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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Review: The Gabon Virus

Title:  The Gabon Virus
Authors:  Paul McCusker and Walt Latimore, MD

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; Original edition (August 18, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1416569715

  • A special team - TSI (Time Scene Investigators)are called in to help stop a possible global pandemic of a particularly virulent form of Ebola which has escaped from a top secret lab in Greenland.
    Keys to the current virus and how to stop it may be found in the medieval history of a town called Eyams that survived plague in the Middle Ages.

    In addition, there are agents of a pharmaceutical company (who wants to make profits from a cure) and of a radical environmental group (who want to exterminate humans from the planet) that are all interfering the teams efforts.

    Some very interesting characters and betrayals in the story.  As well as intriguing views of the past and its plague and Blue Monk. 

    The only problem I really had is seeing the connections between the two in a believable way.  Never really understood how the current virus and the one from the past could be the same.
    Most of my pleasure from the story was from the chase of a young teen who escaped from a commune and carried the virus across Gabon infecting others.  That struggle kept me turning the pages.

    I enjoyed learning of medical advances in treatment and genetic markers connected to Ebola and liked the amount of fact woven into the fiction.  But I did have to suspend my belief at the sheer virulence of the disease.

    All in all, am interested to see what other TSI adventures there may be.


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