The Influenza Bomb (TSI Series)

The Influenza Bomb (TSI Series)

by Paul McCusker, Walt Larimore

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Overview


Masses of people are dying from a mysterious flu. While the TSI team searches for a cure, a notorious eco-terrorist group,Return to Earth, uses an influenza bomb to poison the water. It’s a race against time—with the outcome impacting the entire world.

By the time the team discovers that the terrorists are using the water supply to infect people, the sickness is spreading worldwide and no one has a cure. When Return to Earth makes off with a mysterious device called the influenza bomb with the intent to destroy all of mankind, Dr. Hutchinson must stop the contamination from being spread before it’s too late.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416569756
Publisher: Howard Books
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Series: TSI Series , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 8.48(w) x 5.66(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

Paul McCusker is a Peabody Award-winning writer and director who has written novels, plays, audio dramas, and musicals for children and adults. He currently has over thirty books in print. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Walt Larimore, M.D. is a noted physician, award-winning writer, and medical journalist who hosted the cable television show on Fox’s Health Network, Ask the Family Physician. He lives in Monument, Colorado.

Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Influenza Bomb includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Paul McCusker. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.

QUESTIONS AND TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION

1. Some of the characters in the book deal with forgiving, being forgiven, or refusing to forgive. What was the outcome with each character?

2. Is it reasonable to think that the victims of the Holocaust should forgive those who tortured and murdered their families and friends?

3. What kind of offense do you (or would you) find most difficult to forgive?

4. Do you meditate on an offense over and over? Do you ever feel that you are a prisoner of unforgiveness? When? Why? Do you think this gives you bitterness and anger, or joy and peace?

5. How do you find it in yourself to let go of past offenses, even though you “deserve” to hang on to them?

6. Does forgiving someone mean that the offense is forgotten and has no further consequences?

7. What is the only phrase in the Lord’s Prayer with a “condition” attached? (Matthew 6:12)

8. Does forgiveness necessitate reconciliation? If Mark forgave his ex-wife, should he also have considered reuniting with her?

9. What do the authors mean when they say, “Don’t waste your pain”? How can you apply this principle to your life?

10. Nora thought it would be wrong to influence Mark in his decision about his ex-wife. Was she right to stay neutral or should she have been more outspoken with her opinions and feelings?

11. Because she felt stifled by Russian bureaucracy, Susan took matters into her own hands. Was she right to do that? How far should one go beyond the boundaries of the law, even if it’s for a good cause? Ever? Sometimes? Never? Defend your view.

12. The Return to Earth movement has taken the position that humans have been reckless and irresponsible in their care of nature, and so they’ve forfeited their right to dominate the world. What do you think of that view?

13. Do you believe groups such as the Return to Earth Society exist? Upon what would they base their beliefs?

14. How do you feel about animal-rights groups that seem to place more emphasis on animal rights than human rights?

15. Was Return to Earth right to take extreme and violent measures to correct where humans have gone wrong?

16. Is it legitimate to believe that humans are no greater than any other creature in nature? Is killing a human to save an animal—or nature—ever justified?

17. Do you believe it is morally or ethically right for governments to develop germ and viral weapons? And if so, under what circumstances should they be used and under what circumstances should they never be used?

18. The Bavarian government destroyed Hitler’s Berghof because some people were turning it into a shrine to honor the dictator. Were they right to do that? Is there value in keeping such a place intact as a reminder of the horrors committed under the man’s leadership?

19. Philip Knox was tenacious in his belief that German scientists had developed a means to disseminate influenza to their enemies, in spite of being called insane and a paranoid conspiracy theorist. Should Knox have given up? When does it border on obsession or insanity to pursue the truth with such determination?

20. Cornelius Knox joined forces with Stefan Maier to get evidence of a Nazi conspiracy. Maier had his own motives. When Knox learned the truth about Maier’s activities, should he have broken off from Maier? Does the end justify the means even if the means are morally questionable?


ENHANCE YOUR BOOK CLUB

1. Many characters in the story talk about their own family’s connection to the Spanish Flu of 1918. Look back into your own history from that time period to see if your family was affected.

2. The TSI group is an intrepid bunch who can tackle any sort of trouble. Who is your favorite member? If you were a member of TSI, what special skills would you bring to the group?

3. If you haven’t already, read the first book in the TSI series, The Gabon Virus. How have the characters developed since their first case?


AUTHOR Q&A

Where and how did you guys meet?

Walt: Paul and I met when we both worked at Focus on the Family. We admired each other’s work and became friends. When Paul had the idea for the first TSI book, he contacted me about writing it with him. It’s been a lot of fun working out the plots, characters, and medical science in both books.

