea, poorly executed

    An interesting premise, but the characters are poorly developed and so unreal that it really detracts from the plot. There are also too many of them, so I had to constantly refer back to the first page to figure out who was who. It kept me going, but because of the above detractors, I couldn't really lose myself in it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2005

    Rough Start - Good Finish!

    I had a hard time getting into this book; however, about mid-way through...it got good. Very likely scenario...quite scary!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2005

    An amazing read

    For his first book, Jeffrey Anderson did a fabulous job. This book is so riveting and exciting, it was all that I thought about while I read it. I, in particular, love science so this book was absolutely perfect for me. I can't wait for Anderson's next book to be published. Michael Crichton and Robin Cook make way, there's a new kid on the block

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2005

    Cool

    I haven't read the whole book I just brought it two days ago, and I must say it's really interesting. And I, myself is a mirco-biology kind of guy, and for most stories the main( most interesting) part is like in the middle of the book, which I will be bored to death by then. But this book is different. I can't wait what other novels he will publish.

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