The Neah Virus

The Neah Virus

by Thomas P Hopp

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Overview

A DEADLY NEW PLAGUE-OR ANCIENT SHAMAN'S CURSE?A lethal new virus breaks out in a remote wild corner of Washington State's Olympic Peninsula. Starting on the Makah Indian Reservation, it spreads toward Seattle and other major population centers, threatening to kill millions there and around the world if it can't be stopped. The Centers for Disease Control calls in virologist Peyton McKean to isolate the deadly organism and search for a cure. But McKean soon finds himself in a desperate race against time to save humanity-and himself!The Neah Virus, a previously unknown microbe, seems to have arisen in the dense rainforests surrounding Neah Bay, the Makah's home village. Its victims develop a zombie-like raving mania, then succumb to high fevers and convulsions. Incomprehensibly, the virus strikes only non-Makahs, leaving tribal members untouched while people of other races are stricken down.McKean traces one possible origin to the recently-opened grave of a Spanish colonist of the 1700s. Exploring the tomb, he encounters an old Makah shaman, Gordon Steel. Steeped in native lore, Steel claims this is the legendary Lost Souls Disease, created by Raven to punish the Spaniards, now unleashed on the modern world to avenge the destruction of the tribe's traditional ways. McKean asks Steel to make his traditional medicines available, but the bitter old man refuses to cooperate. McKean is certain he knows more about the virus than he is telling.As the death toll mounts, the virus spreads to Seattle, where both McKean and his young son begin showing signs of the disease. With time running out, Steel's daughter Tleena arrives to lead McKean on a desperate quest from Seattle to her father's traditional longhouse near Neah Bay. On the way, they travel through the chaos of a crumbling society and streets rife with raving victims and grisly death. But the old shaman is by no means certain to help.This taut medical thriller is a page-turner start to finish.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492347347
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Series: Northwest Tales , #4
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Thomas P. Hopp was born in Seattle, Washington, and lived his earliest years in a housing project on the banks of the Duwamish River. Despite a tough start in life, good grades at West Seattle High School and the University of Washington as well as a perfect score on the Graduate Record Exam got him into the Ph.D. program in biochemistry at Cornell University Medical College. He studied genetic engineering at Rockefeller University and went on to help found the multi-billion-dollar biotechnology company, Immunex Corporation. While there, he isolated genes for the powerful immune system hormone, interleukin one, contributed to the creation of the blockbuster arthritis drug, Enbrel, and developed the world's first commercially successful nanotechnology device, a molecular handle called the FLAG epitope. He plays guitar and bass and has performed onstage with blues legend John Lee Hooker and rock supergroups the Kingsmen and the Drifters. He has resided in San Diego and on Manhattan Island, and now lives in the Seattle area.
To learn more about Thomas P. Hopp's science and stories visit him online at http://thomas-hopp.com/blog/.

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