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Time of the Fourth Horseman

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Twenty-first century medicine has wiped out all the deadly diseases. But suddenly, a large American city is gripped by epidemics of smallpox, diptheria and other killers that were supposed to have disappeared forever. Only a few top government officials know what's going on..And for their sakes, the citizens of the threatened city must never be allowed to find out.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 1st 1981 by Ace (first published January 1st 1979)
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Sep 11, 2014 Kirkus rated it liked it
Since there are so few reviews I feel I should add one.
Lets see, book published 1981 and the stage is set 1991 ish. There is no mention of internet or cellphones xD. Apparently 1991 we are suffering from serious overpopulation largely due to having no disease. We can cure almost anything. Cancer is easy and so on.

This overpopulation brings all the typical stuff, shortage of space, jobs and food.

Anyway, some branch of the CIA decides to try an experiment in population control/decrease by using
Jul 26, 2016 Metagion rated it liked it
Not bad, considering the book is really short (183 pages) and it talks about what would happen if a plague that was once very common (now practically vanished) was made into a weapon that when launched would decimate the planet, what would you do? What would happen whenyou found out the person you loved--your partner in crime and fellow doctor was the one that helped create (then launch) said plague? Again not bad, but short and dated a bit.
J.D. Holman
This early dystopian novel is different from what we expect today. The descriptions are very spartan, and there is an assumption throughout that the reader knows what all the diseases entail. Still, the pacing makes this a gripping read, and offers an interesting scenario to consider.
Nov 19, 2013 Josephine rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
Interesting idea, reasonably well-executed, but dated now, both in the information and in the writing style.
Mickey Schulz
Dec 03, 2008 Mickey Schulz rated it it was amazing
An SF book from Yarbro, I liked it a lot. About a future with an unstoppable plague and the people fighting it.
Apr 21, 2007 Wesa rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: sci-fi fans, post-apocalypse fans
There is such a thing as too much information, and Yarbro provides it in a rape scene in this book.
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A professional writer for more than forty years, Yarbro has sold over eighty books, more than seventy works of short fiction, and more than three dozen essays, introductions, and reviews. She also composes serious music. Her first professional writing - in 1961-1962 - was as a playwright for a now long-defunct children's theater company. By the mid-60s she had switched to writing stories and ...more
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