The Trudeau Vector: A Novel

The Trudeau Vector: A Novel

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by Juris Jurjevics
     
 

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As the international team of scientists at the spectacular Trudeau Research Center prepares for six months of unrelenting Arctic winter, three of their colleagues are found dead, their pupils missing and their bodies contorted in ghastly, unnatural positions. An American epidemiologist, the talented and unconventional Dr. Jessica Hanley, is summoned to investigate

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As the international team of scientists at the spectacular Trudeau Research Center prepares for six months of unrelenting Arctic winter, three of their colleagues are found dead, their pupils missing and their bodies contorted in ghastly, unnatural positions. An American epidemiologist, the talented and unconventional Dr. Jessica Hanley, is summoned to investigate the medical riddle posed by these grisly deaths. At the same time, a decorated Russian admiral in Moscow is assigned a top-secret mission to locate and retrieve a Russian submarine that has suddenly and inexplicably vanished from central command's radar.

The die is cast. Their lives will cross in Jurjevics's engrossing debut thriller, brilliant and terrifying in its medical and historical accuracy. Hanley's inquiry and Admiral Rudenko's quest bring them up against hazards much bigger than microbes—scientific megalomania, lingering cold war tensions, world-threatening environmental toxins, all unfolding in the unforgiving extremes of the Arctic.

A thriller that superbly depicts the precarious, volatile area where science and global politics can clash with disastrous results, The Trudeau Vector is reminiscent of the classic suspense of Frederick Forsyth's The Day of the Jackal and the terrifying realism of Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain. With its disquieting and revelatory authenticity, readers cannot help but fall under its spell and ask themselves, “Could this really happen?”

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Soho Press cofounder and publisher Jurjevics gives a knowing nod to apocalyptic plot expectations for biohazard thrillers, but the real passion of his debut lies in presenting difficult science clearly, creating complex characters and playing Cassandra on the environment. Four members of Arctic Research Station Trudeau go missing: three of them turn up, still in their cold-weather suits, twisted into positions of inexplicably grotesque and agonizing death; the fourth lays nearby, naked and frozen solid. Jessie Hanley, an epidemiologist working for a California biotech firm, is hired by the Canadian government to parachute into the isolated facility and track down the cause of the mysterious deaths. Jurjevics lovingly details the Trudeau Station facility, bringing its scientific community to life along with the brutal but beautiful surrounding Arctic environment. A parallel plot features several Russian submarines and a cold war secret that eventually comes to light and bears on the pathogen's origins. It slows down the search for the virulent, always-fatal disease. While not quite over-the-top enough for bestsellerdom, Jurjevics's debut will lure those with a taste for deep science, medical intricacies and a plot that twists and shines like the aurora borealis. 5-city author tour. (On sale Aug. 22) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Just as their six-month winter night begins, the scientists at the Canadian Arctic's Trudeau Research Center discover the gruesome remains of three colleagues, bodies contorted and eyes missing. A fourth is frozen to death nearby. Add to this the Russian scientist who was transported away by her countrymen's submarine and now is missing, and you have a terrified community. Maverick American epidemiologist Jessica Hanley is airlifted in to solve the mystery and to staunch both rumor and potential plague. Concurrently, Russian Admiral Rudenko and his protege Captain Nemerov are speeding back to Canada because the fifth scientist and an entire submarine crew have been found dead in a Norwegian fjord. All of this is top secret, of course, and the normally collaborative station struggles with the political implications of the growing death count. This is great material, backed with well-explained details about the Arctic environment. But in his debut novel Jurjevics, cofounder and publisher of Soho Press, rarely generates the excitement that should accompany this dynamic storyline. Biothriller readers will relish the elaborate procedures and the systematic elimination of suspects, but those hoping for political intrigue and submarine chases will be disappointed. Recommended for larger popular collections.-Teresa L. Jacobsen, Santa Monica P.L., CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An American epidemiologist quite literally drops into the frozen Canadian north to find out what has caused several scientists to die spectacularly gruesome deaths. First novelist and Soho Press cofounder Jurjevics weaves his great fondness for the fragile, seductive, polar environment with carefully researched viral lore in a largely successful thriller about bioterror and the pathologists who keep us safe in our beds. Offshore-educated M.D. Jessica Hanley, famous for her intuitive epidemiological solutions, draws the short stick when the call comes from the Trudeau Research Center, which houses a collection of scientists way up at the top of Canada. Three of their number, who had exited the relative comfort of the center's ecologically sensitive igloos-of-the-future to collect data out near one of the permanent openings in the ice cap, died horrible, sudden and mysterious deaths, and the fourth in their group went off by himself immediately afterwards, stripped stark naked and frozen in a flash. The remaining researchers, understandably spooked, and the Canadian powers-that-be, need someone imported quickly to sort it all out. Hanley has the skills, but she will have to abandon her needy, woefully dyslexic son to the prim management of his self-righteous but always-there dad. Parachuted in at the last possible moment before the Center becomes unreachable in the months-long arctic night, Hanley deputizes a couple of assistants and starts sorting through every last personal belonging of the departed, looking for what must either be a very vicious bacterium, or a virus. What she doesn't know is that the submariners who tried to evacuate an unpopular Russian scientist around the time of thedisaster fell victim to the same plague. Counseling son Joey by satellite, wrestling with major disruptions in her circadian rhythms and succumbing to the manly charms of an unattached Inuit on the crew, Hanley is one busy epidemiologist. But a good one. She has the culprit identified just as some very dashing Russians return to clean up the mess left by their dead colleague. Lots of very entertaining and very weird science within a workable thriller plot.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670034376
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
08/18/2005
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.35(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Juris Jurjevics was born in Latvia during World War II and emigrated to the United States. He served in Vietnam and is the cofounder and publisher of Soho Press.

