Bill Walker finds himself pivotal in the resulting full-scale Middle East war, targeted himself by rival femmes fatales, as he races to prevent a string of assassinations, quell the epidemic, prevent the economic collapse, and thwart the social breakdown of society.
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This book reminded me of a similar thriller where the villains create a deadly virus (code named 'Shiva' and also based on Ebola) to eradicate all of mankind while using a privately developed vaccine to protect themselves. The difference is The Lansing Effect took 487 pages to cover essentially the same territory. All but the most die hard thriller enthusiasts should "pass" on this one, at least until Cliff Notes become available for it.
Dr. A. I. Lansing after whom the "Lansing Effect" was named, proposed in the early 1950s that the offspring of older parents tend to have shorter lifespans than the offspring of younger parents. More recently, critics of the theory have argued that variations in fertility (not age) are sufficient to explain Lansing's observations. Given that the book's central premise relies on this contested theory of gerontology, a significant leap of faith is required from the reader to accept that a globally lethal virus could be constructed so easily. Although there is no shortage of drama, there are lengthy technical descriptions which eventually become tedious. The supporting characters, in particular, appear unmotivated and two dimensional. Overall, The Lansing Effect reads more like a manuscript than a completed book. It's like it can't decide whether it wants to educate or entertain--as indicated by the technical diatribes coupled with a paucity of character development. Nonetheless, I believe it contains enough good material from a collaboration with a skilled editor could produce a commercial quality thriller.