Paul, as an author and scriptwriter, you are no stranger to high-adventure stories. Your past works show that you love speculative fiction that explores the dramatic possibilities of normal people in abnormal situations. So how did you come up with the idea for this novel?

Paul: The Time Scene Investigators series came to me while I was visiting the small village of Eyam in England. (Readers of TSI: The Gabon Virus may remember the importance the village had in the story.) There I began to explore the idea of special team of doctors and scientists who try to solve a current medical crisis by investigating a similar crisis in the past. The medical side of the idea was daunting to me, so I turned to Walt for his help, expertise, and storytelling abilities.


How much of the book is based on fact?

Walt: We’re meticulous about our medical and historical research, to make sure the medical facts are correct and our speculative ideas are, at the very least, plausible. We want everyone to remember, though, that this is a work of fiction, not a textbook, so we’ve used the information in a way that makes for a good story.

Paul: What’s frightening to me is that everything we’ve written is possible in our world. Any terrorist group that could get their hands on “influenza bombs” would do mankind terrible damage.


What about the historical characters involved in the search for the “influenza bomb,” are they historical?

Paul: Some are based on actual people, and some of the conspiracy material is based on genuine theories, but we’ve fictionalized everything to create a new mythology.


And is there actually a TSI team at the NIH?

Walt: Not that we know of. But you can never really be sure with the government . . .


Is the Return to Earth Society fictional?

Paul: The name is, but there are real people and animal-rights groups who genuinely believe that man is no more or less special than any other creature in nature. Some of these groups are very dangerous and readily use violence to accomplish their goals.


One of your main characters, Mark Carlson, endures a lot of emotional conflict in this story. Is there anything from your lives that you tapped into for that part of the story?

Walt: I believe all of us can be deeply wounded and must, at one time or another, come to a place of forgiveness for those who’ve hurt us. Mark’s challenge is one we all face. And then it’s a question of how to forgive but still maintain healthy boundaries with those who’ve hurt us.

Paul: We also wanted to explore how a lack of forgiveness can destroy a person and lead to terrible circumstances. We don’t say that forgiveness is easy—but it is necessary to live a healthy life.


There are a couple of romantic relationships developing in these novels. Which one of you is the romantic?

Paul: We both like the relational aspects of the stories, but Walt is definitely the romantic. He’d have all kinds of smooching going on if I didn’t stop him.

