The Seneca Scourge

The Seneca Scourge

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by Carrie Rubin

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Dr. Sydney McKnight, a young physician battling the deadliest influenza pandemic of all time, joins forces with Dr. Casper Jones, an odd new research virologist whose arrival coincides with the virus’s advent, and whose presence raises more questions than answers.
As scientists around the world search for an explanation for the virus’s high…  See more details below


Dr. Sydney McKnight, a young physician battling the deadliest influenza pandemic of all time, joins forces with Dr. Casper Jones, an odd new research virologist whose arrival coincides with the virus’s advent, and whose presence raises more questions than answers.
As scientists around the world search for an explanation for the virus’s high mortality rate, Sydney’s distrust of Casper grows, especially after she discovers him injecting an unidentified substance into her patient. Despite a heavy patient load, rebuttals from her boss, and an increasingly strained relationship with her boyfriend, Sydney is determined to learn the truth.
But what she finds will plunge her into danger and change her life forever…

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The Seneca Scourge 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
CharBoise More than 1 year ago
Life turns upside down for Sydney McKnight, a young physician in a Boston Hospital, when she has a patient come in with flu-like symptoms that go from bad to worse. She watches her patient die quickly and painfully, but the lab results don't make sense. It seems like a fluke, until within days, more victims show up, all having associated with the first patient or his school teacher wife. The symptoms are the same, destroying their lungs within a week of contact. Within weeks, thousands of people have died worldwide, and a crisis that rivals the 1918 flu epidemic staggers virologists and has the world in panic. Sydney is anxious to stop this outbreak, but gets caught up in even more dangerous circumstances when she becomes suspicious of her attending--Casper Jones, a research virologist who has shown up just as this outbreak started--and tries to determine his true identity and motives. This is the stage for this book. I don't want to spoil the plot with anymore from the book. I was riveted to Sydney's turmoil as she fought the disease each day in the hospital and watched patients and fellow co-workers fall prey to the disease. But what was even more intense was watching this loner protagonist delve into her superiors' lives on a gut feeling that they were up to no good. The writing was sharp and the author had a sound understanding of medical terminology. I loved this story and couldn't put it down. The plot was frightening and plausible. Now I need to go buy a box of masks to keep me safe in case Ms. Rubin's dreaded new flu comes to life.
GMBarlean More than 1 year ago
What would you do? 5 Stars The book, Seneca Scourge, is not just another medical thriller. It offers a new dimension you will not expect, but will love. Author Carrie Rubin does a masterful job of creating characters that are intelligent and heroic, yet so much like you and I. Although the book will keep you on the edge of your seat with fast paced suspense, you'll also find yourself, in the end, seeing it's more than just a story. It's a potential concept you will not be able to help, but contemplate. This story is still running through my mind, and trust me, it was so believable that every time I cough, I worry…then have to remind myself none of it is real…yet.
David999 More than 1 year ago
Even at the prologue, the author grabs your attention in this medical thriller. With interesting characters and good science, it’s a real page-turner.
KarenJG More than 1 year ago
I can't rate this book because I can't read it, but it the system won't let me post the review unless I do. So I gave it one star. Not because I thought it was a bad book, but because poor formatting made it impossible for me to read it. The leading was too tight to begin with, and increasing the font size didn't seem to decrease the number of lines on the page, making one unreadable black mass on the screen. Too bad, it sounded good. Plus the type was "justified" (margins the same on both sides), but it was done poorly leaving some lines with only a few words and huge gaps between them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Seneca Scourge, by Carrie Rubin, is a fast-paced medical thriller that keeps readers guessing. The characters are well-developed and unpredictable. Dr. Sydney McKnight, the protagonist, is sympathetic yet fierce – a great heroine to root for. The plot is a twisty one that surprised me at various turns, but it never steered off-course. I always felt like I was right in the middle of the action. Rubin, a doctor, knows just where to leave off a scene to make readers want to keep turning the page. Even through the gruesome detail, I still wanted to know what was going to happen next. Rubin’s medical background and expertise is evident throughout the novel, and she writes with authority without being self-indulgent. The Seneca Scourge is a well-written and terrifying book that left me thinking I will never breathe freely on a plane again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good-it does have a twist.
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Rutabaga More than 1 year ago
I must say, this was an excellent book - I read it in one day (home with a cold, no less) and could not put it down. It was fast paced, well written and took me in a direction that I didn't see coming at all. It was also very well researched and informative - you could absolutely tell that the author has experience in the medical world. I was also interested in the historical aspect of the book, the flu epidemic of 1918. Like I said - all very interesting, well written, fast paced and excellently executed. I cannot WAIT for Carrie Rubin to write another novel.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers Favorite A coughing and sneezing Thomas Lamb was flying from Nairobi to Boston, and then on to his hometown of Seneca. The geology teacher sought medical treatment at a local outpatient clinic for what he thought was a common cold. He was admitted to the ICU unit at Boston General Hospital hooked up to a ventilator and IV's and eventually he died. Lamb’s wife and a medical student at the clinic which originally treated him are stricken with the new variety of Influenza C. The hospital department chairman Dr. Burke insists that Lamb’s doctor Sydney McKnight must team up with the hospital's new infectious disease specialist Dr. Casper Jones. Thomas Lamb’s lungs reveal that they were destroyed by a mysterious infection. Two more cases of this super virus are reported at nearby Children's Hospital and the number of people infected continues to grow exponentially. Sydney is suspicious of Casper Jones. She witnesses him taking home tissue samples of those stricken with the virus and she sees Jones visiting with the new hospital aide, Jackson. Who is Jones and what is he up to? "The Seneca Scourge" by Carrie Rubin is a first-rate medical thriller that includes totally believable science fiction elements. The story is filled with great suspense and action and characters that will engage the reader from the story's beginning to its conclusion. The author knows the medical world and she also knows how to write a great story! "The Seneca Scourge" belongs at the top of reading lists everywhere.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers Favorite "The Seneca Scourge" by Carrie Rubin was impossible to put down. The story takes place in a normal hospital but it is told with a touch of science fiction and a hint at romance. Dr. Sydney McKnight is forced to deal with a killer influenza. Dr. Casper Jones is the new virologist at the hospital arriving at the start of the pandemic. The influenza is spreading through the States and reaching across the ocean to Europe and has the ability to kill billions of people. Everyone is affected including nurses that Dr. Sydney works with, small children, teenagers and parents. In fact, the pandemic is touching all walks of life and everyone is frightened they will be the next victim. Sydney begins to think Dr. Casper is hiding something and becomes concerned when she finds him injecting some strange substance into one of the dying patients. She begins to check him out and watches him very carefully. What she discovers is both amazing and scary. How she deals with her discoveries is admirable, dangerous and life changing. "The Seneca Scourge" is a page turner that will keep you reading late into the night. Carrie Rubin grabs your attention on the first page and keeps it through all of the twists and turns of "The Seneca Scourge". If you enjoy reading medical novels, science fiction novels or just a good thriller, this is the book for you. Carrie Rubin has written a very realistic, believable book with strong characters and plot. I really liked this book and highly recommend it. "The Seneca Scourge" has all the markings of a best seller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great medical thriller with an unusual twist. Very engaging story and characters. Gives you a lot of interesting "what-ifs" to ponder.