BOOK REVIEW: PANDEMIC
Terrorists attempt to spread a terrible virus throughout the world. Dr. Noah Haldane has been expecting such an attempt so he, along with some other medical experts are looking for it. ARCS, Acute Respiratory Collapse Syndrome, turns up in Hong Kong, sending Dr. Haldane with several other medical experts to that area of the world. Dr. Gwen Savard is the Department of Homeland Securities Director of Counter-Bioterrorism, a newly created position. She is in the process of getting a divorce from her husband, Peter. Her feelings are torn, not believing this is actually occurring. But at this time, she has too much on her mind fighting this new super virus to think of her separation from Peter.
Hazzir Al Kabaal has vowed to release this mighty virus everywhere he could. He has associated himself with several very cunning and dangerous men to release the virus in many areas. He wasnít satisfied with the killing power of this new virus so he has ordered his laboratory workers to find a more potent virus that would kill a higher percentage of the population.
The CIA, FBI, and the WHO (World Health Organization) becomes involved in the attempt to quell this spreading virus, never knowing in which area of the world it will appear. China does a drastic thing when they allow the doctors fighting this virus into their nations hospitals. This is not a normal thing for China but they are stumped. The virus appears in London, Canada, and finally the United States. When one hot spot is stopped, another appears.
Gwen and Noah work very close on this major problem, so close that they are becoming interested in each other, so much that they are very worried about the others health through all of this dangerous work.
From this point I will not get into any more specifics so I donít ruin the story for you. It sometimes gets intense in medical terms but eventually the reader understands the terms and can follow easily throughout the book. If you like adventure and suspense, you will like Pandemic. Dr. Daniel Kalla is an Emergency Room physician in Canada and he knows how to spin a tale to readers.
REVIEWED BY CY HILTERMAN
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