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The Influenza Bomb (TSI Series) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
cherryblossommj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Can you say whirlwind? This is the fastest that I have read a book in a long time, especially with AppleBlossom running around (yes that's right, my barely ten month old daughter is running...). I could not turn the pages fast enough. I could not find enough time to sit and read as long and as much as I craved to. Every time line, every plot was bam bam bam, give me more!!Last August, I was able to experience the first book in the TSI (Time Scene Investigators) series The Gabon Virus: A Novel ...more Can you say whirlwind? This is the fastest that I have read a book in a long time, especially with AppleBlossom running around (yes that's right, my barely ten month old daughter is running...). I could not turn the pages fast enough. I could not find enough time to sit and read as long and as much as I craved to. Every time line, every plot was bam bam bam, give me more!!Last August, I was able to experience the first book in the TSI (Time Scene Investigators) series The Gabon Virus: A Novel. I knew then that I wanted more and I was not disappointed with this second novel in The Influenza Bomb: A Novel. I was on the edge of my seat turning the page. I was terrified and excited. The characters are real and the enemies true evil, but perfectly appropriate to the mentalities of the world today in both our history and future.Through out the story I was able to delve down deeply into conspiracies and myth surround the first and second Great World Wars as well as Hitler and his Nazi regime. The facts were fascinating and it was incredible how this team of authors worked the mystery into the medical drama. Without giving anything away, I'm sputtering for speech.All and all, the best word for it, Love. I love this book, I love this series and I want more!*Thanks to Rebeca Seitz of Glass Road PR and Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster for providing a copy for review.*
tarenn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
TSI:THE INFLUENZA BOMB by Paul McCusker and Walt Larimore, M.D. is a suspenseful, chilling International Thriller. The story weaves 1918-to present day from Nazi germ warfare during World War II to present-day H1N1 flu hysteria. This is the second in the TSI series but can be read as a stand along. It is well written with depth and detail. It is engaging, has intrigue,is very chilling, thought provoking, with bio terrorism, and scientific details that will leave you chilled to the bone. It has relevance today. You will be wondering what if and could this be. It gives history to germ warfare in Germany during the World War I and World War II. It is fast paced and full of action. The plot has twists and turns. It weaves history, medicine, and human drama while trying to unravel the mystery of the influenza pandemic. The characters are very realistic and believable. The authors has done their research and written a great read. I would highly recommend this book especially if you enjoy medical intrigue and human drama. A must read. This book was received for review and details can be found at Howard Paperback and My Book Addiction and More.
Bryan Trimm More than 1 year ago
An exciting fast paced thriller. A marvlous book. Locke
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TBCN More than 1 year ago
We first met Mark Carlson and the TSI team (Time Scene Investigators) in the Gabon Virus. If you haven't read this prequel to the Influenza Bomb, stop, step away from the Bomb book and click on the link below to order it. It is a fast paced thriller. That however is an entirely different review. Assuming now that you are up to speed and have invested a sleepless night blistering through the pages of the Gabon Virus, let me tell you about the next treat in store for you from the word processors of Paul McCusker and Walt Larimore M.D. The TSI Team and the WHO (World Health Organization) still haven't fully recovered from their wrenching battle with the diabolical Return to Earth terrorist organization, whose goal is to eliminate all human life on the planet, expect maybe them. You know. Susan Hutchinson, with WHO is call to Siberia when another illness begins killing thousands, suddenly, by what is soon identified as another terrorist attack with global, pandemic repercussions. Personally I loved this book as much as the first in the series, and couldn't put it down for long. It is hard charging and suspense filled with characters that have depth that you care about. Obviously there is a Time Scene involved with the story, and in this case we get to travel back to WWI on through WWII, where the Nazi leaders were experimenting with and launching germ warfare attacks against the Allied Armies. The historic recreations are realistic. You find yourself running to the computer to look up aspects. It is a fascinating work of fiction that involves Nazi hideouts, dastardly villains and new technology taken to frightening levels of abuse. I loved it! Review by Fred St Laurent The Book Club Network www.bookfun.org Finding Hope Through Fiction www.psalm516.blogspot.com
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
It's a race against time - with the outcome impacting the entire world. By the time the team discovers that the terrorists are using the water supply to infect people, the sickness is spreading worldwide and no one has a cure. When Return to Earth makes off with a mysterious device called the influenza bomb with the intent to destroy all mankind, Dr. Hutchinson must stop the contamination from being spread before it's too late. (excerpt back cover). My Review: WOW! just about sums up this very real possibility that this very scenario is possible anywhere in the world. The book takes a look back at the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic that killed more people than any previous viral outbreak or war combined. With such a threat looming that it could possibly happen again, with all the talks about the Avian Flu, The Swine Flu and last years H1N1 flu, this book borders on just how realistic and possible something like this could actually happen in the hands of the wrong people with malicious and greed driven intents. The book takes history and modern day and blends the doomsday scenario perfectly. It even goes back to Hitler's time in Germany where it's believed he tested his chemical weapons on the prisoners in the concentration camps. The new Influenza bomb is more lethal than the Spanish Influenza in 1918 and kills its victims within a matter of hours in a chilling and very painful death. I received the book, The Influenza Bomb, by Walter L. Larimore, MD and Paul McCusker, compliments of Glass Road Public Relations and rate this a perfect 10 out of 10. For those of you that love a bit of historical fact tossed in with the possibility that this could become a very real scenario, then this is the book for you. I absolutely loved in and read the whole 431 pages in a matter of hours. I had to see how it ended, and it definitely did not disappoint. For more information on this book, the authors and where to get a copy of the book for yourself, please click on the link below: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Influenza-Bomb/Paul-McCusker/e/9781416569756/?itm=2&USRI=the+influenza+bomb+tsi+series This book is available in paperback and eBook formats for digital books.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
