Modern-day Rome: Two American archaeologists suddenly die in an underground passageway in the Roman Forum leading to the buried rooms of Emperor Nero’s Golden Palace. The Italian authorities conclude the deaths were caused by a devastating and highly contagious virus. Tom Stewart, an NYU forensic archaeologist who was present when the deaths occurred, becomes entangled in the race to find the supply of the virusa race involving many powerful players desperately seeking the deadly contagion. Stewart must find and destroy the virus before others harness its sinister power.
The Vatican, foreign groups, the world’s largest genetic seed manufacturerall have their reasons, and none will stop until they succeed, no matter the cost or risk to millions of people if the virus escapes and causes a pandemic.
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Millions of people have read or heard the story of Moses and the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt. We also know of the plagues visited upon the hard-hearted Pharaoh and the Egyptians who refused to yield to the command of Moses’ God. But few have ever questioned the cause of those plagues other than the miraculous intervention of God. The Moses Virus: A Novel is that long awaited explanation and the villainous consequences of that plague throughout history. Here in this present generation Thom Stewart, eminent forensic archaeologist, is invited to be present at the opening of a famous archaeological site at the Roman Forum. It’s a day that ends in excitement but not of an expected historical discovery; instead another notable archaeologist and his student are found dead, accompanied by a group of skeletons attired in white lab coats. It’s obvious they all died in ferocious agony! The majority of the characters herein work for the American Academy in Rome, Italy, a scholarly society dedicated to the research and publications of archaeologists, artists, architects, writers, musicians and other scholars. With the sudden disastrous deaths Tom, assisted by an ally, Alexandra Cellini, begins to search for the cause of this lethal virus, increased when he is followed, robbed, kidnapped and attacked because everyone believes he knows where a secret cache of the virus is hidden. What starts out as a staid normal crime turns out to be a hair-raising, frantic search for answers. Throughout this story, the author presents a lovely description of all the main sites of Roman history in an enticing way that makes the reader want to visit this famed city. We also get quite an education of the specific nature of the plagues that have killed millions of people during the time of Egyptian pharaohs, the Black Plague of Europe, and other events in which millions of people died quickly and violently. No, this is by no means the whole story. Tom and Alex discover they are being continuously watched by many different groups. The novel moves in and out of Italy and results in several deaths beyond that of the initial scientists. It also compels the reader to ask some important questions about the role of the Catholic Church in secret negotiations with Hitler during WWII. The Moses Virus… is deceiving and unique in how slowly it starts out, how calm everyone remains even with the intense possibilities of this conflict, and how it grows into its intensity where life and death scenes appear over and over and quickly as well. The central conflict is similar to most “virus or secret weapon” plots but is unique in its intelligent and sensitive presentation. One suspects that there will be a follow-up to his very interesting piece of criminal fiction. Nicely done, Jack Hyland!
Is it possible that a deadly virus stems from biblical times? Could it be the weapon used to help save Moses and his people? Modern day Rome holds the secrets of its history long buried beneath its bustling streets and an archaeological team may have unearthed more than ancient relics. When two team members die a quick but painful death while searching an underground passageway in the Roman Forum leading to the buried rooms of Emperor Nero s Golden Palace, a vicious game of cat and mouse ensues. Is the Vatican involved? What secrets has the church held regarding the Moses Virus? How is a globally powerful agricultural company involved? Who has access to samples of the Moses Virus and what are their plans of it? There is no cure. Will the world face a plague more devastating than any ever seen? Jack Hyland gives us two unlikely heroes, a university archaeological forensic professor and a young graduate student learning American archaeology techniques. Together, they are on the run from hired thugs as they dig deeper into the mysteries surrounding the virus. With great dialogue, and a fast pace, Jack Hyland ramps up the thrill as we are given a detailed tour of Rome, its deadly beauty and the political games that are played! Do you enjoy the thrill of danger? Discovery of the unknown? Potential world disaster? Ancient history? Big Business vs The Church? I think you’ll definitely want to join in on this one! About the Author: Jack Hyland is a founding partner of Media Advisory Partners. In addition to his long career in investment banking, he has served on the board of over a dozen not-for-profits. He is the author of Evangelism’s First Modern Media Star. An ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and Taylor Trade in exchange for my honest review.