The Virus

The Virus

by Stanley Johnson


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ISBN-13: 9780062414922
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/14/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Stanley Johnson is a British politician and author, and a noted expert on environmental and population issues.

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Virus 2.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ronnies4 More than 1 year ago
I tried, I tried, and I tried again. There is so much description, I couldn't read this book. The story is interesting, but, I had to work too hard. With almost 1000 books in my Nook, I just don't need to work this hard to read any book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Skimmed through most of it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scant on clinical detail. OK read
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Note: This is a re-issue of a book originally published in 1982. The premise of this story, the possibility of a deadly pandemic, is what initially drew me in to The Virus and, for the most part, I was not disappointed although there were some stumbling blocks. The story is noticeably dated in some ways as it was first published in 1982 but I was more annoyed by some of the actual writing. Over and over again, the author uses characters' full names, i.e., Susan Wainwright or Lowell Kaplan, both of which are repeated multiple times. Once or twice is sufficient; we do not need to be told a character's full name endlessly. Mr. Johnson is not a first-time novelist when this is being re-issued, hopefully with some re-editing, and should know better. Mr. Johnson also takes some very broad liberties with his descriptions of the original Marburg outbreak(s), I suppose in the interest of increasing the level of fear. I'm all for a good thriller but, when it's based on actual occurrences, I prefer that the author stick to the facts a bit more closely and, in this case, the real Marburg is very scary indeed, no embellishment needed. At one point, mention is made of the Congressional Medal of Honour being bestowed upon an individual but, in fact, that could not happen based on the circumstances and 30 seconds of research would have prevented this error. There are other awards that would be appropriate in this situation. All that aside, a thriller generally has lots of breakneck action to prevent a horrible event from happening and that certainly happens in The Virus. Lowell Kaplan is remarkably obtuse, more so than most thriller protagonists, but he is instantly believed by all sorts of people in power no matter what he says so he was not an altogether credible "hero". Still, he's ultimately a very likeable character as is a woman named Stephanie Verusio and likeability is an important element in making a thriller work. Also, as in any good thriller, the bad guys seem to have the upper hand quite a bit and it's not till the end that we see what really was going on. Bottomline, read The Virus with a somewhat jaundiced eye, suspend your disbelief and sit back for an enjoyable ride that will keep you entertained. After all, entertainment is a pretty good reason for reading, don't you think?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it would have been a little more suspenseful like sitting on the edge and wondering whats next. Personally it is a dull book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago