An eminent virologist joins forces with an FBI agent and a young religious scholar to stop a sophisticated serial killer bent on unleashing the ten plagues described in the Book of Exodus, culminating in the end of the world.
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As co-author,I am gratified,if not surprised, by the Gaussian distribution of comments -- from less than one star to five stars. My thanks to those who enjoyed this heuristic fiction. It was fun writing it and I appreciate your feedback. (I also appreciate negative comments on character development, etc; they are all well taken. Trying to move and place ten incidents in a novel when one usually suffices meant that we had to subborn character development.) For those who base their negative comments on the March N.Y. Times' Sunday Sunday Magazine article: it was a opportunistcally and cynical piece of journalism. Surprisingly,it was written by a friend of my co-author(!); the "writer" may have had his own ulterior agenda in mind. Who knows. I totally agree with those who wrote zeros based on this article; I would have done the same; I would never buy a novel based on what the man wrote, I would boycot it!
I only ask readers to appreciate the work for what it is... a novel which engages and educates the public about new BT and BW threats. It does have very well researched info on medical and historical BT and BW scenarios, as well as a plausible plot...given recent events.
I agree completely with those who raise a red flag about formulaic prescriptions for best sellers. I, for one, was (and am)oblivious to any "formula" for this novel's success (or failure). I am also profoundly upset about the Times' article. It was not fair, nor did it advance an equitable discussion of the novel's'favorable/unfavorable reviews. If anything, it distracted from them.
I would hope that anyone who reads The Eleventh Plague would not be biased by the Times' article -- I believe it was a very bad idea which may have hyped the novel, but poisoned the thoughts of those who read it.
Thanks for amazon.com for allowing this feedback. And, please continue to offer amazon.com your unbiased opinions--good or bad. Thanks for reading this note.
John S. Marr
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Book Description Avon, 1999. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0061097632
Book Description Avon, 1999. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0061097632
Book Description Avon, 1999. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110061097632
Book Description Avon, 1999. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Two children die of a disease thought to be nonexistence in the United States. Within hours, thoroughbreds at the legendary Churchill Downs are dying of a virus that cannot be identified, even by the most expert veterinarians. Called in to solve these lethal mysteries, noted virologist Jack Bryne discovers the two bear uncanny similarities to the Fifth and Sixth Plagues described in the Book of Exodus. And the horror is just beginning. Every month another monstrosity claims its victims. Every month brings the reenactment of another more catastrophic plague. Soon Bryne's own worldwide medical computer network, ProMED, is invaded by the power behind the horrors--a diabolically intelligent serial killer with a sophisticated knowledge of toxins and an obsession with a with biblical retribution. To make matters worse, the FBI is convinced Bryne himself is the killer. Caught between both sides, the brilliant virus hunter joins forces with his bright lab assistant, an ambitious TV newswoman, and a young religious scholar to find this madman and stop him before it's too late. But even Bryne does not know how close the killer is.until he meets this modern medical Moriarity on a midnight confrontation that will determine the future of the world. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0061097632