Professor Mitch Pine knows all too well the history of epidemics, so the startling new information he’s discovered has him racing to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Mitch has uncovered a startling pattern: dramatic environmental changes always occurred prior to devastating outbreaks, and current climate change may be such a catalyst. But before his plane lands, Mitch’s journey takes a terrifying turn. He is intercepted by a woman who represents a dangerous faction whose interest in Mitch’s research opposes his mission to save lives. To secure Mitch’s cooperation, his research assistant is being held hostage. With so many lives on the line, Mitch embarks on a turbulent trip around the world, uncovering pieces of the puzzle until he ultimately holds the key to prevent—or precipitate—global devastation. Unless he can find a way to stop the lunatics behind his abduction, a plague the likes of which the world has never known will be unleashed.
Author Gregg Luke has such a creepy, creative mind and I mean that in the best way. His books always make me wonder how he comes up with such crazy ideas. I would scare myself trying to come up with the things he writes about in his books!
I have to say that out of all of this author's books (that I've read), this was probably one of the least intense and fast paced. It progressed slowly and lacked some of the intense forward momentum I've come to know in most of his other books. Things picked up in the last third of the book but even then it still felt a bit more sedate. I would say that this book was more about intellect, paying attention to small clues and piecing together information.
In this story we follow Mitch around the world, collection information that helps him piece together a puzzle of globally devastating consequences. It's a lot of information gathering. I liked that things were happening on dual fronts so we got multiple perspectives. Mitch is a genuinely nice guy and it was easy to like him and to appreciate his intellect.
The cover for this book is pretty cool, I think. The actual physical book is textured which gives it a creepy sort of feel.
Content: some violence, peril
- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.