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Face of the Earth

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Smallpox was wiped off the face of the Earth more than 30 years ago, but an outbreak on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico has claimed one life, and the disease is spreading. The conclusion that the outbreak is the result of a terrorist attack is official U.S. policy, but the facts don't add up to terrorism. Tipped off by a former classmate teaching in Farmington, Sarah...more
Paperback, 365 pages
Published April 19th 2012 by GreenPoint Ventures (first published January 1st 2012)
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Randee Baty
How would the government react to an outbreak of smallpox is the question asked and answered in this debut thriller by Doug and Linda Raber. The answer is explosive!

When an outbreak of smallpox occurs on the Navaho reservation in New Mexico, the CDC and the DOD react immediately and quarantine the area. Before the quarantine is complete, a teacher is able to make a call to her friend who is a reporter for the Washington Post. As the reporter investigates, she sees something far bigger than just...more
The same day I started reading this book, I was discussing the possibility of a terrorist attack via smallpox in my classroom. How strange.

But anyway - this 4.5 star book should be made into a movie! It has action, a bad ass female protagonist, a historical backdrop, political intrigue, scientific details, and - a little romance and friendship, to boot.

I can see how some readers think the book has too many details. But on the other hand, I believe that those details lend more credibility to th...more
Read Ng
This was a GoodRead giveaway. It was an great read.

An excellent first novel from a pair of scientists. Great attention is given to detail. The chain of events are so credible. Yes, it is the first fiction novel I recall reading that is footnoted (and includes a list of references in the back) as you read through the story. Different, but not distracting.

This story was also at the appropriate length. It was not too long. There are the seeds to a great character in Sarah and I wonder with the Rab...more
Hmmmm ... is "Face of the Earth" a medical mystery? Is it a political thriller? Yes - BOTH are true. Douglas & Linda Raber's first novel is a winner in this reader's opinion!

It kept my interest starting at the first chapter, and held it throughout. The authors researched their topics fully, and showed it by including an appropriate quote at the top of each chapter and properly footnoting it - never read a novel with footnotes before. (OK, I think using endnotes would have been a little less...more
What would you do if you discovered a major scheme to wage war against Iran with trumped up allegations plotted by a high level ranking official? This was Jake Overman's and Sarah Lockford's job to stop a nuclear war of mass destruction when a lie was cast with a fabrication of terrorist unleashing a smallpox virus in Farmington, New Mexico.........

Jake Overman worked at CDC in Atlanta and was given a command to head to Farmington for a mock chickenpox training only to discover that it was no tr...more
About 100 pages too long and worse.

There is a decent thriller here, though improbable (possible, but unlikely), but oh lordie the details, the details ... It would be one thing if the trails around Mt. Vernon were described in detail just once, but noooo, it repeats. Several instances of repeated, minute detail, as if the writers revised the description (to make it longer) but forgot to delete the original description. Decent editor would've caught this.

Which mainly adds to the pain of the wealt...more
Amy Rogers
ScienceThrillers REVIEW: Face of the Earth is an indie combination science/political thriller backed up by tons of research on the science and history of biological warfare, and official U.S. policy on bioterrorism. The central premise is revealed very early (perhaps too early, because the reader’s questions about the smallpox outbreak are all answered in the beginning pages). Smallpox virus from the 1940s has survived in a microscope slide collection owned by a private physician. The slides are...more
I really enjoyed this book right from the start. I'd give it 5 stars except for two things.
One, the footnotes, while they show that the book is very well researched, and the story is believable, and even possible, I found them to be distracting and unnecessary, the story is just fine without them. The other distraction is the amount of editing errors in the Kindle version. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good, fast-paced, thriller. Great read!
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Doug and Linda Raber spent their careers investigating the interplay of cutting-edge science and U.S. foreign and domestic policy.
After graduating with a bachelor s degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Michigan, Doug spent 20 years on the chemistry faculty at the University of South Florida. In 1990, he moved to Washington, D.C., as Dir...more
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