The Gemini Virus

The Gemini Virus

by Wil Mara
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The Gemini Virus by Wil Mara

This science-based thriller from Wil Mara will chill you to your core
Bob Easton thinks he has a cold. Before he dies in agony, four days later, he infects dozens of people. Local health agencies become quickly overwhelmed by the sick and dying and beg the CDC for help. Dr. Michael Beck and Cara Porter, a member of the Epidemic Intelligence Service, race to identify the deadly bug. They can't cure it until they know what it is.

Dennis and Andi Jensen and their children are terrified. Schools and offices close. Fresh food disappears from store shelves. Three of their children's friends die. Their neighbors are dying or running away, fleeing the unstoppable infection. Desperate, the Jensens join the exodus, making a nightmarish journey to their isolated mountain cabin along empty roads, through abandoned towns, past looted shopping malls.

The superbug—and the panic—quickly spreads beyond America's borders. On a packed plane, someone coughs—and at their destination, the pilots are told, "you can't land here." US military bases are quarantined. Yet the virus continues to spread. Some believe the plague is man-made. Others see it as a sign of the end times.

In the lab, Cara Porter makes a potentially fatal mistake. In the mountains, Andi Jensen tells her husband that she doesn't feel well.

The world is running out of time.

"Irwin Allen's disaster films meet Stephen King's The Stand. A scary notion."—Booklist
"A chilling and horrific outbreak story. If you're a fan of Outbreak, The Hot Zone, and Contagion (the movie), you'll love Gemini Virus."—No More Grumpy Bookseller


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429987615
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 462,312
File size: 927 KB

About the Author

Wil Mara is the award-winning novelist of the 2005 disaster thriller Wave, as well as many other titles for variety of audiences. The Gemini Virus is the second book in the disaster series, with several more stories currently in development.


Wil Mara is the author of more than seventy books for adults and young readers, including Wave, which won the New Jersey National Book Award. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. 

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The Gemini Virus 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
FrankMichaelsErrington More than 1 year ago
Aside from being a pretty good Texas Hold-Em Tournament player, Wil Mara writes an excellent disaster novel. Wil and I met at Bally's poker room a few years ago and wound up splitting the pot that day with a few other players. I found Wil to be an affable guy and I wound up buying a copy of his first disaster novel, Wave, about a tsunami that hits Long Beach Island. That was a great story and I found his writing style to be very readable and compelling. Since then, I've been asking when the next "disaster" novel would be released. Well, that time is finally here and the book is called The Gemini Virus. It all begins in Ramsey, NJ where normally healthy Bob Easton wakes from a deep sleep with a fever, and within 4 days, Bob is no longer among the living. Mara is a fine story-teller with an eye for detail. Simple stuff, like when decribing Bob's wife, "Bernice, in the baby blue nightgown that Easton thought of as part of the Golden Girls collection." Before his death, Bob manages to infect a number of others and the descriptions of the symptoms grow increasing gruesome. You'll definitely need a strong constitution, especially in the early chapters. There's even a scene where the virus is being passed around Bally's in A.C. (An aside to Wil: Suddenly, I'm in no hurry to go back). What started the virus? Where did it come from? With thousands already dead and many more infected the prospect of the CDC and WHO finding a cure or controlling the outbreak are bleak. "It could take millions and developing a vaccine could take years." More than a few cringe-worthy moments. A well researched, yet clean read that will keep you up at night and guessing right till the end. Available from a wide variety of sources as a Hardcover, Digital Audio or e-book. Well worth a read or listen.
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Forget it. Its like a play. Im fuqin u and u should like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! The character descriptions and dialogue made a real connection with me and I felt for these people. I had just started substitute teaching as I was in the midst of the book, and the thought of contagions in the air and on every surface was a real concern...The Gemini Virus only exaggerated those concerns. I washed my hands *all the time*! There were definitely some nasty descriptions of what happened to these poor people after they became sick, but these descriptions are necessary, making the read very realistic, and only pull you more into the story. A must read...but keep soap and warm water nearby.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always been drawn to medical thrillers, so the The Gemini Virus is right up my alley. As someone who catches everything, I am relieved that this book is fiction because I wouldn’t stand a chance. I read it in two days and can’t remember the last time I had the desire or the time to get lost in a book. From page one, I was hooked and couldn’t put the book down. Connecting with the authentic characters, I felt a loss for each person who died. The graphic descriptions captured my attention, but I was most intrigued by the psychological effects the virus had on its victims. Since it’s a believable scenario, I could feel the panic that engulfed the characters. As a resident of northern Jersey, it was neat to read about real locations, some of which I frequent often. Now, when I am food shopping, I can’t help but think of Bob Easton, a character who spread the deadly disease while purchasing medicine at the supermarket. Wil Mara’s book is a real page turner from start to finish, with a twist and a clever ending. Sad that the book is over, I hope Dr. Beck’s next crisis is in the works. I am eager to read more! If you are looking for a spine-tingling medical thriller, then I highly recommend the The Gemini Virus!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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