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The Calypso Directive

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  93 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
An unprecedented genetic mutation, an underground think tank, and an unscrupulous pharmaceutical company collide in this dazzling debut thriller.

For one hundred and fifty-five days, Will Foster has been locked in medical quarantine without his consent. The doctors claim he is infected with a deadly virus, but this is a lie. Encoded in his DNA is a mutation that provides im
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Arcade
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David Caldwell
I won a copy on Goodreads Firstreads.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes action/adventure stories or medical thrillers.Fans of Michael Crichton or Mission Impossible should definitely give it a try.

This is an adventure story with lots of action.It may remind you of a lot of other books from this genre, but that would be misleading.While it may share elements with other books,it definitely has its own voice.There is the medical thriller aspect, lots of thrills and action,suspense,and
Amy Rogers
May 24, 2012 Amy Rogers rated it really liked it review: The Calypso Directive is a debut science thriller by Brian Andrews, a U.S. Navy submariner and all-around smart guy who did his homework on this one. As described in the back cover summary, this novel is a variant on the thriller theme of wronged/imprisoned/framed good guy escapes evil government/corporation/syndicate and goes on the run to clear his name/save his life/etc.

Andrews brings some exciting additions to this storyline. First, and for us at ScienceThrillers
May 11, 2012 Billie rated it really liked it
This review is based on a free copy of the book received from the author through the Goodreads Advance Reader process.

I originally thought this story was about the Calypso Detective but the real name better describes this book.

Will foster is our protagonist and he is not having a great day. A fact that repeats the last 154 days he has been held incognito against his will based on an assertion that he carries a disease that would be fatal to anyone he comes in contact with. The only problem is th
Keith Johnson
Jun 18, 2012 Keith Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: won-in-giveaways
The book starts off somewhat slowly, and with no sense of urgency. The story is interesting and there is much to explain, so the slow start was understandable. The second half of the book is written very well, and the action accelerates quickly. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out what would happen to the hero and heroine. It is difficult to write action scenes satisfactorily, but Andrews does so. The end of the book is written well and leaves the possibility of sequel. I am ...more
Mar 29, 2012 Jake rated it it was amazing
I ordered this book on online, and they shipped it to me last week before the release date? Anyway, I was hooked after the first chapter, and I read it in four days. The story is somewhat reminiscent of Bourne Identity (i.e., a guy trying to piece together a mystery while he is being chased). Besides the main character, Will, there is this think tank group that gets involved and it reminded me of the TV show Alias. I found the supporting characters to be more interesting than the main ...more
Carrie A.
Apr 17, 2012 Carrie A. rated it it was amazing
A book I could not put down! Calyplso Directive kept me on the edge of my seat to the end of the book. I can't wait to read Brian Andrews' 'Ring of Flowers' as well! Being a molecular and cellular biology student, I found this book absolutely fascinating as well as entertaining. It will be suggested to staff and students alike throughout the bio department! An amazing story that really makes you think about what could happen as we gain more and more biological information. Recommended for ...more
Alexandra Reid
Apr 10, 2012 Alexandra Reid rated it really liked it
This book was very different from any other book I read before. It was very enjoyable and kept me captivated from start to finish. The main point about the book is the for 155 days, Will Foster was locked up in quartine because the doctors claimed he had a deadly virus. But that was a total lie, his DNA is a mutation that provides immunity from all diseases. Against all odds, Foster escapes his laboratory prison and steals a virulent strain of bubonic plague as insurance. To help him unravel the ...more
May 17, 2012 Christine marked it as to-read
Shelves: wish-list
Read the first chapter online and even if I don't win this First-read I'm going to buy it!
Victor Gentile
May 10, 2013 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Brian Andrews in his new book, “The Calypso Directive” published by Arcade Publishing brings us into the life of Will Foster.

From the back cover: An unprecedented genetic mutation, an underground think tank, and an unscrupulous pharmaceutical company collide in this dazzling debut thriller.

For one hundred and fifty-five days, Will Foster has been locked in medical quarantine without his consent. The doctors claim he is infected with a deadly virus, but this is a lie. Encoded in his DNA is a muta
Nov 22, 2015 Meg rated it liked it
Mostly I enjoyed this book. There were some issues that I had with it but overall, I felt that it was worth reading.

Overall the story had a lot of action, more so later on in the book, if somewhat improbable in places. It had a mix of everyday people as well as people specifically trained for these type of activity. The action was well written and exciting. If the beginning seems a bit slow and you think about putting it down, I would suggest to keep reading because it does pick up. Th
Sep 04, 2012 Darlene rated it really liked it
THE CALYPSO DIRECTIVE is a fast-paced thriller by Brian Andrews. You can keep your vampires, zombies, and werewolves. This is the REAL scary stuff.

I received a free, autographed copy of THE CALYPSO DIRECTIVE from Mr. Andrews with an intriguing “P.S. 25% of you is patented!” as part of my personal autograph. I was hooked before I even began to read. LOL

From back cover:
“An unprecedented genetic mutation, an underground think tank, and an unscrupulous pharmaceutical company collide in this dazzlin
Jul 15, 2012 Georgia rated it really liked it
A great addition to the thriller fiction books. It had a feel of the Jason Bourne books with some of Leverage the television series.

