DNA, The Code of Life --and Death.A Deadly Microbe. When a U.S. Customs inspector at the Canadian border succumbs to a fatal viral infection, a terrifying fear becomes reality. Someone has smuggled a devastating, genetically altered strain of smallpox virus into the country. But where is it? And just how deadly might it be?A Master Terrorist. Sheik Abdul-Ghazi, oil billionaire turned terrorist, is the mastermind of a plot to spread a modern plague, killing millions. He and his jihadi zealots are holed up on a remote western ranch, preparing to unleash their nightmare weapon on American cities...A Beautiful Woman. Jameela Noori, Abdul-Ghazi's Egyptian-born Arabian horse trainer, may be the consummate blend of loveliness and treachery. Or is she the weak link in a diabolical scheme?The Greatest Mind Since Sherlock Holmes. As the new plague's first victims die, brilliant vaccine researcher, Dr. Peyton McKean, is enlisted by the Centers For Disease Control to track down the source of the virus and find a cure. From his lab to the highway, to a horseback chase in a hail of bullets, McKean brings to bear his keen intellect and the boldness of a born adventurer.But overcoming this threat will take more than daring. It will take a medical miracle...
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THE JIHAD VIRUS is one of those rare books that pack so much understandable information about matters scientific that the reader benefits form an enriched education while still being 'entertained.' Thomas P. Hopp reveals himself to be a fine writer, able to use his obvious depth of knowledge (he is schooled in immunology and virology and has made a significant impact on the fields of genetic engineering and vaccine production) and go beyond those elements of content to create a novel that is enriched by three-dimensional characters about whom we care very much. He wisely introduces his story with a quiet press conference about a problem at the Canadian/US border that his inquisitive reporter Fin Morton investigates and finds that the 'problem' is a genetically altered form of smallpox virus that has been engineered by Islamic terrorists to be a weapon of vast destruction not unlike the plague of the Middle Ages! Just how he proceeds with his investigative reporting, enlisting a genius immunologist, becoming infected with the deadly altered virus, and eventually uncovering the deadly plot, makes for page-turning reading. Yes, similar topics are rampant in both the movie theaters and on the shelves in bookstores right now: we live in the time of fear and anxiety about germ warfare among other forms of terrorism. But few writers have the ability to create so credible a scenario as Hopp. This is a fascinating book to read, a wakeup call to those who think 'it can't happen here', and a tribute to the talent of a fine scientist who has successfully crossed the bridge into quality literature! Recommended Reading!
I have read some of this author¿s other books, and this may be his best. The Jihad Virus is a believable story in today¿s world, where terrorism and biological warfare are on everybody¿s mind. The story kicks off with the announcement that a Canadian border inspector has come down with smallpox, and things go downhill from there. This hooked me into the story because I can truly believe this could happen someday. You could compare Hopp¿s book to Crichton or Clancy, and it would stand up to the comparison very well. Maybe better. This book has plenty of rock¿em sock¿em action, and is very thought-provoking at the same time. My favorite: the code within the genetic code. Clever. I hope we hear more from this author soon.
Chillingly realistic. This is what it would really be like if international terrorists decided to make an attack on the US with a genetically engineered virus. The descriptions of the medical response seemed accurate to me. I also thought the descriptions of the vaccine manufacturers and all their intrigues was most interesting. A great read!