Viral (Mallory Brothers #1)
Two brothers race to stop a political mastermind's massive bioterrorist plot in this terrifying espionage thriller.
In remote pockets of the Third World, a deadly virus is quietly sweeping through impoverished farming villages and shanty towns with frightening speed and potency. Meanwhile, in Washington, a three-word message le...more
Throughout the book we see how Jon changes from a person with a normal life to somebody who impresses Charles and his team.
This is a great thriller, one of the best I’ve read rec...more
A Brief Summary:
In remote areas of a not very known African country, a deadly virus kills more than two hundred thousand civilians in less than a week. Impoverished farming villages and several towns end up with piles of dead bodies and no one knows why except...more
Instead, I was bogged down in the litany of characters who appeared on what seemed like every other page to reveal - or not reveal- one of the many cryptic bread crumbs left by Charlie (AKA Ale...more
But who's behind all of this? Bio terrorists? Misguided humanitarian projects? Greedy bussiness? Whoever it is, it is a very dangerous, deadly, an...more
Just suppose...two simple words spoken late at night between friends over drinks in a forgotten bar a decade ago. Two words that serve to introduce an idea so audacious, so outlandish, so terrible that it should have died on the spot. But it didn't. The idea festered and grew and now a malignant horror is poised to be unleashed upon an unsuspecting world and it is up to two brothers to stop it.
Jon Mallory is a respected investigative reporter with a Washington-based ma...more
Charles is investigating a lead found in a message left by his father in a saf...more
I gave this book two stars because the author obviously writes well. That's the good part. I gave it only two stars because anyone who writes a book about viruses—especially with this title—should know about viruses, or at least do the research on viral properties, incubation, propagation, symptoms, methods of lethality and sterilization (e.g. fire/explosives kills viruses). In addition, having a multitude of characters each with two and three names forces the reader to stop and write them down...more
I found myself interested in the story, but caring little about the characters. Too much like watching a game of chess played out with plastic figurines.
A deadly virus that has been killing African farmers and villagers may just be a test run for a far more serious threat that could be the next global apocalypse. The only problem is that two brothers --- Jon and Charles Mallory --- are the...more
Lilliefors style was also very journalis...more
Charles Mallory is a private intelligence contractor, and he's been working on a project, a puzzle, left to him by his father after his death. He's in Africa, to meet with a man who just might give him the information he needs to figure things out (the details of a "high-stakes war")... but Paul Bahdru, an african journalist whose wife was raped and murdered because of his 'treasonous' published work, never makes it to their secret meet...more
Three small, obscure African countries are the focus of a plan to solve the Third World “problem”, a plan that involves biological weapons and the rampant corruption and poverty that plague such countries. A kernel of a well-intentioned idea has evolved into a megalomaniacal assumption that the end does, indeed, justify the means and overwhelming amounts of money have made it possible to accomplish a terrible purpose.
As in any good thriller, uncertainty is paramount and the read...more
At least one of the middle men tries to excuse himself from responsibility by saying, “they’re going to do it with or without me, I may as well make some mone...more
In remote, impoverished areas of Africa, a deadly virus is moving through farming villages and shanty towns like a well-honed scythe leaving no survivors. The vaguest of rumors about this swirl through the rest of the world. Only a former CIA operative, Charles Mallory , with the help of his brother, investigative reporter Jon, seem able to put the clues...more
The idea was to drop a virus on small villages in Africa thus annihilating the area to 'start over' without poverty and AIDS. A pretty sick idea! The scary part was knowing that this is actually possible to do.
Two brothers work together to stop this, however there are all kinds of smaller stories woven into the espionage along with charac...more
Gory & scary & possible. In summary:
4 for Concept
2 1/2 for Develop...more