I will admit that it felt slow at the start with a lot of exposition and explanation. The concept though was intriguing, focusing on the possibility of one man having the key to immunity to all diseases and viruses. The question of what should be done with such information is certainly interesting and thought provoking and it is touched upon throughout the book. Th
Jun 06, 2012 Louise rated it it was amazing
A Terrific Thriller!

The novel starts off with a daring escape sequence and the pace never slows down. It is the kind of book you want get back to reading as soon as possbile. I would categorize this book as a science thriller, but don't let that scare you. The author delves into the science behind how the immune system works, and I always enjoy novels where I learn something besides just rooting for the characters.

The heart of the story follows Will Foster (an Average Joe) who unknowingly posse
Jul 29, 2012 Felecia rated it really liked it
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Apr 12, 2012 Donald rated it liked it
This was a Goodreads giveaway freebie. Thank you to both the author and Goodreads.

This was a fast-paced thriller that starts with a bang and doesn't take a breath to slow down. A lot of the DNA/immuno-stuff I wasn't familiar with but seems to be pretty thouroughly researched and the author explains it well without letting it bog down the story.

The main characters are easy to root for, though between the pace and the length of the book along with the number of characters, I felt like I would have
Jeffrey Wilson
May 29, 2013 Jeffrey Wilson rated it it was amazing
THE CALYPSO DIRECTIVE is one of the most exciting and refreshing science thrillers I have read in years! Brian Andrews has clearly established himself as a rising star of the thriller genre with his debut novel. He is able to blend legitimate science and medicine with nail biting action and adventure in a way not easily done and very remoniscent of Michael Crichton. I found it difficult to put this book down as Andrews drives the plot along at a break neck pace, all the while expanding your ...more
Aug 08, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it
I'll admit that this book took me a little while to get into. It did get exciting once it got going though and soon I couldn't put it down. While the ending did drive me a little crazy, I did enjoy the twist. Worth a read. *I won this book in a GoodReads First Reads giveaway*
Apr 16, 2012 Charity marked it as to-read
I am overwhelmingly interested in readimg this book. I am a research scientist and believe that the book would be a great escape.
Sep 06, 2012 Patty rated it it was amazing
Looks and sounds awesome cant wait to read it..
This book might be a good choice for you if you like...

1. A lot of extraneous details thrown in. For example, Meredith doesn't just turn on her computer. She turns on her "13 inch aluminum-cased MacBook Pro laptop."

2. Books with big casts of characters. There are a lot of side characters running around, and sometimes I couldn't remember who each of them were, especially since they're sometimes referred to by first name, and sometimes by last.

3. Books told with many different POV characters, incl
Diane Saul
Jul 28, 2013 Diane Saul rated it it was amazing
A "can't put down" first novel. Will Foster has been quarantined for 155 days without his consent because he has a deadly virus, but it's all a lie. He actually has a mutation in his DNA that provides immunity to disease for anyone who has the mutation. He is being used as an unwilling human experiment by a pharmaceutical company hoping to decode the mutation and market it as gene therapy that will make them billions. Against all odds Will escapes the secure facility and the action takes off. ...more
Jul 15, 2012 Tiffany rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
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Sean Randall
Apr 30, 2014 Sean Randall rated it liked it
Though I enjoyed this, there was a spark missing that kept my thrillomitre going. Things seemed ever so slightly too contrived, the internal com chatter of the think tank team was a little overdone. Still, it was big budget action on quite a grand scale, would've been a pretty good movie in the style of Dan Brown.
Alain Lambert
Dec 15, 2013 Alain Lambert rated it it was ok
This book started with great promise. then, the story became void of suspense or thrills. This is not on the level of some of Crichton's writting. The main character escapes, then the bad and good people try to find him without much else going on. I was hoping for a more complex story.
Mary Steiner
May 15, 2012 Mary Steiner rated it it was ok
This is a free book from Goodreads First Reads. I suppose I couldn't buy-in to the storyline. This book didn't work for me on any level. I hope you don't let my negativism hold you back from reading this book. Enough said.
Carolyn Dewalt
Lost it at end

although the author can definitely write a fast paced story, I found that I lost interest along the way. I did finish the book as I had gotten so far but I cannot say it was a favorite. the premise was intriguing but Andrews just lost me.
May 20, 2012 Gail rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. Well written and interesting. I found all the genetic information fascinating for the most part. I liked the main character Will and felt great sympathy for his plight.
Doreen Dalesandro
Apr 28, 2014 Doreen Dalesandro rated it really liked it
Shelves: bio-thriller
Genre: bio-thriller
Rating: 3.75
I listened to this book.

OK, I'm ready for book 2...

Ray Childs does a great job narrating!
Brian Andrews
Aug 05, 2016 Brian Andrews rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Brian is a US Navy veteran who served as an officer on nuclear submarines. He is a Park Leadership Fellow, holds a degree in psychology from Vanderbilt and an MBA from Cornell.

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