The Influenza Bomb by Paul McCusker & Walt Larimore is the second book in the TSI (Time Scene Investigators) series. When an outbreak of influenza hits Siberia, with an incredibly high transmission and fatality rate, Dr. Susan Hutchinson from WHO (World Health Organization) is called in to investigate. Once on the scene she realizes that the symptoms are the same as in the 1918 Spanish Flu crisis, and she calls in TSI to help find a cure. The team soon discovers that the eco-terrorist group Return to Earth plans to use the illness to wipe humanity off the face of the earth, so groups are sent to Siberia, London, and Germany in hopes of tracking down information from the 1918 epidemic, WWII when it popped up again as a weapon of the Nazis and put the pieces together in order to save the world. There are a lot of characters and different storylines in this novel, but the authors juggle them handily, keeping the tension high. There are also a couple of romances brewing between different team members. The authors do a great job of creating drama not only with the illness and romance, but also with the posturing and territorialism of all the different agencies working on the case. The details of the illness are terrifyingly plausible, and I will never look at bubble wrap the same way. It's a thrilling ride that keeps the pages flying as the action escalates.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Paul McCusker & Walt Larimore, MD in their new book, "The Influenza Bomb" Book Two in the Time Scene Investigators series published by Howard Books give us a thrill ride of epic proportions spanning the decades from 1918 to the present. In 1918 and lasting for two years that was an outbreak of a particularly virulent strain of influenza that struck suddenly and spread swiftly. The authors suggest that it was terrorism by the German war machine that failed for reasons that they explain in the book. In World War II Hitler tries to reunite the scientists involved in that experiment to attempt it a second time. Now in our present time an ecoterrorist group known as "Return to Earth" is attempting to wipe out a large portion of humanity by reintroducing this virus which looks like H1N1 This book is a thriller as all the characters are in deadly danger in each of the time periods that are dealt with. This is not a science fiction story; no one is traveling through time-it is just a modern era team of scientists that have to learn from what has happened previously in order to deal effectively with the present era threat. As I have already stated this book is a thrill ride. Information is coming to you in each time period and needs to be stored for future reference just like the scientists must. The team members are wonderfully fleshed out and we feel that we are with them as they go to the various countries trying to bring an end to this ecoterrorist threat. Once you get started you will not want to put it down and you won't want to start it late because it will deprive you of your sleep. The Influenza Bomb is an informative story and you will be hard pressed to determine where fact and fiction separate. It is well worth your time to read this book; you will be glad you did To listen to 24 Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.org Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Move over Robin Cook and Michael Creighton! Walt Larimore bursts onto the scene with his newest fast-paced medical thriller- TSI: The Influenza Bomb. Skillfully weaving the flu pandemic of 1918-1919, Nazi germ warfare from WWII, and present day H1N1 flu hysteria, Larimore creates a novel with unexpected twists and turns that keeps you turning the page from cover-to-cover! An excellent read with believable and well-researched science. Pick it up today!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an international thriller with chilling relevance today. The authors have done their homework and written a totally realistic novel that may keep you up at night. You will never again read about H1N1 outbreaks without wondering about their origins.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I am pleased to endorse TSI: The Influenza Bomb just as heartily as I did the first book, The Gabon Virus. The characters, the action, the plot twists, the ties to some of the most fascinating aspects of our world's history, all ensure that one cannot put this book down after one starts to read it. Furthermore, one emerges from this reading thankful, even with the challenges confronting today's American medical care system, for what we have in this country. As always, the medical details in the novel are accurate and astute." -Reginald Finger, MD, MPH Physician Researcher and Lecturer
AAR More than 1 year ago
TSI:THE INFLUENZA BOMB by Paul McCusker and Walt Larimore, M.D. is a suspenseful, chilling International Thriller. The story weaves 1918-to present day from Nazi germ warfare during World War II to present-day H1N1 flu hysteria. This is the second in the TSI series but can be read as a stand along. It is well written with depth and detail. It is engaging, has intrigue,is very chilling, thought provoking, with bio terrorism, and scientific details that will leave you chilled to the bone. It has relevance today. You will be wondering what if and could this be. It gives history to germ warfare in Germany during the World War I and World War II. It is fast paced and full of action. The plot has twists and turns. It weaves history, medicine, and human drama while trying to unravel the mystery of the influenza pandemic. The characters are very realistic and believable. The authors has done their research and written a great read. I would highly recommend this book especially if you enjoy medical intrigue and human drama. A must read. This book was received for review and details can be found at Howard Paperback and My Book Addiction and More.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1918 and 1919, the Spanish Flu spread around the globe, killing millions. Whet almost the entire world does not know is that the Germans used a desiccated virus only more powerful than the original flu p and placed it water, drinks and food on military bases. The disease went international killing many including Germans. During the blitzkrieg in 1941, the Nazis released bombs that purposely failed to explode but contained the lethal virus so when the specialists detonated them they would inadvertently send the disease airborne exposing the British to death. This biological warfare method was not a rousing success. In the present, there is a new Spanish Flue epidemic only more virulent then the previous attacks. Dr. Susan Hutchinson from WHO is part of a covert TCI group is in Russia trying to contain the disease and treat the patient. The disease spreads to other countries while in Germany TSI operatives Mark Carlson and Nora Richards seek a cure among hidden Nazi caves and catacombs where the antiruse may be found.. However, an ecoterrorist group Return to Earth spread the Flu as their goal in humanity's extinction. TSI and other law enforcement groups try to prevent Return to Earth's deployment of their final solution. Ripped from today's headlines, this chilling thriller is very plausible as bioterrorism is a real threat to this nation's security. Reading like a cross between Dan Brown and Frederick Forsyth fans will enjoy the high octane over the top of the Kremlin and German Alps frantic save the world thriller as the Time Scene Investigators are reaching the doomsday clock countdown with The Influenza Bomb ignition. Harriet Klausner