Deep in the jungles of Venezuela, mycologist Dr. Julia Fatheringham is engrossed in her study of native fungi. But what begins as a standard research trip quickly spirals into chaos when her associate's erratic behavior results in his horrifying death. Soon, Julia makes a startling discovery: her partner was contaminated by an organism found only in insects. It alters the victim's mind in alarming ways, with an invariably deadly outcome. Julia is baffled by her discovery—this organism has never appeared in humans. It shouldn't be possible. There is only one terrifying conclusion: The infection has jumped species.
Now, in this remote corner of the world, a contagion of unparalleled horror rests in Julia's hands. But even as she works to contain the organism that could spell devastation of apocalyptic proportions, there are others with a different agenda. They've learned of her discovery and will go to any lengths to acquire a sample—there is good money to be had in eco-terrorism.
Armed only with her strength of mind and what courage she can gather, Julia prepares to battle the devastating scourge—and the terrorists determined to unleash it on humanity.
EEEEWWWWW! This book gave me the willies. I just have to say it again. Ew! The mental pictures I have from this book gross me out. If this were a movie I would never watch it. I'm a bit squeamish. Can you tell?
At one point I had to stop reading this book because I was feeling like this fungus was creeping up on me. Oh, and don't eat while reading this book. It may cause you to lose your appetite.
Did I mention yet that I liked this book? Ha. It was fast paced and so plot driven. The characters didn't really resonate with me (well, except the bad guy) but the plot carried them along. I definitely never became bored while reading this book.
I can think of a lot of adjectives to describe this book. Besides the few I mentioned above, here are a few more. Terrifying because all of the stuff in this story could easily be real and all these things could really happen- maybe they are happening and I just don't know it. Nasty- just wait 'till you read it. Ew! Intriguing because what if this did happen? And what kind of mind thinks up stuff like this (Gregg Luke!) ?!
This book shook up my normal genre reading. It's always fun to shift mind gears and read something different than usual.
Content: some violence, gruesome details
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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