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In Book 2 of the Galactic Circle Veterinary Service Series, the crew responds to a call for help from the planet New Mecca, the galaxy's center of the Islamic faith. Dr. Cy Berger, his wife, Dr. Roxanne Simon, and Furoletto Cohen, their engineer and medical assistant, all hail from Jewish home worlds settled during the Great Diaspora when Jews were driven from Old Earth by a militant Islamic world government. The GCVS crew includes a young dragon and a werewolf who are medical interns, and an increasingly self-aware Artificial Intelligence, Ruthie, bent on destroying Cy's wife and taking over his mind. Despite his personal problems, Cy must put aside his religious biases to help the people of New Mecca fight a disease in their livestock herds that threatens planet-wide starvation. The GCVS crew must survive assassination attempts and civil war as they race to understand and halt the deadly, genetically-engineered plague, released by terrorists, that threatens to destroy all animal life on the planet and, potentially, throughout the galaxy.
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Dr. Stephen A. Benjamin was born and raised in New York City. He received his A.B. degree from Brandeis University, and his D.V.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University, and he’s a board-certified veterinary pathologist. He has been a university teacher, researcher, and administrator, and is currently Professor Emeritus at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. His interests in human and animal health are reflected in most of his short stories and novels. He lives in Colorado with his wife and enjoys traveling, especially visiting his family, fishing, golf, skiing, cooking, and writing fiction.