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The Trudeau Vector 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
I stumbled across this book by accident – Chapters (big-box book superstore in Canada) had a Buy-3-Get-1-Free sale, so I took a chance on something new for my freebie. Then, I waited a few years before I read it. Big mistake – this turned out to be one of, if not my favorite reads of the year. An epidemiologist is sent to a scientific stronghold in the Canadian Arctic to investigate some mysterious deaths. Since she will be confined there through the Arctic winter, there is added incentive to find out what happened. Interpersonal relationships, Inter-country relationships, and clandestine undercurrents in both complicate her efforts and her life. Great characterization, excellent pacing, and an engaging plot combined to produce a novel that I had trouble putting down until I finished it. My understanding is that Mr. Jurjevics spends most of his time assisting other authors get their works out to the readers. (Editor? Publicist? Publisher?) That's great, but the world also needs to hear more from him directly. Get back to the keyboard at your earliest convenience, Mr. Jurjevics!!
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Harvee More than 1 year ago
Terrific plot, location, details of environment, arctic lore and biology. <a href="http://bookbirddog.blogspot.com/2010/01/review-trudeau-vector-novel-by-juris.html">More here...</a>
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting plot, set in the Arctic. It's in the style of other thrillers that use bioterrorism as a plot device, but I liked the angle this author took, as there was a lot of glimpses into the current culture of the Soviet Union. Overall an enjoyable read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As with the other reviewer I wasn't expecting too much since this is a new author and a 'Bargain' Book. Well, what a great surprise! Very well plotted, easy to read with good dialogue and a fast pace. A different twist on a recurring them, and some complex plot lines which interwove seamlessly. I am also very picky, and was very pleased! Clive Cussler, Charlaine Harris
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have been trying to get into fiction alittle more as a hobby so have been having fun with some of the well known authors but this guy wrote a totally worth while buy! Could not put it down. Had a fantastic mix of environment , characters, story , plot ! loved it loved it loved it !!! Will look forward to future writing from this guy !
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because of the subject matter. An end of the world thriller. I was completely and pleasantly surprised by how good it was. The author is unknown to me, but I must say I will read anything else he writes. The story line is great and very believable. Try it, you will like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very fast-paced thriller set in the Arctic. I found the Russian plot and characters a little hard to swallow but otherwise an exciting read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Apocalypse then, apocalypse now - apocalypse is a trend in contemporary literature. However few portray it so realistically, with such harrowing design as does Latvian born author Juris Jurjevics His debut novel transports readers to the Trudeau Research Station in the Arctic. Both the Station with its myriad scientific marvels and the unforgiving yet beautiful cold of the far North are painted with a true word brush. Cofounder and publisher of the Soho Press, Jurjevics knows his way around both plot and execution. 'The Trudeau Vector' will fascinate us just as it may cause worry and wonder, simply because Jurjevics can render the unthinkable possible. International scientists have gathered at the Trudeau Station for six months of unforgiving winter and challenging work. This scenario abruptly changes when three of the scientists are found dead. Evidently their deaths were horrible, and the cause is unknown. Enter an American epidemiologist, Dr. Jessica Hanley, sent to discover what caused the untimely deaths. As the Station is numbed by the loss of colleagues and the brutal cold, there is activity in Moscow. Retired Admiral Rudenko is asked to locate a Russian submarine that has gone off the radar screen in Norwegian waters. His search and Hanley's investigation come together in surprising and threatening ways. Film and television actor Robertson Dean delivers an excellent voice performance, both somber and compelling as suspense mounts and the world seems poised for disaster. - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
The rescue team went out searching for the four missing members of the international scientific team stationed at Trudeau Arctic Research Station on a six month tour. They found three dead near the ice cap hole under study with their bodies monstrously misshapen the conclusion was death was a welcome respite from the agony they must have suffered. The fourth person apparently wandered away from the party and was found also dead, frozen naked. No one knows what happened and the weather prevents any evacuating the survivors from the area. The Canadian government parachutes epidemiologist Jessie Hanley into the remote site to learn what caused the grotesque deaths. Hanley searches for fatal bacteria or a virus. Meanwhile unbeknownst to the scientist is that a nearby Russian submarine succumbed to the same disease while escorting a rogue scientist into the Arctic. While talking with her dyslexic son by satellite and making love with a hunk of an Inuit, Hanley tries to track down the cause of the disaster before others die as she now believes one of the crew is heavily involved, but whom? --- This is exciting thriller starring a wonderful protagonist who does a yeoman¿s job to balance (albeit long distance) the needs of her son with her work. The story line is action-packed, but the beauty of the tale lies with the harsh vivid description of the frozen tundra that leaves no room for error. Part mystery, but mostly an environmental thriller, fans of action-packed biotech errors leading to contagions will want to read the fast-paced THE TRUDEAU VECTOR. --- Harriet Klausner